James Harden says in his introductory press conference that he and his Nets co-stars are ready to sacrifice

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NEW YORK — According to James Harden, “it’s all a flow.” Some nights, he said in his introductory press conference on Friday, “I might be a facilitator.” Other nights, he might score at a high clip. Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant “might score 10 possessions in a row,” he said, “and I’m fine with that because we’re going to be winning and it’s going to be good.”

Harden will make his Brooklyn Nets debut on Saturday, provided that all the players in Wednesday’s trade pass physicals. Irving will be out of the lineup, per ESPN’s Malika Andrews, but could be back from his absence as soon as Monday. Whenever the three stars get on the court together, the world will be watching to see what it looks like. Harden said that “it’s going to be fun,” inadvertently

Broncos' Von Miller subject of a police investigation in Colorado; team releases statement

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Police in Parker, Colorado are investigating Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, but they have not provided details regarding the nature of the investigation or the potential charges. Police confirmed to ESPN that “if the investigation determines a crime has occurred charges will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for their review.”

The Broncos said they are aware of the investigation in a statement released by the organization. 

Miller has not had any off-the-field issues since 2013, when he was suspended for six games after the NFL learned he attempted to cheat a drug test. He also had an arrest warrant issued in the summer of that year after failing to appear in court for ongoing traffic violations.

Miller’s future in Denver is already in doubt as he enters the final season of a six-year, $114.5 million contract

Blazers center Nurkic fractures wrist vs. Pacers

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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic fractured his right wrist Thursday night during a 111-87 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Nurkic could be seen holding the wrist after swiping at the ball in the third quarter, and he fell to the floor after contact under Indiana’s basket. At a timeout he went to the locker room and did not return.

The Trail Blazers didn’t immediately indicate how much time Nurkic will miss.

The 7-foot Bosnian center was averaging 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds heading into the game.

Nurkic missed much of the first half of last season after breaking his left leg in a game in March 2019. He returned to the team to play in the the bubble in Orlando, Florida, after the season was put on hold because of coronavirus.

“He had a long road back from his

Harden: No disrespect to Rockets on way out

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NEW YORK — After a turbulent ending to his tenure with the Rockets, new Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden said Friday that he doesn’t believe he was disrespectful to anyone at the end of his career in Houston but regrets the way the situation unfolded.

“I’ve been there for a very long time,” Harden said of the Rockets. “I have been through all the ups and downs, you know, with that organization. And I wasn’t disrespectful toward anyone. I just made a comment that the team as a whole wasn’t good enough to compete for a title. And at this stage in my career, where I am now, that’s what I would love.

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“And so, I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to anybody — especially not to the organization. And like I said, I am excited to be here in Brooklyn and, you

Sources: NBA moving toward expanded rosters

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Amid thinning rosters in the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is progressing toward an expansion of regular-season rosters, sources told ESPN.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association must still agree on the details of granting teams an additional two-way roster spot for the balance of the regular season, but those talks are expected to soon culminate with an agreement and deeper roster options for teams struggling with COVID-19 issues, sources said.

The NBA has had to postpone 12 games this season, the bulk of which have come in the last week.

NBA general managers have been enthusiastic in support of additional roster options this season, a broad sentiment that was shared with league office executives in a virtual meeting of NBA general managers Friday, sources said.

In this shortened, 72-game season, two-way roster spots allow players to be active for 50 games

In the paint: Introducing the artist known as Willie Cauley-Stein

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Willie Cauley-Stein was in fifth grade when he packed up his bag for a trek across Spearville, Kansas, a tiny blip of a town — population: 800 — just up US-50 from Dodge City, which passes for a metropolis in a blur of flatlands and windmills.

Cauley-Stein was headed to a class, in which he was enrolled by his grandmother, at a family friend’s house. The snacks were good, he thought, so it was worth the walk. His bag brimmed with notebooks and pastels. It was his introduction to art.

Since then, Cauley-Stein has graduated from a schoolboy drawing houses and landscapes to a 27-year-old using spray paint — and acrylic paint when he wants to get more intricate — to work on his canvases.

It’s all a vessel for expressing his feelings about relationships, heroes and life as a veteran

Five most likely candidates to sign with Nets after James Harden trade

By | January 14, 2021

The Brooklyn Nets made a huge splash trading for James Harden, but their roster is now very thin so more moves are assuredly coming soon.

After losing Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn especially needs more depth in their frontcourt. The Nets have three available roster spots, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks, and still have their mid-level exception available to sign a free agent for up to $5.7 million. They can also sign any player for the league veteran minimum.

The front office may leave an empty roster spot for the buyout market later this season since, as legitimate title contenders, Brooklyn is now one of the more attractive destinations. Our own Yossi Gozlan predicts that they will use their $5.7 million designated player to trade for frontcourt depth.

Otherwise, in the immediate future, fans can expect one of the players we have

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What the four-way James Harden trade means for each team

By | January 14, 2021

As you may have heard, the Rockets, Nets, Pacers, and Cavaliers have agreed to a four-team blockbuster trade. James Harden heads to Brooklyn. Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, and a ton of draft picks are going to Houston. Caris LeVert and a second-round pick are going to Indiana. Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince head to Cleveland.

The Nets and 76ers were the two teams battling it out for Harden’s services at the end of the race, but Philly felt the Rockets were using them as leverage to extract as many assets from the Nets, Harden’s preferred destination, a league source told HoopsHype.

According to one executive, Philadelphia blew a chance to improve their options as a contender by failing to land Harden.

“I think Philly missed an opportunity and now is stuck being in the middle

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The Rockets created a culture that gave James Harden all the power

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 16, 2020. The Houston Rockets have traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

THE HOUSTON ROCKETS culture in the James Harden era, which bridges two owners and now four head coaches, might be best summed up by a former staffer’s three words:

“Whatever James wants.”

Unless they were on the front end of a back-to-back set, it was essentially a sure thing that the Rockets stayed overnight — or even an extra day — after games in Los Angeles, Phoenix and other road cities that rank among Harden’s favorite stops.

If the Rockets had two or three days between games, it was a good bet Harden would call for an off day and charter a private jet to party in Las Vegas or another city. He always gets