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Derrick Rose's Return May Not Require Much Adjusting from Chicago Bulls

In many ways, this might seem like this is just another year of waiting for the Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose coming back from injury. But this return isn’t the same as previous returns, and these Bulls aren’t the same as the old Bulls.<p>The nature of Rose’s injury is different, the team is deeper …

What JaVale McGee Non-Signing Tells Us About Boston Celtics' Future

Link to Media<p>During the past couple of seasons, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge has been all about asset management. He’s sold high on stars like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, trading both to the Brooklyn Nets for a bevy of players and future draft picks to help …

NBA

Sunday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook's Legendary Run Shows No Sign of Stopping

There are two forces in the known universe capable of keeping Russell Westbrook from continuing his assault on what you <i>thought</i> was possible on a basketball court: his own self-control and Kevin Durant's presence on the floor.<p>We'll get to the latter in a moment, but based on the way Westbrook …

Basketball

Russell Westbrook collects 5th triple-double in 6 games to lift Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Even against a fellow All-Star, Russell Westbrook's dominance continued.<p>Oklahoma City's dynamic point guard posted his fifth …

Stephen Curry makes a ridiculous shot, coach Steve Kerr disapproves and then approves

SCSK3815.jpg<p>Stephen Curry missed six of nine shots in his team’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. He managed four assists but also turned …

Tim Duncan went an entire game without hitting a field goal, world continues apace

The San Antonio Spurs easily dispatched the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon, utilizing crisp ball movement and perfect spacing on …

Klay Thompson Passes Steve Kerr on NBA's All-Time 3-Pointers Made List

The Splash Brothers have officially left their coach in the dust. With a three-pointer in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Warriors guard Klay Thompson passed coach Steve Kerr on the NBA's all-time list of three-pointers made.<p>Thompson, 25, knocked down the three …

Basketball

Phil Jackson Must Also Consider Life After Carmelo Anthony During Offseason

"Win-now mode" is one of the more common cliches when it comes to the state of an NBA team, especially in New York.<p>It's also one of the most dangerous.<p>Being in win-now mode implies that losing later is okay. With the future already mortgaged, it opens the door to chronic failure should the win-now …

Should Mo Williams Be Hornets' Starting Point Guard When Kemba Walker Returns?

The Charlotte Hornets shipped Gary Neal to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 10 for Mo Williams to serve as a stopgap until Kemba Walker returns from his knee injury. It seemed like a great plan, only now plans have changed after Williams' elevated performance level.<p>Then, Charlotte went 6-4 in his …

NBA

Has Kawhi Leonard Justified Potential Max Contract?

The San Antonio Spurs cannot afford to let Kawhi Leonard be snatched away in restricted free agency. He's simply too valuable for the franchise in the future.<p>But does that mean the front office should offer the small forward a max contract without a second thought? Has Leonard earned it?<p>The answer …

NBA

Should LA Clippers Sign Jordan Hamilton for the Rest of the Season?

The Los Angeles Clippers have needed help at backup small forward all season. Unfortunately, they haven't gotten it from Jordan Hamilton, but that's not necessarily his fault.<p>Hamilton signed a couple of 10-day deals, starting on Feb. 24, after spending most of the season in the NBA D-League, which …

Basketball

Tyreke Evans Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star's Ankle and Return

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans sprained his left ankle during the third quarter of the team's 114-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Evans returned six days later against the Denver Nuggets.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Evans Returns vs. Nuggets<p>Sunday, March 15<p>Evans returned against …

Basketball

Chris Bosh progressing from blood clots, on pace to return next season

The NBA world was shaken shortly after All-Star Weekend by the news that Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh would be sidelined for the rest of the season …

Derrick Rose will 'listen to [his] body,' but there's 'a good chance' he'll return this season

In his first public comments since undergoing surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Derrick Rose said …

Kobe Bryant wants Rajon Rondo to join Lakers this summer

<b>Kobe Bryant wants Rajon Rondo to join Lakers this summer</b><p><i>Would you want to play with Kobe Bryant? In his prime, sure. What about now, as his career</i> …

