NBA NEWS: HARDEN, LEBRON, WARRIORS, DONAGHY

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James Harden is chasing the NBA record book, but he’s only doing it to help his team chase a championship.

The Rockets star is in the midst of a 31-game stretch in which he’s scored at least 30 points in each contest, providing extra offense as Chris Paul and Clint Capela have dealt with injuries. Continue Reading By Kirstie Chiappelli

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are bracing for the departure of Kevin Durant in the summer, a move that could range from possible to inevitable, depending on one’s sense of pessimism. If he does, it won’t be long before the Warriors reload, though, as they could well target Giannis Antetokounmpo in the summer 2021, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. Continue Reading By 

 

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Jimmy Fallon issued a hilarious challenge to Stephen Curry during the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend.

The TV host asked the NBA star to secretly drop three weird phrases (“Energizer Bunny,” “Flipping Pancakes” and “Wham, Bam, Can of Ham”) into his interviews over the three-day event. Continue Reading By Sara Jane Harris

 

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are just two members of Team LeBron who interest the Knicks.

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It would take a professional lip-reader to truly find out, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were definitely cooking up some kind of scheme at the All-Star game Sunday night. Whether they were actually talking about the Knicks is up for fans to believe…or pray for. Continue Reading By 

 

Khris Middleton goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

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As the Knicks attempt to best use their $74 million in cap space, they could do worse than unsung Bucks swingman and free-agent-to-be Khris Middleton, who is coming off a breakout All-Star Game on Sunday in Charlotte.

While the 27-year-old is not regarded in most circles as a max-contract player, he is coming close. In becoming the first G-League graduate to play in the All-Star Game, Middleton racked up 20 points, hitting four straight 3-pointers in the first half. He was 6-of-10 for the night for Team Giannis as he continues to raise his free-agent profile. Continue Reading By Marc Berman

 

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Rudy Gay is calm. Dribbling, waiting, readying himself. The clock continues to dwindle down. Eight, seven, six …

With 5.5 seconds left, LaMarcus Aldridge sprints towards half court as Gay switches hands with his dribble. Josh Jackson, fresh off a game-tying tomahawk slam, concedes a switch to his partner, Kelly Oubre, as Aldridge sets the screen. Continue Reading By 

 

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Eyebrows were raised this weekend when LeBron James and Anthony Davis were spotted hanging out together in the midst of Davis’ fraught trade drama. Continue Reading By Page Six Team

 

Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

ACT 1: A CONVENIENT HALF-TRUTH

James “Jimmy” “Bah-Bah” “The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the hole to some underground gamblers for sums he’d sort of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he believed he’d just put in the fix. It was January 2007. A month or so back, not long before Christmas, he’d done something audacious: He’d sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. Now he feared the scheme had become too obvious. Continue reading By Scott Eden

 

 

NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND, NBA ALL STAR MEDIA DAY NEWS

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis spent more than 10 minutes of his All-Star Game media day news conference Saturday being remarkably candid about his decision to request a trade away from New Orleans and about the destinations he would like to eventually wind up in. Continue Reading By Tim Bontemps

With Michael Jordan hosting All-Star Weekend as the only former player to serve as the principal owner of an NBA team, LeBron James said that while team ownership is a goal for when he is finished playing, it’s not his singular focus.

“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to day basis,” James said when asked about NBA ownership at Saturday’s All-Star media availability session. Continue Reading By Dave McMenamin

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Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid says the Sixers have a talented roster and a good chance at winning the championship this season. The Sixers enter the All-Star break at 37-21, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Continue Reading By 

Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

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An alarm sounds at 7:30 a.m., and Deandre Ayton—all 7’1” and 250 pounds of him—lumbers out of bed. Approximately 20 minutes later, the rookie center arrives at the Phoenix Suns’ practice facility. By 10 a.m., he’s eaten breakfast and downed a bottle of his favorite Rockin’ Protein drink ahead of a treatment session. Around 11 a.m., he lifts weights before watching film with teammates at noon. By 12:30 p.m., Ayton and the Suns hit the court for practice. Continue Reading By KAELEN JONES

Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

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Kyle O’Quinn went from having limited scholarship offers to becoming a star at Norfolk State. One of only two HBCU alums on an NBA roster, his unconventional road to the league is anomaly. Continue Reading By JOSIAH TURNER

Kevin Durant

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again presented with Kristaps Porzingis questions on Saturday, and he wasn’t happy about it. Continue Reading By  Grey Papke

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Toronto fans need no reminder. The playoffs have been a bit of a sore subject for them.

The Raptors have earned a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs in each of the last five seasons, yet they have failed to reach the NBA Finals. A LeBron James-led Cleveland team ended their runs the past three postseasons, including an embarrassing 4-0 sweep with Toronto as the No. 1 seed in the East. The Raptors were stuck in perpetual purgatory. Continue Reading By Thomas Schlarp

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Before Wednesday night, Zach Collins was a mostly anonymous second-year center for the Trail Blazers. After Wednesday, he’s the archenemy of the champion Warriors and a Twitter star.

