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

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

Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers and the arduous task of building around a superstar

8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN INSIDE MCALISTER FIELDHOUSE on The Citadel’s campus in Charleston, South Carolina, all eyes are fixed on a conversation between Joel Embiid and P.J. Tucker. For the second straight day of training camp in late September, the new Philadelphia 76ers teammates engaged in a long — and loud — discussion over … Read more

NBA Opening Night live highlights, reactions and takeaways

The NBA is back! The 2022-23 season tips off with a doubleheader. First up, the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Boston Celtics in an early clash of Eastern Conference contenders. The Celtics are the defending conference champs, while the Sixers are looking to end a Finals drought that has lasted more than two decades. Out … 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

Lowe’s annual League Pass Rankings! Teams 30-11 in watchability and fun (sorry, Jazz fans)

It’s time for our silliest preseason tradition: The 11th (how???) annual League Pass Rankings, a watchability scale to help you avoid wasting time on things like, “Wait, has this team actually ordered its players to tie their shoes together as part of its Lose-A-Rama for Victor Wembanyama campaign?” These are not power rankings! They are … Read more

2022-23 NBA betting preview — The case for the 76ers to win the East

The 2022-23 season is quickly approaching and our betting experts have got you covered. Over the next two weeks we are taking a look at how to approach some of the top teams in league and giving out some futures best bets before the season tips off. Erin Dolan breaks down best case, worst case … Read more

France wants Joel Embiid for national team in 2024 Olympics

HENDERSON, Nev. — Joel Embiid has two choices: the red, white and blue of the U.S., or the blue, white and red of France. An Olympic medal might hinge on his decision. France is still hopeful that Embiid — the reigning NBA scoring champion — will choose to wear its colors for the 2024 Paris … Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell debuts for his new team, and it simply felt ‘a little different’

10:45 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — Less than five weeks since being acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a stunning blockbuster of a trade to cap a frenetic offseason in the NBA, Donovan Mitchell made his debut for the Cavaliers Wednesday in Cleveland’s preseason opener. And, after finishing with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, … Read more

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid now a U.S. citizen, says it is a ‘blessing to be an American’

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Joel Embiid is an American citizen. Born in Cameroon, Embiid said Thursday he was sworn in as a citizen two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The NBA scoring champion and Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center said his family — Embiid and his Brazilian girlfriend, Anne de Paula, have a 2-year-old son — played a … Read more