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Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 19, 2018

LeBron James Dazzles in Debut but Lakers' Poor Shooting Sees Them Fall Short in Opener
LeBron produced a few jaw-dropping highlights and some head-scratching mistakes as the Lakers' poor shooting saw them lose their season opener to Portland.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Trail Blazers Honor Late Owner Paul Allen With Tributes Throughout Arena on Opening Night
Paul Allen died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Monday at 65 years old.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Watch: LeBron James Throws Down Classic Vicious Dunk for First Points as a Laker
James scored on a classic LeBron dunk.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Pat Riley Told Heat Players He's 'Pulling the Plug' on Jimmy Butler Deal
The Miami Heat were seen as one of the most likely trade destinations for Jimmy Butler.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Will New G League Contracts for Elite Prospects See Players Leave College Basketball Behind?
Will the G League's new "select contracts"—that could pay up to $125,000 for the season—incentivize NBA prospects coming out of high school to abandon college basketball and put an end to one-and-done players?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

How to Watch Lakers vs. Trail Blazers: LeBron's Debut Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Time
Find out how to watch Lakers vs. Trail Blazers in LeBron's Western Conference debut.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

The Benefits and Risks of NBA G League's ‘Professional Path' Program
The NBA G League announced a ‘Professional Path' program that would offer $125,000 contracts to elite high school prospects. The Front Office breaks down the benefits and risks.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Kyle Kuzma Q&A: Lakers Star Returns Home During the Height of Flint's Water Crisis
The Lakers' Kyle Kuzma returned home to the Flint, Mich., YMCA, where he reminisced on his childhood and lended a helping hand to a community in the middle of a water crisis.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Three at 3: Trail Blazers Underrated Entering the Year
Despite a strong record against the spread at the Moda Center last season, the Blazers are slight home favorites to the Lakers Thursday night. Is there value betting on Portland?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

NBA to Offer $125,000 G League Contracts to 'Elite Prospects' Out of High School
The G League's newly-formed "professional path" will work as an alternative to the NCAA's one-and-done system.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

The War for Anthony Davis and the Best Questions in Today's NBA
Considering the future of Anthony Davis is a year-long endeavor that encompasses LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, the Warriors, the Knicks, the CBA, and the Sacramento Kings. The constant rumors surrounding him also highlight everything that's a little disorienting about the way we watch the NBA.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Life Without Kristaps: Knicks Look to Push Pace With Star on the Mend
With Kristaps Porzingis out recovering from an ACL tear, the Knicks' offense exploded for 126 points against the Hawks in the opener at Madison Square Garden.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

Paul George: L.A. 'Is Where I Wanted To Go' If Not For Pacers Trade
Paul George says he would have joined the Lakers if Pacers didn't trade him

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 18, 2018

A Tale of Opposite Prospects: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic Showcase Bright Futures on Opening Night
Opening night showed Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic, the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, harbor similarly promising futures despite vast differences.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Watch: Knicks Fan Sinks Half-Court Shot for $10K at Season Opener
The Knicks were 0-for-9 when the fan sunk his half-court shot.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Three at 3: Don't Be Afraid to Bet the Jazz on the Road
Our favorite NBA bets for Wednesday's action include picks from Jazz-Kings and Bucks-Hornets.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Watch: Big Baller Brand Unveils Lonzo Ball's New $200 Sneaker
The new shoes come with a price drop, costing $200 compared to the $495 for the ZO2 Remix.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Nuggets, Mike Malone Agree to Two-Year Contract Extension as Head Coach
Nuggets head coach Mike Malone reportedly received a contract extension on Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Kobe Bryant Removed From Film Festival Jury After Concern Over 2003 Rape Case
Kobe Bryant was scheduled to be on the Animation is Film Festival jury, which will be held this weekend.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Jimmy Butler: Ready to Play and 'Go to War With My Soldiers' Before Wolves' Season-Opener


Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Andrew Wiggins Will Donate $22 For Every Point He Scores This Season to Underprivileged Children
The 23-year-old Andrew Wiggins said, "The goal is to help kids be kids and play sports!"

