Raul Neto looks forward to seeing what he can achieve with Sixers during NBA restart

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PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Neto is feeling pretty confident, and his body feels great.

The three-month NBA shutdown enabled the 76ers' reserve point guard to take care of his body and feel healthy.

Neto made three starts and has played in 49 of the Sixers' 65 games. He played a maximum of nine minutes in 22 of those contests. The Brazilian played ...Read more

Better together: Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic deserve to start for the Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have a shooting guard situation that could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic are quality options at the position, and most teams would be happy to have either one in their starting lineup.

Hield, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, is one of the best ...Read more

Jamaal Wilkes, former UCLA and Lakers star, weighs in on George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and his own frightening experience with police

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jamaal Wilkes supports the police, up to a point.

The former Golden State Warriors forward said he's proud to be an American and wants law and order while at the same time seeing the need for change in the wake of demonstrations after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

"I'm not an activist. ...Read more

If NBA can pull off restart, trio of young stars will get their chance at spotlight

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LOS ANGELES -- JJ Redick, a veteran guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, saw the photo.

With NBA teams starting to slowly fill their practice facilities, Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson was back at work, mask on, sleeves off, his muscles exploding out of his hoodie. Williamson was always big. But in this photo, he looked like a ...Read more

Third Heat player tests COVID-19 positive, two won't leave with team to Disney

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Make it three Miami Heat players who have now tested positive for coronavirus, with the latest two players to test positive not expected to travel with the team when the rest of the roster leaves Wednesday for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel has confirmed through an NBA source that two most recent ...Read more

NBA releases scrimmage schedules for Lakers and Clippers

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The Clippers will tip off the schedule of NBA's scrimmages against Orlando on July 22 at 3 p.m. EDT in Orlando, Fla., while the Lakers will take on Dallas at 7 p.m. EDT on July 23 in their opener in preparation for the resumption of the season.

The NBA released the schedule of scrimmages on Saturday. Each team will play three games, concluding ...Read more

How coronavirus changed Hawks' draft preparation, offseason schedule

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ATLANTA -- Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years.

Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won't get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart ...Read more

NBA and players agree to 'Black Lives Matter' and other messages to wear on jerseys

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LOS ANGELES -- With the NBA another day closer to its July 30 reopening, a piece of its plan to battle racial injustice fell into place.

The NBA and the players union agreed Friday on messages players can wear instead of their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first four days of the league's reboot.

Among the approved messages, ...Read more

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed 'high risk,' won't travel to Orlando

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins was "deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions" and will not join the rest of the staff in Orlando, Fla., for the restart of the NBA season, a team official said Friday.

The official, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said ...Read more

Second Heat player tests positive for COVID-19, team facility shut down

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A second Miami Heat player has tested positive for coronavirus, leading the team to cease workouts at its practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

The Heat will continue to test players on an every-other-day basis at the arena prior to their July 8 departure for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World, ...Read more

Rivals old and new: Mike Anderson has St. John's stabilized and ready to wage Garden battles with UConn men

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- St. John's promising season ended in disappointment in 2019 and the school painfully parted ways with one of its legends, coach Chris Mullin. The search for his replacement ran into dead ends until a prominent booster, Mike Repole, went on WFAN-AM to call it a "national embarrassment."

The men's basketball program had New ...Read more

Clippers close training facility for a day after positive COVID test

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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers closed their Playa Vista practice facility Thursday as a precaution after someone who is expected to travel with the team to the NBA season restart near Orlando, Fla., tested positive for the coronavirus, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The Clippers are considering re-opening the facility for ...Read more

'Relief and gratitude': Maya Moore describes Jonathan Irons' freedom

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Anyone who watched the video could see the emotion. A day later Maya Moore -- relieved, exhausted, exhilarated -- remembers racing to the prison where Jonathan Irons was about to emerge, watching him walk through the doors that had kept him, being overcome.

"Well, apparently, I couldn't keep standing," Moore joked Thursday in a national video ...Read more

Chicago might host 2nd NBA bubble for the 8 non-contending teams, report says

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CHICAGO -- Chicago reportedly might get to play host to the eight NBA teams not invited to compete this month within the league's so-called bubble in Orlando, Fla., largely sealed off from the public in a bid to limit risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The Chicago bubble would allow the Bulls and seven other also-runs to stage mini training camps and ...Read more

Kobe Bryant will be featured on the cover of 'NBA 2K21 Mamba Edition'

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LOS ANGELES -- The popular video game series "NBA 2K" has announced a "Mamba Forever Edition" for its latest installment.

One guess as to who appears on the cover.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. the Black Mamba, was revealed Thursday as the third and final athlete to be featured on the cover of the upcoming "NBA2K21" release.

Bryant, his ...Read more

Anthony Davis confident Lakers can pick up where they left off

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LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis is just as curious as everyone else about what the NBA's campus in Florida will be like.

He knows it will be strange. Maybe a little boring at times. He also feels confident in the Lakers' ability to pick up right where they left off.

"If anything, our chances are higher," Davis said during a video call with ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons: 'I'm feeling better than I was when I started this season'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons' declaration has to be pleasing to the 76ers.

"I'm feeling better than I was when I started this season," Simmons said during Thursday's Zoom call with the media.

Simmons missed the final game before the NBA shutdown with a lower-back pinched nerve and began his rehabilitation a few days after suffering the injury ...Read more

Lakers, Clippers hope old NBA habits translate into wins when season resumes

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LOS ANGELES -- Luke Walton sat behind a podium with a familiar sponsors' backdrop behind him and a microphone in front of him. But before the Sacramento Kings head coach could talk, he had to take off the surgical mask covering his mouth and nose.

The cameras on Doc Rivers made the veteran coach look like he had just been slimed before the ...Read more

Nine more NBA players test positive for the coronavirus

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Nine more NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 between June 24 and 29, the NBA and NBPA, the union that represents the league's players, announced on Thursday.

The league has tested 351 players, with 25 testing positive -- more than 7% of the league. Team staff members have been far more effective at avoiding the virus, with just 10 of the ...Read more

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins sues 40 companies over copyright violations

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ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins has filed a lawsuit against a slew of online shops, saying they violated copyright law by using his name and likeness for their products.

The 14-page complaint filed Monday said the 40 companies illegally used the former Atlanta Hawks superstar and NBA Hall of Famer's name on their merchandise and sold it in online ...Read more