NBA

Kill the NBA draft

The annual event and its subculture are fun. But the whole enterprise is a drain on NBA competitiveness and remains unfair to amateur players entering the league.<p>The NBA draft is a lot of fun. It’s also terrible for everyone involved.<p>Both of those statements are true. While we all love the …

NBA Draft

Race to the bottom: Making sense of NBA draft lottery odds, protected picks

Maybe one of these days, the NBA playoff race will be the only one that matters this time of year.<p>But alas, thanks to the imperfections of the league’s draft lottery system and the reality that teams are still incentivized to play the tanking game, we have the unsavory race to the bottom to track …

Basketball

Gregg Popovich Weighs in on Debate About Resting NBA Players

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich responded to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's memo regarding players being held out of games for rest, per ESPN's Michael C. Wright, saying, "I understand Adam's concern, and it's a legitimate concern."<p>He continued: "We all have it. We all feel badly about …

San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets showed off their incredible offensive power in the 1st half vs. Thunder

Holy crap the Rockets offense is good.<p>The Houston Rockets came two points from this season’s best half on an ESPN primetime game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They scored 79 points on 73 percent shooting, including 11-of-18 from behind the three-point arc, and they did it all while taking ONE …

Basketball

WATCH: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo goes baseline for an unreal slam

The Greek Freak shows off again<p>Another game, another incredible play from Giannis Antetokounmpo. As the Bucks attempted to sweep the season series against the Bulls Sunday afternoon, Giannis submitted another slam to his ever-lengthening highlight reel.<p>After picking up the ball on the baseline, …

Basketball

There’s An Original ‘NBA Jam’ With Michael Jordan And It May Soon Be Revealed To The World

From 1988 to 1993, Michael Jordan either “starred in” or was included in dozens of inferior basketball games on the NES to the Megadrive to the Super NES; None of them were really good. Thankfully, we were about to come upon a major breakthrough in the technology department with <i>NBA Live ’95</i>, but in …

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Here’s a simple solution to the NBA’s resting-stars-in-big-games problem

The NBA’s latest problem — they charge you Broadway prices and then give you an off-Broadway show — is self-inflicted and solvable.<p>(I’ll tell you how to straighten this out at the end of the column. If I told you now, many of you would just wander off to a Sudoku puzzle or start watching a DVR’ed …

Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Houston Rockets Live Stream: Watch The NBA Game Online

Woo hoo! The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six of their last seven games and they’re looking to make it eight as they head to Houston to take on the …

Oklahoma City Thunder

Bulls 109, Bucks 94

Basketball

Phil’s Joakim Noah love blinded him from the guide Knicks need

A free agent last summer, center Pau Gasol waited for a call from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Lakers president Jeanie Buss once told confidants …

Basketball

The Spurs have beaten every team in the NBA for the third straight season

They're the first team to accomplish the feat since the NBA expanded to 30 teams<p>On Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs moved to 56-16 on the season, beating the New York Knicks 106-98 for their fourth straight win. In doing so, they made NBA history.<p>The win over the Knicks meant that the Spurs …

San Antonio Spurs

Bucks fall short of season sweep against Bulls

<b>MILWAUKEE —</b> Nikola Mirotic tied a season high with 28 points, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled …

Basketball

Star Freshman Gives Surprising Answer About The NBA Draft

The Jayhawks’ star says he hasn’t thought about his NBA decision.<p>Kansas star freshman Josh Jackson was asked Saturday night about his upcoming …

NBA Draft

Mark Cuban has funny response to JJ Barea’s ejection for pushing Blake Griffin

Mar 23, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts during the first half against the LA Clippers at American Airlines Center. …

Basketball

Dad trolls son at Cavs game to make him get better grades

Parenting 101: Trolling your kids is the best way to get them to do something.<p>Imagine you're a young Cavs fan, eager to watch LeBron James dominate in person. You turn on the TV to watch the game and you see... this.<p>Poor Thomas. His dad printed the sign with a sad emoji and everything.<p>The Cleveland …

