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Jalen Brunson contract extension: Knicks All-Star could leave $114 million on the table

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Jalen Brunson has the decision of a lifetime on his hands.

If Brunson foregoes a contract extension with the Knicks this summer, he could be in line for a significant raise should he wait another season before inking a new deal.

A massive pay raise worth the risk, however, is not a foregone conclusion.

Here’s what you need to know about ...Read more

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Mike Lupica: Bill Walton was as brave as his game was beautiful

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There is so much to talk about today now that the great Bill Walton has died at the age of 71, died and left behind a world that won’t be nearly as smart without him, or curious, one that could never be as much fun without Bill Walton in it.

He was the basketball hippie who played for John Wooden, he was tent follower for the Grateful Dead, ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Bill Walton's kindness and wonderful wackiness made us the grateful ones

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Fittingly, my favorite Bill Walton encounter involved only his voice.

It was in October 2000, the day before John Wooden's 90th birthday. I was visiting with Coach in his modest Encino condo when the phone rang and the answering machine picked up.

Suddenly the room was filled with a familiar deep and gravelly singing from across the globe.

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D.J. Wagner was a celebrated arrival for Kentucky basketball. Now, he's found a new school

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D.J. Wagner, the most celebrated prospect from UK basketball’s top-ranked 2023 recruiting class, has found a new college basketball home.

On Sunday night, it was reported that Wagner — a 6-foot-4 guard from New Jersey — would be transferring to Arkansas after spending one season at Kentucky playing for former UK coach John Calipari.

In...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Karl-Anthony Towns falters again, potentially posing hard questions for Timberwolves

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DALLAS – Karl-Anthony Towns' greatest contribution to the Western Conference finals was not supposed to come from his right knee.

In the second quarter of Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, Towns went for a rebound and inadvertently kicked Mavericks standout rookie Dereck Lively II in the side of the head after Lively fell ...Read more

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Anthony Edwards tries to keep upbeat as Timberwolves fall into precarious situation

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DALLAS – Even at the lowest point of the Timberwolves season, Anthony Edwards was remaining upbeat.

A season ago, when the Wolves fell behind the Denver Nuggets 3-0 in a playoff series, Edwards sat at his locker, head in his hands and didn't say a word. He left without speaking to the media.

Now, a year later, his team faces another 3-0 ...Read more

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Bill Walton, two-time NBA champion and Hall of Fame center, dead at 71 after cancer battle

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Bill Walton, the game-changing Hall of Fame center whose larger-than-life charisma later endeared him to audiences as a basketball broadcaster, died Monday after a long battle with cancer, the NBA announced.

He was 71.

Walton won two NCAA championships under John Wooden at UCLA and two more titles in the NBA, first with the Portland Trail ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Bill Walton was San Diego's champion, cheerleader -- and soul

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If you felt wetness on your shoulder or saw it on a windshield Monday, those were the tears of San Diego mourning the unimaginable and unshakable loss of a man who defied convention or explanation.

Bill Walton was a basketball player by the narrowest definition only, despite being one of the best to ever lace up sneakers.

Walton, who died ...Read more

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Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox and wife Receee expecting their second child

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Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox took to social media Friday to announce he has another baby on the way.

Fox and his wife, Recee, are expecting their second child after welcoming baby Reign into the world in February 2023.

Fox posted a photo to Instagram of himself and Recee, each with one hand on her stomach, with a caption that read: “...Read more

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Chicago Sky fans temper newfound attention with heightened expectations ahead of 2024 home debut: 'It's transformative'

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For longtime Chicago Sky fans, it feels as if women’s basketball finally arrived at its breakthrough moment.

That feeling built up long before the Sky’s home opener Saturday against the Connecticut Sun. Across the WNBA, business is booming — 10 sold-out games during opening week, a 14% increase in attendance across the league, an 181% ...Read more

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Knicks could trade pair of 2024 NBA Draft picks to signal star-hunting summer

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NEW YORK — One way or another, the New York Knicks are going to have to do something with their draft picks.

The Knicks have a pair of first-round picks in the upcoming 2024 NBA Draft: their own at pick No. 25, and pick No. 24, acquired as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

What the front office does with those ...Read more

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Nikola Jovic left Heat impressed after productive season: 'I often have to remind myself that Niko is 20'

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MIAMI — For perspective on how productive this season was for Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic, remember that he was logging more minutes in the G League than in the NBA in November and December.

By the end of Jovic’s second NBA season, the 20-year-old started more regular-season games for the Heat than any other player his age or younger in...Read more

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'A safe space': NBA great Dwyane Wade back in Miami to launch website for trans youth

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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade was back in familiar territory Thursday afternoon.

The retired Miami Heat legend, whose No. 3 jersey hangs in the rafters at the Kaseya Center, was back in town for a good cause that had nothing to do with basketball.

Wade was on stage at the Edition hotel at the Elevate Prize Foundation’s second annual Make Good Famous...Read more

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Is Caitlin Clark behind WNBA's new popularity? Angel Reese says it's more than 'just one person'

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Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese had a statement game Thursday against the New York Liberty, contributing 13 points and nine rebounds to her team's 90-81 win and going viral during the game for picking the pocket of reigning WNBA MVP Brenna Stewart

After the game, Reese took to X (formerly Twitter) to make a different kind of statement.

"And ...Read more

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Pacers could be without star Tyrese Haliburton as series vs. Celtics shifts to Indiana

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The Indiana Pacers suffered a potentially devastating blow to their championship hopes on Thursday night, as star guard Tyrese Haliburton left with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter because of a sore left hamstring and did not return.

The Boston Celtics went on to win 126-110 in Game 2 and took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The...Read more

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As Caitlin Clark makes her L.A. debut, Sparks plan to win over the WNBA's newest fans

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LOS ANGELES — More than 16,000 fans buzzed in Edmonton’s Rogers Place. Christine Monjer scanned the crowd before the Sparks’ preseason game against the Seattle Storm and saw couples on a date night, families with their kids, people who looked like former basketball players and others who appeared to have never played the game. All were ...Read more

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Mark Story: Two teams ruined John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky. They were not Saint Peter's and Oakland.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — In at least two substantial ways, Kentucky has been fortunate in its men’s basketball coaching transition from John Calipari to Mark Pope.

First, the fact that Calipari found an exit route to Arkansas, means that UK men’s hoops has been able to get “the new voice” the program needed without having to pay the almost $...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Caitlin Clark hasn't arrived yet, but WNBA stardom isn't far off

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SEATTLE — It's in there, poking its head out, preparing to announce itself to the world.

Caitlin Clark the player made her WNBA debut days ago, but Caitlin Clark the force? The otherworldly presence that put a 10-million watt spotlight on college women's basketball? That's coming soon to an area near you.

This is not a TBD situation. It's a ...Read more

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Aces' 1st matchup with Caitlin Clark is one of WNBA's hottest tickets

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LAS VEGAS — The Aces’ first meeting with rookie phenom Caitlin Clark is one of the most in-demand games on the WNBA schedule.

Saturday’s game between the two-time defending champions and the Indiana Fever at Michelob Ultra Arena has an average ticket-selling price of $139 on online ticket broker StubHub. That makes it the second-most in-...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Flat KAT, tired Ant need jolt for Wolves to win series

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MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards put his head down and finally attacked the basket with purpose. Multiple defenders converged as he reached the paint, causing Edwards to whip a pass back to Karl-Anthony Towns outside the 3-point line.

The ball sailed out of Towns' reach, a turnover that summed up Wednesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference ...Read more