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Raptors have discussed playing in Newark's Prudential Center as a temporary home: source

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NEW YORK — If the Toronto Raptors are forced to relocate next season because of COVID-19 restrictions, the smartest answer could become reality: a move to Newark, N.J.

The Raptors have spoken to the operators of the Prudential Center about using their 19,500-seat arena, according to a source. It's one of a few options for Masai Ujiri's squad,...Read more

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NBA and players' union extend deadline to opt out of CBA until Nov. 6

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The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, the union that represents the league's players, agreed to extend the deadline for either side to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement until Nov. 6. The deadline previously had been Friday, which already was an extension.

The two sides are negotiating many issues, ...Read more

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Kansas coach Bill Self speaks on scrimmage, schedule, Big 12 poll, Raptors, De Sousa

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas, which can't schedule any exhibition basketball games or scrimmages against college teams before the first regular-season game on Nov. 25 because of NCAA rules regarding COVID-19, held its second intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason on Thursday.

"There were obviously some bad things that occurred, certainly no ...Read more

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Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe announce engagement on social media

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SEATTLE — Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe is tying the knot.

On Friday afternoon, Bird posted a picture on her Instagram account of Rapinoe kneeling on what looks to be a dock and placing a ring on the finger of Bird, who is standing in water.

Within the first 30 minutes, the post received over 12,000 likes and 723 ...Read more

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NBA players prefer mid-January, but Christmas cash could determine rapid restart for Heat

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Are the Miami Heat ready to jump back into the fray mere weeks after falling in the NBA Finals? Not quite.

But, center Meyers Leonard said, the players also understand why it might be necessary, with the league to open its regular season as soon as Dec. 22.

"I'm going to do what I'm asked. I'm blessed to do what I do," Leonard said before ...Read more

Five-star recruit Caleb Houstan should make immediate impact for Michigan next season

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Juwan Howard has been searching for his first five-star recruit for quite some time.

When he took Michigan's head coaching job, he handed out offers to many of the country's top recruits. Several took an interest in the Wolverines. Some even visited. Ultimately, though, none landed at Michigan, and Howard's first recruiting cycle ended with a ...Read more

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Bulls have No. 4 pick in NBA draft. Here's their mixed history at that spot, from Tom Boerwinkle to Eddy Curry.

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls hold the No. 4 pick in this year's NBA draft, a spot that has been both advantageous and underwhelming in their history.

This year's draft class does not have a clear No. 1 pick, but has three players — James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards — who are considered the best of the bunch.

The Bulls have ...Read more

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Heat's Meyers Leonard cites playing time and 'an important role' as keys to free-agency decision

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Meyers Leonard loaded up the RV Friday, wife Elle and Siberian husky Koko alongside, unsure of whether Miami was in his rearview mirror for a matter of weeks or as a permanent change of address.

About to hit free agency, the 28-year-old center said he is unsure whether his Miami Heat career will be limited to 2019-20's run to the NBA Finals or ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: Stephen Silas could just be the Rockets' newest scapegoat

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Stephen Silas, a well-respected assistant with the Mavericks, has agreed to replace Mike D'Antoni as the next head coach of the Rockets. In his first stint as a head coach, he will attempt to do the impossible: lead a Rockets team with championship aspirations to a Finals appearance they likely won't ever realize.

The Silas hiring looks good on...Read more

Charges: Timberwolves' Malik Beasley threatened a family with gun outside his home, pot stash found inside

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MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley angrily aimed a rifle at a couple and their teenage child in an SUV outside his Plymouth, Minn., home, where a large stash of marijuana was seized by police, according to charges filed Thursday against him and his wife.

The 23-year-old Beasley was charged in Hennepin County District Court with ...Read more

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Sixers to hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations

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Continuing a season of major offseason moves, the 76ers will hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations, The Inquirer has confirmed.

According to sources, Morey met with the Sixers on Monday and Tuesday. He's expected to return to Philadelphia by the end of the week after finalizing a five-year deal.

In his new role, he would be ...Read more

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'It was something I couldn't refuse.' Olivier Sarr discusses path to Kentucky, looks ahead.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — As did many in the Big Blue Nation, Olivier Sarr felt the will-he-or-won't-he anxiety hanging over his playing for Kentucky this coming season. Would the NCAA grant Kentucky's request for a waiving of the requirement for transfers to sit out a season? Would the Southeastern Conference do likewise?

Meanwhile, days passed. Then...Read more

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Coach K: National protocols needed in pandemic-altered season

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DURHAM, N.C. — As of Wednesday morning, when he spoke with reporters during a preseason news conference, Mike Krzyzewski is preparing his Duke team for a 27-game schedule.

He admits — heck, expects — though, it all could change.

"Right now we have pretty much what we think is a 27-game schedule," Krzyzewski said. "But we'll just wait ...Read more

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David Murphy: In Daryl Morey, the Sixers place their future in the hands of an executive who can see it

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PHILADELPHIA — Building a basketball team is not a job for any of the archetypes commonly associated with the role. It is not a job for the Politician. It is not a job for the Numbers Guy. It is not a job for the Guy Who Has Played the Game. It is a job for a person whose internal hard drive contains interlinked packets of all of these things....Read more

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With draft three weeks out, Timberwolves are 'ready to pick'

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MINNEAPOLIS — By the time the NBA draft takes place Nov. 18, the Timberwolves will have had nearly five extra months to prepare than they otherwise would have during non-pandemic times.

That five extra months hasn't gone to waste, nor will the remaining time between now and the draft, but if it took place tomorrow, the Wolves would be ready ...Read more

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Ex-Kansas player Silvio De Sousa faces felony charge for alleged battery 10 months before he left team

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Silvio De Sousa is facing a felony charge for an alleged battery that occurred nearly a year before he announced he was leaving the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Douglas County (Kan.) District Court records show De Sousa has been issued a criminal summons and has a Dec. 17 first appearance scheduled. No attorney for De ...Read more

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Shaquille O'Neal's mom was 'disappointed' that he never voted before

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Shaquille O'Neal has experienced what people hope to never hear from their parents.

The NBA legend, who earlier this month revealed he never voted in an election before, said his mother was "disappointed" to hear he had gone so long without voting.

"I don't have any excuses, but I didn't have time," the 48-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers ...Read more

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Charlotte Hornets have eyes set on James Wiseman in draft, two NBA sources say

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The Hornets are highly interested in selecting former Memphis center James Wiseman in the Nov. 18 draft, two NBA sources with knowledge of the situation told The Observer.

Those sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to represent their teams publicly. Both sources work for teams with top-10 draft picks.

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Maryland men's basketball transfer Jairus Hamilton immediately eligible after receiving waiver from NCAA

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The NCAA has approved Maryland men's basketball transfer Jairus Hamilton's waiver request, the team announced Tuesday.

Hamilton will be immediately eligible to play in the 2020-21 season.

"I am so appreciative of the NCAA and Maryland for their efforts in granting me this opportunity," Hamilton said in a news release. "I am proud to be a ...Read more

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Shaquille O'Neal's mom was 'disappointed' that he never voted before

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Shaquille O'Neal has experienced what people hope to never hear from their parents.

The NBA legend, who earlier this month revealed he never voted in an election before, said his mother was "disappointed" to hear he had gone so long without voting.

"I don't have any excuses, but I didn't have time," the 48-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers ...Read more