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Sad but True: Steve Nash's Injury Allows LA Lakers to Finally Move on

The Los Angeles Lakers needed closure. They didn't want it. No one in the basketball world wanted it for them. But on the heels of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers needed a clear sense of direction. And despite...Show More Summary

Elfrid Payton vs. Marcus Smart: Which Rookie Will Face a Tougher NBA Transition?

Elfrid Payton and Marcus Smart are the two best point guards to emerge from the college ranks in the 2014 draft, and their tools and skills suggest flourishing NBA careers. They each achieved a heap of success as NCAA stars, and now the 20-year-olds are aiming to establish themselves as professionals. Show More Summary

Which LA Lakers Big Has Best Opportunity in 2014-15?

Each member of the Los Angeles Lakers frontcourt enters the 2014-15 NBA season with something to prove. Veteran Carlos Boozer has to show he still has fuel left in his tank. Former lottery picks Ed Davis and Jordan Hill are out to prove they have more talent than what they've been able to showcase so far in their careers. Show More Summary

Gregg Popovich's Surprise B-Day Message for Michelle Beadle Brings Her to Tears

ESPN television host and San Antonio Spurs fan Michelle Beadle turned 39 years old on Thursday. Let's just say some members of the Spurs organization made sure that it really was a special day for her. While hosting SportsNation on her birthday, Beadle received an unexpected surprise from her favorite NBA team. Show More Summary

Blake Griffin Leads Nicholas Sparks Book Club on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Anyone who thinks that basketball players can't have intellectual conversations better think again. For a bit on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Chandler Parsons and Iman Shumpert meet to discuss a Nicholas Sparks book, The Best of Me. The book club's conversation gets pretty deep. Show More Summary

Stephen Curry's 2014-15 Season Trailer Features Ascent to NBA Stardom

There are high expectations for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors this season, so this trailer featuring the sharpshooter should get fans pumped up. No player in the NBA has hit more three-pointers than Curry (533) over the past two seasons. Now that he has established himself as a star, Curry will look to take the next step. Show More Summary

Jason 'White Chocolate' Williams Still Has Some Game Left in Him at 38 Years Old

Don't let his age fool you. Even at 38 years old, "White Chocolate" still has game. Jason Williams hasn't played in the NBA since the 2010-11 season, but he still has some good handles. The former NBA point guard has been putting on a show in an Orlando Pro-Am league. Show More Summary

Nuggets' Nate Robinson Beats the Shot Clock with 40-Foot Turnaround Jumper

Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson didn't put up great numbers in his team's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday, but he did hit a pretty remarkable shot in the third quarter. With the shot clock winding down, Robinson was able to get control of a loose ball and get a shot off from 40 feet almost immediately after gaining possession. Show More Summary

LeBron James Leads Cavaliers in Public Beach Workout in Brazil

While in Brazil for a preseason game against the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers put the beach to good use. The team did spend some time relaxing by the water, but when it came time to do some work, the beach served as a gym. LeBron James spent the past four seasons with the Miami Heat, so he has probably worked out on a beach plenty of times. Show More Summary

Atlanta Hawks Highlights to Get You Pumped Up for 2014-15 Season

The NBA preseason is underway, which means the Atlanta Hawks are back in action at the "Highlight Factory." This season, expectations are high for a team that is welcoming star center Al Horford back from injury, adding complementary...Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Gives Stephen Curry Props for Draining Long 3-Pointer over Him

Kobe Bryant is as fierce of a competitor as there is in all of sports, but when an opponent does something great, the Black Mamba isn't afraid to give credit where credit's due. During the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason...Show More Summary

Damian Lillard Helps Fan with Marriage Proposal Before Preseason Game

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard does a good job of setting up his teammates on the court, but he also recently assisted a fan during a big moment. Before Sunday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Lillard delivered a ring to a woman sitting courtside. Show More Summary

Third Year Could Be the Charm for Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash Pairing

This will be the third season for Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as teammates. The pairing has never really produced an impact, but the third time’s a charm, as the saying goes. The two backcourt players have been on the same side since 2012 but went nearly 18 months straight without playing together. Show More Summary

Rapper Lil B Mocks Kevin Durant After Injury, Proving the Curse Is Alive

Kevin Durant has to find some way to break the curse that was placed on him by rapper Lil B. If not, the Oklahoma City Thunder star may never achieve everything that he is capable of. The feud started a few years ago when Durant sent...Show More Summary

DeMar DeRozan Throws Alley-Oop to Himself Off Backboard (VIDEO)

DD with the finish. The post DeMar DeRozan Throws Alley-Oop to Himself Off Backboard (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Blocks a Shot on One End, Dunks on the Other

They don't call him the "Greek Freak" for nothing. Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo showed off his athleticism in Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. In the fourth quarter, Antetokounmpo rejected Bulls big man Taj Gibson. Show More Summary

Ricky Rubio Finds Andrew Wiggins for the Alley-Oop 2-Handed Jam

"Rubio running the floor puts it up, Andrew Wiggins puts it down!" Get used to that image. Fans are excited to watch this pair of Wolves run the court together, and it's easy to see why. In the first quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves'...Show More Summary

Ranking the Best and Worst Uniforms in Brooklyn Nets History

From New York to New Jersey to Brooklyn, the Nets franchise has had a rather bumpy journey. There have certainly been some glistening bright spots. Julius Erving won two ABA championships with the New York Nets in 1974 and 1976. Jason...Show More Summary

Winners and Losers from Week 1 of Houston Rockets' Preseason

The Houston Rockets’ preseason started in a big way this week, kicking off with a battle against the hated Dallas Mavericks—Chandler Parsons edition. The Rockets won the contest on the road, 111-108, and it’s hard to imagine a happier way to begin 2014-15. Not that the Rockets looked perfect in the matchup. Show More Summary

Trail Blazers' Chris Kaman Stars in Reality Web Series 'Exploring Kaman'

Chris Kaman may be known as the man who lies down on his team's bench during games, but the Portland Trail Blazers big man has a pretty active life outside of basketball. The 32-year-old is starring in a reality web series called Exploring Kaman. Show More Summary

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