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Kobe Bryant at Power Forward: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Kobe Bryant will make his return to Staples Center next season after undergoing surgery on a torn rotator cuff. Lakers Nation is optimistic that the team will return to its old winning ways sooner than later.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Bryant has expressed a willingness to …

NBA

Derrick Rose weighing rest vs. opportunity to play for Team USA

Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose is still undecided about attending Team USA's minicamp, according to league sources.

Rose has indicated in the past that he would like to play for Team USA in the Olympics, but sources told ESPNChicago.com that he is weighing the potential benefits of taking …

Derrick Rose

Gregg Popovich: Tim Duncan Will Play 'Same Boring Game' Next Season

On Saturday, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Tim Duncan will play the “same boring game” in 2015-16.

Here’s the full quote:

Same boring game. He’s going to come to the game, he’s going to score X number of points and X number of rebounds. He’s going to lead, …

Gregg Popovich

Examples of Michael Jordan's insane competitiveness

Michael Jordan's competitive personality goes beyond the basketball court and all the way to the White House.

Here are some of Jordan's most noteworthy moments during and after his legendary NBA career.

Produced by Lamar Salter. Original reporting by Tony Manfred.

Michael Jordan

5 Biggest Questions That Oklahoma City Thunder Have to Answer Next Season

The Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 campaign is one filled with hope and high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions left to be answered. With Kevin Durant's pending free agency setting the backdrop for the upcoming season, there is a sense of uncertainty that is more prevalent than …

NBA

Limited Time Only: 2015-16 May Be Final Time to See These Awesome NBA Sights

Certain NBA veterans have dazzled us for years with a trademark move, pass or particular shot. But whereas some of these players will keep their routines alive for many more years, others are approaching the end.

It's a sad upshot to acknowledge, even when certain players are on their last legs and …

NBA

Kawhi Leonard Entering 1st Year as True San Antonio Spurs' Franchise Face

Although Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are returning and the team signed LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, Kawhi Leonard is now the face of the San Antonio Spurs franchise.

Leonard deserves this moment, which in 2012 Gregg Popovich prophetically mentioned as a realistic possibility.

"I …

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Carmelo Anthony Must Trust NY Knicks' Rebuild, Phil Jackson...For Now

Aren't you angry, Melo?

Phil Jackson has made it clear that you, Carmelo Anthony, are only a small part of his plans for the New York Knicks. The New York Times' Harvey Araton eloquently described this recently, writing, "By admittedly not consulting or even speaking with Carmelo Anthony during a …

Carmelo Anthony

Despite Positive Offseason, L.A. Clippers Need Blake Griffin More Than Ever

Even with all their newfound depth, the Los Angeles Clippers still need Blake Griffin—just not for the first 82 games of the year.

The Clippers are clearly more talented in the summer of 2015 than they were last year. Look at some of the names they brought in over the offseason: Josh Smith, Lance …

Los Angeles

The Biggest Question Mark for the Cleveland Cavaliers Entering Next Season

The band is back together at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers are out to prove that they are the team to beat in the NBA.

Expectations are high, but the team still faces some health and coaching concerns. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are all coming off of injuries …

Cleveland Cavaliers

Kevin Durant's Return Is Just What the NBA Needs in 2015-16

After displaying the depth of its young talent last season, the NBA will get a boost from the return of the sport's second-best player, Kevin Durant. With Durant coming back from a shortened 2014-15 campaign, the league will benefit from the Oklahoma City Thunder reestablishing themselves as …

NBA

Why It Makes Sense for Brooklyn Nets to Retain Joe Johnson Now

The infamous Joe Johnson contract is almost over, and it appears it will end with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Brooklyn wing has been the subject of trade rumors for much of this offseason (and part of last year), but those likely disintegrated in conjunction with the Deron Williams buyout that took place …

New York City

Larry Brown Says Gregg Popovich Nearly Retired After November Heart Surgery

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has indicated that his career is far from over, but health issues may have given the five-time NBA champion some pause last season.

According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News (h/t Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk), Popovich's friend and …

Gregg Popovich

Who Says No in a Kevin Love-for-Carmelo Anthony Trade?

The NBA has transformed the combo forward position. These hybrid players, more commonly known as stretch 4s, possess a unique skill set that makes them a nightmare to defend.

All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love are two of the league's premier forwards. There's not much they can't do …

Kevin Love

Why Finding the NBA's Next Star Is Much Harder Than You Think

Future NBA players aren't born ready to enter the league.

Sure, height and natural ability help along the way. But rising high enough in the basketball hierarchy to make the Association takes plenty of hard work over a lengthy stretch of time. Even a non-household name in the NBA experiences an …

NBA

Are Houston Rockets Ready for the Even-Better Western Conference?

