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Kevin Durant Injury Opens Door for Russell Westbrook to Realize MVP Dream — Only Russell Westbrook knows what he put on his to-do list for the season other than get engaged to longtime girlfriend Nina Earl, but at least some familiar with the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard believe he included being named MVP.

Big Men of Today Are Playing a Different Game Than Those of the NBA's Past — When did big men in the NBA turn into a legion of seven-foot softies? If DeMarcus Cousins isn't stomping to the bench as if he's been denied dessert, Roy Hibbert is standing under the basket like the world's tallest third-grader who just had his lunch money stolen.

NBA Players Bothered by Hawks' Situation, but Not Unanimous in Condemnation — Carmelo Anthony speaks for some NBA players when it comes to the Atlanta Hawks. Just not all of them. The New York Knicks small forward said last weekend that free agents would not consider signing with the Atlanta franchise after an email came to light in which managing partner Bruce Levenson discussed ways of attracting more white fans.

Kobe Bryant Helped Team USA Basketball Regain Its Dominance with Single Game — Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Have you noticed? The world just doesn't seem to hate the U.S. men's national basketball team quite the way it once did. It's understandable, seeing as our demeanor isn't as hate-inspiring.

Rajon Rondo, Celtics Playing Nice for Now, but Divorce May Be Inevitable — Alex Trautwig/Getty Images Is Rajon Rondo soon to be on the move...or isn't he? Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has repeatedly dismissed trade rumors involving Rondo. Yet practically every NBA executive outside of Boston I've spoken to says Ainge has made Rondo available to them.

With Steve Ballmer in Place, Clips Need Doc Rivers to Focus on Job He Does Best — Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Now that the dour cloud that was Donald Sterling has been lifted from the Los Angeles Clippers and replaced with Steve Ballmer, the comparative equivalent of stadium lights, there's one element still missing to assure the 17 th banner raised in the Staples Center belongs to them: A bona fide general manager.

Warriors' Pursuit of Kevin Love Leaves Scars with Klay Thompson, David Lee — There is no column in an NBA box score for playing through an injury, just as there are no bonus clauses in contracts based on defensive assignments accepted to cover a teammate's ass. It's why such players, especially ones whose place or paycheck in the league already is secure, are to be treasured.

LeBron James, New-Look Cavs Offer Difficult Test for Well-Prepared David Blatt — Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images David Blatt's first NBA assignment of any kind is to take LeBron James, the league's biggest name and most powerful player, a handful of other stars who've never set foot in the playoffs, and meld them into an instant champion for a title-starved fan base and an aggressive, speaks-his-mind (sometimes in comic sans) owner.

Kevin Love May Need Partnership with Cavs as Much as LeBron and Co. Need Him — Issac Baldizon/Getty Images Supply and demand can skew any market. That's not the only reason Kevin Love suddenly looms, with his dark beard and his translucent skin and his quiver filled with three-pointers and rebounds as some Nordic god emerging from the frozen north to decide who sits on next season's NBA throne, but make no mistake: It's a big one.

LeBron James Likely to Find True Self Again with Move Back to Cleveland — Leo Correa/Associated Press Let's face it, he was a lousy villain. A real villain doesn't care what people think about him, and while LeBron James improved at hiding just how much he cared, he never managed to draw the blinds completely. He cares. He's always cared. That's why he's going back to Cleveland.
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