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Season preview: Nothing certain for Cavaliers
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:37:43 GMT)
It was an interesting summer for Cleveland, which lost Kyrie Irving and has questions about Isaiah Thomas. And then there's the swirl around LeBron James' future.

WATCH: Carmelo Anthony greeted by chanting fans after landing in Oklahoma
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:11:48 GMT)
Thunder fans just can't get enough of their newly acquired All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Following Saturday's trade that shipped Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick to the Knicks in return for the 10-time All-Star, Anthony arrived to a throng of Thunder fans in Oklahoma City on Sunday. He

Michael Jordan issues statement in support of NBA players exercising free speech
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:11:48 GMT)
President Donald Trump's decision to rescind an offer to the Warriors to visit the White House in celebration of their NBA championship, coupled with his comments ripping the NFL for not taking harsh action on players protesting during the national anthem, injected him squarely into the sports world

Carmelo Anthony deserved better from the New York Knicks
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:09:30 GMT)
While my friends were ordering drinks, I was watching Melo go to work against the Bobcats on a cold winter night in January. Eventually, everyone saw what I saw: Melo was absolutely unstoppable. Anthony finished with 62 points, breaking Bernard King’s long-standing 61-point record and Kobe Bryant’s

Harden visits the Raptors and some MVP thoughts ensue
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:08:35 GMT)
So James Harden comes to town for his only visit with Houston Rockets and he carries with him one significant question: Is he the Most Valuable Player in the NBA this season? Or, more important, what is the Most Valuable Player in the NBA this season? I can't think of another year where there'

NBA players, executives respond to Donald Trump and NFL protests on media day
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:47:22 GMT)
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Latest: Heat aren't sure if Mexico City game will happen
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:11:48 GMT)
The Latest on Monday's events from NBA media days (all times local):

No longer just rebuilding, 76ers owners now look to expand
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:41:54 GMT)
NEW YORK (AP) — With the last two No. 1 overall picks set to join a promising core, the Philadelphia 76ers view themselves as a team on the rise. Their ownership sees the same opportunities for their other franchises. Josh Harris and David Blitzer formed Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment on Monday

76ers add big men Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:39:52 GMT)
Okafor is attempting a comeback on a roster that includes distant cousin Jahlil Okafor.

Michael Jordan weighs in on Trump's disinvite of Warriors
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:27:26 GMT)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan is voicing his support for freedom of speech and peaceful protest following President Donald Trump's decision to rescind an invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to celebrate with Trump at the White House. Warriors star Stephen Curry said on Friday

Carmelo Anthony x OKC: Welcome to the Storybook Ending
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:25:28 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony stepped off a private jet Sunday afternoon, outside a tiny airport in a tiny city, and stepped into a surreal new reality. Three hundred shrieking fans pressed against a chain-link fence to get a glimpse. They cheered and chanted his name. Anthony grinned, walked the length of the fence

Does Melo to OKC mean anything? – High Off The Glass
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:24:37 GMT)
Carmelo Anthony has finally been freed from the incompetent chaos that is the New York Knicks. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round draft pick. Based on talent alone, the Thunder won the deal, and it's not even

Crash on I-55 before I-220 exit
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:11:13 GMT)
MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — There is a crash on I-55 South just before the I-220 South exit. Drivers in the area should expect delays. Police and emergency officials are on the scene. Use caution.

Cuban offering Mavs open mic to talk America
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:07:27 GMT)
ESPN.com news services Dallas Mavericks players will get the chance to weigh in on the divisive comments made by President Donald Trump and their feelings on the United States. The effort is being encouraged by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who said it would offer a clear message to fans on where the players

Dwyane Wade, Bulls reach buyout agreement
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:49:41 GMT)
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls have reached an agreement on a buyout on the final year of Wade's contract.

BDL's 2017-18 Season Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers, for whom nothing is certain
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:37:43 GMT)
It was an interesting summer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the least.

5 offseason transactions with the greatest fantasy impact
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:37:08 GMT)
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images The landscape of the NBA has changed dramatically this summer. With the fantasy basketball season right around the corner, let's take a look at which players have seen their value rise and fall because of the five biggest blockbuster moves. The Irving-Thomas

These six NBA players must adjust to new roles after big offseason trades
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:36:01 GMT)
Let’s take a look at six NBA players who will have to take on new roles next season, starting with James Harden and ending with LeBron James.

