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Are Spurs about to make mistake with Kawhi Leonard? — As NBA analysis goes, there's one tenet that has held true for, oh, nearly two decades now: Don't question the San Antonio Spurs. If any organization in all of professional sports knows what it's doing, it's the Gregg-Popovich/RC Buford-led bunch that has won five titles since 1999 despite fighting all the uphill battles that come with being a small market team in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant: Good player, bad team as Rockets rout Lakers — LOS ANGELES - Yes, Kobe Bryant is back. And as Los Angeles Lakers fans had so badly hoped after these last two torturous years, he looked mostly like himself again in his regular season debut after playing just six games in the 2013-14 campaign.

Jeanie Buss: Lakers aren't a stock you should sell — MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - When Jeanie Buss ordered her latte at a Manhattan Beach coffee shop this week, the name that had been scribbled on her cup by the barista said it all. "Jeanie." Not Los Angeles Lakers president and governor, as her top-of-the-totem-pole title reads in the team's media guide.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey builds beyond nerd stereotypes — When the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets tip off at Staples Center Tuesday night to open the NBA season, on display will be examples of how difficult it is to build a winning franchise - and keep winning​.

Thunder GM Sam Presti's next challenge could be taxing — OKLAHOMA CITY - On the wall of Sam Presti's office that overlooks the Oklahoma City Thunder's practice court, there's a list that says everything about where the 37-year-old general manager has taken this franchise and where he wants it to go.

Steve Nash deserves better ending than this back injury — At his height - 6 feet, 3 inches of Canadian creativity and competitiveness - there was no better point guard. Steve Nash was the Everyman who made the most of what he had, the two-time MVP whose whirling-dervish ways during those desert days with the Phoenix Suns were some of the most memorable of his generation.

NBA's new replay center is an immediate game-changer — SECAUCUS, N.J. - The NBA's new "Man Cave," as some league officials have affectionately dubbed their new instant replay center, will be a game-changer in the 2014-15 season. Literally. Gone are the days of replay delays, with officials struggling to get the right camera angle from television truck operators who don't work for the NBA while fans on hand and at home grow restless.

With the NBA's new TV deal comes issue of money sharing — NEW YORK - The chatter is growing by the day, even if it's nearly three years away. And there's nothing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can do to stop it. NBA lockout, 2017 edition.

Adam Silver says he doesn't want teams pressured to lose — NEW YORK - The NBA's Board of Governors meetings concluded in anticlimactic fashion on Wednesday, when the draft reform that has been anticipated for months was voted down by the league's owners. Change was widely expected to be coming, with the Philadelphia 76ers having become the poster franchise for the league's tanking problem and proposals put forth to fix it.

James Harden has a defense for his criticized defense — When Kevin McHale took an offseason step back to assess the 2012-13 season and James Harden's part in it, the Houston Rockets coach formulated a simple and substantive message for his 25-year-old star. "You're first-team all-NBA," says McHale, who made all-NBA first-team once during his playing days (1987) but surely values his three championships with the Boston Celtics far more.
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Oct 30, 2014

Whether it's Kawhi, Klay et al, the human component is always relevant here. Young players quick to feel slighted -…

Oct 30, 2014

@Aggie_Mark Well aware. Hence the kiss-the-ring lede to the story.

Oct 30, 2014

At USAT: Are the Spurs about to make a mistake by not extending Kawhi Leonard? It's looking that way at the moment -…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @usatodaynba: Do you like diamonds? You might be interested in the Spurs' rings, which they got last night:

Oct 27, 2014

RT @usatodaynba: Some bedtime reading from @sam_amick: Rockets GM Daryl Morey builds beyond nerd stereotypes

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