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  1. Does Jamal Crawford have the game’s best handles? (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The ability to control the ball off the dribble in a variety of ways is a key component of being able to score from the guard position. This video mix of Jamal Crawford, compiled from his summer pro-am in Seattle, is proof that he’s among the best in the league at this very specific skill.…

  2. Gary Payton says John Stockton was harder to guard than Michael Jordan

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about Gary Payton in the week ahead, as he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class on Sunday. And given his place in the game, his comments about those he played against are worth looking at a little more closely. We all…

  3. NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein explains why he’s always rooted against the Lakers

    Sep 2, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    jimmy goldstein getty

    You’ve likely seen NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein, even if you have no idea who he is. The short version is that he’s a wealthy man who has a unique taste for fashion, and an equally unique passion for professional basketball which began in his teenage years. His house is probably more famous than he is…

  4. J.J. Barea says he’d be open to returning to the Mavericks

    Sep 2, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    jjbarea

    J.J. Barea was a key component of the Mavericks’ championship team in 2011, but for reasons he explained in detail recently, Mark Cuban decided against bringing back the free agent players from that squad to defend their title the following season. Barea found a home with the Timberwolves in free agency, and is signed there…

  5. Kyrie Irving gets a personalized edition of Nike’s Hyperdunk 2013 (PHOTOS)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley

    I first saw Nike’s new Hyperdunk 2013 that was designed specifically for Kyrie Irving while covering USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas back in July. Irving had just finished the camp’s first day of activities wearing them, and while the shoe itself had been around in multiple colorways, the uniqueness of this particular pair definitely…

  6. Report: A year ago, some Bucks officials wanted to cut Larry Sanders

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    There are issues with the Bucks signing Larry Sanders to a long-term, four-year, $44 million contract extension, but overall it’s probably not a terrible decision. Sanders has been accused of mailing it in at times, and was among the leaders in technical fouls last season, tying for third with Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, and…

  7. Report: Bucks and Suns engaged in trade talks to send Caron Butler to Milwaukee

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Suns landed Caron Butler as part of the three-team trade involving the Bucks and the Clippers that sent J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to Los Angeles, along with Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix. It appears, however, that the player Milwaukee had its sights set on all along may have ended up with the Suns. Butler…

  8. Byron Mullens hopes to prove the doubters wrong with the Clippers

    Aug 28, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Byron Mullens was one of the free agent signings made by the Clippers this offseason that was an attempt to hopefully boost their frontcourt depth. Once you get past Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the starting lineup, things begin to deteriorate rather quickly, with Mullens and Ryan Hollins the next bigs in off the…

  9. 2014 draft prospect Dante Exum still undecided on playing college basketball

    Aug 28, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is projected to be as high as a top-three pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, should he choose to become eligible. Exum is from Australia, and doesn’t even graduate high school until October, which had some speculating that he could enroll in a college program in the states as early as December. But…

  10. Nike Basketball officially unveils the LeBron 11 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    LeBron 11

    If you’re at all into the latest basketball shoe designs, then you may have seen some photos of Nike’s next signature shoe for LeBron James, the LeBron 11, popping up on some of the more popular sneaker sites. Nike has officially unveiled LeBron’s latest, and managed to keep at least one colorway under wraps until…

  11. Charles Barkley doesn’t believe in analytics, uses current Rockets team as his primary example

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Charles Barkley is good at his job of being an NBA analyst for TNT primarily because of the lack of filter he has when giving us his thoughts. He’s paid to have strong, sometimes silly opinions. But unlike other television personalities, Barkley isn’t engaging in any kind of schtick — he’s telling us what he…

  12. Tracy McGrady discusses his Hall of Fame merits (VIDEO)

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

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    We broke down the case for Tracy McGrady making the Hall of Fame, and we believe he gets in, although it may take him a couple of tries. McGrady joined CSN Houston and argued that his numbers should help him qualify, but overall he seems content with the career that he had, and is staying…

