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Adam Silver Says NBA to Discuss 'Hack-a-Shaq' Rules This Summer

The "hack-a-player" strategy has never been popular among NBA fans, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has drawn some ire during the playoffs this year for his persistent fouling of Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com he will examine …

Sports Coaching

Playoffs Give Atlanta Hawks Ability to Cement Best Season in Franchise History

It's been a season of firsts for the Atlanta Hawks.

Mike Budenholzer, as he learned when former instructor Gregg Popovich game him a memorable call, won his first Coach of the Year award. All five starters were named Players of the Month in January—the first time the league gave such recognition to …

Atlanta

The Debate for NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Only Gets Tougher from Here

Still surprised at how the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year race turned out? Confused as to how Kawhi Leonard took down Draymond Green? Angry over Anthony Davis' lack of first-place votes? Furious that Rudy Gobert didn't receive more recognition?

Well, I wish could tell you it's going to get …

NBA

Power Ranking All NBA Benches This Season

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and any team with an eye on the trophy will be hoping it has enough depth to go all the way.

As last year’s champions—the San Antonio Spurs—know all too well, a competent bench is crucial for successfully navigating two months of grueling postseason.

But the …

NBA

James Harden Is the NBA's Most Valuable Player

This year’s NBA Most Valuable Player race is the most exciting one in years. And in a moment, I’ll explain why the Rockets’ James Harden should win. But first, let’s get a few things straight.

One, there’s about six guys who would make compelling MVP candidates in virtually any other NBA season. …

NBA

Rajon Rondo's game is suddenly outdated, and it could cost him millions in free agency

After playing less than ten minutes in the Dallas Mavericks' Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets, the Mavericks announced Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a back injury.

Asked whether he could see Rondo ever wearing a Mavs uniform again, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stunningly said, "No, I don't."

The …

Rajon Rondo

Warriors vs. Pelicans: Golden State's Comeback Not All Good News

The Golden State Warriors crawled out from a 20-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to pull off the 123-119 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 3 on Thursday night.

The Warriors came out of the gate hot, shooting 6-of-7 to take a 17-9 lead within the first five minutes of …

NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge following in Zach Randolph's footsteps

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Zach Randolph watched the 2006 draft on TV, but he didn't know much about the big man his team acquired with the second overall pick. Trail Blazers coaches and management filled him in: talented, athletic, good …

Zach Randolph

So Lebron Doing Coke During An NBA Game Is Just Legal Now, Huh?

Look I know that Lebron isn’t doing coke there. But, having said that, I’m pretty sure Lebron is doing coke there. I’ve seen movies, I’ve been to a …

NBA

Should Dubs Fans Be More or Less Confident That the Warriors Will Win West?

The No. 1 Golden State Warriors stole a third win (123-119) from the No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans in Thursday night's Game 3 playoff matchup. Yet the best team in the league—and the predictive favorite to sweep Round 1—has let the Pelicans, who snuck into the playoffs at the last minute, tie the …

NBA

Crucial Game 3 May Determine Portland Trail Blazers' Future

The Portland Trail Blazers desperately need to show a playoff pulse.

It's not about saving this season; this hasn't been a campaign worth preserving since Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles in early March. This is about protecting the years that lie ahead and convincing Portland's horde of impending …

Portland Trail Blazers

Derrick Rose Can Recapture 'Superstar' Label During Impending Series vs. Cavs

With the Chicago Bulls on the cusp of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs, Derrick Rose finds himself preparing for something more important than a best-of-seven series against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers.

For him, this inevitable matchup is bigger than playing into the second round …

Derrick Rose

Warriors Will Carry Statement Comeback Win Throughout Playoffs

Great NBA teams find a way to win no matter what, and the Golden State Warriors are a great team.

At a time when it looked like the New Orleans Pelicans were about to turn a playoff corner and unseat the league's best Thursday night, the Warriors took Game 3 and made it their own.

Trailing by 20 …

Comebacks

LeBron James Getting Exactly What He Needs out of Cavaliers Sidekicks

LeBron James has everything he needs to win an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

This is to say James has everyone he needs.

If there's anything to take away from the Cavaliers' 103-95 Game 3 victory over the host Boston Celtics Thursday night, it's that—and, of course, the fact that …

Lebron James

How Far Can San Antonio Spurs Go Without a Healthy Tony Parker?

The San Antonio Spurs notched a huge Game 2 win over the Los Angeles Clippers without getting anything from Tony Parker, and the most surprising thing about that result may be that it shouldn't have been surprising at all.

