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For grad transfer Blackshear, Florida's need trumped Kentucky's desire

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MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. -- When Rick Pitino cited weather as a reason he could not come to a Southeastern Conference Media Day one year, then Florida coach Billy Donovan joked that the Kentucky coach had been doing a rain dance on the airport tarmac.

Fast forward to Wednesday when attending SEC Media Day was cited as a reason highly coveted ...Read more

Family ties explain Kentucky's belief in EJ Montgomery

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MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. -- When asked the importance the family placed on basketball when EJ Montgomery was growing up, the Kentucky player's father was succinct.

"Basketball is everything," Efrem Montgomery said.

Both Efrem and his wife, Glenda, played college basketball for North Carolina Central. Their daughters, Brittni and Brandy, also ...Read more

Report: Kings offer Buddy Hield $90 million extension, but that might not be enough

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Kings have made a formal offer to guard Buddy Hield as the deadline for a contract extension approaches, but it might not be enough to keep the 26-year-old sharpshooter in Sacramento.

League sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports the Kings have offered Hield a four-year, $90 million extension, but Hield and his ...Read more

'We're coming for you. We're coming to help these young athletes': Romney warns NCAA

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Mitt Romney issued a stern warning to the NCAA on Wednesday over its treatment of college athletes.

"I know there are people who think we can hold this off," Romney said. "We're not going to make a change here. But the reality is Congress is going to act.

"We're coming for you," he said. "We're coming to help ...Read more

N&O, NY Times, others sue NC State for records related to Dennis Smith and NCAA probe

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State University is refusing to turn over records -- which should be public -- that could shine a light on a corruption scandal involving Adidas and former basketball star Dennis Smith Jr., multiple media outlets claim in a new lawsuit.

The News & Observer, The New York Times, WRAL and ABC11 have sued N.C. State, claiming ...Read more

Jimmy Butler's unselfish approach reminds Heat coach Erik Spoelstra of LeBron James

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Jimmy Butler hasn't exactly put up the numbers this preseason that many expected when the Heat signed him to a four-year, $142 million maximum contract this summer.

Butler is averaging 8.5 points on 7.5 shot attempts, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two preseason games. Tyler Herro, Dion Waiters, Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr., Goran Dragic, ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons: 'I am not a great shooter. I am getting better, though.'

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The 76ers, with high expectations, have been drawing national media to their preseason games and will continue to be a big draw throughout the season. Every part of the team will be analyzed, led by the shooting of All-Star point guard Ben Simmons.

After Wednesday's practice, Simmons was as candid as he has ever been when asked why he thinks he...Read more

Heat rookie Tyler Herro and coach Erik Spoelstra react to Klay Thompson comparison

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MIAMI -- Tyler Herro is a bucket. That has proven undeniable with the streak-shooting Miami Heat first-round pick through summer league and the first three games of preseason.

But Tyler Herro as Klay Thompson? That's where the brakes were applied Wednesday after practice at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Tuesday, in a report for heavy.com, veteran ...Read more

Tomas Satoransky will start at point guard for Bulls — with Kris Dunn and Coby White coming off bench

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls named Tomas Satoransky their starting point guard on Wednesday, a move that had been expected since the team traded for him in July.

Satoranksy joins a starting unit that includes Zach LaVine (shooting guard), Otto Porter (small forward) Lauri Markkanen (power forward) and Wendell Carter Jr. (center).

Through three ...Read more

Lakers star LeBron James responds to backlash amid 'tough situation'

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star LeBron James received more backlash Tuesday for saying the previous day that freedom of speech can lead to "a lot of negative."

He was unaware after practice Tuesday that protesters in Hong Kong had burned his jersey and were upset because James was critical about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-...Read more

Kings offer Bogdan Bogdanovic $51.4 million contract extension, but he hasn't signed

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic said the team has offered him a maximum contract extension that would pay more than $50 million and keep him in Sacramento for four more years, but he is in no hurry to sign it.

Bogdanovic told The Sacramento Bee he wants to take his time with the decision. He would prefer to remain in ...Read more

Heat rookie Herro 'eating it all up' during impressive preseason

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MIAMI -- The team-leading 16.3 scoring average? The .533 3-point accuracy? Mere preseason window dressing to Erik Spoelstra.

But that doesn't mean the Miami Heat coach isn't excited about Tyler Herro, it's just that his satisfaction with the rookie guard comes away from the court, down in the video room, with his first-round pick having an ...Read more

Geno Auriemma, Dan Hurley, UConn basketball players voice support for college-athlete endorsement bill

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PHILADELPHIA -- As Connecticut lawmakers explore letting college athletes receive money from endorsements, the idea already enjoys approval in Storrs.

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley said Monday that he supports a recent California law allowing athletes to hire agents and profit from their names, images and likenesses, while women's ...Read more

LeBron James clarifies himself after calling Daryl Morey's tweet 'misinformed'

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was misinformed on what the reaction would be to the since-deleted tweet he sent in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

"I'm just talking about the tweet itself," James said. "You never know the ramifications that can happen. And we all seen...Read more

Lakers in China: How the team and NBA navigated the crisis amid tumultuous week

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LOS ANGELES -- Their first 24 hours in China were nothing like the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets expected.

Suddenly, the global politics NBA teams rarely think about had been thrust to the forefront of their daily lives. Sponsors canceled some scheduled events. The Chinese government canceled others. When a charity event on Wednesday was ...Read more

Anthony Davis' thumb injury does not appear to be serious

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LOS ANGELES -- An MRI exam on Anthony Davis' sprained right thumb Monday revealed no serious damage, according to people not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Davis was already scheduled to rest Monday instead of play when the Los Angeles Lakers meet the Golden State Warriors in a preseason game at Staples Center.

Davis was injured ...Read more

Sixers' starters living up to defensive hype

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- So far, the hype about the 76ers starters has been real.

Throughout training camp, the unit talked about being a towering, dominating defensive force. And that has been the case in the two preseason games that Joel Embiid, Al Horford, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, and Ben Simmons have played together. (Embiid sat out Friday's...Read more

Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. proving to be lightning with a throttle

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MIAMI -- In Erik Spoelstra's position-less Miami Heat approach, Derrick Jones Jr. has nonetheless earned a designation from his coach: energizer.

"DJ just brings an immediate boost of energy when he comes in the game," Spoelstra said.

Forget that the build is a bit lithe for a power forward, the ballhandling not quite polished for a wing. The ...Read more

Heat's Justise Winslow opens up about mental health in documentary: 'It's a daily battle.'

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It wasn't easy for Justise Winslow to first reveal his struggles with mental health last season.

But the Heat's do-it-all swingman now feels comfortable enough to discuss those struggles as part of a one-hour documentary titled "HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports," which will air across NBC Sports Regional Networks and other NBC local and ...Read more

One tweet, a week of turmoil: NBA steps out of bounds with China and pays the price

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The now-deleted tweet was just seven words: "Fight for freedom, Stand with Hong Kong."

With that, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, on Oct. 4 plunged the National Basketball Association into still-unfolding turmoil as it wrestles with two conflicting forces in its business and public relations identity. The NBA is trying ...Read more