Haslem has seen his share of Heat practice altercations, but nothing like in Chicago

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Udonis Haslem has been around for a few "misunderstandings" between teammates in his 15 years with the Heat.

But he's never seen anything like what happened Tuesday in Chicago when Bobby Portis (6-11, 230) sent Nikola Mirotic (6-10, 220) to the hospital with two broken bones in his face and a concussion after a vicious punch ...Read more

Spoelstra: Heat coaching staff went silent when Hayward went down

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was a celebration of the start of the NBA season that Erik Spoelstra was spending with his Miami Heat coaching staff. And then it became anything but a festive evening.

Though Spoelstra never got his chance to coach Gordon Hayward, he was part of the Heat's all-out push for the versatile All-Star forward in free agency. And ...Read more

Sixers' coach Brown mum on a definite minutes restriction for Embiid

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WASHINGTON -- It appears that 76ers coach Brett Brown may be weary of answering minutes restriction questions in regards to Joel Embiid.

Either that or Brown is giving himself a little wiggle room for Wednesday night's season-opener against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.

"There's a range that we are going to figure out," said ...Read more

Bulls' Portis suspended 8 games for punching teammate Mirotic

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CHICAGO -- Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games for punching Nikola Mirotic in the face at practice on Tuesday, the Bulls announced Wednesday.

The suspension begins with Thursday's season opener at Toronto. Portis will practice with the team during his suspension.

Mirotic suffered a concussion and what the team called "maxillary ...Read more

As Giannis Antetokounmpo goes, so do the Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo officially arrived as a star in the NBA sky last season.

He established himself as one of the top players in the league, led the Milwaukee Bucks in every major statistical category and became both an All-Star and the league's most improved player in his fourth season.

At just 22 years old, Antetokounmpo has become the ...Read more

Dwight Howard is still a big kid at heart, with a big vision for the Hornets

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If you want to make Dwight Howard glow, put him amidst kids -- pretty much any kids anywhere.

Howard, the Hornets' new starting center, has adopted Charlotte's Starmount Academy, an elementary school. Howard is contributing $100,000 to the operation of a Boys and Girls Club there, and this is about more than writing a check and doing a photo-op...Read more

Lopez hopes to create winning atmosphere with Lakers

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LOS ANGELES--Twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez were always up to something, even when they were 5 years old in the back seat of their mom's car on the way to their older brothers' basketball games.

They created their own little world, drawing pictures or plotting stories they invented with fictional characters from their vibrant imaginations....Read more

New-look Clippers at a crossroads to see if they are still a top team in West

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LOS ANGELES--For six years, the Los Angeles Clippers stood among the best of the NBA, a team listed in the company of the championship contenders despite their constant playoff failures.

They are no longer seen in the same light.

As the Clippers prepare to launch their 2017-18 season, they now are regarded as a team at the crossroads.

No one ...Read more

LeBron James leads Cavs to season-opening victory in Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James did LeBron James things Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena to overshadow Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland.

James, who missed all but one preseason game with an ankle injury, dazzled fans with his usual assortment of skills and led the Cavaliers to a 102-99 victory over the Boston Celtics in the season opener for ...Read more

Celtics' Kyrie Irving stays quiet about reasons for trade

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CLEVELAND -- Former Cavaliers teammates and fans who want Kyrie Irving to reveal the real reasons he wanted to leave Cleveland might forever remain unsatisfied.

Because, according to Irving, "that's not what real grown-ups do."

As the four-time All-Star guard returned to Quicken Loans Arena with the Boston Celtics for Tuesday night's season ...Read more

Sixers' Embiid unhappy with minutes restriction

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Joel Embiid is not afraid to share how he feels.

Using a string of expletives, the 76ers center voiced his displeasure with the coaching and medical staffs' decision to keep him on a minutes restriction.

"I always think I have a voice, and that they're listening to what I have to say, too. They're making the decision based on what they think, ...Read more

Bulls' Nikola Mirotic out indefinitely after altercation with teammate Bobby Portis

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Starting power forward Nikola Mirotic will miss Thursday's season opener and be sidelined indefinitely after getting punched in the face by Bobby Portis during a practice altercation, a source said.

One source said Mirotic suffered two broken bones in his face and was evaluated for a concussion at the hospital. He has since been released.

The ...Read more

Sixers embark on era of their Big Three

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You look at the 76ers' version of "The Big Three."

There's Joel Embiid, the towering best player on the team, and perhaps the most intriguing player in the NBA.

Then there's a confident costar in Ben Simmons, who just might reinvent the point guard position.

And there's multitalented youngster Markelle Fultz. While his time with the Sixers ...Read more

Sixers' Dario Saric is tirelessly improving his game

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Sixers coach Brett Brown said it was a fight getting Dario Saric to sit out the first two preseason games.

"He hates it. He can't stand it," Brown said of Saric's reaction to forced rest. "He doesn't want to let people down, and he wants to fight through things."

Saric loves playing basketball. His attitude toward not wanting to take a break ...Read more

Clippers hope to have new point guard Patrick Beverley back by season opener

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LOS ANGELES -- During the one season he played under Mike D'Antoni, Patrick Beverley became accustomed to one of the things that the coach is known for.

"With D'Antoni, we didn't practice a lot," Beverley said this week, smiling.

Now Beverley is with the Los Angeles Clippers and coach Doc Rivers has his team practicing, practicing and ...Read more

Sixers' Brett Brown expects Embiid's minutes to be 'in the teens' early

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The extent of Joel Embiid's availability is perhaps the biggest 76ers story line entering the regular season.

It was obvious that, as of Monday afternoon, the Sixers hadn't discussed a minutes restriction with their franchise center. That's when Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked how many minutes a game Embiid is expected to play at the start ...Read more

Is a Warriors repeat a slamdunk? Five things that must go right

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Most NBA conversations these days end with the same foregone conclusion: Just hand the Warriors another championship trophy already.

After all, that's probably what people should say when a team has the experience and talent to reach a familiar destination seemingly on autopilot.

But any would-be foregone conclusion begs for a devil's advocate...Read more

Louisville athletics board fires Rick Pitino

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The University of Louisville Athletics Association voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino for cause Monday afternoon following revelations from an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball.

The determination came after Pitino's lawyers presented their case for why he should not be fired for cause ...Read more

Cavs' Smith expects James to keep opening night streak alive despite sprained ankle

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James told J.R. Smith he hasn't missed an opening game since he began playing basketball as an eight-year-old.

Based on that conversation, Smith seemed sure Monday that James will be ready Tuesday night when the Cavaliers tip off the season against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.

James ...Read more

Kyrie Irving trade, words in its wake add to emotion of Cavaliers-Celtics opener

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Kevin Love loved playing with Kyrie Irving for three seasons and hated going against him in practice.

Love doesn't expect that to change Tuesday when the Cavaliers host Irving and the Boston Celtics in the season opener at Quicken Loans Arena.

"We all know Kyrie is a gamer," Love said Sunday. "Between the lines it's going...Read more


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