Harassment charges against Cousins dropped

4:52 PM ET Charges of third-degree harassing communications against Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins have been dropped and a misdemeanor case has been dismissed, his attorney Moshae Donald told ESPN on Friday. A warrant for Cousins’ arrest was filed in a Mobile, Alabama, county court in August following allegations by Christy West, the mother […]

Lowe: Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including the electric Ja Morant

6:51 AM ET Let’s get a helping of 10 NBA things before the holiday, including a closer look at Ja Morant: 1. Hello, Ja Morant Morant is real. In Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. — cut the fouls, big fella! — the Grizzlies have two cornerstones. Brandon Clarke can defend all over the floor, and […]

Lowe: The Sixers are all-in on new vibes after their absurdist drama

8:21 AM ET The Philadelphia 76ers mobbed Furkan Korkmaz after his winning buzzer-beater in Portland on Nov. 2, but what they have cherished more than the win is the night that unfolded afterward. Tobias Harris organized a gathering at a local club to celebrate. Every player on the trip came but Al Horford, who says […]

Tanking Probably Won’t Make Your Team Better. Sorry.

We live in odd athletic times. Losing has never been this fashionable. Look no further than the 2019 Miami Dolphins, who, as the season was about to kick off, traded two starters for a haul of future draft picks. The Dolphins decided, in modern parlance, to “tank,” or sacrifice the present for the potential of…

The encouraging signs behind Kawhi and PG’s imperfect debut

1:50 AM ET LOS ANGELES — When the LA Clippers moved heaven and earth last summer to acquire a pair of the league’s most lethal small forwards, the early glimpses of their ugly 107-104 overtime win over the Boston Celtics were what they imagined. In the game’s opening possession, the Celtics opted to trap Paul […]

Weddle won’t divulge Ravens secrets to Rams

9:56 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams will play the Baltimore Ravens next week on Monday Night Football. It’s a critical game for the 6-4 Rams, […]

The mystery of the Phoenix Suns' improbable, unearned success

The possibility that the such a badly run franchise could rise from self-imposed irrelevance based entirely on blindfire luck is deeply upsetting In an NBA season that has already seen several ascending young players sidelined by drug suspensions, a finals team all but wiped off the map by injuries, and the entire lower half of the Eastern Conference crumble and fall away, perhaps the single most disturbing development has been the sudden rise of the Phoenix Suns, the perennial Western Conference doormat th[..]

Simmons hits first 3 after 0 for 17 start to career

7:55 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — It finally happened. After more than two seasons and in his 172nd NBA game, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons made a 3-pointer. The moment Philadelphia fans have been waiting for came with 8:20 to play in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center […]

Sources: Kawhi, with George, plans to face Celts

3:48 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close NBA Senior NBA Insider Joined ESPN in 2017 Host of The Woj Pod Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined […]

Do the Celtics have an Embiid-sized hole in their lineup?

7:04 AM ET Even with the postmodern realities about size and space in the NBA game, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ shift toward featuring skill and speed has been remarkable. Marcus Smart in the trenches defending centers six-plus inches and many pounds heavier than him? So be it. Playing at times with a point guard […]

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were ‘destined’ to play together

7:00 AM ET A CROWD FORMS on the shores of Waikiki Beach, gawking at a procession of extremely tall passengers preparing to board the bright yellow and blue “Manu Kai” catamaran. At the front of the line, Paul George anticipates the waves and darts up the staircase, hopping aboard the boat just as the water […]

How Rick Carlisle learned to stop worrying and love Luka Doncic

7:00 AM ET LUKA DONCIC CROSSES the half-court line and surveys the defense, setting up a high ball screen on the right wing by using a nifty crossover and hesitation dribble to leave the defender on his heels. Time for a highlight. It is Nov. 11 and the Dallas Mavericks are trailing by five points […]

Trail Blazers, Carmelo hopeful after debut loss

11:51 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — With just one morning shootaround — without any teammates, no less — Carmelo Anthony took to the floor as a starter on Tuesday night for the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a process more than a year in the making. He last played in an NBA game […]

In Trail Blazers debut, Carmelo nets 10 in loss

11:51 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — It didn’t take long for the Portland Trail Blazers to get Carmelo Anthony involved in the offense. And though he ended up with just 10 points in Tuesday’s 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, it is abundantly clear that Portland’s objective is clear: Get the ball […]

Charles Barkley sorry for 'inappropriate' joke about hitting women

Former NBA star apologizes for ‘joke’ made to Axios reporter Analyst said: ‘I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you’ Charles Barkley apologized on Wednesday morning for telling a female reporter, “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.” The NBA Hall of Famer directed what he called a “joke” on Tuesday night to Axios election correspondent Alexi McCammond, who was in Atlanta to cover Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate. McCammond said Barkley had initially expressed support for for[..]

