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  • NBA community mourns the loss of basketball writer, NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith

    NBA.com "The NBA community mourns the loss of renowned basketball writer and NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith, who has passed away at the age of 48. " January 26

  • How The Boston Celtics Can Create A Big Three

    Fadeaway World "The Boston Celtics have a great team this season led by superstar Jayson Tatum. For years, the Celtics always seemed too young to be a legitimate contender. But that is no longer an excuse, as Tatum has elevated his game as one of the top-15 players in the world. But still, the..." January 26

  • Does Kevin Love Really Make Sense for Brooklyn Nets or Any Other Contender?

    Bleacher Report "Despite having played in just one full game this season, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love just can't stay out of trade rumors. After already going all-in on the offensive end by swapping Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and their draft capital for..." January 26

  • NBA League Pass Viewership Up 46 Percent From Last Season

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA says League Pass viewership is up 36 percent from last season. The league's annual subscription plan starts at $150. " January 26

  • NBA Teams That Should Blow It Up Now

    Bleacher Report "The NBA doesn't want teams to push the red button. Flattened lottery odds made the race to the bottom less of a sure thing, and last year's addition of a play-in tournament expanded the list of "postseason" entrants in each conference to 10. Those are clear..." January 26

  • 5 Early Predictions for the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NBA trade deadline is now less than two months away, although a blockbuster four-team James Harden trade has already caused ripples throughout the league. Harden joining the Brooklyn Nets means other title contenders may now be pressured to upgrade their..." January 26

  • Exposing the NBA's Worst Shooters so Far

    Bleacher Report "Identifying the NBA's worst shooters is a process overrun with subjectivity. Statistics are always part of the calculus, but which ones? And how are they weighted? And how do you account for the level of difficulty on field-goal attempts? Or the context of a player's role? And..." January 26

  • Utah Politician Enters House Bill Blasting Shaquille O'Neal To Back Off Donovan Mitchell

    TMZ "A Utah politician ain't happy with Shaquille O'Neal's harsh treatment of Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell -- so she introduced a resolution TRASHING the NBA Hall of Famer for everything from "Kazaam" to "Shaq Fu." ... and it's..." January 26

  • Lonzo Ball's regression, Warriors' starting-lineup woes among most disappointing NBA early season developments

    CBS Sports "Believe it or not, we've reached the quarter pole of the shortened 2020-21 NBA season, and in that time a number of surprising storylines have taken shape. Most are of the happy-surprise variety, like how hard LeBron James is playing when we all figured he would approach his 18th..." January 26

  • NBA targeting early March for potential All-Star Game

    Yardbarker "Despite the cancellation of the traditional All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA is still trying to put together an All-Star Game for the 2020-21 season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are discussing the possibility..." January 25

  • Shaquille O'Neal doubles down on criticism of Donovan Mitchell

    CBS Sports "Shaquille O'Neal has never been particularly supportive of the generation of players that followed him. Feuds with other big men like Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Rudy Gobert have become common for the current TNT broadcaster and Hall of Fame center, but his..." January 25

  • 8 NBA Players Who Could Get Moved Before the Trade Deadline

    Complex "The biggest splash of the 2020-21 NBA season has already been made. After nine decorated seasons with the Rockets, James Harden was shipped to a new city. Houston loaded up on future assets in a massive four-team deal that sent the 2018 MVP to Brooklyn, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and..." January 25

  • Shaquille O’Neal sends angry DM to artist who created image of Donovan Mitchell dunking on him

    Clutch Points "“Inside the NBA” analyst Shaquille O’Neal made waves when he told Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell to his face during an interview on TNT that he has questions about the 24-year-old being able to take his game to the next level. The awkward..." January 25

  • Weird Week in Hoops: Kevin Porter's food fight and Bernie on the bench

    The Score "Kevin Porter Jr. tosses his lunch The Kevin Porter Jr. experience in Cleveland is over thanks in large part to a recent locker-room outburst in which the recent No. 30 pick reportedly yelled at staff and threw food. For Cavaliers fans, the..." January 24

  • Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson gets real, admits aiming for Sixth Man of the Year award

    Clutch Points "In the midst of a strong start to the campaign, Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson has recently admitted that he has his sights set on this season’s Sixth Man of the Year award. According to Clarkson, bagging the coveted title has been on his mind even before the season..." January 23

  • Ricky Rubio calls out Shaquille O'Neal for ‘hating’ on Donovan Mitchell

    Larry Brown Sports "Ricky Rubio is standing up for one of his former teammates. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday by a 129-118 final. After the contest, Donovan Mitchell gave an interview to TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and received a criticism from Shaquille..." January 23

  • LeBron James, Kevin Durant snap back at ‘old heads’ hating on NBA stars

    Clutch Points "As athletes who play a sport watched by millions around the world, NBA players are no strangers to criticism, whether they are made by strangers online or by fellow players. Some even welcome criticism at times as they look to improve and become better versions of themselves. However,..." January 22

