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Recent articles by Jeff:

Lakers to acquire Russell Westbrook from Wizards in blockbuster trade

Lakers will trade Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell in a deal for triple-double machine Russell Westbrook. → Read More

Opinion: Bucks' character, resiliency has them one win from an NBA title vs. Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks’ past failures have hardened this team and they can wrap up an NBA title Tuesday with a home win against the Phoenix Suns. → Read More

Danny Ainge out as Celtics president, Brad Stevens moves from coach to front office

Danny Ainge was one of the longest serving basketball operations executives in the league, completing his 18th seasons as Celtics president. → Read More

Fan apprehended by police after running onto court during Game 4 of 76ers-Wizards NBA playoff series

A fan at Game 4 of the 76ers-Wizards playoff series at Washington's Capital One Arena ran onto the court and was tackled by a security guard. → Read More

Former Jazz center, NBA defensive stalwart Mark Eaton dies at 64

Former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton, a giant defensive force in the NBA in the 1980s, has died. He was 64. → Read More

Year after NBA Finals trip, Miami Heat's season comes to an early end: 'We can be better'

After winning the Eastern Conference in the bubble last summer, the Heat were swept in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks. → Read More

LeBron James won't face quarantine for violating protocol to attend tequila brand's event

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols but will not face a 10- to 14-day quarantine away from the team. → Read More

Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson's NBA record with 182nd career triple-double

Russell Westbrook reached his 182nd career triple-double, breaking Oscar Robertson's all-time record, during the Wizards' game vs. the Hawks Monday. → Read More

Houston Rockets' Sterling Brown assaulted in Miami, expexted to 'make full recovery'

Houston Rockets guard-forward Sterling Brown sustained facial lacerations when he was assaulted with a bottle outside of a Miami club late Sunday. → Read More

Is Kevin Durant capable of carrying Nets to an NBA championship?

The 32-year-old has returned to All-Star form after an Achilles injury, but the playoffs will present a different kind of physical test. → Read More

Alex Rodriguez joining bid to buy Minnesota Timberwolves

Alex Rodriguez and businessman Marc Lore have signed a letter of intent to negotiate with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to purchase the NBA team. → Read More

Former NBA player Shawn Bradley paralyzed in bicycle accident in January

Bradley spent 12 seasons in the NBA and played for three teams – Dallas, New Jersey and Philadelphia. → Read More

LeBron James to become part-owner of Boston Red Sox

LeBron James, a longtime New York Yankees fan, and his business partner Maverick Carter will be part-owners of the Boston Red Sox. → Read More

'No one can erase us.' New York Liberty's Layshia Clarendon has successful top surgery

Layshia Clarendon started identifying as trans in December. After revealing on Instagram that they had top surgery, they said, "I'm feeling free." → Read More

Sekou Smith, longtime NBA reporter, former Clarion Ledger reporter dies from COVID at 48

Tributes pour in after the death of Sekou Smith. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, "Sekou was one of the affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA." → Read More

NBA considering potential 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta

The NBA and players union are discussing a potential game for March in Atlanta after initially scrapping plans before the season. → Read More

Atlanta Dream, WNBA team co-owned by former U.S. senator Kelly Loeffler, on verge of being sold

The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, who are co-owned by controversial former U.S. senator Kelly Loeffler, are closing in on the sale of the franchise. → Read More

James Harden says Nets' new Big 3 willing to sacrifice for wins: 'We're all unselfish'

Brooklyn boasts three of the most gifted players in the league, an impressive collection of scoring – if the stars can sacrifice and make it work. → Read More

Opinion: Rockets had no choice but to trade James Harden. Victor Oladipo, draft picks give them options

Sabotage may be too strong of a word, but at the very least, James Harden’s actions impeded first-year coach Stephen Silas and the Houston Rockets. → Read More

James Harden heading to Nets, Victor Oladipo to Rockets in blockbuster trade

The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team deal also involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers. → Read More