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Recent articles by Jeff:

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

Opinion: Slam dunk? NBA's botched call on James Harden basket should yield automatic review

If NBA referees can check whether a shooter’s foot was on the 3-point line, they should be able to check if the ball went through the hoop. → Read More

What proposals to dramatically alter NBA schedule could mean for the league's future

The NBA is considering significant changes to its schedule: fewer games, in-season tournament, play-in games for the playoffs and playoff re-seeding. → Read More

Coach's challenge success rate less than 50% in its first season in the NBA

In the first year of the coach's challenge in the NBA, teams win some and they lose some, but at least coaches have the chance to overturn calls. → Read More

Opinion: Sixers-Raptors matchup highlights Africa's contributions to NBA

While the NBA has made significant inroads into China and India, Africa remains a focal point because of the talent and potential for audience growth. → Read More

Celtics season threatened once again with injuries to star players

Gordon Hayward is sidelined with a broken hand. Now, Kemba Walker is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. What's next for the Celtics? → Read More

Can James Harden really average 40 points per game in a season?

James Harden is averaging 38.4 points per game through 15 games. Here's why he can average 40 for the season, and other hot topics around the NBA. → Read More

Opinion: One game not enough to determine if Carmelo Anthony can help Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers are desperate for help, and the jury is still out on whether Carmelo Anthony, 35, can provide it. One game won't show much. → Read More

Cavaliers' Kevin Love opens up on social media: 'It's allowed me to help a lot of people'

Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love tells USA TODAY Sports he "was reluctant to share my life'' before finding his voice on mental health on social media. → Read More

Opinion: Broken hand robs Gordon Hayward of joyous, All-Star start to season

There's no other way around it: Gordon Hayward’s broken hand is awful. For Hayward, the Celtics and the NBA just as he was back in All-Star form. → Read More

Enes Kanter visits Capitol Hill: 'What's happening in Turkey is a human tragedy'

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in Turkey, spoke at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. → Read More

Heat guard Dion Waiters suffers adverse reaction after consuming THC edible

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters had an adverse reaction after eating a THC-infused edible while on team flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles to play Lakers. → Read More

Heat suspend Dion Waiters 10 games after incident with edible

The Heat suspended guard Dion Waiters 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, the Heat announced, after an incident with an edible. → Read More

Rick Pitino will coach Greece's national basketball team, attempt to qualify for Olympics

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino will lead Greece's national basketball team, and his first order of business is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. → Read More

Clippers fined $50,000 for coach Doc Rivers' statements on resting Kawhi Leonard

The NBA supported the Clippers' decision to rest Kawhi Leonard in a national TV game, but Doc Rivers' comments seemingly undercut the league. → Read More

LeBron James expands I Promise School project, includes transitional housing for at-risk students

LeBron James' I Promise School teamed with Graduate Hotels to provide transitional housing for students and their families who are in need. → Read More

Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns suspended after fight and escalating antics

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns suspended two games by NBA after fight in Wednesday night's game. → Read More

NBA Week 1: Surprises, disappointments and top moments from around the league

The 2019-20 NBA season is just a week old, but we already can draw some conclusions about quick starts and disappointing openings. → Read More

Opinion: Why did the Nets start firestorm over Kyrie Irving's behavior?

Are the Brooklyn Nets trying to alienate All-Star guard Kyrie Irving just a fraction into his four-year contract worth $136.4 million? → Read More

Principal Tobias Harris? Sixers star dreams of career in education after NBA

Sixers forward Tobias Harris pledged $1 million to nine educational non-profits worldwide and started two initiatives to help students and teachers. → Read More