Is Louisville about to land Kentucky's best hope for a five-star point guard recruit?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- There's still plenty of time in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle, but Kentucky's prospects of landing a top point guard for next season are already getting interesting.

The first player at that position to earn a UK scholarship offer was Jeremy Roach, who committed to Duke several months ago.

By the time of Roach's ...Read more

Report: Warriors 'a big threat' to sign Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Kevin Durant may have left town, but the Warriors might not be done "ruining the NBA," according to an ESPN report.

Should Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo become a free agent in 2021, the Warriors are "a big threat" to sign the NBA's most recent MVP and create another super team, Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on "The Jump."

Milwaukee has said...Read more

John Calipari sees options for Kentucky at point guard. 'We'll try all kinds of stuff.'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- While wishing aloud for another big man this coming season, Kentucky Coach John Calipari also spoke this month of his team being well stocked at another position. That position is point guard where not one, but two players have seemingly gained his confidence.

"Defense starts on the ball," Calipari said. "If you cannot guard ...Read more

Heat's Bam Adebayo to take on competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in cheeseburger-eating contest

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MIAMI -- If Bam Adebayo hasn't beefed up enough this offseason, the Miami Heat center will get another opportunity Wednesday.

Adebayo will be among the celebrities competing against competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in a cheeseburger-eating contest in Pinecrest, just outside of Miami.

Wednesday's event, which begins at 11 a.m. and is being ...Read more

Is UK basketball team short on big men? 'I wish we had more,' Calipari says.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With one attention-getting caveat, Kentucky Coach John Calipari spoke optimistically about the 2019-20 season.

"We got good guards," he told a group of reporters at a preseason round table. "We got good big men."

Then came the caveat. "I wish we had more big men," Calipari said, "because you never know how things go."

Foul ...Read more

Why did Michael Jordan choose now to sell a chunk of the Charlotte Hornets?

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Michael Jordan isn't hurting for cash flow. His estimated net worth is $1.9 billion.

Then why choose now to sell a piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two hedge-fund executives from New York? As first reported by the Observer, Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of his equity in the Hornets to Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim. It hasn't been ...Read more

Justise Winslow makes Heat goal clear, 'I want to play point guard'

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MIAMI -- This wasn't Justise Winslow throwing down the gauntlet, issuing challenges to either Erik Spoelstra or Goran Dragic, making demands of the Miami Heat brain trust. This was Justise Winslow being true to himself.

"I'm looking forward to playing point guard this season," Winslow said Sunday on a sun-splashed deck of the Carnival Horizon, ...Read more

Michael Jordan selling large chunk of Hornets, won't give up majority control

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two New York-based investors, a sale expected to close in the next few weeks that was first reported by the Observer.

A source familiar with the deal said it does not involve the former NBA Most Valuable Player giving up majority ownership of the NBA ...Read more

Terrence Clarke commits to Kentucky, giving John Calipari his highest-ranked recruit in years

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The fall recruiting period is still less than a week old, and the early signing period for high school basketball prospects is still two months away, but John Calipari isn't wasting any time.

On Saturday afternoon, the Kentucky coach landed the biggest addition yet for what is shaping up to be his next No. 1-ranked recruiting ...Read more

Charles Barkley picks 76ers to win the NBA championship

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PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Barkley wasn't playing to the crowd when talking about how much he believes in the current 76ers. On the day that he became the eighth former Sixer to have a sculpture unveiled in his honor at the team's practice facility, Barkley let it be known that he has the highest expectations for this coming season.

"I already ...Read more

Juwan Howard connects with Matt Nagy in visit to Halas Hall: 'They were out of the box'

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CHICAGO -- A wide-eyed visitor wandered through the Bears locker room Friday, checking out the new facilities and getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his favorite NFL team.

Chicago native, lifelong Bears fan and current University of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard was thrilled to be a guest at Halas Hall, taking advantage of an ...Read more

Warriors' Draymond Green on the 2020 Olympics: Count me in

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Draymond Green to the rescue.

The Warriors' high energy dynamo is well aware that the U.S. men's basketball team is currently going down for the count at the FIBA World Cup. Coming off back-to-back losses to France and Serbia, the U.S. team is down to its last game -- Saturday against Poland in the seventh-place tilt.

Thursday, during an ...Read more

Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors' three NBA title teams, retires

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Shaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that "I wasn't supposed to be here."

A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on ...Read more

Hornets brass talks losing Kemba Walker, why team won't rebuild with free agents

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak won't let "rebuild" slip from his lips.

"Transition" is the word he prefers to describe his team's life without Kemba Walker.

But rebuild, the Hornets must. And rebuild, they will.

"If there is a master plan, it is to transition from a team built around a superstar to a team ...Read more

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox gets backlash for Team USA's World Cup collapse

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox somehow attracted a little bit of the backlash after Team USA suffered consecutive losses to France and Serbia at the FIBA World Cup. One respected sports commentator went so far as to suggest USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo would never allow Fox to represent the United States...Read more

Breakout basketball recruit Lance Ware picks Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Over the course of the summer basketball travel schedule, there were few high school players that garnered more buzz than New Jersey power forward Lance Ware.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect didn't exactly explode onto the recruiting scene. He had been a well-known player for years, hovering in the 40s and 50s of the class of...Read more

Detroit Pistons and Joe Johnson agree on deal

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DETROIT -- Joe Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, the Free Press confirmed Thursday.

The team had room to add a player because forward Michael Beasley never signed a contract with the Pistons, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Free Press reported in August that Beasley and the Pistons were "...Read more

Heat pick up $5.1 million option on Bam Adebayo for 2020-21

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat announced Wednesday they have exercised their fourth-year team option on center Bam Adebayo.

The move locks Adebayo into a $5.1 million salary for 2020-21, after he will earn $3.5 million this coming season on the final year of his rookie-scale contract.

The commitment for 2020-21 reduces the significant amount of ...Read more

'It's about time': Storm players excited about NBA 2K video game franchise including WNBA mode

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SEATTLE -- With 144 players in the WNBA, the selection of players to choose from is almost overwhelming.

But for Storm All-Star forward Natasha Howard, the choice is simple: She just wants to play as herself.

"It's going to be fun and to actually look like ourselves too, like our hair and our tattoos, especially me looking at myself too," she ...Read more

American Airlines not renewing naming rights to Heat arena

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MIAMI -- The name game has caught up to the Miami Heat.

After spending the last 20 years playing along Biscayne Bay at a facility that has only carried the name of AmericanAirlines Arena, the team's home will have a new title sponsor at midseason.

With American Airlines confirming that it will not renew its naming rights, the Heat will have ...Read more