1. Behind the Scenes in L.A., the Wide-Ranging Summer World for NBA Players

    Magic Johnson's arrival in 1979 signifies, to many, the birth of the modern NBA , when the league left its financial and off-court struggles behind to become the multibillion-dollar enterprise it is today...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 10 months ago 193,830 reads 91 comments

  2. Tim Duncan Revs Up Style in His Car Shop, Revealing a Rare Portrait of a Legend

    It takes less than a minute after Tim Duncan pulls up to the entrance of his car customization business in San Antonio, BlackJack Speed Shop, to realize that this isn't the same mild-mannered Tim Duncan in a Spurs uniform...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 10 months ago 232,866 reads 153 comments

  3. Cast Aside by the NBA, Stephon Marbury Finds Stardom, and Peace, in China

    Stephon Marbury was born and raised in Brooklyn, played 13 years in the NBA , but something feels foreign to the 38-year-old during a late July dinner in Santa Monica, where he's living this summer to train...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 11 months ago 357,239 reads 183 comments

  4. Lance Stephenson Opens Up: Hornets Fallout, Clippers Future and Big Contracts

    A little more than a year ago, Lance Stephenson and his agent, Alberto Ebanks, flew to Las Vegas to meet with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and some of the team's brass...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 11 months ago 267,326 reads 288 comments

  5. Kristaps Porzingis on Knicks Fans, Vegas, NBA Idols and Life in the US

    Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis appeared wise beyond his 19 years at the Las Vegas Summer League. For starters, Porzingis, who averaged 10.5 points and 1.8 blocks on 48...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 12 months ago 274,504 reads 349 comments

  6. Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas Is Where Real Business of Summer League Happens

    Two years ago, the overall economic impact of the Las Vegas Summer League in the city totaled $30 million, which included outside entertainment. This year? $50 million, estimates Albert Hall, who co-founded the event...

    Jared Zwerling Written by Jared Zwerling about 12 months ago 50,481 reads 37 comments

  7. 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 1 year ago 103,505 reads 79 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 60,166 reads 37 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 163,952 reads 99 comments

  10. 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 year ago 137,495 reads 252 comments

  11. 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 year ago 193,839 reads 118 comments

  12. 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 year ago 78,600 reads 119 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 154,868 reads 99 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 211,836 reads 243 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 29,870 reads 68 comments

  16. '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 over 1 year ago 242,908 reads 276 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 84,403 reads 115 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 187,316 reads 155 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 44,118 reads 37 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 23,699 reads 46 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 19,583 reads 39 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 85,715 reads 88 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 47,996 reads 19 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 36,651 reads 61 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 66,648 reads 32 comments