Buddy Hield will join Kings in Orlando 'soon'; Luke Walton hints help is on the way

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Two of the four missing members of the Kings' travel party are expected to join the team in Orlando soon after clearing COVID-19 protocols, including sharpshooter Buddy Hield.

Kings coach Luke Walton offered an update on the situation in a Zoom call with reporters following Saturday's practice at Walt Disney World Resort. Walton previously said...Read more

Sixers' Al Horford says he won't wear a social-justice phrase on his jersey

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Al Horford won't have a social-justice message on the back of his jersey for the NBA restart at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.

"I think that that was a good idea initially by the NBA," the 76ers power forward/center said during a video call with reporters Sunday morning. "Ultimately, I'm not going to have one. I thought back and forth on ...Read more

Connecticut Sun's Natisha Hiedeman, Briann January test positive for COVID-19, do not travel to WNBA bubble

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The Connecticut Sun's Natisha Hiedeman and Briann January, neither of whom traveled with team to training camp, have tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Sunday.

Hiedeman first tested positive during the team's round of testing from June 28-July 5, completed before the Sun traveled to Bradenton, Fla., for training camp. In ...Read more

Tyler Herro deemed 100% by Erik Spoelstra as Heat clean up injury report

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The good news on the Miami Heat's injury report is that there is no injury report.

While the Heat, like the rest of the NBA, are not revealing the results of the league's ongoing COVID-19 testing amid the new coronavirus pandemic, coach Erik Spoelstra spoke Sunday of a clean sheet from the training room.

"Guys are getting their legs under 'em,...Read more

NBA's coronavirus-created time warp has Heat talking playoffs during preseason

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Well this is odd, being a just a week away from the start of the preseason ... and a mere month from the start of the playoffs.

The NBA resumption is nothing if not a time warp.

Against the backdrop of completing his team's third practice session at Disney World in the league's "bubble" setting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Erik Spoelstra ...Read more

Doc Rivers challenges Sen. Josh Hawley over criticism as Clippers stand together

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The Clippers' video conference Saturday began with Lou Williams saying his trepidation about restarting the season during the national protest for social justice, which once had him feeling "50-50" about rejoining the team, was put at ease when his teammates voted they "were going to come as a group."

It ended with a powerful message from Coach...Read more

LeBron James says he will keep his name on back of jersey

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LeBron James won't have a social justice message on the back of his jersey for the NBA's restart, the Lakers All-Star forward said during a video call with reporters Saturday afternoon.

"I will continue to do (work) off the floor and when I'm talking to you guys -- everything that I do has a purpose, it has a meaning," James said. "So, I don't ...Read more

Dwight Howard, Danny Green miss Lakers practice after testing problem

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Danny Green and Dwight Howard missed Lakers practice Saturday because of glitches in the coronavirus testing process, according to people familiar with the situation.

Green and Howard are both expected to be able to join the team Sunday.

Saturday marked the first day since March that the Lakers were able to hold a group practice. They did so ...Read more

Pistons' Palace of Auburn Hills imploded in a cloud of dust to cheers and shock

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It was the site of six championships between the Detroit Pistons and Shock, thousands of regular-season basketball games, hundreds of playoff games and some of the greatest moments in Detroit sports history.

It hosted some of the most notable concerts in the state, with performances by Michael Jackson, Sting, Madonna, Prince and dozens of ...Read more

Bill Self says Kansas players' return to campus may be delayed: 'I think we'll have a season'

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas' basketball players, who were planning on returning from their hometowns to campus July 20 for in-person workouts with KU coaches and trainers per NCAA rules, may be putting their travel plans on hold.

KU coach Bill Self is leaning toward pushing the report date back to Aug. 1 because of the recent spike in numbers of ...Read more

Clippers' Paul George no longer has doubts about shoulders, health

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LOS ANGELES -- Even though nearly six months had passed since a surgeon repaired both of his shoulders, Paul George felt betrayed by the little rust he showed during his Los Angeles Clippers debut last fall.

George scored 33 points in 24 minutes on Nov. 14, then needed only 20 minutes to score 37 two nights later. Yet the points, and the ease ...Read more

Missing players revealed: Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn away from Heat as Disney practices open

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The Miami Heat held their first team workout since mid-March on Friday, with the session coming in the absences of center Bam Adebayo and guard Kendrick Nunn.

Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say which players were with the team for the session on a makeshift court in a ballroom at Disney World, but guard Goran Dragic noted in his post-practice...Read more

Stan Johnson hopes to put LMU basketball on map with a long stay in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES -- Stan Johnson was a child when he faced the wrong end of a rifle during political upheaval that tore apart his homeland, the West African nation of Liberia. The experience has stayed with Johnson, who was hired in March to coach Loyola Marymount's men's basketball team, but it didn't lead him to live in fear. It has given him ...Read more

Five NBA teams begin practices in Orlando bubble: 'Honestly, it feels strange'

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The Magic walked into a carpeted hotel ballroom Thursday in Orlando, Fla., outfitted with two NBA courts and four baskets, and made a little news.

Even though they never played 5-on-5, even though never did any drills that required contact and even though they didn't travel far to get there, the Magic became the first NBA team to hold an actual...Read more

Heat's Meyers Leonard offers tour of NBA life at Disney hotel: Food OK, bed average, Wi-Fi shaky

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He hasn't posted yet on TripAdvisor.

But Meyers Leonard certainly will have ample free time amid the Miami Heat's quarantine life at Disney World.

Required to remain in his room until recording two negative coronavirus tests after Wednesday's arrival, Leonard took to Instagram Live to offer an initial review of his home away from home for the ...Read more

Court document outlines $400,000 payment to Zion Williamson's stepfather

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Zion Williamson's stepfather requested and accepted a $400,000 payment from a marketing agent in October 2018 prior to his stepson's Duke career, according to a sworn affidavit.

The affidavit was filed by attorneys for Gina Ford, Williamson's former marketing agent, in a federal court in Greensboro on Thursday and obtained by ...Read more

DePaul's Dave Leitao, part of the building of UConn men's program, grasps what Huskies bring to the new Big East

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Some of UConn's upcoming Big East rivals will be old, some new. And then there is DePaul, coached by one of the family.

"There's some nostalgia to it," said Dave Leitao, going into the sixth season of his second stint as DePaul's head coach. "But there's a right-now moment that you've got to be prepared for, because not only ...Read more

Former Dream star Angel McCoughtry speaks about Kelly Loeffler, WNBA season

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ATLANTA -- U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also co-owns the Dream, released a letter Tuesday objecting to the WNBA's plans to honor and participate in the "Black Lives Matter" movement during its coming season.

Loeffler's comments were met with backlash and calls for her to be removed from the league.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with ...Read more

Stephen Jackson defends himself for defending DeSean Jackson

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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson is not backing down from his defense of Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who apologized Tuesday for posting anti-Semitic passages attributed to Hitler.

DeSean Jackson posted the offensive content Monday on an Instagram story. The next day, the Eagles released a statement calling the messages "...Read more

Kyle Kuzma looks to build his legacy with a Lakers title run

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LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Kuzma was the Lakers' only young player to escape being part of the cost to acquire Anthony Davis last summer, but the adjustment to his new reality was significant.

During the course of this season, Kuzma's minutes, points, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage were all lower than in each of his two previous seasons....Read more