Scotto: Top 10 Free Agents of 2016

Kevin Durant

Tristan Thompson remains the biggest fish in this summer’s free agent sea, as noted in our updated rankings. In fact, LeBron James has called Thompson a “key piece” to Cleveland’s hopes of winning a title this season. So why the elongated stalemate between the two sides? It comes down to leverage. Cleveland has it for the upcoming season, but Thompson has it afterward. Confused? Let me explain. [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: Dwight Howard visits Comic-Con in Predator costume

Dwight Tyson

It’s no surprise if you follow Dwight Howard, but the Houston Rockets’ veteran center very much enjoys having fun in his spare offseason time. While his younger teammates were in Las Vegas this weekend to take in Summer League action, the 29-year-old Howard instead traveled to San Diego to check out Comic-Con in full costume, along with the likes of Mike Tyson and a celebrity dog. [Read more…]

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Bernucca: While Selling a Brand, Lakers Forgot to Build a Team

Lakers Kobe Bryant James Worthy Girls Trophy

So this is how it ends for Kobe Bryant, huh? A top-10 all-time player, Bryant will spend his last four years as the face of arguably the most storied franchise in NBA history, watching it plunge into unprecedented irrelevance. What has happened to the Lakers happens to a lot of successful family-owned businesses. It was handed from the patriarch to the next generation, which was in over its head. It took its brand for granted and treated the competition with disdain rather

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DuBose: Harden, Rockets show chops of a contender in staving off elimination

James Harden

The Houston Rockets probably don’t have the depth of physical talent to win an NBA title just yet. But mentally, James Harden’s team could already be there. They made that statement quite clear in Monday’s Game 4, a game most expected to be Golden State’s title coronation after grabbing a 3-0 series lead. Instead, led by 45 points from the MVP-runner-up, the Rockets improved to 4-0 this postseason in elimination games — and 7-2 in the Harden era. These Rockets are now just the

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PODCAST: Dwight Howard facing suspension for elbowing Bogut, but …

HowardBogut

Rod Thorn, the NBA’s dean of discipline, has a tough decision to make. Should Dwight Howard’s elbowing foul against Andrew Bogut from Game 4 of the Western Conference finals be upgraded to a flagrant-2, which would force Howard to miss Game 5. The precedent is there, whether it was Al Horford getting ejected from Game 3 of the Atlanta-Cleveland series or J.R. Smith getting suspended two games for elbowing Jae Crowder of Boston during the first round. Elbows to the head are a

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