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DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan can learn a lot from each other

Team USA's two centers are forming a bond, one that Kings fans in particular should hope will rub off on each other. HOUSTON — DeMarcus Cousins hates the Clippers. He said so twice in nine words last October after losing to them in the season opener. Show More Summary

NBA 2K17 Releases ‘The Dream Lives On’ Commercial

Watch the 1992 and 2016 teams do virtual battle. The post NBA 2K17 Releases ‘The Dream Lives On’ Commercial appeared first on SLAMonline.

Kyrie Irving accidentally switches bodies with a young fan in a new commercial

Remember when Cristiano Ronaldo did a commercial where he switched bodies with a young fan? There’s a new Kids Foot Locker ad where Kyrie Irving goes through a similar situation. The premise: A young fan talks to Irving about wanting to be just like him, so the latter toys with the idea and takes a selfie with the kid using a face-swapping app... Show More Summary

Slamadamonth, SLAM #201: LeBron James

LeBron James (almost) on Draymond Green. The post Slamadamonth, SLAM #201: LeBron James appeared first on SLAMonline.

Burning Questions for Team USA Men's Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics

The biggest question is already settled: The USA men's Olympic basketball team will win gold in Rio. Sorry for spoiling the suspense. Though the list of those not participating features plenty of superstars—Stephen Curry, LeBron James,...Show More Summary

WATCH: ‘Competitive Streak’ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Tribute Video

Singer Joey Dosik releases a new single dedicated to KD and Russ' time in OKC. The post WATCH: ‘Competitive Streak’ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Tribute Video appeared first on SLAMonline.

Kevin Durant denies being evil personified

Good morning. We have that and more in Friday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. BLAZE IT UP: Jesus Gomez offers a deep dive on the Trail Blazers, who spent a ton of money in free agency on guys like Evan Turner, Festus Ezeli and their own free agents (Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard, Mo Harkless). Show More Summary

Craig Sager to Miss 2016 Rio Olympics to Continue Leukemia Treatment

NBC Sports announced Thursday that veteran sports reporter Craig Sager will miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to ongoing treatment for leukemia. The announcement said Sager will receive a third bone marrow transplant...Show More Summary

Why Michael Jordan Missed the Mark in 1st Attempt at Social Consciousness

Michael Jordan's recent statement to The Undefeated on police brutality is a quick read. The sparse number of words isn't the problem, though; it's what he says. The Gettysburg Address came to a grand total of 272 words, so we know size isn't the fulcrum on which greatness turns. Show More Summary

Q+A: Andrew Wiggins

The '15 ROY talks wings and stars in a new commercial for Buffalo Wild Wings. The post Q+A: Andrew Wiggins appeared first on SLAMonline.

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

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