Unburdened by the leadership role that he doesn't have to fill, surrounded by players who complement him and thriving in an offense that is built around his immense talent, Carmelo Anthony has arrived at a career crossroads. ...more
Engaged with multiple teams in trade talks for Josh Smith, the Hawks are struggling to get the assets they are seeking for the prospective free agent, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. ...more
The usual trade deadline frenzy might yet be upon us before 3 p.m. ET Thursday. But for now, team executives believe the new trade and financial rules have had a chilling effect on the discussions. ...more
Beyond the devastation to the Celtics, through the haze of an improbable, double-overtime victory over Miami without Rajon Rondo Sunday, there looms a harsh reality: Rondo's season-ending torn ACL could bring an end to the Celtics of this era for good.
There was only one coach who could've shaken Lakerland to its core and restored a championship disposition to the franchise immediately, and that was Phil Jackson. But it's possible that no pairing of talent, coach and system could've shaken the rest of the West -- the rest of the league -- like that of Mike D'Antoni, his system and the Lakers. ...more
The season opener between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat Tuesday night proved that they're both better than the last time we saw them, and they'll be up to no good against each other for many entertaining months to come. ...more