Detroit Pistons mailbag: What are chances that Avery Bradley re-signs?
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:35:25 GMT)
Avery Bradley's long-term prospects to remain with the Detroit Pistons past this season, my take on what makes a superstar and the rotation chances of Luke Kennard and Henry Ellenson highlight this week's mailbag. And you also get a true Pistons story. I touched on the first question last week

Emeka Okafor, Kris Humphries Sign Contracts with Philadelphia 76ers
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:31:16 GMT)
Four years after playing his last NBA game, Emeka Okafor is making a comeback. The veteran center was added to the Philadelphia 76ers roster for training camp Monday, as was veteran forward Kris Humphries.  Okafor, 34, last played for the Washington Wizards in 2012-13. He has sat out the last four seasons

Former first-rounder keeps shooting for NBA dream
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:21:31 GMT)
You chase your dreams no matter where it takes you and with no regard for the circumstances that exist, so John Jenkins found himself in another gym in another city in front of another group of men who could hold his fate in their hands. There's a two-week-old daughter back in Atlanta he misses dearly

Paul George: Thunder have 'proven everything' thus far, could offer long-term home
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:03:54 GMT)
Sunset is still a few hours away in this gated neighborhood 20 minutes north of downtown Oklahoma City, and resident fisherman Paul George is already angling for his second trip of the day. All around him there's nonstop debate about his basketball future, about the Oklahoma City Thunder and whether

Paul George: Thunder have 'proven everything' thus far, could offer long-term home
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:03:54 GMT)
Sunset is still a few hours away in this gated neighborhood 20 minutes north of downtown Oklahoma City, and resident fisherman Paul George is already angling for his second trip of the day. All around him there's nonstop debate about his basketball future, about the Oklahoma City Thunder and whether

NBA media days certain to have plenty of Trump talk
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:03:00 GMT)
The most retweeted post ever sent by LeBron James before this weekend was one in 2013 in response to the incessant who's-better debate about him and Michael Jordan. "I'm not MJ, I'm LJ," he wrote . It was retweeted nearly 112,000 times. And then LJ took on POTUS , calling U.S. President

Five story lines to watch as NBA training camps get underway
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 GMT)
After one of the most frenetic offseasons in NBA history, the 2017-18 league season officially kicks off today when teams conduct their media days, with training camp commencing tomorrow. There are still three weeks until the games count in the standings, but that doesn't mean the preseason (mercifully

Merck, Intel, Under Armour CEOs quit Trump's council after Charlottesville remarks
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:35:15 GMT)
Intel Corp.'s Brian Krzanich and Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank became the latest chief executives to quit President Donald Trump's council of U.S. business leaders, as membership on the panel has become enmeshed in the country's volatile politics after violent riots in Virginia over

Selling Hope: ETAs for NBA Lottery Teams to Become Playoff Contenders
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:32:47 GMT)
Nobody's timeline stretches further into the distance than the Chicago Bulls'. If it feels unreasonably harsh to put Chicago's playoff contention five years into the future, just remember that four teams are currently in postseason droughts at least that long. Dry spells like this happen

BET founder Robert Johnson sees uproar over NFL protests as a symptom of 'toxic' cultural issues
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:32:13 GMT)
"I would be locking arms with the players," says Johnson, a former NBA team owner.

Democrats make it clear the Golden State Warriors are welcome in the state Capitol
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 GMT)
State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), whose district includes Oakland, the team's hometown, said the Warriors were invited to the state Capitol well before the Twitter fracas, as is customary whenever California teams win a national championship. But she said it was important to reiterate that invitation

2017 playoff teams that will return to the lottery this season
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:58:05 GMT)
Scott Cunningham / National Basketball Association / Getty The summer of 2017 served as one of the wildest offseasons in years, with a number of big names switching teams via trade and free agency. With so many blockbuster moves transpiring over the last few months, the landscape of the league has undergone

Raptors' Patrick Patterson plays role to max: Griffin
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:54:57 GMT)
The Raptors were being run out of the gym by the Clippers early in this one. The starting five had not shown up to compete and trailed by 15. All of a sudden, Patrick Patterson nailed a three and then, soon after, drilled another from deep. With Clippers star Blake Griffin headed to the rim for an uncontested

Donald Trump Turns to Pittsburgh Penguins, Full of Canadians, After Insulting NFL and NBA
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:53:53 GMT)
Amid the brouhaha caused by his repeated attacks on the NFL and NBA over the weekend, Donald Trump sought support from an unlikely source Sunday evening. “Please [sic] to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. The Penguins, led by

Has Donald Trump found support from hockey?
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:53:53 GMT)
Amid the brouhaha caused by his repeated attacks on the NFL and NBA over the weekend, Donald Trump sought support from an unlikely source Sunday evening. “Please [sic] to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!” Trump tweeted

Five Raptors-Heat moments that mattered in Game 2
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:35:45 GMT)
DeMar DeRozan considered the question in front of him on Thursday morning. Why, he was asked, does this Raptors team seem always to find itself in these things-could-get-really-bad situations? The Raptors trailed the Miami Heat 1-0 in the series, coming off of a loss where they could have played much

Irving blockbuster might not make Celtics or Cavs better: Smith
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:08:04 GMT)
Forget that Thomas may never take another important fourth-quarter shot now that he's on team with LeBron James, the Cavs have protected themselves in the event James bolts after next season by acquiring a package that sets up the future. Thomas, still recovering from a hip injury that ended his

