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Kentucky's Calipari vs. Louisville's Mack: Harmless gamesmanship or something more?

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ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla was among the intrigued viewers of a video Louisville Coach Chris Mack posted on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

"I was on the edge of my seat," Fraschilla said Wednesday. "Wondering what's the end result of this somewhat mild tirade. Where is it headed?"

Mack's video - two minutes and nine seconds long - ...Read more

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James lead Lakers to dominating win over Heat in NBA Finals opener

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ORLANDO, Fla. - LeBron James likes to say that sometimes two points are more than two points, when the score comes in an emphatic and demoralizing fashion.

It remains to be seen if what the Los Angeles Lakers did to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in Orlando will have a similar impact on the NBA Finals. Can one win in a best-of-seven have an ...Read more

Dave Hyde: Bad loss, big injuries — the dream becomes a Game 1 nightmare for Heat

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Every time you thought it couldn't get worse, it got worse. Goran Dragic didn't come out for the second half. Injured.

Bam Adebayo trudged off to the locker room in the third quarter. Injured.

The Los Angeles Lakers already had the game in hand, their lead rising like bread from 17 points at half to 20 points after three quarters to, well, you...Read more

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Kings eliminate basketball operations jobs amid coronavirus losses and reorganization

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Months of furloughs and layoffs led to more staff cuts for the Kings this week as the organization continues to incur financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic while also reorganizing its front office under a new general manager.

The Kings eliminated a number of positions in basketball operations Tuesday, the team said...Read more

The fearless and furious: Kentucky coach Calipari proud of instilling 'fight' in Heat's Adebayo, Herro

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No, John Calipari said, based on what he witnessed at the start, he did not envision this, did not see Bam Adebayo, at 23, emerging as a Miami Heat leading man in the NBA Finals.

"Bam, when we got him, if anybody said they knew Bam would be what he is today, you're smoking crack," the Kentucky coach said ahead of Wednesday night's start of the ...Read more

Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson gone but not forgotten by Heat amid NBA Finals

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To reach this point, the Miami Heat's first visit to the NBA Finals since 2014, required both growth and change.

So seeds were planted, but not everything bloomed, or at least not on Pat Riley's and the franchise's timetable.

So no Josh Richardson against the Los Angeles Lakers in the best-of-seven championship series. Or Justise Winslow. Or ...Read more

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How the Lakers' LeBron James grew into a champion with the Heat

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ORLANDO, Fla. - LeBron James was only 25 when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to become a member of the Miami Heat, and expectations weighed heavily upon him when making that move.

He said he'd win multiple championships in Miami, so everyone held James accountable right away. Eventually he did, but it took growth and change, which is why he ...Read more

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Sixers interviewing Doc Rivers for head-coaching job

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Perhaps the 76ers coaching job is no longer Mike D'Antoni's to lose.

Former Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers will interview for the team's vacant head-coaching job on Wednesday, according to multiple sources.

The news comes one day after the Sixers interviewed Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue for the job.

As of Sunday, Lue and D'Antoni, ...Read more

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Bulls kickstarted their rebuild by trading Jimmy Butler 3 years ago. Now they're still stuck in first gear while he's in the NBA Finals with the Heat.

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CHICAGO - Jimmy Butler is in the NBA Finals.

It has been a little more than three years since the Chicago Bulls traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the night of the 2017 NBA draft and launched themselves into a rebuild. Butler is on his third team since, but he finally has found his match, leading the Miami Heat to the Finals on ...Read more

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LeBron James says Erik Spoelstra 'hasn't gotten his respect,' but not because of him

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler celebrated Tyler Herro's 37-point outburst in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals by wearing the rookie's high school jersey to the team's practice the following day.

After the Heat clinched a spot in the NBA Finals two games later, Butler dug even deeper into his closet for the perfect sartorial...Read more

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From Magic Johnson to Pat Riley to LeBron James, this Lakers-Heat rivalry runs deep

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The uber-competitive Pat Riley that Magic Johnson knows from winning four championships when Riley was the coach of the Showtime Lakers in the 1980s is the same man who helped rebuild the Miami Heat into a contender for the 2020 NBA title.

The driven Riley that Johnson knows, who became one of the best executives in the NBA, ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: LeBron learned his lessons from Riley — and wants to show some this Finals

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LeBron James was asked Tuesday what he thought of Heat president Pat Riley, and his initial answer was a safe and non-committal, "That's such a broad question."

Broad questions are where these NBA Finals start Wednesday. Can the Miami Heat's fun, fresh and team-oriented run continue? Will the NBA's usual star power win out with the Los Angeles ...Read more

Jimmy Butler followed Dwyane Wade as Heat leader, wants to follow LeBron James as Heat championship addition

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So much of this season for Jimmy Butler has been about the passing of a torch and an embrace of Miami Heat culture.

For the past 12 months, it had been about moving into the space that Dwyane Wade vacated with his 2019 retirement. For these next two weeks, it sets up as an opportunity to fill the championship mantle that LeBron James abdicated ...Read more

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Jimmy Butler is a perfect fit in Miami, and there's the rub for Lakers, Clippers

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Clippers and the Lakers built their summers of 2019 around the pursuit of stars, the Clippers landing free agency's biggest get, signing Kawhi Leonard while dealing for Paul George.

The Lakers pushed their chips all-in on Anthony Davis and spent those early days of free agency getting dragged along by Leonard, their top ...Read more

Ira Winderman: Heat vs. Lakers position-by-position matchups — or is it just about LeBron?

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A look at the key elements of Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers, with the best-of-seven NBA Finals opening Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

Edge goes to:

Center: The Lakers moved back to opening with a bigger lineup in the Western Conference finals, so, if it stays that way, this matchup, on paper, would be the Lakers'...Read more

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Hornets NBA draft candidate LaMelo Ball on his shot, his dad, being his own man

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If the Charlotte Hornets end up with LaMelo Ball, you can count on this:

He will show no lack of confidence and conviction.

In a 24-minute media session Monday, Ball said ...

- He doesn't need to fix his shooting form, which was widely criticized from his play last season in Australia.

- He is a fit for any NBA team - from the title ...Read more

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Doc Rivers is out as Clippers coach; Ty Lue, Jeff Van Gundy possible replacements

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Doc Rivers is out as coach of the Clippers, according to people with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.

The Clippers built a contender around Southland natives Kawhi Leonard and Paul George last summer, and then finished second in the Western Conference this season. They were eliminated in the ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Heat! 'Canes! Marlins! Did Loserville become Winnersville in one weekend?

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Who doesn't love 2020?

(Wait, don't answer that.)

Who didn't have a weekend for the ages?

(Assuming your tax returns weren't released.)

Who you got now in a South Florida sports scene crammed with winning stories: the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals? The Miami Marlins or Chicago Cubs in the baseball playoffs? Miami or (...Read more

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Those rumors of Heat renovating roster? Erik Spoelstra at peace with season of speculation

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The primary recurring theme for the Miami Heat during these NBA playoffs has been winning, from the 4-0 sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round, the 4-1 thrashing of the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second, to closing out the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.

But in the background, there has been the recurring ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Lakers made right choice in hiring Frank Vogel, even if he wasn't their first choice

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Frank Vogel wasn't Lakers executives' first choice for the coaching job during the turbulent spring of 2019. Tyronn Lue was the frontrunner to succeed Luke Walton, but Lue rejected a three-year offer to coach a team that was coming off a non-playoff finish and was thrust into turmoil when Magic Johnson unexpectedly resigned as president of ...Read more