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The Sixers spoke and, wow, it's a lot to unpack
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:20:56 GMT)
Philly said some brutally honest things about Jahlil Okafor, couldn't contain its excitement for Ben Simmons and somehow made Joel Embiid's status even more uncertain.

Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:43:21 GMT)
The Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again. The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday

Stephen Curry salary almost cut in half in California taxes
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:40:00 GMT)
Golden State's Stephen Curry can drain a three-pointer and California can drain his wallet. The star point guard, at the beginning of the NBA offseason, signed a five-year, $201 million contract. He will pull in a record $34 million in the 2017-18 season. But because he plays and lives in California

Saturday game preview: Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:46:53 GMT)
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m. TV: TSN RADIO: TSN1050 PROBABLE STARTERS Toronto: Cory Joseph, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas. Dallas: Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki. KEY MATCHUP Valanciunas vs. Nowitzki This isn'

Three things we saw as the Raptors won a crazy Game 5
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:46:53 GMT)
It would take some long, hard thought and that's not on the agenda at the moment but that one has to go on the list of wackiest games in franchise history. And if you had told me – or anyone – that in the biggest and most important quarter of the season that Lowry, Joseph, DeRozan, Powell and Biyombo

Kevin Durant on President Trump: 'I don't agree with what he agrees with'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:21:55 GMT)
Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the NBA champion Golden State Warriors are invited. "Nah, I won't do that," said Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. "I don't respect who's in office right now." Durant spoke to ESPN on Thursday

Barkley tears into new schedule: NBA 'caved in' to 'poor babies'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:03:27 GMT)
Charles Barkley is at it again. The Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst swore he wasn't an old guy telling current NBA players to get off his lawn Wednesday, but that was after he said he was “angry” regarding the league's new scheduling format, which decreases the number of back-to-back games

A logical conclusion to Argo saga despite the howls of protest
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:01:59 GMT)
Finally, some resolution to the whole Argo-TFC-BMO situation and the end result, no matter how long it took to be reached, is the most sensible outcome and should be welcomed. The Larry Tanenbaum-Bell purchase of the Argos and the coming move to a renovated park by the lake is just the right thing and

Former Maverick Jason Terry agrees to one-year deal to play with Bucks under head coach Jason Kidd
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:06:16 GMT)
Jason Terry agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, according to The Vertical. Terry was with Milwaukee last year, who are led by former Maverick point guard Jason Kidd as the head coach. Terry played in 74 games in the 2016-2017 season, averaging 4.1 points per

Mike Smith Replaced as Clippers' TV Analyst by Bruce Bowen
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
In somewhat surprising news, the Clippers have replaced Ralph Lawler's partner-in-crime, Mike Smith, with longtime Spurs' player Bruce Bowen per Brad Turner of the LA Times. Mike Smith had been with the Clippers for 19 seasons as a TV analyst, and played for them in 1995. While not as venerated

Raptors cool 'phenomenal' George just in time
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:05:58 GMT)
Somewhere between his 12 first-quarter points and the 10 he had in the second quarter, Paul George left the confines of the hardwood at the Air Canada Centre. He was still physically present, torching the Raptors, but mentally — spiritually, if you want to take it there — George had found basketball

Raptors' Anthony Bennett does double duty, joins 905 for matinee
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:19:45 GMT)
Anthony Bennett had the potential to play in a rare basketball doubleheader on Sunday. The Toronto-born Raptors forward had 13 points for Raptors 905 in a matinee 105-94 win over the Delaware 87ers, then caught a ride back to the parent club's 104-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings, where he didn'

Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki talks relationship with Mark Cuban, explains hometown discounts throughout his career
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:12:00 GMT)
I tell the story all the time, how many owners come to the best player's bachelor party? Cubes came to mine and we had a blast so that kind of shows you the kind of relationship we have and had over the years. It's been awesome. Anything that can be shared about the bachelor party involving Cuban

Paul George says he “Didn’t know I was gonna be traded”
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:08:35 GMT)
This Instagram caption is just too good.

Melo's rough season
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:00:00 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony's 2016-17 campaign wasn't one to remember. Check out the numbers behind Melo and the Knicks' struggles.

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors: Knicks GM's omission sign of a deal?
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:57:18 GMT)
When the new general manager keeps your name out of his mouth, that might be a sign something's up. Or not.

