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David Murphy: Call him Dr. P: Paul George has a prescription for a healthy Joel Embiid

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PHILADELPHIA — Paul George isn’t a doctor. Doesn’t play one on a podcast, either. But the 34-year-old superstar offered an interesting medical opinion during his introductory news conference on Tuesday afternoon. Asked whether there were any key precautions the Philadelphia Sixers could take to ensure that Joel Embiid and his aging ...Read more

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Wells Fargo Center will need a new name after banking giant decides against renewing rights deal in 2025

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PHILADELPHIA — Wells Fargo has decided against renewing its naming rights deal for the South Philadelphia arena that is currently the home of the Sixers and Flyers, the banking giant announced Wednesday.

"Wells Fargo regularly reviews and adjusts our overall sponsorship strategy. As such, we have made the business decision not to renew the ...Read more

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Nikola Jokic's brother arrested on suspicion of assault in viral Ball Arena brawl

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DENVER — Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic’s brother was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in connection with a fight at Ball Arena during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in April.

Strahinja Jokic, 41, is charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and appeared in Denver County Court on Tuesday, according to court ...Read more

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NBA rejects Warner Bros. Discovery offer, completing media rights deal with Amazon

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LOS ANGELES — The NBA completed an 11-year, $76 billion media rights pact that will change the lineup of partners after next season, ending its decades-long relationship with cable network TNT and entering a new partnership with Amazon.

The league issued a statement Wednesday saying TNT parent Warner Bros. Discovery did not match the terms ...Read more

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Knicks reward Tom Thibodeau with 3-year contract extension

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NEW YORK — Tom Thibodeau helped pry open the New York Knicks’ championship window.

The franchise rewarded his efforts with the opportunity to see the job through.

The Knicks and Thibodeau, who had one year left on his deal, agreed to a three-year extension on Wednesday that will keep the culture-driving workhorse coach in New York through ...Read more

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Paul George's introductory press conference serves up another signal the Sixers are 'all in'

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Josh Harris described the thunderstorm that delayed Philadelphia 76ers brass’ arrival to their free-agency pitch to Paul George. And the video they compiled to capture Philly fans’ fervor. And that he got to bring the legendary Julius Erving along for the recruitment.

Tuesday afternoon was the result, when the Sixers formally introduced ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors look poised to make the two-timelines mistake again

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Are the Warriors serious?

Does this team want to be in the mix to win the Western Conference this upcoming season?

Because, again, there’s only one way for that to happen — the team needs to trade for Utah forward Lauri Markkanen.

And, by all accounts, that trade is available for them to make.

If only they’d make it.

As of this ...Read more

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TNT tries to keep NBA, while NBC gets back in the game. What to know on new NBA TV deals.

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Warner Brothers Discovery, the parent company of TNT, matched Amazon Prime Video’s bid for a share of the NBA’s new television package on Monday, according to an industry source. But whether TNT gets to keep the NBA beyond next season — despite matching Amazon’s offer — remains very much in question.

WBD matched Amazon’s $1.8 ...Read more

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Source: Jeff Dowtin signs two-way contract to remain with the Sixers

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PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Dowtin is returning to the Philadelphia 76ers after agreeing to two-way contract, a source confirmed to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 27-year-old point guard initially joined the Sixers on a two-way deal in March, before it was converted to a standard contract on April 4. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 assists in 12 ...Read more

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Jared McCain has taken his lumps in the summer league, but will 'maintain confidence no matter what'

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LAS VEGAS — Jared McCain is experiencing something new at NBA Summer League: playing on a professional level with a target on his back.

That's perhaps the best way to describe his play through six games on the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team. The No. 16 pick in the draft is adjusting to NBA speed and athleticism. And as one of the ...Read more

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Aces quartet can't prevent loss for Team USA in WNBA All-Star Game

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PHOENIX — From the volume of the crowd as lineups were announced Saturday, it would have been easy to forget that A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum weren’t being introduced for an Aces game.

