James Herbert

CBS Sports Writer /

Warriors' Gary Payton II will play first game since trade on Sunday vs. Timberwolves, per report

Payton has been sidelined with a right adductor injury since the Warriors reacquired him at the deadline

Hawks' Trae Young says NBA referees 'should be held more accountable' with fines, suspensions

After a missed call late in a loss against Minnesota, Young called for harsher consequences for officials

Monty Williams says Suns aren't getting a fair whistle after Lakers shoot 46 free throws: 'I'm tired of it'

Williams repeatedly pointed to the 46-to-20 free-throw disparity

Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid, James Harden injury issues: 76ers will 'do whatever we can to be healthy'

Harden was out Wednesday, and Embiid didn't play in the second half of a blowout win

Bulls' Lonzo Ball to have third knee surgery; could miss all of 2023-24 season, per report

Chicago's guard hasn't played a game in 14 months

Lakers rumors: Front office doesn't plan to pursue Kyrie Irving in upcoming NBA free agency

Does Los Angeles think so highly of its new roster that it won't pursue Irving?

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo says MVP criteria changes, calls himself 'most competitive guy who ever lived'

Antetokounmpo said it's 'a blessing in the sky' to be in the MVP conversation again

Joel Embiid boosts MVP case, but Cavs coach blasts overturned call that kept 76ers star on the floor

J.B. Bickerstaff said it was 'clear as day' Embiid should've had his sixth foul with four minutes to play

Robert Williams III injury update: Celtics center expected to return 'within the next week or so'

Williams responded well to a workout on Tuesday, Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said

LeBron James injury update: Lakers star has tendon issue in right foot, will be reevaluated in three weeks

James is expected to miss more than two weeks as initially reported

D'Angelo Russell injury update: Lakers guard to miss fourth straight game with ankle injury

Between this and LeBron James' foot injury, the Lakers are seriously shorthanded

Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell says he doesn't know if he'll miss games because of groin injury

Mitchell scored 44 points on Wednesday, some of them after hurting his groin again

NBA's top 50 players in 2022-23 season: Giannis, Jokic, Luka battle for No. 1; LeBron slips out of top 10

Thunder's electric Shai Gilgeous-Alexander crashes into the top 10

Blazers' Damian Lillard, Jerami Grant to rest vs. Kings after snowstorm-induced flight delay

The team was stuck on a plane for hours on Wednesday

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the days of hand checking and illegal defense. He joined CBS Sports in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.

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