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

One Modest Proposal for Every NBA Team
While NBA front offices are run by bright and capable people, The Crossover still felt obligated to offer advice to every squad. From letting Ben Simmons run to letting Devin Booker play point, we dive into modest proposals for every team.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Warriors Celebrate Back-to-Back Titles With Reversible Rings
Golden State Warriors set new standard in championship hardware with reversible rings

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

NBA Opening Night Takeaways: Celtics' Depth, and How the Warriors Will Stay Fresh
NBA Opening Night proved to be a showcase for the Celtics incredibly versatile roster. While the Warriors could potentially save their best lineup until the playoffs. Here is our biggest takeaways from the night.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 17, 2018

Despite Lackluster Opener, There's No Real Concern Surrounding This Season's Warriors
The Warriors may not have looked exactly like the dynastic superteam that's been wrecking the league as of late against the Thunder, but there isn't any real cause for concern.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Watch: LeBron James Sinks Insane Last-Second Three on the Move During Lakers Scrimmage
Defenders? No problem. Distance? No problem. On the move? Easy. The King can do it all.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Timberwolves Owner Says Jimmy Butler Will Be Fully Committed to Minnesota Until Traded
Butler will be a "regular team player" for the Timberwolves until traded after reaching an "understanding" with Wolves owner Glen Taylor.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

How to Watch Warriors vs. Thunder on NBA Opening Night: Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Time
Find out how to watch Warriors vs. Thunder on opening night of the new NBA season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Wizards Add WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver to Assistant Coaching Staff
Kristi Toliver finished her 10th WNBA season this year with the Washington Mystics.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Sixers vs. Celtics: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Time
Here's how you can watch Sixers vs. Celtics tip off the 2018 NBA season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Chris Paul Q&A: Playing with Carmelo Anthony, Battling the Warriors and More
Chris Paul spoke with The Crossover about the Warriors, integrating Carmelo and his acting chops.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Report: Klay Thompson Has No Plans to Give Warriors a Discount in Free Agency
Thompson will become a free agent in 2019.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Three at 3: Best NBA Bets for Opening Night
What are the smart gambling plays for the opening night of the 2018-19 NBA season?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

Russell Westbrook Out for Thunder in NBA Season Opener vs. Warriors
The Thunder officially rule Russell Westbrook out ahead of Tuesday's game against Golden State.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

73 Reasons to Watch the 2018-19 NBA Season
The NBA is back—and there's no shortage of storylines and drama entering the new year. From LeBron and Jimmy to Harden and Steph, here are 73 reasons to watch the 2018-19 season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

The Next Step for the Celtics and the Point Guard Who Will Lead Them
For the past few seasons the Celtics have been scrappy, smart, lucky, tough, overrated, injured, resilient and almost always very good. Now Kyrie Irving and his teammates will try to take to next the step.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

The Next Step for the Celtics, and the Point Guard Who Will Lead Them
For the past few seasons the Celtics have been scrappy, smart, lucky, tough, overrated, injured, resilient and almost always very good. Now Kyrie Irving and his teammates will try to take to next the step.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 16, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Southwest Division Win Totals
The Rockets blew past already lofty expectations last season. With Vegas pegging them for approximately 10 fewer wins this year, can they shock oddsmakers once again?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James Season Odds/Props Roundup
With LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, team's season outlook and betting odds have taken a dramatic change.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Report: Larry Nance Agrees to Four-Year Extension With Cavaliers
Nance appeared in 24 games with the Cavaliers in 2017-18 after a midseason trade from the Lakers.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Watch: LeBron James Unsure of How to Address Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton
LeBron James is still unsure of how to properly address Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Report: Celtics, Terry Rozier Will Not Reach Agreement on a Rookie Extension
Talks were reportedly cordial but the Celtics and Rozier will revisit in restricted free agency this summer.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Report: Myles Turner, Pacers Agree to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension
The 22-year-old Turner averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 60 games last season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Phoenix Suns Sign Jamal Crawford to One-Year Deal
Veteran guard Jamal Crawford finally has a new home.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Northwest Division Win Totals
With win totals set between 41.5 and 48.5, the Northwest's five teams are primed for a division-wide dogfight this season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

The Rebirth of Thunder Basketball: A Bond Between Stars Provides New Hope in OKC
At this time last year, Paul George was determined to return home when he hit free agency. But after a season with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder he realized that, while L.A. is where he is from, Oklahoma City is where he belongs.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 15, 2018

Ten Burning Questions That Will Define the 2018-19 NBA Season
Did the Rockets hit their ceiling last season? Can LeBron and the Lakers mesh in time to push for a playoff spot? Will Toronto prove enough this season to retain Kawhi Leonard? The Crossover answers those questions and more ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 14, 2018

Report: Jimmy Butler Expected to Play in Season Opener as Trade Talks Quiet
Butler returned to the Timberwolves practice facility on Thursday after holding out due to a trade request.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 13, 2018

Richard Jefferson Announces Retirement After 17-Year Career
Jefferson won the NBA Finals in 2016 as a member of the Cavaliers.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 13, 2018

Mike Muscala, 76ers Denounce Father's Offensive Tweets
2018-19 will be Mike Muscala's first season with the 76ers after five years in Atlanta.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 13, 2018

