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  • Danilo Gallinari will rest on Saturday vs. Blazers

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari will not play in his team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, according to Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest. Gallinari isn’t injured, but will be sidelined for resting..." January 18

  • NBA Owner Sounds off on NBA All-Star Weekend King of Court Proposal

    Heavy "NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most anticipated during the NBA season with dazzling and jaw-dropping events, such as the celebrity game, the rising stars’ game where you get you to see the league’s upcoming talent all in one place. There’s the three-point..." January 17

  • Rodney Dangerfield is the Most Disrespected Man in the NBA History

    The Big Lead "Disrespect is a funny thing. Athletes and those tasked with motivating athletes find it everywhere. Draft position. Public opinion. Betting odds. Predictions from talking heads. If you aren't with a team, you're against them. If you're not propping them up, you're bulletin board..." January 16

  • Thunder Could Trade Chris Paul, Steven Adams And Danilo Gallinari Before The February Deadline

    Republic World "Oklahoma City Thunder succumbed to a 121-130 loss against Toronto Raptors in their last NBA meeting. Chris Paul, Steven Adams and Danilo Gallinari have starred for Thunder this season after the departure of franchise legend - Russell Westbrook.  Their surprising performance..." January 16

  • The secret to Chris Paul's resurgence? He's back to being himself again "Chris Paul spent the last two seasons reinventing himself to get the most out of his partnership with James Harden. Now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the future Hall of Famer is back to being himself again. Paul's numbers don't necessarily reflect..." January 15

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is Canada's Next NBA Superstar—But His Home Is in the Work

    Complex "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander always looks damn comfortable on the basketball court. Never rushed, constantly in control, the rising NBA star knew that’s where he needed to be when his surroundings were forcibly changed. Last summer, the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder..." January 15

  • What if the Cavs successfully traded for Paul George in 2017?

    Cavs Nation "There was a fleeting moment where Paul George and LeBron James were almost teammates. Back during the summer of 2017 when the Indiana Pacers were trying to find a trade for George, the Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver..." January 14

  • Tony Parker Is The Only Player With A Positive Record Against All 30 Teams, Including San Antonio Spurs

    Hoops Hype "Tony Parker announced his retirement last summer following a memorable career that saw him win four NBA titles and make the All-Star Game six times. His final year with the Hornets was not the stuff of legend, but one particular event during that season made his NBA career even more..." January 14

  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler reveals his 5 toughest players to guard

    Clutch Points "Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the league today. Recently, the four-time All-Defensive team member penned an article for The Players’ Tribune, wherein he openly spoke about some of the most challenging..." January 13

  • Is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander the best Canadian in the NBA? ""Who is the best Canadian player in the NBA?" For a long time, the answer was easy: Andrew Wiggins. Nowadays, the answer is not so simple with a growing pool of candidates that introduces several additional layers of complexity and nuance. We are, after..." January 13

  • Two-Way Contract Situations To Watch This Week

    Hoops Rumors "January 15 is the last day that NBA teams can sign a player to a two-way contract this season. After that date, teams can still waive two-way players or promote them to their 15-man rosters, but they can’t bring aboard new players on two-way contracts as replacements. With that..." January 13

  • Russell Westbrook on Thunder stint: ‘I don’t regret one thing’

    USA Today "The two players remain linked as one of the NBA's biggest deals last summer. Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are not rivals, though. So after the Oklahoma City Thunder finished with a 113-92 win over the Houston Rockets, the two star players hugged. Then Westbrook waved to..." January 10

  • NBA trade deadline: Will Kevin Love, Chris Paul be dealt before the deadline?

    USA Today "The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away. Utah and Cleveland executed a trade that has paid early dividends for the Jazz with Jordan Clarkson helping the bench but that is the only trade this season. There will be more between now and the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Some..." January 10

  • Ranking the Top 10 Centers in the NBA

    The Big Lead "1. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets Generally, building your franchise around a 7-foot, 250-pound center in the year 2020 is frowned upon, but Jokic is more of a point guard trapped in Bryant Reeves' body. He was the All-NBA First Team center last season and will turn 25 next month. It..." January 10

  • Celtics, Suns And Raptors Are Interested In Danilo Gallinari

    Fadeaway World "As one of the players moved in the infamous Paul George deal, Danilo Gallinari has yet to find a long-term home in the NBA. Stints in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and (now) Oklahoma City, it seems Galo has always been used as a pawn for teams to acquire someone better than him. This..." January 10

  • Thunder sending mixed message on trade front

    Clutch Points "For some NBA teams, trade deadline season is an anxious time. The pressure of making the right decision can be daunting, but the Oklahoma City Thunder seem to be at ease with the options at their disposal. According to a report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, the..." January 10

  • Gilbert Arenas Defends Kevin Durant's Choice to Leave OKC for Warriors After Kendrick Perkins Debate