The wild story behind the NBA’s most unlikely heist

7:00 AM ET THE MOVING VAN from Sacramento chokes its way through Miami’s thick August air. It contains the objects of Jeff David’s life, all destined for the Davids’ new house in the affluent Pinecrest neighborhood. It is July 2018, and much of David’s family is on hand to help with the move. Jeff’s mother-in-law […]

Westbrook: Don’t normalize Harden’s greatness

11:48 PM ET HOUSTON — James Harden‘s scoring average for the season dipped slightly Monday, when he scored 36 points in the Houston Rockets‘ 132-108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. That puts in perspective how productive Harden has been for the Rockets, who have won eight consecutive games, with Harden scoring more than 35 […]

Doncic 2nd youngest with 40-point triple-double

11:15 PM ET Associated Press DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points in his sixth triple-double of the young NBA season and the Dallas Mavericks sent the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth straight loss, 117-110 on Monday night. Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, […]

Harden pours in 49, hoisting career-high 41 shots

10:33 PM ET Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Undermanned and playing for the second consecutive night, the Houston Rockets still had plenty of reason to be confident. “I would think it would give you confidence,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You’re playing with a bazooka out there.” A bazooka named James Harden. Harden unloaded Saturday night, scoring […]

Right now, the Blazers and Carmelo Anthony need each other

8:41 PM ET Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey had tried to get Carmelo Anthony in trades with the New York Knicks, tried to get him as a free agent post-Oklahoma City. Now, they were together on a call Thursday morning. Time had passed, circumstances had changed. “You need us,” sources said […]

Russell accepts HOF ring 44 years after induction

3:35 PM ET Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bill Russell says he’s finally ready to be a Hall of Famer. The 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ said on Twitter on Friday that he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony that came four […]

Paul George is here, and the Clippers have shown that he is necessary

2:17 AM ET NEW ORLEANS — Cold outside air poured through the loading dock a couple of hundred feet from tunnels leading out to the floor, coating the lower bowl at Smoothie King Center on Thursday with a chilled draft. For the first time this season, Paul George took the court for a pregame warm-up […]

George makes Clippers debut, scores 33 in loss

7:18 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — Paul George finished with 33 points and nine rebounds in his first game of the 2019-20 NBA season — and his first in an LA Clippers uniform. A pretty good start to the season, right? “I thought I was terrible,” George said following a 132-127 loss to […]

Trending: Reactions to Carmelo Anthony’s long-awaited return to the NBA

9:19 PM ET play 1:15 It seemed like Carmelo Anthony’s career in the NBA was over, but he is headed to Portland to play with the Blazers. On Thursday night, the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a deal with Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets on Nov. […]

Sources: Carmelo signing deal with Trail Blazers

8:58 PM ET Carmelo Anthony, who has been out of the NBA for over a year, will sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told ESPN. The Blazers have tried at different times in the past to add Anthony and made an attempt to acquire him when he was with the […]

Source: Carmelo signing deal with Trail Blazers

8:58 PM ET Carmelo Anthony is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a source tells ESPN. The Blazers have tried at different times in the past to add Anthony and made an attempt to acquire him when he was with the Knicks. Portland is lagging at the bottom of the West standings […]

Welcome back? Rating Kristaps’ return and every NBA reunion for 2019-20

8:00 AM ET After an offseason of furious player movement — including eight 2019 All-Stars changing teams — one intriguing storyline of this NBA season will be how players are received by fans when they return to the cities they left. Some will be easier to predict than others. Kyrie Irving in Boston? Won’t be […]

Dime King: The Lakers are benefiting from peak playmaker LeBron James

1:50 AM ET LOS ANGELES — LeBron James likes to pass the ball. Legend has it he developed his appreciation for the pass as a 9-year-old playing for the Summit Lake Hornets in a rec basketball league in Akron, Ohio. He fed a diminutive teammate named Sonny Spoon by rolling the rock his way. It […]

Westbrook trolls Beverley, points to Harden’s 47

12:51 AM ET HOUSTON — Notorious pest Patrick Beverley‘s reputation as an elite defender isn’t accurate, according to Russell Westbrook, who cited James Harden‘s 47-point performance in the Houston Rockets‘ 102-93 win Wednesday over the LA Clippers as proof. “Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. […]

Barnwell: Picking who will improve, decline and score more TDs this season

8:50 AM ET It’s easy to have a short memory in the NFL. When the 2019 season started, the most promising young quarterback in the AFC North was Baker Mayfield. The dominant team in the NFC West was supposed to be the Los Angeles Rams. The New York Jets were a hot sleeper pick to […]

Wiseman ineligibility could cost H.S. state title

5:27 PM ET The Memphis East High School basketball team, which won a 2017-18 state championship with Penny Hardaway as its coach and James Wiseman as its star player, is in danger of being stripped of its title because Wiseman and another player were ineligible. Shelby County Chancery Court Judge Jim Kyle ruled on Oct. […]

Cuban approves of load management in NBA

8:42 AM ET Amid the ongoing debate about resting players in the NBA, count Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban among those openly willing to support load management. “The problem isn’t load management, per se,” Cuban told reporters in Boston on Monday. “I think teams have to be smarter about when to load manage. I’m all […]

