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LeBron Vows to Be Better Next Season, Says He's 'Obsessed with Success'

Miami Heat megastar LeBron James just capped off one of the finest seasons the hoops world has ever seen.<p>His 31.59 player efficiency rating ranks as the seventh-best mark in NBA history. He shattered his previous career bests in field-goal (56.5 percent) and three-point (40.6) shooting. He also …

Basketball

Shaquille O'Neal Reportedly Met with Kings Ownership Tuesday

Shaquille O'Neal spent most of his career as the best big man in the game. Now it appears he may be interested in grooming Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins into the next dominant big man.<p>According to Steve Large of CBS Sacramento, O'Neal met with Sacramento Kings brass on Tuesday night and …

Basketball

Which Opponents Are the Miami Heat Most Likely to Struggle with This Season?

The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA champions and favorites to win it all again this year. But make no mistake: This team is not invincible.<p>Like every team, the Heat have holes. And unfortunately for Miami, a few teams right in their own conference have the potential to take advantage of those …

NBA

Clippers' League-Worst Defense Ready to Turn the Corner?

"Defense wins championships."<p>It's perhaps the most cliched cliche in the history of sports cliches, but it is true to a certain extent. No, the best defenses don't always win championships—a team needs some semblance of balance—but the worst defenses never win championships.<p>The term "30th-ranked …

Basketball

Kevin Garnett: Nets and Self Look Like 'Pure Crap'

Kevin Garnett thought he saw the pieces of a championship puzzle when he waived his no-trade clause to join the Brooklyn Nets this summer.<p>What he's seen after five games with his new franchise has been something entirely different. The Nets are 0-3 away from Barclays Center, with road losses to the …

Basketball

Carmelo Anthony: 'It's like we aren't even trying right now'

The New York Knicks have lost five straight at Madison Square Garden and are 3-6 through the team's first nine games.<p>Carmelo Anthony told reporters that it doesn't even look as if the Knicks are trying. "We ain't playing worth a s--- right now," Anthony said following a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta …

Lakers still cautious on Kobe Bryant

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Just because Kobe Bryant is back on the practice court doesn't mean that the Los Angeles Lakers are any closer to knowing when …