1. After Tough Childhood, Bobby Portis Has Become Draft's Most Intriguing Sleeper

    Simply observing top NBA prospect Bobby Portis place an order at a restaurant, you begin to realize what he's all about, what has propelled him through poverty and more to get to this point in his life, one day before the draft...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 12 days ago 97,369 reads 79 comments

  2. The Legacy of 'The Hat Lady': Green-Room Reflections from an NBA Draft Icon

    "The godmother of the NBA." That's how former player Roger Mason Jr., now the National Basketball Players Association 's deputy executive director, refers to Chrysa Chin, who worked for the union and then the league spanning more than 20 years...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 13 days ago 59,642 reads 38 comments

  3. The Matrix Reloaded: Retirement Won't End the Unique Versatility of Shawn Marion

    Former Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo jokes that the only thing Shawn Marion could have done more of in his career is get to the free-throw line...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 23 days ago 161,296 reads 99 comments

  4. The Rise of Matthew Dellavedova, the Playoffs' Unlikely Star and Biggest Pest

    He arrives on time at a high-end steakhouse in downtown Cleveland wearing a Nike sweatsuit, disrupts his meal to mingle and take photos with fellow patrons, and when asked if he wants to finish off two appetizers, he gladly offers his guest to eat both.

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 1 month ago 135,898 reads 252 comments

  5. As J.R. Smith Reaches Peak of Hoops Career, Brother Chris Fights to Save His

    It's a Friday afternoon in late April in Las Vegas, and numerous draft hopefuls—mostly second-round prospects—are going through drills at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy to improve their chances of getting picked in late June...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 1 month ago 191,144 reads 118 comments

  6. NBA Insiders Break Down the Good and the Bad for Draft Lottery's Top Prospects

    Tuesday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, the NBA draft lottery results could add a level of intrigue to the race for the No. 1 pick...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 1 month ago 78,407 reads 120 comments

  7. Betting on the Future: Imagining the NBA Fan Experience with Regulated Gambling

    What are the odds LeBron James scores 10 points in a game when guarded by Jimmy Butler? Will the Clippers score 20 points in the paint when Dwight Howard is on the court? ...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 2 months ago 154,181 reads 99 comments

  8. Hangin' with Dwight Howard: A Changed Man, Entertaining Host and Snake Charmer

    "You driving with us?" Dwight Howard surprises me with that question as I'm in the parking lot of Blue Ridge Elementary in Houston, along with some of his personal staff. It's around 7:30 p...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 3 months ago 205,185 reads 243 comments

  9. Nerlens Noel Goes Inside His Rookie Season, 76ers' Culture, Team's Future

    Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown recalls his first days with Nerlens Noel after the 2013 NBA draft. There was a respectful shyness from the then-19-year-old big man...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 3 months ago 29,698 reads 68 comments

  10. 'I'm Back!': Untold Tales of Michael Jordan's 1st Return to the NBA 20 Years Ago

    For all of the reasons Michael Jordan is the most celebrated athlete ever in basketball and branding, here's another one: He himself wrote arguably the most effective press release in the history of sports...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 4 months ago 230,216 reads 276 comments

  11. Inside Goran Dragic's Dramatic and Game-Changing Transition with the Miami Heat

    Entering last month's trade deadline, the Miami Heat needed to pick up the slack a bit—in terms of winning and pace, as they ranked last in the NBA in possessions per game...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 4 months ago 84,051 reads 115 comments

  12. Meet Rock Star Pastor Carl Lentz, Spiritual Guide to Durant, Melo, NBA's Elite

    It's a recent Saturday afternoon at New York City's Chelsea Piers sports complex. A pickup game of locally born basketball notables is in session, and a 36-year-old Virginia Beach native named Carl Lentz is the loudest motivator on the court...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 4 months ago 176,527 reads 155 comments

  13. A Weekend with the Busiest Man in New York City, All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook

    "Kill." That's how Russell Westbrook described his mindset on the court after Saturday's All-Star practice...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 43,793 reads 37 comments

  14. All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge Reveals the Skills That Make Him a Mid-Range Maestro

    Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is currently playing through a ligament tear in his left thumb, but that's far from his toughest challenge yet...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 23,332 reads 46 comments

  15. B/R Exclusive: Diddy Takes You Inside His NBA All-Star Weekend Experiences

    Diddy is the life of the party, be it in the hip-hop business or in the entertainment world—and he's also the life of NBA All-Star Weekend, a unique intersection of all his different endeavors...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 19,514 reads 39 comments

  16. Grizzlies' Tony Allen Shares His Secrets to Being the NBA's Premier Star Stopper

    One of the most entertaining experiences in Memphis is spending time around Grizzlies defensive specialist Tony Allen ...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 82,752 reads 88 comments

  17. In the Paint: How Art Has Become the Latest Craze with the NBA and Its Stars

    Last month, when Carmelo Anthony welcomed a select group of writers inside his renovated Terminal 23 gym in New York City for the release of his Jordan Melo M11 sneaker, he made ...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 47,145 reads 19 comments

  18. OKC's Scott Brooks Opens Up: Team Pressures, Coaching KD and Russ and More

    Scott Brooks is nearing the end of his lunch at Upper Crust in Oklahoma City on a recent January afternoon when a patron quickly drops something off on his table and walks away...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 5 months ago 36,390 reads 61 comments

  19. Brothers Goran and Zoran Dragic Share Bond on and off Court with the Suns

    On a recent Friday night in New York City, Bleacher Report met up with brothers Goran, 28, and Zoran Dragic , 25, of the Phoenix Suns at Dave & Buster's arcade and restaurant in Times Square...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 6 months ago 66,248 reads 32 comments

  20. New Mavericks Point Guard Rajon Rondo Breaks Down His Unique Hoops DNA

    New Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has always adjusted quickly to complex tasks. He learned how to ride a bike at four. Algebraic equations became easy in elementary school...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 6 months ago 117,559 reads 102 comments

  21. Rajon Rondo's 5 Most Memorable Passes

    If you've ever been startled by some of Rajon Rondo 's passes, just ask the man himself. "I even surprise myself sometimes," he said...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 6 months ago 57,241 reads 15 comments

  22. How the Clippers' Chris Paul-Blake Griffin Pick-and-Roll Has Dominated the NBA

    Blake Griffin can't help himself. It's a typical Clippers practice, and Doc Rivers wants all five of his players in motion, so he has his team run a half-court exercise where they can't set any pick-and-rolls...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 7 months ago 51,759 reads 63 comments

  23. Johnny Stephene's Unique Ball-Handling Biz Has NBA All-Stars and Brands Lined Up

    With the NBA season underway, there's one basketball personality not in the league who's been building an even bigger following than many of the players...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 8 months ago 91,915 reads 23 comments

  24. My Lunch with Michael Jordan: Outside the Spotlight, Still All Business

    When you receive this phone call — "You're invited to have lunch with Michael Jordan " —what's one of the first things you do? You think about what suit you're going ...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 8 months ago 239,808 reads 90 comments

  25. NBA Preseason Allows Coaches to Show off a Few New Moves of Their Own

    One of the biggest storylines in every NBA training camp is what players did during the summer to prepare for the upcoming season...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 9 months ago 20,058 reads 8 comments