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Pitt's Cameron Johnson hoping for freedom to play immediately at UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The news didn't necessarily come as a surprise to Cameron Johnson, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, but nonetheless, he had been hoping for a different outcome. He had been hoping he could play college basketball next season wherever he chose -- perhaps even at North Carolina.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 guard who...Read more

Heat can't let go, so they continue to hold court

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For a team that didn't make the playoffs, if you didn't know better, you'd think the Miami Heat were headed to the NBA Finals.

Because there they are, regularly at AmericanAirlines Arena, getting up shots, running drills, or else holding workout sessions off site, such as last week's spin class that included Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, ...Read more

Warriors smash Spurs to win West crown, improve to NBA record 12-0 in playoffs

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SAN ANTONIO -- This Warriors' postseason stampede through the Western Conference has been defined by dominance, not drama.

The finale stuck to that script Monday night. The Warriors jumped up early on the wounded Spurs, squashed every mini rally and ran away with an unthreatened 129-115 win to vanquish another overwhelmed opponent, completing a...Read more

Jontay Porter's commitment continues transformative offseason for Mizzou

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In the least shocking development of Missouri basketball's transcendent offseason, Jontay Porter verbally committed Monday to new coach Cuonzo Martin's program.

His older brother, Michael Porter Jr., signed with the Tigers in April and his father, Michael Porter Sr., joined Martin's staff in March.

It was widely assumed Jontay Porter ...Read more

Kevin Durant reaffirms desire to remain with Warriors

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This summer, Kevin Durant has the opportunity to opt out of his deal with the Warriors. All expectations are that he will. But Durant continues to reiterate that it'll be a financial decision, not a relocation decision. He wants to remain with the Warriors.

"I love it here," Durant told The Undefeated in a recent interview. "I love my teammates...Read more

Cavs' J.R. Smith questions LeBron James' confidence, demands more aggressiveness

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- A lack of confidence and LeBron James do not seem to belong in the same sentence.

Not when the four-time league MVP had scored at least 25 points in each of the Cavaliers' 10 previous playoff games and at least 30 points in eight in a tow going into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

But close friend J.R. Smith said...Read more

Former KU player Josh Jackson must apologize, attend anger management as part of diversion agreement

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A diversion agreement for former Kansas men's basketball player Josh Jackson includes stipulations that he attend anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period of 12 months and a write an apology letter, according to Douglas County court records.

Jackson was originally ...Read more

Hawks ownership informed Millsap won't opt in for player option

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Hawks ownership was informed that Paul Millsap does not intend to exercise his player option for the 2017-18 season, according to a person familiar with the situation.

However, the four-time All-Star power forward did not need to inform the team of such an intention and could still exercise the final year of his contract up until June 23.

A ...Read more

Heat executive with harrowing ride to evaluating NBA draft

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The notion seemed to make perfect sense at the time, avoid a double flight connection from Lithuania to Poland by instead taking a bus after scouting a game.

In retrospect, Adam Simon, the Miami Heat's assistant general manager, now admits it probably wasn't the best idea.

"The best option was to get on a bus after a game, like at 11 o'clock ...Read more

Celtics' Avery Bradley makes 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to defeat Cavs in Game 3

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CLEVELAND -- Football stars and Hollywood stars came to Cleveland on Sunday night to watch the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

So did NBA Hall of Famers Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller.

What they saw was a stunning 111-108 come-from-behind victory for the Celtics when Avery Bradley made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to go in ...Read more

Zaza Pachulia and his family felt threatened in the days after Gregg Popovich's rant

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The day after a Zaza Pachulia Game 1 closeout foul hurt Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich went on a tirade about Pachulia's dirty play. The lively press conference stemmed from a little bit of sports hate.

But, for fans, sports hate often means real hate. The lines can be blurred. And in the days after Popovich's directed rant stoked the flames, ...Read more

Sixers' nucleus will need some help in quest for playoffs

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Ben Simmons has yet to even play in a preseason game. Joel Embiid has not been cleared yet to resume scrimmaging. And we are weeks away from finding out what the 76ers are going to do in the June 22 draft.

Yet folks are wondering if the Sixers will make the playoffs next season.

"We talk about improvement, measured steps, taking the right path...Read more

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard 'likely' still out for Game 4

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SAN ANTONIO -- Two more rest days and a daunting 3-0 series hole doesn't seem like it'll be enough for Kawhi Leonard to return to these West Finals.

Leonard again didn't practice on Sunday for the Spurs and, after practice, Gregg Popovich told reporters that Leonard would "likely" remain out again for Game 4 on Monday night.

"If he's unable to...Read more

Kevin Durant's huge third quarter helps Warriors push Spurs to the brink

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SAN ANTONIO -- Wounded and wobbly, the Spurs, trailing 2-0 in the series and clawing from behind in the third quarter, needed one more forceful shove to push their fading season onto life support.

Kevin Durant delivered the blow, squashing a desperate Spurs rally with a 19-point third quarter to bump the Warriors back into cruise control as ...Read more

Spurs' Leonard ruled out for Game 3

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SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich met with reporters at shootaround on Saturday morning to confirm Leonard's status. The All-Star forward sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 on a controversial closeout ...Read more

First-half avalanche buries Celtics as Cavs tie NBA record with 13th consecutive playoff victory

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BOSTON -- Just before tipoff Friday night in TD Garden, the NBA announced that Cavaliers star LeBron James was not among the league's three MVP finalists for the first time since 2008.

James came out in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and played like a man scorned.

On Thursday, Kyrie Irving was ...Read more

Cavs' James not a finalist for league MVP

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LeBron James will not have a chance to win his fifth NBA MVP award.

Finalists were announced for some of the major categories for the "NBA Awards on TNT" show on Monday, June 26 and James was not among the three remaining in the MVP race. They are the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the San ...Read more

Study finds LeBron James on roster impacts economy near arena

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AKRON, Ohio -- Ask St. Vincent-St. Mary, his alma mater.

Heck, even ask Swensons, one of his favorite hometown burger places.

They will tell you what Akron has known for years, LeBron James is good for business.

A new study penned by Daniel Shoag of Harvard and Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute took a more formal look at the ...Read more

Spurs' Leonard remains questionable for Game 3 against Warriors

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SAN ANTONIO -- With a full three days of rest between Games 2 and 3, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have returned to San Antonio with some extra time to get their small forward ready for a pivotal game in their season on Saturday night.

But as of Friday afternoon, when Leonard spoke with reporters, he was still officially listed as questionable on...Read more

Three Warriors named to All-NBA teams, but they wanted four

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Each season, only 15 players make up the exclusive All-NBA teams. This year, as announced on Thursday morning, the Warriors filled three of those slots -- one-fifth of all that's available.

But three wasn't enough. They wanted four.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant made second-team and Draymond Green made third-team, but Klay ...Read more

 

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