Melbourne’s growing NBA love affair

The champagne hadn't even been popped in Oakland, nor had the podium been constructed on the Oracle Arena floor when I began weaving my way through a swarm of rowdy Raptors fans. Grown men began embracing, and spilt beer seeped through my shirt, onto my skin, as celebrations of Toronto's

Baynes: Tatum, Brown to soon reach new heights

12:41 AM ETFormer Boston Celtics centre Aron Baynes is expecting two of his ex-teammates to reach NBA superstar status in coming years but wants to assert his authority over them during this week's Australia vs. Team USA exhibition series.Baynes -- who recently moved with his family to Phoenix after the

Pop’s plans, scrimmage woes and more big Team USA takeaways

8:04 AM ETBrian WindhorstCloseESPN Senior NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two booksOhm YoungmisukCloseESPN Staff WriterOhm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined

Who has the best kicks on Team USA?

10:28 AM ETNick DePaulaESPN With the platform of USA Basketball's road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in store, several players have looked to turn heads with their patriotic pairs during the team's training camp and early exhibition games.For Kyle Kuzma and P.J. Tucker, it could be their final stretch

Barnes: New Team USA ‘motivated’ by skeptics

2:16 AM ETANAHEIM, Calif. -- Spain had sliced an 18-point lead to eight with four minutes remaining as Gregg Popovich watched to see how his young Team USA would respond.Joe Harris buried a 3, Mason Plumlee stole the ball off a Ricky Rubio pass, Derrick White made a floater, and

Filings suggest Nike paid in pursuit of players

9:54 PM ETNewly released evidence in the federal government's criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggested that employees at Nike were paying high-profile college basketball prospects' handlers and families tens of thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments.In an email on July 30, 2016, Carlton DeBose -- the director of Nike's

Spurs to retire Parker’s No. 9 jersey in November

6:35 PM ETThe San Antonio Spurs will retire Tony Parker's No. 9 jersey, the team announced Friday.The Spurs will honor Parker in a ceremony on Nov. 11 before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.Parker played 17 seasons and won four NBA titles with the Spurs before concluding his career last

Rockets’ Tucker withdraws from Team USA camp

5:17 PM ETESPN News Services ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball's World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots.Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several

Morey: ‘Factual’ Harden a better scorer than MJ

1:56 PM ETHouston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always championed his players, and he has gone to a new extreme in praising James Harden."It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan," Morey said on the "Selfmade with Nadeshot" podcast.Morey acknowledged that people "hate" his

The Sterling Affairs: A 30 for 30 podcast, how to listen

7:00 AM ETThe Sterling Affairs is a story of power and scandal in Los Angeles. When an audio recording of a racist rant by former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was leaked online in 2014, it caused an uproar that changed the NBA forever.But Sterling had been a problem for decades