The Only Two Teams Can Beat LeBron James And The Lakers In The Western Conference

Fadeaway World

The Utah Jazz have the best record in the NBA, but they are not the favorites in the Western Conference, especially over the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, the Lakers are the best team in the West once LeBron James and Anthony Davis are healthy. There is very limited competition with the Lakers’ star power, even teams with a better record like the Phoenix Suns.

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Otto Porter Jr. Hasn’t Discussed Contract Buyout with Magic After Bulls Trade

Bleacher Report

Otto Porter Jr. has reportedly had no discussions about a contract buyout with the Orlando Magic since coming over from the Chicago Bulls in a deadline-day trade, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.

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Celtics Alum Kendrick Perkins Calls Former Teammate Rajon Rondo ‘Most Underrated PG of All Time’

Heavy

Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins has never been shy about sharing his feelings on all things basketball. The 2008 NBA champion turned ESPN analyst regularly brings the heat on television as well as social media with a seemingly endless flow of hot takes.

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Cincinnati fires coach John Brannen after just two seasons after university review of basketball program

CBS Sports

Cincinnati is firing men's basketball coach John Brannen less than a week after placing him on paid administrative leave amid a university review of the program, the school announced Friday. The school first announced its review of allegations involving the program late last month.

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Referee Bert Smith’s fall in men’s NCAA Tournament game didn’t kill him. It saved his life.

USA Today

Bert Smith hasn’t seen the moment that made him famous. His wife has seen it once, and she’ll never watch it again. If you saw it, you understand.

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Grading Every Top 2021 NBA Draft Prospect in Each Key Category

Bleacher Report

Scouting reports on NBA draft prospects cover a lot of ground. 

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Tyler Herro Reveals True Feelings on Moving to Miami Heat Bench

Heavy

When Erik Spoelstra first pulled Tyler Herro from the Miami Heat starting five, there was a little shock and awe. Maybe it was more from the fans who had grown a pseudo-crush on the baby-faced kid from Wisconsin.

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Miami Heat sign center Dewayne Dedmon

Sportsnaut

The Miami Heat have an answer to their question at backup center, signing Dewayne Dedmon on Thursday.

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Texas Tech transfer Nimari Burnett chooses Alabama basketball

Tuscaloosa News

Nimari Burnett, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2020, announced Thursday that he would transfer from Texas Tech, where he had an up-and-down freshman season, and join the Alabama basketball program. 

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UCLA coach Mick Cronin signs two-year extension after Final Four run

ESPN

After leading the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance since 2008, UCLA men's basketball coach Mick Cronin has signed a two-year extension worth $4 million per year, athletic director Martin Jarmond announced Thursday.

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Miami Hurricanes transfer Earl Timberlake commits to Memphis Tigers

Bleacher Report

Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers landed a significant addition from the transfer portal.

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Nets Big 3 Will Have to Learn How to Play Together on the Fly in the Playoffs

The Big Lead

It was only three short months ago that the Brooklyn Nets traded every draft pick they possibly could, along with Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen, to assemble arguably the most offensively talented Big 3 of all-time. Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are all capable of averaging 30 points per game individually and require double-teams when they're feeling it. Now they're on the same team, and it's difficult to imagine any defensive scheme capable of stopping them. 

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Could Danny Green’s Hot Run Cause Sixers to Rethink His Free Agency?

Heavy

There are few players in the NBA who are quite as maligned as Sixers wing Danny Green. He was massively overpaid two summers ago by the Lakers, who gave him two years and $30 million following his contributions to the Raptors’ NBA championship effort, and wound up being only so-so for L.A., averaging 8.0 points per game and making 36.7% of his 3-pointers—and only 33.9% in the playoffs.

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Paul George on DeMarcus Cousins’ debut: ‘Still got a lot left to give’

ESPN

Less than a minute into his first game as a member of the LA Clippers, DeMarcus Cousins maneuvered his way around Enes Kanter, tapped an offensive rebound to himself and scored on a putback right in front of a delighted Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

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Mac McClung ‘Considering’ Returning to Texas Tech, Forgoing NBA Draft

Bleacher Report

Mac McClung's time with the Texas Tech Red Raiders may not be done just yet.

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Here is what Sean Miller is expected to do next after being fired by Arizona

Larry Brown Sports

Sean Miller on Wednesday was fired after 12 seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats. Miller was able to hold onto his job for a few more years past when many thought he would be fired, but he is finally out.

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Candidates to replace Sean Miller at Arizona

CBS Sports

Arizona is on the hunt for its next coach after Wednesday's news that the Wildcats and Sean Miller are parting ways. Though an NCAA investigation has scuffed up the program's reputation a bit in recent years, the Arizona gig is still an elite college basketball job. Below, we'll review some of the names who could be possible candidates for the job, according to CBS Sports college basketball insiders Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish.

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NBA GM Would Consider Selecting Jalen Suggs With No. 1 Pick

Bleacher Report

Jalen Suggs helped lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the national title game of the 2021 NCAA men's tournament, and he may have played his way into No. 1 overall pick status while doing so.

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What should the Golden State Warriors do with Kelly Oubre Jr.?

Sportsnaut

The 2020-21 season was supposed to be the Golden State Warriors’ return to the promised land. However, after Klay Thompson’s unfortunate Achilles’ tear, the Warriors needed a suitable stopgap until Thompson was fully healthy again. Enter Kelly Oubre Jr., a solid piece. But the Warriors have not performed up to par. This begs a major question. What should the Warriors do with the 25-year-old wing?

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OG Anunoby Pulls Out Wrestling Move On Dennis Schroder

Total Pro Sports

Well, this was insane.

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UCLA F Jalen Hill retires from basketball due to anxiety, depression

Larry Brown Sports

Former UCLA forward Jalen Hill announced on Instagram Tuesday that he is retiring from basketball.

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Iowa’s Luka Garza wins Wooden Award, consensus National Player of the Year

Yahoo! Sports

Iowa center Luka Garza was named the John R. Wooden Award winner on Tuesday, securing his status as the consensus National Player of the Year. 

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What’s next for Baylor basketball after capturing program’s first national title?

USA Today

The first men's basketball national title is in the trophy case for Baylor. Now what can the Bears do for an encore? 

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Paul Pierce fired by ESPN after highly inappropriate social media broadcast

Clutch Points

Paul Pierce has been let go by ESPN, according to multiple reports. The announcement came after Pierce went on Instagram Live and recorded his wild weekend playing poker with what appeared to be strippers.

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Kelly Oubre Seemingly Takes Shot At Andrew Bogut Comments

Fadeaway World

The Golden State Warriors season hasn’t gone as planned. For a team with a good amount of talent, they just haven’t been able to put it together this season. One of the players who has struggled is Kelly Oubre Jr., although he is the team’s third-leading scorer at 15.0 PPG.

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