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  1. Isaiah Thomas hopes the starting point guard spot in Sacramento is ‘up for competition’

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors

    Isaiah Thomas started 62 games at point guard for the Kings last season, but with an average of just 4.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game, he’s someone who has looked to score first rather than distribute to others. With the Kings making DeMarcus Cousins the face of the franchise, you can bet that they’ll…

  2. Mitch Kupchak: Kobe won’t play a certain way to lure free agents to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe mitch

    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak knows Kobe Bryant professionally as well as anyone at this point, considering that he’s been in the team’s front office for every one of Bryant’s 17-year career in Los Angeles. So while Bryant’s will to win is unparalleled in today’s NBA, Kupchak knows that he won’t change his game for…

  3. Chris Bosh believes another title in Miami will keep Heat together

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    The Heat will be gunning for a third straight title in the upcoming season, and to have a chance at it they’d have to get back to the Finals for the fourth straight season — something last achieved in the NBA by the Boston Celtics from 1984-87. Adding to that is the looming situation that…

  4. Royce White to participate in media day and training camp with Sixers

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but never played a single game for the team. White suffers from an anxiety disorder, the details of which he has no hesitation making public with very little prodding. It comes with it a fear of flying,…

  5. Kevin McHale has no interest in Omer Asik’s feelings about Dwight Howard joining Rockets

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Kevin McHale spent plenty of time detailing his plans on how he’ll coach the Rockets now that Dwight Howard is in place for the upcoming season. He’s going to try to maintain the team’s identity by pushing the tempo, but expects things to dramatically improve defensively, and is going to experiment quite a bit to…

  6. Nick Young is hyped to see himself introduced with Lakers in NBA 2K14 (VIDEO)

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Lakers.com

    Nick Young signed with the Lakers in the offseason on a one year contract, with a player option for a second. The dollars aren’t the reason that Young signed in Los Angeles, however. He was born and raised in Southern California, and couldn’t be more excited to be playing for the city’s most storied NBA…

  7. Larry Bird says Pacers are ‘all in,’ believes they can compete for a title

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    The Pacers took the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, and reloaded with plenty of reserve talent this summer. In addition to the return of Danny Granger to the lineup, Indiana added Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, and C.J. Watson in order to solidify the bench unit for…

  8. Lamar Odom posts statement to address comments made by his father

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    If you’re at all a fan of professional basketball, then virtually all of this summer’s news involving Lamar Odom has been nothing short of painful to watch. Odom was a special talent in this league, and when engaged could perform at the game’s highest levels. He took home  the Sixth Man of the Year award…

  9. Kevin Durant says Dwyane Wade is no longer a top-10 NBA player, Wade responds

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    wade durant

    Kevin Durant did a media tour promoting the work he’s doing with one of his sponsors, and any time you’re in front of the camera for that long answering a seemingly endless stream of questions, you’re bound to say something that could be construed as an insult by someone who may be looking for some…

  10. Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters. That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul…

  11. Bucks unveil new court design for 2013-14 season

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    bucks newcourt

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design during an event held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday, and if you’re familiar with the history of the franchise, then the floor’s look may bring back some memories. The Bucks had the team’s original play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette on hand to help with the introductions, and current…

  12. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  13. adidas unveils the D Rose 4: Launch event recap

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — There’s an excitement level that seems palpable surrounding the return of Derrick Rose to the NBA this season, and that feeling is intensified even more in the city of Chicago, where adidas held a monster of a launch event for Rose’s latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4. The United Center was where it…

  14. Derrick Rose is ‘all in for Chicago’ (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s an exciting time for Derrick Rose, who will be back on the court at 100 percent for the Bulls for the first time in over 17 months once training camp opens on September 27. He’s also unveiling his latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4, at an event in Chicago this weekend. The latest spot…

  15. Lakers’ Spanish broadcast team wins ‘Best Live Call’ for broadcast of Kobe’s game-tying three vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    The Lakers’ overtime win over the Raptors back in March was easily the best regular season game I attended in person last year. Kobe Bryant was absolutely ridiculous in dragging his team first to overtime and then to victory, and just like sports writers can do some of their best work when a player or…

  16. Adam Silver says it’s critical to the NBA that the Bucks remain in Milwaukee

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Adam Silver will replace David Stern as NBA commissioner in February, and when he said recently that the Bradley Center in Milwaukee was “unfit for the NBA,” many saw it as a veiled threat that the Bucks would be opened for discussions of relocation if plans for a state-of-the-art facility weren’t in the works in…

  17. Players at Eurobasket agree: It was a tough game (VIDEO)

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-GRE-ESP

    The folks at FIBA Europe TV had some fun with a phrase that seemed to keep coming up at Eurobasket no matter which players or coaches were speaking about the day’s competition. Put succinctly, every contest seemed to be “a tough game.” That was especially true in Friday’s semifinal matchup between Spain and France, where…

  18. NBA updates media access rules for 2013-14 season

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    lebron-all-star houston

    We understand that the casual fan probably doesn’t care how often players and coaches are formally made to be available to the media throughout the course of the season, or how long reporters have to wait after games to speak to a team’s star players. But it affects the coverage you’ll receive, especially from guys…

  19. Lakers announce signing of second round draft pick Ryan Kelly

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Duke

    The Lakers signed Ryan Kelly, the team announced on Friday via official release. Kelly was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round of this summer’s draft, with the hope that the 6’11” forward out of Duke would be able to fill the ever-elusive stretch-four role that seems to thrive in the offensive…

  20. Deron Williams to undergo MRI, still expects to be ready for training camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    Deron Williams suffered a sprained ankle during an offseason workout, and while it’s relegated him to wearing a walking boot, the injury wasn’t believed to be serious enough to cause him to miss any time. While that’s still the prevailing diagnosis, the team will take the extra precaution of having Williams undergo an MRI before…

  21. Marco Belinelli says offer to play for Spurs was too good to pass up

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    Marco Belinelli ended up being a key contributor for the Bulls last year, thanks in part to the absence of Derrick Rose, but also because of the incredibly high number of injuries his teammates sustained, especially near the end of the season. It wasn’t supposed to be that way in Chicago, and with the team…

  22. Kobe Bryant still reportedly ‘a few weeks away’ from being able to run at 100 percent

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The report we received a few days ago regarding the progress Kobe Bryant is making in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles injury stated that we shouldn’t expect to see him back at anytime during October’s preseason schedule. The most recent update, which tells us that he’s still weeks away from being able to even…

  23. Gerald Henderson calls his steal in ’84 Finals greatest play in Celtics history

    Sep 19, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    gerald henderson celtics

    The Boston Celtics are one of the league’s most storied franchises, so any conversation that tries to identify the single greatest play in the team’s history is ultimately an exercise in futility, with the point being that there are far too many moments of greatness for there to be one that transcends all others. But…

  24. Jason Kidd says Deron Williams should be in the MVP conversation next season

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    The NBA’s Most Valuable Player award has always been sort of a nebulous distinction. The qualifications aren’t written down anywhere, but it almost always goes to the best player on one of the league’s top two or three teams. If the Brooklyn Nets meet or exceed their own expectations in the coming year, then Deron…

  25. Nuggets get giant new scoreboard, claim it to be largest in NBA (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    nuggets new scoreboard

    A very large new scoreboard at the Pepsi Center in Denver was installed this summer, and the time lapse video clip above shows how the giant display was assembled. The dimensions are simply huge, and the Nuggets claim it to be the largest the league has to offer. From Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com: The…

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