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  • Top Moments from 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction

    Bleacher Report "The much-anticipated class of 2020 was finally enshrined in a ceremony at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.  Boasting arguably the most star-studded enshrinees in history, the nine-person class was headlined by Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. They were..." May 16

  • NBA playoff picture heading into final day of regular season

    The Score "While only one day remains in the 2020-21 NBA regular season, a lot still needs to be settled. The top spot in the Western Conference remains up for grabs, and the play-in tournament matchups aren't locked in yet. Nearly all of Sunday's games have significant..." May 16

  • NBA's positional misfits destroying an outdated system

    CBS Sports "Zion Williamson had played 70 NBA games before the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching staff decided it was time. He had already evolved into a perimeter playmaker, even initiating the offense in certain situations. On April 9, though, with Lonzo Ball out with a hip injury,..." May 16

  • Grading Raptors' guards from the 2020-21 season

    The Score "Coming off a 53-win season, the Toronto Raptors had high hopes for the 2020-21 campaign. However, COVID-19-related absences and inconsistent frontcourt production plagued Canada's lone NBA organization in what'll be remembered as a disappointing season. But for all..." May 16

  • Kyle Lowry to miss potential final game with Raptors

    The Score "Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Indiana Pacers, his potential last game with the franchise, due to rest, according to Sportsnet's Steven Loung. Lowry, 35, will become an unrestricted free agent this..." May 15

  • Paul Pierce, Ben Wallace Reportedly Part Of 2021 Hall Of Fame Class

    Hoops Rumors "Ahead of Sunday’s official announcement, two names of the 2021 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class have been reported: Ben Wallace and Paul Pierce. Sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that the legendary defensive stalwart Wallace will be..." May 15

  • Marv Albert will reportedly retire at end of NBA Playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "After over five decades of calling NBA action, Marv Albert is calling it a career. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Albert has decided to retire from his broadcasting duties at the end of the NBA Playoffs. A formal announcement is expected soon from Albert, and..." May 15

  • NBA plans to address players using unnatural shooting motions to draw fouls in offseason

    CBS Sports "With just a few days left in the regular season, and all but two playoff seeds still up for grabs, most of the NBA is focused firmly on the here and now. But it's never too early to start looking ahead to the future, and the league office is already making plans to address some key issues..." May 15

  • NBA Playoff Picture 2021: Standings, Predictions for Lakers, Warriors and More

    Bleacher Report "Can the Los Angeles Lakers move up to the No. 6 seed and avoid going to the play-in tournament? Or will the Portland Trail Blazers hold them off, giving the defending NBA champions a longer path back to the postseason? That's the biggest question remaining following..." May 15

  • Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam among Raptors out vs. Mavs

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors will once again be short-handed as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Raptors starters Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (hip), Pascal Siakam (shoulder), OG Anunoby (calf) will not play Friday, as well as..." May 14

  • NBA, Union Discuss Changes To Health And Safety Protocols

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and its players union are considering changes to the league’s health and safety protocols after an announcement this week from the Centers for Disease Control, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. The CDC issued a statement Thursday that “fully..." May 14

  • The NBA was supposed to challenge the NFL, but has its popularity even surpassed MLB?

    The Athletic "I love Ethan Strauss’ recent series of columns on NBA ratings for a few reasons. First, they’re always fun reads because Strauss has an entertaining style of prose. Second, I’m a media nerd so I inhale any and all information in this realm. And third, it’s..." May 14

  • Terence Davis believes lessons from Toronto help him fit in with Sacramento

    The Athletic "Terence Davis hasn’t been with the Kings for two months yet, but he’s already seen enough in his two NBA seasons to pass along knowledge to some of his young teammates. Ending up with a team coming off an NBA championship has a way of doing that for a..." May 13

  • Toughest Decision For Every NBA Team In 2021 Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "It’s decision time. Each NBA team will make severe tough choices over the 2021 offseason that could determine the direction of the franchise. Some of the decisions are more critical than others, but that’s just the nature of the business. Read..." May 13

  • 5 NBA players who could break Russell Westbrook's record for triple-doubles

    Sports Keeda "Russell Westbrook only recently recorded his 182nd triple-double to become the all-time leader in this category. Westbrook's showing no signs of slowing down either, making it feasible for him to exceed 200 or even 250 triple-doubles before he decides to officially ride off..." May 13

  • NBA: One new player tested positive for coronavirus in previous week

    Pro Basketball Talk "After its worst week with coronavirus in two months – four new cases, which followed weeks of three and two – the NBA has returned to a more manageable number. NBA release: Of the 497 players tested for COVID-19 since May..." May 13

  • NBA creates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award

    ESPN "The NBA has created a new award in honor of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer and a noted civil rights activist, that will recognize a player who best embodies his strive for social justice and racial equality, the league announced Thursday. The winner..." May 13

