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

Erik Spoelstra on Duncan Robinson: 'He's one of the best shooters on this planet.'

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Between traveling back and forth from Miami to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and just adapting to the NBA game as one of the Heat's two-way contract players last season, Duncan Robinson admits his rookie year was overwhelming.

"Last year I was just trying to keep my head above water, in all honesty," Robinson said, with the Heat set to continue ...Read more

Lakers end China trip with loss and injury to Anthony Davis

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SHENZHEN, China -- LeBron James sat on the bench wearing a Lakers sweat suit with the hood pulled up over his head. He looked into a camera in the nearby media seats and grinned. Then he started to sing "God Bless America."

"My hoooome, sweet hooooome," James sang, finishing up his performance.

It was almost time. He hadn't been home since ...Read more

NBA cancels China media events

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SHANGHAI -- The NBA canceled organized media sessions for the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets' trip to China to avoid forcing players to discuss the fallout between the league and the country.

"We have decided not to hold media availability for our teams for the remainder of our trip in China," a statement read. "They have been...Read more

Zubac not just horsin' around

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac spent his summer researching how champions train and develop.

He wanted to know how the best honed their craft. From it, he created a long-term plan for success.

Amid a break from training camp last week, Zubac called all the work worth it. From big potential, he now sees huge ...Read more

Who's biased about officiating: Kentucky's coaches or the referees?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Former Auburn coach Sonny Smith likes to tell the story. He and former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson were being roasted. One of the speakers was Joe B. Hall.

As the former Kentucky coach spoke, a telephone buzzed. More than a few people began to check their cell phones.

"Don't anybody answer that," Smith recalled telling the ...Read more

Lakers feel the love in China

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SHANGHAI -- Two young men stood in the middle of a sidewalk after dusk, dimly lighted by street lights and a glowing television screen across the street. They had brought hundreds of small Chinese flags with them and each clutched a handful to offer the fans who approached Mercedes Benz Arena in a steady stream.

Most of the fans accepted, some ...Read more

Mystics rally past Sun in Game 5 to capture WNBA championship

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WASHINGTON -- The Connecticut Sun led at halftime and were in control with a nine-point third-quarter lead but weren't able to withstand a ferocious Washington Mystics comeback led by Emma Meesseman, ultimately losing the winner-take-all Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, 89-78.

With the loss, the Sun drop the franchise's third WNBA Finals, with the ...Read more

The Bulls show progress toward their goals of picking up their pace and slowing down their opponents

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The Bulls of last season ranked 20th in the NBA in pace and 25th in defensive rating.

In other words, they didn't have enough possessions and they allowed the other team to score too frequently on theirs.

The Bulls have tried to attack those problem areas since the summer, and they saw encouraging signs during their second preseason game. The ...Read more

Kings guard Buddy Hield could lose millions in firestorm between NBA and China

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An international firestorm between China and the NBA could cost Kings guard Buddy Hield millions of dollars on his next contract if revenue is lost and the league's salary cap is reduced.

The geopolitical flap started last week when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet in support of pro-...Read more

Duke picked as ACC basketball favorite; UNC's Cole Anthony picked as top freshman

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Having won two of the last three ACC championships, while not finishing first in the regular-season standings since 2010, Duke is the favorite to win this year's ACC basketball title, according to a media poll released by the league on Thursday.

In voting by media members attending the ACC's Operation Basketball season tipoff event in Charlotte...Read more