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Heat search for greatness bypasses 2018 NBA draft seemingly lacking in it

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The search for stardom continues Thursday at Barclays Center.

But the NBA draft also offers a lesson about the reality of NBA roster building: Sometimes good, not great, is as good as it gets.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley acknowledged as much at the end of his team's brief playoff run.

"We have a logjam," he said. "We have too many good-to-...Read more

Kings have top intel on Luka Doncic

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Luka Doncic might be the best prospect to come out of Europe that the NBA has seen in recent history.

What does that mean for his NBA future? That's anyone's guess.

Like any prospect, Doncic has the potential to be a star or a flop. To some, there's no doubt the Kings should select the 19-year-old EuroLeague star if he's ...Read more

After Porter Jr.'s arrival, Missouri basketball revenue surged in a way that's hard to compare

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Michael Porter Jr. knows his 53-minute Missouri career left Tigers fans with "mixed emotions," but one thing is clear: the financial gain made by the basketball program in his lone season.

Season-ticket sales, which were already trending upward from the hire of coach Cuonzo Martin, surged after Porter Jr.'s commitment in March ...Read more

LiAngelo Ball stresses he's open to all possibilities on playing future

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The confidence never wavered when LiAngelo Ball discussed numerous topics.

He touted how he represents a so-called "3-and-D" player that can hit outside shots and defend with consistency. He downplayed his dad's outspokenness and stressed that does not reflect his own views. He dismissed his shoplifting incident in China ...Read more

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly seeks trade; Lakers are preferred destination

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LOS ANGELES -- Whether or not the relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs is reparable, the star forward's desire to leave the organization became clear on Friday morning when the San Antonio Express-News and other outlets reported Leonard wants to be traded.

The Lakers have long been among his preferred destinations, if ...Read more

Five-star recruits like what they're hearing from Memphis coach Penny Hardaway

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It's been less than three months since Penny Hardaway took over the Memphis basketball program. He's still another several months away from coaching his first game at his alma mater, but the former NBA star is already having a major impact.

It's being felt in season ticket sales, in the general excitement surrounding the program, and most ...Read more

How will Kings assess Michael Porter Jr.'s latest setback?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Michael Porter Jr. might be the most tantalizing prospect available in next week's NBA draft and would fill a big need for the Kings.

But after Porter's scheduled workout this week was canceled, injury questions persist with the draft quickly approaching next Thursday.

The Kings and other teams picking in the top 10 were ...Read more

Michael Porter Jr. puts second pro day on hold due to sore hip

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CHICAGO -- Projected lottery pick Michael Porter Jr. put a second pro day scheduled for Friday in Chicago on hold, with both ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports reporting the former Missouri forward has a sore hip.

The Bulls attended Porter's first pro day last week and were planning to attend Friday's workout, held only for interested lottery teams. ...Read more

Haslem reveals LeBron visited with Wade in Miami before NBA Finals

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem revealed Thursday that LeBron James returned to South Florida before the NBA Finals to spend time with himself and Dwyane Wade.

Asked about the possibility of James returning for another tour with the Heat, with James eligible to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent, Haslem divulged ...Read more

Charlie Moore scores 26 points in Bill Self campers game, impresses Wayne Selden

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former Kansas combo guard Elijah Johnson playfully approached Charlie Moore after the compact 5-foot-11 KU sophomore stole the basketball and converted a layup to mercifully end the Red Team's 80-44 annihilation of Johnson's pro-dominated Blue Squad during the Bill Self campers game Wednesday afternoon at Horejsi Family ...Read more

Luka Doncic, Slovenia's Wonder Boy, is the wild card in NBA draft

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He has marveled many with his array of basketball skills while becoming a legend in Europe, leaving an abundance of NBA personnel folks intrigued about drafting the wondrous Luka Doncic.

Yet the question NBA people wrestle with is how Doncic's talents will translate from the competition he faced as a force with Real Madrid to the NBA, with its ...Read more

Top recruits like Chris Mack, but there are still some questions about Louisville

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A few days ago, five-star basketball recruit Keion Brooks was asked about his level of interest in the Louisville Cardinals and expressed some trepidation.

"Speaking for myself, I'm just unclear on the direction right now," Brooks told the Herald-Leader at USA Basketball camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. "With all the things that are going on ...Read more

Mikal Bridges checks a lot of boxes for Sixers

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Mikal Bridges attended his share of 76ers games while growing up in the Philadelphia area. His mother, Tyneesha Rivers, is an executive at Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which includes the Sixers in its portfolio.

So the Sixers had to be the Villanova graduate's favorite team, right?

"I rooted for them, but Tracy McGrady was my ...Read more

Warriors consulted with Pat Riley on the way to title

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MIAMI -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley apparently served as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors' third championship in the past four seasons.

In a story chronicling the Warriors' run to the 2018 title, Sports Illustrated reported that Golden State general manager Bob Myers sought counsel from Riley at the start of the postseason.

"Give...Read more

With Sixers' predraft workouts, Brett Brown in new territory as coach and GM

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This Sixers offseason started out with an unusual turn of events, and for Brett Brown, things are still twisting and turning.

This is not how Brown usually spends June. He's more accustomed to watching his son play basketball or going fishing, not hunkering down with the front office executives poring over scouting material that spans years and...Read more

Warriors GM Bob Myers says Kevin Durant will decide terms of deal

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Usually, the marketplace and a team's luxury cap determines the length and amount of a player's deal. But for Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Warriors general manager Bob Myers will basically ask Durant both to write his terms and then sign on the dotted line.

"Whatever he wants," Myers said, laughing. "Sometimes you don't ...Read more

LeBron James likely to remain mum on his future until early July

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Remember the date.

On Friday, June 8, 2018, the clock ticked down and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost another NBA championship to the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs were swept by the Warriors and Friday could be the last time Cavs fans had the opportunity to see that "kid from Akron" in a Cleveland jersey.

But only LeBron...Read more

Pistons hire Dwane Casey as head coach; average $7M per year

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The Detroit Pistons are turning to the reigning coach of the year to help reverse the fortunes of a franchise that hasn't reached the postseason for two straight seasons.

A source with firsthand knowledge of the process confirmed to the Free Press on Monday former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey will be named the 36th head coach in franchise ...Read more

Heat's Dwyane Wade on LeBron James: 'I don't have any inside information'

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The last time LeBron James made a significant decision regarding relocation he made a point of keeping Dwyane Wade out of the loop, to save his friend the burden of having to carry a secret.

This time, Wade is taking a proactive approach as James decides whether to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers or head elsewhere next season, with the ...Read more

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue vows to improve

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CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still has his critics, even after guiding a roster filled with inconsistent players back to the NBA Finals.

In a sense he agreed with some of them, willingly acknowledging he can improve after the Cavs were swept by the Warriors, losing to Golden State for the third time in the past four years despite the...Read more