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Russell Westbrook working out with Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter


Every non-injured NBA player is now deep in pre-camp personal workouts — or at least they should be — and that leads to a lot of guys working out and getting some run together. Often that can mean teammates getting together at team facilities to put in a good sweat and get some run.

And sometimes guys you wouldn’t expect end up working out together. For example, Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter working out with Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks.

Two other Knicks rookies, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez, were with Porzingis and were part of the workouts as well. Porzingis has said before he sees Westbrook’s effort and style as an inspiration for his game.

I’d tell Knicks fans that a preseason workout doesn’t mean Westbrook is coming to NYC in two years, but it’s already too late for some of them who jumped on that train after reading the headline.

Good on Porzingis and the others (Iman Shumpert was there as well) — you know Westbrook is going to show up to camp in shape and motivated after this summer. Getting in some run with him will only push them farther.

Kevin Durant on Colin Kaepernick: “I’m behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in”


A few days ago Stephen Curry came out and backed Colin Kaepernick and his right to protest. Curry didn’t endorse Kaepernick’s move, but he also didn’t get sucked into the off-topic issue of how one should respect the flag and said that the 49er quarterback’s message about the treatment of minorities in the United States was the discussion that we needed to have.

At an event in Austin, Texas (where he went to college), Kevin Durant took the same approach as his new teammate, backing Kaepernick’s right to protest.

Durant may take some heat for this from fans. He’s used to it by now. Durant took plenty of heat for his choice this summer to leave Oklahoma City and sign with Curry and the Golden State Warriors, a move that he was allowed to do as a free agent but was unpopular with many fans.

In less than a month NBA preseason games will begin, and we will see which NBA players — and there will be some — decide to follow this trend. And how the league handles it.

Watch Allen Iverson’s fantastic Hall of Fame speech


Unscripted. Raw. Emotional. Must watch.

Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame induction speech Friday night was exactly like the way he played the game, and it was the highlight of the night. Just like Iverson’s on-court game, you could feel his love of basketball and his love and appreciation of those around him through his words at the podium.

This speech was perfect Allen Iverson.

Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving star in latest NBA 2K17 trailer


It’s the time of year where we are weeks away from NBA camps open and we are all craving a little NBA fix. That’s where NBA 2K comes in.

Check out the latest trailer for NBA 2K17, which includes Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Andre Drummond, Coach K , and more. Enjoy.

Check out Allen Iverson’s career greatest hits mixtape

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The hip-hop style. The ink. The playground in people’s games.

None of it would be as popular in the NBA today without Allen Iverson. He altered the game off the court.

But if you haven’t watched him on the court, you are missing out.

Best. Crossover. Ever.

He was a 6-foot ball of energy that drove fearlessly into the forest of trees in the NBA paint and found a way to score, draw fouls, be thrilling to watch, and win. The man more than deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend.