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Kyrie's time will come soon, and he'll be ready

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:54:37 GMT

The Cavs' point guard again stepped up when needed most on Tuesday, showing he can be "the guy" after LeBron is gone.

Return of NBA's All-Star showcase will help restore our battered reputation

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:45:45 GMT

So the party is back on – two years later than we originally thought, yes, but back on all the same. Charlotte has now been confirmed as the official host of the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17, 2019, as The Observer first reported Wednesday morning. The NBA and Charlotte has finalized the deal to do so

In win over Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets grind out another victory

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:10:34 GMT

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports. Follow on Twitter HOUSTON -- Thursday night was one

Short takes: On Manu Ginobili and the NBA's second-best player (and it's not who you think)

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:45:21 GMT

Some of sports' sweetest moments are when a team and a town come together. The Antonio Spurs and San Antonio came together Monday night. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich started Manu Ginobili against Golden State. Ginobili, who might have played the final game of his exceptional 15-year career, was

North Carolina’s Tony Bradley to remain NBA Draft

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:46:21 GMT

This is a massive blow for the Tar Heels.

10 NBA draft decisions that will have huge impacts on college basketball in 2017-18

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22:29 GMT

With less than a week before the deadline for underclassmen to pull their names out of the NBA draft, there are still a handful of college stars with huge choices to make. The order of selection for the NBA draft’s lottery is set, which means the next marquee date on the draft calendar is May 24. Less

Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma reportedly rising up draft boards

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:33:36 GMT

Kyle Kuzma wasn't sure how things would play out when he announced plans in late March to test the NBA draft.

Isaiah Thomas has played himself into a max contract. Will he get one in Boston?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:13:00 GMT

Right now, everyone in the NBA would swap places with the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Assuming the Cavaliers get the final victory they need to secure passage to the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the two teams will meet for a third straight season with a title on the line. Among the

6 NBA Players Who Stayed in School Too Long

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:31:00 GMT

Players often try to enter the NBA a little too early. However, these 6 players stayed in school a little too long. You just can't win.

The 5 Greatest Upsets in NBA Playoff History

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT

Things don't always play out as expected in the National Basketball Association. And the 5 greatest upsets in NBA playoff history caused our jaws to drop.

10 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Way Too Soon

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT

The Lakers thought Steve Nash had three good years left when they acquired him in 2012. He didn't. Here are 10 NBA players whose careers ended too soon.

Keith Pompey: Sixers can't afford to pass on emerging stars in draft

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:45:02 GMT

One would assume that the 76ers will have a difficult draft-day decision to make on June 22. The Sixers are slated to make the third overall pick, and among those expected to be on the board are Kansas swingman Josh Jackson, Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox, Duke small forward Jayson Tatum, Kentucky

Why is Dallas Not an Attractive Landing Zone for Free Agents?

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:00:53 GMT

The Dallas Mavericks will draft a top talent this year in the NBA Draft, but they strike out bringing A/B-List free agents to the team. Can this be the year they bring big talent to Big D? Pop quiz: What do DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard all have in common? All of them were once big

The 5 NBA Teams With the Most Loyal Fan Bases

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Is it possible to objectively determine the loyalty of an NBA team's fan base? It may very well be. Here are the 5 teams that get the most love.

5 College Coaches Who Can Produce Top NBA Draft Picks

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Top basketball prospects choose colleges that will get them to the next level. Here are the 5 college coaches who are best at producing top NBA draft picks.

The 10 Most Clutch NBA Players in the Game Right Now

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 GMT

These NBA 10 players will see to it that this season is not without high drama. Clutch is why they play the game and why we, as fans, watch and celebrate.

LeBron James: 5 Moments When We Most Loved No. 23

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:26:00 GMT

LeBron James may be the most popular athlete. Fans have an epic love-hate relationship with 'The King.' Here are some moments when LBJ was adored.

North Carolina State PG Dennis Smith Jr. has potential to be 'special defender' in NBA

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:25:08 GMT

The Suns will pick fourth in the June 22 NBA draft. Their selection could alter the franchise or add to a young core already in place. Azcentral sports has highlighted eight players within the Suns' range. This is the sixth profile in that series: Dennis Smith Jr. Position: Point guard. School: North

The 10 Best NBA Teams of All Time

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT

We've seen many great teams throughout NBA history. However, some separate themselves from the rest. Here's a look at the 10 best NBA teams of all time.

