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What if the original Chris Paul trade to the Lakers wasn’t vetoed?

A lot of teams and players would have been very different.<p>The thought of what could have been haunted Kobe Bryant for years.<p>Five years ago, then-NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed what would have been a history-altering trade to pair superstar point guard Chris Paul with Bryant in the Los Angeles …

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The Golden State Warriors have improved, but so has the rest of the NBA

The Warriors have added Kevin Durant to an already stellar team, but the Spurs, Clippers and Thunder have shown that this year’s NBA is seriously competitive<p>You’ll read it on the internet after every time the Golden State Warriors win and sometimes after they lose: “74-8 is still in play.” It’s a …

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NBA’s new Larry Bird highlight video will blow your mind

Jimmy Butler was in Milwaukee and hundreds of miles from his home of Tomball, Texas. He was trying to fit in with his new Marquette teammates, most …

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NBA scores 2016: The Warriors and the Cavaliers are too good for their weaknesses to matter

They’ve met in the Finals for two straight years and a third one seems like it’ll be here before we know it.<p>On Wednesday, six days after the Warriors and the Cavaliers lost on the same evening, they both annihilated opponents on national television. Cleveland won so handily that they were playing …

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Warriors' Ability to Toy with the League Changing Nature of How Game Is Played

LOS ANGELES — The Golden State Warriors have changed the way game is played.<p>Now they have the power to change even more—including the baseline for integrity of the game—with the example they choose to set with their dominance.<p>The Warriors crushed the spirit of the Los Angeles Clippers, 115-98, on …

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NBA - How Kevin Durant became his most efficient self yet

When you're looking for things Kevin Durant has added to his game in becoming the most efficient Kevin Durant we've ever seen, it helps to be in the …

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Don't be fooled -- the NBA MVP race is more than the Harden-Westbrook Show

Those two might have gaudy numbers, but a closer look pokes holes in the facade<p>Through an early but extraordinary stretch of this NBA season, two players have seemed to rise above the rest. James Harden and Russell Westbrook, former teammates, have enacted a constant duel to awe us.<p>One, Harden, …

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Good, bad, ugly of NBA free agent signings: Care to guess where Kevin Durant fits?

Evan Turner, meanwhile, has been flat out bad, while the jury is still out on Rajon Rondo<p>A quarter into the season, is it too early to judge last summer's offseason moves? Perhaps! But there's enough data to point to some trends and come to some conclusions. It seems, for example, that the team …

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NBA Teams in Desperate Need of a Trade

Certain NBA teams have seen enough of their current products to know things just aren't working.<p>Maybe they tried to expedite a rebuild and failed. Perhaps they went all-in on last season's model only to see the "upgraded" version flop. Some squads might have a superstar approaching free agency and …

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The Lakers Love Basketball

How Luke Walton made playing in purple and gold fun againContinue reading on The Ringer »

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Klay Thompson’s 60-point eruption a reminder he’s not sacrificing anything

OAKLAND, Calif. — During Klay Thompson’s summer vacation in Brazil that resulted in him winning a gold medal with Team USA, he was asked about the possibility of having to sacrifice his game with the Warriors in order to make room for Kevin Durant.<p>His reply — “I’m not sacrificing s—” — spread …

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers -- No interest in meeting with Phil Jackson in New York

TORONTO -- LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments directed at the four-time MVP and his business …

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Klay Thompson vs. Pacers: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

The Indiana Pacers never had a chance Monday.<p>The Pacers likely would have been thrilled if someone told them they would hold two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry to 13 points, Draymond Green to a mere two points and Kevin Durant to 20 points during their showdown with the Golden State Warriors at …

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NBA standings, Week 7 schedule insights: The way-too-early playoff race examination

What's on the line for Warriors-Clippers? Are the Knicks for real?<p>Your weekly look at the NBA and what you need to know about the standings and schedule for the week of December 5.<p>Inside the standings<p>Click here for the full NBA standings.<p>A quick tiers check to get us started as December begins. …

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Gregg Popovich gave a terrific answer to a kid who asked if the Spurs would win a title

The Spurs coach answered a question about his team’s championship hopes into an impassioned answer about hoping his players have great families and improve society.<p>Gregg Popovich always stresses putting basketball in its proper perspective. It’s just a game, and even though his livelihood depends …

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The One Hurdle Preventing Each 2017 NBA Title Contender from Winning It All

There are no sure things in the NBA.<p>We <i>think</i> the unfairly good Golden State Warriors will get a chance to avenge last year's NBA Finals collapse against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We don't <i>know</i> whether that's actually going to happen.<p>Flaws and obstacles can get in the way of any title hopeful, at any …

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Chris Paul Could Leave If LA Clippers Decline To Offer Five-Year Max Deal?

