NBA Power Rankings, Week 2

The 2022-23 NBA hierarchy already saw a few shake-ups in its first week. The Portland Trail Blazers have taken an early lead on the title for biggest surprise of the season with a 4-0 start. Damian Lillard & Co. have not only won but have notched meaningful victories over Western Conference rivals at the top … Read more

Nets’ Ben Simmons sounds off after fouling out for 2nd time in 3 games

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons called several of the whistles he received “bulls—” following a 134-124 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, noting that “refs make mistakes too.” While Simmons, who fouled out for the second time in three regular-season games, was frustrated with many calls, the one that drew … Read more

Kevin Durant heaps praise on Grizzlies’ ‘unique’ Ja Morant

MEMPHIS — Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant had high praise for Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, noting that the 23-year-old point guard is “doing some stuff that we’ve never seen before.” When asked prior to Monday’s game against the Grizzlies if Morant’s game reminded him of anyone, Durant said it was unique. “Nobody really,” … Read more

NBA first-week surprises – The good (the Jazz!), the bad (the 76ers) and the ugly (sorry, Lakers fans)

The first week of the 2022-23 NBA season did not disappoint, delivering big-time performances, upsets and playoff-caliber matchups. Ja Morant and Paolo Banchero got off to strong starts, as the Memphis Grizzlies star scored 49 points against the Houston Rockets on Friday night and the Orlando Magic player on Wednesday became the first rookie since … Read more

Steve Nash ‘proud’ of Ben Simmons’ bounce-back after rough 1st game

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said he was “proud of” Ben Simmons for the way the talented swingman bounced back in Friday night’s 109-105 win over the Toronto Raptors after a poor showing in the Nets’ season opener. “A step up for Ben,” Nash said after seeing Simmons score six points, grab … Read more

Kevin Durant latest sports star to own pickleball franchise

Kevin Durant has joined the list of superstar athletes to own a pickleball team. Durant was announced Thursday as an owner of a Major League Pickleball expansion team, along with manager Rich Kleiman and their joint Thirty Five Ventures. “35V is committed to investing in the future of sports and emerging opportunities, and Major League … Read more

Zion Williamson more than just ‘decent’ in Pelicans return

12:59 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW YORK — Despite praise from his teammates and coach, Zion Williamson called his regular-season return to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night just a “decent starter performance.” “It’s a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “I’m still learning my teammates. Now we get real in-game reps. I’m … Read more

Ben Simmons excited, says he has to be Brooklyn Nets’ motor

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons couldn’t hold back his excitement as he prepared to play in his first regular-season NBA game in almost a year and a half. “Ready to go,” Simmons said after Wednesday’s shootaround, in advance of the Nets’ season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. “Very excited. I’m looking … Read more

NBA season preview 2022-23 – Contenders, stars and big questions

What will the 2022-23 NBA season be remembered for? Some teams will look very similar, but the landscape of the league is never exactly the same two years in a row. An offseason full of big trades and a handful of star players returning from injury is bound to shake up the NBA standings. Utah’s … Read more

Kyrie Irving talks his future, advising Ben Simmons and turning down a big payday

The vibes are good right now in Kyrie Irving‘s world. As he stands inside the Brooklyn Nets‘ locker room following Wednesday night’s preseason win against the Milwaukee Bucks, Irving lights up some sage from the side of the room and discusses his team and what he feels is the positive direction it is headed after … Read more