INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Speaking to reporters for the first time in a week — which spanned an explosive team meeting, a lopsided loss to the San Antonio Spurs, an underwhelming win over the Indiana Pacers that included a questionable exchange with Kevin Love and an 8-for-22 personal shooting total — Isaiah Thomas explained himself: He
After Enes Kanter and Devin Booker tangled during the New York Knicks‘ 107-85 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, the trash talk continued on Twitter after the game. Kanter tweeted out an a image of Booker, who was ejected in the third quarter after shoving the Knicks big man in the back. Booker’s
CLEVELAND — LeBron James recorded the first quadruple-double of his career in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 115-108 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. It’s one he’d just as soon not remember as his 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds were offset by the most turnovers he has ever committed. James coughed up a career-high
SAN FRANCISCO — Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will miss approximately two weeks after lacerating his right hand in a non-basketball incident prior to Wednesday’s 113-102 win over the LA Clippers, the team announced Friday. Smart tweeted Friday that he injured his hand while swiping at a picture frame on the wall at the
0:46 DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis score a combined 38 points to help the Pelicans pull away and top the Hornets 101-96. In an age where almost the entire NBA has gone small and embraced the age of pace and space, the New Orleans Pelicans are resting their laurels on a pair of heavyweights and
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James selected ex-teammate Kyrie Irving in the NBA All-Star Game draft on Thursday. James’ selection of Irving is noteworthy because Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers over the summer after he, James and the organization had won an NBA championship and reached three consecutive Finals. Golden State Warriors star Stephen
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — In the hopes of shoring up one of the worst defenses in the league while shaking the Cleveland Cavaliers from their month-long slump, the Cavs are replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday. “We’re going to start Tristan,” Lue said. “Jae has been playing
LOS ANGELES — On the same day that word trickled out about a Cleveland Cavaliers finger-pointing team meeting, the Boston Celtics huddled in Los Angeles on Monday to discuss their own struggles and privately resolved to work together to overcome one of the first rough patches the team has encountered this season. Celtics players acknowledged
DALLAS — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul said he was “cool” with not being selected for the All-Star Game. His co-star and coach weren’t so accepting of the snub. “I was amazed that people that should be watching games don’t watch the games and see how important a guy is,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo talked publicly Wednesday for the first time since Jason Kidd’s firing as coach Monday, saying he wished what they discussed had remained silent. Antetokounmpo acknowledged calling Kidd about 15 minutes before he was officially notified of his firing by the Bucks. Asked about what he said, Antetokounmpo declined to elaborate.
0:46 Dirk Nowitzki has used his signature fadeaway jumper to build a unique Hall of Fame career. DALLAS — It’s the iconic image instantly associated with Dirk Nowitzki. The silhouette of a lanky shooter lifting his right leg, leaning back and launching a one-footed fadeaway is the big German’s version of Michael Jordan‘s Jumpman logo.
OKLAHOMA CITY — With the 2018 All-Star Game reserves announced Tuesday, among the most notable snubs was Paul George, leaving Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook stunned and frustrated by the omission. “Unbelievable. I think it’s just outrageous, in my opinion,” Westbrook said, demonstrably closing his eyes and shaking his head. “I don’t know who else made
5:34 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books The Cleveland Cavaliers are progressing in conversations on a deal to acquire Sacramento Kings guard George Hill, league sources told ESPN. The Cavaliers and Kings are discussing a package
Back in September, Scott Perry offered some insight into his approach as New York Knicks general manager. “Part of my job is to assess our roster, take phone calls and figure out ways to keep getting this basketball team better,” Perry said before training camp. “I will continue to do that as long as I’m
Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen to gather an understanding of the organization’s direction, league sources told ESPN. The two met discreetly for approximately one hour in Allen’s office at Moda Center prior to hosting the Indiana Pacers last Thursday, sources said. It was the first home
LOS ANGELES — Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says he isn’t concerned about the criticism he’s received for calling himself a “born and bred” Eagles fan in a tweet Sunday after Philadelphia’s victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. “I don’t care,” Towns said Monday. “I really didn’t care regardless of what the feeling
After a four-week hiatus, the Houston Rockets are back in the top two this week following Saturday night’s home win over the Golden State Warriors. While the victory wasn’t enough the knock the defending champs off their Power Rankings perch, Houston did manage to secure the regular-season series against their Western Conference rivals. In the
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker met with Gregg Popovich before Sunday’s 94-86 loss against the Indiana Pacers, and the coach told him he “thought it was time” to go with someone else in the starting lineup. So, with second-year man Dejounte Murray hitting the court with the starters at point