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Draymond Green responds to Paul Pierce's criticism of Kevin Durant: 'No one cares what you did'

Pierce is the latest player to question Durant's competitiveness. Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder to join the Warriors was obviously going to get some blow back. NBA players didn’t hide their surprise when Durant announced his choice. Show More Summary

The Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook doomsday clock ticks closer to midnight

Good morning. We have that and more in Friday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let’s basketball. GET YOU A MAN WHO CAN DO BOTH: Joel Embiid muscles around Marcin Gortat for an emphatic putback. Joel Embiid locks up John Wall on the perimeter. SNIP SNIP: I wrote a cord-cutters’ guide to watching the NBA legally. Show More Summary

There’s no excuse if the Wizards miss the playoffs again

If they do, it might be time to push the reset button. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Washington Wizards. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. ZILLER: John Wall is, to me, the most likely candidate to become a full-blown superstar this season. Show More Summary

Tim Duncan is gone, but the Spurs will be just fine

They still have Pop, Kawhi, LaMarcus and Parker. They'll be a threat to win the title. Again. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the San Antonio Spurs. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. FLANNERY: I started working in newspapers full-time in the fall of 1997. Show More Summary

Is it too soon to expect the Nuggets to make a playoff run?

On the one hand, those young guys are intriguing. On the other hand, climbing up the West standings is hard. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Denver Nuggets. Find all of the Flanns...Show More Summary

The NBA may actually have time to be forward-thinking with this labor negotiation

If the league and the NBA Players Association really are close to agreeing to a new CBA, now’s a good time for both to help the league innovate. The specter of a new NBA labor deal brings more questions than answers. To be sure, this...Show More Summary

The Jazz have the kind of roster that can make the Warriors uncomfortable

Beat them? No. Make them sweat with their combination of size and length? Absolutely. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Utah Jazz. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. FLANNERY:...Show More Summary

76ers Ben Simmons suffers a fractured foot during practice

The No. 1 pick is now dealing with an injury. Philadelphia 76ers rookie and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons fractured his foot during practice on Friday. According to the 76ers, Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. Show More Summary

LeBron James lashes out at the Cavaliers for failing to re-sign J.R. Smith

“I hate having to deal with this shit again,” he said, referencing Tristan Thompson’s drawn-out negotiations last fall. Let’s just say that LeBron James is not happy that the Cavaliers have failed to re-sign free agent J.R. Smith before training camp. Show More Summary

It’s time for DeMarcus Cousins to rise above the Kings’ dysfunction

Maybe that’s asking too much from one person, but it’s Cousins’ seventh year. He no longer gets a pass Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Sacramento Kings. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. FLANNERY: Let's talk about Boogie Cousins. Show More Summary

It took less than a week for a Knicks player to complain about the triangle offense

Derrick Rose said Phil Jackson’s favorite system was “complicated” and “foreign” to him. The Knicks overhauled their roster and hired a new coach over the summer after a disappointing end to the 2015-16 season. A few days into training camp, however, a key problem that made them a dysfunctional mess last season has already reappeared. Show More Summary

The Lakers bringing Brandon Ingram off the bench actually makes sense

For the second straight year, the lowly Lakers aren’t guaranteeing their No. 2 pick a starting job. But this time, it makes sense. Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick of the 2016 draft, will be coming off the bench for the Lakers to start the season. Show More Summary

The Nets are finally starting over from scratch

The Nets are a blank slate, and that's probably a good thing. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Brooklyn Nets. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. ZILLER: The Nets turned...Show More Summary

Pistons fans are cautiously optimistic that their future is now

Detroit is poised to take a jump in the Eastern Conference, but Pistons fans are by no means counting their chickens before they hatch. The future is bright for the Detroit Pistons after they returned to the playoffs last year, but there are some weaknesses that only the closest followers of the team can spot. Show More Summary

The Knicks are already grousing about the Triangle offense

Good morning. We have that and more in Friday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let’s basketball. PREVIEW PARTY: Flannery and I think the Raptors are in good shape and should be perfectly comfortable again pushing Cleveland for the No....Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant’s gone, so we’ll finally learn if the Lakers’ young core is any good

Assuming the Lakers’ unstable ownership situation doesn’t get in the way, of course. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Los Angeles Lakers. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. FLANNERY: Kobe and Byron Scott are gone, Luke Walton's coming, and the kids are finally on their own. Show More Summary

Dan Gilbert spent $1 million to remind Cavaliers employees that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals

Or, more accurately, he spent $1 million to give every Cavaliers employee a championship ring. When the Cavaliers players receive a ring on opening night, there won't be the only ones getting jewelry to commemorate the city’s first championship in 52 years. Show More Summary

The Raptors don’t need to improve for this year to be a success

After its best season in franchise history, Toronto will probably tread water at best, and that’s OK. Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller are previewing all 30 teams via conversation. Next up: the Toronto Raptors. Find all of the Flanns and Zillz previews here. ZILLER: It's sensible to claim that the Raptors did not get better this offseason. Show More Summary

Stephen Curry's trainer explains the slick behind-the-back move he unveiled during practice

“What you saw was pretty elementary,” Brandon Payne told SB Nation. “He’s got some other stuff that’s really creative” Steph at work pic.twitter.com/UbGQ1oEqKF — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) September 27, 2016 On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors’ Twitter account teased an eye-popping new Stephen Curry dribble move. Show More Summary

The Blazers are getting new uniforms in 2017, so here are 3 ideas they should use

The Portland Trail Blazers are undergoing a uniform change for the 2017-18 season and we’re waiting with bated breath to see what they’ll end up being. The team has already said that it won’t be a “dramatic change,” but that could totally be a curveball. Lets face it, the Blazers jersey is one of the most iconic in sports. Show More Summary

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