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USC emerged from draft season a winner. Are Trojans a top-10 team?

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LOS ANGELES -- While Bennie Boatwright was exploring the NBA draft, he worked out alone as he pondered his decision.

The rest of the team didn't see him for a while. One day, someone sent out a text to the team's group chat before a weight-training session, seeking a head count. Who was coming?

A few minutes later, phones buzzed with a message...Read more

Rashad McCants says relationship with UNC, coach Roy Williams no longer exists

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Former North Carolina men's basketball star Rashad McCants says he has no relationship with UNC or coach Roy Williams -- and that isn't likely to change anytime soon.

In 2014, McCants alleged that the university kept him eligible through fake classes and minimal attendance, and he said his former coach was complicit with the scheme. Williams ...Read more

Charlotte to host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The previous time Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game was 1991, and Michael Jordan was the game's leading scorer. On his 56th birthday, Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan will host the 2019 All-Star Game, the biggest sporting event ever to come to Charlotte.

The NBA's announcement Wednesday to place the 2019 All-Star Game in ...Read more

Hawks on verge of hiring Warriors' Schlenk as GM

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The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of hiring Travis Schlenk for its vacant general manager position, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed.

Schlenk currently is the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors. The 41-year-old Schlenk has spent the past 12 seasons with the Warriors, including the past five as the assistant to ...Read more

Welsh and Holiday decide to stick with the Bruins

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LOS ANGELES--UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration.

Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season; Holiday's mother, Toya, said in a text message to the Los Angeles Times that her son would come back for ...Read more

Irving, James combine to score 76 points as Cavs take 3-1 lead against Celtics

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers needed a scorer or two to step up Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to overcome a double-digit deficit against the Boston Celtics.

Enter Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who drove past and shot over the men dressed in green to lead the Cavaliers to a 112-99 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving ...Read more

Spurs weigh in on chances of Warriors losing in Finals

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SAN ANTONIO -- In what could have been the last postgame press conference of his 14-year NBA career, Manu Ginobili described to reporters the magnitude of the Spurs' task against the Warriors with a metaphor in his native tongue.

"I said in Spanish, you go to war with a bat," Ginobili said. "You can swing, swing, swing, maybe you'll hit ...Read more

Heat, Bosh moving toward agreement that assures permanent cap relief

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh are moving close to resolution that will allow the team to shed Bosh's salary from its salary cap without concern of that figure returning to its cap, parties familiar with the proceedings confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.

Bosh was sidelined this past season when he failed a preseason physical, after missing ...Read more

Pitt's Cameron Johnson hoping for freedom to play immediately at UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The news didn't necessarily come as a surprise to Cameron Johnson, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, but nonetheless, he had been hoping for a different outcome. He had been hoping he could play college basketball next season wherever he chose -- perhaps even at North Carolina.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 guard who...Read more

Heat can't let go, so they continue to hold court

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For a team that didn't make the playoffs, if you didn't know better, you'd think the Miami Heat were headed to the NBA Finals.

Because there they are, regularly at AmericanAirlines Arena, getting up shots, running drills, or else holding workout sessions off site, such as last week's spin class that included Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, ...Read more

Warriors smash Spurs to win West crown, improve to NBA record 12-0 in playoffs

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SAN ANTONIO -- This Warriors' postseason stampede through the Western Conference has been defined by dominance, not drama.

The finale stuck to that script Monday night. The Warriors jumped up early on the wounded Spurs, squashed every mini rally and ran away with an unthreatened 129-115 win to vanquish another overwhelmed opponent, completing a...Read more

Jontay Porter's commitment continues transformative offseason for Mizzou

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In the least shocking development of Missouri basketball's transcendent offseason, Jontay Porter verbally committed Monday to new coach Cuonzo Martin's program.

His older brother, Michael Porter Jr., signed with the Tigers in April and his father, Michael Porter Sr., joined Martin's staff in March.

It was widely assumed Jontay Porter ...Read more

Kevin Durant reaffirms desire to remain with Warriors

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This summer, Kevin Durant has the opportunity to opt out of his deal with the Warriors. All expectations are that he will. But Durant continues to reiterate that it'll be a financial decision, not a relocation decision. He wants to remain with the Warriors.

"I love it here," Durant told The Undefeated in a recent interview. "I love my teammates...Read more

Cavs' J.R. Smith questions LeBron James' confidence, demands more aggressiveness

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- A lack of confidence and LeBron James do not seem to belong in the same sentence.

Not when the four-time league MVP had scored at least 25 points in each of the Cavaliers' 10 previous playoff games and at least 30 points in eight in a tow going into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

But close friend J.R. Smith said...Read more

Former KU player Josh Jackson must apologize, attend anger management as part of diversion agreement

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A diversion agreement for former Kansas men's basketball player Josh Jackson includes stipulations that he attend anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period of 12 months and a write an apology letter, according to Douglas County court records.

Jackson was originally ...Read more

Hawks ownership informed Millsap won't opt in for player option

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Hawks ownership was informed that Paul Millsap does not intend to exercise his player option for the 2017-18 season, according to a person familiar with the situation.

However, the four-time All-Star power forward did not need to inform the team of such an intention and could still exercise the final year of his contract up until June 23.

A ...Read more

Heat executive with harrowing ride to evaluating NBA draft

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The notion seemed to make perfect sense at the time, avoid a double flight connection from Lithuania to Poland by instead taking a bus after scouting a game.

In retrospect, Adam Simon, the Miami Heat's assistant general manager, now admits it probably wasn't the best idea.

"The best option was to get on a bus after a game, like at 11 o'clock ...Read more

Celtics' Avery Bradley makes 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to defeat Cavs in Game 3

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CLEVELAND -- Football stars and Hollywood stars came to Cleveland on Sunday night to watch the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

So did NBA Hall of Famers Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller.

What they saw was a stunning 111-108 come-from-behind victory for the Celtics when Avery Bradley made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to go in ...Read more

Zaza Pachulia and his family felt threatened in the days after Gregg Popovich's rant

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The day after a Zaza Pachulia Game 1 closeout foul hurt Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich went on a tirade about Pachulia's dirty play. The lively press conference stemmed from a little bit of sports hate.

But, for fans, sports hate often means real hate. The lines can be blurred. And in the days after Popovich's directed rant stoked the flames, ...Read more

Sixers' nucleus will need some help in quest for playoffs

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Ben Simmons has yet to even play in a preseason game. Joel Embiid has not been cleared yet to resume scrimmaging. And we are weeks away from finding out what the 76ers are going to do in the June 22 draft.

Yet folks are wondering if the Sixers will make the playoffs next season.

"We talk about improvement, measured steps, taking the right path...Read more

 

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