Monroe maximizing leverage with Pistons

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Forward embracing unorthodox option to make an exit from Motor City, enter unrestricted free agency in 2015.

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Dick Bavetta, the NBA’s Iron Man referee, retires after 39 years

Dick Bavetta, the NBA’s Iron Man referee, retires after 39 years

Referee never missed an assignment over 2,635 regular-season games.

Wiggins should benefit from trade

Wiggins should benefit from trade

As unlikely as it sounds, moving to Minnesota will help draft’s No. 1 pick shine and maximize talents, something that would not be possible playing with LeBron James.

Cavaliers face easiest schedule in 2014-15

Cavaliers face easiest schedule in 2014-15

The West is home to seven of the top 10 hardest schedules. Central Division has the easiest.

Clippers fans, Ballmer go wild at new owner’s intro

Clippers fans, Ballmer go wild at new owner’s intro

The ex-Microsoft CEO’s first public appearance for the team was extraordinary -- and loud.

Monroe maximizing leverage with Pistons

Monroe maximizing leverage with Pistons

Forward embracing unorthodox option to make an exit from Motor City, enter unrestricted free agency in 2015.

Little League standout Mo’ne Davis dreams of playing basketball at U Conn

Little League standout Mo’ne Davis dreams of playing basketball at U Conn

She gave a shout out to U Conn women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma on ESPN’s “Sunday Conversation.“

Shawn Marion gives Cavs NBA’s best SF tandem

Shawn Marion gives Cavs NBA’s best SF tandem

Two of the top 16 guard-forwards in Player Efficiency Rating haven’t been on the same roster since 2000.

Viral sensation raises millions

Viral sensation raises millions

The Ice Bucket Challenge is putting a modern face on Lou Gehrig’s disease as it raises a ton of money for the ALS Association.

Wizards’ Nene scores 11 points in Brazil’s loss to Team USA

Wizards’ Nene scores 11 points in Brazil’s loss to Team USA

The Wizards’ starting power forward shoots 4 for 7 from the floor in 19 minutes.

Derrick Rose has electrifying return to Chicago in Team USA’s victory

Derrick Rose has electrifying return to Chicago in Team USA’s victory

Bulls star is taking a cautious approach to his return.

Shawn Marion will join Cavs, report says

Shawn Marion will join Cavs, report says

What Cleveland can’t offer in dollars, it makes up for in an increased chance to win a title.

Kris Humphries is a better player than Trevor Booker, but not necessarily an upgrade for the Wizards

Kris Humphries is a better player than Trevor Booker, but not necessarily an upgrade for the Wizards

There is one other factor to be concerned about: chemistry.

NBA official says the league never told the Raptors to ditch Drake

NBA official says the league never told the Raptors to ditch Drake

The rapper, who was cited for a $25,000 anti-tampering fine earlier this week, remains the Toronto team’s global ambassador.

Team USA cancels Senegal trip citing Ebola

Team USA cancels Senegal trip citing Ebola

Fears of the deadly virus has also prevented West African athletes from traveling to participate in international competition.

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

The Indiana Pacers star didn’t know when he’ll be back on the court, but he revealed he already has plans to play for USA Basketball in the 2016 Olympics.

Chris Bosh’s rebounding will rebound for Miami Heat

Chris Bosh’s rebounding will rebound for Miami Heat

Expect his rebounding totals to rise sharply as he becomes the top dog on Miami.

Joining Wizards ‘dream come true’ for Blair

Joining Wizards ‘dream come true’ for Blair

Rugged forward-center DeJuan Blair joins a crowded front court after finding fun in basketball again in the playoffs with the Mavericks last season.

DeMarcus Cousins hurt in Team USA practice

DeMarcus Cousins hurt in Team USA practice

Earlier this month, Paul George broke his leg practicing with the team.

Kobe Bryant is against using artificial turf in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup

Kobe Bryant is against using artificial turf in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup

The NBA star tweeted a photo of U.S. player Sydney Leroux’s legs as evidence for why he prefers real grass.

Kevin Durant hangs out with Redskins Trent Williams and DeSean Jackson

Just a guy from D.C. hanging out with two D.C. players.

The Year of LeBron: A look at key Cavs games

The Year of LeBron: A look at key Cavs games

The story of James’ return to Cleveland starts Oct. 30.

LeBron James says Nike offered his son a deal

LeBron James says Nike offered his son a deal

The kid does seem to be awfully good.

Justin Timberlake takes a shot at Donald Sterling

Justin Timberlake takes a shot at Donald Sterling

Absence of Clippers’ former owner is a cause for applause.

Five ways to improve the NBA schedule

Five ways to improve the NBA schedule

A long season would be much better with things like weighted schedules and fewer back-to-backs.

Wizards’ schedule will feature plenty of national exposure

Wizards’ schedule will feature plenty of national exposure

The Wizards will play 10 games on national television, including the one vs. New York on Christmas Day.

Five best NBA games of 2014-15

Two of the games are in October.

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A veteran works through the grind

With more than 1,100 games under Ryan Zimmerman’s big league belt, how does the Nationals star prepare for 162 games in 182 days?

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