NBA Twitter roasted the New York Knicks, who saw their losing streak extend to three games after loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The New York Knicks latest home stand has not gone the way that they had expected. They had lost the first two games of the four-game set at Madison Square Garden to
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images Packers getting good news on Randall Cobb by Russell S. Baxter Jonathan Kuminga continues to impress during his first season and Klay Thompson is clearly a big fan of the power forward. Early on in his career with the Golden State Warriors, power forward Jonathan Kuminga has impressed. While his 6.5
3:29 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors felt good heading into their Thursday night matchup against the Indiana Pacers. They held a home run derby at Chase Center the day before to boost morale after a tough road trip and were ready to build momentum on their dominant win over
Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images Draymond Green says Ja Morant is a candidate for MVP, not Most Improved by Braulio Perez Russell Westbrook was nowhere to be seen late in the Lakers loss to Indiana, and ESPN is reporting Frank Vogel had the green light to bench him down the stretch. The rough stretch for
8:43 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Brooklyn assistant coach David Vanterpool was fined $10,000, and the Nets were penalized $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday after he interfered with play in a victory at Washington. Vanterpool reached across the sideline and deflected a pass with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the
NBA All-Star voting ends this week. Which players from the Eastern Conference deserve a spot in this year’s All-Star Game, and which ones just miss the cut? NBA All-Star voting closes this Friday, and while I don’t have an official media vote for who gets into this year’s game, I still went through the exercise
8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN had just played host to one of the season’s most thrilling comebacks. It was Jan. 6, and New York Knicks fans had witnessed a ridiculous buzzer-beating bank shot 3-pointer by RJ Barrett that capped a 24-point rally and win against the Boston Celtics. It was the Knicks’
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Klay Thompson has nothing but praise for rookie Jonathan Kuminga by Braulio Perez Could the Sacramento Kings end up parting ways with De’Aaron Fox to try and land star big man Domantas Sabonis? There’s plenty of intrigue leading up to the 2022 NBA trade deadline. With the big day
10:14 PM ET ESPN News Services PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid tied his career high with 50 points in just 27 minutes, leading a dominant third quarter that carried the Philadelphia 76ers to a 123-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Embiid also had 12 rebounds and three blocks while making 17 of 23
Los Angeles Lakers senior basketball advisor Kurt Rambis made his “voice heard” on the recent roster decisions made by Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The Lakers have perfected peak mediocrity this season with an even-keeled .500 record for a large portion of the season. Even now, the Lakers are 22-22, and while they could still
8:12 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN Chicago Bulls guards Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball will not travel with the team for its upcoming road trip while each recovers from his respective knee injury, coach Billy Donovan said prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It will leave the Bulls without their starting backcourt for,
A lot of memorable NBA players are getting a second chance…due to a new wave of a deadly pandemic. Can any joy be found here? For the third straight season, the NBA has been thoroughly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the season was able to start on time, and the league has managed to
3:11 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson knew he needed to use the same patience he learned over the past 2½ years and apply it to his shot coming back. And for the most part, it looked to have paid off in the Golden State Warriors‘ 102-86 win over the Detroit Pistons
LeBron James offered serious praise for Stanley Johnson following an impressive Jan. 17 performance against the Utah Jazz. With top draft players that have moved around quite a bit, it can sometimes be difficult to remember how they entered the league. For Stanley Johnson, a 25-year-old Lakers forward who was originally drafted by the Detroit
12:15 AM ET The Denver Nuggets are acquiring San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night. The Nuggets will send Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Celtics, and the Spurs will acquire Boston forward Juancho Hernangomez and Denver’s 2028 second-round pick, sources
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving gave a detailed answer as to why he’s “standing on” his position of refusing the COVID vaccine. No matter the number of scientists, healthcare workers, citizens and government officials working tirelessly to end the global coronavirus pandemic, nothing can persuade Kyrie Irving in regards to getting the COVID vaccine.
4:17 PM ET The LA Clippers are extending Paul George‘s period of rest for the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow a few more weeks to see how it responds, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. George has not played since scoring 17 points in a win at the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 22.
Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) Red Sox legend Luis Tiant shares heartbreaking message after passing of Jim Corsi by Scott Rogust The Over and Back Podcast remembers the life and career of Boston Celtics legend “Mr. Clutch” Sam Jones. The NBA world lost a great one as Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones passed away.
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Indiana Pacers guard Chris Duarte (3): Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports The NBA Trade Deadline is fast approaching and after an entire season of speculation and rumors, it’s time to see who are the legitimate trade candidates on the market. The New York Knicks got things going, trading Kevin Knox and a protected first-round pick for
3:35 AM ET LOS ANGELES — LeBron James apologized to Lakers fans and the next night Los Angeles made the No. 1 offense in the league look sorry in a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday. “I think there’s a huge lesson to be learned with this group that we’re going nowhere without
9:05 PM ET CLEVELAND — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving made clear Monday that his stance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine will not change in the wake of Kevin Durant‘s knee injury that is expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. Irving is unvaccinated and therefore ineligible to play at home because of a
While the long-delayed return of Zion Williamson will help the Pelicans, his injury has revealed that their problems are much deeper than his absence. The New Orleans Pelicans season has been haunted by the absence of Zion Williamson. On media day, it was announced that he had suffered a foot injury but that the team
3:20 PM ET CLEVELAND — As the Brooklyn Nets prepare for life without Kevin Durant for at least the next month, coach Steve Nash wants them to do so with as positive an outlook as possible. Durant sprained the MCL in his left knee during Saturday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans. While Nash said
Baron Davis accomplished so much in his decorated NBA career. But his most lasting impact may be in what he’s done off the court. The terms “robber baron” and “captain of industry” refer to the same phenomenon, but differ in connotation. In the 19th century, wealthy, powerful industrialists amassed unforeseen wealth in the United States
8:00 AM ET The Memphis Grizzlies‘ franchise-record 11-game win streak ran out of steam during Friday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks, but something tells us Ja Morant & Co. aren’t done putting their stamp on the NBA this season. Even with the defeat, the Grizzlies’ 30-15 record is the second best in franchise history through
Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has never been better and he’s keeping the Denver Nuggets afloat without two of his most talented teammates. In a competitive Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets have managed to stay afloat this season without Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray, who both averaged 19-plus points per game last season. As of
1:48 AM ET DENVER — After the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 37-point loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, the second-biggest loss of LeBron James‘ 19-year career, another franchise great weighed in with his disgust. “We as Lakers fans can accept being outplayed but we deserve more than a lack of effort and no sense of
6:35 PM ET Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green will be out at least two more weeks after evaluations indicated that the soreness in his left calf is tied to “the involvement of a disc in his lower back.” Green left last Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers early because of a sore left
11:09 AM ET After the Brooklyn Nets diagnosed All-NBA forward Kevin Durant with a sprained MCL of his left knee, the franchise expects a four- to six-week rehabilitation before his return, sources told ESPN. Durant underwent imaging on Sunday morning after Saturday night’s injury, and a realistic benchmark for Durant could be a return coming