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Brandon Ingram Is the NBA’s Most Intriguing Rookie Extension Candidate

The former no. 2 overall pick has loads of talent but plenty of questions heading into his first season in New Orleans. Should the Pelicans lock him up with a new deal or wait for him to prove himself next to Zion Williamson?

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The Winners and Losers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup

The United States and Australia flopped, but Spain got a kiss from God

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What Does Orlando Know About Markelle Fultz That We Don’t?

Orlando picked up the point guard’s option and will pay him $12.3 million for the 2020-21 season, but how close is he to getting back on the court?

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Should the Celtics Be Worried About a Team USA Hangover?

No NBA team was better represented on the U.S.’s roster than the Celtics. Will the historic low at the World Cup mar what was supposed to be a fresh start in Boston?

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Shaun Livingston Redefined Success

Injury robbed Livingston of the career he was expected to have. But after 15 years in the NBA, he now retires as a shining example of what’s possible even in the most dire of circumstances.

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‘The Mismatch’: Spain Wins the FIBA World Cup. Plus: NBA Islands!

The guys discuss Spain’s victory over Argentina in the 2019 FIBA World Cup finals

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Team USA Can Learn Something From the NBA’s Superteam Era

Instead of loading up on as many stars as possible for the 2020 Olympics, USA Basketball should copy the game plan of some of the NBA’s top contenders

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The Longtime Come-up of the Lakers’ Alex Caruso

It’s been a big summer for the 25-year-old. You may remember Caruso from a viral (Photoshopped) image, but he also inked his first real NBA contract in July. Now he’s heading into his first full-time season—and getting ready for the attention that comes with it.

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It’s Time for the Next Generation of Team USA to Step Up

Zion Williamson and the best U.S.-born up-and-comers need to take the reins of USA Basketball to avoid another ugly international defeat

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‘Group Chat’: France Eliminates Team USA From the FIBA World Cup. What Now?

An emergency reaction to Team USA losing in international tournament play for the first time in 58 games

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Team USA’s Loss Was Predictable, Not Shocking

The U.S.’s defeat in the World Cup quarterfinals may seem like a calamity on par with 2002’s sixth-place finish, but there were clear signs recently and in recent history that an international failure was on the horizon

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Team USA’s Nightmare Scenario Happened. Now It’s Time to Figure Out What’s Next.

France handily beat the U.S. in a FIBA World Cup matchup that exposed an uninspiring roster’s flaws and posed questions about how Team USA will regroup entering the 2020 Summer Olympics

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The NBA Is Banning “Ninja-Style” Headbands. We Have Some Questions.

The piece of headgear made popular last year by players like Jimmy Butler, De’Aaron Fox, and Mike Scott will no longer be allowed on the court due to safety concerns

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‘The Mismatch’: Nikola Jokic and Serbia Get Bounced From the World Cup

Plus: Western Conference Big 3 Picks

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Dennis Rodman’s Life Less Ordinary

ESPN’s 30 for 30 tells the story of an iconoclast who lived according to his own rules

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Marc Gasol Is the Key to Spain’s Gold-Medal Chase and the Raptors’ Future

The 34-year-old center may not be able to move like he used to (or much at all), but he’s still an integral piece for his international team and his NBA team

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Team USA Is Getting Closer and Closer to Being Its Best Self

But is that enough to survive the global powers awaiting as the FIBA World Cup turns to the knockout rounds?

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Baze’s Farewell, Offseason Recap, and Looking Ahead to 2020

The ‘Winging It’ crew sits down to bid Baze farewell and wish him luck in Portland

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Everything You Missed at the World Cup While White-Knuckling Through Team USA Games

From Serbia’s emergence as a global power to the joy of FIBA Patty Mills, here are the most interesting things happening in China when the U.S. isn’t teetering on the brink of disaster

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What Team USA Needs to Fix to Avoid an Ugly Exit at the World Cup

The U.S. has already faced its share of close calls through three games in China. Here’s why Donovan Mitchell and Khris Middleton could be the keys to surviving the next rounds.

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‘Group Chat’: 2019 Story Line Over/Unders

Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier play a game called "Predict the Headlines" ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season

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Franchise-Altering Shots Are Rare: The Last Four NBA Seasons Have Had Five of Them

Damian Lillard’s Game 5 bomb to beat OKC was the beginning of the end for the Russell Westbrook–Paul George Thunder. But that wasn’t the only shot that permanently altered the future of a team.

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The NBA’s Next Scoring Champ Will Be … Zach LaVine?

No one will hold it against you if you haven’t noticed, but the Bulls guard isn’t just a dunker anymore. This season, everything is in place in Chicago for LaVine to take a dramatic leap.

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The New NBA and Billionaire Secrets With Steve Nash, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Chris Ryan

Talking ‘Billions’, the NBA, and whatever the heck is happening with Team USA

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Giannis Can Be the World’s Best Player … If Greece Figures Out How to Use Him

The reigning MVP is ready to take the throne, but first the Greeks need to learn an important lesson from the Bucks

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‘The Mismatch’: Team US-Meh Survives

Plus: a Big 3 team for every NBA Eastern Conference team

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Turkey Wasn’t Afraid of Team USA. Nobody Else Will Be Either.

The Americans needed overtime and a lot of luck to win their second FIBA World Cup game. It’s clear that their victory at this tournament is far from assured.

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Team USA Finds Its Star (and Its Style) in Its First FIBA World Cup Game

Donovan Mitchell has quickly emerged as the cream of the crop after an easy victory over the Czech Republic, in a rotation that is decidedly more small-ball than anything Gregg Popovich has coached in years

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Are We Sure … the Knicks Don’t Have a Plan?

New York struck out on big free agents this offseason, but the franchise made moves that leave its future wide open

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‘Group Chat’: The Eight Most Important NBA Players Heading Into the FIBA World Cup

Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks break down what the upcoming tournament could mean for the 2019-20 NBA season

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Arrest Warrant Issued for DeMarcus Cousins After Dispute With His Ex-girlfriend

After the release of a recording in which Cousins is said to have threatened his ex-girlfriend, Mobile, Alabama, police have brought the Lakers center up on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge

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The Five Teams That Can Beat Team USA

The U.S. is more vulnerable than it’s been in years. Here are the teams at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with the best chances of taking a game from the Americans.

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Are We Sure … the Mavs Didn’t Get the Offseason Right for a Change?

After a decade of whiffs in free agency, Dallas finally nailed a summer by focusing on the long view

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How Worried Should We Be About Team USA?

Two international basketball enthusiasts discuss the lackluster squad the United States is sending to the FIBA World Cup and what might be ahead if it wins—or loses—the tournament

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In China, Jeremy Lin Will Get to Control the Game, Again

After signing with the Beijing Ducks, the guard will get to be a star, even if it won’t be on the biggest stage

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‘The Mismatch’: LeVert Gets Locked Up and Dwight Howard Returns.

Plus: A very ‘Mismatch’ mailbag