Russell Westbrook

Jimmy Butler doesn’t want to play with LeBron James. Is this a new superstar trend?

Jimmy Butler joined Kyrie Irving in showing he doesn’t want to play with LeBron James. Coincidence or trend?<p>Jimmy Butler requested a trade on Wednesday, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a list of three teams he’d like to be sent to: the Knicks, Nets and Clippers. It’s clear Butler wants to land in …

Lebron James

Top five fantasy NBA busts to beware of, ranked

Every year there are NBA players that seem like sure things in fantasy basketball, only to later break your heart (and possibly bank) due to a …

Golden State Warriors

OKC Thunder In the news: Burden on Paul George to start season, Andre Roberson injury update

OKC Thunder star Paul George will carry burden of season start with Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson both potentially missing time due to …

Paul George

There Are No Winners in the Jimmy Butler Saga

In April 2016, when the Wolves hired Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota had the brightest future of any young team in the NBA. There were two former No. 1 …

Tom Thibodeau

NBArank: Predicting the best players this season, from 20-11

For the eighth season in a row, ESPN.com is ranking the top players in the NBA.<p>Who will be the best player <i>this season</i>? To get the final prediction, …

Sports

The 5 NBA stars we think should appear with LeBron James in basketball film 'Space Jam 2'

In 1996, one of basketball’s greatest stories unfolded on screen through the help of legendary basketball superstar Michael Jordan and animation’s …

Lebron James

Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton played bingo at a local senior center

Sep 19,2018<p>Two members of the Thunder teamed up to play bingo on Wednesday.<p>Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton spent the day at a local senior center hosting bingo as part of the Thunder Cares program in giving back to the local community.<p>Nader and Burton were college teammates for one year at Iowa State.<p>…

Paul George

Pacers Bring a Summer of Work into Training Camp

It's easy to get excited about this year's team.<p>After all, last year featured: The emergence of Victor Oladipo; a 48-win season; a seven-game playoff …

Indiana Pacers

Russell Westbrook, Wife Announce Major Personal News

The Westbrook family is growing.<p>Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina Westbrook, welcomed their first child into the world last summer. Just over a …

Los Angeles

Blogtable: Player who has most to prove to start 2018-19 season? | NBA.com

<i>Gaze into your crystal ball and tell me: which player has the most to prove to start the 2018-19 season?</i><p><b>Steve Aschburner:</b> <b>Kawhi Leonard.</b> The …

Basketball

Spencer Dinwiddie Shocking Shows Up On Prestigious List Usually Reserved For LeBron James-Types

He is not yet a legitimate household name yet, but it seems like things are looking up for Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. After his …

James Harden

5 things to know before the Mavericks start training camp, including Dirk's status and the hype around Luka Doncic

This Story is About...<p>Basketball is upon us once again. The Dallas Mavericks host their annual media day on Friday, Sept. 21 and begin training camp …

Texas

Watch: Adams on Growing His Game

This past year, Adams shot a career-best 62.9 percent from the field while scoring a career-best 13.9 points per game. He also more made dunks than …

Paul George

Wednesday Bolts: 9.19.18

0<p><b>Westbrook at 8, George at 11, Adams at 43, and Roberson at 78 in CBS Sports’ Top 100 Players list</b>: “George finished fourth in last season’s …

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder: As Lee Jenkins shifts to a front office position, TI revisits his best articles

As Lee Jenkins exits Sports Illustrated to take a front office position, TI revisits his best OKC Thunder articles paying homage to the talented …

Genius

2018/19 NBA Season Preview: What to expect from the Houston Rockets

<i>With the 2018-19 NBA season quickly approaching, we're rolling out 30 Teams in 30 Days. Between now and opening night, we're dedicating one day to</i> …

Houston Rockets

30 Teams in 30 Days: New Orleans Pelicans Season Preview

The lead up to October’s NBA kickoff grows ever closer by the day, but while you wait, Def Pen has you covered. The 30 teams in 30 days bonanza has …

New Orleans Pelicans

OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook confirms twin girls will join big brother Noah

Speculation over the newest OKC Thunder fans can be put to rest as Russell Westbrook confirms wife Nina will deliver twin girls this year.<p>Back in …

NBA Draft

Sixers’ Ben Simmons working on jump shot with brother, Liam

Ben Simmons has been working on his jump shot this summer with his brother, Liam Simmons, a former college basketball assistant coach.<p>Liam Simmons …

Ben Simmons

OKC Thunder in the news: NBA Salary cap news, Schroder coming up big internationally

OKC Thunder In the news features updated salary cap and luxury tax levels, Dennis Schroder comes up big internationally and SI Top 100 players …

List-Worthy

The 11 best NBA summer workout mixtapes

The best thing about the NBA offseason is summer workout mixtapes.<p>There are no summer vacations in the NBA. While you were working on your tan and enjoying the weather, the NBA’s best were in the gym building their game.<p>In the social media age, it isn’t enough to spend a quiet night on the court …

Joakim Noah

Sixers pin title hopes on young Elton Brand, latest player turned front office executive

Elton Brand can connect with Fortune 500 business leaders, and he can connect with players in a locker room.<p>That ability to command the respect of NBA owners with his business savvy and relate to players due to his long career in the league is why the Philadelphia 76ers hired Brand as their new …

USA Basketball

DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka team up in “How hungry are you?” episode 4

Former teammates DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka have teamed up for the latest episode of “How hungry are you?”The YouTube series stars Ibaka where he …

James Harden

Sports Illustrated's Favorite NBA Stories From Lee Jenkins

After serving as Sports Illustated's lead NBA writer for the past eight years, Lee Jenkins is turning in his notepad and accepting a job with the Los …

Joakim Noah

Lonzo Ball ranked No. 62 by ESPN after almost missing cut in SI ranking

After barely making it to Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA players, ESPN has ranked Los Angeles Lakers sophomore point guard Lonzo Ball at No. 62, …

Lebron James

Several teams interested in trading for Jimmy Butler

The Nets, Knicks, Nuggets, Sixers and Lakers are potential landing spots for Jimmy Butler if the Timberwolves decide to trade him before he hits free …

Paul George

Tuesday Bolts: 9.18.18

0<p><b>Erik Horne on the OKC Blue signing KJ McDaniels</b>: “The Oklahoma City Blue announced it retained the returning player rights of K.J. McDaniels from …

Oklahoma City Thunder

Detroit Pistons: A trade that changed the franchise

The Detroit Pistons made a trade that would impact the franchise for many years to follow. It was at the expense of their best player at the time.<p>One …

Detroit Pistons

Sean McVay invites Kevin Durant to join Rams: He'd be 'dangerous' in red zone

A few years ago, Kevin Durant upset a lot of fans when he decided to bolt from Oklahoma City to join the team that just beat him in the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors. He was called a ring-chaser and scolded for abandoning Russell Westbrook, but his decision worked in his …

Sean McVay

Film Room: Will Magic Have One of NBA's Top 3-Point Shooting Starting Backcourts in 2018-19?

<b>ORLANDO –</b> While the Magic’s frontcourt has extraordinary defensive potential, the team’s presumed starting backcourt is equipped to rank high in the …

Orlando Magic