The good news for the Houston Rockets is they got better in the offseason. The bad news is their rivals did too.

Did the runner-up in the Western Conference last year do enough to get over the hump, or did the rest of the pack catch up to them?

The San Antonio Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge. The …

NBA

San Antonio Spurs' Latest Long-Term Project Could Really Pay Off

The San Antonio Spurs are no strangers to long-term projects, and 2015 second-round pick Cady Lalanne could become the franchise's next success story.

A 6'9" center who attended the University of Massachusetts, Lalanne won't don a San Antonio uniform during an NBA regular-season game for a couple …

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Which Fallen NBA Point Guard Has Best Shot at Redemption in 2015-16?

Stardom is a fluid concept in the NBA. It is seldom forever. Retaining the label becomes harder, for most, with age. When it's lost, it's difficult to regain. When a player's initial path toward it is derailed, carving out another one can prove impossible.

Next season, three high-profile point …

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The Best and Worst NBA Contract at Each Position

With the NBA's salary cap set to burst like a faulty water main in the coming summers, contract values are seemingly changing by the second.

Bad deals are becoming less burdensome, and bargain ones are jumping off the page like limited-quantity Black Friday sales items.

Most NBA contracts fit players …

NBA

Why the NBA world thinks a 2nd-rounder who has made $2.5 million in his career is the future of the league

Draymond Green's skills are so in demand, he got paid $85 million this summer.

Draymond Green has become the face of the NBA's small-ball craze.

At 6-foot-6, Green became a vital member of the Golden State Warriors championship team, bringing versatility at power forward and center where he could …

NBA

Kyrie Irving's Health Remains Biggest X-Factor for Cleveland Cavs Next Season

One of the favorites to win the 2016 NBA championship, the Cleveland Cavaliers will certainly need a little luck, and a whole lot of healthy bodies, to capture their first title in franchise history.

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert all suffered serious injuries during the 2015 playoffs. …

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavs Have a Lot of Superteam Questions to Answer Again Next Season

Year 1 of the LeBron James era back in Cleveland has finally come to a thrilling, eventful end.

Year 2 promises to be even better, and possibly more complicated.

The Cavaliers are using the short summer break to rest up and recover, extending some of their own while adding new pieces.

Cleveland came …

Cleveland Cavaliers

5 Biggest Things We're Looking Forward to from Kevin Durant's Return

The biggest story going into the 2015-16 campaign is the return of Kevin Durant after a season derailed by three foot surgeries and 55 missed games. With Durant expected to be ready for the Oklahoma City Thunder's opening tip in October, his profound impact on the game will give the basketball …

Kevin Durant

The Toughest Challenge of All in the NBA? Making the Leap from Good to Great

After his Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades, their first-year coach, Steve Kerr, summoned a statement that, as he acknowledged, originated with Pat Riley. It was the quote about how, in sports, there is winning and there is misery, and there is no …

Portland Trail Blazers

San Antonio Spurs Present Immediate Challenge to Golden State Warriors' Throne

Until proven otherwise, the Golden State Warriors deserve to be called the NBA champions. But after the San Antonio Spurs completed a flurry of offseason moves, Gregg Popovich's team presents the greatest immediate challenge to the Warriors' throne.

San Antonio will flash a couple new weapons in the …

NBA

Allen Iverson's poignant NBA awards speech is worth remembering

Allen Iverson will always be remembered as the cornrowed, tattooed NBA great who became a cultural icon for his refusal to conform as much as for his amazing career as the best pound-for-pound scorer in NBA history.

He also may never be fully redeemed from the bad or sad stories that follow him -- …

NBA

NBA Considering Not Guaranteeing Playoff Spot for Division Winners

Not only is the NBA considering taking a top-four seed away from division winners, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league may go even further by taking away the guarantee of a playoff berth.

"Where we are leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part …

NBA

Los Angeles Lakers Playing with Fire Having Kobe Bryant at Small Forward

Kobe Bryant and shooting guard have been synonymous for so many years.

The future Hall of Famer took over as the Los Angeles Lakers' starting 2-guard at the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign, and he was so successful in his role that Eddie Jones almost immediately became expendable. Despite the fact …

NBA

Lakers Introduction Presser Takes Awkward Turn After Kobe Bryant Question

So a priceless thing happened Wednesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Lakers' new player introduction press conference.

Gathered to address the media for the first time as official Lakers, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass sat in front of a Los Angeles backdrop and fielded questions from the …

Kobe Bryant

Setting Time Clocks on the NBA's Biggest Rebuilding Projects

Patience is a key ingredient for every successful NBA rebuild, but it's often the most difficult to maintain.

There's only so much losing a fanbase can endure before it needs a glimpse of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Even the process-trusting Philadelphia 76ers faithful would like …

NBA