  13. Pippen won’t face criminal charges for altercation outside Malibu restaurant

    Aug 27, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen won’t be facing criminal charges for his role in an altercation with a man outside a Malibu restaurant back in June, according to multiple reports. The details were allegedly ugly from Pippen’s perspective, and it sounds as though he might have been the actual victim here. That’s especially true after hearing the results…

  14. Pau Gasol appointed as spokesman for Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid

    Aug 27, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

    pau gasol spain olympics

    Pau Gasol is one of the few NBA players who might be just as closely associated with his national team as he is with playing for one of the league’s most iconic franchises. Gasol has been playing for the Spanish team in international play essentially since the moment he was eligible, and along with tennis…

  15. Boris Diaw says he still thinks about Finals loss to Heat

    Aug 27, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan congratulates teammate Diaw during a time out during first quarter play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    The Finals series between the Heat and the Spurs was epic not only because it took all seven games to decide, but because of the extremely high overall level of play that was displayed by both teams throughout. It’s also likely to be among the most painful to remember by the losing team’s players. San…

  16. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  17. Goran Dragic says he’s hoping the Suns are going to fight for the playoffs

    Aug 26, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic is on the books for two more years in Phoenix and has a player option for a third, making him the one who the team is most committed to for the foreseeable future. Dragic is generally one of the more positive guys you’ll talk to around the league, but even he was becoming…

  18. Report: Tony Parker set for MRI after injuring knee in exhibition while playing for French national team

    Aug 26, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker catches the bal

    It wasn’t all that long ago that NBA teams would strongly suggest to their international players that they turn down the opportunity to represent their country in global basketball events held during the offseason. With so many players from outside the United States now in the league, though, along with the fact that contracts of…

  19. Report: Antawn Jamison agrees to one-year deal with Clippers

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    UPDATE: 5:49 p.m.: It’s official now, as multiple reports confirm that Jamison has agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary (around $1.4 million) to play for the Clippers. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Memphis and Chicago were also interested in adding Jamison, but that his preference all along was to…

  20. Jason Kidd wants Deron Williams to average double-digit assists next season

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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

    In his first year as an NBA head coach, it isn’t surprising that Jason Kidd will want to have an impact on the point guard position of the team he’ll now be running while wearing a suit on the sidelines. Kidd, one of the game’s historically great point guards in his playing days, has set…

  21. Larry Sanders is the unfortunate victim of a misspelled tattoo (PHOTO)

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Larry Sanders just signed a four year, $44 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, so he can afford to take care of mistakes like these. Sanders apparently was victimized by a semi-illiterate tattoo artist, who inked the word “recieve” onto one of his arms. The correct spelling, obviously, is “receive.” That’s a shame. Sanders had…

  22. Kings announce lead architect for downtown arena project

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson, Vivek Ranadive

    Part of the deal when the NBA owners voted against relocating the Kings to Seattle was that the team would have a new arena built in downtown Sacramento by the 2017 season. Despite the misguided efforts of Seattle’s Chris Hansen to try to undermine the process, everything appears to be on track at this early…

  23. Jared Sullinger on Rajon Rondo’s return: ‘Hopefully he’ll be back by December’

    Aug 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL injury that prematurely ended his season last January, and while Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been eying an opening night return for this star point guard all along, the actual timetable may end up being a bit longer than that. Jared Sullinger, a teammate of Rondo’s who also had…

  24. Dwyane Wade says he removed himself from Heat’s free-agent recruitment this offseason

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    After winning their second straight championship last season, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly in a position to go out and reload in free agency, and in fact, it was actually a case of the opposite. Miami cut ties with Mike Miller using the amnesty provision built into the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, and by…

  25. Dirk Nowitzki gets pretty excited on game days (VIDEO)

    Aug 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The Mavericks do one of the best jobs in the league of making entertaining videos promoting their team, and this one featuring an overly-excited Dirk Nowitzki is no exception. In an ad for Mavs season tickets, Dirk rolls through the office like a madman trying to get everyone to guess what day it is —…

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