Chris Paul is one of many big name players expected to hit NBA free agency 2017 expected to get a big paycheck. The Los Angeles Clippers have every …

The Biggest Early-Season Concern Facing Each NBA Team

More NBA basketball has been played than you think.<p>Believe it or not, the 2016-17 campaign is around one-quarter of the way gone. While that means we get to start accepting surprise performances as lasting fact, it also means every team's most glaring concern needs to be taken seriously.<p>These …

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Friday NBA Roundup: Are Cavaliers Coasting or Is There Cause for Concern?

To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, what a difference a year makes.<p>In a vacuum, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 111-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls looks bad. That it extends a three-game losing streak only worsens the optics for LeBron James and company.<p>But, as The Athletic's Sean Highkin noted, the context …

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Los Angeles Lakers no longer have the ‘star power’ of their glory days

• PrintLicense article<p>It used to be an event whenever the Los Angeles Lakers came to town, not just in Toronto but whatever city the NBA’s glamour squad descended upon.<p>Over the years, so star laden was the group from Tinseltown that you only had to mention first names – Jerry, Wilt, Elgin, Kareem, …

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Charles Barkley Explains Why He Dislikes the Warriors' Style of Basketball

Charles Barkley has long criticized the Golden State Warriors' style of play, and he didn't hold back Thursday before the Cleveland Cavaliers tipped off against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of a doubleheader on TNT.<p>"Maybe I'm old school, but I'm never going to like that little girly …

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LeBron James Named Sports Illustrated's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year

LeBron James was named the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year by <i>Sports Illustrated</i> after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in June.<p>The editors of <i>Sports Illustrated</i> made the announcement Wednesday, stating:<p>He, of course, was not the only athlete to help end a famous title …

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For 10 NBA Superstars, 10 Season-Defining Narratives Taking Shape

Guys such as Wilson Chandler, Tim Frazier, George Hill, Otto Porter and Julius Randle have made far bigger impressions on their teams than most people expected.<p>Kudos to them. Next from off the grid to make differences could be Justin Anderson, JaMychal Green, Gary Harris, Terrence Jones and Josh …

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The NBA Is Entering A New Golden Age Of Star Power

The 1980s and early ’90s are referred to as the NBA’s “Golden Age,” with stars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the G.O.A.T. himself, Michael …

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According To One Study, The Knicks Have The Most Die-Hard Fans In The NBA

Every team likes to tell its fans that they’re “the best in the world,” but it’s just as meaningless as the sign on your local greasy spoon that says, “World Famous Chicken Parm,” or something like that. But when you think about what one wants out of a fanbase, one thing stands above all else — …

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Don't Lump Russell Westbrook in with the Other Stat-Stuffers

OKLAHOMA CITY — With five seconds remaining in the first half Monday night against the New York Knicks, Russell Westbrook whipped a pass to Joffrey Lauvergne under the basket. Kristaps Porzingis reached out to deflect the pass, resulting in a Thunder turnover. Time expired, and Oklahoma City took a …

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Stephen Curry on Warriors future: 'It's hard to see myself anywhere else'

Warriors star Stephen Curry will put Golden State fans' minds at ease with his recent comments to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>When asked for his thoughts …

Shaquille O'Neal believes his dominance led to the evolution of big men

Shaq says he's the most dominant big man in history, followed by Wilt<p>When Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Hall of Fame in September, Kobe Bryant offered high praise while congratulating his former Lakers teammate. Bryant called O'Neal "the most dominant big of all time," which is what Shaq …

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Kawhi Leonard is stepping up as a leader

In today’s Sunday Shootaround at SB Nation, Paul Flannery’s latest piece talks about Leonard’s never-ending work ethic and the subtle leadership …

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