Knicks Waive Joakim Noah, Still Owe $38 Million to Former Bulls Center
Noah has played in 53 games in two seasons with the Knicks.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Southeast Division Win Totals
Washington eyes a return to contention behind a healthy John Wall, while Orlando could take big steps forward thanks to its enormous frontcourt.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Report: Lakers, Celtics Most Heavily Wagered NBA Teams to Win Finals
The Celtics are 5-1 to win the NBA Finals while the Lakers have 12-1 odds.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Heat Sign Forward Justise Winslow to Three-Year, $39 Million Extension
Winslow averaged 7.8 points per game in 25 starts last season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Tex Winter Was Far More Than Just the Pioneer of the Triangle Offense
Tex Winter, a pioneer in the NBA world who brought the triangle offense to the pros, was far more than the man who helped Michael Jordan to six championships and the Lakers to a three-peat at the turn of the century.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

What Will Be the NBA's Biggest Plot Twist This Season?
The NBA is more unpredictable than it's ever been, with marquee players switching teams and conferences left and right. That said, The Crossover staff was still up to the task of picking the biggest plot twist for 2018-19.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Charles Barkley Confesses That He Hasn't Worn Underwear in 10 Years
Barkley told late night host Jimmy Fallon that he had a "big 'ole barn fire," with all his underwear about 10 years ago.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

The Timberwolves and the Jimmy Butler Reality Check
Jimmy Butler's practice has been painted as some triumphant feat, but the Open Floor podcast explains why it was more depressing than anything.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Kevin Garnett on Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler Situation: 'It's a S--- Storm Up There'
The Timberwolves legend weighed in on the ongoing Jimmy Butler saga following the forward's outburst at practice Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Karl-Anthony Towns Dodges Questions About Jimmy Butler
The Timberwolves play in their final preseason game on Friday night against the Bucks.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Will LeBron James's Lakers Be Anything More Than a Spectacle?
He's done it in Cleveland. He's done it in Miami. Now LeBron James will try to win yet another title after making a high-profile move, this time to Los Angeles, where the King's court is a fascinating mix of innocence and experience—and where the fan base demands banners.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 12, 2018

Appreciating What the 82-Game Grind of the NBA Regular Season Has to Offer
As many fans eagerly await the start of the NBA playoffs, it's easy to lose joy in the regular season. Here's why you should tune into the 82-game grind.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

Thunder Not Sure If Russell Westbrook Will Play in Season Opener vs. Warriors
The Thunder open their season against the Golden State Warriors next Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

Report: Jimmy Butler Calls Players-Only Meeting, Likely Staying With Minnesota Into Regular Season
Butler's team meeting came a day after his expletive-filled return to practice.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

Nobody Is Winning the Jimmy Butler Saga
The Jimmy Butler saga has dragged on to absurd levels, with practice ploys and pr stunts taking center stage. But while Butler might have taken control of the narrative surrounding his trade request, the truth is no one is winning here.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

The Absurdity of the Jimmy Butler Mess in Minnesota
The Jimmy Butler saga has dragged on to absurd levels, with practice ploys and pr stunts taking center stage. But while Butler might have taken control of the narrative surrounding his trade request, the truth is no one is winning here.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Pacific Division Win Totals
How far can LeBron James carry his young and enigmatic teammates in his first season as a Laker?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

Gregg Popovich adds Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright as USA Basketball Assistants
2019 will be Kerr's first stint as a USA Basketball coach.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

2018-19 NBA Finals Predictions: Is Warriors-Celtics the NBA's New Top Rivalry?
With the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry officially over, we will have a different matchup in the NBA Finals for the first time in years. What could emerge as the new replacement? The Crossover's staff takes a stab at predicting which two teams we'll watch in June.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

2018-19 NBA Finals Predictions: Will Warriors-Celtics Become the NBA's New Top Rivalry?
With the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry officially over, we will have a different matchup in the NBA Finals for the first time in years. What could emerge as the new replacement? The Crossover's staff takes a stab at predicting which two teams we'll watch in June.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

2018-19 NBA Entertainment Rankings: Warriors or Lakers at No. 1?
From "This ain't it" to "It's lit": The Crossover ranks all 30 NBA teams by entertainment value heading into the 2018-19 season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 11, 2018

