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Markieff Morris expected to join Lakers soon after excused absence

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Forward Markieff Morris is not with the Lakers because of an excused absence, according to a person familiar with the situation. Morris is expected to join the team soon.

Morris is the only Laker who is expected to be in Orlando for the restart of the season who is known to not be with the team.

The Lakers flew to Orlando on ...Read more

Top center prospect Moussa Cisse picks Memphis. Is Kentucky done recruiting for 2020?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The college decision is in for five-star center Moussa Cisse, and it's not the choice that was expected coming into the summer.

Cisse -- a 6-foot-10 prospect from the West African nation of Guinea -- announced his commitment to Memphis on Wednesday, picking the Tigers over fellow finalists Kentucky, Florida State, Georgetown, ...Read more

Dwyane Wade tweets, deletes support for Nick Cannon after Cannon's anti-Semitic remarks

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Dwyane Wade is in hot water on social media after throwing his support behind Nick Cannon following Cannon's ouster from ViacomCBS following a series of anti-Semitic remarks he made on a podcast last month.

Cannon, a TV personality who was fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday, spouted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on an episode of his "Cannon's ...Read more

'Risk my life or forfeit my paycheck': Mystics' Elena Delle Donne says she's still deciding

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Elena Delle Donne still hasn't decided whether she's going to join her Washington Mystics teammates in the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Fla., for an abbreviated season starting later this month.

But the league's reigning MVP does know how she feels about being forced to make such a decision in the first place.

"I can either risk my life ... or ...Read more

Storm's Breanna Stewart taking 'baby steps' in looking to regain MVP form

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The Storm circled around coach Gary Kloppenburg, and for a few seconds, Breanna Stewart felt out of place.

Because she's been absent from basketball for so long, sometimes she struggles with the most mundane procedures.

"We're big on routines," said Stewart, who missed the 2019 WNBA season due to an Achilles injury. "The first day (of training...Read more

Is Heat's Jimmy Butler America's worst neighbor? Ask the guests downstairs at his Disney hotel.

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The rhythm of a disjointed NBA season has at least one member of the league feeling a bit less neighborly toward Jimmy Butler.

That pounding headache? Turns out, according to a report on TNT's studio show, it was the Miami Heat All-Star getting his dribble on amid quarantine at Disney World.

According to Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes ...Read more

Former UConn stars Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird adjusting to WNBA bubble after injuries — and eyeing another title with Storm

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It's a time full of upheaval and acclimation in the WNBA: The truncated 22-game regular season will be played in a "bubble" at IMG Academy when it tips off July 25 and won't feature a slew of players who are sitting out due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic or to focus on social justice activism.

But if there's a team relatively ...Read more

NBA bubble fits Clippers' Patrick Beverley to a 'T'

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It wasn't long after Clippers guard Patrick Beverley checked into the Gran Destino Tower on Disney World's campus last week that he began broadcasting to his 472,000 Instagram followers a tour of the hotel room that could be his home for the next three months.

He showed off snacks, sage, a gaming system and, opening a closet, a stack of more ...Read more

Candace Parker, and daughter Lailaa, are more than ready for WNBA season

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For some WNBA players, a strictly quarantined season, a global pandemic and social unrest were reasons to pass. For Candace Parker, those were reasons to play.

"Basketball has been something that I've always leaned on my entire career, my entire life, really, when things aren't going well," Parker said Tuesday from the WNBA's bubble location in...Read more

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler waiting for NBA approval on statement-making jersey request

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When the NBA season resumes at Walt Disney World, Jimmy Butler will be one of the few players without a social justice message on the back of his jersey. And the Miami Heat All-Star is hoping he won't have to wear his last name on his jersey either.

Just the No. 22.

"I hope that my last name doesn't go on there, as well, just because I love ...Read more

John Calipari says high-profile nature of Olivier Sarr's transfer requires extra patience

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach John Calipari expressed confidence on Tuesday that the NCAA will rule transfer Olivier Sarr eligible to play this coming season. But he added that the high-profile nature of the decision is a reason the NCAA has yet to announce its decision.

"We feel confident," Calipari said on a Zoom teleconference. "But you ...Read more

Draymond Green, Charles Barkley to be featured in TNT show with Dwyane Wade

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After four months with no pro sports games, Draymond Green renewing his feud with Charles Barkley on TV in a battle of basketball's loudest and proudest may be just what entertainment-starved sports fans need right about now.

TNT is delivering the two adversaries to us -- as well as other panelists -- beginning next Monday, July 20, with the ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons says he's a playmaker at any position

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Ben Simmons was asked Tuesday how much he expects things to change.

Does the 76ers All-Star still expect to have the ball in his hands as a point forward after being moved from point guard?

"It's basketball," he joked. "You've got to get the ball."

That's true, but Sixers coach Brett Brown said Monday that Shake Milton was the starting point ...Read more

Kings forward Harrison Barnes tested positive for COVID-19 before entering NBA bubble

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Kings forward Harrison Barnes announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19 last week before the team traveled to Orlando to enter the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort.

"Prior to the team leaving last week, I tested positive for Covid-19," Barnes said in a statement posted on Twitter. "I've been primarily asymptomatic and am doing ...Read more

The NBA is considering a 2nd bubble in Chicago for its bottom 8 teams, including the Bulls

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During a conference call with reporters shortly after the Chicago Bulls' 2019-20 season ended abruptly last month, executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas expressed both concern about his new team facing a near nine-month layoff between games and confidence that the NBA would find a way for the eight teams not ...Read more

Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19

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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Westbrook made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter, saying he tested positive before the Rockets left Houston to resume the NBA season at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

"I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my team's departure to ...Read more

Kawhi Leonard will have 'no limits,' Doc Rivers says, as Clippers chase championship

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His beard a little longer, his head covered by a blue "L.A." hat, Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat in front of a webcam and related how returning to play after the most unusual break in NBA history felt like gearing up following any other offseason.

Time off would be followed by light workouts, practices, preseason games and, ...Read more

3 Hornets practiced against the NBA's wishes. Don't expect fines for this dedicated trio

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Video surfaced on Twitter last week of three Charlotte Hornets playing 5-on-5 in a non-Hornets gym.

Why they'd want to do that is understandable, considering they were told to stay home for nearly three months, and now can only shoot individually or lift weights when at Spectrum Center. However, Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon ...Read more

Ben Simmons playing exclusively at power forward in Sixers' practices; Shake Milton takes over point guard duties

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As a point guard, Ben Simmons is a two-time NBA All-Star.

That's impressive considering this is the former Rookie of the Year's third season. Yet, the 6-foot-10, 250-pounder is at his best playing point forward.

Traditional post players can't guard him because he's too athletic. He's also too big and strong for wings to defend. Simmons' play ...Read more

Here's why JJ Redick said hate LeBron received after 'The Decision' has racist origins

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LeBron James didn't gain any fans with "The Decision."

It might seem like distant history but the post-decision animus was real. Charred Cavaliers jerseys, accusations of "cowardly betrayal" by a scorned owner and the LeFraud nickname all followed LeBron when he took his talents to South Beach a decade ago. It wasn't just hurt Cavs fans either;...Read more