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Who Has the NBA's Top Interior Tandem?

The NBA game might be changing, but the importance of size isn't.

There are, of course, new demands placed on those monsters in the middle. Having size alone isn't enough. It has to be coupled with skill, and there's ideally some speed, mobility, versatility and athleticism added in as well.

But good …

NBA

Gilbert Arenas' Assistant Convicted of Stealing Millions from Former NBA Star

A personal assistant to former NBA player Gilbert Arenas was found guilty of stealing money from the former All-Star on Wednesday.

According to Keely Diven of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, a federal jury found John A. White guilty on 11 counts of wire fraud:

On Wednesday a federal jury convicted …

NBA

Do NBA Teams Pay More for Offense or Defense?

There are many ways to get paid in the NBA. However, not all of them are created equally, and the discrepancy often boils down to strange valuations of contributions on each side of the floor.

Even though scoring is usually the first stat cited in many conversations and highlights almost exclusively …

NBA

Magic was way more important than Bird: Meet the NBA All-1980s team

The Magic-Bird rivalry ushered in the modern era of the NBA, but that framing makes them seem like equals when the Lakers star really accomplished more.

It's rare that the era of Magic Johnson is discussed independent of the era of Larry Bird. Perhaps this is different in circles of Lakers fans; I …

NBA

The Biggest Problem Each NBA Team Faces in Upcoming 2015-16 Season

The NBA offseason can be powerful.

It creates optimism, dashes dreams, fortifies contenders and weakens pretenders. For all intents and purposes, the 2015 version is done with all of the above.

That means, among other things, any problems that haven't yet been corrected will persist into the upcoming …

NBA

Dwight Howard Reportedly Not Arrested After Accidentally Bringing Gun to Airport

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was not arrested despite bringing a loaded handgun to George Bush Intercontinental Airport last month.

According to a TMZ report, a TSA agent discovered Howard's Glock 26 9mm in a carry-on bag when he was boarding a flight in Houston on Thursday. He told law …

Airports

LeBron James May Be Done Winning NBA MVP Awards, and That's OK

Still in the thick of his prime, with the NBA's top talent firmly in his shadow, it doesn't seem possible that LeBron James has already won his last MVP award.

James has four Maurice Podoloff trophies to his name, tying him with Wilt Chamberlain for the third most in league history. He has finished …

Lebron James

Building the All-25-and-Under NBA Team Before 2015-16 Season

The amount of young talent in the NBA is terrifying.

Even without counting players who will turn 26 just before the start of the 2015-16 campaign—here's looking at you, Jimmy Butler—the all-25-and-under squads are just brimming over with high-quality players who haven't yet reached the full extent …

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How Point Guards Can Avoid Becoming the Next Rajon Rondo

At various points in his NBA career, Rajon Rondo has been an upstart, a malcontent, an innovator, a playoff hero, a champion and an outcast.

We can now add cautionary tale to that list which, considering how recently Rondo was viewed as an elite, star-quality player, is shocking.

Shocking but …

Rajon Rondo

Dwight Howard Says James Harden Is the Best Lefty of All Time

Whenever James Harden gets beat on defense, Dwight Howard has his back.

Apparently the Houston Rockers' 7-footer has the superstar shooting guard’s back in arguments about the all-time greats, too.

Howard took to Twitter on Monday to ask and tackle all types of basketball questions, and one of his …

Dwight Howard

The Most Unlikely Stat Explosions in NBA History

There's nothing like seeing an NBA player have everything click on a single night. Whether he's finding the bottom of the net whenever his wrist flicks, magically ending up in the right place for every rebound, finding passing angles no one else can see, rejecting shots left and right or committing …

NBA

Eleven years after messy breakup with Lakers, Kobe and Shaq make up on podcast

More than a decade after a feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led to the breakup of one of the NBA's most dynamic duos, the two shared stories about their bickering Lakers days and why it all fell apart.

Bryant, entering his 20th season with the Lakers, and O'Neal, an NBA analyst on TNT, …

Podcasting

60 Best Crossovers of the 2015 NBA Season Combined into Awesome Highlight Tape

There are 34 days until the NBA returns for preseason action, which feels like an eternity, but have no fear.

The NBA compiled the 60 best crossovers of the 2014-15 season into 15 minutes of pure, ankle-breaking gold, which should help ease the heartache.

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Jim Buss talks about D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and the Lakers' struggles

Lakers part-owner Jim Buss says he's anxious for the new season to begin, and one of the reasons is the team's top draft pick, D'Angelo Russell.

"I can't wait for the season, one of the reasons I can't wait, first of all, I love basketball, second is to watch this kid develop," Buss told The Times …

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Anthony Davis is adding muscle, becoming even more terrifying

The Brow is reportedly adding muscle without losing his explosiveness, which is great news for the Pelicans and terrible news for the rest of the league.

