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Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s First Black Player, Dead at 86

Earl Lloyd, the first African-American player in NBA history, passed away Thursday at the age of 86. Often referred to as the Jackie Robinson of the NBA, Lloyd played for The post Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s First Black Player, Dead at 86 appeared first on SLAMonline.

Eric Bledsoe’s Suns Win Duel vs Russell Westbrook’s Thunder (VIDEO)

The point guard battle between Russell Westbrook and Eric Bledsoe was an epic one Thursday night — Russ earned yet another triple-double (the 13th of his career, and second in The post Eric Bledsoe’s Suns Win Duel vs Russell Westbrook’s Thunder (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.

NBA to release 'last 2 minutes' reports on crunch-time calls

The NBA will begin revealing whether it determined referees' crunch-time calls to be right or wrong.

Rose

The Chicago Bulls expect Derrick Rose to return this season after having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee on Friday.

NBA statement regarding passing of Earl Lloyd

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Earl Lloyd:

Phil Jackson Reportedly Faces Fine for Comments on OSU Freshman D'Angelo Russell

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is exploring potential options for June's NBA draft, but the Zen Master could be facing a fine due to his over-zealousness. After watching Ohio State defeat Nebraska Thursday night, the 13-timeShow More Summary

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher on This Week's Most Outrageous NBA Quotes

We all know the equation: Quote-hungry reporters plus impulsive, uninhibited celebrities equals laughably disastrous utterances that become a publicist's worst nightmare. Add in the no-filter, easy-access appeal of Twitter, and we're...Show More Summary

Beck/Bucher: Grading the Early Returns for the Big Teams at the Deadline

After a wild NBA trade deadline, the movement around the league has cooled off, and teams have begun inserting their new additions into their nightly lineups. It's only been a week, but it's not too early to hand out grades for the teams who made the biggest moves at the trade deadline. Show More Summary

Common once tried to sell a forged Michael Jordan autograph because MJ asked him to

It's been a good week for Common. He won an Oscar, his manager gave him some gold-plated Jordans, now we're hearing what it was like for the rapper to be a Chicago Bulls ball boy in the late 80s. It sounds like a pretty amazing experience. Show More Summary

Russell Westbrook Leaves Kevin Durant Hanging During Thunder-Suns

Deep in the third quarter of Thursday night's matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook walked his way to the bench for some needed rest. Winded and in the zone, Westbrook left teammate Kevin Durant hanging. Of course, the camera catches all. [NBA] Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Good morning. Things are looking REALLY up for Cleveland.

That and more in Friday's NBA newsletter. SUBSCRIBE. Good morning. It's Friday! Let's basketball. THE SPECIAL MAN: Paul Flannery spent time in New Orleans. The end result: this marvelous piece on Anthony Davis and the legitimacy of basketball in the Big Easy. Show More Summary

NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz and Trade Talk for Week of Feb. 23

A wacky and wild NBA trade deadline has left a number of rosters around the league either in flux or needing another piece or two to complete the puzzle. While the rumor mill has slowed down considerably after last week's deadline, it never comes to a complete halt in this around-the-clock league. Show More Summary

2015 NBA scores: LeBron James reminds the NBA he's still on top and 3 other things we learned

James outdueled Stephen Curry and the NBA's best team. Stephen Curry is on an MVP trajectory this season, but Thursday LeBron James reminded him -- and everyone else -- that he's still the NBA's best player. James' superhuman effort led the Cavaliers to a home win against the West's best, beating the Warriors, 110-99. Show More Summary

Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DraftKings Strategy for Feb. 27

Isn't Friday just the best? The weekend looms large. People around the office have a little extra bounce in their steps. But perhaps most importantly, the work day wraps up early and conveniently bleeds right into happy hour. And today,...Show More Summary

Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA's Most Unpredictable Wild Card in 2015 Playoff Race

Everybody knows the Oklahoma City Thunder are dangerous, but what's changed lately is that nobody seems clear on what kind of danger they present. For a long time, it was simple. There were two specific threat levels for OKC. One was Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Show More Summary

Philadelphia 76ers Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for March

Despite having the league's second-worst record, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to be one of the NBA's most intriguing teams as they make their way into March. General manager Sam Hinkie used the month of February and its trade deadline to shake up the Sixers' future, and it couldn't have been much more exciting. Show More Summary

What Is the San Antonio Spurs' Ceiling in 2014-15 with Tony Parker Struggling?

It's that time of the year again—the San Antonio Spurs, fresh off an NBA championship, are being excluded from list of contenders. The only difference this time is that the team's fanbase has seemingly joined in on the action. The Spurs are currently in the midst of a rapid decline. Show More Summary

Oklahoma City Thunder Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for March

Things seem to finally be falling into place for the Oklahoma City Thunder. General manager Sam Presti made major waves at the trade deadline and acquired quality depth and shooting. The roster finally makes sense after the Thunder moved...Show More Summary

6 Key Games That Will Define the Indiana Pacers' 2015 Playoff Push

With their full complement of players finally healthy, the Indiana Pacers are finally experiencing the kind of success they envisioned when the season began. Since February 1, they are outscoring opponents by an average of 3.9 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com. Show More Summary

Best 2015 Free Agents for Los Angeles Lakers To Pair With Julius Randle

Julius Randle had the utter misfortune to suffer a broken leg in his rookie debut for the Los Angeles Lakers in October. But the No. 7 draft pick should be ready to sail back into action next season—hopefully paired with a top free agent. When...Show More Summary

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