Spurs thump Warriors, 129-100

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Joe Lacob, chest out, was at his seat before tip-off. Jay-Z and Beyonce, just to Lacob's right, arrived fashionably late but in plenty of time to witness the unveiling of this highly anticipated megateam. Forget the World Series. Most eyes in the Bay Area -- and many across the nation -- were fixated on this new, souped-up ...Read more

Bucks' Antetokounmpo tunes out praise, focuses on game

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ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Praise and accolades have followed Giannis Antetokounmpo throughout a busy offseason.

A few more dollars -- make that $100 million more -- will be coming the Greek Freak's way after the current season thanks to a contract extension he signed in September.

Teammates and opponents alike have said it's time for the 6-foot-11 ...Read more

Lakers' opening goal is modest

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LOS ANGELES--When Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton walks onto the court where he once played for the start of the regular season, it won't feel for him like just another game.

"The nerves will be running," Walton said. "But that's a good thing. I think that's a good thing. I imagine walking out there tomorrow night at Staples for Game 1 of ...Read more

Cavs rout Knicks after ring ceremony, 117-88

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James led his pack of teammates toward the banner this city has waited 52 years to see. Then he laid his newly-minted ring finger on the wine-colored banner before it was raised to the sky.

James delivered on his mission to bring a title to Cleveland. Now the Cavaliers are back at work trying to deliver another one.

James ...Read more

Taj Gibson starting at power forward no surprise to Jimmy Butler

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Whenever asked during a preseason in which he thoroughly outplayed Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson downplayed the importance of winning the starting power forward position.

"I don't know what it means to me," Gibson said. "I was starting most of last year. But I would rather make it to the playoffs, excel and win. That's the main job. Anybody can ...Read more

No Bryant, Garnett or Duncan: Mavs' Nowitzki one of the last of era

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DALLAS -- Within a matter of months this past offseason, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett all retired from the NBA.

That trifecta's departure turned the page on three of the most iconic careers in pro basketball annals.

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett combined to earn 48 All-Star berths during their careers: 18 by Bryant and 15 each by ...Read more

What could possibly derail this historic Warriors team?

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the second quarter of a random, untelevised preseason game in Denver earlier this month, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic threw an errant outlet pass. It was intercepted by Draymond Green.

Before the other Nuggets could react, Green had already pushed a 4-on-1 Warriors fastbreak back the other way. To his right, sprawled across...Read more

Bulls look to force more turnovers, learn each other's defensive tendencies

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Fred Hoiberg is so fired up over the Bulls' inability to force turnovers last season that he has his details slightly askew.

"We were last in the league in forcing turnovers last year," Hoiberg has said more than once during training camp.

Actually, the Bulls ranked 29th, ahead of only the Knicks, with 11.3 per game, well behind the Celtics' ...Read more

Los Angeles Sparks celebrate WNBA championship with their trophy and their fans

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LOS ANGELES -- After snapping a few pictures with his iPhone, Brian Agler turned and pointed up at the big screen behind the stage.

Hundreds of people were gathered at the L.A. Live complex to celebrate the Los Angeles Sparks' WNBA championship Monday and Angler, the team's coach, wanted to remind them all of why they were there. Everyone ...Read more

Timberwolves coach Thibodeau talks about continuing Flip Saunders' legacy

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After practice Monday, Wolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau added his voice to the chorus of people remembering the impact Flip Saunders had on the organization.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Saunders' passing, which came less than five months after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The two were...Read more

Clippers looking for an answer at small forward … again

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul is cognizant of the difficulties the Clippers have endured over the years trying to solidify the small-forward position.

"It's been a revolving door," Paul said.

And essentially the same vortex will swirl around three players who hope they can secure the starting small-forward spot this season.

Luc Mbah a Moute, the ...Read more

Championship ring ceremony will be emotional moment for Cavs coach Tyronn Lue

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CLEVELAND -- Throughout his playing and coaching career, Tyronn Lue has always been one of the most liked and respected men on the floor.

That's what made his transition to head coach last season so difficult and why he shed so many tears when the Cavaliers won the championship. Lue concedes now he might cry again Tuesday when the Cavs receive ...Read more

NBA Eastern Conference preview

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2015-16 finish: 57-25

Coming: Mike Dunleavy, Chris Andersen, Kay Felder (rookie). Going: Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov.

The path to back-to-back titles will be crowded by a very big gold-and-blue roadblock in Oakland, but that won't keep LeBron James and Co. from controlling the East. There weren't any major ...Read more

NBA Western Conference preview

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2015-16 finish: 73-9

Coming: Kevin Durant, David West, Zaza Pachulia, Damian Jones (rookie). Going: Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush.

The Warriors signed Durant, and could very well threaten the NBA record for regular-season wins of 73, set by Golden ...Read more

Cleveland appears a near-lock to return to Finals out of East

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The apparent inevitability of another NBA Finals pitting the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors has Las Vegas bookmakers suggesting the chances of a third consecutive matchup between the teams exceed even those of the legendary Lakers-Celtics battles at the height of the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry.

"There's not too much...Read more

Warriors favored to win division, conference and title

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Kevin Durant has taken immense heat by mimicking LeBron James' departure from one franchise to another to grab an NBA title.

By leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder after winning an MVP and four NBA scoring titles, Durant has made the Golden State Warriors a massive betting favorite to win the Pacific Division, the Western Conference and the NBA ...Read more

Timberwolves' Zach LaVine has found his role

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Having watched Zach LaVine the past two seasons, Timberwolves fans already know this about his physical potential: The sky is the limit.

Given his two NBA Slam Dunk trophies in as many appearances, this could be taken literally. He is fast, smooth, explosive, dynamic. Everybody knows it; LaVine was named by league general managers this week as ...Read more

Michael Carter-Williams wants to make an impact on Bulls defense

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After one game together, Dwyane Wade used an intriguing comparison when asked about new teammate Michael Carter-Williams.

"He's a taller (Rajon) Rondo, a guy who has played in the paint and has been an attacker and guards," Wade said.

At 6-feet-6, Carter-Williams owns a five-inch advantage on Rondo. Of course, the Bulls would love it if Carter...Read more

Eastern Conference foes still scrambling for ways to take down LeBron

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CLEVELAND -- It won't be long now until LeBron James slides another ring on his finger and looks to the sky as another banner he all but stitched together is hoisted into history. Meanwhile, the rest of the Eastern Conference is back at work trying to think of something, anything, to keep James out of the NBA Finals.

James has spent more than ...Read more

Heat: No change in status of employee who knelt while performing anthem

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MIAMI -- A Miami Heat executive told the Sun Sentinel on Saturday that there will be "no change" in the employment status of the team employee who knelt while singing the national anthem before Friday night's exhibition game against the Philadelphia 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena,

Michael McCullough, the team's executive vice president and ...Read more