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J.R. Smith Doesn’t Want to Answer Free Agency Questions

J.R. Smith is promoting his annual charity golf classic, but he won’t entertain any buzz-killing queries about his ongoing free agency. That’s for Smith’s agent, Rich Paul, to worry about. The post J.R. Smith Doesn’t Want to Answer Free Agency Questions appeared first on SLAMonline.

AP Source: NBA Chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Report: Jason Terry Close to a Deal With Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly negotiating a contract with veteran free agent guard Jason Terry. Terry, 38, spent the past two seasons in Houston. And a link to the latest The post Report: Jason Terry Close to a Deal With Milwaukee appeared first on SLAMonline.

Why You Need to Watch Team USA and the Men's Olympic Basketball Semis

We've got four teams and roughly 10 times that many intriguing storylines left in the men's basketball portion of the Rio Olympics. It's elimination time now. A loss at this stage means bronze is the best possible outcome, and nobody wants to come this far for that. Show More Summary

Team USA vs. Spain: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

Recent history and on-paper potential both predicted Team USA and Spain would collide in the gold-medal matchup. That's where they met in the past two Olympics and what their respective rosters looked capable of this time around. But rather than play each other for the championship, they'll compete for a spot in the finals. Show More Summary

LeBron James Says Kawhi Leonard Defends Him Best

Kawhi Leonard is the NBA’s premier defensive player, and LeBron James says the San Antonio Spurs forward does the best job guarding him one-on-one in the entire League. Nothing easy. The post LeBron James Says Kawhi Leonard Defends Him Best appeared first on SLAMonline.

Basketball: U.S. Answers Critics With Blowout Win Over Argentina

The United States reaffirmed their status as gold medal favorites on Wednesday with a devastating 105-78 defeat of Argentina to storm into the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

Basketball-Spain Get Their Groove Back Against France

Spain steamrolled over European rivals France on Wednesday with a convincing 92-67 win that could quiet concerns that the veteran team were past their prime as they head to the men's Olympic basketball semi-finals.

We Can’t Be Stopped

With the majority of Team USA in the fold, Nike Basketball is using the Olympics as a proving ground to show why the brand’s position atop the more-competitive-than-ever sneaker world remains unquestioned. The post We Can’t Be Stopped appeared first on SLAMonline.

WATCH: James Harden Surprises Houston Shoppers, Campers as BODYARMOR Employee

We followed the 4-time All-Star around Houston last week as he surprised fans at a Kroger grocery store and a local basketball camp. The post WATCH: James Harden Surprises Houston Shoppers, Campers as BODYARMOR Employee appeared first on SLAMonline.

WATCH: LeBron James Discusses Activism on ‘The Daily Show’

LeBron James stopped by “The Daily Show” set Wednesday, chatting with host Trevor Noah about his numerous off-the-court initiatives. Honestly @KingJames is one of the most amazing human beings I've The post WATCH: LeBron James Discusses Activism on ‘The Daily Show’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

The Most Underappreciated Player on Every NBA Team Heading into 2016-17

This one is dedicated to all those NBA players who need an extra hug. The Association's waters of underappreciation can be tricky to navigate. Criteria are inexact, and you have no way of officially calculating which talents aren't receiving...Show More Summary

Kevin Durant's finishing move vs. Argentina was so disrespectful

A Eurostep... on Manu Ginobili? Cold, Kevin. Real cold. On Wednesday, Team USA beat the snot out of Argentina to advance to the semifinals of the men’s basketball tournament. If you wanted to sum up the game in one play, Kevin Durant’s...Show More Summary

So Far so Good, but Real Work Starts Now for Team USA

Team USA's 105-78 semifinal win over Argentina on Wednesday dimmed the fears kindled by a too-close-for-comfort stretch of group play. But it didn't extinguish them. Still, credit the U.S. for finally making good on all the talk—from...Show More Summary

Olympic basketball schedule 2016: U.S. women's basketball team faces France in semis

Team USA will continue its seemingly inevitable march towards the gold with a semifinals matchup against France. The Olympic women's basketball tournament is down to just four teams. An appearance in the gold medal game will be on the line when the semifinals begin on Thursday. Team USA has been as dominant as expected so far. Show More Summary

USA vs. France 2016, Olympic basketball: Time, TV schedule and live stream for women's semifinal

Two victories stand between Team USA and yet another Olympic gold medal. The USWNT has little competition left standing between them and a sixth consecutive gold medal. Their next step toward that remarkable feat is against France in the semifinal, a game you can watch at 6 p.m. Show More Summary

LeBron James wants his own NBA team

Good morning. We have that and more in Thursday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. KNOCKED ABOUT: The quarterfinals of the men's Olympic tournament weren't terribly entertaining, unless you like vicious beatdowns. Australia smoked Lithuania, Spain crushed France and the United States tore apart Argentina. Show More Summary

Olympic basketball scores 2016: The United States has found a lineup that’s good on both ends

A new lineup has emerged as the United States’ most successful yet. It was symbolic that an underwhelming version of Team USA headed into a 2016 Olympic quarterfinal match-up against the same group of Argentinians who scored a signature...Show More Summary

LeBron James: ‘I Did Not Retire from Team USA’

After skipping out on the Olympics this summer, LeBron James said Wednesday that his international basketball career isn’t quite over. James, 31, wishes he was “out there” with Team USA The post LeBron James: ‘I Did Not Retire from Team USA’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Tony Parker Retires from the French National Team

France was routed by Spain 92-67 in the quarterfinals of Olympic hoops on Wednesday, and Tony Parker announced his retirement from the national team. Merci à tous mes coéquipiers, à The post Tony Parker Retires from the French National Team appeared first on SLAMonline.

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