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JR Smith Tries to Fly in for Chase-Down Block, Claims He Got Dunked On

Most NBA players don't want to admit that they got dunked on, but J.R. Smith has no problem owning up to the humiliation—even if it never really happened. The New York Knicks star recently had a rough couple of seconds during a Drew League game. Show More Summary

How Klay Thompson Can Justify Golden State Warriors' Loyalty

Klay Thompson has steadily improved every year of his young NBA career, but he must truly elevate his game in 2014-15 to justify the Golden State Warriors’ loyalty. The Dubs have a legitimate shot at unloading heavy salary in David Lee’s contract while acquiring a young, top-10 player in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love. Show More Summary

Are Dante Exum and Trey Burke in Each Other's Way as Utah Jazz Point Guards?

Dante Exum wasn't even supposed to be available to the Utah Jazz. Almost every mock draft on the I nternet had the Orlando Magic reaching for the next Penny Hardaway at No. 4. When they surprisingly took Aaron Gordon, Jazz fans rejoiced. Nobody expected Exum to fall to No. Show More Summary

Erik Spoelstra Is Key to Miami Heat Reclaiming Status as Contenders

Of all the fate-forming keys that will invariably shape the Miami Heat's post-LeBron James direction, none are more important than Erik Spoelstra himself. Rarely are coaches thrust into the limelight like this. Head honchos matter, but players, for the most part, matter more. Chris Bosh and James didn't join the Heat to play for Spoelstra. Show More Summary

Doug McDermott Could Be Biggest X-Factor for Chicago Bulls' Title Chances

Even before a pair of knee injuries robbed Derrick Rose of nearly two full years of his prime, the Chicago Bulls offense wasn ’t exactly an NBA Maserati. During the interceding two seasons, it’s devolved into a three-wheeled Model AShow More Summary

LeBron James Acts Like a Typical Parent While Cheering on Son at AAU Game

When LeBron James watches his son play basketball, he doesn't act like a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He acts like a typical dad. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar was in Lexington, Kentucky, to watch LeBron James Jr. play an AAU game. Show More Summary

Can Michael Jordan Succeed with Lance Stephenson Where Larry Bird Failed?

When one of the NBA’s all-time great trash-talkers thinks your antics are beyond the pale, you know you’ ve crossed a line—especially if that all-time great trash-talker happens to be your boss. Blowing in LeBron James’ ear didn ’t cost...Show More Summary

How Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert Will Thrive with NY Knicks Next Season

Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert should thrive with the New York Knicks during the 2014-15 season under new head coach Derek Fisher. New York acquired them in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks this summer precisely because it was felt...Show More Summary

Shannon Brown Uses Lakers Past to Fight for Knicks Future at NBA Summer League

LAS VEGAS—It's not at all uncommon to watch a game at the NBA Summer League and wonder, "What's he doing here?" And not just when Flavor Flav decides to mosey on down to Cox Pavilion, clock-bling and all. That same game between the New York Knicks and the D-League Select squad on which Mr. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Talks Smack, Beats Fan in Game of HORSE

Even in a friendly game of HORSE, Kobe Bryant is a fierce competitor. The challenger may have given Bryant a couple of early letters, but the Black Mamba turned up his game in a hurry. When his competitor messed up badly, the Los Angeles...Show More Summary

Andrew Wiggins Trade Rumors Show the Power of LeBron James

While LeBron James pondered his next maneuver at the start of free agency, he held the entire basketball world —really the sports world at large —in the palm of his hand. Yet, his level of influence has only expanded since reclaiming his throne atop the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. Show More Summary

Minnesota Timberwolves Must Stay Patient with Kevin Love Trade

Despite what the swirling trade rumors might suggest, the clock hasn't started ticking for the Minnesota Timberwolves or their franchise face, Kevin Love. Eventually, the Wolves will need to do something with the double-double machine who has major-market dreams and a desire to win, itches that the organization have been unable to scratch. Show More Summary

Lakers Rookie Julius Randle Plays 'How Much Do You Know About Kobe Bryant'

Any incoming member of the Los Angeles Lakers who plans on staying with the team will have to please its star, Kobe Bryant. Bryant has already tweeted his support of rookie Julius Randle, but it doesn't hurt to go above and beyond if...Show More Summary

Why Kyle Anderson's Future with San Antonio Spurs Is Very Bright

As the last pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, Kyle Anderson has odds to beat. Often, first-round Mr. Irrelevants have steeper hills to climb and more talent limitations to overcome than their lottery-selected classmates. However, the UCLA point forward is currently standing where many talented San Antonio Spurs players once stood before. Show More Summary

Updated Long-Term Plan for LA Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers must have something resembling a long-term plan…hopefully. I say hopefully because the small short-term actions leave a little to be desired. Yes, the Purple and Gold may have gotten a steal in drafting Julius Randle with the No. Show More Summary

Will Dirk Nowitzki's Extreme Loyalty to Dallas Mavericks Finally Pay Off?

Dirk Nowitzki's free-agent negotiations with the Dallas Mavericks held as much suspense as a single-candidate election. Or so we thought, anyway. The 7-foot sniper stuck to the script, promising a pay cut and staying true to his word. Show More Summary

No More Mistakes

With arrest behind him, DeAndre Liggins is standing out in Summer League as an elite defender. The post No More Mistakes appeared first on SLAMonline.

LeBron James' Return to Cleveland Gets the 'Dumb & Dumber' Treatment

LeBron James is going back home to Cleveland, so a lot of Cavaliers fans are having a sudden change of heart when it comes to how they view the superstar. Luckily, a classic scene from Dumb & Dumber perfectly sums up James' return to Ohio. [ YouTube, h/t Reddit ] Read more NBA news on

Crying Heat Fan Baby Can't Handle LeBron James Signing with Cavaliers

Some people took the news of LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat harder than others. When this young Heat fan learned that James was returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, she lost it. Even at such a young age, she knew that it was bad news for her team. It's all good, though. Show More Summary

Best Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent Ray Allen If He Delays Retirement

Ray Allen is missing something these days, which sounds strange to say about a guy whose career has been marked by unparalleled long-distance accuracy. It's not shots the NBA's all-time three-point king is missing, though; it's a job. Heading...Show More Summary

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