NBA playoffs 2017: Schedule, scores, bracket, and more

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:13:24 GMT

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsThe 2017 NBA Finals are almost set after the Golden State Warriors clinched their spot for a third straight season by eliminating the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. Golden State continued its domination of the Western Conference by sweeping the Spurs, who immediately

NBA Draft 2017 Scouting Profile: Justin Jackson

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT

NBA Position: SF/SG General Information: 22-year-old junior, played for UNC. From Houston, Texas. 2017 ACC Player of the Year, 2017 National Champion. Measurables: 6'8.25", 200 lbs, 6'11” wingspan, 8'8.5” standing reach, 29.5” No-Step Vertical, 35.5” Max Vertical. 2016-17 Season Statistics

9 Biggest Smackdowns in NBA History

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:45:00 GMT

The NBA is full of one-sided games and monster scores. Here are the 9 largest margins of victory in the history of the league.

10 Reasons Why Kevin Durant Will Never Win an NBA Championship

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:40:00 GMT

Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to better his chances of winning NBA championships. But this may be easier said than done.

What Do the Mavericks Do at Point Guard This Summer?

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:18:31 GMT

Photo courtesy of Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports The Dallas Mavericks will enter this offseason with needs essentially all over the roster.  Assuming they're able to retain incumbent starting center Nerlens Noel, their biggest need is undoubtedly the point guard position.  Apologies to J.J. Barea

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Edition

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:11:00 GMT

Now that the NBA Draft lottery is behind us and the official pick order is set, we have a better sense of how things might shake out on the big night.

Pistons take look at 7-1 Nigerian long shot Michael Ojo

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:56:54 GMT

Auburn Hills — Michael Ojo spent Tuesday morning a long way from where he thought eight years ago that he'd be. Far from his family, far from his friends, far from his village and everything he was comfortable with in Lagos, Nigeria — almost 6,000 miles away. Ojo, a 7-foot-1, 304-pound behemoth from

NBA draft prospect Josh Jackson's diversion requires apology, anger management classes

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:43:45 GMT

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year as part of a diversion agreement arising from his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player

Report: Magic targeting Bucks GM John Hammond

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:04:07 GMT

Mike McGinnis / Getty Images Sport / Getty The Orlando Magic's front office is slowly coming together. After hiring Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman to be their president of basketball operations, the Magic now have their sights set on Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond, ESPN's Marc

Who should be taken 1st overall in the 2017 NBA draft?

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:38:46 GMT

Julie Donaldson and John Feinstein discuss who should be taken with the No. 1 overall pick (held by the Celtics) in the 2017 NBA draft.

The NBA world went crazy when LeBron James picked up his fourth foul in the first half

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:33:22 GMT

The shorthanded Celtics got a major break during the second quarter of Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland. With 6:46 remaining in the second quarter, LeBron James picked up his fourth foul. Really, it happened. It was the first time in James' career that he had picked up four fouls in the first half

Kevin Durant's legacy won't be secured with just one NBA title with Golden State Warriors

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:07:36 GMT

For the second time, Kevin Durant is in the NBA Finals. Hell be with another team, the Golden State Warriors, thatll be favored to win for the second time in three years. Like LeBron James when he eloped to the Miami Heat to get his first two championship rings, credit wont automatically come with

NBA's Silver on social media

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:59:42 GMT

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he encourages his players and teams to have a voice on social media.

Here's why the Sixers will be the most interesting team in the NBA this offseason

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:13:58 GMT

The Philadelphia 76ers are the most interesting team in the NBA this offseason. There is a real chance that, after four years of acquiring assets, losing games and inspiring arguments, they are ready to take the much-anticipated Next Step. Philadelphia is flush with cash and young talent, and its 28-

Key returning to Alabama for sophomore season

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:16:31 GMT

Avery Johnson gets good news in search of first tourney appearance

Purdue players benefit from NBA process

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:36:47 GMT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With 24 hours to go until the deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, Purdue still doesn't know if two pieces of its talented frontcourt will return. Caleb Swanigan will likely take his decision — or, more likely, the announcement thereof —

Report: NBA, NBPA nearing deal that will make Chris Bosh a free agent and grant the Heat cap relief

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:36:12 GMT

The NBA and its players' association are nearing a deal that would grant the Heat permanent salary cap relief from Bosh's contract, even if he signs elsewhere, per the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman.

