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Recent articles by Jeff:

Opinion: What LeBron James could have — and should have — said about Daryl Morey, China

LeBron James said a bunch of things that didn't go over well. He could have said a bunch of other things and avoided the criticism that came his way. → Read More

Opinion: Terrible week for NBA may open more eyes to price of doing business in China

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets played in China, but under muted circumstances. NBA message of a global game creating goodwill was missing. → Read More

Gregg Popovich offers support for NBA commissioner Adam Silver on NBA-China showdown

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave his unwavering support to NBA commissioner Adam Silver amid the escalating rift between the NBA and China. → Read More

Will NBA games in China be cancelled? Nation pulls plug on airing games, celebrities boycott

After NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a second statement Tuesday underlining the league's stance on free speech, unrest in China grows. → Read More

Rockets owner says team is not political after GM Daryl Morey tweets about Hong Kong

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on Friday scolded general manager Daryl Morey for a tweet Morey posted in support of protesters in Hong Kong. → Read More

Pelicans' Lonzo Ball unveils revamped jump shot: 'I've been working on it all summer'

After shooting 31.5% from 3-point range in his first two seasons, the first look at Lonzo Ball at Pelicans practice revealed a revamped jump shot. → Read More

Kyrie Irving: New teammate Kevin Durant 'was not ready' to return before Achilles injury

Nets guard Kyrie Irving had pointed words surrounding the circumstances that led to Kevin Durant’s devastating Achilles injury. → Read More

Kyrie Irving opens up about his decision to leave Celtics, sign with the Nets

Talking publicly for the first time since joining Nets, Kyrie Irving said grandfather's death made him re-evaluate priorities. He wanted to go home. → Read More

Brooklyn Nets GM: Kevin Durant expected to miss all of 2019-20 season

All-Star Kevin Durant is expected to miss the 2019-20 season with the Brooklyn Nets as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles. → Read More

Police: Ex-NBA player, BIG3 star Andre Emmett shot and killed in Dallas

Former NBA player Andre Emmett was killed Monday morning in Dallas, according to the Dallas Police Department. He was 37. → Read More

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn ACL

Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, suffered a torn ACL this week. → Read More

Opinion: NBA stars opting out of FIBA World Cup is not new. Here's why it happens

Prominent NBA players have withdrawn from the FIBA World Cup in China, but they have legit reasons. The U.S. still has a team capable of winning gold. → Read More

Opinion: Draymond Green deal shows Warriors won't go away quietly in the West

The Warriors' extension with Draymond Green shows their determination to stay competitive in the Western Conference, despite the loss of Kevin Durant. → Read More

Draymond Green agrees to four-year, $99.7 million extension with Warriors

With free agency looming next year, Draymond Green is sticking with the Golden State Warriors, agreeing to a four-year, $99.7 million extension. → Read More

An inside look at the Wizards' new and unusual front-office structure

The Wizards created a three-pronged front-office structure that focuses on basketball operations, player services and health and wellness. → Read More

Key takeaways from the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas

What we learned from the NBA's Summer League session in Las Vegas, from the Pelicans' over-achieving draft picks to the Wizards' top job opening. → Read More

Ben Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170 million max extension with 76ers

Simmons has only played two seasons but has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists over the course of his career in Philadelphia. → Read More

Opinion: In today's NBA, every summer can be a blockbuster, whether players are free agents or not

Players have the power in the NBA and they wield it at will. Just look at the wild deals from this summer, which didn't include just free agents. → Read More

Kawhi Leonard conspiracy theory only heightens Lakers-Clippers intrigue

The notion Kawhi Leonard waited deep into free agency to join the Clippers in order to sabotage the Lakers' plans will add fuel to the L.A. rivalry. → Read More

Pelicans sit Zion Williamson for rest of NBA Summer League as precaution

The New Orleans Pelicans have ruled Williamson out for the rest of Las Vegas Summer League after he sustained a bruised left knee in his debut Friday. → Read More