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San Antonio Spurs 2015 roster: LaMarcus Aldridge has Spurs fans thinking championship

The Spurs got the top free agent on the market and are poised to compete for a sixth title since 1999.

The San Antonio Spurs are the monster in the horror movie that has you restless every night. They're Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees. You can think you've killed them -- and sure, …


He Is From Chicago: Derrick Rose and the Curse of the Hometown Hero

He was electric — explosive in the way that caused jaws to drop and eyeballs to melt. Remember his dunk on Goran Dragic? Rose, a red blur running down the court, launching himself skyward, somehow speeding up while in the air, his body contorted in a C-shape as he cocked his arms back, then …


Beck's Fact or Fiction: Why Derrick Rose Is Not the Bulls' Most Important Player

With the Chicago Bulls' announcement of Derrick Rose's recent injury putting a damper on both team and fan morale, many are wondering where he ranks on the team now.

Is Rose the most important player on the Bulls? Where does he stand on the team now in light of his recent injury?

Find out in the …

Derrick Rose

NBA's Top 25 Players Entering 2015-16 Training Camp

NBA training camps are already open for business, heralding new dawns for more than 450 players across the league.

The task at hand for all of them—from LeBron James to the last man on the Philadelphia 76ers bench (whoever that is)—is simple: Get better.

The fresh start that attends a new season …


LeBron James Comments on Cleveland-Area Drive-by Shooting

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James spoke out against violence Thursday night after a string of shootings in the Cleveland area, including one that killed a five-month-old girl.

WKYC reports the child was struck in the chest during a drive-by shooting in Cleveland Thursday. Earlier this week, …

Lebron James

Miami Heat 2015 roster: Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh get some reinforcements

The Heat have the roster to challenge LeBron James and the Cavaliers ... if they can stay healthy.

At last season's trade deadline, it appeared Miami had made the moves to be contenders in the East. They picked up Goran Dragic in a trade with the Suns to team with Dwyane Wade, a breakout Hassan …

Chris Bosh

Older, Wiser LeBron Understands Smaller Role Could Mean Bigger Things for Cavs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The creases in the forehead stay put no matter his expression now, a natural consequence after all the years of pressure from that mythical crown pushing down on him.

LeBron James, 30, began his 13th NBA season Monday at the Cleveland Cavaliers' media day in advance of training …


Kobe Bryant Plans to Retire with Lakers, Won't Play for Other Teams

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant isn't ready to announce what his future holds beyond the 2015-16 season. The team legend does know he has no interest in leaving the Lakers to chase a championship with another organization, though.

Bryant is getting ready for his return to action after …

Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant Rumors: Lakers Reportedly Star's 'Primary Objective' in Free Agency

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will have his pick of the litter when he hits free agency next offseason, but according to a recent report, KD may be leaning toward making a move out West to the Los Angeles Lakers.

On Tuesday's episode of ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith reported Durant …

Kevin Durant

Derrick Rose Gives Detractors More Ammo with Bizarre Free-Agency Comments

CHICAGO — Say this for Derrick Rose: He never fails to make media day interesting.

In the midst of a civil lawsuit filed last month by a woman claiming Rose and two of his friends sexually assaulted her in 2013, nobody has more of an incentive to stick to the script and stay on message. But Rose has …

Derrick Rose

Kobe Bryant on youthful Lakers: 'I don't know what to expect'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant thought back on his career and shook his head.

“It went by fast,” the Los Angeles Lakers star said at the team’s media day held at their practice facility Monday. “It went by fast.”

Bryant, entering his 20th NBA season, said he remains excited, maybe more so than …

Kobe Bryant

Anthony Bennett signs with the Raptors, per report

The former number one pick has found his third team in three years.

Anthony Bennett has returned to his home country, signing with the Toronto Raptors after clearing waivers last week and passing a physical exam, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Bennett has signed a one-year veteran …

Cleveland Cavaliers

Paul George is worried about playing power forward, and that's totally understandable

George will be asked to play up front this season, a new position for the Pacers star. He's not thrilled about it, and his concerns make sense.

For the better part of a decade, the Indiana Pacers have been defined by their physical, hard-nosed, make-you-earn-it defense. That's no longer their …

Paul George

Paul George Projected to Start at Power Forward for Indiana Pacers

After years of being defined by their insistence on sticking to traditional big-man roles, the Indiana Pacers appear to be headed for big changes in 2015-16. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that his projected starting lineup features Paul George making a full-time switch to power forward.

“An …

Paul George

Ranking the Most-Talented NBA Playoff Series of the Past Decade

"I can't control myself, 'cause I'm watching NBATV, and I'm watching the 2000 Western Conference Finals." LeBron James recently told Bleacher Report on Uninterrupted. "The lineups on the floor right now...there are so many great players in this game. It's ridiculous."

