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Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors veterans won control of the roster. But can they win another title?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Last season, the Warriors tried to double down on “two timelines” — a group of experienced, title-winning veterans playing alongside young players, learning how to win on the fly.

Needless to say, things didn’t work out. The season started with a punch and ended with a dud performance in the playoffs, with the Warriors...Read more

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Bucks? Celtics? Knicks focused solely on themselves but can't ignore elephant(s) in room

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The elephant in the room is not Tom Thibodeau’s offensive play-calling.

It’s not Julius Randle’s propensity to hold the ball nor Immanuel Quickley’s pending restricted free agency.

The elephant in the room is not Jalen Brunson’s admittedly poor play in the FIBA World Cup, nor is it R.J. Barrett’s cheek-to-cheek grin at the podium a...Read more

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5 storylines to watch entering Orlando Magic training camp

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ORLANDO, Fla. — With the start of the NBA season just weeks away, Magic basketball is nearly back in Orlando.

Before the franchise’s 35th season tips off, however, the team will go through training camp, which opens Tuesday at the AdventHealth Training Center.

It’s an important season for the Magic, who have expectations of earning a ...Read more

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Lakers' LeBron James dedicates season to son Bronny

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Lakers star LeBron James told reporters on Monday that he's dedicating the season to son Bronny, who is recovering from cardiac arrest that he suffered during a practice at USC.

"Bronny is doing extremely well," James said during media day to open training camp. "He has begun his rehab process to get back on the floor this season with his ...Read more

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Kawhi Leonard on NBA's new policy: 'If I'm able to play, I'll play basketball'

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The new NBA policy pushing its All-Star and all-league-caliber players to play more often won't change the way Clippers star Kawhi Leonard prepares, he said Monday, adding that he will continue to play whenever healthy.

Leonard and Clippers teammate Paul George have become the face of the new NBA player participation policy, which takes effect ...Read more

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James Harden a no-show at Sixers media day

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The 76ers’ media day arrived Monday, and James Harden did not.

Harden picked up his $35.6 million player option for this season in June. He did so with the expectation that Daryl Morey, the Sixers’ president of basketball operations, would trade him this summer.

But the Sixers suspended trade talks for him in August, leading to the ...Read more

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Celtics swing big trade to land Jrue Holiday on eve of training camp

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Say this about Brad Stevens: He isn’t timid.

Four days after the Bucks swung the pendulum in the Eastern Conference by trading for Damian Lillard, Stevens and the Celtics punched back on Sunday. They re-asserted themselves as a championship favorite by making another big trade.

On the eve of training camp, the day before media day, the ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat again find themselves at intersection of doubt and skepticism

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MIAMI — In the wake of losing out on Damian Lillard, the offseason ended with a thud for the Miami Heat.

Then again, despite unparalleled Eastern Conference success the past four seasons, it’s not as if Erik Spoelstra’s team hadn’t already learned to remain grounded.

In 2020, the trip to the NBA Finals was dismissed as a bubble fraud, ...Read more

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Hornets to keep Kai Jones away from training camp. What's his future with Charlotte?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Don’t expect to see Kai Jones around the Charlotte Hornets for at least the next week. And it could be even longer than that.

The Hornets on Saturday announced the third-year forward/center won’t be at training camp when it begins on Tuesday. The decision comes after coach Steve Clifford, speaking at the team’s annual ...Read more

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Heat's Jaime Jaquez Jr. on his offseason, first impression of Miami, Jimmy Butler meetup and more

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MIAMI — It didn’t take long for forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. to see his name in NBA trade rumors.

Just days after the Heat selected Jaquez with the 18th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft in June, he was one of the players on Miami’s roster linked to a potential trade for Damian Lillard. That whirlwind of uncertainty lasted nearly three ...Read more

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Breanna Stewart, Liberty take series lead with Game 3 win over Alyssa Thomas, Sun

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Breanna Stewart and the Liberty took a 2-1 series lead after defeating the Connecticut Sun, 92-81, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday night.

The win puts the Libs one game away from clinching a spot in the WNBA Finals. They’ll have two more chances to get a win, beginning with Game 4 on Sunday in Connecticut.

The Sun were ...Read more

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Clippers consulted female employees before deciding to sign Josh Primo

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LOS ANGELES — On the same day the NBA suspended Josh Primo four games following a league investigation that determined he "engaged in inappropriate and offensive behavior by exposing himself to women," the Clippers signed the 20-year-old combo guard, with a team official saying the Clippers felt comfortable with signing Primo following months ...Read more

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Guess who Magic Johnson thinks is the greatest point guard? It's not Stephen Curry.

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LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson is the greatest point guard of all time.

That news comes straight from ... Magic Johnson.

During a CBS Sports Radio interview with Zach Gelb this week, the Lakers legend was asked if Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had surpassed him as the GOAT at their position. The question was prompted by Curry ...Read more

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Josh Primo, suspended by NBA for exposing himself to women, set to sign with Clippers

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LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are planning to sign guard Josh Primo, a former lottery draft pick whom the NBA suspended Friday for four games after a league investigation determined he "engaged in inappropriate and offensive behavior by exposing himself to women."

Primo will be signed to a two-way contract, according to a person with knowledge ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: The Lakers most improved player is ... Rob Pelinka? Give that man his flowers!

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LOS ANGELES — All the wondrous transformations experienced by the Lakers last season were overshadowed by one massive makeover.

It awakened Los Angeles, rocked the NBA, and stunned a sports world that had long since hardened its opinion.

It didn't involve the players on a team that went from nearly worst to nearly first. It wasn't about the ...Read more

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Arterio Morris arrested and charged with rape, dismissed from Kansas basketball program

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas basketball guard Arterio Morris was arrested on Friday, according to Douglas County booking logs. According to the logs, he was booked and charged with one count of rape and released on bond of $75,000.

A KU Athletics official told The Kansas City Star that Morris has been dismissed from the KU basketball team.

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Mark Kiszla: Jamal Murray, strawberry Starburst and why the Nuggets don't care if the Bucks traded for Damian Lillard

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DENVER — They’re all out to get the Juggernuggets. But anyone who thinks the defending champs are worried about Damian Lillard joining the Bucks or the Suns acquiring Bradley Beal has never seen Jamal Murray devour a Starburst.

While they’re assembling super teams in Milwaukee and Phoenix to stop the Nuggets from repeating, I say a bigger...Read more

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Magic Johnson 'just giddy' that Rob Pelinka has made Lakers a title contender

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LOS ANGELES — His voice would rise throughout the conversation because he was unable to hide his excitement, each sentence from Magic Johnson about his beloved Lakers and the job executive Rob Pelinka did in constructing the team leaving the Hall of Famer and Lakers legend "giddy" about what they can accomplish.

Johnson sees the Lakers as a ...Read more

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Lakers name two starters, and LeBron James 'is preparing for 21 like a rookie'

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LOS ANGELES — The music coming through the speakers inside the Lakers' facility was upbeat. The men about to sit in front of the team backdrop, Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham, were smiling and joking as they sat down to unofficially start their team's upcoming season.

Questions about their roster were minimal. There was no foundational trade on ...Read more

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Nia Long slams Boston Celtics for making ex-fiance Ime Udoka's infidelity public last year

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Nia Long channeled activist Yaba Blay's words to criticize the Boston Celtics a year after she split with the team's former coach, Ime Udoka.

On Tuesday the "Best Man" and "You People" actor shared a snippet from Blay's 2022 appearance on the "We Can Do Hard Things" podcast. In the clip Blay tells hosts Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach why she ...Read more