Ricky Rubio is standing up for his fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, saying he doesn't think it's fair that the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing Gasol off the bench this season.
After four years apart, Steve Nash and Mike D'Antoni are back on the title hunt in Los Angeles. Marc Stein has that and all the latest buzz from around the league in the latest Weekend Dime.
As part of Insider's series looking at the top candidates to beat the Miami Heat in 2012-13, Chris Palmer examines whether the Los Angeles Lakers have improved after their offseason moves.
Chris Broussard addresses issues facing the Oklahoma City Thunder: Are they actually second in the West? Can they keep James Harden?
Oklahoma City will host Orlando before Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Golden State on Christmas night, running the NBA's planned opening-day schedule to five games.