Taj Gibson does not have to play for the Bulls anymore. The Chicago Bulls shuffled a few deck chairs on Thursday without losing the captain. The Oklahoma City Thunder is just hoping they’re making their own captain happy enough to stick with the ship.
The first piece of the Process is no longer a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Nerlens Noel, drafted No. 6 overall in 2013 as the first addition of the Sam Hinkie era, was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in advance of the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. In making the deal, the Mavericks
Mitch Kupchak was ready. Not the king of Los Angeles or even a member of the marquee group, but it was enough. The season was 1981-82, and the 26-year-old Kupchak (newly outfitted with a seven-year, $6.3 million free-agent deal given to him by Los Angeles basketball chief Jerry West) was set to be
DeMarcus Cousins’ first news conference in New Orleans went exactly as you’d expect. The newest Pelican, traded from Sacramento on Sunday in a deal that shocked the NBA, was winsome, charming, encouraged but not quite excitable in his first meeting with the media on Wednesday. Because Cousins is an
In his first press conference since dealing DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac hardly managed to calm the waters in response to the trade that took an entire league by surprise. Cousins, the tempestuous three-time All-Star and franchise-level
If anyone has a damaged hand on the pulse on what makes the Sacramento Kings click, or cluck, it’s longtime play by play broadcaster and sports talk radio host Grant Napear. The Kings went through two ownership groups, three sets of general managers and six coaches and an ungodly amount of teammates
The NBA made the first All-Star weekend since Craig Sager’s passing a memorable affair, expertly helmed as always by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter from Turner Sports who succumbed to cancer late in 2016, was the inspiration behind a slightly impromptu 3-point, half-court
Kristaps Porzingis has the entire package. The NBA has happened upon something interesting with its ‘Bigs’ vs. ‘Guards’ format to the league’s Skills Challenge. Kristaps Porzingis, who stands over 7-1, has taken the 2017 version of the competition, defending the Bigs’ honor after Minnesota Timberwolves
Gravity prevents Draymond Green from blocking Kyrie Irving’s layup. Of course LeBron James would defend Kyrie Irving, he’s his teammate, but what about any opponents on hand at All-Star weekend? If you had to pick one NBA All-Star to align himself, however slightly, with Kyrie Irving’s assertion that
The NBA All-Star break, despite some recent alterations, is hardly a break. Whether you’re in the actual All-Star Game proper or any number of the NBA’s sideshow events, there will be a microphone in your face and a suggestion to detail how, exactly, everything has gone wrong with the team you left
As is usually the case, the lure of Miami was too strong for a prominent NBA free agent to pass up. “We believe Shane is an incredible example of our HEAT program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” said HEAT President Pat Riley.
Glen Davis, who played under Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston from 2007 through 2011 and again from 2013 to 2015 in L.A., gave a rather candid assessment of his former coach on Thursday. The forward, who has enjoyed a contentious relationship with his longtime co-worker, unloaded on Rivers
How is it that the best possible news for the Philadelphia 76ers still has us clutching pearls as we fret from afar about the team’s ongoing development? Ben Simmons, the top overall pick in the 2016 draft and a rookie that has yet to play an NBA game after suffering a Jones fracture, could play this
The measurements have been drawn and, shock horror, NBA teams are worth quite an awful lot. Much, and in some cases far more than they were worth last year, even. The trend is continuing for Forbes Magazine’s annual valuations of the league’s 30 teams.
The season is nearing its All-Star break, and DeMarcus Cousins has games to play that actually count. This is a first for him as a pro, as the Sacramento Kings center has yet to work this deep into an NBA February while still in a playoff race. It took an overtime victory against the tanking Philadelphia
Magic Johnson tells Kobe Bryant not to fear anything. Magic Johnson’s first turn as whatever the heck you think he is with the Los Angeles Lakers is going exactly as you’d expect. Big proclamations, big stars, appearances on television shows that people Magic’s age (and people that tweet like Magic
Charles Oakley may not be banned from Madison Square Garden anymore. True to New York Knicks form, under the direction of MSG and owner James Dolan, the defense barely held for the better part of a week. Oakley was infamously banned from the arena on Friday in the wake of his uproarious and embarrassing
Don’t tell, well, just about every other professional sports team. For the second time this season, the Utah Jazz have bucked both an NBA and pro sports trend by thinking community and value-first in the face of what could have been a deluge of deals meant to line pockets. Just after announcing that
It turns out that the Toronto Raptors aren’t as reliable as we thought, even in relative anonymity. Toronto blew a 16-point lead in what seemed like a capable, cruise control-win in waiting over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the group’s fourth loss in six games, and tenth loss in 14 contests.
Charles Oakley never should have been asked a question about alcoholism, he never should have been forced into defining his relationship with libations on record, and the New York Knicks should be ashamed of themselves. The Knicks, in the hours after shuffling a near-scuffling Oakley away from his seats
With veteran Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love hurting, it would seem that precocious Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid would have the fastest track at earning an All-Star Game gig as an injury replacement. The Cavs announced Sunday that Love complained of soreness during their 125-109 win over the
The NBA was the first of all major North American sports leagues to not only embrace the rise of the world wide web, but the social media revolution that followed a decade or so later. It has also benefitted greatly from its insistence that its fans are allowed to freely shared NBA-derived content (
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is threatening to become the first NBA player to average a triple-double since Cincinnati Royals Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson achieved the double-figure points, assists and rebounds mark during the 1961-62 NBA season. A lot has changed in the league since
Jason Williams and Caleb McLaughlin surround Baron Davis. The NBA has announced the participants for its annual All-Star Celebrity Game, and it is very clear that the game will include celebrities and even an ex-NBA All-Star. Beyond that, your level of recognition might struggle to keep up with those
The 19-year-old Croatian 7-footer and No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft had missed seven of the Suns’ previous eight games with ankle pain. Initial reports suggested he would miss three months after going under the knife, and with the Suns sitting some 7 1/2 games behind the No. 8-seeded Denver Nuggets