Lakers’ instant chemistry surprising to LeBron, AD

7:04 AM ET For years, Hakeem Olajuwon tutored NBA stars in the art of the post-up, teaching his footwork and sorcery in the paint. If he wanted to, Chris Bosh could coach up a different niche group: big men playing with LeBron James. 1 Related “Playing with LeBron was like buying a Ferrari,” Bosh said. […]

NBA celebrates Gorgui Dieng's charity work in native Senegal

Sources: George to make Clips debut this week

1:09 PM ET All-Star swingman Paul George will make his LA Clippers debut during the team’s upcoming road trip, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers will visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. George and the Clippers are still deciding when he’ll appear, but sources told ESPN […]

Levy out as Nets CEO after less than 2 months

12:55 PM ET David Levy is out as the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets less than two months after being hired by new team owner Joe Tsai. The Nets announced Tuesday that Levy, a former president at Turner Broadcasting, and the organization “mutually agreed to part ways.” Oliver Weisberg has been named interim CEO. “As […]

KU lands 1st 5-star recruit since NOA from NCAA

11:19 AM ET Five-star guard Bryce Thompson announced his commitment to Kansas on Tuesday morning, giving the Jayhawks their first five-star recruit since the 2018 class. Thompson — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma — chose Kansas over a final four that included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and North […]

Sources: Knicks prez angling for Fizdale firing

12:12 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close NBA Senior NBA Insider Joined ESPN in 2017 Host of The Woj Pod Malika Andrews Close ESPN Staff Writer Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2018 Appears regularly on ESPN Chicago 1000 Even before a startling news conference in the wake of a blowout loss to Cleveland on Sunday, New […]

Richard Sherman offers support, counsels San Jose-area juvenile offenders

7:00 AM ET SAN JOSE, Calif. — The feeling-out period is over and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman leans forward in his chair, taking care to make eye contact with each of the 20 kids as they listen with rapt attention. It’s time for Sherman to get serious with the kids, who are serving […]

Heat suspend Waiters 10 games after incident

5:03 PM ET The Miami Heat have suspended guard Dion Waiters 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team following an incident on the team charter on Thursday. It is Waiters’ second suspension of the season. Waiters experienced a “panic attack” on the team’s flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles after consuming a […]

Sources: Waiters ate edible, had panic attack

9:32 PM ET Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Adrian Wojnarowski Close NBA Senior NBA Insider Joined ESPN in 2017 Host of The Woj Pod Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters experienced a panic attack on the team’s charter flight Thursday […]

LeBron: If I’m not hurt, no load management

3:27 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Amid a renaissance start to the season for both the Los Angeles Lakers as a successful franchise and LeBron James as a dominant player, James says he has no plans to miss games due to load management in anticipation of a postseason run. “If I’m hurt, I don’t play. […]

Lillard torches Nets for 60, but Blazers fall again

12:52 AM ET ESPN News Services PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard scored a career-high 60 points for Portland in the Trail Blazers‘ 119-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 34 points and Kyrie Irving had 33 for Brooklyn to help send Portland to its fourth consecutive defeat. Lillard set a […]

NCAA bans Memphis’ Wiseman; judge issues stay

5:56 PM ET Memphis freshman James Wiseman, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, suited up for the Tigers on Friday night despite being ruled ineligible by the NCAA earlier in the day. Memphis said in a statement Friday that Penny Hardaway, before he was Memphis’ coach, provided $11,500 in moving expenses […]

Celtics’ Smart fined $15K for criticizing refs

6:27 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for public criticism of officials, money Smart himself predicted he’d lose when he went after the referees following Boston’s 108-87 road win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night. “Really, just, I wish they would call the game […]

Pitino hired as Greece’s national team coach

7:42 AM ET Rick Pitino is taking over as Greek national team coach as it looks to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, he confirmed via Twitter on Friday. Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team. Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge. — Rick Pitino […]

Kawhi has big 4th, ‘shocked’ NBA detailed injury

3:57 AM ET LOS ANGELES — After scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter for the second time this season, Kawhi Leonard said he would continue to follow his load management to maintain his health. One night after he was held out of a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks due to load management of a […]

Clippers fined $50K for statements on Kawhi

7:10 PM ET LOS ANGELES — The NBA fined the LA Clippers $50,000 for comments made by Doc Rivers that “were inconsistent” with Kawhi Leonard’s health. Leonard sat out the first of a back-to-back set of games for the second time this season on Wednesday night when the Clippers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. The […]

Zion ‘getting stronger,’ to play when Pels ‘let me’

3:17 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, who had surgery on his right knee just prior to the season, on Thursday said he’s “getting stronger” but gave no indication of when he’ll return to action. “When [the training staff] feels like I’m back to myself, they’ll let me play,” Williamson […]

How can LSU beat Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa? Only a select few know

1:00 AM ET TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Since his first season at Alabama in 2007 when the Crimson Tide just barely made a bowl game, Nick Saban hasn’t lost many games. He’s a staggering 147-15. LSU knows that. The Tigers have squared off in some memorable matchups against their former coach. But this year, No. 2 […]