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Each NBA Team's Franchise Centerpiece Entering the 2016-17 Season

There can only be one.<p>For some NBA organizations, the choice is obvious. Their best player is still in his prime, posting massive numbers and serving as an on-court leader while performing in a manner that makes it easier to surround him with complementary talent.<p>But not every team falls into that …

Golden State Warriors

Jim Boeheim Says Carmelo Anthony 'Unlikely' to Ever Win NBA Championship

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony won an NCAA national championship with Syracuse in 2003 and a trio of Olympic gold medals with Team USA. But according to his college coach Jim Boeheim, that's all the hardware he's going to win.<p>The Syracuse head coach spoke with the media on Tuesday, via Mike …

Jim Boeheim

How Kevin Durant will co-exist with Warriors' stars

The space between a superteam’s inception and its actual debut cannot be filled with basketball but must be filled with something. So begins the …

US Olympic Greats Pass the Torch to Kevin Durant, 2016 Team After Gold Medal

Another year, another gold.<p>After the United States men's national basketball team knocked off Serbia 96-66 in the Olympic gold-medal game Sunday, Bleacher Report crafted a visual featuring legends of America's basketball past.<p>Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Kobe …

Olympics

Team USA's Flawed Style Plenty Enough for Gold + Olympics All-Tournament Team

Team USA played the perfect version of its imperfect game Sunday, securing a gold medal with a 96-66 dismantling of Serbia.<p>Kevin Durant, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins were keys in executing the trademarked yet flawed recipe we've seen throughout the U.S.' time in Rio.<p>Stagnant (as usual), lacking …

Olympics

Allen Iverson picks top 5 players of yesterday and today

Allen Iverson is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame next month, and the former Philadelphia 76ers legend has been making the rounds …

Allen Iverson

No, LeBron James didn't say that Michael Jordan gets too much credit

LeBron did not take a shot at the GOAT<p>LeBron James made his debut as a podcast guest on Wednesday, and some of his comments have already been twisted. In James' interview on "Open Run" with Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar fielded a question about his road …

Lebron James

The Most Underappreciated Player on Every NBA Team

This one's dedicated to all those NBA players who need an extra hug.<p>The Association's waters of underappreciation can be tricky to navigate. Criteria is inexact, and you have no way of officially calculating which talents aren't receiving enough love.<p>But we're going to make this as objective as …

Kevin Durant

LeBron James: Michael Jordan Gets Too Much Credit for Bulls' Six Titles

Michael Jordan and the Bulls won six NBA champions in a span of eight years—MJ earned Finals MVP honors each time—but according to LeBron James, …

Lebron James

Charles Barkley Questions How Team USA Was Built for 2016 Rio Olympics

Even without the likes of LeBron James and Stephen Curry, many expected the United States men's basketball team to cruise to a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.<p>However, things haven't gone smoothly for Mike Krzyzewski and Co. lately—and Charles Barkley believes roster construction is the reason …

Charles Barkley

LeBron James Says He Would Like to Own NBA Franchise After Retirement

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James revealed Wednesday his goal after his playing career is to own an NBA team, as he told UNINTERRUPTED's <i>Open Run</i> podcast (<b>warning: contains NSFW language</b>):<p>James broke down his reasoning for wanting to hold such a position and why he would be good at the …

Lebron James

Ranking The Top 5 Small Forwards In San Antonio Spurs History

Apr 30, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) smiles before game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs …

San Antonio Spurs

Kobe Bryant Comments on Retirement, Lakers, Luke Walton and More

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is hopeful about the future of the organization as he transitions from the role of key player to perhaps the team's most famous fan.<p>Mike Bresnahan of TWC Sportsnet spoke with the five-time NBA champion, who entered retirement following a memorable 60-point …

Luke Walton

USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

Jerry Colangelo wanted to create a USA Basketball program where superstars signed on for multiple years instead of simply parachuting in for bigger tournaments. The 2016 team underscores the failure of that goal.<p>When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and …

USA Basketball

Carmelo Anthony Will Eventually Make Peace With Failing To Win An NBA Title, And NBA Fans Can Too

Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, George Gervin and the list goes on, but there’s a solid chance Carmelo Anthony — who turns 34 next season — will join this group of NBA superstars who never climbed the tallest mountain in the NBA to cradle the Larry O’Brien Trophy in their …

Carmelo Anthony

How to Follow the 2016 'Meme Team' on Social Media

Hey, 1992 Olympics basketball! Yeah, you. Keep your USA Dream Team. We'll just be over here basking in 2016's Meme Team (sorry).<p>Social media has completely changed the Olympic experience for both fans and participants. Athletes can document their exploits like never before (insert Draymond Green …

