He was recently anointed the best high school basketball prospect since LeBron James. He has been compared to Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. He also has a documentary tracking his every step. It won’t be long before Emoni Bates is a household name.
While Team USA is without its typical firepower, it is not devoid of talent all together. The Crossover takes a look at the best available players, devises a potential roster for the FIBA World Cup and points out who could miss the cut.
The Trail Blazers secured the other half of their heralded backcourt, locking CJ McCollum up with a three-year, $100 million contract extension. Portland pays a tall price tag, but McCollum has proved his worth.
With Paul George gone and Russell Westbrook rumors swirling, a well-positioned rebuild looms for the Thunder. Oklahoma City, a team known for operating in the shadows, couldn't be more transparent about its future plans.