• Rockets’ Clint Capela has intriguing take on Stephen Curry

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Rockets’ season could very well be on the line in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Tuesday evening. Houston is coming off a franchise-worst 41-point playoff loss in Game 3 of the conference finals and are taking on..." May 22

  • CJ McCollum calls Cavs one of worst defensive teams he has ever faced

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t exactly been a defensive juggernaut this season, but one star player thinks that they are historically bad on that end. Speaking during an episode of his “Pull Up” podcast on Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum put the..." May 22

  • Kobe Bryant on Kanye West's controversial slavery comments: 'Completely disagree'

    CBS Sports "There was a time both Kobe Bryant and Kanye West were dominating sports and entertainment and even collaborating for commercials. Since that time, Bryant has retired from the NBA, had two of his jersey numbers retired by the Los Angeles..." May 22

  • LeBron James on Data Saying He's Slowing Down: The Dumbest S--t I've Ever Heard'

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James doesn't care what the numbers say—he knows his game better than anyone else. The NBA has implemented a system that can track a player's every move. Well, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, nobody in the Eastern Conference Finals..." May 22

  • Cryptic Instagram post inspires concern about DeMar DeRozan

    Yardbarker "DeMar DeRozan earlier this year exhibited tremendous courage by opening up about struggles with depression and mental health issues. Now a cryptic Instagram story posted by the Toronto Raptors superstar has inspired some concern among the team’s fans. The Toronto Raptors star,..." May 22

  • Andre Iguodala's status upgraded prior to Game 4 vs Rockets

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Already bracing for a difficult test Tuesday night when they meet the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors may be forced to make yet another lineup change in their effort to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus begins at..." May 22

  • NBA Rumors: Clippers offered Blake Griffin for Karl-Anthony Towns

    Clutch Points "With a reported rift between the Minnesota Timberwolves and franchise piece Karl-Anthony Towns, teams have prepared to phone up and explore a potential trade to acquire the talented big man. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the L.A. Clippers called the Wolves..." May 22

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • Kevin Love, Jeff Green dealing with minor injuries that could explain rough Game 4 performances

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Two veterans the Cavaliers depend upon had rough nights in the team's Game 4 win over Boston in the Eastern finals, and minor injuries could have had something to do with it. Kevin Love suffered through six turnovers in the Cavs' 111-102 win, a playoff-career worst for Love..." May 22

  • Tristan Thompson re-emerges as Cavs' X-factor in midst of roller-coaster playoff run

    Sporting News "The Celtics guard barreled to the left side of the lane, but he forgot to use his outside hand for the layup. He didn't see Tristan Thompson coming.  Thompson, who trailed the play, smacked Rozier's shot off the backboard into George Hill's hands, and by the time..." May 22

  • Sterling Brown to Sue Milwaukee PD for Stun Gun Use After Arrest Video Emerges

    Bleacher Report "Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown will sue the Milwaukee Police Department after being tased and arrested over a parking violation in January. Gina Barton and Ashley Luthern of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinelreported the body camera footage will be released to..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • Sixers need LeBron James to compete with Celtics

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Despite the Sixers' meteoric ascension from 10 wins two seasons ago to 52 this past year, "the process" and how they got to this point remains a polarizing discussion. There are those in the anti-process camp who will never believe that intentionally losing to gain assets is the..." May 22

  • Mike D’Antoni’s rotation narrows, but Ryan Anderson keeps sitting for Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "As Mike D’Antoni spoke with the media and James Harden rebounded for Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson went around the world. Three-pointers from the top of the key. Threes from the right wing. Long-range shots around the perimeter inside the University of San Francisco’s War..." May 22

  • Gloria Govan Says Husband Derek Fisher and Ex Matt Barnes Are Not on Good Terms

    12 Up "The infamous Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes beef doesn't seem as if it's been resolved as people previously thought.  Matt Barnes' ex-wife Gloria Govan is getting married to Derek Fisher, and a TMZ sports reporter asked if Barnes would be invited to the..." May 22

  • Metta World Peace Wants To Make The Hall Of Fame

    Dime Magazine "The math spills from Metta World Peace’s mouth effortlessly, and it adds up to a parallel universe where a few things break a bit differently and his resume is unquestionable. Do I believe him when he says that, in the infamous 2004 season, he would’ve averaged 22 points if he..." May 22

  • Shane Battier Expected To Get Second Interview With Pistons

    Hoops Rumors "Heat director of basketball development and analytics Shane Battier is expected to interview with the Pistons for a second time, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald (Twitter link). We initially heard last week that the Heat had granted Battier permission to meet..." May 22

  • Will LaMarcus Aldridge end his career with the Spurs?

    San Antonio Express-News "Each week, Express-News sportswriters debate the issues of the day. This week, Mike Finger, Jabari Young, Jeff McDonald and Tom Orsborn weigh in. Will LaMarcus Aldridge end his career with the Spurs? Orsborn: Aldridge will be 33 on July 20. The extension he signed last..." May 22

  • The Clippers Might Trade Their Two First Round Picks To Move Up And Draft Michael Porter Jr.