Watch: LeBron James Sinks Half-Court Buzzer Beater in Lakers Preseason Game
The King pulled up for a deep three-pointer as time ran out in the first half of the Lakers' preseason game vs. Golden State.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Former Bulls Coach, Basketball Hall of Famer Tex Winter Dies at 96
Winter created the triangle offense that brought Michael Jordan and the Bulls six championships in the 1990's.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Kevin Love Announces Launch of Fund to Promote Mental Health Awareness
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love announced the launch of his fund aimed to promote physical and mental well being.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Central Division Win Totals
Two of the NBA's best coaches, Mike Budenholzer and Dwane Casey, figure to bring fresh energy to the Central Division. Can Milwaukee and Detroit exceed their win totals?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Drake, Ben Simmons and Others Join LeBron James for Episode Two of 'The Shop' on HBO
Drake, Ben Simmons, Mo Bamba and other familiar faces will join James and Maverick Carter for episode two on Friday, Oct. 12.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Jimmy Butler Verbally Challenges Teammates, Coaches In Return To Practice: 'You F------ Need Me'
Butler remains intent on being dealt from Minnesota before the season opener.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Jimmy Butler Challenges Timberwolves Teammates, Coaches In Return To Practice: 'You F------ Need Me'
Butler remains intent on being dealt from Minnesota before the season opener.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Report: 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour
The 76ers' All-Star center had previously been sponsored by Adidas.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Tracking All the Twists and Turns of the Jimmy Butler Saga
The Timberwolves are reportedly preparing to start the season with Butler on the Minnesota roster.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Latest Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors: Guard Practices With Timberwolves
Here's all the latest news and rumors related to the Jimmy Butler situation.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Latest Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors: Heat Still Pursuing Timberwolves Guard
Here's all the latest news and rumors related to the Jimmy Butler situation.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Latest Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Guard Challenges Team at Practice
Here's all the latest news and rumors related to the Jimmy Butler situation.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Anonymous Scouts Takes: Previewing All 30 NBA Teams


Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 10, 2018

Michael Porter Jr. Doesn't Know Where He Would Be Without Basketball
Michael Porter Jr. entered college basketball last year as one of the most prized recruits but an injury forced him to miss majority of his freshman season. Now as a rookie with the Nuggets, he is preparing for his return to the court. He chatted with The Crossover about the rehab process, life in Denver and his love for video games.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Guard Wants Deal by Friday
Jimmy Butler has reportedly made it clear that he wants a deal done by this Friday.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Report: Suns Considering Hiring Interim GM James Jones Full Time
Phoenix fired GM Ryan McDonough on Sunday.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Can the Raptors Make the NBA Finals?
With LeBron James out West, can Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors make the NBA Finals? The Open Floor podcast debates.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Watch: Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Gets Ejected From Preseason Game on Purpose, Waves Goodbye
After getting ejected from Monday's preseason game against the SSuns, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told officials, "I don't want to be here anyway."

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Dejounte Murray's Devastating ACL Injury Leaves Spurs Vulnerable
This season was supposed to be Spurs' Dejounte Murray's moment. After being diagnosed with an ACL tear, all of the intrigue and optimism will have to be shelved.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

Crystal Ball: 2018-19 NBA Awards Predictions
Will LeBron James finally take home MVP? Could Anthony Davis corral his first Defensive Player of the Year? The Crossover staff makes predictions for every award.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 09, 2018

2018 NBA Betting Preview: Atlantic Division Win Totals
Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia have the three highest preseason win totals in the Eastern Conference. Which Atlantic Division team has the best chance at going over its Vegas total?

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Dumping Mistake-Prone GM Ryan McDonough Won't Save Suns from Robert Sarver
While his five-year tenure with the Suns was filled with fireable offenses, Ryan McDonough's worst mistake was his first: Signing on to work for the wrong owner.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

J.R. Smith, Marcus Smart Fined for Altercation During Cavs-Celtics Preseason Game
The altercation occurred when J.R. Smith initially got tangled up with Aron Baynes, but Marcus Smart got in the middle.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Report: Mavericks Fire Team Photographer After Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations
The Dallas Mavericks sent Danny Bollinger home from the team's preseason trip to China on Thursday before he was reportedly fired.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

The Suns' Oddly Timed Ryan McDonough Firing Is Not Out of Character
The Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough nine days before the start of the regular season. The bizarre timing of the decision is nothing out of the ordinary for Phoenix.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Spurs Lose Dejounte Murray to Torn ACL, No Timeline for Return
Dejounte Murray played two seasons for the Spurs and started 48 games last season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Spurs' Dejounte Murray Tore ACL, No Timeline for Return
Dejounte Murray played two seasons for the Spurs and started 48 games last season.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Suns Fire General Manager Ryan McDonough
Ryan McDonough has been the general manager in Phoenix since 2013.

Sports Illustrated NBA
Oct 08, 2018

Kevin Love Q&A: The Future of the Cavs, State of Mental Health in Sports and More
After four years playing alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love is finally the guy in Cleveland. The Crossover talked to Love about that new responsibility, the state of mental health in the NBA and life without LeBron.

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