  • How Yuta Watanabe earned his NBA shot and why this is just the beginning

    Sportsnet "Ryonan High School star Akira Sendoh stared down the two Shohoku High School defenders that came to meet him along the wing with his trademark easy-going smile. Then, just as it looked like he would be forced to pass out of the double team, Sendoh exploded to the rim. From there it..." May 12

  • 5 Best Destinations For Talen Horton-Tucker

    Fadeaway World "Talen Horton-Tucker is without a doubt a special talent that has shown flashes on the Los Angeles Lakers. While he isn't a featured player on a team with two superstars, he is clearly a skilled young player who can shine given the opportunity. Horton-Tucker will be a free agent this..." May 12

  • NBA Trade Deadline Deals Contenders and Tankers Should Have Made

    Bleacher Report "The NBA trade deadline is, in hindsight, often a land of what-ifs and regrets. Sometimes teams get in trouble by acquiring the wrong player, overpaying on the trade market or choosing the wrong direction for their franchise's future. For other teams, though, the worst..." May 12

  • In-Person NBA Draft Combine to Return for 2021

    Blazer's Edge "The lead up to the 2021 NBA Draft will feature an in-person combine this year. Unlike last year’s virtual combine, the top prospects in the 2021 class are set to take center stage in Chicago near the end of June. The Athletic’s Shams Charania provided an..." May 12

  • Raptors better off looking forward, not back, after playoff streak ends

    Sportsnet "It didn’t have to be this way, though it’s probably not healthy at this stage to look back at what might have been and get too deep down the rabbit hole of what went wrong and what should have been done right. Not now. We’ve all been through too much and we’re still..." May 12

  • NBA Stars with the Most to Prove in the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Entrenched stars are not typically saddled with the burden of proof during the NBA's regular season. Their value amongst one another can be divisive, but it's a given overall. Issues with their games are, usually, matters of split hairs; otherwise they wouldn't be..." May 12

  • The Luke Walton All-Stars -- 10 players who starred in their roles in 2021

    ESPN "It's time for the 10th Annual Luke Walton All-Stars, honoring journeymen and guys who have fought to stick in the NBA. Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets (captain) Brown walked into the Detroit Pistons practice facility in November when his..." May 12

  • 7 Former NBA All-Stars Are Playing At A High Level Off The Bench This Season

    Fadeaway World "It is not easy for former All-Star players to accept a bit-part role. We have seen throughout NBA history that players don't respond to that well, and it often goes bad. We have seen how a legend like Allen Iverson failed to accept a smaller role and that effectively ended his time in the..." May 12

  • Raptors eliminated from playoff contention

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors will miss the NBA Playoffs for the first time in eight years. The Raptors were eliminated from Playoffs contention with the Indiana Pacers' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday. " May 11

  • Crowded All-NBA Field Will Impact Several Contract Situations

    Hoops Rumors "When Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer shared his early All-NBA picks this week, he rightly pointed out that limiting the field to 15 players will leave a number of worthy candidates on the outside looking in. O’Connor had to exclude worthy contenders such as Devin..." May 11

  • 3 Players who can beat Russell Westbrook’s triple-double record

    Clutch Points "Russell Westbrook just became the triple-double king by surpassing Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in NBA history. Albeit coming in a tough 1-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, the Washington Wizards star notched career triple-double no. 182 to take..." May 11

  • Raptors' Pascal Siakam buys mom new house on Mother's Day

    Toronto Sun "Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam has given his mom home-court advantage — with a new house. “Happy birthday and happy Mother’s Day to the Queen herself,” read a message on Mother’s Day on Siakam’s official Instagram account along with video..." May 10

  • Raptors' Pascal Siakam to have imaging on shoulder

    TSN "Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam told reporters Monday he is going to get some imaging done on his shoulder strain and is day-to-day, tweets TSN's Josh Lewenberg. Siakam played just over 30 minutes in Toronto's most recent game, a 10-point loss to the Memphis..." May 10

  • Lottery Races To Watch During NBA Season’s Final Week

    Hoops Rumors "Although the races for the final playoff positions in the Eastern and Western Conference will generate more excitement during the last week of the NBA’s 2020/21 season, the jockeying for lottery positioning near the bottom of the league’s standings may ultimately be more meaningful..." May 10

  • Kyle Lowry Is On The New York Knicks' Radar For Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Kyle Lowry is a point guard that will be a premier free agency target this season. Despite the fact that he is an older guard in this league, Lowry has continued producing at a high level, currently averaging 17.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 7.3 APG. Lowry is a 6-time All-Star, who would be able to help..." May 10

  • Referee Tony Brown to miss rest of 2020-21 season

    NBA.com "NBA referee Tony Brown will not officiate the rest of the regular season nor during the 2021 NBA Playoffs after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month. “Tony is a beloved member of the NBA family, and in particular, our officiating family,” said Monty McCutchen,..." May 10

  • Twitter user creates hilarious thread of popular porn stars that compare to NBA players

    Total Pro Sports "This is the type of content social media was created for. On Sunday, Twitter user @DaMightyChiefs took to the popular social media site and created a hilarious thread comparing some of the biggest NBA players to popular porn stars For LeBron James, he compared to Abella..." May 10

