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Ranking the Top 25 Players in the NBA Right Now

The NBA's Eastern Conference is no longer the Leastern Conference.<p>Though the West may still boast overall supremacy, thanks to the unabashed dominance of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the gap between the two halves of the Association is narrowing. That's true for the teams, and …

The evolution of Russell Westbrook is complete

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook doesn't like talking about himself.<p>Well, he doesn't really like talking about <i>anything</i> with the media (except …

8. Shooting Is About Selection And Timing

Although hardly a new tip, as it concerns a feature which has been a staple of NBA 2K for years now, it's still very important to pay attention to …

Athletes Who Single-Handedly Make You Love Their Team

Kevin Durant has likely created some fans for the Oklahoma City Thunder—right? He's also probably not the only athlete single-handedly responsible for making people like his/her team.<p>It should be noted that this is not simply a list of likeable athletes. No, this is a list of athletes who play for …

Penny Hardaway Was An NBA Megastar, But You Can't Imagine What He's Doing Now

Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway was considered the type of talent you'd see <i>maybe</i> once a decade. At 6'6", the guard had size and ball-handling skill …

A former Adidas employee explains how Adidas passed on endorsing Michael Jordan in 1984

In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers made the decision to draft Sam Bowie with the second pick of the NBA Draft. At the time, it seemed like a pretty reasonable decision. Bowie, a senior out of Kentucky, was an All-American and was just shy of averaging a double-double during the 1983-84 season with …

Michael Jordan

Which NBA Player From The 90s Had The Coolest Sneakers? Find Out Here

5. Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 (Jason Kidd)<p>These speaker-esque kicks are a vibrant piece of hardwood nostalgia. I definitely used to envision myself …

9 NBA Jerseys From the 90's That Need To Be Resurrected Permanently

Many people consider the 90's a golden era for the NBA. While icons Magic Johnson and Larry Bird may have elevated the game to new heights in the …

Larry Bird hopes Russell Westbook 'wins 10 MVPs in a row'

The Hall of Famer and Pacers executive had some huge praise for the Thunder's superstar point guard.<p>Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook might win his first NBA MVP Award this season and has earned a ton of new fans in the process. One of them is Hall of Famer and current Pacers President …

NFL passes Ravens' ineligible receiver proposal among new rule changes

The Baltimore Ravens ultimately got their wish, and the rules regarding ineligible receivers has been tweaked.<p>The NFL announced multiple rule changes at the conclusion of the annual owners meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, on top of the safety-oriented rule changes that were announced Tuesday. …

Deflategate Investigation: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

It's been two months since the New England Patriots were accused of playing the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis with footballs that didn't meet the minimum inflation requirements. The ongoing investigation has everyone anxiously awaiting findings still unknown.<p>Continue for updates.<p>CBS …

New rule response to Pats' formation

PHOENIX -- A much-deconstructed formation led to a New England Patriots touchdown drive in the playoffs. Next season, it will lead to a 5-yard …

NFL

B/R NBA Legends 100: Ranking the Greatest Shooting Guards of All Time

Plenty of big-name shooting guards have dominated the NBA throughout its history.<p>Players like Sam Jones, Hal Greer and Bill Sharman thrived during the early years of the league's star-studded tenure, but the position has always been in good hands. Even though it's tough to find many standouts …

Ric Bucher's Updated NBA Contenders and Pretenders

With the NBA playoffs set to officially begin April 18, contending teams still have six weeks to cement their place in the conference top eight. Whether it's the many injuries shaking up the league or the late-blooming stars just hitting their strides, it's difficult to know which teams are the …

Finishing a Father's Dream: Manute Bol's Son Could Be a 7'4" Kevin Durant

A father's dream, hoped to be finished by his son.<p>NBA legend Manute Bol stood 7'7" and was one of the most influential athletes off the hardwood. Manute played 10 years in the NBA and dedicated the majority of his wealth back to helping his native home of Sudan through a horrific civil war.<p>Manute …

Oakland Raiders: Latest Free-Agency News and Rumors

Two important dates are quickly approaching. March 2 is the deadline for teams intending on using their franchise tags, and March 10 free agency officially begins.<p>Currently, the Oakland Raiders are on the radar of a few impact players if they aren’t designated with the franchise tag or re-signed by …

Is OKC the Most Dangerous Playoff Dark Horse After Great Trade Deadline Moves?

