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Are Houston Rockets Ready for the Even-Better Western Conference?

The good news for the Houston Rockets is they got better in the offseason. The bad news is their rivals did too.

Did the runner-up in the Western Conference last year do enough to get over the hump, or did the rest of the pack catch up to them?

The San Antonio Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge. The …

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San Antonio Spurs' Latest Long-Term Project Could Really Pay Off

The San Antonio Spurs are no strangers to long-term projects, and 2015 second-round pick Cady Lalanne could become the franchise's next success story.

A 6'9" center who attended the University of Massachusetts, Lalanne won't don a San Antonio uniform during an NBA regular-season game for a couple …

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Which Fallen NBA Point Guard Has Best Shot at Redemption in 2015-16?

Stardom is a fluid concept in the NBA. It is seldom forever. Retaining the label becomes harder, for most, with age. When it's lost, it's difficult to regain. When a player's initial path toward it is derailed, carving out another one can prove impossible.

Next season, three high-profile point …

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The Best and Worst NBA Contract at Each Position

With the NBA's salary cap set to burst like a faulty water main in the coming summers, contract values are seemingly changing by the second.

Bad deals are becoming less burdensome, and bargain ones are jumping off the page like limited-quantity Black Friday sales items.

Most NBA contracts fit players …

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Why the NBA world thinks a 2nd-rounder who has made $2.5 million in his career is the future of the league

Draymond Green's skills are so in demand, he got paid $85 million this summer.

Draymond Green has become the face of the NBA's small-ball craze.

At 6-foot-6, Green became a vital member of the Golden State Warriors championship team, bringing versatility at power forward and center where he could …

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Kyrie Irving's Health Remains Biggest X-Factor for Cleveland Cavs Next Season

One of the favorites to win the 2016 NBA championship, the Cleveland Cavaliers will certainly need a little luck, and a whole lot of healthy bodies, to capture their first title in franchise history.

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert all suffered serious injuries during the 2015 playoffs. …

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Cleveland Cavs Have a Lot of Superteam Questions to Answer Again Next Season

Year 1 of the LeBron James era back in Cleveland has finally come to a thrilling, eventful end.

Year 2 promises to be even better, and possibly more complicated.

The Cavaliers are using the short summer break to rest up and recover, extending some of their own while adding new pieces.

Cleveland came …

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5 Biggest Things We're Looking Forward to from Kevin Durant's Return

The biggest story going into the 2015-16 campaign is the return of Kevin Durant after a season derailed by three foot surgeries and 55 missed games. With Durant expected to be ready for the Oklahoma City Thunder's opening tip in October, his profound impact on the game will give the basketball …

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The Toughest Challenge of All in the NBA? Making the Leap from Good to Great

After his Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades, their first-year coach, Steve Kerr, summoned a statement that, as he acknowledged, originated with Pat Riley. It was the quote about how, in sports, there is winning and there is misery, and there is no …

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San Antonio Spurs Present Immediate Challenge to Golden State Warriors' Throne

Until proven otherwise, the Golden State Warriors deserve to be called the NBA champions. But after the San Antonio Spurs completed a flurry of offseason moves, Gregg Popovich's team presents the greatest immediate challenge to the Warriors' throne.

San Antonio will flash a couple new weapons in the …

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Allen Iverson's poignant NBA awards speech is worth remembering

Allen Iverson will always be remembered as the cornrowed, tattooed NBA great who became a cultural icon for his refusal to conform as much as for his amazing career as the best pound-for-pound scorer in NBA history.

He also may never be fully redeemed from the bad or sad stories that follow him -- …

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NBA Considering Not Guaranteeing Playoff Spot for Division Winners

Not only is the NBA considering taking a top-four seed away from division winners, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league may go even further by taking away the guarantee of a playoff berth.

"Where we are leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part …

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Los Angeles Lakers Playing with Fire Having Kobe Bryant at Small Forward

Kobe Bryant and shooting guard have been synonymous for so many years.

The future Hall of Famer took over as the Los Angeles Lakers' starting 2-guard at the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign, and he was so successful in his role that Eddie Jones almost immediately became expendable. Despite the fact …

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Lakers Introduction Presser Takes Awkward Turn After Kobe Bryant Question

So a priceless thing happened Wednesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Lakers' new player introduction press conference.

Gathered to address the media for the first time as official Lakers, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass sat in front of a Los Angeles backdrop and fielded questions from the …

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Setting Time Clocks on the NBA's Biggest Rebuilding Projects

Patience is a key ingredient for every successful NBA rebuild, but it's often the most difficult to maintain.

