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James Wiseman's long, 'emotional' injury rehab journey -- and where he goes from here

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LAS VEGAS – James Wiseman, after just two NBA seasons, is in several exclusive basketball clubs. He’s one of only five players the Warriors have ever drafted with a top-two overall pick, and he’s now an NBA champion at just 21 years old.

But he’s also part of another group: Players who have missed an entire season due to injury, an ...Read more

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All eyes are on North Philly's Kahleah Copper as the Chicago Sky begin their WNBA title defense

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PHOENIX — Kahleah Copper’s competitiveness was the topic of conversation as Candace Parker strolled through a Footprint Center hallway following the Chicago Sky’s dominant victory over the Mercury to close out the regular season.

And when Parker reached the tunnel, her eyes serendipitously caught Copper running up and down the court with ...Read more

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Liz Cambage apologizes to Sparks in first public comments on abruptly leaving team

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When Liz Cambage abruptly walked away from the Sparks late last month, the team was half a game out of a playoff spot with nine games remaining.

The Sparks won only one more game before ending the season with a 116-88 loss to the Dallas Wings on Sunday and missing the postseason for the second straight year.

On Monday, Cambage apologized to ...Read more

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'Legacy' is the official story of the Lakers. Jeanie Buss says it's also 'the truth'

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How good does the story need to be for it to be told again and again?

That's sort of the central question, even if it's not intended, of "Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers."

For the third time since March, a television series will tackle Jerry Buss' purchase of the Lakers, the injection of celebrity culture into sports and the Lakers' ...Read more

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Heat's Udonis Haslem still noncommittal on 20th season: 'I go back and forth'

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With a spot on the Miami Heat’s roster reserved for forward Udonis Haslem, he has yet to make a final decision on whether he will return for a 20th NBA season or retire.

Haslem, who turned 42 on June 9, said Monday that he’s still thinking about his NBA future. The expectation has been that he will continue his playing career and sign a one...Read more

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Legendary former Princeton head coach, Sacramento Kings assistant Pete Carril dead at 92

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The Kings organization and the basketball world lost another legend Monday when Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril died at the age of 92.

Carril, affectionately known as “Coachie,” served as head coach at Princeton for 29 years and later worked as an assistant in Sacramento, where he helped turn Kings basketball into a global phenomenon.

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Sixers, Ben Simmons reach agreement on $20 million withheld during his holdout

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Ben Simmons sat down with the 76ers brass in Los Angeles last summer and demanded a trade, letting the front office know he had no intention of attending training camp or playing in the 2021-22 season.

The embattled point guard made good on that threat, only briefly joining the team for practice during the preseason. In response, the Sixers ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Michael Jordan? Puh-leeze! Bill Russell is the NBA's G.O.A.T.

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Shame on us.

All of us.

Or, at least, most of us.

Shame on us for always declaring Michael Jordan to be the NBA’s G.O.A.T. — Greatest Of All Time.

Shame on us for also including LeBron James in the G.O.A.T. conversation or Magic Johnson or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Kobe Bryant.

But never Bill Russell.

The only time, it seems, Bill ...Read more

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There's no rest for Jayson Tatum

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Larry Bird once estimated that he had played the equivalent of two full seasons in playoff games alone over his relatively short 12-season career.

Bird was, naturally, on the money. By the time he played the last game of his NBA career in Richfield, Ohio, on May 17, 1992, he had played in 164 playoff games. By then — an inglorious sweep at ...Read more

The Connecticut Sun defeat Minnesota Lynx in last game of regular season, look toward WNBA playoffs

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. —Natisha Hiedeman faked out her defender with a dribble and stepped into a 3-pointer, draining the shot from the top of the key.

The Minnesota Lynx had just trimmed the Connecticut Sun’s lead to single digits toward the start of the third quarter, but Hiedeman responded right back to ignite a run for her team.

Hiedeman ...Read more

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Mark Story: Why describing Kentucky as 'a basketball school' is problematic -- and outdated

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — When Alabama football visited Lexington to play Kentucky in 2013, a player both schools were then recruiting, John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam, was making an unofficial recruiting visit to UK.

As Elam stood near the Wildcats sideline with other Kentucky recruits during pregame warm-ups, I just happened to look down ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Victor Oladipo holds Heat swing vote this season

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For all the swing votes regarding where the Miami Heat do or do not stand six weeks shy of training camp, there is one in particular that could both sway and shape 2022-23 for Erik Spoelstra’s team.

No, not Kyle Lowry. For all the concern of conditioning and age, Lowry, when he was on the court last season, was exactly the type of engine the ...Read more

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'This program wasn't born on third base': Stoops-Calipari feud not settling down yet

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — So much for the feud between John Calipari and Mark Stoops blowing over quickly.

Two days after Stoops took to Twitter to fire back at Calipari’s assertion that Kentucky is a basketball school and the athletics department should spend accordingly, Stoops made it clear he has no regrets about standing up for his program and ...Read more

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Rest or rhythm? Storm have playoff momentum, MVP race to consider in regular-season finale.

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SEATTLE — On the eve of an otherwise meaningless regular-season finale, Noelle Quinn is wrestling with the mind-bending conundrum that has baffled many playoff-bound coaches.

Should the Storm coach rest her starters, specifically the 41-year-old Sue Bird, or maintain the same lineup and rotations for the noon game Sunday against the WNBA-...Read more

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We now know when the Warriors will open the 2022-23 season, raise title banner

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We now know when the Warriors will begin their repeat campaign.

According to a report from Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Warriors will open the 2022-2023 season on Oct. 18 at Chase Center against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The game will be broadcast on TNT and is expected to feature the Warriors’ ring and banner ceremonies.

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Bob Raissman: Kevin Durant uncertainty is bad for business for both the Nets and the NBA

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NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have gone from being the NBA’s signature attraction on Christmas Day to a team known for endless speculation, controversy and dysfunction.

The latest plot twists are courtesy of Kevin Durant who wants to be traded unless owner Joe Tsai tells GM Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash to hit the bricks. While this story ...Read more

Jim Souhan: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx's last champion star, says goodbye

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MINNEAPOLIS — Leave it to a student of mortuary science to get the ending right.

Sylvia Fowles, soon to transition from basketball great to mortician, played what might have been her last home game for the Lynx on Friday night. The last of five Hall of Fame-caliber players who combined to win four WNBA titles for the Lynx, Fowles produced her...Read more

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Lynx superstar Sylvia Fowles writing the final chapter to her story of basketball greatness

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MINNEAPOLIS — Sylvia Fowles' tears usually come at night.

That's when she's alone, the work of the day done, when she has time to think about the final days of her wonderful career.

Lately it's been especially intense. Fowles, the greatest classic, back-to-the-basket center the WNBA has seen, has always approached her job with a singular ...Read more

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Kentucky runs another overmatched opponent off the basketball court in the Bahamas

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The Kentucky Wildcats’ opener in the Bahamas on Wednesday night was expected to be the toughest test of the week.

That was a good night for the Cats, but a bad one for the hope of competitive basketball on this trip. Halfway through this four-game Bahamas visit, UK is still looking for a test.

Kentucky defeated undersized Tec de Monterrey, ...Read more

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Michigan State's Tom Izzo signs new deal worth $6.2M per year

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — While Tom Izzo has been busy on the recruiting trail, he was also working on a new contract with Michigan State.

The university announced on Thursday it had agreed to a new five-year rollover contract that will pay the Hall of Fame coach $6.2 million annually, making him the second-highest paid coach in college ...Read more