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LOS ANGELES -- On Monday, at his first Los Angeles Lakers media day, California native Brook Lopez struggled to restrain himself.

"I'm doing my best not to geek out but I'm doing that internally right now," Lopez said. "But I'm trying to be as cool as Brook Lopez can be, which isn't very cool."

Perhaps that excitement caused him to say this a ...Read more

Doc Rivers: 'If Donald Trump did his job, players would not be kneeling'

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers offered their support to all those who participated in the NFL's protests Sunday following President Donald Trump's comments denouncing players for taking a knee during the national anthem.

The general tone at Clippers media day at their practice facility in Playa Vista Monday was that freedom of ...Read more

Magic Johnson: President Trump should address problems athletes are protesting, not the protests

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson felt two very distinct emotions when watching President Donald Trump battle NFL teams and the Golden State Warriors this weekend.

He felt disappointed and proud.

He was disappointed that the president was focusing on athletes engaging in protests, rather than ...Read more

Although shocked by Irving's departure, James 'at ease' with former protege's motives

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James said he expected at some point he would be handing Kyrie Irving the keys to the Cavaliers' castle.

But after Irving requested a trade this summer and was sent to the Boston Celtics, James said he won't be giving Irving any advice.

"We're trying to win a championship here," James said Monday as the Cavs held ...Read more

Cavs' LeBron James reiterates he intends to stay in Cleveland

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- At the celebration of his return to Cleveland in August 2014, LeBron James said he planned on ending his career with the Cavaliers.

"I don't plan on going anywhere," James said that day in InfoCision Stadium. "I don't have the energy to do it again."

James reiterated that Monday at media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. As...Read more

Cavs' Isaiah Thomas believes max deal still feasible

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas is so encouraged by how the rehabilitation on his right hip is going that he believes he's still on track to earn a max contract after this season.

"My mindset is to get healthy and get 100 percent, and then when it comes to basketball, I know what I can bring. I don't think there's any more ...Read more

Sparks' Chelsea Gray emerges as unlikely hero in WNBA Finals rivalry

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Chelsea Gray watched her highlight when family members texted it to her, and again when it popped up on her Twitter feed. But the point guard hardly indulged in her game-winning moment.

On Monday, a day after knocking down a jump shot with two seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Sparks to an 85-84 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1...Read more

Would loaded Heat backcourt welcome Dwyane Wade back? Haslem: 'We want him here'

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Udonis Haslem doesn't need to sell anyone on how he feels about Dwyane Wade.

They spent their first 13 years in the league together, won three championships together, talk to each other every day and go on vacation together.

So now that Wade, 35, is in the process of having his contract bought out by the Chicago Bulls, Haslem, 37, has no ...Read more

Chelsea Gray's jumper helps Sparks avoid collapse in Game 1 win over Lynx

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray busted out a dance move near center court, as teammates circled around, singing and chanting.

They had plenty to celebrate.

Moments earlier, Gray made an off-balance jump shot with two seconds on the clock to avoid a monumental collapse by the Sparks, who defeated the Minnesota Lynx 85...Read more

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls agree to two-year contract day before training camp

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Negotiations took longer than both sides anticipated. But Nikola Mirotic will report to Monday's media day activities that start Bulls training camp in the manner everyone predicted.

The restricted free agent agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal Sunday that contains a team option in the second season, two sources familiar with the deal ...Read more

Dwyane Wade buyout from Bulls opens door for Heat

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MIAMI -- A subject that Miami Heat President Pat Riley danced around just days ago now has been opened for a possible embrace.

Two days prior to the opening of training camp, the Chicago Bulls, according to multiple outlets, agreed Sunday to a buyout with Dwyane Wade that will make the former Heat guard a free agent once he clears the NBA's 48-...Read more

Bulls, Dwyane Wade agree to contract buyout

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The Bulls and Dwyane Wade have agreed upon a buyout, sources familiar with the talks said Sunday night.

Wade picked up his $23.8 million player option on June 20, two days before the Bulls began a full rebuild with the trade of Jimmy Butler.

Wade, who turns 36 this season, has said he'd rather play for a championship contender at this stage of...Read more

Warriors make little of Carmelo Anthony's arrival to Thunder

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The training camp practice finally did not center on the Warriors discussing White House visits or the President. Golden State focused on much more basic things on Sunday, such as passing, shooting and defensive drills.

Those basic basketball skills served as an interesting foil to the larger issues around them. As the ...Read more

Warriors: 'We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited' to White House

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There appears to be one topic where the Golden State Warriors and President Donald Trump have found common ground. Neither party expressed interest in a White House visit to celebrate the Warriors' 2017 NBA championship.

The Warriors said in a statement on Saturday that "we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited" ...Read more

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

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins vows to earn his big deal

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When Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning signed an NFL rookie record contract 19 years ago, somebody asked him what he planned to do with all that money.

He answered that he planned to earn it.

Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins didn't offer such a succinct statement when his team gathered Friday for another season, but he vowed ...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

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