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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above the rest

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest deals in West

Could the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.

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Warriors overcome Rockets' tactical twist

Count the Rockets as the latest team to employ playoff-level creative defense tactics against the Warriors. This might make the Warriors even better come playoff time, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
Rambis: Knicks still learning how to play together (1:19)
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Heat's Whiteside ejected vs. Spurs, sent home

Heat center Hassan Whiteside was sent home by the team soon after he was ejected for swinging an elbow toward the head of Spurs center Boban Marjanovic in Tuesday's loss to San Antonio.

SportsCenter shoot-off: Anchors vs. Globetrotters (3:28)
Magic's top five Lakers (1:00)


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James comes into tonight's game vs LAL needing 8 points to pass Paul Pierce (26,166) for 15th all-time.

ICYMI: This Warriors play was ridiculous

Steph Curry did three amazing things on this play and none involved shooting a basketball.


All-Time #NBArank: LeBron James at No. 3

James will always be able to hold something over any other Hall of Famer that came before him: No one has ever had as much hype as he has had to live up to, and James has delivered on every last drop. No. 3

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Kobe's memorable moments in Cleveland

Kobe Bryant has a career's worth of memories from Cleveland, including when an 18-year-old Bryant won the dunk contest.


Can LeBron catch MJ?

J.A. Adande doesn't think so: "It's impossible, because even if LeBron wins five more championships he won't be able to erase his four NBA Finals losses." More experts chime in

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Sudeikis' Celeb Game strategy: trash talk

Jason Sudeikis is playing in this year's All-Star Celebrity Game (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and said on SportsNation: "I'm probably going to be the loudest, talking the most trash."


Updated fantasy basketball rankings

There's been a shift in Tom Carpenter's weekly NBA fantasy rankings. Injury-riddled Jimmy Butler, Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans all dropped. New fantasy rankings

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LeBron ranked ahead of too many legends?

Was LeBron James ranked too high or has he earned his third place #NBArank? Amin Elhassan says: "He's ahead of a lot of guys who were incredibly, incredibly successful in their careers."


The Kobe-for-LeBron trade that never was

Brian Windhorst looks back to 2007, when the Lakers called the Cavaliers to inquire about a Kobe Bryant-for-LeBron James trade.


Lillard added to USA Basketball pool

Blazers guard Damian Lillard just missed the cut for the 2014 World Cup and wasn't among the initial 30 players named as potentials for the 2016 Olympics, but was added to the roster pool after telling Jerry Colangelo he wanted to remain involved in the program.

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Steph has the best worst ankles in sports

Stephen Curry in 2012: "I feel like I've been doing nothing but rehabbing for two years. I feel like I'm never going to be able to play again." Stephen Curry in 2016: NBA MVP and world champion. How he fixed his glass ankles

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All-time greats get animated

It's hard to capture the talents of some of the greatest players in NBA history using just words, so we turned to animators to showcase our Top 5. Check 'em out

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Twenty-three stats on No. 23

When it comes to Michael Jordan there's always something more to behold. Check out a list of reasons why he's the No. 1 player in the #NBArank. 23 on 23

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George Karl accentuates the positive

The Kings coach says he's on the same page as GM Vlade Divac and is focusing on what he can control despite a 4-game losing streak and speculation about his job security. Story

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All-Time #NBArank: Kareem at No. 2

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six championships, was a six-time MVP and got named to 19 All-Star Games. No. 2

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Windhorst: Ban like Griffin's is unheard of

Brian Windhorst told Russillo & Kanell he hasn't ever seen a suspension like the one the Clippers handed down to Blake Griffin.


ICYMI: Pop has the secret to success

No one has ever accused Gregg Popovich of being a man of many words. He lived up to his reputation again Tuesday.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant talking about how it's a little more special to him and Russell Westbrook they were voted All-Stars without having to campaign for it:


Celtics have pieces to make a big move

The Celtics are not only surging in the Eastern Conference standings, they have perhaps the best portfolio of draft picks to offer at the trade deadline. The question is, will Trader Danny make a big splash?

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All-Time #NBArank: Magic Johnson at No. 4

Magic is the only player in NBA Finals history with multiple triple-doubles in series-clinching games. No. 4

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ICYMI: Porzingis with majestic throwdown

Kristaps Porzingis had Jared Dudley looking the completely wrong way, and then jammed it over Marcin Gortat.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Doc Rivers on coaching against Brad Stevens: "It's tough. He's good. He's a heck of a coach, I think, one of the best coaches in the league. I love his offense. I love his movement. I just like everything about him. He's a great guy. He's one of the best."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers on the state of the Celtics current rebuild: "I don't know what I expected, but they are in a great spot. They are playing winning basketball. They are tough to play because they are 12 deep and they clearly have a lot of decisions to make in the next year or two. They are in a really good place. I think when you look at them compared to other teams that are in a rebuild' it's not even close. I just think they are in a really good place to take a huge next step."