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Kevin Garnett Retiring From Basketball

Kevin Garnett, the 15-time NBA all-star, 2004 MVP, Olympic gold medal winner and NBA champion in 2008, is retiring from basketball, ending what is no doubt a career destined for the Hall of Fame.<p>One of the most fearsome competitors of his generation, Garnett was taken fifth in the 1995 draft out of …

Basketball

Kevin Garnett Leaves Behind Legacy as NBA's Most Beloved Bully

Kevin Garnett is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA relatively quietly, and that's a little weird for a player whose career has been defined by high volume and confrontation.<p>The iconic forward won't play for the Wolves this season and is expected to announce his retirement, according to …

NBA

Warriors GM hints team will rest players far more this season

It sounds like Golden State learned its lesson.<p>Because the players wanted it — led in particular by Stephen Curry and Draymond Green — the Warriors …

Kevin Garnett

Pound For Pound, Allen Iverson Is The NBA’s Greatest Of All Time

The dust will barely have settled on one of this weekend’s blue-ribbon sporting events before the curtain raises on another. Less than 24 hours after Friday night’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in Massachusetts, boxing’s best and brightest put on a similarly lavish show across the …

Basketball

Jerry West Responds to Adam Silver's Comments on Warriors Signing Kevin Durant

The rich got richer during the NBA offseason when the Golden State Warriors signed Kevin Durant, but Dubs executive Jerry West didn't take kindly to those who questioned the fairness of the move.<p>In an interview with Tim Kawakami of the <i>San Jose Mercury News</i> on the <i>TK Show</i> (h/t Zach Harper of …

Kevin Durant

NBA Superstars with the Most on the Line Entering 2016-17

LeBron James is off the hook.<p>This past spring, he fulfilled his promise, carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA championship and, in doing so, vanquishing the city's 52-year pro sports title drought. James and company still figure to defend their crown vigorously this season. But …

Russell Westbrook

Sports Illustrated ranks 5 Warriors among NBA’s top 50 players

In July, when they signed Kevin Durant, the Warriors became the third team ever to add a former NBA MVP to a group coming off the league’s best record.<p>Take into account that Golden State’s regular-season mark last season was the best in league history, and it was clear that the 2016-17 Warriors …

Kevin Durant

The biggest snubs from SI.com's Top 100 NBA players of 2017

Creating a defined list inevitably leads to snubs, the likes of which run deep with our ranking of Top 100 NBA Players of 2017.<p>In some sense, …

B/R NBA 200: Series Ranks the NBA's Best Players Heading into 2016-17 Season

Ask five people how to organize just the NBA's best players, and you'll probably get five different answers.<p>Now, let's provide the real answer.<p>To do so, we need to use the end point of last season as our starting point for now. And a lot sure did change last year:<p>Until LeBron James and the …

Golden State Warriors

Do The Cleveland Cavaliers Really Need J.R. Smith?

Since putting his shirt back on, J.R. Smith has not resigned with the Cavaliers. Could Mike Dunleavy fill his shoes? (And T-Shirt?)<p>From June 19th …

J. R. Smith

NBA: Coach Kerr worried with Warriors’ lack of rim protection

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. AP File photo<p>After bagging this year’s most coveted free agent Kevin Durant, many would think Golden …

Steve Kerr

Iverson, Shaq and Yao Enter Hall of Fame with a Trail of Memories and Questions

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — <i>Hall of Famer</i> is a powerful phrase, an almost mystical title conjuring greatness and grandeur. Once earned, the moniker becomes a de facto first name, demanding reverence.<p>As of Friday night, he is no longer Shaquille O'Neal, but <i>Hall of Famer</i> Shaquille O'Neal. The man towering …

Yao Ming

Shaq: 'I Had A Great Career, But I Didn’t Get A Chance To Showcase What I Can Really Do'

Shaquille O’Neal will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend and despite his status as one of the most dominant players ever, he feels he …

Basketball

In Allen Iverson, We Saw Ourselves, Even If We Didn't Know It When He Played

It's right there in those eyes.<p>Everything that he has ever felt was projected—or hidden—behind those round jewels.<p>They always seemed to stare right through us. Sometimes they welled with tears. But that was Allen. That was part of the complexity we found so appealing.<p>He came from concrete and …

Allen Iverson

Chicago Bulls Rumors: Derrick Rose Trade To New York Knicks A Blessing In Disguise?