    Complex "Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant got into it on Twitter recently after the former declared Russell Westbrook the best Oklahoma City Thunder player of all-time. The current Nets player took some shots at Perkins, who played with OKC from 2010-14, and..." January 10

  • Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Sportress of Blogitude "The All-Star Celebrity Game during NBA All-Star Weekend is often one of the more entertaining events of the three-day league showcase, simply due to the novelty of watching stars chucking up shots. With ESPN televising the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 14, it is not a..." January 10

  • Instagram model Tammy Hembrow: Entire sports team has invaded my DMs

    New York Post "Model and fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow is Australia’s hottest Instagram star right now — and at least one sport team agrees. The 25-year-old social media starlet has opened up on the number of direct messages she has been receiving recently from athletes around the..." January 10

  • Russell Westbrook Rocks Thunder-Themed Shoes Before Return Vs. OKC

    Sportsnaut "Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook wore navy blue and orange with pride for 11 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, as he’s set to make his return to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night, he is wearing those colors once again in a unique way. As the..." January 09

  • 3 Players That Can Help Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons Win A Championship This Season

    Fadeaway World "The Philadelphia 76ers looked like the team to beat entering this season. After an eventful offseason, many expected this team to coast through the Eastern Conference, but this doesn’t seem like the case. The Sixers have fallen back to Earth after their 5-0 start and this recent..." January 09

  • How Chris Paul Made OKC Thunder a Playoff Contender

    Bleacher Report "Trading Paul George in July meant the Oklahoma City Thunder were in danger of missing the playoffs in 2019-20. Trading Russell Westbrook a few days later meant losing the heart and soul of the franchise. Now, Chris Paul is bringing both..." January 09

  • Eric Stern opens up about his dad David Stern, former NBA commissioner

    USA Today "Eric Stern appreciated all the words said and written about his father, former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day. “It’s all very nice,” Stern told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. But what also had tremendous meaning to..." January 08

  • The Top 5 Best Destinations For Lakers' Kyle Kuzma

    Fadeaway World "With the Trade Deadline approaching, many teams are expected to make changes to their rosters. While many of the teams expected to make some moves are fringe playoff teams, there are a handful of teams at the top of the league record-wise that could look to dabble in the trade market. One team..." January 08

  • Chris Paul's Resurgence Puts Rockets' Trade Into Question

    SI "Did the Houston Rockets make a mistake trading Chris Paul? It’s a question at least worth asking, while fully acknowledging there were abundant concerns about his age and durability—not to mention possible friction with teammate James Harden. It isn’t..." January 08

  • Chris Paul Got Choked Up & Almost Cried After Dennis Scott Disrespected Him During Interview

    Total Pro Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder were down by six points with a little over 2 minutes to go when Chris Paul decided to take over. The veteran point guard willed his his team to a 113-103 OT win over the Brooklyn Nets , with Paul outscoring the Nets 12-11 by himself in crunch time. " January 08

  • 76ers not true contenders with Ben Simmons playing out of position, but a Chris Paul trade could fix all that

    CBS Sports "The Philadelphia 76ers are the proverbial "one piece away" championship contender. But it can't just be any piece. It's not a talent shortage Philly is facing, but rather, the absence of a particularly skilled player that can finally tie all those talented pieces..." January 07

  • NBA reconsidering playoff reseeding proposal

    Sportsnet "The NBA is reportedly reconsidering a proposal that would have reseeded the four conference finalists during the playoffs based on regular season record, re-shaping the league’s playoff structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Under the NBA’s..." January 07

  • NBA Execs Rip Load Management

    Bleacher Report "Want a surefire way to get almost any NBA coach to roll their eyes, snort or make some other derisive gesture? Mention load management. That is, as long as they're sure no one is looking. To be caught dismissing the practice would be "career suicide," says..." January 07

  • Doc Rivers ceding power to Pat Beverley like he did Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul

    ESPN "Doc Rivers' greatest success has come with quarterback-like point guards in Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. Now, the LA Clippers' coach is beginning to put some exclusive trust in a third point guard -- Patrick Beverley. After the Clippers made franchise..." January 06

  • 3 potential trades for Kevin Love

    The Score "Kevin Love could use a change in scenery. The veteran power forward's stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be coming to a head after a reported outburst toward general manager Koby Altman on Saturday was followed up by an on-court..." January 06

  • From Danilo Gallinari to Chris Paul, 75 players who could be moved before Feb. 6

    CBS Sports "Just before the 2019 trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, hoping that he would be the final piece of a championship-worthy puzzle. On their way to their first title in franchise history, they outlasted the Philadelphia..." January 06

  • 6 Blockbuster Trades We Want To See This Season

    Fadeaway World "A couple of weeks ago, we finally had our first trade of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jordan Clarkson was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks and this trade looks to be a win-win for both sides. Clarkson wasn’t in the plans for the Cleveland Cavaliers..." January 04

