Pat Riley on post-Magic Johnson mess: 'Nobody asked' about Lakers return

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MIAMI -- A month ago, when asked about the Los Angeles Lakers in the wake of Magic Johnson's resignation as team president, Miami Heat president Pat Riley said at AmericanAirlines Arena, "I'm not going to comment on another team's misfortune while they're going through some adversity right now."

Monday, in an interview with ESPN, Riley ...Read more

Storm point guard Sue Bird out at least two months with knee injury

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SEATTLE -- A terrible start to the season just got exponentially worse for the Storm, who have lost star point guard Sue Bird for significant time due to a knee injury.

Bird, an 11-time WNBA All-Star and the league's oldest player at 38, will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in her left knee, the Storm announced Tuesday.

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Dwyane Wade takes one more NBA Finals turn as superhero

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade, even in retirement, is back in the NBA Finals.

As part of ABC's promotion of the upcoming NBA Finals, the Miami Heat icon is included in a superhero-scripted montage of recent Most Valuable Players from the league's championship series.

Wade's turn in the comic-book style commercial is part of the "Where Legends Rise" ...Read more

Who's making the decisions for the Lakers? It's complicated

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers called a news conference Monday to introduce their new coach. But what Frank Vogel had to say was minimized hours before he ever uttered a word.

Magic Johnson eviscerated Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka in particular, and the Lakers' power structure in general, in comments he made on the ESPN show "First...Read more

There's a new era of sideline scrutiny for college basketball coaches. So where's the line between motivation and mistreatment?

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The scene was played over and over. It became a trending topic on social media and a hot take on sports talk shows.

During a first-round victory against Bradley in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo marched onto the court during a timeout, reached for forward Aaron Henry's wrist for a moment and repeatedly pointed at ...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry, Draymond Green ensure a fifth consecutive Finals appearance with win over Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry is arguably the Warriors' most valuable player. Draymond Green is arguably the Warriors' most important player.

Combine their complementary skillsets, and the Warriors just ensured something that only one other team has accomplished in NBA history.

The Warriors finished with a 119-117 overtime win over the ...Read more

Warriors' Andre Iguodala to miss Game 4 vs Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- In hopes to improve his health for a presumed NBA Finals run, Andre Iguodala will sit out when the Warriors play the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday because of tightness in his left calf.

"He has a sore left calf," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So he's not going to play."

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Magic Johnson makes Lakers situation messier by citing Rob Pelinka's 'betrayal'

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Magic Johnson has once again performed the seemingly impossible.

He has just made the Lakers messier.

In an interview on ESPN's "First Take" talk show Monday -- mere hours before the Lakers were scheduled to hold a news conference to introduce new coach Frank Vogel -- Johnson took a verbal leaf blower to his dysfunctional former employer and ...Read more

Sixers' James Ennis to decline player option, become free agent

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The 76ers' James Ennis will decline his player option for $1.8 million next season and become a free agent, his agent Scott Nichols confirmed.

The news was first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania. Ennis' decision was an unsurprising one.

"The 76ers expected this," Nichols said.

Nichols expressed hope that Ennis could remain with the ...Read more

Ryan Saunders gets Timberwolves coaching job

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Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas has made one of his most pressing decisions in his new job -- and he is keeping Ryan Saunders as head coach.

A source confirmed that Rosas and Saunders are finalizing an agreement for Saunders to be the permanent head coach.

Rosas also made another move in the front office, bringing...Read more

Clippers' brain trust continues to meld in preparation for huge offseason

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LOS ANGELES -- When the Minnesota Timberwolves received permission on April 16 to interview Los Angeles Clippers general manager Michael Winger, it was an unseasonably warm 68 degrees in Minneapolis.

For all Winger could tell, it might well have been another frigid day in the far north.

In the hours after news broke he was a candidate for the ...Read more

Warriors explain how sweep vs. Portland could help their quest to win another NBA title

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors appear on the verge of becoming only the second team in NBA history to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals. Therefore, it seems downright impossible for the Warriors to become the only team in NBA history to squander a 3-0 playoff series lead.

The Warriors measure their worth by NBA championships, though. So ...Read more

How Draymond Green's epiphany has helped the Warriors

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draymond Green watched himself in the corner of the screen during team film sessions when nobody else did. He became disgusted with what he repeatedly saw, a player at times slouching, pouting and complaining to officials.

As transcendent of a talent that Green is, a surefire Hall of Famer, he's been known too for the ...Read more

Damian Lillard's rib injury has squashed Trail Blazers' playoff aspirations

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland's Damian Lillard is playing through separated ribs, but even that hasn't been the most painful part of his Western Conference finals.

No, that would be the way the Trail Blazers have allowed double-digit leads in the second half slip away in each of their last two games, which have left them trailing Golden State 3-0 ...Read more

Warriors have more clarity on Andre Iguodala's left calf injury

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors might feel good about their chances to close out the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. They are less certain about whether veteran Andre Iguodala will help that cause.

On Sunday, the Warriors listed Iguodala as questionable for Game 4 despite a clean MRI on the left calf limited him to ...Read more

Warriors rally in second half to beat Trail Blazers for 3-0 series lead

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers couldn't shoot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, nor close out Game 2, but two hours before Game 3 on Saturday, their most important home game in nearly two decades, their coach felt confident in what he would receive from his players.

"There's not going to be a letdown," Portland's Terry ...Read more

Jimmy King latest Fab Fiver to lobby for Juwan Howard to get Michigan job

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Make it three out of five -- the Fab Five.

Jimmy King joined Jalen Rose and Chris Webber in throwing his support behind their former teammate, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard, to become the next Michigan men's basketball coach.

"Absolutely," King said Saturday while attending third annual Champions for Change Gala ...Read more

Green wills Warriors past Trail Blazers, to 3-0 series lead

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Draymond Green has endlessly elevated the Warriors with qualities that the stat sheet does not fully capture. Yet, Green surely left his imprint on the box score this time.

The most important statistic Green significantly affected? The final score. The Warriors prevailed with a 110-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in ...Read more

Coby White? Lonzo Ball? Malcolm Brogdon? Bulls have plenty of point guard possibilities, but which way will they go?

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls will add a point guard this offseason. It's just a matter of how.

They disappointingly exited the NBA draft lottery Tuesday with the No. 7 pick. Do they keep the pick and use it on a point guard? Do they include the pick in a trade package for one? Do they use some of their upwards of $20 million of salary-cap space to sign...Read more

Role play a concern for potential Heat draft pick Nassir Little

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CHICAGO -- Among the challenges of drafting in the middle of the first round is getting a vision of potential possibilities, especially with so many floaters hindering the focus.

Which brings the Miami Heat to Nassir Little, with forecasts placing the North Carolina freshman wing everywhere from several slots ahead of the Heat's No. 13 ...Read more