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Stephen A. Smith Responds to Kevin Durant, Says Thunder Superstar Is 'Lying'

After seeing Kevin Durant shoot down his report and call him a liar, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith responded to the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar on First Take on Monday morning. He's not backing down. Last week, Smith reported on First Take that the Los Angeles Lakers are a team Durant will consider when he hits free agency next summer. Show More Summary

Stephen A. Smith: ‘Kevin Durant is the One That is Lying’

Kevin Durant’s dismissal of a recent ESPN report about his free agency plans resulted in a fiery rebuttal Monday by Stephen A. Smith. (Note: no other kinds of rebuttals from The post Stephen A. Smith: ‘Kevin Durant is the One That is Lying’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

SLAM Top 50: Kevin Love, no. 20

A healthy Love wants his shot at the trophy. The post SLAM Top 50: Kevin Love, no. 20 appeared first on SLAMonline.

The Catch Up

Before his gruesome leg injury, Paul George was poised to push the Pacers to the Finals. A year later, he’s itching to start a comeback season for the ages. The post The Catch Up appeared first on SLAMonline.

Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca out 4-6 weeks

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that center Alexis Ajinca is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring strain. The injury occurred during the second quarter of the Pelicans’ preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Oct. 3. Ajinca, 7-2, 220, appeared in 68 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging [...]

Russell Westbrook Gets Up and Throws Down Reverse Jam During Shootaround

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's crazy athleticism and explosiveness allow him to throw down some impressive dunks. Just look at what he did at the Thunder's Blue and White scrimmage on Sunday. During the shootaround, Westbrook gave fans a treat by showing what he can do. Show More Summary

Lakers Face Tricky Balancing Act This Season If They Want Kobe to Be Kobe

HONOLULU — The Society for the Preservation of Kobe Bryant held its first meeting Sunday. The unofficial declaration of the SPKB was as follows: Regarding the critically endangered species known by the common name of No. 24 Black Mamba, we shall not allow for premature extinction under any circumstances. Show More Summary

George Karl Apologized to DeMarcus Cousins for Trade Talk

Your browser does not support iframes. Following an uneasy summer of rumors and innuendo, a hard-fought truce seems to have been achieved between Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl and The post George Karl Apologized to DeMarcus Cousins for Trade Talk appeared first on SLAMonline.

LeBron James Wants the Tristan Thompson ‘Distraction’ to End

Well, so much for LeBron James no longer getting involved in the contractual stalemate between Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers. James says he misses Thompson‘s presence on the court—the The post LeBron James Wants the Tristan Thompson ‘Distraction’ to End appeared first on SLAMonline.

WATCH: Kobe Bryant Returns to NBA Action (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant’s first shot since shoulder surgery ended his 2014-15 campaign some nine months ago was a brick that ricocheted off the backboard Sunday night … so he tried again. The post WATCH: Kobe Bryant Returns to NBA Action (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.

Gerald Green Crushes Windmill Dunk (VIDEO)

Free agent signee Gerald Green introduced himself to Miami Heat fans Sunday night with a ferocious windmill jam on the fastbreak. The visiting Charlotte Hornets had the last laugh, though, The post Gerald Green Crushes Windmill Dunk (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.

WATCH: Blake Griffin Brings Down Shot Clock With Pregame Dunk

The happiest moment Sunday night for the LA Clippers happened during pregame warmups, when a Blake Griffin dunk caused the shot clock to fold above the backboard—check out DeAndre Jordan’s The post WATCH: Blake Griffin Brings Down Shot Clock With Pregame Dunk appeared first on SLAMonline.

NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz Surrounding Channing Frye and DeMarcus Cousins

Ah, basketball—sweet, sweet basketball. We’re so very glad you’re back. The heyday of the trade season is over, but as the games that count begin to creep nearer and nearer, there are still rumors floating around the league. Let’s take...Show More Summary

NBA Preseason 2015: Projecting Most Intriguing Matchups on the Schedule

The 2015 NBA offseason will be a difficult act to follow for the actual season. Between the DeAndre Jordan saga, banana boat emojis, New York Knicks fans mercilessly booing the selection of Kristaps Porzingis at the draft and the reloading...Show More Summary

Brook Lopez getting a Star Wars bobblehead

This is pretty awesome. Here’s the New York Post reporting what might possibly be the greatest news ever in Brook Lopez’s life: The Force is with Brook Lopez. The noted “Star Wars” fan and comic book aficionado was over the galactic moon the Nets have made a bobblehead doll of Lopez dressed up as a Jedi Knight, to given [...]

Preseason: Rondo acting as leader for Kings

Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting on the Kings, whose new point guard Rajon Rondo is reportedly trying to step up early as a leader and mentor. Rondo is coming off an extremely disappointing season, so it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back, especially in a new environment: Even on a day at training camp when he [...]

On the Bulls offense this season

Here’s CSN Chicago reporting on the Bulls offense this upcoming season: [Pau] Gasol and fellow Spaniard Nikola Mirotic will be key pieces in the diversity of the Bulls offense this season, as the Bulls will employ the popular “four-out, one-in” offensive set many teams use to maximize floor spacing for drivers and open 3-pointers for shooters. “We’ll run some [...]

JaVale McGee a wildcard for Mavericks

JaVale McGee a wildcard for Mavericks Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on new Mavs center JaVale McGee, whose ability to contribute to the team in the near future is unknown: The 7-footer who has been plagued by leg problems the last two seasons has always been a little bit of an “out there” kind of person. He’s made [...]

Early report: Paul Pierce fitting in with Clippers

Early report: Paul Pierce fitting in with Clippers NBA preseason is just getting started, so it’s super early, but right off the bat the Clippers have reasons for optimism. Here’s the Orange County Register reporting: Even though it was his first start as a Clipper and even though he was joining a starting group that was one of the [...]

Bryant Returns as Jazz Beat Lakers 90-71 in Preseason

Kobe Bryant scored five points in his first action since undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers' 90-71 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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