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The 10 Best Shooters

In June of 1979, in a vote so close that the Commissioner Larry O’Brien said “one straw could have turned it the other way,” the NBA Board of …

Steve Nash

Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers is our wildest NBA trade rumor yet

Although imaging Melo joining up with LeBron is great, there's a very slim chance this would actually happen.

In the midst of the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge, rumors of a blockbuster trade involving Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony were reported by the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. …

Carmelo Anthony

The Best Option at Every Position on the 2016 NBA Trade Market

Here's the scenario: Your favorite NBA team is pursuing an upgrade at a certain position ahead of the Feb. 18 trade deadline, and you're losing sleep trying to figure out the best, most realistic target.

Well, consider your dilemma solved.

Players must ostensibly be available to join our fray. Hot …

Markets

Putting Stephen Curry's season in perspective makes it even more mind-blowing

Stephen Curry has stepped up his game this season to become the best basketball player in the world, and yet, his current numbers still don't do his game justice until we put them in perspective.

Curry is averaging an NBA-leading 29.8 points per game to go along with 6.6 assists — which does not …

Stephen Curry

The 25 highest-paid NBA players of all time

The NBA may still be behind that of the NFL and Major League Baseball in terms of generating money, but thanks to rising TV revenue and smaller rosters, an NBA career can be lucrative.

This is especially true for the players who played a large chunk of their careers between the late 1990s and the …

Shaquille O'Neal

Chris Paul thinks Kobe Bryant retiring will create a huge void

As much as this weekend will be a celebration of what the NBA is as a league, Kobe Bryant's last All-Star Game will and should be a celebration for his historic NBA career. The Los Angeles Lakers' legend has been one of the greatest players we've ever seen and his legacy is going to live on for the …

Kobe Bryant

Charles Barkley Comments on Shaquille O'Neal, Stephen Curry, More

Outspoken Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has been among the Golden State Warriors' biggest critics in recent years, and he furthered that reputation in an interview Thursday by taking aim at reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

According to Jack Winter and Spencer Lund of Dime Magazine, the 1993 …

Charles Barkley

Report: Rockets open for business, Dwight Howard on the trade block

The Rockets fell again to the Blazers Wednesday night, their sixth loss in the last eight games and third in a row. After the game, coach J.B. Bickerstaff described the Rockets as a "broken" team, and Jason Terry walked through the media room and said the team had "no chemistry."

Now Yahoo Sports …

Dwight Howard

Steve Kerr Leads Warriors’ Chase of a Record He Helped Set

PHOENIX — If Steve Kerr had been any more muted on Wednesday night, he would have been chromatic gray on the color wheel. His Golden State team had just handed the host Suns a 112-104 setback to maintain its edge over the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls in the season-long race for the grand prize of …

Steve Kerr

Time for Chicago Bulls to Face Facts About Current Roster's Championship Hopes

CHICAGO — “It doesn’t even seem like basketball.”

That’s what Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott had to say on Wednesday night, following a 113-90 blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He was only talking about the second half of this particular game, when the Bulls let a manageable five-point …

Chicago Bulls

LeBron's Reverence for Kobe May See Him Honor Bryant and Skip Rio Olympics

CLEVELAND — Kobe Bryant played hard to get.

So LeBron James really, really had to earn Bryant's respect.

James' childlike reverence for Bryant never waned, as a result.

The guy who wore No. 8 on a poster on James' wall, whose hairstyle James once tried to emulate and work ethic James blew up into some …

Kobe Bryant

All-Time #NBArank: Michael Jordan at No. 1

Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time, topping our All-Time #NBArank list of the 100 best players ever.

To create All-Time #NBArank, we put …

Kobe Bryant Comments on Relationship with LeBron James

On the precipice of his final visit to Cleveland as an active player, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant opened up Wednesday on his relationship with Cavaliers guard LeBron James, who has apparently gone from rival to friend as the pair have aged.

"We've been close," Bryant said, per Mark Medina …

Kobe Bryant

Report: Kobe Bryant once wanted Lakers to trade him to defending champs or 60-win team

Kevin Durant has taken plenty of criticism for his reported interest in signing with the Warriors.

Don’t chase a ring by just bolting for the best

Kobe Bryant

Beneath the Gruff Exterior, Gregg Popovich Is Just a Big Teddy Bear

MIAMI — Gregg Popovich isn't an NBA bully—he just often appears as such on TV.