  • Celtics Could Trade Kemba Walker To Jazz For Rudy Gobert

    Fadeaway World "With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Marcus Smart, the Boston Celtics have a pretty solid core of young stars. And, despite Danny Ainge’s reputation for being a major risk-taker, he has resisted the urge to include any of their main players in a trade. Still, it..." January 22

  • Desperation Trade Targets to Create New NBA Contenders

    Bleacher Report "The Brooklyn Nets went all-in on James Harden, surrendering control of their first-round picks through 2027 and sacrificing depth in exchange for superstar talent that (they hope) will give them a better shot at a championship. It was a bold bet. Maybe even a desperate one. The..." January 22

  • 5 NBA Blockbuster Trades Ideas Before The Deadline

    Fadeaway World "The NBA trade deadline is not until March 25 but that doesn’t mean that a blockbuster, or two, couldn’t happen before then. We have already seen the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets shock the world with their four-team blockbuster featuring James Harden go down. With nearly two..." January 22

  • How Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and 13 key NBA offseason additions are faring with new teams

    CBS Sports "It may not seem like it, but we're nearly a quarter of the way through the 2020-21 NBA schedule. Postponements and thinning rosters due to health and safety protocols have made it difficult to judge the early returns for many teams, but we're starting to get a sense of how the pieces..." January 22

  • The East Has Become The Best Conference In The NBA After 21 Years

    Fadeaway World "For years, the Western Conference has had the stigma of being the stronger conference in the NBA. Teams such as the Spurs, Lakers, and Warriors have dominated the last 2 decades of professional basketball and they have some of the greatest players ever. Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille..." January 22

  • Kobe Bryant meant more to current NBA players than LeBron James or Michael Jordan

    USA Today "On Jan. 9, San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points in the Spurs' overtime victory against Minnesota. None of his made field goals was a 3-pointer. The longest shot he made came from 19 feet. It was an efficient 13-for-23 shooting from the field and 12-for-13 on free throws..." January 22

  • Shaquille O'Neal engages Donovan Mitchell in awkward interview

    Yahoo! Sports "Leave it to Shaquille O’Neal to bring down a postgame interview. O’Neal put Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in an awkward spot on Thursday night after a 129-118 win against the New Orleans Pelicans that extended the Jazz’s..." January 22

  • Adam Silver Suggests NBA Won't Expand For Under $2.5 Billion Franchise Fee

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has reportedly considered expansion in the medium-term with a possible franchise fee of $2.5 billion. Adam Silver said he is “not ready” to confirm the number of teams or the price point the league would seek if it were to add clubs. He said it “doesn’t..." January 22

  • The unstoppable Kobe Bryant, as told by the defenders tasked with stopping him

    ESPN "DURING A STORIED 14-year NBA career, Tony Allen was named to six All-Defensive teams and earned the nickname "The Grindfather" for his abilities as one of the league's most hard-nosed perimeter defenders. But on Feb. 22, 2005, he was a 24-year-old rookie..." January 22

  • Canada Basketball blindsided by FIBA sanctions, $227K fine

    CBC "Canada Basketball president and CEO Glen Grunwald says he was blindsided by sanctions levied against the program on Wednesday. The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, fined the Canadian governing body for the sport up to $227,138 and threatened to dock..." January 22

  • Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to coronavirus

    Fox 8 "Japan’s government has privately concluded the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times reported, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition. The government’s focus is now on securing the Games for Tokyo..." January 21

  • NBA Moves Back Start Times For 20 Games

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA begins implementing new same-day COVID-19 PCR testing protocols, the league will be moving back the start times for 20 upcoming games to accommodate testing, Tim Bontemps of ESPN tweets. These games will be moved to at least 8 p.m. local time during the week and 7 p.m...." January 21

  • Finding Trade Partners for NBA's Deadline Buyers and Sellers

    Bleacher Report "It takes two (or more) dance partners to get the NBA trade market grooving. Sellers can't sell without interested buyers. Shoppers can't fill their carts without something on the shelves. It's simple supply and demand and yet another reminder that professional..." January 21

  • The reasons why half the NBA can't trade their first-round pick right now

    ESPN "When Houston Rockets general manager Rafael Stone explained last week why he prioritized a bundle of first-round picks and not a current All-NBA player like Ben Simmons in a James Harden trade, he said it was because, "In the NBA, picks -- especially..." January 21

  • Nearly Half Of NBA’s Teams Have Open Roster Spots

    Hoops Rumors "After the NBA’s transactions wire remained relatively quiet for the first few weeks of the 2020/21 season, teams have begun making moves with a little more frequency as of late. While one recent transaction – the four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn..." January 21

  • 3 NBA players making the leap in 2021

    The Score "Every year, numerous NBA players take significant steps forward in their development. That progression, when it's dramatic enough and happens within a single season, is often colloquially termed "the leap." Some are breakouts that most can see coming. It usually happens..." January 21