Quietly, and despite narratives cropping up to the contrary, the Spurs have …

Tony Parker

LA Lakers fans hope to see Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, Scott Brooks, Russell Westbrook

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The Lakers just suffered through the worst season in their history, losing 61 games along with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to season-ending …

Rajon Rondo

Are the Eastern Conference Playoffs Actually Basketball?

Late April is upon us, bringing as it does each year tax debt, allergies, and the Eastern Conference playoffs. Of these three, I am unsure which is …

NBA

Kawhi Leonard Has the Baton as San Antonio Spurs' Next Franchise Centerpiece

Kawhi Leonard hasn't retraced the steps of San Antonio Spurs cornerstones Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Those two were No. 1 picks. Leonard, strange as this now sounds, lasted until the 15th selection of the 2011 NBA draft. Duncan and Robinson were beasts on the low block. Leonard wreaks havoc from …

NBA

Deron Williams isn't the player we thought he was

Johnette Howard is an award-winning writer and author who previously worked for Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and Newsday. She contributes general sports columns to ESPN.com and ESPNNewYork.com.

For a while after he joined the Nets in 2012, point guard Deron Williams suggested the …

New York

How Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry became NBA's best point guard

Stephen Curry: The Full Circle

The untold story of how a single rickety hoop in rural Virginia produced two generations of NBA greats, including the future-shaping golden boy.

THERE WERE TOO many bears roaming the woods behind the house and, with four daughters, far too many Barbies inside. Just …

Stephen Curry

NBA Players Who Desperately Need a Fresh Start with a New Team Next Season

Not all marriages are built to last.

NBA partnerships are no exception.

Poor systematic fits, personality clashes or a combination of both can push these round-ball relationships past the point of saving. Once that happens, there's no sense in delaying the inevitable. Separation becomes the only …

NBA

To Man Who Discovered Anthony Davis, Pelicans' Playoff Run Is Stuff of Dreams

Daniel Poneman has seen enough. The young man credited with discovering New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis took in Game 2 of the Pelicans' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors and realized there's no need to fly to New Orleans for Game 3 or 4 or any other part of the series.

The …

Anthony Davis

Kawhi Leonard Wins 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Following a regular season that saw him emerge as the San Antonio Spurs' go-to option offensively, forward Kawhi Leonard was honored Thursday with the 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The NBA's Twitter account made the official announcement:

The 23-year-old San Diego State product had …

NBA

The team's the thing for Clippers Coach Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers said the Clippers have come a long way in the selflessness department since his first meeting with Chris Paul, when the new coach told his perennial All-Star point guard that he "wasn't anything."

Rivers said Wednesday that Paul embellished the wording allegedly used in that exchange, but …

Doc Rivers

Thunder, Which Gave Away Harden, Fires Brooks, Hoping to Keep Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder was once the envy of all, a glowing young team with chemistry as well as prodigies and time assuredly on its side.

No longer. Doing a 180 in 2012 when they donated James Harden to Houston, the Thunder has gone south since, leading to Wednesday’s firing of Coach Scott …

James Harden

Spurs' overtime win leaves Clippers wondering what might've been

LOS ANGELES—This was a cruel game of pinball played on a rigged machine, a footrace with banana peels suddenly appearing in one lane, Christmas …

NBA

The Biggest X-Factors Emerging in the 2015 NBA Playoffs

When the postseason spotlight shines brightest, the NBA's biggest stars are expected to elevate their game to new heights. However, it's often overlooked X-factors who can wind up deciding a game or even a series by exploiting holes in the opposition's game plan.

This time of year, they're the …

NBA

Can Atlanta Hawks Regain Title-Worthy Momentum in Time?

The Atlanta Hawks have taken a 2-0 lead in its first-round series, but it hasn't been pretty. Al Horford and Co. edged the Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 and could've lost Game 2 had a Deron Williams potential game-tying jumper gone down in the final seconds, eventually pulling out a 96-91 victory …

Atlanta

Will a coaching change in OKC help the Thunder keep Kevin Durant?

When news of the Oklahoma City Thunder firing coach Scott Brooks broke on Wednesday, it was only natural to immediately think ahead to 2016 when Kevin Durant is expected to become an unrestricted free agent. That's been the bison in the room or the clock ticking for some time as many have …

Kevin Durant

Anthony Davis' Playoff Arrival Highlights Pelicans' Flawed Construction Plan

Anthony Davis' postseason excellence indicates the New Orleans Pelicans had the right idea when they opted to build a win-now roster around the transcendent superstar.

They just picked the wrong guys to do it.

New Orleans' current series against the Golden State Warriors has revealed a supporting …

Anthony Davis