Slight exaggeration, but Collins did make a few gold-clad All-Stars mad with his play and his talking, not necessarily in that order, in Portland’s 129-107 victory. Continue Reading By Tom Gatto

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA officials announced Saturday they will collaborate on a new 12-team African pro basketball league that begins in January 2020

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A new professional basketball league is coming to Africa. On Saturday at NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) are teaming up to launch what will be called the Basketball Africa League (BAL); a 12-franchise league that is set to begin play in January of 2020. Continue Reading By 

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Considering the NBA’s global popularity and penchant for staying ahead of the curve, Saturday’s announcement that the league is officially expanding outside of North America comes as no surprise. Continue Reading By Jay Connor

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For a moment imagine that the Dallas Chaparrals had never made the trip down I-35 to the Alamo City. Perhaps they would have floundered around the ABA a few more seasons until the NBA incorporated the Denver NuggetsIndiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, and Virginia Squires.

It’s quite possible San Antonio would not have gotten a major franchise in any sport. Who would San Antonians root for? Continue Reading By 

The 2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday saw Team USA defeat Team World 161-144 in a game was about as half-assed defensively as one would expect with that scoreline. But despite this crop of young NBA talent getting some of the best looks they’ve gotten all season, it didn’t prevent some of the worst misses from standing out amongst the highlight dunks—especially down the stretch. Continue Reading By Gabe Fernandez

Before Adam Silver could deliver his annual state of the NBA address at All-Star Weekend, Charles Barkley beat the commissioner to the punch.

The outspoken TNT commentator and Hall of Famer didn’t mince words in a blistering critique of the league’s lack of competitive balance, slamming agents for their role in steering players to Superteams and even predicting future labor strife. Continue Reading By Ben Golliver

No one would have been able to argue, with a straight face, that the cast of characters shooting around during warmups for the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night was a who’s who of household names.

During a red-carpet arrival event a few hours earlier, in fact, members of the media could be observed discreetly gesturing at the various smartly dressed folks on the other side of the ropes while muttering the same question over and over to each other: “Hey, do you know who that is?” Continue Reading By THÉODEN JANES

More than bragging rights will be at stake when Stephen Curry and Seth Curry compete Saturday night in the 3-point shooting contest during the NBA’s All-Star Game weekend festivities. The brothers have wagered on the outcome. Continue Reading By 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave the world a peek at the future of jerseys during this week’s NBA All-Start Technology Summit, an event dedicated to illustrating how technology might advance the sport by 2038. Continue Reading By 

 

 

 

 

 

NBA OFF SEASON NEWS, WADE, LEBRON, KOBE, KNICKS & FREE AGENTS

Future Hall of Fame guard Dwyane Wade made it clear a few weeks ago that if he suits up for the 2018-19 season, he’ll only do so with the Miami Heat. Wade is an unrestricted free agent this summer and has yet to commit to Miami, but it seems he will soon talk with team president … Read moreNBA OFF SEASON NEWS, WADE, LEBRON, KOBE, KNICKS & FREE AGENTS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 8, 2018, THE NBA 5 GREATEST PLAYERS

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW August 8, 2018 CLICK THE BAR BELOW My Five Greatest NBA Starters  Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant LeBron James Kareem Abdul Jabbar Roughly nine hours before LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, the King reminded himself, via an Instagram post, to savor the looming achievement. “While I … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 8, 2018, THE NBA 5 GREATEST PLAYERS

THE BEST NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS

When LeBron James first left Cleveland in 2010 to take his talents to South Beach, he was bashed for it. Lost in the hoopla over whether it was wise to publicly break up with the region that made him was the fact that “The Decision” actually ended up raising millions for the Boys & Girls Club. Eight years … Read moreTHE BEST NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

“They say I never show any emotion. It’s just who I am,” Frank Mason III told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve got a lot more to prove, a lot more work to get in…I’ll definitely have a better season next year.” Mason was selected with the No. 34 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES

Tony Parker will go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. But there are still some question about whether Parker will actually play in San Antonio next season. The veteran guard is a free agent heading into this summer, and several teams have some interest in Parker as a … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

This is Boston’s dance, and the rest of the conference is just spectating. A league source close to the situation told the Sun-Times on Tuesday that Kyrie Irving and former Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler are still trying to figure out a way to play together. Whether that means the Celtics try and acquire Butler this … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

NBA NEWS DRAFT-LEBRON JAMES-KEVIN DURANT-POPOVICH

  Michael Porter Jr. started shooting off draft boards before his biggest concern reared its ugly head. USA Today reported Wednesday that the Kings are now looking at Porter at No. 2 in the draft, along with Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley III, assuming the Suns take Deandre Ayton at No. 1. Not longer after that, … Read moreNBA NEWS DRAFT-LEBRON JAMES-KEVIN DURANT-POPOVICH

NBA NEWS-KERR’s REACTION-ALL NBA TEAMS

Early in the 2009-10 season, Phoenix Suns big man Amar’e Stoudemire, goggles atop his forehead, ambled his way to the timeout huddle. The Suns, two years removed from Mike D’Antoni’s tenure as head coach, were still burning up the floor at their usual breakneck pace. On this night, in this moment, Stoudemire caught his breath after a particularly … Read moreNBA NEWS-KERR’s REACTION-ALL NBA TEAMS