Donald Trump 'withdraws' White House invitation to Warriors

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After hearing Warriors guard Stephen Curry reiterate his stance that he would not want to visit the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that he does not want the Warriors to visit anyway.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen ...Read more

Despite Curry's objections, Warriors stress team will decide on potential White House visit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The decision seemed fairly obvious in Stephen Curry's mind, as the Warriors' star player has remained vocally critical over President Donald Trump regarding his policies and his rhetoric.

Hence, Curry hardly minced words on whether the Warriors would make a White House visit this year, a custom for all professional sports ...Read more

Immanuel Quickley is Kentucky's first basketball commitment for the class of 2018

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A commitment seemingly months in the making is finally a reality: five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Quickley -- a 6-foot-3 prospect from Bel Air, Md. -- announced his commitment to UK on Friday night, becoming the Cats' first pledge for the recruiting class of 2018.

It was hardly a surprise.

Quickley, who ...Read more

Heat's Goran Dragic says he will be ready for training camp

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MIAMI -- Goran Dragic said Friday from Slovenia that he does not anticipate any fatigue concerns when the Miami Heat open training camp Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University.

Dragic and the Slovenian national team won the EuroBasket championship last Sunday, with Dragic to arrive Sunday in South Florida.

"If you ask me, I can start practicing...Read more

Bulls open to buying out Dwyane Wade … at their price

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One of the most consistently asked questions of the Bulls offseason has been: How long will Dwyane Wade be on the team?

The simple answer is: That's up to Wade.

Remember: Wade chose to pick up his $23.8 million player option on June 20, a week before his June 27 deadline. Two days later, the Bulls began a full rebuild, trading Wade's running ...Read more

Duke removes longtime 'crow's nest' seating section at Cameron due to safety concerns

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke basketball officials last week said the university has removed its "crow's nest" seating at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to safety concerns.

The crow's nest, a tight structure "very similar to a catwalk" that hung from the ceiling and was tucked into the rafters at center court above fans at Duke's men's basketball home arena...Read more

Joel Embiid still not cleared to go full-bore, 76ers say

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Joel Embiid had surgery to repair the meniscus tear in his left knee on March 24. At the time, the 76ers said it was a minor procedure.

However, he has yet to be cleared for five-on-five scrimmages with training camp starting on Tuesday.

"To be able to specifically tell you what I'm about to get out of him next week, I'm not able to do that ...Read more

UCLA and USC finalize schedules for basketball

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The UCLA and USC basketball teams Tuesday released game dates and times for the upcoming season, and each will have every game televised on an ESPN channel, FS1, Pac-12 Networks or CBS.

The Pac-12 Conference schedule has promoted the local rivalry, which has gained new relevance as USC joined UCLA as a contender the last two seasons, to prime ...Read more

Heat pick up Justise Winslow 2018-19 option, with youth again served

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The Miami Heat finished off the last of their remaining offseason clerical work Tuesday by picking up the 2018-19 team option on the rookie-scale contract of forward Justise Winslow.

The Heat had until their Oct. 18 regular-season opener against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center to make the decision. Winslow will earn $3.5 million in 2018-...Read more

Durant calls tweet about Thunder coach Billy Donovan, roster 'childish' and 'idiotic'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For a man eager to make further inroads into the tech industry, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant experienced a painful lesson on navigating social media.

After a fan pressed him why he left the Thunder for Golden State last summer, Durant responded on his official Twitter account with a critique of both the Thunder's ...Read more

Bulls hire Doug Collins as senior adviser

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CHICAGO -- Nine years after he tried to hire him for a second stint as Bulls coach, John Paxson got his man.

In an out-of-the-blue announcement, the Bulls hired Doug Collins as senior adviser of basketball operations Tuesday morning. The former Bulls coach will report directly to Paxson.

"Doug will be great in this capacity for our ...Read more

Magic Johnson to testify as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State University football player's lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, according to court documents.

Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a...Read more

Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Andrew Bogut, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly. Bogut is very familiar with Lakers coach Luke Walton's system, having played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016.

Walton was an assistant coach for the Warriors...Read more

Did Durant get caught using wrong Twitter account to defend himself

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Kevin Durant displays his down-earth-nature in a variety of ways, including defending himself to trolls -- whether from his own official Twitter or from another, false account.

The Warriors star seemingly dissed the Thunder on social media, as shown in screenshots captured by Twitter users Sunday, despite an apparent attempt at doing so ...Read more

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles wins MVP hardware after dominant WNBA season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- She has been beaten and bloodied. Literally. Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has had her nose broken once, had it bloodied a handful more times. She has been elbowed, pushed and shoved in the post, attracting crowds like a carnival barker.

But she hasn't been stopped.

"We've seen tears, we've seen blood, we've seen everything," ...Read more

Heat team with Warriors for Irma pet airlift; Arisons part of $10 million relief effort

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat stepped forward on several fronts Thursday in the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma.

The foundation of Heat owner Micky Arison, the chairman of Carnival Corporation, and his wife, Madeleine, announced an immediate $2.5 million donation to Direct Relief, UNICEF and United Way of Miami-Dade County, to ...Read more

Heat, Josh Richardson agree on four-year, $42 million extension

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The Miami Heat have made their commitment to Josh Richardson clear, with an agreement on a four-year, $42 million extension for the guard that will kick in starting in 2018-19.

Richardson, a 2015 second-round pick who has become a staple of the Heat's backcourt in the transition from the franchise's Big Three era, became eligible for the ...Read more

How Warriors' sponsorship deal with Rakuten indirectly helps with building a roster

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The two close teammates stared at each other's jerseys in awe. Moments later, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala stood up and showed off their customary white and blue uniform for everyone else to admire.

The familiar image featured a new twist: after agreeing to a three-year, $60 million deal with Rakuten, the Warriors will wear a 2.5 by 2.5 ...Read more

Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

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Two seasons removed from his celebrated retirement, the Lakers are planning to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey this fall.

The Lakers have confirmed they will retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker. He wore No. 8 when his career began, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season. He wore No. 24 for the remaining 10 years of...Read more

Rollie Massimino remembered as more than a coach by Villanova community

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They came, from all over, to celebrate the life of a man who defined Villanova basketball for two decades. And in many ways was the face of the university.

But it turned into something much more personal than that.

As Tommy Massimino, the opening speaker at Tuesday's funeral mass, put it: "My father (Rollie) was known mostly as a great ...Read more

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