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Bronny James is ready to be himself, but the NBA still sees LeBron James Jr.

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The wall of cameras and reporters focused on Bronny James against the blue back drop, the diamond stud in his right ear reflecting the lights as he answered different versions of the same question at the NBA scouting combine.

"To be honest," he said with a soft smile, "It's a lot."

No one flat-out asked — it would've been too rude, too ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: Tom Thibodeau contract extension should be no-brainer for Knicks

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Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is officially up for a contract extension, and a deal should be a no-brainer for a coach who established a culture ushering-in back-to-back second-round playoff appearances at Madison Square Garden.

Thibodeau coached the Knicks to the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed despite a rash of injuries, most notably All-...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Lakers and JJ Redick are a match made in Looney Tunes

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JJ Redick?

Seriously?

The Los Angeles LeBrons appear to be closing in on the landmark hire of a bench boss who possesses but one legitimate qualification.

JJ Redick could be the next Lakers head coach because he has a podcast with LeBron James.

Period. End of resume.

Redick has never been a coach at any level above elementary school. He’s...Read more

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Timberwolves take down defending champion Nuggets with second half explosion -- Takeaways from Game 7 battle

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1. Did you know this?

The Timberwolves comeback from a 20-point deficit was the biggest in NBA Game 7 history. The Wolves outscored Denver 60-37 in the second half after scoring 38 in the first half. They open their first Western Conference final in 20 years on Wednesday against Dallas at Target Center.

2. Mama, there goes Naz Reid

In the ...Read more

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Tyrese Haliburton's heroics lifts Pacers to upset Game 7 victory over Knicks: 'You've made history'

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NEW YORK — Fans in Madison Square Garden should’ve known it was going to be Tyrese Haliburton’s night.

He finished the first quarter with a statline most players would be happy to finish with in a playoff game: 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including four made three-pointers.

But Haliburton is a rising superstar and he ...Read more

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Knicks eliminated from playoffs in 130-109 Game 7 loss to Pacers

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NEW YORK — There are many signs a car is running low on gas before it ultimately sputters to the side of the road.

A bright light flashes beneath the empty sign on the dashboard to signal the final 20 to 30 miles left in the tank.

The car itself becomes more difficult to control, with steering and braking compromised for the operator behind ...Read more

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'We're trying to move the needle': WNBA investigating LVCVA's sponsorship of Aces players

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The WNBA is opening an investigation into the Aces one day after the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced it was sponsoring the team’s 12 rostered players, a league source confirmed to the Review-Journal on Saturday.

News of the probe broke during the fourth quarter of the Aces’ 89-82 home win over the Los Angeles Sparks. ...Read more

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Knicks' Tom Thibodeau, Pacers' Rick Carlisle add another Game 7 to their long résumés

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NEW YORK — Game 7.

Head coaches Tom Thibodeau and Rick Carlisle aren’t foreign to this do-or-die environment. And both coaches had their backs against the wall once again at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“Game 7s. They’re special,” Thibodeau said before tip-0ff Sunday. “So just go out there and give it everything you have.”

...Read more

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Hornets forward Grant Williams on Luka Doncic, TV rights, and helping Hornets win again

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grant Williams just wants to win.

The new Charlotte Hornets forward grew up here and was an all-state high school basketball player at Providence Day. In 2016, he helped lead the Chargers to a state championship win over Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo’s powerhouse prep team.

Earlier this year, Williams was named one of ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat can't let history get in way of potential Donovan Mitchell pursuit

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MIAMI — Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard.

(Wait, get me a rewrite.)

Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell.

(Because, yes, here we go again.)

There was a point, what now seems like decades ago (because it actually was), when the biggest of the ...Read more

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Liberty star Jonquel Jones says Caitlin Clark needs to be given 'some grace'

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NEW YORK — The Liberty’s win in Saturday’s home opener wrapped up a 2-0 home-and-home series against the rebuilding Indiana Fever. In those games, the Libs got their first look at No. 1 overall pick Caitlin Clark, one of the league’s newest and brightest stars.

Clark — like most top WNBA rookies — showed flashes of greatness and ...Read more

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Knicks' OG Anunoby upgraded to questionable for Game 7 vs. Pacers

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Could it be, OG Anunoby?

The Knicks upgraded Anunoby, who has missed the last four games due to a strained left hamstring, to questionable for Game 7 of New York’s Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

He is expected to participate in pregame warmups and make a determination on his availability ...Read more

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'A life-changing investment': Aces players get $100K sponsorship from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will sponsor Las Vegas Aces players this season, paying each of the 12 on the roster $100,000.

Team members were told of the sponsorship in their locker room Friday by LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill. A video of the announcement was posted on X.

“We would like to offer each of ...Read more

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Bennett Durando: Nuggets vs. Timberwolves: 5 themes to watch for in Game 7 of an odd NBA playoff series

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DENVER — Game 7s make for great theater, but not only because of the stakes and suspense. They are the final act of a ballet between two teams who have already revealed their choreography. There will be variations on the themes from earlier, but those themes have been seen and interpreted throughout six games. Now it’s the sheer quality of ...Read more

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A Game 7 Timberwolves win vs. Nuggets would defy historical odds

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves brought joy back to fans in Game 6 on Thursday night.

They returned to blocking shots, agitating Jamal Murray and winning by a "Space Jam" amount of points.

Many Minnesota sports fans are now left wondering: can they do it again?

The stats are sending mixed signals.

Game 7 home-court advantage

Over...Read more

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Breanna Stewart, Liberty dominate Caitlin Clark, Fever in home opener to remain perfect on season

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NEW YORK — Fans were lined up outside Barclays Center hours before the start of Saturday afternoon’s home opener hoping to see the Liberty stay undefeated on the season.

They didn’t have to wait long to realize this game was going to be another dominant Liberty performance on the way to a 3-0 start as they cheered the home team to a 91-80...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Hawks should go big with No. 1 pick

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ATLANTA — Travis Schlenk came to the Hawks from the Warriors with a plan to build them in Golden State’s image. The roster would have players at all positions who can dribble, pass and shoot. The defense would be fast and furious. Size would be sacrificed for skill and versatility.

It turns out that’s a hard formula to duplicate without ...Read more

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Jalen Brunson struggles in first half, Pacers force Game 7 with 116-103 victory against Knicks

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INDIANAPOLIS — Maybe it was the foot Jalen Brunson injured in Game 2.

Maybe after touching earth in embarrassing fashion in Game 5, Aaron Nesmith got his revenge against the Knicks’ All-Star guard in Game 6.

Maybe the decreasing number of bodies plus the rising number of minutes are finally taking a toll.

Maybe it was the painful ...Read more

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Lakers announce dates and sites for three preseason games

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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers announced dates and sites for three preseason games on Friday, including a game against the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas on Oct. 15 at T-Mobile Arena.

The Lakers open preseason play Oct. 4 and 6 at Acrisure Arena in Palm Desert against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, respectively. The complete ...Read more

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Mark Story: One big way that Mark Pope's coaching will differ from John Calipari's

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The commitment to Kentucky by Fairleigh Dickinson forward Ansley Almonor as a transfer Thursday morning brought the number of scholarship players for Mark Pope’s first UK team up to 11.

A 6-foot-7, 219-pound forward, Almonor is a career 38.5% 3-point shooter. The product of Spring Valley, N.Y., a senior-to-be, should give ...Read more