Charlotte Hornets

Clippers blew an 18-point lead with 5 minutes left and lost to the Kings

Teams have been in that position 360 times this season. The Clippers are the first to lose.<p>The Los Angeles Clippers led 94-76 with five minutes left in a home game against the Sacramento Kings. Then they lost.<p>Whoops.<p>In the final five minutes, the Clippers shot 0-of-9, committed three turnovers, and …

Basketball

Gregg Popovich On Resting Players: 'It's Complicated...Like Health Care'

The topic of resting players has joined the MVP race as the hottest story in the NBA right now. Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly sent a memo to …

San Antonio Spurs

Williams leads Rockets to easy 137-125 win over Thunder

HOUSTON (AP) — Lou Williams scored 31 points off the bench, James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Houston Rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.<p>Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for his …

Basketball

A Video Of LaVar Ball Playing Hoops Has Surfaced, And It’s Not Pretty

ESPN<p>There has been so much chatter lately about whether LaVar Ball could beat Michael Jordan in his prime in 1-on-1. It’s absurd, and everyone agrees that Jordan would win, but Ball is so confident that you can’t help but wonder “what if?”<p>Well, we finally have video proof of what Ball’s game looks …

Basketball

Shaq to Clippers: Stop covering Lakers' banners at Staples Center

It doesn't matter how high the Clippers are flying, the city of Los Angeles will never truly claim a basketball team other than the Lakers.<p>The same …

Sports

Russell Westbrook dancing on the bench before OKC games is the purest joy

Hit it Russ.<p>I would like to present the following scenario to you as one of the purest things in the NBA.<p>Russell Westbrook dancing.<p>He likes to sit on the bench before games and dance in his seat.<p>The sheer joy in his grin makes my heart sing. Honestly, I’m all for making this a reaction meme in the …

Basketball

Spurs Nation Podcast: Game preview with Isiah Thomas

Express-News Spurs reporter Jabari Young is joined by Hall of Famer and NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas to preview Monday’s game between the Spurs and …

San Antonio Spurs

Trail Blazers at Lakers live stream: How to watch online

The Los Angeles Lakers (21-51) will host the Portland Trail Blazers (34-38) on Sunday night. Here is how to watch this Western Conference NBA game …

Basketball

Don't Make Dame Angry, You Wouldn't Like Him When He's Angry

In the final minutes of the fourth quarter in Thursday's game versus the New York Knicks, the Portland Trail Blazers had admittedly taken their foot …

Basketball

NBA Gameday: Revenge on Warriors' mind against Grizzlies

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.<p>The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, …

Basketball

12 stats that show why this is the best NBA MVP race of all time

Good luck picking a winner when all four top candidates are making history on a nightly basis.<p>There hasn’t been an NBA MVP race this hotly contested among four candidates since 2008, when Kobe Bryant snagged the award over Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, and LeBron James. But this year is like 2008 on …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant offers his help to the Lakers

Kobe Bryant is making clear that if the Los Angeles Lakers want his input, he’s always happy to help.<p>Bryant told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles …

Kobe Bryant

Eye-popping: John Wall, Wizards blow past LeBron, Cavs 127-115

CLEVELAND — LeBron James yanked off the tinted googles protecting his injured eye and flung them away.His vision was clear.However, there was one …

Washington Wizards

One Knicks bright spot making case for next year

SAN ANTONIO — Even before Joakim Noah’s drug suspension for taking a banned, over-the-counter, performance-enhancing supplement, Willy Hernangomez …

New York Knicks

With John Thompson III Out, Here Are Five Candidates That Could Land At Georgetown In 2017

For a basketball program that has only had three head coaches since 1972, yesterday was a big day for Georgetown Athletics. It was reported, and later confirmed by the University, that John Thompson III was out as head basketball coach after 13 seasons leading the program. Thompson moves on after …

College Basketball