    Uproxx "The Los Angels Clippers might be on the move to get the future of the franchise in the NBA Draft. One NBA executive thinks the Clippers might try to swap a pair of first-round picks to move up to draft Michael Porter Jr. in the Draft June. Porter had an injury-shortened..." May 22

  • Report: Teams trying to trade for Karl-Anthony Towns amid his perceived disconnect with Timberwolves

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Clippers took what appeared to be a stab in the dark by offering Blake Griffin to the Timberwolves for Karl-Anthony Towns before trading Griffin to the Pistons. But maybe it wasn’t completely a stab in the dark. Appearing on ESPN, Brian..." May 22

  • Four potential Jusuf Nurkic landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "A relatively athletic, young big man coming off a career year in which he averaged 14.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic should have an interesting market once he hits restricted free agency this offseason. The 7-foot Bosnian has displayed some scoring ability..." May 22

  • Potential Trade Packages and Landing Spots for Karl-Anthony Towns

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Timberwolves shouldn't consider making a Karl-Anthony Towns move. He's the rarest of NBA birds, both as an All-Star who hasn't completed his rookie contract and as one of only three players to average at least one three on 40 percent..." May 22

  • Video of police using stun gun on Bucks' Sterling Brown worries mayor

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett expressed concerns Monday about the actions of Milwaukee police in the arrest and tasing of Bucks rookie Sterling Brown. His comments came as the Police Department braces for a backlash when it releases the video of Brown's arrest.  Brown..." May 22

  • San Antonio Spurs disband longtime dance team for 'family-friendly' alternative

    USA Today "For more than 25 years, the San Antonio Spurs have turned to their Silver Dancers to get crowds fired up.  But that won't be the case next season, as the NBA team is replacing the all-female squad with a "family-friendly" co-ed "hype..." May 22

  • LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for all-time FG playoff record

    ESPN "LeBron James' two game-winning buzzer-beaters these playoffs might be more memorable, but his jump shot midway through the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday was the most historic. The 22-foot jumper off a JR Smith feed was the 2,357th..." May 22

  • LeBron James ties Allen Iverson with sixth 40-point playoff game

    247 Sports "LeBron James has been carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers throughout these playoffs. That was a natural effect of the Kyrie Irving trade. The Cavaliers don't have another scorer who can carry the burden, forcing James to dominate just to give his team a chance in the playoffs..." May 22

  • Brad Stevens Sends Undeniable Message To Celtics With Postgame Press Conference

    NESN "Brad Stevens’ postgame press conference following Game 4 couldn’t have started any better. In the moments following his team’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics head coach was given one right on a tee. A reporter asked Stevens about..." May 22

  • Can Raptors move top stars on trade market? NBA exec weighs in

    Sporting News "  Hard to believe, but it has been only two weeks since the Raptors last took the floor with the hopes of salvaging some sense of dignity against the Cavaliers, who’d steamrolled Toronto in their semifinal matchup. The Cavs KO’d the Raptors in a stunning sweep, of..." May 22

  • DeMarcus Cousins liked comment saying he’ll sign with ‘whoever pays him the max’

    Clutch Points "Teams who want to sign DeMarcus Cousins in free agency should be prepared to show the big man the money. The New Orleans Pelicans center is not keeping it a secret either that he wants to get top dollar once he hits the free agent market. The 27-year-old big man even liked an..." May 22

  • Seattle's KeyArena renovation plan not up to NBA's standards

    247 Sports "Back in December, Seattle City Council voted to approve a renovation of KeyArena, the former home of the Seattle SuperSonics. The Sonics infamously moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City because KeyArena was growing inadequate and now 20 years later, the arena is finally being..." May 22

  • Kyrie Irving not traveling to Cleveland due to rehab schedule

    Clutch Points "For the most part of the playoffs, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving could be seen on the bench, lending his support and cheering for his teammates. That was not the case in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home court, as the former Cavs..." May 22

  • Spurs Hope To Offer Leonard $219 Million Supermax

    SLAM Online "Kawhi Leonard only appeared in nine games for the San Antonio Spurs this season and didn’t attend any of the squad’s playoff games against the Golden State Warriors; however, the franchise still hopes its relationship with Leonard can be repaired. If so, they’ll be willing to..." May 21

  • Budenholzer Seeks To Unlock Bucks’ Defensive Potential

    Hoops Rumors "Mike Budenholzer will prioritize improving the Bucks’ defense, Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press reports. Budenholzer, who agreed to a four-year contract last week to become the team’s head coach, feels Milwaukee’s roster has plenty of good defensive pieces and..." May 21

  • Warriors' Andre Iguodala Doubtful for Game 4 vs. Rockets with Knee Injury

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors wing Andre Iguodala is doubtful for Tuesday's Game 4 matchup against the Houston Rockets with "knee soreness," according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.  Per Slater, "Iguodala's left knee contusion worsened overnight. Didn't..." May 21

  • Mavs will reportedly target DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dallas Mavericks have missed the postseason the past two years and have not won a playoff series since they were crowned NBA champions in 2011, and it sounds like they are ready to get back to winning. While there has been talk that the Mavericks could target Texas big man Mo..." May 21

  • Alvin Gentry highlights Pelicans' desire to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins

    ESPN "Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says "there's not one single person" in the organization that doesn't want free agent DeMarcus Cousins to return to the team. "I don't really talk about free agency. But the bottom line is that obviously we'd like to have him..." May 21

  • LeBron James 'appreciative' of hometown effort to put up statue of him

    Sporting News "LeBron James is already a legend in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and now a statue could be put up in his honor. Aaron Carey, who played basketball at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School six years after James did, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the statue, the..." May 21

  • Raptors Interviewed Jerry Stackhouse

    SLAM Online "The Toronto Raptors reportedly interviewed Jerry Stackhouse, the coach of the G-League’s Raptors 905, for their head coaching position, per Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. Stackhouse was an assistant coach for the Raptors in 2015 and has led Raptors 905 to back-to-back..." May 21

  • Lakers' front office indicates mutual interest in re-signing Randle, but agent says their priorities are unclear

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told The Times on Friday that the Lakers' front office is constantly in touch with Julius Randle's representatives, and there has been "a mutual exchange of interest and hoping that we can work something out for both..." May 21

  • Klay Thompson on Stephen Curry’s profane outburst: ‘I hope Riley didn’t see it’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Through halftime of Game 3, Stephen Curry was shooting 3-of-20 on 3-pointers in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets targeted him relentlessly while he was on defense. The Warriors had been outscored with him on the court. For days, questions swirled. Is Curry..." May 21

  • Cavs must maintain sense of urgency entering Game 4, Ty Lue says

    ESPN "Down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Saturday's Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had desperation on his side as his team played with a have-to-have-it edge in their 116-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics. Now Lue is tasked with distilling that same..." May 21

  • Could the NBA Conference Finals Be Any More Boring?

    The Big Lead "The NBA is a feel-good place where the public focuses on the positives instead of wading into the muck and mire to bring everyone down. And, hey, that’s a good thing because sports are supposed to be fun. But what might it look like if we applied the same “is this bad for the..." May 21

  • Clippers Looking to Trade Up in NBA Draft; Have Their Eyes Set on New Franchise Player

    Black Sports Online "The Clippers have two lottery picks, but they are late lottery picks, with that being said a team that has multiple needs could be interested in moving down. It is easy to blow one first round pick, harder to blow two (not impossible though). The Ringer has the..." May 21

  • Donte DiVincenzo Expected To Remain In Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Villanova sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo is expected to remain the draft barring an injury or significant change in performance during workouts, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. DiVincenzo’s stock soared during last week’s draft combine, according to Scott..." May 21

  • Knicks ‘Have The Hots’ For Trae Young, Interest Is Mutual

    SLAM Online "Trae Young’s father, Ray, told the New York Daily News last week that his son would be prepared to flourish under the New York spotlight: “That’s what Trae lives for. He lives for that type of stuff. Just think about it: He’s probably the most talked about,..." May 21

  • Frank Ntilikina is back from France, will meet with Fizdale for the first time today

    Yardbarker "Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina has returned from France and will meet new coach David Fizdale for the first time today, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Fizdale said he wants to establish “great relationships with his players,” which is an area where management..." May 21

  • Josh Okogie Opts To Stay In Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Georgia Tech shooting guard Josh Okogie has decided to remain in the draft, he announced in a Twitter statement. Okogie is ranked N0. 50 among ESPN’s Jonathan Givony’s Top 100 prospects. The 6’4” sophomore averaged 18.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 2.5 APG in his final..." May 21

  • Kevin Durant had perfect response to Charles Barkley about 'annoying' Draymond Green

    CBS Sports "The Inside the NBA crew has taken their show on the road for the Western Conference finals, so they were at Oracle Arena for Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. And because they were at the arena for the show, they were able to have Kevin Durant on the set after the..." May 21

  • Steve Kerr: Warriors bracing for ‘incredibly difficult’ Game 4 vs. Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors looked more than pleased to be home in their blowout win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, but Steve Kerr expects the Western Conference Finals to get a lot tougher going forward. After his team cruised to a 126-85 win, Kerr stressed the importance of..." May 21

  • Matt Barnes Not Welcome at Derek Fisher's Wedding ... Says Ex-Wife

    TMZ "Matt Barnes will "absolutely not" be in attendance when his ex-wife, Gloria Govan, marries Derek Fisher ... so says Gloria, who claims the ex-NBA stars are still NOT on great terms.  Remember, Barnes congratulated Govan and Fisher after they got engaged back in..." May 21