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NBA Preseason: Most Intriguing Storylines to Follow Throughout Exhibitions

With a wild offseason in the rearview mirror and another NBA season upcoming, the preseason can prove meaningless for certain teams but all-important for others. For the experience-laden teams with little turnover from 2013-14—I'm looking...Show More Summary

Jeremy Lin Says Nick 'Swaggy P' Young Has to 'Earn' His Nickname

Nicknames have to be earned. At least that's how new Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin feels. In an interview with Lakers Nation, Lin says Nick Young needs to "earn" the "Swaggy" moniker. "He's super cool, but I just find it ridiculous...Show More Summary

Renewed Cleveland Cavs, Washington Wizards Rivalry Would Be Good for NBA

The obituary for NBA rivalries has been written for a while now, but the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers and rising Washington Wizards have given them a pulse again. Playoff adversaries for three consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2008, the Cavs and Wizards stand poised to renew their rivalry in the 2014-15 campaign. Show More Summary

Ohio State's Thad Matta Says LeBron James Jr. Will Be on His Radar

Ohio State Buckeyes basketball coach Thad Matta is keeping his options open. The head coach admitted that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James' son will be "on his radar" for recruiting when that day comes, according to Eric Seger from The Lantern: LeBron James Jr. Show More Summary

Stephen Curry Challenges Steve Kerr to Free-Throw Contest, Finishes with Dunk

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr can still go toe to toe with one of the best free-throw shooters in the NBA right now. While at practice, Steph Curry challenged Kerr to a free-throw contest. Curry ended up winning and finished the contest with a slam dunk. [ YouTube, SFGate.com] Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Kobe Bryant Hits Jumper over Rookie, Proceeds to Talk Trash

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is back in action for his team, and he's showing the rookies he's still got it. During practice on Thursday, Bryant hit this shot over Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson. After making the basket, Bryant...Show More Summary

What Can We Learn from NBA Preseason?

Preseason NBA games are valuable for different reasons. Is offering a glimpse of what's to come in the regular season one of them? Exhibition contests are, at their heart, not supposed to be crystal balls. The best players don't routinely log big minutes. Show More Summary

Clippers Defensive Anchor DeAndre Jordan Breaks Down the Art of Shot-Blocking

All around Los Angeles Clippers defensive star DeAndre Jordan is art. He owns roughly 12 unique art pieces—about five of them depicting his favorite superhero Batman (because he's "kick ass," Jordan says)—he goes to charitable art events throughout the year and has multiple tattoos, which he also calls art. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant and Kanye West Ball It Up, Take Spectacular Picture Together

You may have asked yourself before: “What does Kanye West do when he’s not grimacing and heckling the disabled?” Well, he’s always grimacing, but he’s also enlisting Kobe Bryant’s expertise in an attempt to hone his pick-up game. TMZ reports that West and Bryant engaged in a private training session at an Orange County (California) gym. Show More Summary

Kyrie Irving Goes Between the Legs, Finds LeBron James for Dunk During Scrimmage

Cleveland Cavaliers fans got their first look at LeBron James in action for their team once again on Wednesday, and the NBA superstar didn't disappoint. During the open scrimmage, Kyrie Irving used a between-the-legs pass on a fast break...Show More Summary

#SLAMTop50: Dwyane Wade, no. 32

The definitive ranking of the NBA's best players for 2014-15. The post #SLAMTop50: Dwyane Wade, no. 32 appeared first on SLAMonline.

LeBron James Ensuring Cleveland Cavaliers Are Nothing Like Miami Heat

Four years with the Miami Heat has left LeBron James barely recognizable from the brash kid who scurried into 2010 free agency, blind to the repercussions of uncurbed bravado, blissfully—and perhaps stubbornly—unaware of how vain his...Show More Summary

Is It Time for Blake Griffin to Take Charge of Los Angeles Clippers' Fate?

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers' media day brought with it a predictable peppering of questions concerning the team's fourth-quarter collapse in Game 5 of last season's second-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. What...Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Says Iggy Azalea Has Had a More Successful Career Than Nick Young

During the Lakers media day, Kobe Bryant was asked to choose between Nick Young and his girlfriend Iggy Azalea. The Black Mamba chose the "Fancy" singer over his 29-year-old teammate. Bryant's reasoning: Azalea has been more successful. Show More Summary

Analyzing the Cleveland Cavaliers' Depth or Lack Thereof at Center

After arguably the best offseason in NBA history, the Cleveland Cavaliers head into the 2014-15 season with a glaring hole in the 15-man roster: quality depth at the center position. The Cavs dealt 7-footer Tyler Zeller to Boston in a salary dump to facilitate a max contract for LeBron James. Show More Summary

What to Watch for at Boston Celtics' 2014 Training Camp

Between the excitement of media day and disappointment in Rajon Rondo's shower mishap, the very early stages of the Boston Celtics' 2014-15 NBA season have been roughly akin to that of a ride on the Yankee Cannonball at Canobie LakeShow More Summary

Breaking Down Atlanta Hawks' Small Forward Position for 2014-15 Season

The Atlanta Hawks whiffed on several big-name small forwards in free agency this summer but still find themselves with solid depth at the position heading into the 2014-15 season. First of all, incumbent starter DeMarre Carroll is back. Show More Summary

Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic Will Break Tom Thibodeau's Rookie Mold

Chicago Bulls rookies have seldom shed their warmups during the Tom Thibodeau era. The defensive mastermind has been reluctant to trust young prospects with carrying out his game plan on both ends of the floor. Some prognosticators believe a similar fate will befall Doug McDermott from Creighton and Spanish League star Nikola Mirotic. Show More Summary

Which Philadelphia 76ers Player Will Make Biggest Leap in 2014-15?

The only way for the Philadelphia 76ers to have any chance of improving on last year's brutal 19-63 effort is for certain players to improve in ways that many wouldn't expect them to. Deciding who will make the biggest leap is difficult. The first name to come to mind is clearly Nerlens Noel. Show More Summary

Manu Ginobili Remains as Important and Unpredictable as Ever to Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili remains a mystery. I’m not talking about his talent, because it should be fairly obvious to all that he possesses tons of it. Rather, the manner in which Ginobili chooses to use his gifts is whatShow More Summary

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