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Steve Kerr’s marijuana comments opened up a larger conversation the NBA must have

The league, and all who follow it, need to have a grown-up conversation about marijuana and the league’s policy on other painkillers. The NBA community is talking about about marijuana, and not because a high-profile player tested positive. Show More Summary

Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis are the NBA's tallest set of friends

Kristaps and Karl=BFFs For Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis, it was friendship at first sight. According Ian Begley’s ESPN article, the big men have been the best of buddies since the 2015 NBA draft, where Towns and Porzingis were selected first and fourth overall. Show More Summary

The NBA MVP field is crowded. Who’s the favorite?

On this week’s Drive & Kick podcast, Flanns and Gonz try to make sense of the insane 2017 NBA MVP race and more. On the latest edition of the Drive & Kick podcast, Paul Flannery and John Gonzalez try to make sense of the crowded race...Show More Summary

NBA scores 2016: Nets-Clippers and Tuesday’s ‘quiet’ schedule prove the NBA is always great

Even a “boring” night in the NBA can turn into an incredible one with a moment’s notice. A Tuesday night in late November isn’t supposed to belong to the NBA. There were no national games this Tuesday, no marquee matchups, and just six games total. Basketball ruled the evening anyway. J.R. Show More Summary

Allen Iverson texted Isaiah Thomas: ‘Keep doing your thing. I’m watching.’

Allen Iverson is often considered the best player, pound for pound, to ever play in the NBA. He was listed at six feet tall, but everyone knew he was at least an inch or two shorter than that. If there’s anyone in the league who most closely resembles him as a predecessor, it’s Isaiah Thomas. Show More Summary

This James Harden pass made me fall out of my chair. Here’s why

We must appreciate the genius of this delivery. You often see “no-look passes” that aren’t really no-look passes. This is a real no-look pass by James Harden. In real time, this made me fall out of my chair. Slow it down, and it gets better. Show More Summary

The Warriors have quietly become the superteam we all expected

Golden State has the best offense in the league. Over the past 11 games, it has been even better. The Golden State Warriors lost their season opener to the Spurs. Five games later, they fell again to the Lakers, beginning their highly anticipated season at just 4-2. Show More Summary

UCLA's Lonzo Ball is putting on the greatest show in college basketball

Star freshman Lonzo Ball is molding UCLA in his own image during an undefeated start. The biggest question facing Lonzo Ball at UCLA was how he would assimilate into an environment he couldn’t always bend to his will. Ball was in complete...Show More Summary

The NBA playoff picture is already snapping into place

If recent history is any indication, we need just one month to set up the NBA’s playoff races. Casual basketball fans often claim that there’s little reason to watch the NBA before Christmas, or even before the NFL season ends. ThisShow More Summary

J.R. Smith became the Cavs’ doctor to clean up Kevin Love’s blood

J.R. Smith for Teammate of the Year pic.twitter.com/IubI4FQXZq — NBA.com (@NBAcom) November 27, 2016 J.R. Smith is just the best. Kevin Love became bloodied early in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and Dr. Show More Summary

Joel Embiid takes out his anger on a chair after being pulled from a game

Embiid hit his minutes restriction in second overtime and wasn’t happy about it. Joel Embiid has been dealing with minute restrictions all season as the 76ers protect their prized big man, who missed his first two NBA seasons. On Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Zach LaVine pulled off a ridiculous 360 dunk from the free-throw line

LaVine just won the dunk contest three months before All-Star break. There was a case to be made last year that Aaron Gordon, not Zach LaVine, should have won the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Well, if a rematch is in store, Gordon had...Show More Summary

T.J. Warren’s emergence has been a rare bright spot for the struggling Suns

In his third season, the Suns forward is finally finding his footing. The Suns may be languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference this season, but third-year forward T.J. Warren has given them a breakout performance and has...Show More Summary

Limited Upside NBA podcast: You’re damn right we’re excited about Joel Embiid

Plus, other first-month storylines that excite and disappoint us. Sorry, Wizards. The NBA season is one month old, so it’s time to take stock of our most- and least-favorite early storylines. Since Ben is a 76ers fan and Mike is a Wizards...Show More Summary

NBA Reality Index: The Mavericks finally have to rebuild

Plus, why Kristaps Porzingis will keep this up and why the Heat should start to play better. The Dallas Mavericks are awful. This isn’t a total surprise. It’s just a year late. Ahead of the 2015-16 season, Vegas sportsbooks put the over/under line on Dallas Mavericks’ wins at 36.5, essentially placing the team at No. Show More Summary

Drive and Kick NBA Podcast: The Warriors are making their move

After a slow start, the Warriors are rolling again. Plus, are we worried about the Celtics and Thunder? On this week’s Drive & Kick podcast, Paul Flannery and John Gonzalez take a closer look at the Golden State Warriors, who are kicking into high gear. Show More Summary

The Nick Young Revival Tour should never end

Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. It's your friend Mike, filling in for Tom. Let's basketball! GOD BLESS NICK YOUNG: The Lakers let a 12-point lead evaporate, but got saved because Nick Young intercepted a pass intended for Lou Williams and nailed the go-ahead three with five seconds left. Show More Summary

NBA scores 2016: Nick Young personifies the Lakers, who are finally getting things right

Swaggy P wins it for Los Angeles in a wild game. The Lakers were trying to lose. Well, no, but it seemed that way. Los Angeles led, 108-99, with 3:20 left in a game against the Thunder, and then they must have rattled off five emptyShow More Summary

Marc Gasol and the NBA's biggest centers are shooting threes now

The NBA is in the midst of a three-point bonanza, and many traditional centers are finally blending in. Marc Gasol strutted all the way to half court last week after nailing a game-winning three-pointer. There wasn’t a moment of hesitation from the Grizzlies 7’1 center when he received the pass in the corner. Show More Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vin Scully, and Michael Jordan took wonderful photos at the White House

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the 21 names that would receive the President Medal of Freedom from President Obama, some of whom are sports legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vin Scully (who couldn’t believe the news), and Michael Jordan. Show More Summary

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