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Stan Johnson hopes to put LMU basketball on map with a long stay in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES -- Stan Johnson was a child when he faced the wrong end of a rifle during political upheaval that tore apart his homeland, the West African nation of Liberia. The experience has stayed with Johnson, who was hired in March to coach Loyola Marymount's men's basketball team, but it didn't lead him to live in fear. It has given him ...Read more

Five NBA teams begin practices in Orlando bubble: 'Honestly, it feels strange'

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The Magic walked into a carpeted hotel ballroom Thursday in Orlando, Fla., outfitted with two NBA courts and four baskets, and made a little news.

Even though they never played 5-on-5, even though never did any drills that required contact and even though they didn't travel far to get there, the Magic became the first NBA team to hold an actual...Read more

Heat's Meyers Leonard offers tour of NBA life at Disney hotel: Food OK, bed average, Wi-Fi shaky

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He hasn't posted yet on TripAdvisor.

But Meyers Leonard certainly will have ample free time amid the Miami Heat's quarantine life at Disney World.

Required to remain in his room until recording two negative coronavirus tests after Wednesday's arrival, Leonard took to Instagram Live to offer an initial review of his home away from home for the ...Read more

Court document outlines $400,000 payment to Zion Williamson's stepfather

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Zion Williamson's stepfather requested and accepted a $400,000 payment from a marketing agent in October 2018 prior to his stepson's Duke career, according to a sworn affidavit.

The affidavit was filed by attorneys for Gina Ford, Williamson's former marketing agent, in a federal court in Greensboro on Thursday and obtained by ...Read more

DePaul's Dave Leitao, part of the building of UConn men's program, grasps what Huskies bring to the new Big East

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Some of UConn's upcoming Big East rivals will be old, some new. And then there is DePaul, coached by one of the family.

"There's some nostalgia to it," said Dave Leitao, going into the sixth season of his second stint as DePaul's head coach. "But there's a right-now moment that you've got to be prepared for, because not only ...Read more

Former Dream star Angel McCoughtry speaks about Kelly Loeffler, WNBA season

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ATLANTA -- U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also co-owns the Dream, released a letter Tuesday objecting to the WNBA's plans to honor and participate in the "Black Lives Matter" movement during its coming season.

Loeffler's comments were met with backlash and calls for her to be removed from the league.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with ...Read more

Stephen Jackson defends himself for defending DeSean Jackson

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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson is not backing down from his defense of Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who apologized Tuesday for posting anti-Semitic passages attributed to Hitler.

DeSean Jackson posted the offensive content Monday on an Instagram story. The next day, the Eagles released a statement calling the messages "...Read more

Kyle Kuzma looks to build his legacy with a Lakers title run

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LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Kuzma was the Lakers' only young player to escape being part of the cost to acquire Anthony Davis last summer, but the adjustment to his new reality was significant.

During the course of this season, Kuzma's minutes, points, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage were all lower than in each of his two previous seasons....Read more

Pat Riley, two players stay back as Heat head to NBA Disney 'bubble'

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The Miami Heat will maintain a fully operational executive suite at AmericanAirlines Arena while the team competes in the "bubble" type setting in Disney World during the NBA's planned resumption.

Heat President Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg will remain in South Florida, with the NBA draft and free agency following almost ...Read more

Sixers' Joel Embiid: 'I believe I can carry the team'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid was asked Tuesday what he wants in terms of his role in 76ers' offense during the NBA restart at Walt Disney World.

The three-time All-Star, who's arguably the NBA's best center, said that "should not even be a question."

"I know what I'm capable of, and I know what my teammates think of me," Embiid said during a ...Read more

5 big free agents Bulls missed out on, from Tracy McGrady in 2000 to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2010

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan parted ways after the 1997-98 season, severing ties after winning six titles in eight years.

Why both sides called it quits was a topic of intense debate for decades. But while the reason for the Bulls' dissolution is still argued, the results remain clear -- the Bulls dynasty ended and the search...Read more

Mike D'Antoni plans to be in Orlando for NBA restart; some players are wary

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The internet connection was crisp, Mike D'Antoni's voice was clear and his wit razor sharp.

Asked about how his team would handle health and safety protocols that suggest you keep a distance, the Houston Rockets coach quipped "that's how we guard anyways."

The Houston coach wasn't 100% sure he had been cleared to coach in Orlando, Florida, for...Read more

Lakers say they're ready for rest of NBA journey this season

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LOS ANGELES -- There were multiple points in this elongated season when the Los Angeles Lakers thought that they had been through something no team ever experienced and that surely nothing could test them any further. At each of those points, they were wrong.

It has been a season filled with unexpected, sometimes devastating interruptions. They...Read more

Heat, NBA stress mental wellness in Disney 'bubble'

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A premise of Disney World is sensory overload. Yes, enough to drive you Goofy.

Now, about to head into relative isolation at Disney, a primary concern of the Miami Heat is somewhat the opposite, avoiding sensory deprivation amid an NBA setting that requires quarantining, social distancing and potentially more than three months of living out of ...Read more

In bubble we trust? NBA's tenuous faith in Orlando restart plan will be tested

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is wearing some of the effects of the NBA's shutdown all over his face. With the kind of beard you'd expect to see on someone cast away on a remote island and talking to a volleyball, Morey has his anxieties concerning what's to come for the league.

Teams will make their way to Orlando, Fla., for the ...Read more

Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers referenced a 'noose' around a Black player's neck

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Penn State basketball player Rasir Bolton revealed publicly Monday that head coach Patrick Chambers referenced a "noose" around Bolton's neck during a conversation in January 2019.

"A noose, symbolic of lynching, defined as one of the most powerful symbols directed at African Americans invoking the history of lynching, ...Read more

Sixers' Mike Scott calls NBA jersey phrases “a bad list, a bad choice”

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Scott called it a bad list.

The 76ers reserve forward brought one of the NBA's plans using his platform in the Orlando restart to bring awareness to social issues.

"They have us some names and phrases to put on the back of our jerseys. That was terrible," he said during Monday's Zoom call with reporters. "It was a just a ...Read more

Raul Neto looks forward to seeing what he can achieve with Sixers during NBA restart

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PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Neto is feeling pretty confident, and his body feels great.

The three-month NBA shutdown enabled the 76ers' reserve point guard to take care of his body and feel healthy.

Neto made three starts and has played in 49 of the Sixers' 65 games. He played a maximum of nine minutes in 22 of those contests. The Brazilian played ...Read more

Better together: Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic deserve to start for the Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have a shooting guard situation that could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic are quality options at the position, and most teams would be happy to have either one in their starting lineup.

Hield, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, is one of the best ...Read more

Jamaal Wilkes, former UCLA and Lakers star, weighs in on George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and his own frightening experience with police

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jamaal Wilkes supports the police, up to a point.

The former Golden State Warriors forward said he's proud to be an American and wants law and order while at the same time seeing the need for change in the wake of demonstrations after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

"I'm not an activist. ...Read more