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Julius Erving Amazed by Zach LaVine, Says '16 Dunk Contest Was an All-Timer

Julius Erving is known as one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history, so if there's someone who can judge today's best high-flyers, it would be Dr. J. There is one current player in particular who catches his eye. Zach LaVine. You know,...Show More Summary

Mike Krzyzewski Thinks Team USA Needs to Tone Down Its Antics

As Team USA's 107-57 victory over China neared its conclusion on Tuesday night, the Americans found themselves having quite a bit of fun at their opponents' expense. That didn't sit well with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski. Whether it...Show More Summary

Realistic Expectations for LA Lakers Rookie Ivica Zubac in 2016-17

During the recently concluded Las Vegas Summer League, rookie big man Ivica Zubac surpassed all expectations. The 19-year-old Croatian was the Los Angeles Lakers’ 32nd-overall draft pick in June. However, he played like a borderlineShow More Summary

Realistic Expectations for Milwaukee Bucks Rookie Thon Maker in 2016-17

The Milwaukee Bucks made the most shocking move of the 2016 NBA draft by selecting Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick. The biggest unknown in this year's rookie class because of the few times NBA teams had the chance to scout him,...Show More Summary

NBA's Pivot to Social Activism Sets a Bold New Standard, but Questions Remain

The NBA’s decision to remove the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, is unprecedented. NBA players have often been agitators and firebrands, but the league itself—the commissioner, the owners—rarely insert themselves into the thick of civil rights and social issues. Show More Summary

Realistic Expectations for NY Knicks Rookie Guillermo Hernangomez in 2016-17

Any friend of Kristaps Porzingis is a friend of New York Knicks fans. So Guillermo "Willy" Hernangomez should get a warm welcome in New York when he suits up as backup center. Hernangomez and Porzingis were once teammates on Baloncesto Sevilla in Liga ACB, and, as Hernangomez told ESPN's Ian Begley "We are very close. Show More Summary

Mike Krzyzewski Comments on Kobe Bryant's Interest in Playing for Team USA

The United States Olympic basketball team is getting set for the 2016 Summer Games beginning on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro. But on Tuesday, head coach Mike Krzyzewski was talking about a player who isn't on the roster, former Los Angeles...Show More Summary

Q+A: Fabolous

Brooklyn's own on his playing days, KD to the Warriors and the future of New York basketball. The post Q+A: Fabolous appeared first on SLAMonline.

Kevin Durant Comments on Leaving Thunder, Lakers, Russell Westbrook

Casual basketball fans might call Kevin Durant honest and heartfelt. Look no further than his 2013-14 NBA MVP speech. Oklahoma City Thunder fans might believe him to be heartless. After nine seasons of service with the Thunder and zero NBA championships, Durant fled to the Golden State Warriors this summer. Show More Summary

Takeaways from 2016 NBA Summer League Semifinals and Championship Preview

Ricky Rubio is still on the Minnesota Timberwolves, and team owner Glen Taylor doesn't think that will change anytime soon, per Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune. Kris Dunn, the 2016 NBA draft's No. 5 pick, should earn enough minutes to...Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant got slimed at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards

For years, it’s been known that if you appear on a Nickelodeon award show, you’re going to get slimed. That’s just how things go in that universe. Kobe Bryant made an appearance at a taping for the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, where he...Show More Summary

Q+A: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie on his Finals performance, how it felt to a title home to The Land, the Olympics and more. The post Q+A: Kyrie Irving appeared first on SLAMonline.

Realistic Expectations for Detroit Pistons Rookie Henry Ellenson in 2016-17

Henry Ellenson had a lot going for him heading into the 2016 NBA draft. He's productive, consistent, blatantly skilled and still 19 years old. He also identifies as one of the league's most coveted types: a stretch big man. Alarms wouldn't have sounded had someone taken Ellenson in the top 10. "He was a guy we had as basically no chance to get to No. Show More Summary

How Las Vegas Summer League Paved the Path for an NBA Superpower

Kevin Durant can't believe it. Here he is, the NBA's most coveted free agent, sitting through pitch after pitch at a manse in the Hamptons, pondering his professional future. On this July day, it's the Golden State Warriors' turn toShow More Summary

NBA Free Agents 2016: Rumors, Predictions on Stephen Jackson, Anthony Bennett

With the big names out of the way—Kevin Durant, Mike Conley, Dwyane Wade and so on—this is the time of year you’ll see some peculiar free-agent stories. Comebacks. Ring chases. The pursuit of redemption. Below, we’ll touch on all three...Show More Summary

Legacy

Anthony Mason Jr isn't playing basketball anymore. He's honoring his father, Queens and carrying on the family name. The post Legacy appeared first on SLAMonline.

Lakers Rumors: Latest on Drew Gooden, Nick Young and More

The Los Angeles Lakers have reinvented themselves. Granted, it's worth mentioning the market helped dictate how the Lakers went about it. Hometown guy DeMar DeRozan re-upped with the Toronto Raptors and Kevin Durant came in the team's...Show More Summary

Way-Too-Early 2016-17 NBA Rookie Award Predictions

The 2016 NBA draft already feels like a distant memory. We've seen Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown, the Nos. 1 and 3 picks, ball out for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, respectively, at the Utah Summer League. Ditto for Los Angeles Clippers newcomer Brice Johnson in Orlando. Show More Summary

Lakers Rumors: Breaking Down Remaining Plans for Offseason

The Los Angeles Lakers might not have brought in the biggest superstars this offseason, but they have been active. Deals for Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng seem excessive until you realize how high the salary cap has jumped. Although neither...Show More Summary

Dwyane Wade Talks Decision to Leave Heat, Free Agency on Live with Kelly Ripa

Dwyane Wade stated Thursday morning on Live with Kelly that the free-agent process that led to him signing with the Chicago Bulls was "surreal," as he struggled to sleep and lost an estimated five to 10 pounds before coming to a final...Show More Summary

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