2017 Fantasy Basketball Draft Prep: LeBron James goes ahead of Stephen Curry, James Harden in our first mock draft
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:36:50 GMT)
In most leagues, when you end up with the No. 1 pick, you've got a tough decision to make. But not this one. In our first mock draft of the season, featuring friends from around the Fantasy industry, we decided to eschew turnovers, settling for an eight-category Rotisserie league. As a result, Andrew

Celtics' Hayward: Isaiah's recruitment efforts 'helped win me over'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:17:24 GMT)
Nathaniel S. Butler / National Basketball Association / Getty If it wasn't for Isaiah Thomas, Gordon Hayward may have never decided to head east this offseason. The All-Star swingman revealed Thursday that the now-Cleveland Cavaliers guard played a huge role in Hayward's decision to sign with

Celtics' Hayward: Isaiah's recruitment efforts 'helped win me over'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:17:24 GMT)
Nathaniel S. Butler / National Basketball Association / Getty If it wasn't for Isaiah Thomas, Gordon Hayward may have never decided to head east this offseason. The All-Star swingman revealed Thursday that the now-Cleveland Cavaliers guard played a huge role in Hayward's decision to sign with

Wolves ink guard Aaron Brooks to finalize training camp roster
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:14:11 GMT)
More Timberwolves coverage Wolves ink guard Aaron Brooks to finalize training camp roster FOX Sports North, Wolves announce 2017-18 telecast schedule Wolves sign Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble Wolves to sign Shabazz Muhammad Digital Extra: Adrian Peterson's return to Minnesota The Minnesota Timberwolves

Wolves ink guard Aaron Brooks to finalize training camp roster
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:04:14 GMT)
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks on Thursday, adding a veteran journeyman who has split his nine NBA seasons between six teams. Minnesota has now finalized its training camp roster at 17 players. The 32-year-old is averaging 10.1 points, 3.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds

SB Nation gave the Warriors a positive outlook for their young stars
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:59:00 GMT)
As we described yesterday, SB Nation-NBA is rolling out a list of the top 101 players in 2021. Today, they worked their way into the top 40 and two Golden State Warriors players were on the list (click the links to see the full write-up for each): The folks at SB Nation - NBA asked for our responses

Ranking the 2017-2018 Utah Jazz Roster: Ekpe Udoh is the 12th man
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:52:39 GMT)
The results are in. And it was tight all the way. Ekpe Udoh slides into being the 12th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz Roster. Udoh spent the last couple years playing in the Euroleague for Fenerbahce, arguably the 2nd best league in the world, where he had enough success to deem an NBA return.

Paul George posts intense offseason workout video
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:44:53 GMT)
This NBA offseason has been full of workout photos and videos from all of the stars, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. Paul George added another one of his own videos to the mix this week. The Oklahoma City Thunder star specifically shouted out Ryan Capretta,

Carroll, Mayweather-McGregor nonsense, coffee and more in the weekend mail
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:42:10 GMT)
Man, you folks out-did yourself this week. Yeah, there's some duplication in here but so what, everyone's gotta get their say, at least a bit, right? And while I continue to attempt to train the incorrigible Super Dog 2.0 before I seek solace on a stool, have fun with this. Q: Hi Doug. Where

Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:40:58 GMT)
Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.

The NBA all-star backups are out, at least one guess at them is
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:40:20 GMT)
Today's the deadline for NBA coaches to fill out their all-star ballots so here we go with one man's opinion. The rules are this: Two guards, three frontcourt players, two other “wild cards” and there doesn't have to be any regard for positions within those groups; that is the guards could

New Knicks forward Michael Beasley calls Stephen A. Smith a liar, explains why he quit smoking weed
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:35:58 GMT)
Michael Beasley took strong exception to Stephen A. Smith for bringing up his past issues with marijuana, and fired back at the ESPN host by calling him "a liar" who has created tales about relationships with players. Explaining that he cleaned up his act five years ago for the sake of his

Minnesota Timberwolves sign Aaron Brooks
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:35:00 GMT)
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Aaron Brooks. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. With today's signing of Brooks, the Wolves have finalized the team's training camp roster at 17 players. Brooks, 32, appeared in 65 games last season with

Kyrie Irving extremely high on Celtics' Tatum: 'He's a bad dude'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:17:23 GMT)
It hasn't taken long for Kyrie Irving to bond with new rookie teammate and fellow Duke Blue Devil alumnus Jayson Tatum, who already has the new Boston Celtics guard's seal of approval. "He's like my big little brother, or little big brother. That dude is so talented and he has a ceiling

Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers says he's done being 'Mr. Nice Guy'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:03:25 GMT)
Remember when Victor Oladipo was quiet, unassuming, almost shunning attention?  If a Thursday radio appearance is any indication, those days are long over. He spent a half-hour on WQHT -- better known as Hot 97 --  in New York, promoting his new single, 'Song For You,' discussing basketball issues

Five things to watch at Hawks training camp
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:46:00 GMT)
The Hawks are set to open a three-day training camp Tuesday at the Coliseum Training Facility on the University of Georgia campus. The Hawks will practice twice Tuesday and Wednesday and once Wednesday. All sessions are closed to the public.  As of Thursday, the Hawks have 19 players signed for training

Bulls’ John Paxson: Dwyane Wade buyout must be “advantageous” for team
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:37:01 GMT)
Wade will get bought out, the only question is how deep into the season before it happens?

