Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist elects to have shoulder surgery

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Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker's message to teammates:

"Be like Mike."

He wasn't referring to Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who made that phrase famous a decade ago. Walker was talking about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, expected to miss the season after electing to have surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder.

"It's always ...Read more

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg home-schools Derrick Rose

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Fred Hoiberg took the Bulls' offense to Derrick Rose Monday.

The Bulls' coach visited the injured guard at his home following practice, reviewing film of new offensive sets that have been installed since Rose suffered a fractured left orbital bone in the first practice of training camp on Sept. 29. Rose underwent surgery the next day.

Hoiberg ...Read more

Heat's Winslow comfortable getting up to speed of the NBA

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The first taste was also a truer taste of what will follow. Until Sunday's preseason opener, Justise Winslow's NBA experience had been of leading man, starter, playmaker.

Then came the 90-77 exhibition loss to the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena, when Winslow played off the bench, played mostly without the ball in his hands. This ...Read more

Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could miss season with torn labrum

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Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder that could require surgery.

Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury Saturday, late in the first half of a preseason road victory against the Orlando Magic. Kidd-Gilchrist underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed the damage to his shoulder.

The extent...Read more

Luke Walton, suddenly Warriors interim coach, has basketball pedigree

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Luke Walton didn't have to interview with Steve Kerr this summer to become the Warriors' lead assistant coach and run the top-scoring offense in the NBA.

"Steve just called and said he wanted to promote me, so obviously he showed a lot of the confidence that he had in me," Walton said.

Kerr called Walton again early Thursday...Read more

Kobe Bryant holds court, briefly, in Lakers' 90-71 loss to Jazz

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HONOLULU -- It was like old times, Lawrence Tanter introducing Kobe Bryant before a game as Los Angeles Lakers fans cheered and cheered.

Bryant was back, albeit briefly, even though it was only an exhibition opener against the Utah Jazz.

The score was ugly and almost irrelevant -- 90-71, Utah -- as the Lakers debuted their hodgepodge of ...Read more

Clippers drop exhibition game, 93-73, to Raptors

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Los Angeles Clippers' first foreign foray of the preseason was not a successful one.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul struggled to shoot and the Clippers' bench continued to exhibit a slapdash feel during a 93-73 exhibition loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday before a sellout crowd at Rogers Arena.

Griffin and ...Read more

Shaky Lynx drop Game 1 of WNBA Finals 75-69 to Indiana

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MINNESOTA -- All week long the Lynx insisted this year wasn't the same as 2012. So many new faces, a different time.

But the more things change...

With their characteristic grit and physical play, with defense that stymied the Lynx much of the game, Indiana came to Target Center on Sunday and -- just like they did in 2012 -- took Game 1 of the...Read more

Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates right shoulder, likely out for weeks

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Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has suffered a dislocated right shoulder, which could cost him several weeks and the start of the regular season.

Kidd-Gilchrist spent the night in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday after hitting the court hard late in the first half of a 106-100 preseason victory over the Magic. He was fouled on ...Read more

LeBron James calls Tristan Thompson's holdout a distraction, urges both sides to get deal done

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James insisted his late-night social media message wasn't directed solely at the Cavs, labeled Tristan Thompson's holdout as a distraction and urged both sides to find common ground in a candid interview following practice Sunday.

"The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And...Read more

Twilight of Pau Gasol's grand career more like a highlight

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Earlier this week, with an open smile, Pau Gasol offered perhaps the most plausible theory for why he's enjoying a career renaissance.

"I'm from Spain, so there's a lot of great wine," Gasol said.

In his book, Gasol has written about enjoying a glass or two of vintage grapes. But that, of course, isn't what he meant.

Gasol turned 35 in July. ...Read more

Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist injures right shoulder

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The Charlotte Hornets might have incurred their first serious injury of the preseason Saturday when small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had to be hospitalized after suffering a right shoulder injury.

The injury occurred in the first half of the Hornets' first exhibition, a 106-100 road victory over the Orlando Magic. Kidd-Gilchrist was fouled ...Read more

Metta World Peace, once a Lakers stalwart, seeks another chance at 35

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HONOLULU -- Don't laugh. Metta World Peace certainly isn't.

His attempted return to the NBA isn't a sideshow. Neither are his reasons, he says.

"I want to win a championship," he acknowledged in a quiet moment at Lakers training camp. "I always thought we should have had at least one more."

Sometimes he can't stop thinking about the Lakers' ...Read more

Bulls' Rose right on schedule after follow-up exam

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose's follow-up exam went well and he is scheduled to be cleared to watch practice beginning Wednesday. The two-week timetable until Rose is cleared for basketball activity, issued after his Wednesday surgery to repair his left orbital fracture, remains.

"They have advised him to continue to let that sight...Read more

Social media helps coach find spot on Mavericks' staff

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DALLAS -- Johnny Stephene is another prime example of why no one should ever underestimate the power of social media.

A few months ago, Stephene posted some videos of himself teaching Toronto's DeMar DeRozan some ballhandling skills. The Dallas Mavericks saw the videos, and then offered him a job this past summer to become their ballhandling ...Read more

Henson, Bucks agree to 4-year, $44 million extension

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MADISON, Wis. -- John Henson persevered through the bad times and a bit of the good in his first three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-11 center/forward gained a nice reward Friday when he agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract extension, meaning he will not go through restricted free agency next summer.

Negotiations between ...Read more

Big three reunited and it feels so good in Clippers' 103-96 preseason win over Nuggets

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LOS ANGELES--There was a certain familiarity amid all the changes.

Flourishes such as a new logo, uniforms and court design at the Los Angeles Clippers' exhibition opener were secondary to the core product, which still starts with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The trio were together again Friday night at Staples Center for the ...Read more

Bulls' Mirotic confident 3-point shooting will improve in 2nd season

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Nikola Mirotic didn't live up to his Twitter handle last postseason; (at)threekola shot 30.6 percent from beyond the arc on 66 attempts in 11 playoff games.

So Taj Gibson's scouting report from the first few days of Bulls training camp should be encouraging for a player projected to play a huge role this season under new coach Fred Hoiberg.

"...Read more

Cavs' Thompson considered a holdout after failing to show up to practice again

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Tristan Thompson was absent from Cavaliers practice for the fourth day on Friday and the optimism surrounding his situation might be starting to dim.

Thompson is now officially considered a holdout after refusing to sign a one-year qualifying offer, and when this contract stalemate ends is now anyone's guess.

LeBron James...Read more

LeBron James advocates for stiffer gun laws

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James pushed for stiffer gun laws Friday in the wake of another child killing in Cleveland.

James spoke out on social media after an infant was shot and killed in Cleveland on Thursday, the same day 10 died in Oregon during another school shooting.

"Obviously you're not going to be able to take every gun out, I don...Read more