Heat to go to great lengths (and distances) to stay in NBA draft game

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If you're looking for a Miami Heat scout these days, there's a good chance you'll find him in Seat 5B or connecting in Atlanta or answering the age-old question of, "Peanuts or pretzels?"

Such is life when you don't have a selection in either round of the June 21 NBA draft but insist on remaining in the game.

Without a pick for the second time...Read more

Warriors exert third-quarter dominance in Game 3 win over Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Shortly after he placed the ball into the basket, Warriors guard Stephen Curry looked out into the crowd and yelled, "This is my -- house!!" Shortly after Curry drained a 3-pointer over Rockets guard James Harden, Curry performed a shimmy move. Shortly after Warriors forward Kevin Durant sank a corner 3-pointer, he turned and ...Read more

Tyronn Lue stresses second effort, physicality as Cavs find way they must play against Celtics

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Center Tristan Thompson said the Cavaliers brought a "must-win" mentality to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday and it resulted in a 30-point victory.

But the Cavs trail the Boston Celtics 2-1 going into Monday night's Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena and coach Tyronn Lue said they must sustain the same edge.

"We know what it takes....Read more

Is point guard depth a burning draft need for Hornets?

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CHICAGO -- Should the Charlotte Hornets address point guard with the 11th pick in next month's NBA draft?

And if so, would Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Alabama's Collin Sexton be a better choice at that spot?

We're a long way from a conviction on who will be available after the first 10 picks are made June 21. But based on the talent ...Read more

It's smushing cake in Larry Brown's face

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A pump fake and dribble to the left, rise, release and swish.

Trevor Ariza's smooth stroke from the right corner happened during a defensive breakdown for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, because a good defensive possession doesn't end with an open Ariza three-pointer.

"We have to have ...Read more

Cavs start fast, rout Celtics to cut deficit to 2-1 in Eastern Conference finals

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers returned to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night in need of a win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Following two less-than-impressive performances in Boston, the prospect of trailing the Celtics three games to none in a best-of-seven series was certainly not appealing to LeBron James and company.

With ...Read more

Warriors' Thompson guarantees he will play better in Game 3 vs. Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- It usually only requires Klay Thompson a few seconds to hold the ball before drilling a shot. Naturally, it only took a few seconds for Thompson to explain how he will fix his rough performance in the Warriors' Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

"I'll be better tomorrow," Thompson said for when the Warriors play...Read more

Udonis Haslem says only certainty in his future is continuing Heat culture

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MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem is not sure about the role going forward. But he knows it will about the Culture.

That could mean a 16th season with the Miami Heat. It could eventually be in the front office. But he reiterated Saturday that it will not be in coaching.

Because Haslem insists what matters most to him is to keep it real, even if it means ...Read more

Lakers could be in trade mode

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CHICAGO -- As the Los Angeles Lakers head into a potentially franchise-changing offseason, their front office is keeping its options fully open.

While the Lakers like their young core players and would prefer to keep them growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on ...Read more

Curry sticks with what he does best

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bruce Fraser, maybe the most prolific passer in all of the NBA, really needs to see a trainer.

The Warriors' 53-year-old assistant coach just finished throwing his 200th or so pass to Golden State guard Stephen Curry at the end of the Warriors' practice Friday afternoon, and before he could answer any questions he had to ...Read more

Calipari sounds unconcerned about legal gambling in Kentucky

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CHICAGO -- Kentucky coach John Calipari's reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing individual states to allow legal gambling on sports events? A shrug.

"There is all this money out here, and the gambling is not going away," Calipari said Friday at the NBA draft combine. "It's there. Maybe everybody shares in it because it's going to...Read more

Stephen Curry said he 'will never lose confidence' in his shooting

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors forward Kevin Durant kept shaking his head over what he saw and what he heard.

As he sat at an interview table behind a basket on the team's practice court on Friday, Durant observed Warriors guard Stephen Curry swishing countless 3-pointers, jump shots and free-throws. As he sat on that interview table, though, ...Read more

Is Michael Porter Jr. worth the Sixers' moving up to draft?

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CHICAGO -- Michael Porter Jr. sees himself as the best player in the NBA draft.

Do the 76ers agree? If so, would they be willing to trade up to select the Missouri small forward, who missed most of his freshman season because of back surgery?

Porter, who measured 6-foot-91/4 without shoes here at the NBA draft combine, is projected to go ...Read more

Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. exude confidence as Bulls watch at NBA draft combine

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CHICAGO -- Somebody's falling.

Past the consensus top-four picks of Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley III, at least one of Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. or Trae Young will be on the board when the Bulls use their No. 7 pick in the June 21 NBA draft.

Those players represent, historically, the type of players current...Read more

Pistons create stir at combine using virtual reality

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CHICAGO -- SMU's Shake Milton called it "different."

Penn State's Tony Carr said it was "pretty cool."

NBA draft combine participants were quick to mention the Detroit Pistons' use of virtual reality technology during interviews Thursday.

The Pistons contingent had prospects don a virtual reality headset.

Players were put in different ...Read more

Without a guarantee, KU's Udoka Azubuike says he's 'not in a hurry' to go pro

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CHICAGO -- Kansas center Udoka Azubuike had a strong showing during the first day of scrimmages at the NBA draft combine here, but he knows that might not change the league's perception of him as a prospect who could use another season or two at KU.

"Pretty much, I'm not in a hurry," Azubuike said after scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and...Read more

NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows

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CHICAGO -- NBA scouts, general managers, coaches and team presidents sat in two rows of folding chairs around the court at the Quest Multisport Gym on Thursday at the NBA's annual scouting combine. Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops, other scribbled notes on legal pads as many of the world's top basketball prospects ran up and ...Read more

Nike to sell Michael Jordan jerseys commemorating 20th anniversary of Bulls' last title

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Nike has announced it will sell a special edition Michael Jordan Bulls jersey on May 31 commemorating the last of his NBA championships nearly 20 years ago.

Proceeds from the jersey sales -- tied to "The Last Dance," the just-announced 10-hour Netflix and ESPN Films documentary on Jordan and his 1990 Bulls title teams set for next year -- will ...Read more

Heat without a pick but not without interest at draft combine

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MIAMI -- Getting into the room with free agents hasn't been a problem for the Miami Heat in recent years, even if the results with Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward have. Over the next month, the Heat face an even greater challenge -- getting into the room with NBA draft prospects.

Not only do the Heat stand with the Toronto Raptors at the only ...Read more

ACC wants to expand NCAA tournament by four teams

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- While the ACC exited its spring meetings without any formal recommendations regarding the Rice Commission's report on the future of college basketball, it certainly had something to say about the sport. The conference voted to propose legislation to the NCAA that would expand the tournament from 68 to 72 teams, essentially...Read more