LeBron says mini camp with Cavs was 'great'
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:28:17 GMT)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers got together for a mini camp recently, according to James' Instagram post on Thursday. The team photo shows the new Cavs team posting on the court at University of California, Santa Barbara. I say "new" because they've made some changes, such

Report: Warriors to discuss possible White House visit as team
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:28:00 GMT)
The Warriors will meet as a team this fall to decide whether they would accept a possible invitation to the White House to celebrate their NBA championship, ESPN reported Thursday night. Whether Golden State would accept an invitation from President Trump was a much-discussed topic on social media in

Is Three Greater than Two? – Push The Pace
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:20:23 GMT)
The results may shock you. They might not though. When I ask you “Who are the most frustrating players in the NBA?” who comes to mind? For many, it's not necessarily the Shabazz Napier and James Young types. Similarly, ou can expect Andre Roberson to be a non-factor on offense and similar results

Clippers hire Bruce Bowen to be analyst replacing Michael Smith
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:10:00 GMT)
The Clippers have hired Bruce Bowen to be the analyst on team broadcasts, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak on the matter. Bowen replaces Michael Smith, who was let go this summer after 19 seasons. Bowen, who won three NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs, had been

Report: Cavaliers signing Kendrick Perkins
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:01:01 GMT)
Will this make LeBron James temporarily happy?

NBA implementing ‘Zaza Pachulia,’ ‘James Harden’ rules
(Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:16 GMT)
Referees changing how they call dangerous closeouts, attempts to draw shooting fouls

Bradley Beal to miss Wizards game against Raptors
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:52:31 GMT)
The Washington Wizards will be without the services of shooting guard Bradley Beal tonight when they visit the Raptors. According to CSN's Chris Miller, Beal broke his nose in the second quarter of Monday's 116-91 loss to the Boston Celtics when he took a forearm to the face from Boston guard

Carmelo Anthony Not Mentioned In Knicks GM's Rebuilding Plan
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:49:05 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony still is a member of the New York Knicks, but you wouldn't know it if you read new Knicks general manager Scott Perry's plan to reshape the franchise. The first-year general manager laid out his plan to rebuild the Knicks in a blog on MSG's official website. And while the

Stephen Jackson says Durant is a 'little egg avatar'
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:31:15 GMT)
Stephen Jackson had something to say about Kevin Durant's social media incident in which the Warriors star sent out strange third-person tweets that criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder. On ESPN's NBA show The Jump, Jackson said: "Kevin Durant, I look at you now like I look at everybody

Fabregas, Courtois and Bellerin play NBA 2k18 with Gary Payton
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:25:54 GMT)
Whilst many of the Premier League's top stars were attending the launch of FIFA 18 on Thursday night, others were trying their hand at the NBA's gaming equivalent. Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois were joined by Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Rob Holding in London

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard wouldn't join superteam to win title
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:21:00 GMT)
Damian Lillard has never shied from dismissing the easy road in favor of marking his own path, no matter how difficult it might be. This was true in high school, when Lillard transferred from basketball powerhouse St. Joseph Notre Dame to Oakland High because he wanted more playing time. He carved his

Detroit Pistons' Reggie Jackson: Foundation 'about leaving a legacy'
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:19:17 GMT)
Reggie Jackson's foundation already has helped to renovate and refurbish two school libraries in Detroit. Two more schools are signed up, and the Detroit Pistons guard wants to bring what the foundation calls “Literacy Lounges” to more schools. A Friday night downtown event will help Jackson and

A travelogue plea, maturing players and the Hall of Fame; it's all in the weekend mail
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:53:02 GMT)
Okay, maybe not the biggest of mailbags that we've ever had but that doesn't mean it's not full of good stuff, interesting questions and marginally entertaining answers. Q: Doug, Long time reader, first time e-mailer (side note: is that a word?). Anyway, I am taking my youngest son, he is

Brook Lopez on Lonzo Ball: 'He's impressed me with something new every day'
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:51:39 GMT)
Count Brook Lopez among the Los Angeles Lakers who have already been won over by Lonzo Ball. During an appearance on the Popcorn Machine podcast with Lakers digital reporter Joey Ramirez, the All-Star center spoke glowingly of his rookie running mate. “It's really amazing,” Lopez said of Zo's

Lakers add logo of mobile shopping app 'Wish' to jerseys
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:50:51 GMT)
The logo of online retailer Wish will appear on the Lakers' jerseys this season as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement announced Thursday. “We are thrilled to welcome Wish as a new partner of the Los Angeles Lakers,” said Tim Harris, the organization's chief operating officer. “When it

Bradley Beal to miss Wizards game against Raptors
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:38:44 GMT)
The Washington Wizards will be without the services of shooting guard Bradley Beal tonight when they visit the Raptors. According to CSN's Chris Miller, Beal broke his nose in the second quarter of Monday's 116-91 loss to the Boston Celtics when he took a forearm to the face from Boston guard

Markelle Fultz's defense, Brett Brown's handling of his rookie will be tested early
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:26:00 GMT)
One of the overarching themes of this upcoming Sixers season will be the way Brett Brown handles a team that is both young enough to start three players with a combined 31 games of NBA experience, and talented enough to prompt Vegas to set their over-under at 41.5 (and, thus, ignite playoff expectations

Lakers reach deal with Wish as jersey sponsor
(Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:17:20 GMT)
Ohm Youngmisuk Close Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate

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