BDL 25: The Spurs' post-Duncan challenge of winning the West Ball Don't Lie (Ben Rohrbach) — Tim Duncan points Kawhi Leonard in the direction of superstardom. (Getty Images) The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes...
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Mike D’Antoni declares James Harden the Rockets’ point guard (‘points guard’) ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — James Harden is no longer the NBA’s best shooting guard. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Harden – who averaged 29.0 points and 7.5 assists per game last season – is now Houston’s point guard, though D’Antoni added it wouldn’t be a big adjustment. D’Antoni, via ClutchFans: With James, we’ll make a cheap joke. He’ll be […]
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Nerlens Noel on the 76ers' 'silly' glut of big men: 'Something needs to happen' Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Nerlens Noel looks to the future. (Getty Images) The main thing that everybody knows about the Philadelphia 76ers, outside of the fact they’ve been almost unbelievably terrible for the past three years, is that they have too many big men. Their last four NBA drafts have brought back five power forwards and centers, with former Philly general manager Sam Hinkie using top-six picks in three...
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LeBron James says he’ll stand for national anthem ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul made a statement denouncing the mistreatment of black and brown bodies and retaliatory violence. Then, Colin Kaepernick took the civil discourse to another level by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutalizing black Americans. Will LeBron – the most powerful […]
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Derrick Rose: ‘I felt I didn’t do anything wrong’ ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — The Knicks say they’re not concerned about Derrick Rose, who’s facing a civil lawsuit and criminal investigation for an alleged rape. Rose doesn’t sound concerned, either. Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal: A transcription of Rose's comments about his case, which is scheduled to go to trial in LA next Tuesday. — Chris […]
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Cavaliers guard Mo Williams reverses course, retiring now ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Mo Williams, despite retirement rumors, announced last week he’d return to the Cavaliers for one more year. Williams knew Cleveland would face major challenges without him, being forced to rely on young and unproven Kay Felder and Jordan McRae behind Kyrie Irving at point guard . Williams, via David McMenamin of ESPN: I didn’t want […]
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51Q: Can Dave Joerger get DeMarcus Cousins, rest of Kings on same page? ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — The problem is Joerger will need time and the Kings are not a patient organization.
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LAPD confirms open criminal investigation in Derrick Rose rape case Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Derrick Rose speaks during a June 24, 2016, news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP) With the civil case alleging that Derrick Rose and two of his friends drugged a woman, broke into her apartment, and raped her while she was unconscious set to go to trial next week , the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that there is also an open criminal investigation into...
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Pelicans sign D-League Rookie of the Year Quinn Cook ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — With Jrue Holiday away from the team and Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter both hurt, the Pelicans need help on the perimeter. The latest candidate to provide it: Quinn Cook. Pelicans release: The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent guard Quinn Cook. Cook went undrafted last year after a […]
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Pat Riley says Chris Bosh's 'Heat career is probably over' Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra. (Getty Images) For a condition and crisis that has been in play for over 19 months, this all feels so sadly swift and distressing. [ Follow Dunks Don’t Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Miami Heat president Pat Riley confirmed on Monday morning that Chris Bosh’s career with the Heat, in Riley’s estimation, is likely over. Bosh, who...
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NBA Chat With Ben Dowsett 9/28/16

Basketball Insiders (Ben Dowsett) — Join Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders’ in-depth NBA analyst, for his chat Wednesday, 2PM EST. All questions are welcome.
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Jrue Holiday’s wife gives birth to healthy daughter, according to Anthony Davis ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Jrue Holiday took a leave of absence from the Pelicans to be with his wife, who was pregnant and had a brain tumor. Good news: Lauren Holiday gave birth, according to Anthony Davis. Davis, via Justin Verrier of ESPN: “She had a baby girl, so she’s doing fine,” Davis said at the Pelicans’ media day. […]
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With retiring Garnett, anything was truly possible David Aldridge For so long, he was so good, and even toward the end, when he wasn't as good, he was still so interesting, standing tall in the outpost that was freezing Minneapolis, winter after winter. No excuses, no retreat, no whining from Kevin Garnett, ever.
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NBA AM: Paul Battling for 76ers Roster Spot

Basketball Insiders (Alex Kennedy) — Brandon Paul talked to Basketball Insiders about fighting for a roster spot at Philadelphia 76ers training camp.
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