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Kobe Bryant All That's Left of NBA's Greatest Draft Ever

Kobe Bryant now stands alone, the last member of a storied 1996 NBA rookie class, trying to stave off the fate that has befallen every one of his draft-day peers. Working off two serious injuries, the 36-year-old Bryant—who was drafted...Show More Summary

Houston Rockets Are Being Miscast as NBA's New “Heel” Team

With the rage directed at Dwight Howard, James Harden and general manager Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets have become favorite enemies of the modern NBA—even if they don’t deserve to be. Howard’s negative reputation needs little introduction. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant on Lakers’ 0-4 Start: ‘I’m Festive and Joyful’

The 2014-’15 Los Angeles Lakers are historically awful (especially on the defensive end), and though he’s of course angry, Kobe Bryant isn’t quite ready to sound the alarm bells. Bryant […] The post Kobe Bryant on Lakers’ 0-4 Start: ‘I’m Festive and Joyful’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Lance Stephenson Glides into Derek Fisher Close-Up for Beautiful Videobomb

You know who isn't the main event in Madison Square Garden? Derek Fisher. Television cameras zoomed in on the Knicks' first-year coach for a brief moment after New York snagged a close, 96-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The intent of the shot was ostensibly to catch Fisher's excitement in a moment of victory. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant on Lakers’ 0-4 Start: ‘I’m Festive and ‘Joyful’

The 2014-’15 Los Angeles Lakers are historically awful (especially on the defensive end), and though he’s of course angry, Kobe Bryant isn’t quite ready to sound the alarm bells. Bryant […] The post Kobe Bryant on Lakers’ 0-4 Start: ‘I’m Festive and ‘Joyful’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Early Returns from Brooklyn Nets' Early Season Are Encouraging

The Brooklyn Nets had an up-and-down first week of the NBA season. The Nets began their schedule getting trounced by the Boston Celtics 121-105, but they followed it up in proper fashion, defeating the Detroit Pistons 102-90 in gameShow More Summary

The Good, Bad and Ugly from the Atlanta Hawks' Early Season

The Atlanta Hawks have started the 2014-15 regular season with a 1-1 record. The team lost its first contest in Toronto to the Raptors 109-102 on October 29 and won its home opener on November 1 against the Indiana Pacers 102-92. Neither...Show More Summary

Josh McRoberts Intentionally Rips Open His Heat Jersey During Game

It may not be too odd if the Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard rips open his jersey, given that he has taken on the "Superman" nickname. But when Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts did it during Sunday's 107-102 win over the Toronto Raptors, it was just perplexing. Show More Summary

Golden State Releases 'Strength of a Warrior' Hype Video for Home Opener

The Golden State Warriors kick off their home schedule Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, where they'll be playing this video to get their fans ready for battle. The team released this "Strength of a Warrior" hype video on YouTube before Saturday's game, showing all of Oracle Arena being charged up. Show More Summary

Suns Show Depth Is Their Secret Weapon and Other News from Friday's NBA Action

The San Antonio Spurs may be known for a second unit that led the league in scoring and assists last season, but it was the Phoenix Suns' depth on display Friday night. Head coach Jeff Hornacek 's up-and-comers moved to 2-0 on the young...Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Blows by Matt Barnes for Reverse Slam vs. Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is 36 years old, but that doesn't mean that he can't play like one of the young guys in the NBA every now and then. Early in Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bryant blew by Matt Barnes and then proceeded to throw down a nice reverse slam. Show More Summary

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

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