Lakers' Bryant, Scott call for better play on defense

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LOS ANGELES--Nobody understands the standards of Los Angeles Lakers basketball better than Kobe Bryant.

So as enthused as he and others are by the glimpses of talent flashed by Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell, the veteran shifted the focus to "the other end," meaning defense.

Bryant watched Thursday night as Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle...Read more

Maya Moore's buzzer-beater puts Lynx up 2-1 in WNBA Finals

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Limited in playing time to 22 minutes with foul trouble all night long, Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lynx an 80-77 victory over host Indiana in the third game of the best-of-five WNBA Finals on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Lynx now lead the series 2-1.

Moore played just 22 minutes, ...Read more

Childhood finger injury helped motivate Heat guard Gerald Green to succeed

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Many NBA fans and players don't even know that Gerald Green plays basketball without the use of his right ring finger. Green has made his reputation as an NBA marksman and dunk artist despite losing most of the fourth finger on his shooting hand in a childhood accident.

Green, one of the Miami Heat's serendipitous offseason acquisitions, kept ...Read more

Wade schools Winslow in art of the undersized post game

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Justise Winslow left Duke after a single championship season. Dwyane Wade spent Friday making sure that the rookie's basketball education didn't end there.

So after Miami Heat practice was over at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade took time to school the prized first-round pick on the essentials of undersized post play, drilling with Winslow in ...Read more

Warriors' Thompson responds to Clippers coach Rivers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors players issued several retorts to Doc Rivers after the Los Angeles Clippers coach commented on Golden State being lucky it faced neither the Clippers nor San Antonio in the playoffs.

"Didn't they lose to the Rockets? Exactly," Klay Thompson said Friday, laughing in reference to Houston coming from behind to beat the ...Read more

Dalembert misses Mavericks practice with swollen left knee

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DALLAS -- The injuries keep on piling up for the Dallas Mavericks.

Already down seven players, the Mavericks lost another one when center Samuel Dalembert missed Friday's practice due to a swollen left knee. That leaves the Mavericks with just 12 healthy players in camp.

In addition, point guard Deron Williams was already limited in practice ...Read more

Hawks' Sefolosha found not guilty on all charges

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Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three criminal charges by a New York jury Friday.

The verdict was returned in less than an hour after the jury convened in Manhattan Criminal Court after getting the case as the conclusion of a four-day trial late Thursday afternoon. The Hawks player was arrested outside a New York nightclub in the ...Read more

Bruised knee sidelines Bulls' Noah

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Joakim Noah sat out Bulls' practice Friday with a bruised left knee that both he and coach Fred Hoiberg called "minor."

Noah didn't need an MRI exam and got up shots on his own following the team's workout on the University of Colorado campus. Hoiberg said a decision hasn't been made yet whether Noah will play Saturday when ...Read more

After dissing McDonald's, LeBron James signs pizza deal

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CHICAGO -- Less than a year after he disparaged McDonald's food in a moment of unexpected candor, NBA star LeBron James has split from the burger giant and signed an endorsement deal with Blaze Pizza.

James, 30, inked a deal with McDonald's in 2010 but hasn't appeared in any of its ads since he told reporters in February that he'd gotten in ...Read more

Cavs guard Dellavedova settling back into secondary role after postseason stardom

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The crowds outside the Cavaliers' hotel in San Francisco swelled into the hundreds during last season's NBA Finals, roaring every time any member of the Big Three walked onto the bus.

Well, Big Four. By the end of the series, Matthew Dellavedova had his own faithful following.

The shrieks and cheers for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin ...Read more

Bulls' Butler on Rose: 'Just let us play together'

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Thursday morning, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose took some time to text each other about Fred Hoiberg's offense.

"He told me to make sure to take the 3-pointer if it's open because he knows I sometimes still hesitate," Butler said.

What Butler didn't have any trouble with -- his words coming in a torrent -- is addressing the lingering ...Read more

Whose team is it? That's just a subplot for the Bulls

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In some ways, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose are as opposite as their first-round draft positions.

Butler, the final first-round pick in 2011, can be playful and gregarious when the spotlight falls on him. Rose, the first overall pick in 2008, is the guarded, stoic one who often is uncomfortable in group interview sessions.

But strip away that ...Read more

Clippers to get some real fanfare

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Throngs of fans show up everywhere NBA stars go in China, creating one giant entourage. They are so persistent in their pursuit of a brush with players that you might think Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer conceived his team's slogan watching them descend upon Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Then again, "relentless" may not even be able ...Read more

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson works away to improve his play

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HONOLULU -- The daily clusters of media members ran from Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle to D'Angelo Russell to Metta World Peace to Nick Young.

It was understandable. Each player had his own storyline for this season, be it redemption from injury, the hope of youth or rehabilitation of a career.

Practically ignored during the Lakers' nine-day ...Read more

LeBron James confident in Cavs despite injuries, holdout

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CINCINNATI -- Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving remain on rehab schedules in Cleveland, Tristan Thompson remains M.I.A. and Iman Shumpert's right wrist is still in a cast as the Cavaliers methodically march toward an Oct. 27 opener against the Chicago Bulls.

Yet despite so much working against them and a difficult three-game stretch to start the ...Read more

Wizards' Gortat on 76ers' Okafor: 'I'm coming for him'

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Not everyone was overjoyed with Jahlil Okafor's impressive performance against the Washington Wizards.

That's especially true of Marcin Gortat, the Wizards center who took the brunt of the 76ers rookie center's domination.

"One thing is sure: He's on my list right now," Gortat told the media Tuesday after 129-95 Wizards victory at the Verizon ...Read more

Warriors' Curry leaves NBA MVP talk to Harden

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry indicated he had not heard James Harden's comments about deserving the Most Valuable Player award that the Warriors guard won.

"Oh, he said that?" Curry said Wednesday.

"Guys find different ways to motivate themselves. I'm confident in what I do, and I know he's confident in what he does. It might come out a ...Read more

Dragic looking to get back up to speed, in sync with Heat

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Goran Dragic didn't look like himself in the Miami Heat's preseason opener, that's because he wasn't.

A new system and a different type of offseason have contributed to what he admitted Wednesday will be a significant adjustment.

"It's tough because it's a different system," Dragic said before the Heat faced the Orlando Magic at the KFC Yum! ...Read more

Lynx defeat Fever, even WNBA Finals at one game apiece

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MINNEAPOLIS -- And now it's a series.

Beaten on their home court Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA finals, the Lynx officially joined the fray Tuesday at Target Center, taking the game over with a 20-7 run to end the third quarter en route to a 77-71 victory over Indiana that tied the best-of-five series at a win apiece.

And while there was better ...Read more

Cavaliers guard Shumpert handling frustration of another long rehab

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Iman Shumpert zipped around the arena Monday night on a PhunkeeDuck scooter with his right wrist wrapped in a pink cast. This wasn't the way he expected to start the season, but it's a reality with which he has become all too familiar.

Shumpert's wrist will remain in the cast for another week before he can begin another ...Read more