Social Media

Master of His NBA Domain, LeBron Makes Clear He's Buying What Cavs Are Selling

LeBron James sat there with a smile Thursday, stole thunder from the Rio Olympics he chose to skip and undercut his own league's major schedule unveiling.<p>That's how it is when you rule the way James now does.<p>James announced his re-signing with the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on his</i> …

Lebron James

LeBron James to Re-Sign with Cavs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

LeBron James finally brought a championship to Cleveland, and he is sticking around to defend it after announcing on Thursday he'll be signing a <b></b>contract to remains with the Cavaliers:<p>Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported James is signing a three-year, $100 million deal.<p>James declined his player option …

Lebron James

Stephen Jackson Criticizes Tony Parker for Selfish Play

Ex-Spur Stephen Jackson basically blames former teammate Tony Parker for the Spurs losing Game 6 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals to the OKC …

Tony Parker

Sam Perkins: Bobby Knight Made Michael Jordan Cry at 1984 Olympics

Good thing there were no memes 32 years ago.<p>According to retired NBA big man Sam Perkins, head coach Bobby Knight made Michael Jordan cry after a 78-67 quarterfinal win over Germany in the 1984 Olympics.<p>Here's what Big Smooth told Tina Cervasio and Tim Legler on SiriusXM's <i>Above the Rim</i> on …

Michael Jordan

New video game botches Michael Jordan's face

Michael Jordan's depiction in a new video game is like Charles Barkley elbowing an Angolan basketball player in the chest: painful to watch and totally unnecessary.<p>"NBA 2K17" created digital versions for each of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team members, who celebrate their 25th anniversary next year, …

Michael Jordan

7-of-12 Players on Team USA Were in the Conf. Finals of This Year's NBA Playoffs

<i>Fact: Seven of the 12 players on the U.S. men's Olympic team were in the conference finals of this year's NBA Playoffs (Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan).</i><p>Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and …

Team USA

Which Team USA basketball stars will see their reputations change most after Rio?

A successful experience with Team USA has boosted players’ reputation in the past. Which members of the 2016 edition will benefit most?<p>Every four years when Team USA men’s basketball claims the gold medal at the Olympics, a few players come away with an extraordinary narrative bump as they filter …

Team USA

USA basketball team trying not to appear overconfident

Players praise China, which they just beat by 50 points<p>Predicting that the United States men’s basketball team will win gold in Rio de Janeiro is …

USA Basketball

Why Michael Jordan is the Greatest NBA Player I've Ever Seen

Jordan wasn't just the biggest star in the NBA, he was the biggest star in sports.<p>It's easy to smile when you've accomplished what he has.<p>Who do you …

NBA

Russell Westbrook, Thunder Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Kevin Durant's departure put the first crack in the Oklahoma City Thunder's foundation. Now Russell Westbrook's committed himself to holding it up.<p>The Thunder reportedly agreed to a contract with Westbrook Thursday that will keep him in Oklahoma City through the 2017-18 season at the very …

Russell Westbrook

5 NBA Teams That Can Take the Next Step with One More Deal

NBA championship contention usually isn't the result of one offseason; rather, it comes from years of incremental progress. That can make for tough sledding and scant optimism during the early stages of roster building.<p>Near the end, though, excitement roars like a thousand Kevin Garnetts. Once a …

Isaiah Thomas

NBA Players Who Should Be Pissed at Their Front Office

With NBA free agency slowing to a halt (we see you, Lance Stephenson), we have the opportunity to riff on the issues nearest to our hearts.<p>Like which NBA stars should be giving their front office the super-obvious silent treatment right about now.<p>Real offseason setbacks and failures are the impetus …

Anthony Davis

Klay Thompson Comments on Role with Warriors, Kevin Durant

While Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will all have to adjust in some way following Kevin Durant's arrival, don't tell Thompson that he'll be making any sort of sacrifice for the Golden State Warriors' greater good.<p>In an interview with The Vertical's Shams Charania, Thompson …

Kevin Durant

LeBron James Speaks on Michael Jordan, 2016 NBA Finals, More in SI Exclusive

A wave of emotion washed over LeBron James as he watched portions of the 2016 NBA Finals for the first time with prospects at the Nike Skills Academy in July. Yet, despite that latest triumph for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, he's still hunting the "ghost played in Chicago."<p>Lee Jenkins of <i>Sports</i> …

Lebron James