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

Pat Riley, two players stay back as Heat head to NBA Disney 'bubble'

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The Miami Heat will maintain a fully operational executive suite at AmericanAirlines Arena while the team competes in the "bubble" type setting in Disney World during the NBA's planned resumption.

Heat President Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg will remain in South Florida, with the NBA draft and free agency following almost ...Read more

Sixers' Joel Embiid: 'I believe I can carry the team'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid was asked Tuesday what he wants in terms of his role in 76ers' offense during the NBA restart at Walt Disney World.

The three-time All-Star, who's arguably the NBA's best center, said that "should not even be a question."

"I know what I'm capable of, and I know what my teammates think of me," Embiid said during a ...Read more

5 big free agents Bulls missed out on, from Tracy McGrady in 2000 to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2010

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan parted ways after the 1997-98 season, severing ties after winning six titles in eight years.

Why both sides called it quits was a topic of intense debate for decades. But while the reason for the Bulls' dissolution is still argued, the results remain clear -- the Bulls dynasty ended and the search...Read more

Mike D'Antoni plans to be in Orlando for NBA restart; some players are wary

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The internet connection was crisp, Mike D'Antoni's voice was clear and his wit razor sharp.

Asked about how his team would handle health and safety protocols that suggest you keep a distance, the Houston Rockets coach quipped "that's how we guard anyways."

The Houston coach wasn't 100% sure he had been cleared to coach in Orlando, Florida, for...Read more

Lakers say they're ready for rest of NBA journey this season

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LOS ANGELES -- There were multiple points in this elongated season when the Los Angeles Lakers thought that they had been through something no team ever experienced and that surely nothing could test them any further. At each of those points, they were wrong.

It has been a season filled with unexpected, sometimes devastating interruptions. They...Read more