John Wall informs Rockets he wants to return to court

Yahoo! Sports

Houston Rockets guard John Wall reportedly wants to return to the court. Wall — who has sat out the entire season while the Rockets look for a trade partner — informed the team Friday he wants to play, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Jayson Tatum denies lack of effort amid criticism for selfish play

Clutch Points

The Boston Celtics have now lost back-to-back games following Friday’s 96-88 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. It was another disappointing loss for the C’s who are now in possession of a 10-10 record in the East.

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Frank Vogel says the Lakers haven’t decided how much to play LeBron James at center moving forward

Silver Screen And Roll

When LeBron James first signed with the Lakers in 2018, the idea of him playing center was so unorthodox that he took the time to crack jokes about the possibility when it surfaced during the offseason, posting a comically swole photoshop of himself working out on Instagram in “preparation” for the task.

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Isaiah Stewart addresses LeBron James incident for first time

Larry Brown Sports

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart returned from his two-game suspension on Friday after his confrontation with LeBron James. That also gave Stewart the opportunity to discuss the wild scene for the first time.

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Lakers’ LeBron James fined $15K for making obscene gesture vs. Pacers

The Athletic

Lakers star LeBron James was fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture while on the court in Wednesday's 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers, the league announced. James was also warned for using profane language during media availability in response to league-imposed discipline.

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20 thoughts about the Los Angeles Lakers 20 games into the 2021-22 NBA season Clutch Points

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Early Check-In On NBA MVP Race

Hoops Rumors

With the lone exception of the Spurs, all of the NBA’s teams have played between 18 and 20 games so far this season (San Antonio is at 17), meaning we’re just about at the one-quarter mark of the season. With that in mind, we’re taking stock today of the top performances of 2021/22 to date.

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76ers Don’t Need Ben Simmons Anymore With Tyrese Maxey Emergence

Clutch Points

We are a little over a month into the regular season, and there is still no telling what will happen with Ben Simmons. The former number one pick has cited he is not mentally ready to take the floor, and a return date has not come close to being discussed.

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Five reasons for NBA fans to be thankful this season

CBS Sports

NBA fans have a lot to be thankful for. On a nightly basis they get to watch the world's best basketball players and some of the most elite athletes go head-to-head. Thus, it only seemed fitting to use this year's Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to express some gratitude for a league that provides endless entertainment to millions around the globe. Here are five reasons for fans of the best basketball league in the world to be thankful this season. 

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Ben Simmons is ‘Broke,’ May Be Forced To Return Over Cash Flow Issues

The Big Lead

The Philadelphia 76ers are 10-8 this season. Joel Embiid has played nine games. Tobias Harris has played 11 games. And Ben Simmons not played any. The Sixers tried to trade Simmons and Simmons the demanded to be dealt. Then Simmons showed up for training camp, but that didn't work out either. Simmons then said he was having mental health issues. Last we heard, Simmons and the Sixers were having trouble agreeing on the best course of treatment. 

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Nets Kevin Durant passes Allen Iverson on All-Time scoring list

Clutch Points

Brooklyn Nets Superstar Kevin Durant has surpassed Allen Iverson for 25th on the all-time scoring list.

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Klay Thompson Believes James Wiseman Is The Future Of The Warriors

Fadeaway World

James Wiseman was lauded as one of the best prospects going into the 2020 NBA Draft. He averaged 11.5 PPG and 5.8 RPG during his first season with the Golden State Warriors. Those stats came in only 21.4 MPG, and he showed great flashes of his athleticism and shooting ability.

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3 Affordable Michael Porter Jr. Replacements For Nuggets

NBA Analysis

The Denver Nuggets received some negative news regarding Michael Porter Jr. on Sunday night that could wind up having detrimental effects on their 2021-22 season. Porter is in danger of missing the rest of the NBA season due to a nerve issue in his back that could require surgery, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post. 

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An early look at the top 25 NBA free agents for 2022

The Athletic

Is free agency dead?

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Lakers Predicted to Be Most Active at NBA Trade Deadline

Heavy

It’s not time to panic for the Los Angeles Lakers yet but it is time to be concerned. The team is 9-9 and doesn’t currently hold a playoff spot in the Western Conference if the season ended today. It’s been a rough start to the season and the team has yet to find its footing consistently.

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76ers Still Believe Ben Simmons Is The Key To Landing Damian Lillard

NBA Analysis

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to try and figure out a solution to their on-going problems with All-Star Ben Simmons this NBA season and they have continued to monitor trade discussions league-wide. 

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LeBron James suspended 1 game, Isaiah Stewart suspended 2 games

The Score

LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart have been suspended one and two games, respectively, for their altercation during Sunday's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons, NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell announced Monday.

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8 biggest surprises/disappointments of the NBA season

Sportsnaut

Through the first month or so of the 2021-22 NBA season, we’ve seen a lot go down throughout the league. On one end of the spectrum, the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors continue to play absolutely elite basketball. Why is it a surprise they have been so successful? 

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George Karl calls for Vivek Ranadive to sell the Kings

Larry Brown Sports

George Karl was one of those coaches, having led the Kings for two seasons from 2015 to 2016. Karl reacted on Twitter to the firing of Walton and made a bold statement about Ranadive.

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4 Sacramento Kings coaching candidates to replace Luke Walton

Sportsnaut

The Sacramento Kings are set to begin another coaching search with head coach Luke Walton headed towards the door after another disappointing start for the franchise. In a tradition that has become all too familiar for fans, we’ll examine some Kings coaching candidates who could be on Sacramento’s radar.

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Playing Keep or Swap with Every NBA Team’s Most Tradable Player

Bleacher Report

A month into the 2021-22 NBA season, we're getting a good idea of who the contenders and lottery-bound teams are, meaning there could be some tough roster decisions forthcoming.

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This 76ers-Pistons Trade Involves Jerami Grant

NBA Analysis

We are now nearing the holiday season and while it may be a different year soon, the Philadelphia 76ers will still be dealing with the same Ben Simmons drama this NBA season! The Sixers have yet to make a decision on what the future holds for their 3x All-Star and there still does not seem to be an end in sight after it seemed like they may trade him this past offseason. 

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3 guards Cavs must target after losing Collin Sexton

Cavs Nation

The Cleveland Cavaliers started the season in an unexpectedly great way. Many analysts expected the Cavs to be in the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but they are currently 9-8 and they have the Rookie of the Year frontrunner in Evan Mobley. However, a huge setback hit them in the midst of this good start. Their young star guard, Collin Sexton, fell down with a torn meniscus and he is out for the season. While this is a huge setback, obviously, the Cavaliers have the assets to pursue a trade and try to find a solution for this season in the trade market. Thus, here are three guards the Cavs must target to replace Sexton!

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How did the Lebron James look in his return from injury in Boston?

Sporting News

LeBron James returned from an almost three-week absence for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics on Friday night. James had been out of the Lakers lineup since November 2, missing the team's past eight games with an abdominal strain.

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These Teams Need To Pursue A Thaddeus Young Trade

NBA Analysis

There was plenty of movement during the NBA offseason and Thaddeus Young ended up being part of it. After being moved once in the offseason, Young has a chance to be involved in a trade once again.

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