The Oklahoma City Thunder were big winners at the trade deadline as they shored up nearly every hole on their roster, gaining a huge boost for their push to the playoffs.<p>With the acquisitions of Enes Kanter, D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler, are the Thunder the most dangerous playoff dark horse? How …

NBA's DeAndre Jordan To 8th Grade Kanye: Screw Basketball!

With <b>Kanye West</b> still complaining about <b>not making his 8th grade basketball team</b>, NBA superstar <b>DeAndre Jordan</b> says he wishes he could've delivered a …

Ranking the Top 10 Contenders for NBA MVP

With the All-Star break fading in the rearview mirror, the race for NBA MVP will begin to take shape as we move into second half of the season. While Stephen Curry and James Harden are the clear favorites, eight other players have also distinguished themselves from the crowd.<p>Numbers and …

Skills Challenge 2.0: The Real Events That Should Be in the NBA Skills Challenge

There are a lot of things that need to be fixed about All-Star Weekend. The seating costs too much. <b>Damian Lillard</b> should've made the team without …

We Imagined Jay Z, Drake, Kanye And More As NBA Stars

Rappers and basketball players.<p>Oftentimes, they're friends. Sometimes, they collaborate. Others, just shout each other out. And almost without fail, …

What They Saw: Read Ferguson Witness Accounts

U.S. news<p>The grand jury investigating the police shooting of Michael Brown heard from more than 60 witnesses — including some who saw the confrontation from their cars, homes or the street. The documents show the jurors who ultimately decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson had to sift through …

5 Reasons the Oklahoma City Thunder Can Still Contend During 2014-15 Season

The Oklahoma City Thunder have dug themselves into a big hole in the early portion of the season, but don't count them out as contenders just yet.<p>With a record of 3-12, the Thunder sit alone at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They have lost six straight games and are still without …

OKC Thunder Offense Will Be Searching for Answers Until Kevin Durant Returns

Kevin Durant's absence from the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a Jones fracture in his right foot is a devastating blow to a team with NBA championship hopes.<p>Even though the Thunder have an All-Star-caliber point guard in Russell Westbrook to carry the load in the interim, the share of their offense …

Why Kevin Durant Would Be Foolish to Leave Oklahoma City Thunder

With shorter contracts and greater movement in free agency shuffling personnel across NBA rosters, speculation about potential player moves is beginning earlier than ever. Kevin Durant is the latest subject of such chatter, with rumors spreading of his eventual return to his hometown Washington …

Kevin Durant: 'Honestly, I Think I Score Better Than Anybody'

Even Kevin Durant's self-serving compliments are noble.<p>While at an event promoting <i>NBA 2K15</i>, the Oklahoma City Thunder star talked about his individual scoring talents, and what he had to say was so Kevin Durant, per <i>Slam Magazine</i>:<p>He thinks? Honestly, thinking Durant is the best scorer alive feels …

How The Cavaliers Botched The First LeBron Era

While owner Dan Gilbert called it a "cowardly betrayal" and fans ripped LeBron for his disloyalty, the truth is that the Cavs horribly mismanaged the LeBron era through a series of impatient trades for aging players, expensive free agent signings, and bad draft picks.<p>They had the best player in the …

Basketball

Game of Thrones, NBA Edition (Game of Zones)

HBO's hit show <i>Game Of Thrones</i> gets spoofed with NBA teams.<p>Animated versions of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Derrick Rose all make an appearance.

OKC Thunder Have Issues, and Their Biggest Might Be Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks just flailed up from his seat on the Oklahoma City Thunder bench like he was resting on a stove. It's far too hot.<p>Even after a 59-win season coaching the NBA's MVP, Brooks finds himself at the center of blame for the Thunder's struggles in the playoffs. Oklahoma City almost lost in the …