The NBA actually has a rule against kneeling for the national anthem
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:13:43 GMT)
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Carmelo Anthony Makes The Thunder Whole
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:03 GMT)
As the NBA super team has returned to fashion over the last decade or so, basketball fans have been trained to rein in expectations — that putting together “on paper” talent full of volume scoring and high usage rates is a foolish way to assemble a fantasy team, let alone an NBA roster. At first glance

NBA's move to speed up end of games a big step in a good direction
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:21:24 GMT)
Thanks to the good governors of the NBA – and I'm sure they got all the ideas from the competition committee that includes your own Masai Ujiri – you're probably going to have like 10 or 12 extra minutes to kill every game night next season. Well, they've cut down the number of timeouts in

Mark Zuckerberg Can't Stop You From Reading This Because The Algorithms Have Already Won (Charlie Warzel/BuzzFeed)
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:15:00 GMT)
GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators  —  The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapse even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.

NBA rookie brings back 'Granny-style' free throw
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:05:13 GMT)
In the waning minutes of a blowout victory Monday night, a largely unknown rookie unleashed a specific brand of momentousness. Making his NBA debut, Chinanu Onuaku of the Houston Rockets drew a shooting foul and stepped to the free throw line, typically the blandest portion of a game. Except Onuaku held

Dino-bytes: I trust our guys, says Raptors coach Dwane Casey
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:05:12 GMT)
INDIANAPOLIS — It comes down to one thing over all others in the mind of Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey. With his team chasing the possibility of the first best-of-seven series win in franchise history, Casey said this morning they simply have to stay true to themselves. “The key word is trust, I

Raptors-Hawks: Friday game preview
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:08:03 GMT)
AIR CANADA CENTRE TIPOFF: 7:30 p.m. TV: TSN2 RADIO: TSN1050 WEB: Join the Star's Doug Smith for an in-game blog beginning at 7:30 p.m. at thestar.com. PROBABLE STARTERS Atlanta: Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap, Al Horford. Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross,

Heat take Hornets back to Miami
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:38:56 GMT)
CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Dwyane Wade proved he still has some magic in his 34-year-old body. Wade scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, making his first three-pointer of 2016, and the Miami Heat forced their first-round series to a seventh game with a 97-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday

Pacers channel Game 5 disappointment into Game 6 rout
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:38:55 GMT)
INDIANAPOLIS—There was no celebration in the Indiana Pacers' locker room, no music blaring, no one bellowing about the seventh-seeded team heading to a seventh game in their series against the second-seeded Toronto Raptors. Friday night's 101-83 thrashing of the Raptors saved the Pacers'

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins vows to earn his big deal
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT)
When Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning signed an NFL rookie record contract 19 years ago, somebody asked him what he planned to do with all that money. He answered that he planned to earn it. Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins didn't offer such a succinct statement when his team gathered

Keith Pompey: Sixers, Joel Embiid would both benefit from contract extension
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:00:00 GMT)
Will the 76ers give Joel Embiid a contract extension before the Oct. 16 deadline? That's one of the biggest questions heading into training camp, which begins Tuesday. The Sixers would love to lock up their franchise player. However, they don't want to commit to a potentially costly deal for

Three things we saw as the Raptors lost to the Spurs
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:06:24 GMT)
Not the greatest of finishes to the trip but you're gonna get seven or 10 of those a year and the good thing is, there's another game tomorrow night. Well, I guess that's good. But first, there's this: THREE POINTERS Learning on the fly No, it certainly wasn't Pascal Siakam's

New York Knicks: 5 realistic goals for Ron Baker in 2017-18
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:24 GMT)
Ron Baker was named one of the core five members of the New York Knicks. What are realistic goals for his second season with the organization? The New York Knicks made a surprising investment in Ron Baker during the 2017 period of free agency. Although most believed that New York would attempt to re-sign

Sixers Announce 2017 Training Camp Roster
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT)
Humphries, a 13-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 800 career games (203 starts) with Utah, Toronto, Dallas, New Jersey/Brooklyn, Boston, Washington, Phoenix and Atlanta. The Minnesota native holds career averages of seven points and five rebounds in 18 minutes per game. He averaged a double-double in

Phones off, players-only Las Vegas dinner sets tone for Pistons 2017-18 season
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT)
For all the explosive changes to the way we communicate enabled by smart phones, sometimes those very phones are the biggest obstacle to an effective exchange of ideas or emotions. So when the Pistons went to a players-only dinner during their weeklong group excursion to Las Vegas, where their days were

Dwyane Wade gets buyout from Chicago Bulls, could join Cleveland Cavaliers
(Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:38:40 GMT)
Veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls after one season, according to multiple reports Sunday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are believed to be the front-runner to sign Wade. Wade, 35, was slated to make $23.8 million with the Bulls in 2017-18. Once he clears waivers

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