  • Karl Malone Shares The Story Of When He Wanted To Kick Chris Webber’s A**

    Fadeaway World "Karl Malone and Chris Webber were big friends and rivals whenever they clashed on the court. They want at it on uncountable occasions, always trying to prevail over one another, as Malone has stated before. They are two of the best power forwards the league has seen and their duels were..." January 20

  • 11 NBA players test positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 13

    Sportsnet "The NBA and NBPA announced on Thursday that 11 of the 502 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 13 have returned positive results. Any player who returns a positive test must isolate until they are cleared under the rules established... " January 20

  • NBA to station security to enforce pre-, postgame safety rules

    The Score "The NBA is expanding its efforts to enforce health and safety measures regarding contact between players outside of the game setting, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports. Beginning Wednesday, the league will reportedly place team security staff at halfcourt before and..." January 20

  • Predicting Most Active Teams at 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Business is booming on the NBA trade market. It started this offseason with landscape-shifting maneuvers like Jrue Holiday joining the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Paul heading to the Phoenix Suns and the jersey swap between John Wall and Russell..." January 20

  • Top 5 Best Destinations For Blake Griffin

    Fadeaway World "Blake Griffin is a former All-Star who has been underperforming this season: he is currently averaging 12.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 4.3 APG. This is a far cry from his Clippers day. But Blake Griffin still has something in the tank: during his lone All-Star season in Detroit in 2018-19, Griffin..." January 20

  • Updated 2021 NBA Free-Agency Big Board After a Month of Games

    Bleacher Report "A month into the 2020-21 NBA season, numbers are starting to feel more trustworthy. Player roles are crystallizing. And the 2021 free-agent class is becoming easier to analyze. With a decent sample size now in place, we can examine that class and where each of its players..." January 20

  • Eight non-stars shining in 2020-21 NBA season as standout supporting characters

    CBS Sports ""Role player" is not an insult, nor is it a permanent label. Many of today's All-Stars are yesterday's 3-and-D guys, and behind every story about a max player reaching new heights is an improved cast of supporting characters lifting him there. None of these eight..." January 20

  • NBA talking about vaccinating players as PSA

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday the league has discussed having players receive COVID-19 vaccines to educate and influence certain groups regarding its safety and effectiveness. "There have been discussions. It's something we're particularly focused on,"..." January 19

  • Rudy Gobert receives adorable letter from fan who drew viral sketches of him

    Clutch Points "A couple of months back, Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert trolled a kid that drew a not-so-flattering sketch of the former two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner. As it turns out, the boy sent a couple of letters to Gobert after the drawing went viral. The..." January 18

  • 3 Blazers trades to help replace Jusuf Nurkic after breaking wrist

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers’ season hit a bit of a snag when it was revealed that starting center Jusuf Nurkic would miss at least eight weeks with a broken wrist. This came after fellow big man Zach Collins had to go under the knife for another ankle surgery. The..." January 18

  • Knicks, Warriors, Lakers, Nets Top Sportico's 2021 Most Valuable NBA Teams List

    Sportico "The game between the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks reached the middle of the third quarter when an alert flashed on the phone handed to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. As of later that night, it read, the National Basketball Association season would be suspended indefinitely. It was..." January 18

  • 3 trades for Lakers to get superstar Big 3

    Clutch Points "The Brooklyn Nets big three have the ability to be one of the most talented big threes ever assembled. While the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have a man who many consider to be the greatest to ever lace ‘em up, it would be nice if LeBron..." January 18

  • Jodie Meeks Seeking NBA Roster Spot

    Hoops Hype "With several games postponed and fewer players available due to the league’s health and safety protocols, 10-year NBA veteran Jodie Meeks hopes to earn a roster spot this season. “I haven’t retired, and I’m not looking to retire,” Meeks told HoopsHype...." January 18

  • Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates: Tyrese Haliburton making noise

    Sportsnaut "Last season saw a breakaway NBA Rookie of the Year in that of Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. He dazzled onlookers while No. 1 pick Zion Williamson missed extended time with a knee injury. It was a surprise given preseason NBA Rookie of the Year odds. Could we see..." January 17

  • 4 NBA trades torn up after issues discovered during physicals

    Clutch Points "There was a hiccup in the Indiana Pacers’ trade for Caris LeVert after an MRI discovered a small mass on his left kidney. The promising 26-year-old swingman, who was a vital piece of the massive James Harden blockbuster trade earlier this week that took the NBA by storm, will be..." January 17

  • How the Jazz frustrated Trae Young in win over Hawks — and what it may mean going forward

    KSL "It's no secret to say the Utah Jazz struggle with high-scoring guards. It's been their demise in each playoff defeat of the Quin Snyder era. First it was Steph Curry, then James Harden — twice — and last season Jamal Murray joined the group of guards putting up..." January 16

  • Isaiah Thomas receiving interest from multiple NBA teams

    Larry Brown Sports "Isaiah Thomas is still looking for a route back into the NBA, and says he has interest from multiple teams. Thomas recently acquired a new agent, and he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports on Friday that multiple teams have registered an interest in the veteran guard. " January 15