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Pittenger tells NBA's Adam Silver the league has engaged in 'unmistakable hypocrisy'

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U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte, N.C., and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver debated by letter last week over the decision to move the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, with Pittenger charging the league had engaged in "unmistakable hypocrisy."

Pittenger, a Republican, sent Silver a letter July 21 after he said he met with constituents from...Read more

Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'

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A first impression from the Hopkins High School gym Wednesday morning in Minnetonka, Minn.: All that work Karl-Anthony Towns has done with his 3-point shot is paying off.

There he was, locked in a shooting contest with Maddyn Greenway, the grade-school daughter of Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. A number of contestants had been whittled to ...Read more

Jimmy Butler on his reputation in the NBA: 'I know where I stand'

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The United Center was a gym full of NBA stars on Thursday from Warriors champions Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to former MVP and new Warrior Kevin Durant.

But nobody at Team USA's practice commanded as much attention as Bulls guard Jimmy Butler as he prepares to play his first game back in Chicago on Friday against Venezuela after a ...Read more

Clippers said to be exploring locations for new arena in LA

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The Clippers' lease at Staples Center ends in 2024, and owner Steve Ballmer has vowed to explore alternatives.

The organization has taken preliminary steps toward the splashiest alternative -- owning and operating its own arena in the Los Angeles area.

The organization has interest in at least three areas -- the Westside of Los Angeles, ...Read more

Clippers staffer who was punched by Blake Griffin leaves team

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LOS ANGELES -- Matias Testi, who was punched in the face by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in January, is no longer the team's assistant equipment manager, the team confirmed Wednesday.

A team spokesman said the Clippers would have no further comments on why Testi doesn't work there anymore.

Testi was seen at the team's practice ...Read more

Heat leave Dwyane Wade's No. 3 vacant; Dion Waiters to switch to No. 11

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have issued numbers to their recently acquired players, and none of them have been issued Dwyane Wade's No. 3, not even the player acquired who wore than number last season.

Instead, the Heat revealed Wednesday that Dion Waiters, who had worn No. 3 with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, had agreed ...Read more

Mavs' Nowitzki makes 2-year deal official

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It took a few extra weeks, but superstar Dirk Nowitzki officially signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Wednesday evening.

He agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal in June. However, the team reportedly added another $10 million to the deal last week after the core of next season's team was signed.

The Mavericks ...Read more

Jimmy Butler's Team USA role could be good practice for him with Bulls

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It seems fitting that Jimmy Butler will take the United Center floor for a Team USA practice on Thursday and a Friday scrimmage versus Venezuela with such high-profile teammates as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Call it practice of a different kind.

When Butler's USA Basketball run for 2016 ends after next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ...Read more

Early NBA playoffs predictions

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Lakers fans might be hoping their team can work its way into the playoffs next season, but finishing among the top eight teams in the talented Western Conference seems way too steep.

Then again, the Golden State Warriors has the entire NBA in an uproar over forming the newest "super team."

The Warriors were once the lovable, 3-point launching ...Read more

Thibodeau returns to Chicago this week with USA Basketball

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A very familiar face will be stalking the United Center sidelines Friday night.

Anyone who watched Tom Thibodeau guide the Bulls to a 255-139 record over five eventful seasons knows his focus will be on Team USA's exhibition against Venezuela, not what might've been.

"It will be great for me to be back. I obviously enjoyed my time there," ...Read more

Amar'e Stoudemire retires from NBA after single season with Heat

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MIAMI -- Free-agent center Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement Tuesday, after signing a ceremonial final contract with the New York Knicks, becoming the fifth member to depart from last season's Miami Heat roster.

In a statement, Stoudemire, 33, who emerged as the Heat's starting center over the second half of the regular season before ...Read more

Cavaliers sign coach Tyronn Lue to five-year, $35 million contract

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Coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to a five-year contract with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. The Vertical reported the deal is worth $35 million and ESPN reported the first four years are fully guaranteed.

Lue, 39, never signed a new contract after taking over for David Blatt in January in part because the two sides ...Read more

Tyler Johnson on $50M Heat deal: 'I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number'

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So what was Tyler Johnson's reaction when he heard he was going to receive a four-year, $50 million contract?

"I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight, because just the anxiety of going through that whole process and not knowing where I was going to be," the Miami ...Read more

Heat add Thunder free-agent guard Dion Waiters with $2.9 million exception

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In a dramatic turn in NBA free agency, the Miami Heat have landed Oklahoma City Thunder free-agent guard Dion Waiters with their $2.9 million salary-cap exception, agreeing to terms Monday on a one-year contract.

A free-agency period that began with the Heat's failed effort to land Waiters' former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City...Read more

Michael Jordan ends silence, speaks out on shootings involving police

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Vowing that he can "no longer stay silent," Michael Jordan used his mouth and money to make a powerful impact on Monday.

In a letter released to ESPN's The Undefeated website, the former Chicago Bulls star addressed the country's recent spate of violence involving racial and social undertones and made separate $1 million donations to ...Read more

Reviews from the summer league suggest Lakers got a gem when they drafted Ingram No. 2 overall

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram got more than just a passing grade during his pro basketball debut earlier this month at the summer league in Las Vegas.

NBA coaches and scouts on hand said they saw an 18-year-old with enough talent on both offense and defense to be successful in the league. They witnessed a young player with moxie, ...Read more

Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist excited, ready to go for next season

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Back in Lexington, Ky., to work a Kentucky youth basketball camp, ex-Cat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might best help campers by citing his own example of persistence.

MKG, as he is known, has persevered through multiple injuries, poor shooting in an age when the NBA has trended toward spreading the court, a stutter and the death of his father and an...Read more

Warriors' Draymond Green happy to resolve legal issue

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LAS VEGAS -- Hours after agreeing to a plea deal that reduces a misdemeanor assault and battery charge to a $560 fine for a noise violation, Warriors forward Draymond Green is glad to put his legal drama behind him.

"Definitely happy," Green said following Team USA's 111-74 win over Argentina. "Now I can really look forward to my summer goal, ...Read more

Paul George rewriting his Team USA legacy two years after devastating leg injury

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LAS VEGAS -- The sequence initially seemed like the perfect example of the effort Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to see from his players to prove their selflessness on a talented group.

In an intrasquad scrimmage in August 2014, Paul George chased down James Harden and appeared to be in position to swat away Harden's fast-break layup ...Read more

Dennis Rodman is a person of interest in California freeway crash

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Famed former basketball player Dennis Rodman is considered a person of interest in a hit-and-run collision that occurred on the I-5 freeway in Santa Ana, Calif., a California Highway Patrol spokesman said Friday.

At about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, CHP officers arrived at the scene of a crash on the southbound I-5 freeway, north of Broadway, said ...Read more