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Winners and Losers from Week 1 of Houston Rockets' Preseason

The Houston Rockets’ preseason started in a big way this week, kicking off with a battle against the hated Dallas Mavericks—Chandler Parsons edition. The Rockets won the contest on the road, 111-108, and it’s hard to imagine a happier way to begin 2014-15. Not that the Rockets looked perfect in the matchup. Show More Summary

Trail Blazers' Chris Kaman Stars in Reality Web Series 'Exploring Kaman'

Chris Kaman may be known as the man who lies down on his team's bench during games, but the Portland Trail Blazers big man has a pretty active life outside of basketball. The 32-year-old is starring in a reality web series called Exploring Kaman. Show More Summary

How the Milwaukee Bucks Can Become the NBA's Most Intriguing Rebuild

I'm going to say something, and I need you to know I understand how crazy it sounds: I like the Milwaukee Bucks. Yeah, those same Bucks that won 15 games a year ago—fewer than a Philadelphia 76ers team seemingly hellbent on redefining NBA futility. Show More Summary

San Antonio Spurs Lose on Buzzer-Beater Against Alba Berlin

It's quite uncommon to see an NBA team lose to a team from another country, but it's even rarer to see the defending NBA champions go down. The San Antonio Spurs took a trip to Germany to play Alba Berlin in a friendly scrimmage during the NBA preseason. Show More Summary

Defining Jamal Crawford's NBA Career Is More Difficult Every Passing Year

Personality is easy to find on a basketball court. And when you have a performer like Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, it isn't hard to see why. Basketball is a sport in which athletes can display charisma unlike any other....Show More Summary

Cleveland Cavaliers Intro Video Will Get Fans Ready for 2014-15 Season

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in existence since 1970, but no season has been more anticipated than the 2014-15 season. With LeBron James and Kevin Love now in wine and gold, Cavaliers fans have high expectations for the upcoming season. Show More Summary

Step-by-Step Guide for Bruno Caboclo to Eclipse His NBA Ceiling

Toronto Raptors rookie forward Bruno Caboclo was the head-turning pick of the 2014 NBA draft, and everyone wants to know how and when he will reach his potential. The 18-year-old Brazilian prodigy is 6'9" and brings dynamic length and athleticism to the NBA. Show More Summary

Predicting the Next Wave of Young NBA Talent to Get Contract Extensions

Kyrie Irving got his max money from the Cleveland Cavaliers before LeBron James made them title contenders again. The Morris twins re-upped with the Phoenix Suns for a combined $52 million. Kenneth Faried should soon be the proud owner...Show More Summary

Tracy McGrady Hits Last-Second, Game-Winning 3-Pointer in China

Tracy McGrady hasn't played a minute in the NBA since 2013, but it looks like the guard can still help teams win games. In an exhibition in China as part of the USA Legends Tour, a player on the opposing team hit a three-pointer to give his team a 109-107 lead with less than 30 seconds to play. Show More Summary

Utah Jazz Let 5-Year-Old with Leukemia Dunk in Team Scrimmage

The Utah Jazz signed five-year-old J.P. Gibson, a boy with leukemia, to their roster for Monday's night's team scrimmage, but they made sure to go the extra mile in making the boy's wish come true. Near the end of the third quarter, the Jazz brought in Gibson to play. Show More Summary

UNC's Kennedy Meeks Lip-Syncs 'I Will Always Love You' at 'Late Night with Roy'

The North Carolina Tar Heels hold an annual preseason "Late Night With Roy" event that allows the basketball team to have some fun in front of the fans. This year, forward Kennedy Meeks stole the show by lip-syncing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." Meeks didn't just sit there and try to calmly serenade the crowd. Show More Summary

#SLAMTop50: Marc Gasol, no. 23

The definitive ranking of the NBA's best players for 2014-15. The post #SLAMTop50: Marc Gasol, no. 23 appeared first on SLAMonline.

How Kendrick Perkins Helps, Not Hurts, Oklahoma City Thunder's Title Hunt

If used the right way, diminished center Kendrick Perkins can still aid the Oklahoma City Thunder in their quest for an NBA Championship. There are certainly plenty of reasons for the team to move on from their incumbent big man. Perkins is coming off a rough 2013-14 campaign. Show More Summary

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,] Read more NBA news on

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

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