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None of Today's Stars Would Be on a Real NBA Mt. Rushmore

The debate started, as seemingly all of them in the NBA do these days, with LeBron James. And it was flawed from the start, as seemingly most of them are. For those who missed it, James was asked in an interview with former guard Steve Smith to name his Mt. Rushmore of NBA players, which Smith …

D'Antoni addresses Calipari rumor

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After hearing the rumor Monday night that John Calipari would be replacing him on the Los Angeles Lakers' sideline next season, …

Did We Crown the Indiana Pacers Too Early?

Most of us screwed up.<p>Yes, most of us. Maybe all of us. On some level, a majority of us believed in the Indiana Pacers, crowned them regular-season Eastern Conference favorites amid early stretches of insuperable basketball founded upon gilt-edged defense and much-improved offense.<p>Touting the …

3 Areas the Toronto Raptors Must Improve for the NBA Playoffs

As much success as the Toronto Raptors have had during the 2013-14 regular season, they'll still be entering the NBA playoffs with a few glaring weaknesses that could cause some serious problems.<p>It's been a magical year for the franchise, but not a perfect one. The journey to the upper echelon of …

How Carmelo Anthony Would Fit with the Chicago Bulls

Carmelo Anthony claimed he wants to test the free-agent market this offseason. How would he fit on the Chicago Bulls?<p>Check out the video above as K.C. Johnson of the <i>Chicago Tribune</i> talks with Adam Lefkoe about Carmelo's potential fit.

10 Best Choices to Replace Joe Dumars as Detroit Pistons General Manager

All good (and bad) things must come to an end. Most of us are still trying to figure out which kind of thing Joe Dumars' stint with the Detroit Pistons has been. Either way, he's on his way out according to <i>The Detroit News</i>' Vincent Goodwill—and apparently on a voluntary basis:<p>Dumars has told …

7 Dream Candidates for Los Angeles Lakers to Replace Mike D'Antoni

If Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's seat was any hotter, the fire marshal might be forced to close the Staples Center.<p>"On a scale of New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson to an infant car-surfing on the German Autobahn, D'Antoni's job security falls somewhere in between," Bleacher …

What's the Next Step for the Toronto Raptors This Offseason?

Rarely does an in-season turnaround drastically alter the future plans of a franchise, but that's exactly what has happened for Kyle Lowry, Dwane Casey and the Toronto Raptors.<p>Instead of entering the 2014 offseason with big question marks, there's more certainty now despite the fact that the team …

Most-Improved New York Knicks Players This Season

Although New York's record reflects regression, three players have elevated their performances to keep the Knicks in the playoff race.<p>Without Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. stepping up and raising their efforts, New York would be in a desolate position with far less hope …

There's A Plot Hole In The Cliff Paul State Farm Commercial — And You'll Never Watch It The Same Way When You Hear It

The premise is simple: Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has an identical twin brother named Cliff Paul who works for State Farm. They were separated at birth, but now they both help people — Chris by dishing out assists in the NBA, Cliff by assisting people when they get in car accidents.<p>…

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LeBron James and Chris Bosh Rip Miami Heat After Loss to New Orleans Pelicans

There are only so many excuses a team can make for why it is struggling.<p>After the Miami Heat fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 105-95 Saturday night, LeBron James and Chris Bosh spoke out on the team's performance, per Ira Winderman of the <i>South Florida Sun Sentinel</i>.<p>Bosh was tired of the excuses:<p>We …

Are the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose's Team Anymore?

As the Chicago Bulls come down the stretch, and Joakim Noah’s remarkable play as a “point center” leads the way, he’s been getting some MVP chants at the charity stripe. This is leading people to wonder: Are the Chicago Bulls still Derrick Rose’s team?<p>There’s reason to wonder.<p>Rose has played just …

Video: Mike Miller receives his Miami Heat championship ring

Mike Miller, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, received his 2013 Heat championship ring in Miami Friday. Video highlights:

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Is Julius Randle the Most Overrated Top 2014 NBA Draft Prospect?

Even after NBA draft prospect Julius Randle lost his status as a contender for the No. 1 pick, he has remained a high-lottery option and a potential top-five selection.<p>His physical tools are impressive, and his motor is unquestionable, but he might be the most overrated prospect in the top tier of …

Rajon Rondo guides Celtics past LeBron-less Heat

BOSTON -- The word came shortly before tipoff: LeBron James wouldn't be playing.<p>Good news for Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens. But not as good as …

Basketball

LeBron James Deflects Questions About Cleveland Return, Doesn't Rule out Jersey

A lot’s changed in the nearly four years since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.<p>While the Miami Heat look to put the finishing touches on the franchise’s fourth championship this June, the Cleveland Cavaliers are being faced with the prospect of another top talent bolting for greener …

Rajon Rondo Explains Why Some Boston Celtics 'Playing for Contracts'

For all his quirks and occasional surliness, Rajon Rondo has never lacked for perceptiveness—be it on the court or in front of the camera.<p>Rondo knows his Boston Celtics are in a bad way and that—as with any team entering a full-on rebuild—certain players might have their own fates and futures in …

An Early Look at the NY Knicks' 2014 NBA Free-Agency Plans

With Phil Jackson on board as president of basketball operations, the New York Knicks have taken the first step toward rebuilding their image and roster.<p>The second step will come this offseason, as Jackson attempts to restructure the team he has inherited.<p>Despite the initial salary-cap restrictions …

LeBron James drops personal-record 25 points in first quarter vs. Cavs

Heat star lights up his old team in the first quarter, shooting 9-of-10.<p><b>More NBA: Power Rankings | Expert Picks | Latest news, notes</b><p>LeBron James of …

Ben Wallace Pleads Guilty to Leaving the Scene of a Car Crash | SLAMonline

Unfortunate news out of Virginia: Former NBAer Ben Wallace has been sentenced to one year in jail for leaving the scene of a car crash. An SVU …

Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Raptors Players Reacting to Rudy Gay Trade

<i>"You've just gotta laugh so you don't cry, you know?"</i><p>Throughout the poignant footage of the Toronto Raptors locker room following news of the Rudy Gay trade, no words resonate more as we're exposed to an emotional side of the game that we don't typically see.<p>As Aaron Gray slowly walked around the …

Andrew Bynum Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Center

<b>Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 8</b><p>ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that several teams are interested in Bynum after the center was released by the Bulls:<p>Eight teams have contacted Andrew Bynum's representatives about adding the 7-foot center to their rosters, according to a source close to the …

Knicks Brass Should No Longer Tolerate Mike Woodson's Negligence

For 48 hours, fans of the New York Knicks had cause to hope.<p>Last week, the Knicks finally stormed their way out of the Atlantic Division basement with a pair of 30-point blowouts over the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic. Suddenly head coach Mike Woodson had reintroduced ball movement and …

First step in Paul George's path to stardom came in unlikely setting

INDIANAPOLIS – Not long after the Miami Heat eliminated his Indiana Pacers in a tough seven-game Eastern Conference finals, Paul George was back in …

Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, now Clippers teammates, bury feud

The feud started, as these things often do, with a Tobacco Road rivalry. A fight at Michael Jordan's camp followed, as did an injury scare.<p>But when …

Heat call out ex-Celts over Ray Allen

NEW YORK -- Come Thursday night, when the Miami Heat face the Nets for the first time since Brooklyn's league-shaking summer trade, LeBron James and …

NBA

Ray Allen's game-winning 4-point play: Nuggets vs. Heat (11.3.12)

LeBron James' jumper seals the championship!

LeBron's OT buzzer-beating game-winner vs Pacers!