Lakers announce the signing of Chinese star Yi Jianlian

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers on Monday announced they have officially signed Chinese star forward/center Yi Jianlian to a deal.

The contract for Yi is one year at the veteran's minimum of $1.13 million that could reach as high as $8 million this season if he reaches several wide-ranging incentive bonuses in the deal.

Yi, 28, who was ...Read more

Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky: 'I've got to be a better defender'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Frank Kaminsky has a message for Charlotte Hornets fans who think he was a spotty defender as an NBA rookie power forward: He thoroughly agrees. And given a chance, he'll improve.

I asked Kaminsky a slew of questions Wednesday at Time Warner Cable...oops the Spectrum Center (going to take a while to get used to name changes)...Read more

Spoelstra on Whiteside: 'Absorb more minutes, more responsibility, more games'

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More than a month from the start of training camp, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has put forward a blueprint for Hassan Whiteside's new reality as a $98 million player.

In the latest of his videos posted on the team's website, Spoelstra spoke of the need to maximize the possibilities of his shot-blocking center, including additional post-up ...Read more

Moving NBA All-Star Game was a business decision, commissioner says

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte was a difficult decision but one that was ultimately driven by business. He also said he personally wasn't in favor of having it in North Carolina in 2017 because of House Bill 2, which the league has said it finds discriminatory against the LGBT community...Read more

Teddy Greenstein: After getting slapped around, Americans fight back to wallop Argentina

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Carmelo Anthony walked up behind DeAndre Jordan and whacked him on the back, an open-hand slap that would leave most of us in tears.

If 'Melo does that in December, it starts a bench-clearing brawl.

In Rio, it's just screwing around with a teammate.

"One thing that's special about this team," DeMarcus Cousins observed, "is ...Read more

Kevin Durant leads US rout of Argentina in men's basketball

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- After three consecutive close games that made many doubt whether the U.S. was ripe for an upset in the knockout rounds, Team USA played perhaps its best game of the Olympics on Wednesday in a 105-78 victory over Argentina.

The U.S. advances to the semifinals on Friday when it will meet Spain, who defeated France earlier in the...Read more

Lakers plan to sign Yi Jianlian

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Chinese star Yi Jianlian are in the final stages of completing a deal for the forward to return to the NBA, said league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the contract.

Yi's contract would be for the veteran's minimum of $1.139 million that could reach "several million more" in incentive bonuses...Read more

Spoelstra: Miami Heat are embracing the challenge of change

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After an offseason in which the team lost the best player in franchise history, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra finally broke his silence.

Spoelstra hadn't spoken publicly since the team and guard Dwyane Wade parted ways, but he released a video to the Heat's website on Tuesday. Last month, Wade decided to join the Chicago Bulls after playing ...Read more

Bucks hire Michelle Obama's brother as player mentor

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Former Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is joining the Milwaukee Bucks as vice president of player and organizational development, the team announced Monday.

Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, coached at Oregon State from 2008-14 after spending two years as head coach at Brown in ...Read more

LeBron James to host 5,000 Akron school kids and their families at Cedar Point

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When LeBron James throws a family reunion, you better plan to bring plenty of potato salad.

Try tons of the tasty reunion staple.

Some 5,000 Akron kids and their families will be at Cedar Point on Tuesday for the LeBron James Family Foundation's We Are Family Reunion.

Thanks to donations by Chase Bank and Cedar Point and others, the invited ...Read more

Lakers' Nick Young says he is ready to make peace with teammate D'Angelo Russell

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Uncertainty hovers over Nick Young regarding his future with the Lakers. His personal life also has played out like a soap opera on celebrity gossip sites.

Despite that backdrop, Young walked out of Los Angeles Southwest College on Sunday evening bearing his signature smile. The reasons went beyond helping his Drew League team secure a playoff ...Read more

Cavaliers to get rings on opening night, host Warriors on Christmas Day

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The NBA figured 52 years was long enough. Cleveland fans won't have to wait longer than they have to for their championship banner to be raised.

The Cavaliers will receive their championship rings on opening night against the New York Knicks on Oct. 25. They'll also host Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors in a highly anticipated rematch...Read more

LeBron James returning to Cavs on a three-year, $100 million deal

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LeBron James is returning to the Cavaliers on a three-year, $100 million deal, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. His $31 million salary for this season will make him the league's highest-paid player for the first time in his career, according to ESPN, which first reported the signing.

James, 31, made it clear on the day of the ...Read more

Tyler Johnson latest Heat player to expect a Chris Bosh return

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Chris Bosh continues to offer indications to teammates that he plans to return to the Miami Heat this season, with guard Tyler Johnson speaking Wednesday about recent encouragement from the All-Star forward who has been sidelined by blood clots at midseason each of the past two years.

"Me and him have been going back and forth," Johnson said ...Read more

California Highway Patrol recommending charges against Rodman over freeway wreck

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- With the conclusion of a police investigation, prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against famed basketball player Dennis Rodman in an alleged hit-and-run accident, officials said Thursday.

The star player formerly known as "The Worm" has not been cited or arrested, said California Highway Patrol officer ...Read more

Jersey from Michael Jordan's last postseason auctioned off

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A Michael Jordan game-worn jersey from the 1998 playoffs sold for $168,000 through Goldin Auctions on Thursday night.

Jordan scored 35 points and had 11 rebounds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Hornets, which the Bulls won 83-70 on May 3, 1998. The Bulls went on to win the series 4-1 and ultimately the last of ...Read more

Hornets' Kemba Walker on social justice, inspiring kids, departure of Jeremy Lin

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Kemba Walker isn't particularly bossy.

That's not to say the Charlotte Hornets' point guard lacks assertiveness. But typically Walker would rather be known for his actions than his words.

So it was a departure last month when Walker wrote an essay for the Player's Tribune addressing gun violence and social justice issues. Inspired by several ...Read more

Offseason goal for Heat is proving they have a shot

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KENDALL, Fla. -- Amid the conjecture about where the Miami Heat stand in the wake of Dwyane Wade's free-agency shift to the Chicago Bulls, the team's players won't accept the notion that they don't have a shot.

Especially that notion.

Because for all the doubts about the outside shooting that coach Erik Spoelstra will have at his disposal, the...Read more

Sky forward Elena Delle Donne engaged, comes out: 'I'm not at all going to hide anything'

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Sky forward Elena Delle Donne doesn't feel the need to hide her sexuality anymore.

An article in Vogue magazine's August issue states that Delle Donne is engaged to her girlfriend Amanda Clifton, and it is the first time there has been a public acknowledgement of Delle Donne's sexual orientation.

"I've grown up in a family ...Read more

Amar'e Stoudemire finalizes two-year deal to play in Israel

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Hapoel Jerusalem formally announced Monday that center Amar'e Stoudemire has agreed to a two-year contract with the Israeli League team.

Stoudemire, who retired from the NBA after spending this past season with the Miami Heat, is a part-owner of Hapoel Jerusalem.

In a first-person piece for The Players' Tribune website, Stoudemire, 33, wrote ...Read more