  • Three Trade Destinations For Pistons Center Andre Drummond

    The Big Lead "The Detroit Pistons went all-in when they traded for Blake Griffin in February of 2018. Just under two years later, nothing has gone right. Griffin had a career year in 2018-19, but his body failed him as the playoffs approached and Detroit was swept by Milwaukee in the first round. Three..." January 04

  • Free Agent Stock Watch 2020: Northwest Division

    Hoops Rumors "Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Northwest Division: Malik..." January 04

  • From Charles Barkley to Joel Embiid: The fight to modernize the NBA big man

    ESPN "JOEL EMBIID RELISHES the opportunities to launch 3-pointers. The execution of that shot, the 7-foot Philadelphia 76ers center believes, classifies him as a modern NBA player, a multifaceted big man whose skills and athleticism should not -- and will not -- confine him to a..." January 03

  • Rajon Rondo Got Upset When A Fan Hugged Him & Called Him ‘Chris Paul’

    Total Pro Sports "Rajon Rondo does not like Chris Paul. That was evident when the two got into a fight on the court in 2018 after Rondo essentially spit in Paul’s face. " January 03

  • The NBA Wouldn't Be the NBA Without David Stern

    Complex "The 1984 NBA Draft, held in the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, was a revolution that was barely televised—it was shown on the USA Network in the middle of a weekday afternoon. What are today household names didn’t get beamed into many households. There were future Hall of..." January 02

  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s Ex-Adult Film Star Hookup Kiara Mia Reveals She Has an NBA Player Who Pays Her For Sex

    Black Sports Online "Mia Kiara says she is the reason that Jimmy G and the 49ers are back in the playoffs. Hard to argue her point. Jimmy G has been balling and it started when he took her out on a date before having sex with her.  " January 02

  • LeBron James on David Stern: ‘He definitely should have something named after him’

    USA Today "LeBron James eulogized David Stern for his global vision and shrewd negotiating tactics. But with Stern passing away on Wednesday at age 77, the Lakers star suggested another way to honor the late NBA Commissioner. “He definitely should have something named after..." January 02

  • All NBA teams will wear black jersey stripe for the rest of the season as tribute to David Stern

    The Big Lead "David Stern, longtime former commissioner of the NBA, passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 77. The league released a statement on his passing, and teams and players everywhere have been giving their thoughts on the man who became a figurehead for the game of basketball. " January 02

  • Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead 1st All-Star voting returns "The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA and their respective conferences in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google.  Doncic leads Antetokounmpo by 599 votes for the top spot among all players...." January 02

  • Buying or Selling NBA's Biggest Breakout Players

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season was always destined to be one for the ages. The injury bug dismantled the Golden State Warriors dynasty (or at least put it on a one-year hiatus). Dynamic duos sprouted up across the hoops landscape with Hollywood as the backdrop, where the Los Angeles Lakers..." January 02

  • ‘He thought big’: David Stern ushered in the modern NBA

    Sportsnet "The NBA All-Star Game is an annual gathering of some of the most gifted people on the planet — where some of the biggest and brightest among us shine. But so often in years past at All-Star Weekend, the event that carried the most weight — that was most anticipated by..." January 01

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77 after brain hemorrhage

    CBS Sports "David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, has died at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, the NBA announced Wednesday.  Stern was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014, presiding over a period of immense growth for professional..." January 01

  • Should Chris Paul or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander make the All-Star team? "If you haven't been paying attention to the NBA around the holidays, you might've missed the resurgence of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sitting in at 18-15, the Thunder hold the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. In the month of December, there was no..." January 01

  • Ranking the top five sports video games of the 2010s

    Sporting News "The landscape of sports gaming has changed dramatically over the last decade, with a reduction in the number of games produced, evolution of distribution and a shift in newly prioritized features to maximize the revenue they generate. While there is legitimate reason to be frustrated..." December 31

  • Again: Cord Cutting is NOT the Biggest Reason For NBA Ratings Hiccups

    The Big Lead "The reasons for NBA ratings declines this season have been debated ad nauseam, but I keep seeing the decline in cable and satellite subscribers presented as the biggest variable. While it is certainly a factor, it is not the prevailing one. Every other major sport this year has weathered cable..." December 31

  • Why the best is yet to come for Canada's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Sportsnet " Shai Gilgeous-Alexander might have as bright an NBA future as any Canadian in the game right now. He might have as bright an NBA future as any young guard in the game, flag notwithstanding. He certainly isn’t short of confidence. It stems from both..." December 30

  • LiAngelo Ball joins Thunder's G League team as practice player

    Yahoo! Sports "LaVar Ball is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of sending three kids to the NBA. Well, kind of. LiAngelo Ball, the middle son best known for getting kicked off the UCLA Bruins basketball team for shoplifting, has joined the Oklahoma City Thunder’s G League team as a..." December 30