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Curry vs. Westbrook debate not so simple to determine

So, who's the best point guard in today's NBA: Stephen Curry? Chris Paul? Russell Westbrook? There's no easy answer and we all have a preference. But …

Russell Westbrook

Kobe Bryant's struggles cause some in NBA circles to say it's time he retires

The pump fakes began in earnest when Kobe Bryant got stuck with the ball against Denver this month.

He had nowhere to go in the lane so he relied on an old trick to get himself out of a jam — and possibly a defender in the air.

He pump-faked once. He pump-faked again. He might have done it a third …

Kobe Bryant

Chris Paul on the struggling Clippers: 'We have never been like this'

The Los Angeles Clippers lost another disheartening game on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz. While Blake Griffin scored 40 points on 18-for-23 shooting, the rest of the team scored just 51 points on 20-for-52 shooting. The Clippers lost 102-91 to the Utah Jazz, and their 7-8 record is the worst in …

Chris Paul

What Do Golden State Warriors Really Mean When They Talk About 'Confidence'?

DENVER — As Stephen Curry dribbles his way toward the awaiting screen from Draymond Green, he knows two defenders will eagerly meet him well outside the three-point arc. The defenders' goal is to prevent Curry from launching an easy three-point attempt.

But this has a side effect: Green is wide-open …

Golden State Warriors

Jahlil Okafor Hits Heckler on Video Outside Boston Bar After 76ers vs. Celtics

Video footage has surfaced of Philadelphia 76ers rookie lottery draft pick Jahlil Okafor apparently hitting a man outside a Boston nightclub following his team's 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

TMZ Sports had the news Thursday. The 19-year-old was near Storyville Boston nightclub when …


It is still early in the season, but it's getting late for the Rockets

It's getting late around here.

And at some point it's going to be over and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is going to have to make another change -- to the personnel.

The Rockets fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 102-93 on Wednesday night for their third consecutive loss. Houston now is 1-3 …

James Harden

Building the NBA's All-Efficiency Team

Kobe Bryant's sad slide into mediocrity is just the latest sign that the end is nigh—not just for the Black Mamba's Hall of Fame career, but also for the reign of the NBA's volume-shooting, isolation-heavy scorers.

To be sure, this shift began long before Bryant started posting shooting percentages …


It's Time for LA Lakers, Byron Scott to Play Kobe Bryant off the Bench

LOS ANGELES — Overshadowing the sometimes stumbling, sometimes steady development of D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, and a defense that deserves no single-word explanation other than “wow” to encapsulate how terrible it’s been, a crumbling Kobe Bryant is so far the most noteworthy theme of this …

Los Angeles

Warriors' streak is all about dominance

The Golden State Warriors' win on Tuesday was dominant, and appropriate given the overwhelming nature of the Warriors’ other wins in this NBA-record 16-0 start.

With that in mind, what are the most impressive numbers encapsulating what has happened in this winning streak?

Pouring it on

The Warriors …

Golden State Warriors

Warriors Make History With 16th Straight Win

OAKLAND, Calif. — After the pregame introductions and usual pyrotechnics, but before the game’s opening tip, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took a microphone to center court. He thanked fans at Oracle Arena for their support and wished them a happy holiday season.

“Let’s make history …

Sports History

Pretend we just traded Jahlil Okafor for D'Angelo Russell. What happens now?

The Lakers were thiiiis close to taking Okafor instead of Russell. What if that actually happened?

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers both added blue-chip prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft in D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. But the presence of those young studs hasn't made any sort of …


Getting older but not fading away: NBA's top stars going extra mile to hold off Father Time (Yahoo Sports)

Tim Duncan seemingly figured it out, so now LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony are doing all they can to remain healthy and productive …

Tim Duncan

As Derrick Rose Struggles to Recapture Glory, Bulls Left with Identity Crisis

OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a time the torque-testing cuts and explosive bursts that had marked the gallant guard play of Derrick Rose had freed him and his family from the menaces of Chicago's South Side. They then took him from No. 1 overall pick to Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP for the hometown …

Derrick Rose

Predicting the NBA Leader in Every Major Stat This Season

It may be early in the NBA season, but it's never too early to start speculating about the end of it.

We're almost a fifth of the way in, which is just enough of a sample size to start figuring out whose starts are for real and what may be an illusion.

Who will keep up their pace, and who will …


5 NBA Teams That Need to Sound the Early-Season Alarm

Slow starts are never ideal in the NBA, but some are serious enough to incite real panic.

Whether it's the full manifestation of a weakness that had been lurking beneath the surface or the surprise appearance of a brand new problem, clubs around the league know how easy it can be to dig a hole too …

New Orleans Pelicans

Disappointing Clippers had reason to vent: They've been struggling for weeks

The biggest problem for the Clippers isn't that something is broken. It's that they don't know how to go about fixing it.