Ahead of draft, Frank Mason III out to prove 'it's not all about size' in NBA

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:04:00 GMT

For the next month, in every NBA city he visits, Frank Mason III will answer questions about his lack of size and how that impacts his ability to translate his college success at Kansas to the next level. On Monday, the 5-foot-11, 189-pound consensus National Player of the Year found himself in St. Francis

Golden State Warriors writing 'new chapter' after last year's Finals loss

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:32:39 GMT

SAN ANTONIO — The infamous tape never stopped playing in their minds. The 3-1 lead. The LeBron James stepover in Game 4. The Draymond Green suspension for Game 5. The Kyrie Irving stepback at the end. The unprecedented NBA Finals collapse against the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when the Golden State Warriors

Report: Knicks interested in Tucker, Cunningham, Simmons

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:36:54 GMT

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images The New York Knicks are terrible on both sides of the ball, so it only makes sense that they're in the market for players who can contribute on offense and defense. Specifically, the Knicks are showing interest in free agent 3-and-D wings P.J. Tucker

Markis McDuffie to return to WSU basketball team

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Markis McDuffie says the NBA can wait. The Wichita State basketball standout has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to play for the Shockers next season. On social media, McDuffie wrote, "As amazing the experience was, how much I learned on and off the court, and

Warriors wanted Clippers: 'No nightlife in Utah'

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:23:15 GMT

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer Close Follow on Twitter OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's safe to say that the Golden State Warriors were pulling for the LA Clippers to advance past the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Their rooting interest, however, had nothing to do with matchups

Lin: Racist comments more common in college

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:22:34 GMT

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University

How Jayhawks compare to each other in NBA statistical categories

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:57:00 GMT

Now that Paul Pierce has retired from the NBA it's a good time to look at where Jayhawks stand compared to each other in terms of a few NBA statistical categories: GAMES 1 - Paul Pierce 1,343 2 - Wilt Chamberlain: 1,045 3 - Dave Robisch: 930 4 - Bill Bridges: 926 5 - Nick Collison: 895 6 - Danny

Kenny Smith Says His Rockets Team Would've Beaten '94 Bulls with Michael Jordan

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:11:21 GMT

"Oh we would've beat them," Smith said (h/t Oliver Maroney of Uproxx). "And actually everyone forgets he was playing the second year, he was wearing No. 45 and the team they lost to, the Orlando Magic, we swept them," Smith said. "We were that much better than them that year

NBA free agency 2017: Wizards' contract conundrum with Otto Porter speaks to larger NBA issue

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:05:15 GMT

Otto Porter was sitting on a stanchion by the sideline at TD Garden in Boston a little more than a month ago, reflecting on the kind of year it had been, easily the best of his career. “I put in a lot of work, I just wanted to get better and better at the things I could do to help this team win,” he

Warriors owner Joe Lacob still thinks they 'were the better team' last year, wants Cavaliers again this year

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:28:23 GMT

Following his team's sweep of the San Antonio Spurs, Lacob made clear his preference to face the Cavs in a Finals three-match, while maintaining the Warriors "were the better team" despite their 2016 NBA Finals loss.

Knicks showing interest in P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:25:21 GMT

The Knicks are interested in adding more two-way players like Courtney Lee in free agency this summer, and have shown preliminary interest in P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunningham.

Gregg Popovich's finest coaching season with the Spurs ended in a 0-4 sweep

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:07:42 GMT

Gregg Popovich has won coach of the year three times during his NBA career. The San Antonio Spurs’ season is over eight wins short of the franchise’s sixth championship, swept by the Golden State Warriors and outscored by 84 points over the final three and one half games of the Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors advance to NBA Finals with sweep of San Antonio Spurs

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:53:08 GMT

SAN ANTONIO -- The celebration was subdued on Monday after Golden State made history in its four-game sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. The Warriors refuse to be deterred from their ultimate goal of a second NBA title in the past three years. Stephen Curry

Knicks looking for more players like Courtney Lee in free agency

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:04 GMT

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the New York Knicks for Follow on Twitter Even the most loyal Knicks fans would admit that New York's big-name signings last summer didn't work out well. Derrick Rose got to the basket whenever he wanted to in 2016-17, but he struggled