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LaMarcus Aldridge's Looming Extension Puts Pressure on Portland Trail Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge may be saying all the right things about his future with the Portland Trail Blazers, but that doesn't guarantee much for a franchise still attempting to find its footing in a perpetually crowded Western Conference. Put...Show More Summary

Lakers Coach Byron Scott Stresses Defense, Conditioning While Kobe Disses D’Antoni

The Los Angeles Lakers will have a long, hard road ahead of them if they hope to make the playoffs in the NBA’s incredibly stacked Western Conference, but it looks like new head coach Byron Scott has the right attitude. With training...Show More Summary

Why Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Overlook What Jordan Clarkson Brings

This is going to be a weird year for the Los Angeles Lakers. With a veteran lineup, they're built to win now, but not really—not in a brutal western conference. And they're not bad enough to tank for the 2015 top-five protected pickShow More Summary

7 Reasons the Sacramento Kings Could Outperform Low Expectations in 2014-15

When you've missed the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, as the Sacramento Kings have done, expectations tend to be pretty low. Compounding issues is that the team plays in the difficult Western Conference. That's led to some pretty...Show More Summary

Ty Lawson Blossoming into New Role as Denver Nuggets Leader

DENVER — If the Denver Nuggets are adopting a universal theme for the 2014-15 season, one that figures to see them right in the thick of the competition for a coveted playoff spot in the Western Conference, it would easily be leadership. This is a team with no established superstars but plenty of depth, quality players and veteran talent. Show More Summary

Clippers' J.J. Redick over disappointment of losing in playoffs

It took Clippers guard J.J. Redick about three weeks to get over the disappointment of his team getting eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs in May.

Things to ponder as Lakers prepare to begin training camp

There's no way the Lakers finish 14th in the Western Conference again. No chance. None. Probably. Maybe?

Los Angeles Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Set To Return In Big Way, But Will Play A Different Game

The Los Angeles Lakers may have lost Kobe Bryant to injury last year and fumbled their way to the bottom of the Western Conference, but team officials believe the All Star guard is set to come back in a big way and lead them back to the playoffs. Show More Summary

Portland Trail Blazers Ready to Contend in Crowded Western Conference

The 2013-14 NBA season contained many surprises, but the Portland Trail Blazers were chief among them. This was supposed to be a middling squad filled with some high-upside players, but instead, everything came together swimmingly. Though...Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Kings Fans Should Be Worried in 2014-15

The Los Angeles Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They've made three consecutive Western Conference Final trips and won their first championship in franchise history in 2011-12. This is a very talented, deep, well-coached and managed team. Show More Summary

Golden State Warriors Season Preview: Healthy Dubs Could Reach Conference Finals

The Golden State Warriors will hope to climb the ranks of the Western Conference this season behind new head coach Steve Kerr and dynamic duo Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Can the Dubs make a run toward the NBA Finals this year? Howard...Show More Summary

Early Win-Loss Predictions for the Phoenix Suns Next Season

Before the 2013-14 season, almost nobody expected the Phoenix Suns to finish the year with 48 wins and the ninth seed in the Western Conference. In fact, most expected they would be among the worst teams in the NBA. And that isn't something just ESPN and SI analysts were guilty of. Show More Summary

Los Angeles Lakers News: Team Has Big Free Agent Targets As Kobe’s Time Winds Down

The Los Angeles Lakers know that the remaining window of the Kobe Bryant era is closing rapidly, and are reportedly targeting a handful of big free agents in an attempt to dig out of the basement of the Western Conference and become a contender again. Show More Summary

Like clockwork, the Galaxy rallies in second half of season

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After the Galaxy played to a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA on June 8, the Galaxy was 4-3-5 and tied for seventh place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, 16 points behind division leader Seattle.

5 Things We Learned from MLS Week of September 12-14

It was another action-packed weekend in Major League Soccer, highlighted by a big win for the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference and the usual chaos running wild in the East. There's also some big news regarding Chivas USA, who may end up sitting out the 2015 season. Check it all out in this week's edition of "5 Things We Learned from MLS." Begin Slideshow

Could Denver Nuggets Be Western Conference's Biggest Surprise Yet Again?

It feels like it happened a decade ago, but the Denver Nuggets aren't that far removed from being a powerful Western Conference team with one of the league's very best home-court advantages. Of course, a lot has changed in the last two years. Show More Summary

Burning Questions as Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Training Camp Approaches

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2013 and getting to the Western Conference Final last year, there's little doubt that the Chicago Blackhawks rank among the elite teams in the NHL. While they have a talented roster that is loaded with...Show More Summary

Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Predicting the Biggest Changes We'll See from the Warriors Next Season

The Golden State Warriors entered the offseason looking to make a big splash, and while they didn ’t necessarily make the biggest one, they made enough waves to stay in contention in the brutal Western Conference. Change is on the horizon, however, and as the last two seasons have proved, changes are necessary. Show More Summary

Are Portland Trail Blazers Being Bypassed in Western Conference?

The Western Conference of the NBA is almost unfair. It seems every season, no matter how much a team improves or develops, there's another team there to kick them down. Whether it's an up-and-coming, youthful squad or a veteran group...Show More Summary

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