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Kevin Durant’s Feet Make His Legs Look Like Hockey Sticks

July 29th, 2014
This picture was taken of Kevin Durant after a long day of Team USA basketball practice, where many of the NBA's top players are readying themselves for the FIBA World Cup. In the photo, his lower half bears a striking resemblance to hockey sticks. [Getty]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Chicago Bulls’ Pressure to Win Is Squarely on Tom Thibodeau Now

July 29th, 2014
No one can say coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t have the pieces he needs anymore. Derrick Rose is back. He came roaring out of the gates at Team USA practice, looking better than ever with his increased bulk and smooth jump shot.  "I've been preparing for this for a long time," he told ...

5 Young NBA Players with Shots at Stardom During 2014-15 Season

July 29th, 2014
Year after year, the leaves change, the seasons turn...and new names approach the star-studded stratosphere atop the NBA. Last season saw a slew of precocious youngsters take that all-important next step. John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry all made their respective All-Star debuts in the same ...

Best Potential 2014 Free-Agent Landing Spots for Michael Beasley

July 29th, 2014
To say that Michael Beasley has gone down a bumpy road during his time in the NBA would be an understatement, but the journey probably isn't going to end here. Although Beasley is still out there as a free agent, it would be a bit of a surprise if he didn't ...

Derrick Rose Entering Next Season as the Biggest Mystery in the NBA

July 29th, 2014
Edgar Allen Poe. Agatha Christie. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Dashiell Hammett. Ian Fleming. Stieg Larsson.  Derrick Rose.  The Chicago Bulls point guard might not be penning any legendary pieces of fiction in the next few years, but he's still the author of the NBA's biggest mystery heading into the 2014-15 campaign. After ...

Stay or Go? Two Years Out, Kevin Durant Is Already Weighing His Options

July 29th, 2014
LAS VEGAS — Kevin Durant was happy to talk about LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Legitimately happy. Durant called it "well thought out," described it as "classy" and raved about the respect he had for James making a move to serve his native community. Durant said he ...

Are Houston Rockets Still a Top-4 Western Conference Team?

July 29th, 2014
Who are the Houston Rockets? As they continue to work through an NBA offseason that was once dressed in promise and optimism and grand ambitions but is now steeped in disappointment, it's a fair question. And it's a malleable inquiry at that, not one stringently limited to the scope of how ...

How Will Kevin Love Trade Stack Up Against Recent Blockbuster Moves?

July 29th, 2014
The consensus is that Kevin Love will be leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves at some point this offseason as part of a blockbuster trade. Unfortunately, that's where certainty on the topic stops. Nobody knows exactly when such a move will happen or how it will take shape. Where is also hazy, as a ...

What Is Kawhi Leonard’s Actual Ceiling with the San Antonio Spurs?

July 29th, 2014
Kawhi Leonard is so close. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in the San Antonio Spurs' five-game gentleman's sweep of the Miami Heat. After three years of teasing us with his all-world ability, we finally saw Leonard break out on the big ...

Why Expectations for Aaron Gordon Should Be Tempered During Rookie Season

July 29th, 2014
For now, forget about the No. 4 overall label that's attached to Aaron Gordon's profile. Ignore the buzz that's surrounded him since his days as a McDonald's All-American. Feel free to get excited about some jaw-dropping highlight plays—those babies will be there as long as Gordon gets an opportunity.  But if you're ...