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Recent articles by Jeff:

In rare interview about his dad, Eric Stern opens up about David Stern, former NBA commissioner

In a USA TODAY Sports interview about his dad, Eric Stern shares personal and professional details about David Stern, who ran the NBA for 30 years.. → Read More

NBA trade deadline: Will Kevin Love, Chris Paul be dealt before the deadline?

USA TODAY Sports NBA reporters take a look at prominent players who could be moved before the trade deadline and say if they should be traded or not. → Read More

Opinion: Cavaliers coach John Beilein has had rough start in NBA, but he hasn't helped himself

John Beilein is struggling early as an NBA coach. Some of Cleveland's issues were expected, but his verbal faux pas didn't help matters. → Read More

Opinion: As Russell Westbrook returns to Oklahoma City, it's clear Thunder won the trade for Chris Paul

It was a franchise-altering decision to trade Russell Westbrook, who spent his first 11 seasons with Oklahoma City. But the Thunder are better off. → Read More

NBA memories from Christmas: Never forget these amazing games and individual performances

We take a look at five memorable NBA games and five memorable individual performances from Christmas Day. → Read More

After brief stint in NBA, former Purdue star Robbie Hummel has shot at Olympic gold

Robbie Hummel never considered the possibility of winning an Olympic medal especially when his pro career ended. Then 3-on-3 became an Olympic sport. → Read More

Sixers ban two fans, Wizards' Isaiah Thomas suspended after confrontation

Two Sixers fans were banned for one year after yelling obscenities and making obscene gestures at Isaiah Thomas, who was suspended two games. → Read More

NBA reveals more details and potential prize for proposed in-season tournament

The NBA’s proposal for an in-season tournament includes a $1 million bonus for each player on the winning team, according to a memo sent to teams. → Read More

How LeBron James changed NBA this decade

This decade, LeBron James won championships, MVPs, empowered players, spoke out on issues and created avenues to expand his brand and business. → Read More

Jimmy Butler has found his soulmate in Miami, and it's the Heat

Jimmy Butler has been a perfect match for the Miami Heat. “He should’ve been in a Heat uniform long ago,” coach Erik Spoelstra says. → Read More

Bucks or Lakers? Who has the best chance at 70 wins, winning Finals matchup?

In this week's hot topics discussion, we address the Bucks and Lakers and their quest for 70-win seasons and the MVP candidates on both teams. → Read More

LeBron James sparks Lakers after getting chewed out by teammates

After a turnover-filled first half, LeBron James heard it from Anthony Davis. He responded with a big second half to guide the Lakers past the Heat. → Read More

Former NBA commissioner David Stern hospitalized after sudden brain hemorrhage

The league announced in a statement that former commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery after suffering a sudden brain hemorrhage. → Read More

Where does Anthony Davis rank among MVP contenders? Will Cavaliers trade Kevin Love?

USA TODAY's NBA staff addresses where Lakers star Anthony Davis fits in the MVP conversation and trade prospects for Cleveland's Kevin Love. → Read More

Best of the decade: Top NBA Finals moments include LeBron James' first title, Ray Allen's crazy 3-pointer

This decade featured eye-popping moments to remember in the NBA Finals, from LeBron James' first championship to the Golden State Warriors' dynasty. → Read More

Opinion: Raptors fans should embrace Kawhi Leonard upon his return to Toronto

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard deserves nothing but cheers from Raptors fans as he returns for the first time since helping Toronto win the NBA title. → Read More

Opinion: Magic's Markelle Fultz finds groove after shoulder injury nearly derailed career

A year ago, Markelle Fultz's NBA future was uncertain because of a shoulder injury. Now, he is a productive guard for Orlando in a feel-good story. → Read More

Opinion: Knicks in endless cycle of dysfunction and firing David Fizdale won't end it

Just because the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale doesn't mean their problems are solved. No, the issues go much deeper than coaching. → Read More

Houston Rockets file protest over James Harden's uncounted dunk against the San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets filed a protest with the NBA over the James Harden dunk that was not counted in the Rockets’ 135-133 double overtime loss to San Antonio. → Read More

NBA hot topics: Is Giannis Antetokounmpo on repeat MVP path? Will Melo maintain momentum?

We examine hot topics around the NBA, including Giannis Antetokounmpo's MVP start, Carmelo Anthony's surprising return and league's proposed changes. → Read More