  • Rodney Hood Has Fracture On Left Hand

    Hoops Rumors "Raptors swingman Rodney Hood suffered a fracture of the second metacarpal on his left hand in tonight’s game, tweets Josh Lewenberg of TSN. With just four games left to play and Toronto out of playoff contention, Hood is likely done for the season. " May 09

  • 5 blockbuster trades the Golden State Warriors could make this summer

    Sportsnaut "Regardless of what happens moving forward on the season, the Golden State Warriors will be looking to pull off a blockbuster trade during the summer. With Klay Thompson slated to return to full health during the 2021-22 campaign and Stephen Curry playing at an..." May 09

  • NBA Playoff Picture: Standings, Bracket and Key Storylines Down the Stretch

    Bleacher Report "After winning the NBA title last season, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of trouble as this year's playoffs draws closer. And if they don't turn things around soon, their appearance in the 2020-21 postseason could be brief. The Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on..." May 09

  • Raptors' final games still meaningful for team's young players

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors' post-season hopes are all but mathematically cooked. Despite this, there’s still games to be played as they finish out what has been a dismal season. Toronto played their fifth-last game of the season Saturday night against what appears to..." May 09

  • Nick Nurse hilariously exposes ex-Raptors Jonas Valanciunas as a fishing fiend

    Clutch Points "Jonas Valanciunas may no longer be with the Toronto Raptors but he surely left quite an impression on head coach Nick Nurse. Apparently, one of his former coach’s fondest memories of JV is the time they went fishing together in Valenciunas’ native of..." May 09

  • Raptors cannot wait to get out of Tampa?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors have not exactly gotten the warmest welcome in their temporary home this season. Now it sounds like they are itching to get the heck out of Dodge. Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reported this week that there are Raptors players and other members of the..." May 08

  • Raptors' intentions for remainder of season now crystal clear

    Sportsnet "The people that run the Toronto Raptors should just come out and say it. I mean, it’s not that hard to figure out what they’re thinking, but they should put words on it anyway. They should explain what they want out of the never-ending weirdness of the..." May 07

  • Raptors react to being booed at ‘home’ game

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors lost another tough game on Thursday night in what has been an incredibly challenging season, and they continued to receive very little support from the “home” fans. Because of COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, the Raptors have had to play all of their..." May 07

  • Raptors stuck in the middle in season of mixed messages, frustration

    Sportsnet "“So you’re telling me there’s a chance!” Immortal words from Lloyd Christmas to live by if you’re an extreme optimist and dreamer, or just a Toronto Raptors fan this season. Following their 131-129 loss to the Washington Wizards on..." May 07

  • Raptors resting Kyle Lowry vs. Grizzlies; Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby among others out

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will rest Kyle Lowry for Saturday's matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, while Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher and Paul Watson Jr. are also out. Yuta Watanabe is doubtful for the contest. Lowry is missing his second consecutive game..." May 07

  • Potential 2021 NBA RFAs Whose Qualifying Offers Will Be Impacted By Starter Criteria

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s rookie scale, which determines how much first-round picks earn during their first four NBA seasons, also dictates how much the qualifying offers will be worth for those players when they reach restricted free agency after year four. However, the value of those..." May 07

  • Why Carmelo Anthony's resurgence means so much to young NBA superstars

    ESPN "IT WAS NOV. 5, 2017, game nine for the newly formed superteam in Oklahoma City. After a bumpy 4-4 start, the Thunder were in Portland to take on a division rival. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts had taken his spot in the narrow hallway of the Moda Center pregame to talk with..." May 07

  • The play-in tournament wasn’t intended for a team like these Raptors

    The Athletic "On Thursday night, The Last Chance Saloon was nearly empty. Multiple stools were unoccupied. Folks, its long-term viability as a business is not looking good. A quick rewind: After the Raptors lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, coach Nick Nurse referred to..." May 07

  • Breakouts on bad NBA teams: Don't sleep on the development of these 5 players

    The Score "It's tough for the average fan to keep up with all 30 NBA teams at any point in the season, especially in these final days when some teams are clearly out of the race and playing for nothing. But while you're ignoring some of those afterthought clubs, you might miss the start of a..." May 07

  • Introducing a new NBA pre-draft event: The Tampa Bay Pro Combine

    Basketball News "Over the years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has given thousands of NBA hopefuls an opportunity to showcase their game in front of executives from all 30 teams. The event has featured NBA legends such as John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, Rick Barry and..." May 07

  • Raptors coach Nick Nurse slams report about Nate Bjorkgren as ‘100 percent false’

    Larry Brown Sports "Nick Nurse is pretty upset over some reports criticizing the character and coaching of one of his former assistants. Indiana Pacers first-year head coach Nate Bjorkgren has come under fire recently. A report on Tuesday said that Bjorkgren’s future is in jeopardy, largely..." May 07