James Herbert

CBS Sports Writer /

Magic's mindful Aaron Gordon is trying to stay out of 'mental prison'

The forward has always been hard on himself, but he told CBS Sports he's more relaxed and less stressed than ever before

Jimmy Butler trade: Sixers deal Process heroes to form new Big 3, ending tension between long- and short-term thinking

With Dario Saric and Robert Covington out the door, the Philadelphia 76ers are entering a new era

Golden State's worrier: 'Papa Smurf' Ron Adams keeps it honest as Warriors' stickler for small stuff

Just shy of his 71st birthday, Golden State's defensive guru is helping the superteam stay sharp

'Film geek' Joel Embiid playing like an MVP for erratic 76ers after healthy summer, and four other NBA storylines

Philadelphia's star center had a hell of a (healthy!) offseason, and it's showing

After 1-5 start, Chris Paul's Rockets finally overcome some adversity: 'That's how we play!'

Houston's problems have been many, but at least it can feel good about the way it competed in Brooklyn

5 surprising early NBA trends -- Blake Griffin's shooting, Celtics' ugly offense, etc. -- and how they'll play out this season

Detroit's star forward told CBS Sports he's glad he wasn't too stubborn to expand his game

A different kind of Warriors Big 3, the Wizards' woeful defense and more early NBA storylines

Youngsters Damian Jones, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell are manning the middle extremely well in Golden State

Warriors' Kevin Durant storms into MSG, drops 41 and does all he possibly can to shift the story from free agency to the court

With his 2019 free agency looming, Durant delivered a message with his play

Mike Budenholzer's Bucks evolution is here, complete with Giannis Antetokounmpo's Wilt-esque stat lines

A look at how committed Milwaukee is to its new system, in which Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are thriving

Trae Young's undeniable promise, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker better than ever and other NBA early-season thoughts

Also, Nikola Jokic is a man possessed and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is impressing already

Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic talks 'Game of Thrones'-style battles in West, declares 'Nurk Fever is back'

The veteran center talked to CBS Sports about his lofty goals, what he'll remember about the late Paul Allen, and more

Suns' Ryan Anderson on chemistry with Devin Booker, the 'advanced' Deandre Ayton and his tough season

After a hard year in Houston, Phoenix's new sharpshooter told CBS Sports he is excited to be himself again

Mike Conley knows people forgot about him, says Grizzlies primed for rebound year: 'I got that edge back'

Healthy and happy, Memphis' leader tells CBS Sports he's mentally ready, with "everything to prove"

T.J. McConnell says Sixers have star power to make NBA Finals, ‘unstoppable’ Joel Embiid is ready for MVP talk

The guard told CBS Sports that Markelle Fultz's preseason 3-pointer was "special for all of us"

Will Barton explains how Nikola Jokic raises Nuggets' basketball IQ, says Jamal Murray will be 'dangerous and scary'

The 27-year-old wing told CBS Sports that he still thinks about last April's play-in game "all the time"

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the days of hand checking and illegal defense. He joined CBS Sports in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.

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