The four-time MVP—who has …


Paul Pierce Claims He Will Retire If Clippers Win NBA Title

It's been quite the 17-year career for Paul Pierce. After 15 years with the Boston Celtics, which saw him win a championship in 2008, Pierce is preparing for his third consecutive season with a different team after signing a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers in June.

He might not stay …

Paul Pierce

Is Carmelo worth another look for Bulls?

Fred Hoiberg's offensive system will be a storyline throughout the first part of the Chicago Bulls' season, but players, coaches and the front office all know the season will be measured by the same factor as always: beating LeBron James in the postseason.

"Hell, we got the same exact team," Bulls …

Carmelo Anthony

Kevin Durant fully cleared for Thunder training camp

OKC announced the good news on Durant's status Wednesday.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been fully cleared to participate in training camp later this month, general manager Sam Presti announced at a press conference Wednesday.

"In terms of limitations, he does not have any," Presti …

Kevin Durant

Why Calling Carmelo Anthony Overrated Is Pretty Overrated

Carmelo Anthony is not overrated.

Somewhere along the line, as heightened attacks on his individual status became an NBA pastime, perception of the New York Knicks superstar started to move in the wrong direction. And while these routine critiques have become matter-of-fact, they're mostly …


The Timberwolves may cut a former No. 1 pick and it would cost them $5.8 million

The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to buy out the $5.8 million contract of former no. 1 pick Anthony Bennett after failing to move him in a trade, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported.

Bennett, who was selected first overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and …


23-year-old NBA player turned down $64 million, and it's a sign of how crazy free agency is about to get

If this past summer's NBA free agency seemed wild, with teams spending $1.4 billion in contracts on the first day players could sign, it's about to get even crazier in the coming years.

Golden State Warriors fourth-year forward Harrison Barnes is perhaps the best example of this.

According to Yahoo's …


Every NBA Team's Biggest Offseason Regret

Every NBA team enters the offseason aiming for perfection, hoping it can look back on its regular-season furlough as one shaped by infallibly executed plans and tales of epic conquests and cotton-candy storylines.

Reality would now like to chime in for a minute.

Perfect summers are, by and large, a …


NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Sign Rudy Gay; Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler Excited For Sacramento Kings Star

The Chicago Bulls have been eyeing ways to make a comeback this season. With the heartbreaking defeat the NBA team experienced in the hands of the …


Projecting the NBA's Most Efficient Teams Next Season

There are plenty of ways to score in the NBA, even if not all of them are created equally.

Isolation buckets tend to feature fancy dribbling and dominant displays of physical prowess, though they aren't usually as efficient as showcases of spot-up shooting. On the interior, post-up offenses don't …


2015 NBA Offseason Awards: Which Teams Deserve Our Cheers and Jeers?

They say there are no awards for winning the NBA offseason.

We beg to differ.

Training camps are just around the corner, with team facilities officially opening doors Sept. 29. The league's annual summertime break is all but over, and though it seems like we watched the Golden State Warriors …


Tim Duncan Enters Uncharted Territory Ahead of 19th NBA Season

Basketball is a young man's game, but the rules have never seemed to apply to Tim Duncan.

Though incoming rookies on the San Antonio Spurs might be tempted to ask him what it was like to invent fire, then wonder how difficult it was to bank jumpers into a peach basket, Duncan still isn't too old to …


Scott: Kobe to have 'hard cap' on minutes this season

In an effort to help preserve Kobe Bryant in what could his final NBA campaign, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said the 37-year-old Bryant will have a hard minutes cap this season, a move that both parties hope will help Bryant avoid injury after having his past three seasons cut short by …


The 'Prime' Window for Each Top-5 Player in the NBA Right Now

There is nothing permanent about NBA superstardom.

Certain players inhabit the league's topmost echelon for years, sometimes for more than a decade, sustaining a reign that often feels like it won't ever end.

But it will end.

No matter the player, no matter his level of fame, there is no eschewing …


Walt Frazier: Why the Greatest NBA Player of All Time Isn't LeBron or Jordan

Some believe Michael Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history. Others think that LeBron James has earned the right to be called the greatest of all time.

Who does NBA Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier think is the greatest of all time? Why isn't it Jordan or LeBron?

Watch as Walt Frazier joins …


Does My Team Have a Real Shot at Kevin Durant Next Summer?

Kevin Durant speculation knows no offseason.

The former MVP's impending foray into free agency next summer has been a hot-button issue for at least two years. Anyone hoping it would cool off in the interim, with opening night still forever away and Durant having been out of action since Feb. 19, …

Kevin Durant