Read this and despair, NBA centers. Anthony Davis is up to 253 pounds after spending the summer bulking up, according to the Pelicans.

Davis came …

Anthony Davis

The NBA's small ball obsession is bigger than ever

Last year's finals gave us a great look at small ball. Here's everything you need to know.

Small ball reached new heights in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals when Warriors coach Steve Kerr sat year-long starter Andrew Bogut the entire game, moved Draymond Green to center and inserted Andre Iguodala …

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Scouting the NBA's Newest Overseas Additions from the 2015 Offseason

The NBA is more global today than it's ever been. This summer alone, the league played its first exhibition in Africa, where it also conducted clinics as part of Basketball Without Borders, and is currently bringing basketball camps to the Caribbean.

Not to mention all the trips that players are …

NBA

Why Traditional Big Men Are Still Vital in Today's NBA

Traditional big men will always have a place in the NBA.

It's just that their place, and the things they must do to get there, is changing.

But because ample time is spent lauding the league's deceptively coined "small-ball" movement, the survival of these player types is often glossed over, their …

NBA

Cavs to take time with Kyrie Irving's rehab; January return possible

The "freak play" that fractured Kyrie Irving's kneecap and led to season-ending surgery in June could keep the point guard out for a few more months.

Irving's rehab is going smoothly, sources told The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will slowly work him back into playing …

Kyrie Irving

Jim Buss not shutting door on Kobe Bryant's return

Given Kobe Bryant's age and injury-riddled past, there is great intrigue about the star guard's health entering this upcoming season, but there is just as much intrigue -- if not more -- about whether it will be Bryant's final season with the Los Angeles Lakers -- or in the NBA.

Though the …

Kobe Bryant

Derrick Rose Reportedly Sued, Accused of Raping Ex-Girlfriend

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose "is being sued by a woman who claims the NBA superstar and two of his friends [Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen] drugged and gang raped her," according to TMZ (warning: report contains graphic sexual content).

The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County …

Derrick Rose

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal Comment on Lakers, Relationship, Regrets

The blood feud between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant has long been buried, but the two have managed to avoid a one-on-one sit-down in which they publicly discussed what went wrong in Los Angeles—until now.

Bryant appeared on O'Neal's podcast, The Big Podcast With Shaq, which will air Monday on …

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Why Oklahoma City Thunder Are the NBA's Most Unsolvable Puzzle

The spectrum of possibilities for the Oklahoma City Thunder's future is broader than ever—which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The talent-laden roster, led by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka—all, theoretically, in their primes—means that the highest end of that spectrum is still …

NBA

Shaquille O'Neal Will Be Featured on NBA TV's 'Shaq Week'

Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant and recognizable figures in basketball history, and his accomplishments will be highlighted by NBA TV next week through the aptly titled "Shaq Week" beginning Aug. 31.

As seen in this video courtesy of Turner Sports, NBA TV's answer to Discovery's "Shark …

NBA

Howard Beck's 1990s NBA Starting 5

In the 1990s, the NBA showcased some of basketball's all-time greats, including Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. These players competed to be the best at a pivotal time in NBA history.

But who were the best players at every position in the 1990s? John Stockton or Gary Payton? Reggie Miller or …

NBA

Michael Jordan Can't Decide Who Gets Shoe Deals Due to Cap Rules

Michael Jordan is among the most powerful and influential figures in basketball history, but the NBA has had restrictions in place to avoid a conflict of interest between Jordan's ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats and his world-famous shoe brand.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the league …

Michael Jordan

The NBA's Tournament of Names: Which Team Comes out on Top?

Anybody want to spend a few minutes imagining Anthony Davis trying to guard Magic Johnson?

Great! Me too.

Here's how we make that happen: Organize NBA players past and present by last name, assign them to teams and pick the top squads with common surnames. After that, it's simple. Just seed the teams …

Magic Johnson

Stephen Curry doesn't sound like someone who'd ever consider leaving the Warriors

Curry isn't worried about his prospective free agency in 2017, and there's little reason to think he's leaving the Warriors anytime soon.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry can become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, but free agency "isn't really appealing" to the reigning NBA MVP, he told …

Stephen Curry

Jamie Dimon's bank is earning comparisons to the best player in the NBA

One is the picture of offensive prowess and defensive aggression, wrapped up into an All-Star package that some think is the best in the game. The other is LeBron James.

CSLA analyst Mike Mayo has issued a bullish report upgrading JPMorgan to a buy and comparing chief executive Jamie Dimon to …

Jamie Dimon

Stephen Curry Comments on Free Agency, Future with Golden State Warriors

It's hard to imagine Stephen Curry in a better situation than the one he's in now. He's one of the best players in the league and is coming off a season in which he won the Most Valuable Player award and an NBA title.

Not surprisingly, the 27-year-old isn't considering leaving the Golden State …

Stephen Curry