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Metrics 101: Greatest Small Forward Seasons in Modern NBA History

Small forward has become the NBA's do-everything position.<p>Since 1973-74—our cutoff for the modern era, since that's when statistical tracking expanded—the best of the best have been capable of challenging for triple-doubles with their penchant for putting on scoring clinics, crashing the glass and …

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San Antonio Spurs: 5 implications if LeBron James joins Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs, CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pauses on the court during the first half against the …

Basketball

A confidential report shows nearly half the NBA lost money last season. Now what?

Despite a flood of new national television cash, 14 of the NBA's 30 teams lost money last season before collecting revenue-sharing payouts, and nine …

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Kyrie Irving Says He Didn't Care If LeBron James Took Trade Request Personally

Kyrie Irving revealed on ESPN's <i>First Take</i> Monday morning that he didn't speak with LeBron James before requesting a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers, adding, "Why would I have to?"<p>He also responded, when asked, that he didn't care if James took it personally that he made the trade request …

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NBA previews: The Knicks really need to get rid of Carmelo Anthony

<i>As another NBA chapter nears, it’s time for our season previews. So about those Knicks…</i><p><b>Expected Conference Ranking:</b> 11th<p><b>Best Move of the Offseason:</b> …

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Five things Timberwolves fans need to know about Karl-Anthony Towns

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 11: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors on …

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Durant caught trying to defend himself from secret Twitter account?

Is Kevin Durant operating a secret Twitter account? Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports<p>Kevin Durant has never been one to back down from trolls on social …

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In Defense of Tanking

Three years ago, the NBA held a vote that was meant to double as a funeral. Commissioner Adam Silver and certain concerned owners believed the league …

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LeBron James Rumors: Star Will 'Unequivocally' Join Lakers in Free Agency

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James is reportedly planning to leave the organization for a second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers following the 2017-18 NBA season.<p>On Saturday, veteran sports columnist Peter Vecsey posted a message on Patreon examining James' plans next summer …

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NBA Rumors: Thunder GM Sam Presti Could Trade Westbrook, George Before February Deadline

The Oklahoma City Thunder strengthened their chance of dominating the Western Conference this season with the acquisition of Paul George via trade. …

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Hakeem Olajuwon: 'Small Ball Won’t Eliminate Big Men'

As small ball continues its takeover of the NBA game, no role has changed more than the center position.<p>Hakeem Olajuwon, whose versatile game didn’t …

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Would You Rather Have NBA's Youngest or Oldest Player at Each Position?

The best NBA players tend to occupy a sweet spot between youth and experience. Still peaking athletically but seasoned enough to master the mental rigors of basketball played at the highest level, these guys, usually in their mid-20s, have it all.<p>If you're building a team or simply projecting …

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Remember Kevin Love? LeBron and the Cavs need him more than ever

It appeared in some form in almost every analysis of the landmark Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas swap: Irving would thrive in Boston and evolve from his …

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Sidekicks Wanted: Who Will Emerge to Support Solo NBA Stars?

The modern NBA is built on individual stars.<p>They have signature shoes, cultivated social media presences and #brands. They are singular, and we glorify their late-game takeovers. Their isolation wizardry. We pick our favorite and identify with him. Though 10 players occupy the floor, we often still …

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10 NBA players approaching their last chance in 2017-18

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images<p>As we approach the 2017-18 NBA season, here’s a look at 10 notable players who could be approaching …

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One Big Question for Each Western Conference NBA Team

The NBA offseason was full of storylines and roster changes, so here is one big question surrounding each Western Conference team.<p>The past three …

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What happens when the NBA Draft helps the rich get richer?

I know what happens when you assume. But let’s just say the Cavaliers win at least 50 games this year, and then they have a top-five pick in the 2018 …

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The Spurs problem: Does San Antonio again deserve the benefit of the doubt?

Can the league's most consistent team for two decades continue to thrive in the powerful West?<p>Death. Taxes. San Antonio Spurs .<p>That's what we always say after the Spurs rattle off another 55-plus win season. The sustained, consistent success of the Spurs under Gregg Popovich is absurd.<p>The Spurs …

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'Complacency' May Be Warriors' Biggest Concern, but It's Not Their Only Weakness

Tiny weaknesses in otherwise unconquerable foes have always provided sources of hope amid despair.<p>The Death Star's main reactor was a fatal vulnerability, killing the queen downed the swarm in <i>Ender's Game</i> and flying something into the city-leveling beam of destruction closes the intergalactic …

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Report: Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury more than just torn labrum

The Cavaliers refuse to reveal much about Isaiah Thomas‘ torn labrum – which leads to reporters finding other sources of information about the injury.<p>…

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No Small Wonder: What’s Next for Isaiah Thomas?

Six years ago, Isaiah Thomas was selected last overall in the NBA draft, after unknown draft-and-stashes like Chukwudiebere Maduabum and Ater Majok. …

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Who Ya Got on Defense: Draymond Green or Kawhi Leonard?

Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green own the last three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and any conversation on the NBA's top stopper starts with them.<p>Ending that conversation with a definitive answer on who's better—as we must in upholding the fearlessly declarative spirit of the "Who Ya Got?" …

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The NBA Stints That Time Forgot

There's great risk in defending hipster concert-goers, as few species are more deserving of scorn.<p>But this trend-obsessed, "I'm cool because I'm cool with being purposely uncool" subset of humanity is the only faction performing a vital cultural task. They are swimming against the irresistible tide …

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The Cavaliers Need To Trade The Brooklyn Pick To Keep LeBron, According To An ESPN Reporter

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, they can move on to their next major piece of roster-related business: Figuring out how to make sure LeBron James stays in Cleveland. LeBron is a free agent next offseason, and there’s plenty of smoke indicating that he …

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NBA Tampering 101: 'If You're Not Cheating ... You're Not Trying'

The most shocking aspect of the NBA's investigation of the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with former Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is <i>not</i> that the league found enough evidence to slap the Lakers with a $500,000 fine.<p>It's that the Pacers requested an investigation at all.<p>This is not the first …

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How much did each NBA owner pay to buy their team?

Prices have jumped from $5 million to $2.2 billion in the span of almost 40 years.<p>The Houston Rockets are changing ownership hands for the record setting price of $2.2 billion. Historically, this is an unprecedented price to pay for an NBA franchise, but over the coming years, it looks more and …

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Pelton mail: How early could LeBron James have been the No. 1 pick?

This week's mailbag features your questions on LeBron James, Chris Paul and James Harden, and more.<p>You can tweet your questions using the hashtag …

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The King’s Dominance: Three times LeBron James ruined a franchise

LeBron James has been a force in NBA for the past 10 years.<p>Since LeBron James has been to 7 straight NBA Finals, it’s obvious he has crushed the …

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The 5 Biggest Threats to a Warriors Championship Repeat in 2017-18

The Golden State Warriors have reached the rarefied air of NBA dominance in which questions of 2018 championship picks don't involve them against any specific teams.<p>It's them or the field—and smart money isn't too fond of the field.<p>But before parade-planners plot another celebratory route through …

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NBA Scout Breaks Down Cleveland Cavaliers' New Additions, Young Talent

For better or worse, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to look quite different this season.<p>Culminating with the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, nearly half of the Cavs roster will have turned over since June's NBA Finals. The changes haven't been restricted to the locker room, …

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