Nike LeBron 12 'Fruity Pebbles' GS Release Date Schedule and Retail Price

If you love LeBron James' shoes and eating Fruity Pebbles, Nike has found a way to bring the two together for a new sneaker that bears the King James logo and a design sponsored by the popular cereal. The unique basketball shoe drops in stores Wednesday.<p>For those fans curious about whether they …

Shoes

Jordan Clarkson Emerging as Impressive NBA Draft Steal for Los Angeles Lakers

Second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson has come a long way during his rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>The 6’5” speedster out of Missouri and Tulsa chalked up 22 did-not-plays (DNPs) during his early months in Los Angeles. But since being thrust into the starting lineup in late January, …

Basketball

Tristan Thompson Will Be Expensive Necessity, Not Luxury, for Cleveland Cavs

Last summer, Tristan Thompson turned down $50 million over four years from the Cleveland Cavaliers, choosing to bet on himself when it came to future contract negotiations.<p>Like the Cavs as of late, Thompson is winning.<p>Cleveland's 6'9", 238-pound forward/center doesn't grab headlines like he should, …

Basketball

Kobe still unsure of post-2016 future

LOS ANGELES -- There was a brief moment when Kobe Bryant believed this season, his 19th in the NBA, would be his last.<p>It came right after doctors …

Basketball

Lakers Eliminated from Playoff Contention at Earliest Point Since Move to L.A.

The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday, even before their game against the Detroit Pistons had ended.<p><i>SportsCenter</i> reported the news and added the historical significance of the team's depths of despair experienced this season:<p>It's not as though anyone in Laker …

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LeBron James Passes Mark Price for Cavaliers' All-Time Assists Leader

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James surpassed Mark Price for the franchise's all-time assist record during Tuesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.<p>Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reported the news:<p>James' combination of size and athleticism allows him to get to the rim at will and score in …

Basketball

NCAA hands down penalties to Jim Boeheim, Syracuse men's basketball team

Jim Boeheim has become used to the spotlight in his long career at Syracuse. It's awfully bright right now — for all the wrong reasons.<p>Boeheim and his men's basketball program took another hit on Friday from the NCAA, which suspended the Hall of Fame coach for nine league games next year and …

What We've Learned About 2014-15 New York Knicks so Far

Perfecting the triangle offense is a challenge that may take months before coming to fruition.<p>While Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jason Smith appear to be great fits for head coach Derek Fisher's offense, a couple of players continue to struggle with the system.<p>Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith need more …

10 Bold Predictions for the First Week of the 2014-15 NBA Season

With the 2014-15 NBA season rapidly approaching, there's never been a better time to be bold.<p>And, really, "bold" is the best type of prediction, isn't it? No one is going to claim Prognosticator of the Year honors by foreshadowing good things ahead for the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs or …

NBA

The 10-man rotation, starring what Steve Nash gave us and what we're going to miss

<i>A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in</i> …

Kings' Gay, McLemore cleared to play in opener

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener this …

Rudy Gay takes hard hit to jaw; CT scan negative

A CT scan revealed that Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay did not suffer a fractured jaw after taking a hard blow during a preseason game, a source …

Breaking Down Houston Rockets' Point Guard Position for 2014-15 Season

In the Rockets starting lineup, point guard certainly isn't the strongest spot, but Houston does have some good depth at the position.<p>Last season, Patrick Beverley took over the starting job and has firmly solidified that role. The Rockets traded away Jeremy Lin this offseason, but they brought in …

NBA

Klay Thompson Looks Primed for Huge Season with 35-Point Outburst

Klay Thompson wants a max contract, and judging by his preseason form, he's going to get it.<p>The Golden State Warriors guard lit up the Denver Nuggets for 35 points as the Dubs won their preseason finale, 119-112. But it wasn't just how many points he scored; it was about how he scored them.<p>Shooting …

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