• Report: Cavaliers in advanced discussions on trade for point guard

    Report: Cavaliers in advanced discussions on trade for point guard

    The Cavaliers should be fine at point guard in games that matter. Kyrie Irving is an excellent starter. When Irving rests, LeBron James – in addition to his minutes at forward – can serve as primary ball-handler with an extra wing on the floor. But Cleveland wants to limit LeBron’s and Irving’s playing time to preserve them for another long playoff run, which means finding a more traditional backup point guard for the regular season. The Cavs have Kay Felder, but the transition from the Horizon League to the NBA is a difficult one for anyone, let alone a 5-foot-9 rookie who was drafted No. 54 overall. Mo Williams is somewhere between injured and retired. They might like to add Mario Chalmers,

  • The Associated Press

    Derrick Rose wins big off the court, cleared in rape lawsuit

    Derrick Rose is at a crossroads in his basketball career and one of the biggest moments in what could be a make-or-break year for the former NBA MVP didn't happen on the court. The reticent Rose, who remained stoic most of the trial including during his testimony about intimate sex acts, smiled outside court, thanked jurors and put his arm around some who posed for photos with the hoops star. ''I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me,'' Rose said in a statement.

  • J.R. Smith denies racism toward Jeremy Lin

    J.R. Smith denies racism toward Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin sensibly noted how his Asian-American heritage has influenced his basketball career, for better or worse. Among the negatives: It made it harder for Lin to gain acceptance as a basketball player. But did J.R. Smith show that prejudice against Lin while they played together with the Knicks? That’s what Craig Carton claimed when Lin appeared on Boomer & Carton. Carton: “Let me say directly what we think went on, and you tell me if you felt it or if I’m right. There’s the thought – and I believe this, so I’ll say it’s my thought, maybe no one else’s – that there’s a racial component that because you’re a Chinese-American player, that certain African-American players in your locker room,