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Durant and Westbrook Injuries Will Prove How Much Thunder Need Reggie Jackson

The Oklahoma City Thunder could use a hero right about now. No, not you, Enrique Iglesias —unless a hefty helping of Latin pop can substitute for the on-court stylings of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder lost Durant to...Show More Summary

Southwest Mississippi Basketball Player Throws Down 360, Between-the-Legs Dunk

Please find a way to get Southwest Mississippi Community College's C.J. Polite in this year's NCAA dunk contest. The Bears forward can throw down nasty dunks, as this video shows. During his team's "Midnight Madness" event, Polite completed a 360, between-the-legs dunk that sent the gym into a frenzy. Show More Summary

Which NBA Superstar Has Better Supporting Cast: Derrick Rose or LeBron James?

In Derrick Rose and LeBron James, both the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers have, respectively, one of the best NBA players on the planet. But these two Eastern Conference heavyweights would not hold that status on the strength of their top players alone. Show More Summary

Los Angeles Lakers Must Find Opportunity Despite Julius Randle's Injury

If the Los Angeles Lakers search long enough, if they try hard enough, they will unearth opportunity and value in Julius Randle's soul-splitting absence. In the aftermath of most NBA injuries there exists a silver lining, its shimmer often faint, its presence nevertheless crucial to acceptance, survival and, most importantly, recovery. Show More Summary

Post Up: Clutch Kemba

Kemba Walker's clutch heroics make Hornets home re-launch special. The post Post Up: Clutch Kemba appeared first on SLAMonline.

Steve Ballmer: Just Your Average, Everyday Billionaire Who Saved the Clippers

BELLEVUE, Wash. — One of the ways Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer connects the dots from his old world to his new one is how deeply both sets of people are into their stuff. "Tech's a little weird," Ballmer said. "If we made sofa covers at Microsoft, I wouldn't know about passionate customers. Show More Summary

Serious Injuries Derail but Don't Have to Destroy NBA Rookie Dreams

Injuries stink. It was pretty sickening to watch Julius Randle go down with a broken leg in his first NBA game. The timing—just downright brutal. With an estimated recovery timetable of up to six months, it looks like Randle's rookie...Show More Summary

B/R Exclusive: Howard Beck 1-on-1 with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

The NBA season is underway, and there's a ton of anticipation for what should be an exciting year of basketball. What can fans expect for the present and future of the league? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck for an exclusive interview ahead of the 2014-15 season. Show More Summary

Tested by the Past, Erik Spoelstra Takes on Challenge of LeBron-Less Future

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra always appreciated the unique nature of the opportunity, not just for someone with his unconventional beginnings, but for anyone. That was apparent from the official opening of the Big Three era, and even several weeks later, just before Christmas 2010, when he was chatting casually on the court of the U.S. Show More Summary

Lakers Rookie Julius Randle May Miss Season After Suffering Severe Leg Injury

It was not the debut that Julius Randle or the Los Angeles Lakers wanted. Instead of celebrating his first NBA game, Randle, the seventh overall pick in the June draft, was carried out of the Staples Center with his worried mother looking over him. Show More Summary

Lakers News: Latest Buzz on Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant Heading into New Season

Although the NBA regular season is finally underway, plenty of questions remain unanswered regarding the 2014-15 campaign. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't immune from this problem. The Lakers are going to be a lottery team this year; this is all but an accepted fact. Show More Summary

Grading Boston Celtics' Final 15-Man Roster

With the 2014-15 NBA season upon us, it is time to evaluate how the Boston Celtics' 15-man roster grades out. According to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely, the Celtics trimmed six players, including newly acquired Will Bynum, to narrow their roster down to the NBA's maximum 15. Show More Summary

Deja Vu for Los Angeles Lakers' Jeremy Lin

Offseason fun is over for Jeremy Lin. After spending part of the summer posterizing his mom and dressing up as an Adidas sales rep in Taiwan convincing consumers to buy Derrick Rose's kicks, hitting on girls and making fun of his own...Show More Summary

Kevin Durant's Cryptic Tweet Has People Buzzing About Return Home

LeBron James has returned home. Is Kevin Durant the next NBA superstar to do the same? Many have wondered what Durant will decide to do if/when he hits free agency in 2016. The 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player has plenty of talent around...Show More Summary

LeBron James Appears in 'First Home Game' Back in Akron in Sprite Ad

Basketball fans view Oct. 30 as the day that LeBron James will play in his first game since signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. However, he has already gotten his first home game back in Akron out of the way. James returns to Patterson Park in Akron, much to the delight of fans, to take in his first home game in a commercial for Sprite. Show More Summary

Kevin Durant Helps Blindfolded James Harden Score in Commercial

Houston Rockets star James Harden needed some help to get past three defenders on the court while blindfolded. No worries: Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant had his back in this BBVA commercial. Harden was in Madrid, Spain, and Durant was in Oklahoma City, but the distance didn't provide much of an obstacle. Show More Summary

Kawhi Leonard is holding out for a max deal, as he should

The San Antonio Spurs have a history of asking their star players to take less money. Kawhi Leonard is resisting their overtures. For now. The San Antonio Spurs have had star-laden rosters since before the phrase "superteam" was a part of the NBA lexicon. Show More Summary

Duke Midnight Madness Recap

The Blue Devils are back. And ready. The post Duke Midnight Madness Recap appeared first on SLAMonline.

We Remember: 30th Anniversary of Michael Jordan's NBA Debut

On Oct. 26, 1984, Chicago Bulls rookie Michael Jordan made his NBA debut against the Washington Bullets. The No. 3 overall pick in the 1984 draft didn't put up legendary numbers in his first game, but he did put up solid numbers in his debut. Show More Summary

Charlotte Hornets 2014-15 Season Preview: Roster Breakdown, Win-Loss Prediction

If you've been paying any attention to the Kansas City Royals' remarkable run to the World Series, then you know that only means one thing. Basketball is upon us! A lot has changed since the last time an NBA game took place in Charlotte, and the Eastern Conference is going to look radically different. Show More Summary

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