The Chicago Bulls have seemingly gotten a huge burden taken off their shoulders upon the trade of former superstar point guard Derrick …

Derrick Rose

Cleveland Cavaliers Planning To Trade Kevin Love For Nerlens Noel?

The Kevin Love trade rumors just wouldn’t die down. Speculation emerged over the weekend that the Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to swap the …

New York Knicks: The Second Unit Will Play Crucial Role

The New York Knicks’ bench is either going to be a highlight for the upcoming season or a low-light. Here’s an argument for both cases.<p>Despite what …

Derrick Rose

Steph Curry Revisits Warriors' NBA Finals Game 7 Loss: "I Wasn't 100 Percent, But Who Cares?"

Steph Curry doesn't believe in excuses. The Warriors leader and two-time reigning NBA MVP understands that if he's playing in a game while injured, …

NBA

Phil Jackson Says Kobe Bryant Requested Trade from Lakers During 1999-00 Season

Kobe Bryant retired as a Los Angeles Laker for life, but Phil Jackson revealed in a recent interview that the Purple and Gold briefly entertained the thought of dealing him for another superstar just a couple of seasons into his Hollywood tenure.<p>Speaking to Charley Rosen of Today's Fastbreak, …

Kobe Bryant

Bleacher Report

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Predicting NBA Stat Leaders for Every Major Category During 2016-17 Season

Is the NBA about to become Russell Westbrook's personal plaything?<p>In the wake of Kevin Durant's departure to the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is primed to pursue the championship belt of three different marquee stat categories—points, assists and steals per game. …

DeAndre Jordan

The 20 Best Crossovers In NBA History, Ranked

This IS NOT a “honor the best guys in NBA history” list. If someone helped mold and create the crossover, that doesn’t mean he’ll make this list. (I looked and looked, but Isiah Thomas never had a crossover nice enough to make it – that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the greatest ballhandlers ever. …

NBA

C.J. McCollum says Stephen Curry can’t guard him

HOUSTON (AP) — Craig Sager’s once lustrous chestnut hair is down to a few unruly strands because of chemotherapy, and on this day of hope a simple …

Stephen Curry

2017 NBA Free Agency: An Early Primer on Next Year's Class

There are no premature NBA free-agency conversations, only people who hate fun.<p>A second salary-cap spike in 2017 promises to send the league for yet another whirl. Contract totals will once again abet sticker shock, and player movement should be unusually high.<p>That demands we sprint ahead of the …

Golden State Warriors

Chris Bosh's situation with the Miami Heat is starting to get ugly

Chris Bosh has taken to social media to let the public know he intends to play while the Miami Heat remain undecided on his future.<p>Jan 20, 2016; …

Chris Bosh

Warriors 'Expect a Lot' from Kevin Durant on Defense

Kevin Durant was a defensive revelation during the seven-game bloodbath between the Thunder and Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, and the …

Kevin Durant

The Top 10 Plays From Each Position In The NBA Last Season Will Make Your Jaw Drop

We’ve officially entered the dog days of summer. The draft is over, most of the free agents have signed their new deals, the summer league champ has been crowned, Team USA has successfully defended their gold, and yet we still have two-plus months to go before the start of the new NBA season. This …

Keep Celebrating Kobe Bryant With This Epic Video Of Mamba’s Top-100 One-On-One Moves

Kobe Byrant may have retired, but people aren’t quite ready to forget about him yet – even on the day after August 24. This is especially true for Lakers fans, who don’t exactly have a lot to look forward to this season in terms of wins and losses. Kobe was one of the best players of his …

Stats confirm: Duncan was much better than Kobe

Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant were both NBA greats, one-of-a-kind talents that belong in the discussion of top 15 or 20 of all time -- very few dispute …

Tim Duncan

Kobe Bryant: 'A Real Competitor' Would Not Be Intimidated by The Warriors

In the mind of Kobe Bean Bryant, no team was unbeatable, no player was unstoppable.<p>He played with this mentality whether he was facing Michael …

Kobe Bryant