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Ready or Not, Carmelo Anthony's Title Clock Is Officially Ticking

Though he just signed a new five-year max deal, Carmelo Anthony doesn't have time to wait for the New York Knicks to develop into a contender. Realistic or not, a championship must be his goal right now. That does not seem to be the case for the 2014-15 season. "I don't think we're that far away," Anthony said to ESPN.com, per Jeff Goodman. Show More Summary

Meet Stanley Johnson, the Best Two-Way Prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft

Two-way standouts are some of the most sought-after prospects in the NBA draft. Their talent, proficiency and intangibles on both ends of the court are immeasurably valuable. Arizona's incoming freshman Stanley Johnson fits the bill,...Show More Summary

Jeremy Lin Pretends to Be Wax Statue, Pranks Fans at Madame Tussauds SF

On August 14, 2014, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin was honored with a wax statue at Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco. For those who have never seen a Madame Tussauds wax statue in person, know that they are incredibly...Show More Summary

Can Dennis Schroder Shake off Rookie Year with Atlanta Hawks Next Season?

Let's be honest — Dennis Schroder was a huge disappointment in his rookie season for the Atlanta Hawks last year. The 20-year-old German point guard was turnover-prone, struggled with his jump shot and didn't adjust well to the athletic...Show More Summary

Chandler Parsons Rides Camel for Mavericks 'Game Day' Commercial Shoot

This picture would have been very fitting had Chandler Parsons posted it on Wednesday, aka "hump day." Parsons—with teammate Devin Harris by his side—hopped on top of a camel for a Dallas Mavericks video. Parsons has yet to play in a game for the Mavericks, but it looks like he is enjoying some wild experiences with his new team. Show More Summary

James Harden Falls off His Segway in Spain

Team USA and Houston Rockets star James Harden recently spent some time cruising the streets of Barcelona on a Segway. He learned the dangers of open-air vehicles the hard way. Harden had a scary moment when he fell off his Segway after he got too close to the barrier. Show More Summary

Lakers PG Jeremy Lin Endorses Rapper Lecrae and 'Anomaly' Album

On Tuesday, Jeremy Lin’s pregame warm-up playlist will be released, at least a sizeable portion of it. His favorite rapper, Lecrae, will drop his seventh studio album titled Anomaly. Lecrae, 6’4”, can dunk. Lin, 6’3”, can too. But this isn ’t why Lin, an outspoken Christian, identifies with Lecrae ’s music. Show More Summary

How We'll Know If Kyrie Irving Is Truly Elite Next Season

The basketball world will find out if the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is among the league’s very best players during the 2014-15 season alongside new teammates LeBron James and Kevin Love. Granted, he lacks the resume of someone worthy of such status. Show More Summary

Good morning, FIBA's Round of 16 has arrived

That and much more in Friday's NBA newsletter. SIGN UP FOR OUR NBA NEWSLETTER Get news, links and Ziller's #hottakes in your inbox every weekday morning. Email Good morning. Let's basketball. TO THE KNOCKOUTS: Group play has wrapped in the FIBA World Cup. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Says Championships Don't Drive Him, Reveals He Only Uses 2 Moves

Most people assume that Kobe Bryant is driven by winning championships, but that apparently isn't the case. Bryant has helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five championships in his 18-year career, and he is known as one of the fiercest competitors in NBA history. Show More Summary

'NBA 2K' LeBron James Homecoming Remix Will Get Cavaliers Fans Hyped

LeBron James will once again be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers this upcoming season, and this NBA 2K "Homecoming" video should get James supporters and Cavaliers fans pretty pumped up for this season. The video contains a familiar beat. Show More Summary

Frank Caliendo Does Allen Iverson's 'Practice' Rant as Morgan Freeman

Frank Caliendo does many impressions, but his Morgan Freeman one may be his best. A couple of months ago, Caliendo read LeBron James' "Coming Home" essay as Freeman, and he was back at it on ESPN's Mike & Mike on Thursday. This time,...Show More Summary

OKC Thunder Kiwi Steven Adams Tells Andre Iguodala to 'Respect' the Haka Dance

The USA men's basketball team played New Zealand on Tuesday, September 2, in their quest for gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The Kiwi squad performed the traditional "Haka" dance, a passionate performance that is meant to intimidate the opponent, prior to the game. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant's Battle with Father Time Is a Must-See NBA Story

Evidently, Kobe Bryant is not a Dylan Thomas fan. We can forgive No. 24 if he's not up on his 20th-century Welsh poetry, but you'd have thought the famous opening stanza from Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" would have...Show More Summary

Lakers' Swaggy P Demonstrates Unique Joy Needed in Dog Days of NBA Offseason

LOS ANGELES — I just had a dream about Swaggy P, and I'm curious what that might mean. A little worried what that might mean, actually. It was Labor Day morning, no less, and the guy on my mind is Nick Young? He hasn't exactly been renowned...Show More Summary

Why Anthony Davis Will Become the NBA's Best Pick-and-Roll Defender

At only 21 years old, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is already one of the top players in the NBA and Team USA's most important player at the FIBA World Cup. His combination of length, athleticism and touch is rare for an...Show More Summary

Where's the Best Free-Agent Destination for Ray Allen to Finish His NBA Career?

NBA careers, even those that reached legendary heights, don't always offer soft landings. Well-decorated sharpshooter Ray Allen could be one of the fortunate few to have control over his conclusion. The 39-year-old hasn't officially announced his intention for what would be his 19th season in the league. Show More Summary

Ranking the Brooklyn Nets' Offseason Acquisitions

Quite a few doors were slammed in the face of the Brooklyn Nets this summer. The Golden State Warriors pried Shaun Livingston away by giving him $6 million more than Brooklyn could. Paul Pierce shocked everyone and signed with the up-and-coming...Show More Summary

Derrick Rose Drives to Rim, Throws Down Two-Handed Dunk vs. Finland

Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA may not be playing against top-tier talent on Saturday in their game against Finland, but it's nice to see the Chicago Bulls star show off his explosiveness once again. During the game, Rose crossed over the Finnish defender on his way to the basket, then threw down the two-handed slam dunk. Show More Summary

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