• Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, is fouled as he shoots between Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, left, and center Joakim Noah in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

    After talking openly about challenging the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference title, the Indiana Pacers have backed their words with results.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 07, 2013, 10:30 AM EST
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in New York. The Nets won the game 86-62.

    With different looks all around the NBA in 2013-14, one familiar sight remains: LeBron James and the Miami Heat are entering another season as the team to beat.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 28, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Chamberlain Oguchi #9 of Nigeria brings the ball up court against France during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

    Nigeria's participation in the 2012 Olympics raised the international visibility of the country's basketball talent, but several Nigerians actively encourage the sport back home.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 02, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT
  • In this April 2, 2013, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal gestures during ceremonies to retire his jersey during halftime of an NBA game between the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, in Los Angeles. O'Neal is joining the ownership group of the Sacramento Kings. The Kings announced Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, that O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.

    The larger-than-life figure that teased and tormented the Sacramento Kings for so long is now the biggest name to join the franchise's new ownership group.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 23, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT
  • NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes hands with UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers surprisingly made Bennett the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, and Nerlens Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade in an unsettled first round of the draft.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 28, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT
  • Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett, right, chats with teammate Paul Pierce on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, in this March 13, 2013 file photo. The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in a deal that was still developing as the NBA draft ended, according to a person with knowledge of the details. The trade can't be completed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set, so pieces were s

    The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in a deal that was still developing as the NBA draft ended.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 28, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT
  • Maryland's Alex Len listens during a press availability for NBA basketball draft prospects on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York.

    One of them could be the No. 1 pick Thursday in an NBA draft that appears short on stardom, and neither looks ready to get his career off to a running start.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 27, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT