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Andrew Bogut Rumors: Cavaliers, Spurs and Celtics Among Teams Considering Center

The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz "have had discussions with Bogut's representatives" about signing the veteran center, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.<p>Bogut, who was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the deal that sent Nerlens …

Basketball

Deron Williams Reportedly Expected to Sign with Cavaliers After Clearing Waivers

The Cleveland Cavaliers will reportedly be finally getting their backup point guard when Deron Williams signs with the defending NBA champions.<p>Per ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, Williams has cleared waivers and is expected to sign with the Cavs.<p>The 32-year-old Williams has played the past …

Basketball

Here’s how the Warriors must fix their Draymond Green problem

The Golden State Warriors came out of the All-Star break dead before coming to life in the third quarter Thursday night, and Draymond Green was right …

With New Pieces, Toronto Raptors Show Why They're East's Biggest Threat to Cavs

Serge Ibaka Blocks Marcus Smart<p>Isaiah Thomas and DeMarre Carroll Scuffle<p>Can Pelicans Big Duo of Boogie and 'The Brow' Thrive Together in New Orleans?<p>Bucher Buzz: If Bulls Trade Butler This Summer, Wade Could Opt-out<p>The Night in the NBA: Boogie Debuts, Dubs Go Off and LeBron Dominates Knicks<p>Howard …

NBA

Power of science: Warriors thrive with chemistry experiment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited in Oakland, hold secret chats.<p>"We're building …

Basketball

Steph Curry's Secrets to Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks and Strobe Goggles

<b>You’ve probably seen</b> the viral video.<p>Steph Curry dribbles a basketball with one hand and with his other tosses a tennis ball back and forth with his trainer. This is just one in a long series of his typical, elaborate dribbling drills—only he’s also wearing some sort of goggles, the lenses of which …

Basketball

The 10 super-agents in the NBA who represent more than $1.5 billion in player salaries

As salaries in the NBA continue to skyrocket and player movement has become more difficult, agents are more powerful than ever.<p>As we near the NBA trade deadline, we have already seen the impact agents can wield as it is widely believed that the underwhelming return in the DeMarcus Cousins trade was …

NBA

NBA Trade Deadline: The Six Biggest Questions

Trade deadline season is unlike any stretch of the NBA calendar. The NBA draft, at minimum, brings changes in the work force and has the …

NBA

Paul George wants to stay, if Pacers can win

Paul George dishes on trade rumors and finds out that he's the first athlete to appear on a certain candy box. USA TODAY Sports<p>Paul George wants to stay in Indiana.<p>But like so many things this time of year, when the phones are ringing off the hook in NBA offices as the trade deadline nears, the …

NBA

Will LeBron’s Workload Finally Catch Up to Him This Season?

The King is only 32, but the tread on his NBA tires suggests he’s a 38-year-oldContinue reading on The Ringer »

Metrics 101: Biggest NBA Trade-Deadline Heists in History

The New Orleans Pelicans fleeced the Sacramento Kings, trading a pair of mediocre players (Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans), semi-promising rookie Buddy Hield and a pair of draft picks for DeMarcus Cousins in a move made official Monday.<p>It's undoubtedly a steal for the Pelicans, who now get to …

Basketball

Lakers Name Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations, Fire Mitch Kupchak

Magic Johnson was named President of Basketball Operations by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after returning to the organization as an adviser earlier in the month.<p>According to NBA.com, Mitch Kupchak was relieved of his duties as general manager and Jim Buss stepped down as Executive Vice …

Kobe Bryant

Sacramento Kings are reportedly trading DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans Pelicans in stunning blockbuster deal

The Sacramento Kings have made a stunning blockbuster trade, sending DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.<p>The Kings will send Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, rookie guard-forward Buddy …

Basketball

The Winner of the DeMarcus Cousins Trade Isn't Who You Think It Is

NEW ORLEANS — In his final acts as a Sacramento King, DeMarcus Cousins played two minutes of meaningless basketball, then smirked his way through a press conference.<p>Then he departed the Smoothie King Center, the site of the NBA All-Star Game, and the place Cousins will now call home as a new member …

Basketball

Isaiah Thomas couldn't sleep after meeting Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan has the power to fuel anyone’s hoop dreams, even battle-hardened NBA veterans like Isaiah Thomas.<p>The Celtics star met Jordan for the …

