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Clippers and Cavaliers Wouldn't Have Today's Stars Without Long-Forgotten Trade

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers—who face off at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night—can each trace their rise into the NBA's elite to a single twist of fate. For the Clippers, it was the moment "basketball reasons" made Chris Paul available in 2011. Show More Summary

LeBron, Westbrook named NBA players of the month

Westbrook recorded as many triple-doubles (nine) as the entire league combined.        

Sixers' Joel Embiid, Nuggets' Jamal Murray named Rookies of the Month

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid and the Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.

Westbrook Breaks Franchise Record for Assists in Single Month

Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook broke the franchise record for assists in a month during November, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com). By dishing out 11 assists Wednesday in a 126-115 win over the Washington Wizards, Westbrook totaled 190 assists for the month. Show More Summary

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart Is Leading the NBA's Glue Guys

It’s almost impossible to accurately quantify all the ways Marcus Smart makes the Boston Celtics a better team. Sometimes that can be read as a dilemma—especially for someone drafted sixth overall by a franchise that can’t afford toShow More Summary

Clippers reportedly plan to give Chris Paul the longest max contract possible

This may be the last, best chance for the cursed L.A. stepchild to bust through the second round and chase the sort of success they’ve never experienced. More than a year ago, Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and team president, told me that teams who fall short over and over grow stale — and that [...]

Sixers coach plans to use Ben Simmons as a point guard

Ben Simmons (fractured foot) is continuing his rehab with the Sixers at their training complex in Camden, New Jersey. The team has implemented a three-part rehab that hones in on health, education and shot improvement. “He’s doing great,” Brown said. “That thing that we talked about where it’s such a holistic thing — in film sessions [...]

Report: Clippers Expect Chris Paul to Seek Five-Year Max Deal

CP3 will be in line for a major payday next summer. The post Report: Clippers Expect Chris Paul to Seek Five-Year Max Deal appeared first on SLAMonline.

LeBron SI's Sportsperson of the Year

James is only the second person to win the award twice, joining Tiger Woods (1996, 2000).        

LeBron to wear Cubs uniform Fri. after losing bet

James will wear a Cubs cap, jersey, pants and socks to Friday's game in Chicago.        

Steve Kerr: Draymond Green ‘Literally Can Guard Anybody in the League’

Even Steve Kerr is amazed by Draymond Green’s defense. The All-Star forward desperately wants to prove that the Golden State Warriors remain an elite defensive team, and is clearly offended The post Steve Kerr: Draymond Green ‘Literally Can Guard Anybody in the League’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Shaq stars in ads with Jeremy Piven, Wanda Sykes

These were the final two commercials of Shaq's American Express series.        

LeBron to wear Cubs uniform after losing Series bet to Wade

LeBron James will wear a Chicago Cubs uniform pay off losing a World Series bet with close friend Dwyane Wade        

NBA obsession brings comfort to a topsy-turvy world

During the first quarter of a recent Lakers-Warriors game at Staples Center, the Lakers were up by five points (a lead that didn't last long, much to my abject misery) when I turned to my 11-year-old daughter and with an uncontrollable burst of excitable enthusiasm said to her "Sunny, I love basketball so much!!! These guys are so good at playing basketball!"

Ex-NBA star Brandon Roy coaching Super 25 HS team

Former NBA star Brandon Roy, No. 22 Nathan Hale (Seattle) got big assist from a map        

Isaiah Austin cleared to play 2 years after Marfan diagnosis

Former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin has been cleared to play basketball again, 2 1/2 years after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome during a physical before the NBA draft        

Mark Cuban Wants Ref Punished for Missing Blantant Traveling Violation

Longtime referee critic Mark Cuban is calling for something to be done about Ken Mauer. The post Mark Cuban Wants Ref Punished for Missing Blantant Traveling Violation appeared first on SLAMonline.

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