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

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard 'likely' still out for Game 4

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SAN ANTONIO -- Two more rest days and a daunting 3-0 series hole doesn't seem like it'll be enough for Kawhi Leonard to return to these West Finals.

Leonard again didn't practice on Sunday for the Spurs and, after practice, Gregg Popovich told reporters that Leonard would "likely" remain out again for Game 4 on Monday night.

"If he's unable to...Read more

Kevin Durant's huge third quarter helps Warriors push Spurs to the brink

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SAN ANTONIO -- Wounded and wobbly, the Spurs, trailing 2-0 in the series and clawing from behind in the third quarter, needed one more forceful shove to push their fading season onto life support.

Kevin Durant delivered the blow, squashing a desperate Spurs rally with a 19-point third quarter to bump the Warriors back into cruise control as ...Read more

Spurs' Leonard ruled out for Game 3

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SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich met with reporters at shootaround on Saturday morning to confirm Leonard's status. The All-Star forward sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 on a controversial closeout ...Read more

First-half avalanche buries Celtics as Cavs tie NBA record with 13th consecutive playoff victory

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BOSTON -- Just before tipoff Friday night in TD Garden, the NBA announced that Cavaliers star LeBron James was not among the league's three MVP finalists for the first time since 2008.

James came out in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and played like a man scorned.

On Thursday, Kyrie Irving was ...Read more

Cavs' James not a finalist for league MVP

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LeBron James will not have a chance to win his fifth NBA MVP award.

Finalists were announced for some of the major categories for the "NBA Awards on TNT" show on Monday, June 26 and James was not among the three remaining in the MVP race. They are the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the San ...Read more

Study finds LeBron James on roster impacts economy near arena

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AKRON, Ohio -- Ask St. Vincent-St. Mary, his alma mater.

Heck, even ask Swensons, one of his favorite hometown burger places.

They will tell you what Akron has known for years, LeBron James is good for business.

A new study penned by Daniel Shoag of Harvard and Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute took a more formal look at the ...Read more

Spurs' Leonard remains questionable for Game 3 against Warriors

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SAN ANTONIO -- With a full three days of rest between Games 2 and 3, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have returned to San Antonio with some extra time to get their small forward ready for a pivotal game in their season on Saturday night.

But as of Friday afternoon, when Leonard spoke with reporters, he was still officially listed as questionable on...Read more

Three Warriors named to All-NBA teams, but they wanted four

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Each season, only 15 players make up the exclusive All-NBA teams. This year, as announced on Thursday morning, the Warriors filled three of those slots -- one-fifth of all that's available.

But three wasn't enough. They wanted four.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant made second-team and Draymond Green made third-team, but Klay ...Read more

LeBron James named to all-NBA first team for record-tying 11th time

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LeBron James tied a league record on Thursday, joining Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone as the only players to be chosen to the all-NBA first team 11 times.

But if James is looking for more fuel for the playoffs, he was not named to the first team on all 100 ballots, with the Houston Rockets' James Harden the only player unanimously chosen by a ...Read more

5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba commits to Texas

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Mohamed Bamba has committed to Texas.

The McDonald's All-American announced via The Players' Tribune on Thursday that he has decided to attend Texas.

Texas coach Shaka Smart has scheduled a press conference after receiving Bamba's scholarship paperwork on Thursday.

"Coach Smart understood from day one that I'm someone who is looking to make a...Read more

James' dazzling scoring streaks continue in Cavs' 117-104 rout of Celtics

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BOSTON -- It didn't matter which Boston Celtic attempted to guard LeBron James.

Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Al Horford, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder ... James embarrassed them all.

On this night, the Celtics needed the second coming of Bill Russell.

Energized by nine days off, James was virtually unstoppable Wednesday in Game 1 of...Read more

Former Pistons GM Jack McCloskey battling Alzheimer's disease

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Jack McCloskey, the architect of the Detroit Pistons' back-to-back championship teams in 1989-90, is fighting Alzheimer's.

McCloskey, 91, nicknamed "Trader Jack" for his many astute trades during his tenure as the team's general manager in 1979-92, is at Insignia Personal Care Home in Savannah, Ga., a facility that caters to Alzheimer's and ...Read more

Steve Kerr expected to join the Warriors on trip to San Antonio

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Kerr isn't expected to coach the Warriors from the sidelines in Games 3 and 4 of the West Finals, but he will be making the trip to San Antonio, Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon.

This is the latest sign of Kerr's progress. After being away from the team for about a week and missing the Warriors' two ...Read more

Gavin Maloof says 'no way' would he have traded DeMarcus Cousins

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Ex-Kings owner Gavin Maloof says he'd never have traded All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins, reports

"No, no way," Maloof says in response to a question about the Cousins trade. "Time will tell, but I don't think they got much in return for him."

The Kings traded Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in February along with Omri Casspi in ...Read more

Mark Cuban admits Mavericks 'did everything possible' to tank at end of season

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Speculation about flailing pro sports teams tanking games at the end of a season to improve draft position often runs rampant.

But rarely does a player or anyone associated with a particular team admit it.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did so on Wednesday after his team finished 33-49 in its first losing season 1999-2000.

"Once we were ...Read more

Lakers will receive No. 2 pick in 2017 NBA draft

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LOS ANGELES--Finally free from the sequestering room where he waited for the NBA's draft lottery show to end, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka weaved through the throng of people exiting a hotel ballroom. He wanted to find Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson so they could celebrate this thing over which they had...Read more


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