NBA

LeBron James: there's no rivalry between Steph Curry and me

Cavaliers star plays down suggestions he and Curry are rivals ‘We haven’t had enough battles, and who’s to say we’ll have future battles?’<p>Cavaliers star LeBron James has laughed off suggestions that he and Steph Curry are rivals to match Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.<p>James and Curry have met in the …

NBA

How Kevin Durant Became Silicon Valley’s Hottest Start-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Until last summer, Kevin Durant was certainly famous, but maybe not famous enough.<p>Here was a perennial N.B.A. All-Star and former most valuable player who had been ranked No. 4 on GQ’s list of the most stylish players in N.B.A. history. He had a reported $300 million endorsement …

Michael Jordan is the greatest hater of all time

We once knew MJ as the greatest basketball player ever. Now, we also know him as something else.<p><i>“I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”</i><p>-some dude whose face the internet endlessly digitally imposes over the faces of losers<p>For as much as we know about …

NBA

Jimmy Butler Gave An Unlikely Answer To Who He Wants To Play With Most

Getty Image<p>The answers you’d expect from an NBA player when asked what other player they’d like to play for are LeBron James, Steph Curry or Kevin Durant, but Jimmy Butler has a different take.<p>When asked on ESPN’s First Take who in the NBA he’d want to play with that’s not already on the Bulls, …

NBA

Klay Thompson: Shooters Shoot

The sports world lost its collective mind on July 4, 2016 when Kevin Durant announced via <i>The Players’ Tribune</i> that he was leaving the comforts of …

Basketball

Glen Davis Says Doc Rivers Was 'Lucky' with Celtics and 'Overrated'

Glenn Davis, a former NBA forward who spent parts of six of his eight seasons playing under Doc Rivers, said the Los Angeles Clippers coach was "lucky" to win a championship and is overrated.<p>"What Doc had in ’08 [with the Boston Celtics] was special and he was lucky as hell … Lucky as hell," Davis …

NBA

The Non-Fungibles: The Length, Athleticism And Skills Of Kevin Durant

<i>In the NBA, many aspects are “fungible,” meaning that if there are five players on the court, a certain number of points, rebounds, etc. will be</i> …

Basketball

The NBA's Most Valuable Teams 2017

The hardwood might as well be paved with gold: The average National Basketball Association franchise is now worth $1.36 billion, a 3.5-fold increase over the last five years. Fueling the gains are the NBA’s $24 billion media deal with ESPN and TNT that kicked off this season, a new collective …

NBA

Serge Ibaka trade shows the Raptors are willing to pay up to take down LeBron James

Toronto will have to spend to retain its core free agents. But that’ll be the cost to dethrone The King.<p>The Toronto Raptors completed a deal on Tuesday to send Terrence Ross and their 2017 first-round pick to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Serge Ibaka. The move gives Toronto’s power forward …

Basketball

NBA coaches explain why superstars are taking over offenses like never before

NBA teams are letting superstars like James Harden and Russell Westbrook dominate offenses like never before. That trend's not going away.<p>On New Year’s Eve, James Harden had one of the greatest single game performances in the history of the league. Calling it a “triple-double” alone doesn’t do it …

Basketball

Kyrie Irving is Mr. Big Shot

The Cleveland Cavaliers have just wrapped up practice on a bitterly cold Wednesday morning in January in Independence, OH. The snow flurries and …

Cleveland

With Little to Cheer in the Present, Knicks and Their Fans Trapped in the Past

On the night Charles Oakley became an ex-Knick, June 24, 1998, he was nowhere to be found.<p>Team officials kept calling, to let him know he had just been traded to the Toronto Raptors. But Oakley wouldn't pick up the phone, delaying the deal's completion by a day.<p>When general manager Ernie Grunfeld …

NBA

NBA Metrics 101: What Players on the Trade Market Are Really Worth

It's easy to get confused during the season of NBA trade rumors.<p><i>Carmelo Anthony is on the block, and surely he must be worth a king's ransom! He has, after all, played on the All-Star team in nine different seasons.</i><p><i>Nikola Mirotic might be moving from the Chicago Bulls, and every team could use a</i> …

Basketball

The Man Who Helped Make Pop... And Me

The list was taped to the wall in a dark corner of an old college gymnasium, the kind with a running track overhanging the corners of the playing …

The Greatest Game Never Played

Illustration by Brian Konnick<p>February 14, 2017<p><b>The made-for-TV court</b> at Caesars Palace could have been empty except for one basketball and two of the game's most illustrious players ever. They would've been free of teammates, facing each other head-on in <i>The King of the Court,</i> to finally answer a …

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