The team’s four Olympians appeared in the 20th edition of the WNBA All-Star Game at Footprint Center in Phoenix. Team USA ...Read more

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It's not the Bronny-LeBron setup, but Caron Butler's son JC pursues Heat hopes the hard way

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LAS VEGAS — This is the other side of NBA nepotism. This is when the door is barely slightly ajar, instead of swung wide open.

So, no, JC Butler is not enjoying the NBA experience of Bronny James this summer. This is the story of being the son of Caron Butler instead of the son of LeBron James.

And in this case, both father, the former Heat ...Read more

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All-Star Angel Reese embraces hefty expectations as a rookie for the Sky: 'I just let my game speak for itself'

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CHICAGO — Rookies are not known for being consistent.

It’s not a fair expectation. A debut season is built for growing pains, for breathless highs and brutal lows. Yet in the first 24 games of her WNBA career, Angel Reese is building her name and her fame on consistency.

Reese hasn’t finished a game with fewer than 10 rebounds since May ...Read more

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NBA sends financial breakdown to Board of Governors after scathing James Dolan letter: source

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NEW YORK — Knicks owner James Dolan’s letter to the NBA’s Board of Governors spurred more transparency from the league to its owners regarding the money kept from the new media rights deal, the New York Daily News has learned.

Dolan criticized the 11-year, $76 billion deal in a memo on Monday, which ESPN was first to report.

Among the ...Read more

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Nets acquire former top-10 pick Ziaire Williams in trade with Grizzlies

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NEW YORK — The Nets added a recent lottery pick to their new-look roster Friday, acquiring small forward Ziaire Williams in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brooklyn is sending forward Mamadi Diakite and the draft rights to Serbian forward Nemanja Dangubic to Memphis in the deal, the Nets announced.

The Nets will also acquire a 2030 ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Jeff Capel extension a no-brainer for Pitt basketball

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PITTSBURGH — The job Jeff Capel was hired to do felt impossible at the time: resurrecting Pitt men's basketball from the dead and restoring relevance to a program that had fallen on some seriously hard times, the nadir an 0-18 mark in ACC play in 2017-18.

What Capel has done over the past six seasons obviously hasn't been perfect, but it ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Joe Bryant's death, like Kobe's, brought heartbreak to their friend and confidant Sonny Vaccaro

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PHILADELPHIA — Around 12:30 a.m. Monday inside Sonny Vaccaro’s home in Southern California, the phone rang — the kind of call at the kind of time that means nothing but awful news. His wife, Pam, answered. On the line was Pam Bryant. She was crying. Seconds later, still in bed, Sonny was, too.

“It’s absolutely horrible,” Vaccaro ...Read more

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Together again after nearly 10 years, Harrison twins are eager for Kentucky basketball return

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The practice floor at the Joe Craft Center made for a nostalgic scene Monday afternoon.

On one side of the court: Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton, two of the original five-star freshmen of the John Calipari era. Surrounded by reporters near midcourt: Willie Cauley-Stein, one of the most beloved Wildcats of the past decade and a...Read more

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Dalton Knecht, Bronny James give Lakers coach JJ Redick a preview of things to come

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LAS VEGAS — JJ Redick and a chunk of his new coaching staff sat baseline Thursday in Las Vegas, the Lakers’ key young pieces all flashing elements of why the Lakers valued them.

The result — another Lakers Summer League win and some critic silencing — was momentary. Maybe in the 93-89 win, there was something more.

From the jump, ...Read more

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Every WNBA team now has a UConn alum on its roster after Moriah Jefferson trade

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The UConn women’s basketball program may not have won a national championship since 2016, and competition in the sport may be getting better around the country, but that doesn’t mean the Huskies aren’t still the class of the women’s game.

After the Connecticut Sun sent former UConn guard Moriah Jefferson to the ...Read more