The longtime San Antonio Spurs coach and Air Force Academy grad can be uncomfortably direct, brutally honest and comically terse during interviews. But just beneath the gruff exterior is a kind-hearted individual who has …

Gregg Popovich

Steph Curry thought he'd wake up with a dead man's tendons

Before Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had taken the NBA hostage, there was a time in which it looked like Curry's ankles wouldn't let us see what kind of potential he truly had. Curry was stuck in the mud with ankle injury after ankle injury that required multiple surgeries. When he …

Stephen Curry

The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today

Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Wednesday.

Peak Stephen Curry. We all know Curry is the greatest shooter on earth, a great passer, and a great handler of the basketball. But two things Curry doesn't get enough credit for are his improved defense and his hockey …

Stephen Curry

Derek Fisher was reportedly fired because he occasionally didn't run the triangle offense

Knicks president Phil Jackson wasn't thrilled with Fisher often straying from the triangle offense, and the devotion to the system could limit the full-time coaching search.

The New York Knicks fired Derek Fisher on Monday after they lost nine of their last 10 games. While the recent losing ways and …

Phil Jackson

Kobe or Duncan? Kareem, Magic split on career

Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have achieved so much during their remarkable NBA careers, winning a total of 10 championships between them. But if you …

Kobe Bryant

5-on-5: NBA stars discuss all-time greats and Curry's place

Who are the greatest players in NBA history? Where does Steph Curry rank? Our ESPN panel has created the All-Time #NBArank Top 100. (The Top 10 will …

Pau Gasol speaks the truth about Bulls situation

CHARLOTTE -- Pau Gasol's post-shootaround sessions with the media have become de facto state of the team addresses recently. The 15-year veteran has …

Pau Gasol

Russell Westbrook Reportedly Will Consider Signing with New York Knicks in 2017

The New York Knicks are in desperate need of a quality point guard in order to become contenders in the Eastern Conference, and a new report suggests they could land one of the best in the NBA during the 2017 offseason.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar …

Russell Westbrook

Heat to make major trade, become contenders?

Trade targets: All 30 teams (in progress)

Miami Heat

Record: 29-22
5th place in East

Status: Buyers

Pat Riley's Heat are going to be one of the most …

Dwyane Wade

The Numbers Game: How Rare Is NBA's Eastern Conference Equality with the West?

The NBA has waited a long time for its Eastern Conference teams to catch up with the Western Conference. And, in many ways, it's still waiting.

Indeed, all of the East's projected playoff participants are on pace to be over .500 for just the second time in the last decade. But the combined winning …

Memphis Grizzlies

6 NBA Youngsters Who Could Use a Change of Scenery at 2016 Trade Deadline

The NBA trade deadline is most often viewed from a team perspective, but the transaction period changes individual lives, too.

And for all the personal disruption caused by the swaps, they can be invigorating in certain situations.

That's the hope, at least, for the six 25-and-under players we're …

Houston Rockets

It's becoming clear that there were 3 big reasons for the Knicks' shocking firing of Derek Fisher

The New York Knicks announced on Monday that they had fired head coach Derek Fisher after less than two seasons.

After a franchise-worst 17-65 season last year, the Knicks are 23-31 this year, but have lost five games in a row and nine of their last 10.

The decision came as a shock to the NBA world …

Phil Jackson

In Kurt Rambis, Jackson Hopes to Find Coaching Spirit He Didn't Find in Fisher

Whatever Phil Jackson doesn't know about running an NBA front office, he absolutely does know about coaching.

So Jackson fired Derek Fisher on Monday morning as New York Knicks head coach in an effort to get the foundation of his business model right—and give the teaching opportunity to another of …

Phil Jackson

Rumor: Lakers would fire Byron Scott for Luke Walton

The Lakers reportedly view the rest of the season as a tryout for Byron Scott.

Unless Warriors assistant Luke Walton wants the job. Then, Scott is out.

Luke Walton

Derek Fisher Fired, Kurt Rambis to Be Interim HC: Twitter Reacts to Knicks Moves

The New York Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher on Monday, less than 24 hours after losing their fifth straight game and ninth in their last 10.

Fisher, 41, was 40-96 in his season-and-a-half on the Knicks bench. He'll be replaced by Kurt Rambis, a longtime Phil Jackson confidante who previously …

New York Knicks

Progress Reports for Kevin Durant's Biggest Free-Agent Suitors

Did you know Kevin Durant is going to be a free agent over the summer?

OK, good. Just wanted to make sure. After all, no one is talking about Durant, or his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder, or any aspect of his impending free agency. Those issues are non-starters. Afterthoughts. Like, who …

Kevin Durant