They've lost their last three games and seven of their last nine and at 6-7 are below .500 for the first time since they lost the opening game of the 2013-14 season.

On Sunday, …

Los Angeles Clippers

LeBron James Comments on Warriors' Success After Undefeated Start to 2015 Season

After the way in which the Golden State Warriors have used any real or perceived slight against them as motivation to repeat as NBA champions, LeBron James may be tempting fate with his comments about their record-tying 15-0 start to the 2015-16 season.

"I think it comes with a lot of health," James …

Lebron James

Dwyane Wade: 'We Know Our Identity' in Heat's Post-LeBron Era

MIAMI — The Miami Heat have three NBA championship banners hanging from the AmericanAirlines Arena rafters, each a potential blueprint to guide their next title run.

But none of them can help the current squad, since there's no longer a top-shelf superstar leading the charge like there was in 2006 …

Dwyane Wade

Warriors in Beginning Stages of Dynasty, Says Pat Riley

Pat Riley is one of the most respected figures in basketball—a champion as a player, coach and executive.

He has the eye and pedigree for what builds longevity in champions, and he believes the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of continued success for years to come, per Tim Reynolds of the …

Los Angeles Lakers

The Clippers Are A Goddamn Mess

The ever-combustible Clippers up and combusted today. This afternoon, they dropped their third straight game (and their sixth of seven) to the …

Los Angeles Clippers

To the 15-0 Warriors, joy is a weapon

DENVER -- Now it’s a record-tying 15-0 for the Warriors, after a 118-105 sluicing of the Denver Nuggets that, initially, didn’t come so easily. The Warriors were dragging at altitude in the first quarter, causing interim coach Luke Walton to ask a simple question of his team: “Where’s the joy?”

Joy? …

Stephen Curry

Clippers Had Locker Room Argument After Loss to Toronto Raptors

Tension may be boiling over for the Los Angeles Clippers following Sunday's 91-80 home loss to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. The team has lost seven of nine games since starting 4-0.

The frustration in the Clippers locker room afterward reportedly resulted in an argument, as media members …

Toronto Raptors

Tough Challenges Remain for Rockets in Post-McHale Era

The dismissal of head coach Kevin McHale may have unexpectedly opened a can of worms for the Houston Rockets.

Fresh off a winning season that saw them advance all the way to the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets were in prime position to build upon last season’s success. The acquisitions of Ty …


King Kristaps Porzingis Keeps Getting Better

The Rockets are really struggling to get wins thus far, but they’re still a dangerous team. And yet, the New York Knicks beat them in Houston last …


Kevin Durant Comments on Relationship with Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant took an opportunity Friday to quell any rumors that his relationship with teammate Russell Westbrook is anything but good.

Speaking with the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater, Durant described that he and Westbrook are "like family."

"There’s times we cuss each …

Kevin Durant

5 NBA Player Rivalries We Want to See Fire Up in 2015-16

Russell vs. Wilt. Magic vs. Bird. MJ vs. Zeke. The Dream vs. The Admiral. KG vs. Duncan.

What do these and other great NBA player rivalries have in common? Quite a bit, actually.

For one, they all involve transcendent talents who were, more or less, contemporaries. In the case of Magic Johnson and …

Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant again says he must defer to young players, preaches ball movement

LOS ANGELES -- On multiple occasions before and during this season, Kobe Bryant has said how his role now is to defer to the Los Angeles Lakers' promising young players to help develop them. That is, he says he believes he needs to be more of a teacher than a scorer.

That said, Bryant is still …

Kobe Bryant

Counting the NBA's Dead Money

It says something about the bizarre world of NBA salary-cap management when teams guided by the axiom that every dollar counts so often pay millions of them for absolutely nothing.

Buyouts and the more drastic stretch provision (which, you guessed it, allows teams to stretch the salary of a waived …


One of the NBA's greatest point guards points out the scariest part of how good Stephen Curry is

As the Golden State Warriors continue to dominate, led by Stephen Curry, people are beginning to wonder Curry's place in the NBA power sphere.

He's already staking a claim for best player in the NBA, and as he continues to set the league on fire, it's fair wondering when he starts to get mentioned …

Stephen Curry

Can the Warriors break the Bulls' 72-win record?

On the April 16, 1996, night the Bulls won their 70th game in Milwaukee to snap the Lakers' 24-year-old NBA record, then-general manager Jerry Krause was elsewhere, scouting.

"Everything that season was business as usual," Krause recalled by phone of the eventual and historic 72-10 mark. "Winning 70 …

Chicago Bulls