NBA draft combine: Biggest questions, scrimmage standouts from Thursday

CHICAGO — The initial pair of combine scrimmages took place Thursday, with two more coming Friday as teams continue to hold interviews and conduct business behind the scenes. As usual, when the entire league gathers in one place for an extended period of time, information travels and draft speculation starts to get serious. A series … Read more

Bill Simmons had the perfect response to Jalen Green

1. As I have written before, when Bill Simmons’s “F— Jalen Green” line became a big thing online, very few people wanted to attach any context to it. Simmons, on an episode of his Ringers podcast, was not saying “F— Jalen Green” the person. He was saying, “F— Jalen Green” as a candidate to be … Read more

Boston Celtics center Al Horford available for Game 2 against Miami Heat

12:35 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Celtics announced Thursday afternoon that Al Horford would be available to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat. Horford, who abruptly went into the NBA’s health and safety protocols a couple of hours before Boston’s 118-107 Game 1 loss, was upgraded to … Read more

Charles Barkley to Warriors heckler: ‘I’ll f–k your mama’

Charles Barkley’s trash talk reached a vulgar new level on Wednesday, when the “Inside the NBA” crew filmed a live show outside the Chase Center prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Mavericks. The basketball Hall of Famer, who picked the Mavericks to win the series, was being heckled … Read more

The revolutionary Golden State Warriors defeated Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by embracing old-school ball

SAN FRANCISCO — Something has dawned on Stephen Curry as the Golden State Warriors stage their first legitimate title quest in nearly three years: He’s now the old guy. “When I look at some of those guys, you’re reminded of how young they are,” Curry said, contemplating the NBA’s starscape while the Warriors prepared for … Read more

Timberwolves in talks with Nuggets’ Tim Connelly about president role

The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about the franchise’s vacant President of Basketball Operations role, sources tell The Athletic. The Timberwolves recently requested permission from the Nuggets to speak with Connelly, and the sides have moved beyond exploratory conversations, sources said. There have been no agreements reached yet, and … Read more

Boston Celtics ‘out-toughed’ as Miami Heat use huge third quarter to take Game 1 behind Jimmy Butler

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Boston Celtics exited their locker room at halftime Tuesday night in control of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. But then the third quarter happened. And, after the Miami Heat demolished the Celtics, outscoring them 39-14 and using their physicality to send Boston into a death … Read more

NBA Mock Draft: Post lottery picks for every team

The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and we now know the order of picks Nos. 1-14 in June’s upcoming draft. On Tuesday night in Chicago, the Orlando Magic earned the right to select the No. 1 overall pick. The Magic weren’t the only team to come away winners, though as the Oklahoma … Read more

2022 NBA Draft Lottery results: Magic land first pick

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but for 13 teams, draft season starts now. Tuesday’s lottery saw the Orlando Magic win the top pick, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets to round out of the top three for the June 23 draft. For the Magic — who finished an Eastern Conference-worst … Read more

Commissioner Adam Silver says NBA is working with WNBA for Brittney Griner’s release from Russia

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that he is working “side by side” with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert to try to bring Brittney Griner home. Silver, speaking to ESPN’s Malika Andrews in a televised interview from Chicago prior to the NBA draft lottery, said his league was following the advice of experts when he did … Read more