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Beck/Bucher: Do the Bulls Need Derrick Rose to Change His Game to Win a Title?

Derrick Rose will make his return to the Chicago Bulls this year with high hopes of capturing an NBA title. Does Rose need to adjust his style of play for the Bulls to go all the way? Howard Beck and Ric Bucher debate what the young point guard needs to do in the video above. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Kentucky Basketball: Biggest Question Marks in 2014-15

Despite having a talented and deep roster, the 2014-15 version of Kentucky basketball has plenty of question marks heading into the season. With a plethora of big guys and only a set amount of minutes in each game, there is a logjam in the post position. Show More Summary

Diagnosing Boston Celtics' Remaining Roster Flaws

General manager Danny Ainge has spent much of this summer doctoring the Boston Celtics roster. While some moves he had hoped to make fell through, there have been some changes. Unfortunately, the depth chart has a few flaws that must...Show More Summary

NBA Training Camp 2014: Notable Positional Battles to Keep an Eye On

As players jockey for minutes and roles, some of the NBA's most contentious position battles at training camp will influence how much the competitors' teams achieve in 2014-15. The Association may be as star-driven as ever, but we're...Show More Summary

The Most Underappreciated Player on Every NBA Team

In a league as star-driven as the NBA, there tend to be a handful of players that fall through the mainstream media's cracks. They could be the guys that are overshadowed by flashier teammates, or players that simply don't draw thatShow More Summary

College Basketball Coaches with the Most to Prove in 2014-15

Maybe last season didn't go as well as planned, or maybe that's been the case for a few years. Perhaps the 2013-14 results were so unexpected—but in a good way—there's concern whether they can be replicated. Or despite being given aShow More Summary

Jerry Colangelo: James Harden is the Leader of Team USA

Your wish has been granted, James Harden. The likes of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Paul George gone from Team USA, it is now up to Harden to […] The post Jerry Colangelo: James Harden is the Leader of Team USA appeared first on SLAMonline.

Iman Shumpert Excited to Do More Than Just ‘Standing in the Corner’

With head coach Mike Woodson no longer in the picture, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert expects to have the shackles taken off his offensive game next season. Shumpert, who’s […] The post Iman Shumpert Excited to Do More Than Just ‘Standing in the Corner’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Miami Heat Sign Free Agent Shannon Brown

After being waived by the New York Knicks in late July, Shannon Brown has landed in South Beach. The Miami Heat inked the free agent guard to a one-year deal […] The post Miami Heat Sign Free Agent Shannon Brown appeared first on SLAMonline.

Report: Leandro Barbosa to Sign With the Golden State Warriors

Free agent guard Leandro Barbosa has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the Golden State Warriors. The veteran chose the Dubs over the Miami Heat, and will ink a […] The post Report: Leandro Barbosa to Sign With the Golden State Warriors appeared first on SLAMonline.

Mark Cuban Wanted to Kick Daryl Morey’s Ass in Free Agency

Why yes, Mark Cuban does hold (playful) grudges. Speaking on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan, the Dallas Mavericks owner admitted that he wanted to best Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in free agency this past summer, per The Dallas Morning News: On if things are personal with the Rockets with Daryl Morey: “Oh, all good […]

Leandro Barbosa to Warriors: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

At 31, Leandro Barbosa may not be the player he once was, but the Golden State Warriors saw a value in bringing him off the bench and adding depth to the squad this season. ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the details and added another...Show More Summary

Byron Scott Seeks Return to Traditional Principles

After experiencing decreasing returns in recent years, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be making a concerted effort to rebrand themselves. But not in some modernistic, forward-thinking way. Instead, it’s a return to bedrock principles. Byron...Show More Summary

Predicting the Most Improved NBA Teams for the Upcoming Season

The offseason has a funny way of establishing hope in even the most moribund NBA franchises. It's the time of year when "the roster looks great on paper!" becomes an operative phrase. It's when best-case scenarios reign supreme and when most teams seem to have an easy route to a playoff spot or a 50-win season. Show More Summary

Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each Detroit Pistons Newcomer This Season

This offseason the Detroit Pistons brought in six new players to fill a variety of roles, from starters to end-of-the-bench types. New coach and team president Stan Van Gundy was aggressive in the free-agent market, finding players to address their biggest weakness in 2013-14: perimeter shooting. Show More Summary

Dark Horses with Potential to Win Major NCAA Basketball Conferences in 2014-15

Every year, there are a few dark horses who end up winning regular-season championships in the major conferences of college basketball. I mean, come on, how many people had Virginia beating Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse to win the...Show More Summary

Breaking Down the Lakers' Best and Worst Fits in Byron Scott's System

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already made it clear how he will run his team. First and foremost comes a fundamental defensive identity and toughness. " Defensive philosophy has to be constant", Scott told Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell. Show More Summary

Video: Best Dallas Mavericks plays of the 2013-14 season

The Dallas Mavericks finished last season with a 49-33 record. Enjoy these video highlights showcasing some of their best plays:

Predicting Kyrie Irving's Production as Cleveland Cavs' Third Wheel

No NBA player has had a better offseason than Kyrie Irving, whose role with the Cleveland Cavaliers has (thankfully) changed tremendously over the past few months. Irving will be taking a backseat to LeBron James and Kevin Love on the...Show More Summary

Diagnosing Chicago Bulls' Remaining Roster Flaws

The Chicago Bulls did an exceptional job filling out their roster this past summer, but there are still a couple of flaws in its construction—if we nitpick. The Bulls bolstered the frontcourt, adding two solid bigs in Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. Show More Summary

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