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Apparently $200 Million Was Not the Only Reason James Harden Signed With adidas

The 13-year $200 million deal between adidas and NBA player James Harden has been one of the biggest talks in basketball this year. After the player …

James Harden

Steve Alford still sees UCLA basketball as a work in progress

The UCLA men's basketball team has reached an NCAA tournament regional semifinal in each of Steve Alford's two seasons as coach. As far as tournament results are concerned, a good start.

But Alford believes the team, which on Friday held its first practice of the season, remains a work in progress.

"I …

UCLA Bruins

Louisville staff member paid escorts to have sex with recruits, according to report

Louisville basketball is at the center of a sex scandal, according to allegations made in a new book.

A new book is alleging a staff member at Louisville "paid escorts to dance for and have sex with players and recruits," according to a report by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports. The allegations appear in …


Tristan Thompson's contract demands are rather ridiculous

The free agent forward has overplayed his hand with the Cavaliers.

You can never fault an NBA player for trying to get as much dough as possible. Careers are fleeting and the NBA already restricts salaries at the top end, so why not maximize your worth when you have the opportunity? Railing against …

Cleveland Cavaliers

Poppo’s Boys

A look back at the beginning of Gregg Popovich’s career — as head coach of the then-hapless Division III Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens

One winter afternoon in 1980, the man who would become the greatest NBA coach of his generation stood in a decaying gymnasium at a Division III college, desperate and out …

Gregg Popovich

Luke Walton is now head coach of the defending NBA champs

Luke Walton — 35 year-old scion of the world's largest Deadhead and supporting player on the Lakers' Kobe-Gasol championship teams of not that long ago — is now an NBA head coach.

Thursday's surprise announcement makes Walton the NBA's youngest head coach — but he probably won't retain the position …


Coach Steve Kerr to take indefinite leave of absence from Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will take the court on opening night as NBA champions — with the jerseys to prove it — but they will be without their head coach. The team announced Thursday that Steve Kerr will be taking a leave of absence from the team to deal with rehabilitation from a back surgery he …

Steve Kerr

Kentucky coach John Calipari cites Jordan Spieth in rant on criticism

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari invoked Jordan Spieth and his short time at Texas in an amusing rant against those who criticize his program for the number of players that stay for only one or two years before moving on to the NBA.

“These kids are just trying to do what’s right for them and …

John Calipari

LOOK: Grizzlies' Vince Carter can still get up at 38 years old

The 15th anniversary of Vince Carter jumping over the 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics just recently passed. Carter was a spry 23-year-old at that time, dunking with reckless abandon but now at 38 years old, the Memphis Grizzlies forward has become more of a spot-up shooter, altering his …

Vince Carter

Houston Rockets new point guard thinks he finally has the answer to slowing Stephen Curry down

After getting knocked out of the Western Conference playoffs last season by the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets may have taken a step toward challenging them for Western Conference supremacy.

Over the summer, the Rockets quietly made a big trade, picking up Denver Nuggets point guard Ty …

Stephen Curry

Keith Frazier 'numb' about ban, 'didn't even know' about fraud

SMU guard Keith Frazier, who was at the forefront of the NCAA's academic fraud investigation, told ESPN on Thursday that he didn't have any knowledge that a former basketball administrator was doing an online course for him to be cleared to play for the team.

"I didn't even know what was going on," …


Orlando Magic 2015 roster: This young core is poised to make a jump

Scott Skiles inherits a talented squad that could challenge for a postseason spot in the East.

The Orlando Magic haven't made the playoffs since 2012, when, led by Dwight Howard, they lost in the first round. Howard was traded that offseason and the Magic have been rebuilding ever since. Heading …


Nike finally enlists women to design women's basketball gear

There are a lot of athletic clothing brands on the market — but many are not as functional as they are fashionable.

Nike launched its first line of basketball apparel for female athletes on Monday. The brand says it was in response to a lack of support for women's professional sports, specifically …


After Brian Shaw, Kenneth Faried just wants 'a coach that believes in you'

The Denver Nuggets entered last season with playoff aspirations, but were quickly laid low by struggles both on the court and off it. Brian Shaw …


Iowa State reportedly 'nickel-and-dimed' Fred Hoiberg and Cyclone basketball

Not a good look for the ISU athletic department.

