Russell Westbrook has encounter with heckler, not on court but on street

Russell WestbrookPhoto: Getty Images This has probably been the most challenging season of Russell Westbrook’s 14-year career in the NBA. Teaming up with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers has proven to be an experiment not worth repeating next season. All of Westbrook’s shortcomings on the court have been magnified by playing in Los … Read more

NBA young point guard survey

8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies have taken the NBA by storm this season. After flirting with the playoffs his rookie season, and making them by knocking off the Golden State Warriors — in San Francisco — in the play-in tournament in his second season, Morant has taken the full … Read more

Jaylen Brown exits with ankle sprain; Boston Celtics hopeful injury not long term

9:36 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — Celtics coach Ime Udoka said after Boston’s 107-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on Tuesday night that he is optimism Jaylen Brown’s right ankle sprain won’t keep him out long term. “[He] rolled it,” Udoka said. “Got some swelling and soreness, obviously. He tried to … Read more

Nate McMillan’s tenure with the Hawks is downright Thibs-ian

Nate McMillanPhoto: Getty Images The Hawks are lucky the Knicks are so disappointing or Stephen A. Smith would be melting down about them instead. The team that ended the Ben Simmons era in Philly, banished Julius Randle to a place from which he has yet to return, and competed with eventual NBA championship Milwaukee in … Read more

Kevin Durant avoids selecting James Harden in All-Star draft, happy Nets ‘got guys who want to be part of this’ in trade

7:39 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Before serving as a captain in the NBA’s All-Star Game draft Thursday night, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant said he was “happy we got guys who want to be part of this” in the blockbuster trade that saw James Harden go to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons. … Read more

LeBron James, Kevin Durant named captains again for All-Star Game as starter pool announced

7:26 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN LeBron James and Kevin Durant again will be the captains of the two teams in this year’s All-Star Game, as the NBA announced on Thursday night the starters for its annual midseason showcase to be held Feb. 20 in Cleveland. James, who now has been a captain in each of … Read more