There's only so much losing a fanbase can endure before it needs a glimpse of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Even the process-trusting Philadelphia 76ers faithful would like …

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Wes Matthews Is Exactly What Dallas Mavericks Needed, but Is It Enough?

The Dallas Mavericks desperately needed to add two-way versatility on the wing this summer. They brought in Wesley Matthews to meet the demand, with Monta Ellis' offensive prowess being the designated sacrifice.

Matthews' status going into free agency was unclear. He established himself as one of …

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How Cleveland Cavaliers Can Maximize Kevin Love Next Season

Kevin Love removed all doubt about his loyalty to Cleveland by signing a five-year, $113 million extension. Now, it's up to the Cavaliers to better utilize their All-Star forward.

Despite posting solid numbers across the board and finishing fifth league-wide in defensive rebounding (7.9 per game), …

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NBA's Small-Ball Era Won't Be Blueprint to Success for All 30 Teams

The Golden State Warriors have left us with little doubt about the potential merits of so-called small ball.

Faced with a 2-1 deficit in last season's NBA Finals, head coach Steve Kerr made an adjustment of historical importance, starting swingman Andre Iguodala in place of center Andrew Bogut in …

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LaMarcus Aldridge, David West Give Tim Duncan Something He's Never Had

For most of the last two decades, role players have complemented San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan. However, LaMarcus Aldridge and David West give the future Hall of Famer something he's never had: strong frontcourt depth.

Without question, Duncan and David Robinson comprised the best power …

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Shaquille O'Neal Says All-Time Lakers Team Would Beat Bulls Legends by 50 Points

While there's no question that the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10) are the greatest single-season team in NBA history, it's up for debate as to which franchise's all-time squad is the best.

Shaquille O'Neal played for six clubs in his NBA career, but his best years came when he was a member of the Los …

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Kevin Durant Injury: Updates on Thunder Star's Recovery From Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant appears to be well on the way to a full recovery from foot surgery ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season.

Continue for updates.

Durant Increases Training Intensity

Monday, July 20

Anthony Slater of NewsOK.com captured footage of Durant working out and showing off …

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Is Kevin Durant Still the NBA's Second-Best Player Behind LeBron James?

For most of his career, Kevin Durant has been widely recognized as the second-best player in basketball behind LeBron James. However, KD's injury-riddled 2014-15 campaign opened the door for players such as Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden to stake claims to the No. 2 spot.

As the …

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Ranking the 2015 NBA Free-Agent Signings That Will Have the Biggest Impact

For all of the activity seen during the NBA's 2015 free-agency period, the league's power structure seemingly hasn't changed much.

The rich got richer in a lot of different ways. Millionaire players secured eight- and nine-figure contracts as teams scrambled to spend what they could before the …

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6 NBA Contenders That Still Need an Offseason Move to Emerge from the Pack

There is one simple rule for NBA fans during the summer: Don't blink, or you might miss the fireworks.

If you can believe it, the 2015 offseason is drawing to a close. We are but one month removed from the Finals, and we are already almost prepared for the 2015-16 campaign.

Not so fast, though: It …

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10 Most Obscure NBA Rules

9. Jump ball technicality

You may think a jump ball is a pretty simple and straightforward part of the game, but when guys don’t line up correctly it …

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Crowded NBA Western Conference Is Just a 4-Team Race

Apologies are in order for 11 of the NBA's Western Conference teams.

Try as they might to keep up with the hustle and bustle of another brutally built title chase in 2015-16, they just won't. Because they can't.

The West, deep as ever, is now a four-squad race, one consisting solely of the Golden …

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Are Next Season's Cleveland Cavs the Deepest Team LeBron James Has Ever Had?

Following a series-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, a dejected LeBron James solemnly answered questions from the media.

Perhaps his most telling quote of the session was a blatantly honest response that summed up the Cavaliers' downfall.

"Tonight we had our chances, but, …

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Mark Cuban Wants NBA to Expand Playoffs to 10 Teams Per Conference

NBA playoff basketball is so much fun that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants more of it.

And who could blame him, considering his organization plays in the tough Western Conference? The strength of that 15-team grouping makes it even tougher to serve as one of the eight postseason …

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Josh Smith to Clippers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

From transformative centerpiece to scourge of a locker room who was paid to go away to integral bench cog on a Western Conference finalist, Josh Smith's last 24 months have been quite the up-and-down affair. Smith decided Thursday to add another layer, agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles …

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