It has always been assumed that new Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was headed to the NBA eventually, but according to a new Ames Tribune report, Iowa State did its best to push him there. Quoting anonymous sources, the newspaper says the …

Iowa State University

Jared Dudley on former teammate Adam Morrison: 'He never took showers'

Washington Wizards forward Jared Dudley, thankfully, has long been one of the NBA’s more entertaining wordsmiths, and he’s already endearing himself …


Derrick Rose suffers orbital fracture; return timeline undertermined

CHICAGO -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during Tuesday's practice and will undergo surgery Wednesday, the team announced.

A timetable for his return will not be known until after the surgery, the Bulls said. They will provide an update at that time.

The orbital fracture …

Derrick Rose

Larry Brown suspended by NCAA, SMU gets postseason ban

DALLAS (AP) — The NCAA has banned the SMU men's basketball team from postseason play and suspended coach Larry Brown for nine games during the upcoming season after finding multiple violations in the Mustangs program.

The NCAA says the problems include academic fraud and unethical conduct. It …

Larry Brown

Lowry on weight loss: ‘It's just about the future for me. It's about being healthy’

Kyle Lowry won’t say how much weight he lost this off-season or share the specifics of his workout regimen, but signs of his hard work are clear to see.

The starting point guard was the talk of Toronto Raptors media day on Monday, when he appeared noticeably slimmer than last season. He shrugged off …

Weight Loss

LeBron says there's no time to waste for the Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – With autumn settling in, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James romanticized the moment.

“This is an exciting time, man. We’ve got the baseball playoffs coming, you’ve got the NFL season kicking off, you’ve got college football, and you’ve got the NBA season kicking off," James …

Lebron James

NBA Media Day 2015-16: The Good, the Bad and the Interesting

The 2015-16 NBA season is quickly approaching, and media day serves as one of the landmark events before basketball is really, truly back. As players show up in new jerseys and take to podiums around the country, the sport rejoices.

Of course, not everything said and done makes sense.

There are …


Bulls' Derrick Rose: Summer's focus was basketball, family

CHICAGO -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose acknowledged Monday that free agency is on his mind, despite the fact his free agency is still two years away.

Answering a question about his mindset amid a civil suit filed against him over the summer, Rose veered into a discussion about his pending free …

Derrick Rose

Sources: Mike Miller set to sign 1-year deal with Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have emerged as the strong favorites to sign veteran sharpshooter Mike Miller when he clears waivers Wednesday, according to league sources.

Sources told that Miller, who was formally waived Monday by the Portland Trail Blazers, is poised to sign a one-year contract with …


John Calipari on NBA vs. college, need for more fouls, how long he'll coach

LOS ANGELES — John Calipari climbed into the front seat of a black suburban headed for the airport, but seemed in no hurry to leave the campus at Loyola Marymount University. He’d just delivered an hour-long talk and spent another half hour obliging every coach who wanted to take a …

John Calipari

Ben Gordon to Warriors: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Golden State Warriors are already one of the NBA's deepest teams, but the defending champions aren't done hunting for veteran contributors who can help round out the end of their rotation.

The Bay Area News Group's Diamond Leung reported on Sept. 25 that the Warriors agreed to sign free-agent …


Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers fail to reach agreement on contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers and restricted free agent Tristan Thompson failed to come to a contract agreement prior to the team's media day on Monday.

The Cavs did not accept Thompson's most recent offer of a three-year maximum contract that his side put on the table last week.

It now seems likely …

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Professor Shows D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson Some Tricks

Last week, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle made an appearance at the Power 106 All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game. Randle and …

Los Angeles Lakers

2017 Five Star Center (and Auburn Legacy) Commits to Auburn Basketball

We knew there was the possibility of some big basketball news this weekend as Auburn is hosting a number of 5*s from 2016 and 2017. I didn't expect …


The NBA's international reach is growing

In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries.

He's perhaps the best current example of the NBA's international reach.

Stevens' itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA's game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy …

Brad Stevens

Muggsy Bogues has a 5th-grade grandson who goes by 'Fatman' and has a ridiculous handle

If you grew up in the 90s, you were well-aware of the fact that, even though he was a short NBA player, Muggsy Bogues could handle himself well against those who stood way taller than he did. And it looks like he's passed what he's learned onto his grandson, Samartine "Fatman" Bogues.

Good lord, …