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Pistons’ Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense

In Friday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson found himself in a familiar spot — guarding LeBron James.

It’s not that he’s had a lot of experience doing it, but he has spent a significant amount of time studying and preparing for the challenge. So when it came time to perform, he felt like he was ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Danny Green Q&A: Pet snakes, NBA downtime and D-League struggles

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green is more than just a three-point marksman. The former North Carolina star has more interests than tight perimeter defense and back-breaking threes to halt your favorite team’s comeback attempt. Green is also a fan of snakes and Scandal.

Green spoke to SI.com to discuss these interests and more, including how he manages to look after his two pet snakes despite playing 41 road games every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Wiggins, Okafor & LaVine selected to the 2016 Rising Stars Challenge

The NBA announced that Minnesota Timberwolves sophomores Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, along with rookie Jahlil Okafor will participate in the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. LaVine and Okafor will team up on the U.S. Team and Wiggins will suit up for the World Team. Read the rest of this entry »

Klay Thompson Named to 2016 Western Conference All-Star Team

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been named as a reserve on the 2016 Western Conference All-Star team, the league announced today. Thompson, earning his second-straight All-Star nod, will join Stephen Curry on the Western Conference squad, giving the Warriors three players in the All-Star Game for the first time since 1976, when Rick Barry, Phil Smith and Jamaal Wilkes all represented Golden State at the league’s annual showcase. Read the rest of this entry »

Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova-inspired ‘G’Day Mate’ launches at Cleveland Coffee Co.

Coffee-loving Clevelanders and Cavaliers fans can now fuel up with the same coffee that Cavaliers shooting guard Matthew “Delly” Dellavedova gulps before big games.

The Australian-born basketball phenom and java junkie just launched his own cheery “G’Day Mate” coffee blend with Brendan Walton, owner of the Cleveland Coffee Company in Cleveland’s Midtown district.  Read the rest of this entry »

No rookie wall for Stanley Johnson – and also no limit on the 19-year-old’s ceiling

The initial reaction from opposing coaches, media, broadcasters and fans as Stanley Johnson makes the NBA rounds for the first time is almost always along these lines: “Wow, I didn’t realize he was that big.”

A Pelicans staffer said exactly that when Johnson peeled off his warmups to make his New Orleans debut last week. Denver coach Mike Malone – who has a pretty good source inside the Pistons organization in his father, Brendan Malone, Stan Van Gundy’s assistant – said pretty much the same thing before Saturday’s game there. Read the rest of this entry »

Faithful fans will welcome back former Raptor Amir Johnson with open arms

His numbers — just under eight points and six rebounds per game — are the dependable ones you get from a middle-of-the-roster forward, but they are not what make a superstar.

But Amir Johnson and Toronto serve as the breakaway point, where emotion trumps numbers, and his no longer being a Raptor hasn’t severed that tie. After six seasons as aToronto Raptor, Johnson is in his first with the Boston Celtics on a two-year, $24 million (U.S.) deal. He’ll play as a guest at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when he was a Detroit Piston.

Klay Thompson Named a Finalist for the U.S. Olympic team

Five Warriors were named among the 30 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team Monday — a list that includes Harrison Barnes, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green,Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

“I think it just shows that when you play as a team and have success, you get rewarded,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said. “To have five guys nominated is huge.” Read the rest of this entry »

Amir Johnson fitting in, and Celtics are better for it

On a day prior to when Ben Wallace, his mentor from years ago, gets his number retired in Detroit, Amir Johnson is now the “old head” on the Celtics, wearing a heating pad on his left foot as he sat the entire second quarter.

The left foot has been painful most of the season, and the 28-year-old Johnson, who entered the NBA one month after his 18th birthday and has flourished as a dirty-work big man, continues to chug through the pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Nash believes NBA all-star weekend will be special for Canada

Steve Nash says his eight NBA all-star appearances were both validation for hard work, and a rare chance to relax and have fun in the midst of a grueling season.

But on a grand scale, the league’s annual showcase gives those involved with global basketball something to come together around, he said, and “that to me, is the spirit of all-star weekend.” Read the rest of this entry »

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