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Ira Winderman: The Summer of Lillard with enough chapters to fill a novel

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MIAMI — The approach this summer had been to attempt to chronicle with the tangible, offer perspective, all while appreciating that there only is an endgame with Damian Lillard when there is an endgame.

But now summer has turned to fall, and while a Google search is as likely to find Lillard’s name as frequently attached to the Miami Heat ...Read more

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Should the Bulls trade for Damian Lillard or Buddy Hield? Exploring the pros -- and cons -- of both stars.

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CHICAGO — Training camp begins soon for the Chicago Bulls — but that hasn’t slowed the NBA trade rumor mill, which continues to churn as key players seek new homes for the 2023-24 season.

After two conservative seasons, should executive vice president of basketball operations Artūras Karnišovas and the front office make a major move?

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Pistons optimistic about turnaround season with healthy roster

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DETROIT — With less than two weeks until the start of training camp, the anticipation is mounting for perhaps the most pivotal year in the Pistons' rebuild since Troy Weaver took over as general manager in 2020.

Most of the players have spent time in Detroit this summer working on their individual games, and some of the Pistons' young core ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Collier shows she's a star; Lynx need Miller to sparkle, too

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Napheesa Collier left the court to an ovation and a lengthy hug from her coach. If her teammates had given her that kind of support Wednesday night, the moment might have been more sweet than bitter.

The Lynx's 2023 season began abysmally and ended as a relative success, but what it proved to be most of all, after all of the ups and downs, was ...Read more

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If James Harden holds out, how would the Sixers handle point guard duties?

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PHILADELPHIA — James Harden is still a 76er. But the disgruntled star’s uncertain status, with less than two weeks remaining before the start of training camp, means a bevy of questions still loom about the Sixers’ point guard situation.

Even with the flaws in Harden’s game and his aging body, he is a visionary playmaker who led the NBA...Read more

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5 candidates to be the new Sky coach -- including a few 'let's try something different' options

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CHICAGO — With the Chicago Sky eliminated from the WNBA playoffs, the team’s front office now faces the most important task of the year: filling the empty offices left by former coach and general manager James Wade, who unexpectedly departed the team midseason to take an assistant coaching job with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

The Sky ...Read more

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Five-star shooting guard Jalil Bethea picks Miami over Kansas, Villanova

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MIAMI — The Miami Hurricanes’ historic run to the Final Four last spring continues to pay dividends.

Five-star shooting guard Jalil Bethea, one of the nation’s most coveted Class of 2024 recruits, announced Wednesday that he will attend the University of Miami.

He chose UM over his other two finalists, Kansas and Villanova. He announced ...Read more

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David Murphy: Kelly Oubre can help the Sixers, but he'll need to be a player he's never been

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PHILADELPHIA — There was a time not too long ago when the idea of signing Kelly Oubre for the veteran minimum would have gotten you laughed out of the building. One of the rites of passage of the NBA offseason was listening to someone predict a breakout year from the former No. 15 overall pick. At a long 6-foot-7 and a quick-twitch 205 pounds,...Read more

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Breanna Stewart, Liberty get thrilling OT victory against Mystics to advance into second round

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NEW YORK — On to the next one.

The Liberty survived a wild Game 2 to secure a first-round series sweep against the Washington Mystics and advance into the second round of the WNBA playoffs.

It took an overtime period for Sandy Brondello’s team to edge the Mystics, 90-85, at Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

Breanna Stewart, who finished ...Read more

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Sixers are expected to sign Kelly Oubre Jr. to a one-year deal

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The 76ers are expected to sign Kelly Oubre Jr. to a one-year, veteran minimum deal, several sources have confirmed.

The swingman's addition brings the Sixers' training camp roster to the league maximum of 21 players. NBA teams can carry a maximum of 18 players in the regular season. That includes 15 on standard contracts and three two-way ...Read more

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Next man up in Heat's lineage of Robinson, Strus? Newest shooting star has that gaze.

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MIAMI — For more than a month, Cole Swider has been running alongside the Miami Heat’s latest set of developmental prospects, through drill work and scrimmages at Kaseya Center.

But to the forward who went undrafted out of Syracuse in 2022, the feeling is more that he is running alongside Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, Orlando ...Read more

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The pros and cons to Warriors potentially bringing on Dwight Howard

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It was just over a decade ago that the Warriors were desperate to trade for Dwight Howard. Stephen Curry was one of the names Golden State lofted to the Orlando Magic in return for the then-superstar’s services. But Howard had no interest in a long-term future with the downtrodden Warriors and demanded a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Lynx's big win over Connecticut proves Reeve right

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As the Lynx's 2023 season began, you had to wonder whether they were tanking. Then you had to wonder why they weren't.

They lost their first six games. In a league filled with stars and topped with new-age super teams built via free agency, they struck out in free agency and the best player on the roster, Napheesa Collier, was recovering from ...Read more

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Maui Invitational, which includes UCLA, will play in Honolulu in wake of wildfires

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In the wake of a tragedy, the Maui Invitational is returning to its roots.

The college basketball tournament, whose field includes UCLA, will be staged at Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Nov. 20-22 after devastating wildfires ravaged Maui this summer.

UCLA is part of what might be the strongest field in the history of the ...Read more

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Liberty GM Jonathan Kolb wins 2023 WNBA Executive of the Year

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Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb is the 2023 WNBA Executive of the Year winner, the league announced Thursday.

Kolb and Dallas Wings executive Greg Bibb appeared on the most ballots (eight). From those eight ballots, Kolb received 20 points, beating out Bibb who received 15. The award is voted on by all 12 executives who aren’t allowed ...Read more

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Ex-USC star Kevin Porter Jr.'s issues predate alleged assault that fractured girlfriend's vertebra

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Kevin Porter Jr.'s immense talent for so long obscured his issues away from the basketball court. His latest incident likely will damage his NBA career.

The former USC star was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick, fracturing her neck vertebra and leaving her with a deep gash above her right ...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Coaches need to take cue from Reeve and cut the baloney

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There is too much coddling being done by the leaders of our major men's sports teams in Minnesota. The examples of this were egregious again in recent days, starting with Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell's reaction to events in his team's putrid 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday in the Zygidome.

Right guard Ed Ingram forced one of Kirk Cousins' ...Read more

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NBA Houston Rockets star Kevin Porter fractured girlfriend's vertebrae during Manhattan hotel beating: prosecutors

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NEW YORK — Rising NBA star Kevin Porter Jr. was released on $75,000 cash bond Tuesday after prosecutors revealed his girlfriend’s vertebrae was fractured during a brutal Manhattan hotel beating, with the hoopster accused of repeatedly punching and choking the victim.

Porter, 23, appeared for his Manhattan arraignment in the Monday morning ...Read more

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How NBA load management restriction could affect Sixers -- and coach who popularized it

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With NBA training camps looming, news surfaced from multiple reports Monday that the league’s board of governors is expected to pass stricter guidelines about resting players for national television games, or resting two stars — defined as players who have been named to an All-Star or All-NBA team in the past three seasons — in the same ...Read more

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NBA Houston Rockets player Kevin Porter accused of beating up girlfriend in Manhattan hotel

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NEW YORK — Star NBA player Kevin Porter was arrested early Monday for beating up his girlfriend in a Manhattan hotel, according to police.

The 23-year-old Houston Rockets guard was charged with felony assault and strangulation.

Girlfriend Kysre Gondrezick, a former WNBA player, was treated at a hospital for a cut to the right side of her ...Read more