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Carmelo Anthony has handled Knicks friction best way he can

<i>NBA TV analyst and new SiriusXM host Greg Anthony talks about Carmelo Anthony’s status with the Knicks, Derrick Rose’s potential and Phil Jackson’s</i> …

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Russell Westbrook seriously hates the Warriors

Good morning. We have that and more in Thursday’s NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let’s basketball.<p><b>LET THE HATE FLOW THROUGH YOU:</b> The Thunder played at Golden State on Wednesday ... and it didn’t go particularly well for Russell Westbrook. Despite another triple-double and a couple of screaming …

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The NBA’s race for the West No. 8 seed is an embarrassing disaster

There are eight bad teams in the Western Conference ... and one of them is going to make the playoffs. We suss them out.<p>There are seven good teams in the Western Conference that range from the extremely good Warriors and Spurs to the pretty good Grizzlies and Thunder. The top three teams are each …

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Russell Westbrook’s freedom is actually a burden

The “Let Westbrook be Westbrook” campaign has come to fruition and it’s historic, but he’s trapped under a championship ceiling.<p>After Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 17 assists in a win against the Knicks in late November, he gave his postgame interview while sitting on …

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Blowing up the Clippers is still a bad idea

Fate has again derailed a Clippers season. But blowing it up would be useless at this point.<p>The Basketball Gods struck another blow to the once-mighty L.A. Clippers, tearing Chris Paul’s thumb ligament, which requires surgery and will keep the All-Star out of action for 6-8 weeks. This happens just …

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Warriors Trying to Avoid Repeating Same Mistakes That Doomed Durant in OKC

OAKLAND, Calif. — From turmoil to titans in the span of 10 days.<p>It's January and not June, so it's still premature to say the Golden State Warriors are going to stick the landing on the massive leap they're seeking to make from talented group to title team.<p>But in the span of a little more than a …

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Ranking the NBA's Best Current Feuds

As Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook prepare to square off for only the second time in their careers, we're reminded that the NBA needs more totally awesome player and team feuds.<p>Don't get this twisted; there are plenty of good beefs to go around.<p>Durant forged another one with the Oklahoma City …

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2017 NBA Superstar Rankings: Giannis Antetokounmpo Keeps Soaring

Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a force unlike any other in the NBA.<p>The 22-year-old superstar keeps rising, keeps producing monstrous statistical outings for the Milwaukee Bucks, and they're by no means empty lines. He flies through the air for constant dunks, extending his lanky arms to put the …

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A history of LeBron James refusing to call his rivals 'rivals'

LeBron James doesn’t think Warriors-Cavaliers is a rivalry. That’s par for the course for him.<p>Just before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Martin Luther King Day matchup with the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James shunned the notion Stephen Curry and company were his rivals.<p>After all, his Cavs had beaten …

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'It's Gonna Be a Long Season': When Your Practice Rival Is an NBA Superstar

Sam Dekker, the unproven rookie, found himself toe-to-toe with veteran Houston Rockets teammate James Harden with the game on the line.<p>It's a dream scenario for every kid with NBA aspirations, and Dekker wanted to make his mark with a stop against one of the league's best scorers during a 2015 …

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Don’t let the Warriors’ 35-point win over the Cavaliers distract you ... never mind

Good morning. We have that and more in Tuesday’s NBA newsletter<p>Good morning. Let’s basketball.<p><b>BOOM:</b> The Warriors decided that their rematch against the Cavaliers would not be close; Golden State won by 35, and it wasn’t even that close. Cleveland is wrapping up a long road trip filled with obvious …

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Big Win Won't Define Warriors, but Banishing Demons Has Begun for Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. — A half-hour after entering the Bridge Club—Oracle Arena's swanky restaurant and bar typically reserved for VIPs—Golden State owner Joe Lacob made his way down the hall and inside the Warriors' quiet and calm locker room.<p>First up was Kevin Durant in the back hallway. Then Stephen …

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Lost In Westbrook-Harden Mania Is Chris Paul's Magnificent Play

Chris Paul isn’t averaging 28.6 points, 11.7 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game like a lefty bulldozer in Houston is. Nor is he averaging a …

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Stephen Curry has a great perspective on making less money than 81 other NBA players

Stephen Curry is not paid like one of the top players in the NBA. However, Curry has a great perspective on that status and it comes from his father, former NBA player Dell Curry.<p>Curry, the two-time reigning NBA MVP, is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million extension he signed with the …

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Let’s have another dose of Cavaliers vs. Warriors

Good morning. We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let’s basketball.<p><b>BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL:</b> There is a good deal of daytime basketball because Monday is a federal holiday, set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of course. I find Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham …

