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Remember when Dirk Nowitzki ruined LeBron James and the Miami Heat’s coming-out party in the summer of 2011? Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks were the squad no one saw coming, with a somewhat rag-tag crew of role players, featuring an...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Color me surprised: The Philadelphia 76ers are (at least for this news cycle) winners.After a predictable 0-17 start, the team built to lose finally accomplished something to be proud of with their 85-77 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Kevin Durant returned last night, and it didn't go as well as his buddy Russell Westbrook’s emphatic foray back into action last Friday night. Granted, the competition was much tougher: Westbrook slaughtered the lowly, 'Melo-less...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers just began a campaign to get the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James, as has been a trend for him lately, has already publicly reminded everybody who’s boss in Ohio, and undermined his...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
The NBA’s Eastern Conference is bad, very bad — while its Western Conference is just the opposite. By season’s end, we might be facing a record-shattering competitive discrepancy between the league’s two halves. At time of...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets started out their first year with their new/old moniker on an exciting, “buzzy” note. Since then, it’s been nothing but downhill.Currently on a nine-game losing streak, the Hornets are lost...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
When it comes to reborn players, Gerald Green is near the top of the genre. The 28-year-old was selected No. 18 overall, straight out of high school in Houston, by the Boston Celtics. He followed that with a six-team stretch that saw him struggle...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s race back into playoff contention began in earnest over the weekend, as Russell Westbrook returned from a hand injury to lead his team to a dominant, morale-boosting 105-78 victory over the New York Knicks....
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Let’s not beat around the bush: We love the NBA. That’s why we’re here. And in lieu of any game action tomorrow — football’s time to shine as the turkey’s tryptophan tricks us to sleep — we’ll have to...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
LeBron James called his Cleveland Cavaliers team “fragile” over the weekend, after they hit a new low by losing a fourth-straight game. The Cavs haven’t proved they’re tough and playoff-ready, by any means. But at least that...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
It’s been a weird season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Preseason speculation had them atop of the league, fighting for a second Western Conference title and their first NBA championship. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant’s foot injury —...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Earlier this month, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver penned a New York Times op-ed called “Legalize and Regulate Sports Betting.” The column was exactly what its title would lead you to believe it was. Silver highlighted the ongoing...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost four games in a row. Nobody thought it was going to be easy for the quickly assembled super squad to find their rhythm — but no one thought they’d falter this badly out of the gate, either. Now 5-7...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
The NBA Player’s Association hasn’t exactly been a politically fearsome group in recent years. The players demonstrably lost out financially in the 2011 lockout, behind their befuddled, lazy director at the time, Billy Hunter. LeBron...
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1 month ago
Vince Carter looked like the rightful heir to Michael Jordan for a good minute. When the 17-year veteran debuted with the Toronto Raptors in 1998-99 (the season after Jordan’s second and seemingly final retirement), he took the basketball...
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1 month ago
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hasn’t been on the job for a year yet, but he’s already made a strong impression. Most of that is due to his swift, judicial action in regards to the Donald Sterling scandal. His lifetime ban of...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Ranking the NBA’s Most Exciting Rookies
Making an impression as an NBA rookie is a tall task. The game gets considerably more complicated when you make the jump from college to the pros, and most first-year players — even if they’re talented — flounder for a while as...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe doesn’t think much of the tanking, winless Philadelphia 76ers. They’re 0-11, and they’re very bad. In a recent appearance on Sirius XM NBA Radio, Bledsoe was asked whether his NCAA team, the...
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1 month ago
Paul Pierce is a surefire Hall of Famer. The eighteen-year forward, who played sixteen of those years with the Boston Celtics and won a title in Beantown, has been one of the game’s most devastating scorers for well over a decade. Even in his...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
"Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”That was what Mark Cuban said in an L.A. radio interview recently, when asked about the sorry state of basketball’s most famous team."As far as the Lakers," Cuban said, "I...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
The NBA — like televised sports in general — is racing toward technological perfection. With wide-ranging replay capabilities and an off-site video review center, the league is working to make sure everything is called correctly.That...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
The Denver Nuggets might be turning the page.It hasn’t been a good start to the 2014-15 season for them. So far, the stumbling squad has looked unanchored, directionless and, well, bad. They allowed 84 points — at home — to the...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Kevin Garnett Wants to Own the Minnesota Timberwolves
You may have mistaken the 38-year-old edition of Kevin Garnett for Skeletor — but the former MVP and NBA champion is still in the league. KG is on the final year of his last big NBA contract, a deal that was signed with the Boston Celtics but...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Rudy Gay’s reputation has been on quite the roller coaster ride. The Sacramento Kings’ 28-year-old forward has been a revered scorer and a FIBA gold medalist, but he’s also been an easy target for many analysts of the game, who...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Folk heroes in basketball almost always come in tiny packages. There’s nothing more thrilling to the common viewer than watching a veritable David rise up in a league full of Goliaths. Winning big when you’re small, in a vertically...
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1 month ago

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