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Kevin Garnett Has Found the Perfect Pupil in Trash-Talking DeAndre Jordan

LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan doesn't miss much on the defensive end—not a dribbler attacking the rim, not a cutter looking for a lob and <i>definitely</i> not a Los Angeles Clippers teammate slipping on an assignment.<p>If you let a guy drive by you or don't rotate to Jordan's man when he steps up to help …

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Adam Silver Says NBA Will Consider Ways to Shorten Games

Adam Silver has been proactive in his attempts to enhance the quality of the NBA's product during his time as commissioner, and he indicated on Thursday that the competition committee will examine ways to speed up games when the offseason rolls around.<p>Speaking to reporters in London prior to the …

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Wade doesn't see Melo waiving no-trade clause

The New York Knicks have lost nine of their last 11 games, planting the team firmly in 10th place in the East and igniting trade buzz.<p>Knicks star …

How success could hurt the Warriors when Klay Thompson is a free agent

Thompson may not be thinking about a new contract in 2018 but the Warriors should be<p>The new collective bargaining agreement will allow players to sign massive new contracts in free agency. Players re-signing with the team that drafted them will especially benefit superstars like Stephen Curry and …

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Size matters: the evolution of the NBA big man

A new generation of seven-footers has shifted the balance of power in the NBA from the shorter guys – but are these changes good for the game?<p>Last week, late in the first quarter of an NBA game in Detroit, Michigan, Myles Turner, the Indiana Pacers’s 20-year-old 6ft 11in center, popped out to the …

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Picking Our Ultimate Dream Teams For The New 3-On-3 League

Basketball fans got a wonderful piece of news on Tuesday. According to The Vertical, Allen Iverson is going to join Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3. Iverson will join as a player/coach along with a handful of other ex-players: Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Rashard Lewis, Kenyon …

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The Knicks are falling apart right on schedule

Last year, their hopes collapsed in mid-January. That’s happening again at the exact same time in the season.<p>If the New York Knicks were having a rough week, it got rougher on Wednesday. All indications point to the team hitting rock bottom on Thursday.<p>First, their star point guard Derrick Rose …

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DeMarcus Cousins re-signing with Kings isn’t just the best choice, it’s the only choice

DeMarcus Cousins is going to do precisely what the NBA wants him to do.<p>By signing a long-term extension with the Kings to stay in Sacramento, as multiple reports this week have indicated he will, Cousins is following the path the league envisioned for its star-caliber impending free agents when it …

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Here's how the Knicks came up with $200K fine for Derrick Rose's disappearance

Rose's failure to communicate with the Knicks will cost him some serious coin<p>Creating a ton of angst and general wonderment, Derrick Rose didn't inform the Knicks about his whereabouts before they lost 110-96 to the Pelicans on Monday. Needing to tend to his family back home in Chicago, Rose left …

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NBA Power Rankings: The Spurs are as good as any team in the league, just like they always are

They’re quietly dominating while most pay attention to other teams. Again.<p>The San Antonio Spurs managed to <i>quietly</i> win 67 games last year, trapped in the shadow of the record-breaking Golden State Warriors. The Warriors aren’t going to hit 73 again this year, yet San Antonio remains in relative …

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DeMarcus Cousins plans to sign $200 million extension with Kings, according to report

Cousins is eligible for the new designated player contract extensions intended for stars. Sacramento plans to offer him one in the summer, and a report indicates Cousins will sign it.<p>DeMarcus Cousins plans to sign a $200 million contract extension with the Sacramento Kings this summer, according to …

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Russell Westbrook Asked Kevin Durant What He Could Do To Keep Him In OKC

You can’t change the past, and in many cases, you don’t have much control over the future, either. It’s becoming increasingly-clear that there was little Russell Westbrook, or anybody else for that matter, could’ve done to convince Kevin Durant to stay in Oklahoma City last summer. His mind was …

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LeBron James Told Kyle Korver Exactly How He Wants Him To Play

During Kevin Love’s first season with the Cavs, there were plenty of ups and downs that resulted in thinly-veiled media jabs, widespread trade rumors (however manufactured), and mumbo-jumbo sub-tweeting about fitting in versus fitting out (whatever that’s supposed to mean). It took nearly two full …

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Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team Entering 2016-17 Season's Midway Point

Sometimes, it's hard to believe the 2016-17 NBA season is roughly halfway gone. But then you realize how many <i>hot takes</i> we've all developed since opening night, at which point it becomes totally believable.<p>This revelation is followed by the sudden, irrepressible urge to pass judgment on everything …

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