Brent Barry: The right stuffs

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LOS ANGELES--Brent Barry had a vision.

The speakers at the Alamodome in San Antonio would blare the intro of LL Cool J's "I'm Bad."

"Calling all cars, calling all cars," the dispatchers would say. "Be on the lookout for a tall, light-skinned brother with dimples wearing a black Kangol, sweatsuit, gold chain and sneakers."

Then Barry, a skin-...Read more

Heat's James Johnson progressing toward getting mind and body right

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MIAMI -- Among the themes of the Miami Heat's resurrection last season was the resurrection of forward James Johnson through a transformation of his body. That conditioning, however, has not been in the same place as last season, as several opposing scouts noted recently.

"I mean I'm still 7.25-(percent) body fat, still 245," he said in advance...Read more

Jontay Porter could be in high school. He's making big plays for Missouri instead

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After a game in November, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was asked about the play of Missouri Tigers freshman Jontay Porter. The 6-11 forward finished with nine points and nine rebounds and nearly helped Mizzou pull off an upset win over the Mountaineers.

"He's only 18?" Huggins said. "He's pretty good."

Huggins was just the ...Read more

Cooling NBA trend at UCLA

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LOS ANGELES--The goodbyes will be difficult Saturday night inside Pauley Pavilion, partly because UCLA fans don't know how many are needed.

Center Thomas Welsh will play his final home game as a member of the departing senior class when the Bruins face Oregon, but he almost certainly won't be the only significant UCLA player making his last ...Read more

'The Process' was on display with Simmons, Saric, Embiid in NBA's Rising Stars Game

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LOS ANGELES -- Dario Saric will tell you what occurred Friday night is proof that 'The Process' is working.

The 76ers power forward along with teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons not only played in Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge, they all started for the World team.

"That's showing and improving the sentence like 'Trust the Process,' ...Read more

Calipari says Kentucky gave away last four games

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It isn't news that Kentucky has lost four straight games, which equals the program's longest losing streak since 2009.

But if you like to turn negatives into positives, UK was playing giveaway rather than basketball the last four games.

"It's not like they were taken," UK coach John Calipari said of the losses. "They were given. And we've got ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons chasing history; Jazz's Donovan Mitchell gives high praise

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LOS ANGELES -- The more Ben Simmons plays, the louder the comparisons to Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson become.

The 76ers rookie point guard posted his sixth triple-double on Wednesday with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. In doing so, Simmons became the first player to post at least six triple-doubles in 60 or fewer ...Read more

Ominous report on FBI basketball investigation not a concern for UNC, Roy Williams says

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A recent Yahoo Sports article said hall-of-fame coaches and half of the teams in the NCAA tournament's initial top-16 seeding "should be scared" about the FBI's next move in the federal probe into college basketball's recruiting underworld.

Roy Williams is a hall-of-fame coach and North Carolina was one of the teams in the ...Read more

Heat's Wayne Ellington will have slain father on his mind during first NBA All-Star Weekend appearance

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LOS ANGELES -- Just hours after arriving here this week, Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington was in a familiar place.

By 7 a.m. Friday, he was on the Staples Center court hoisting up 3-pointers. The early-rise workouts have been a mainstay throughout his career. They are a direct product of his father, Wayne Sr., who always made sure he never ...Read more

Michael Porter Jr. won't be cleared to practice until at least Thursday, Cuonzo Martin says

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said Friday that star freshman Michael Porter Jr. won't be able to receive clearance to practice until at least next Thursday, when he meets with his doctor in Dallas.

Porter has missed all but two minutes of the season after having back surgery in Dallas in November.

"We'll know more ...Read more

Bruins nearly foul up win over Beavers

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LOS ANGELES--There had not been much to celebrate recently for Prince Ali. The UCLA sophomore guard went scoreless against USC and had been held to single digits in four of his last five games before Thursday night.

So when Ali took an outlet pass from Aaron Holiday and went in for a layup while being fouled late in the second half, he let out ...Read more

Lakers take losing streak into break

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As players left the court, their plans for the next few days were already on their minds, some checked in with each other on what foreign countries awaited them, others wished passersby well for their time off.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton told Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram that he wished them well during Friday's Rising ...Read more

Timberwolves finish emotional night with comeback win over Lakers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the record it was the Los Angeles Lakers, not the host Timberwolves, who were playing on the back end of back-to-back games Thursday night at Target Center.

It wasn't obvious.

Looking lethargic from the start, unable to slow down the Lakers for any substantial time through three quarters, the Wolves finally woke up and found...Read more

Wichita State overcomes Temple's hot shooting, stays alive in title race

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Not even a season-high 16 three-pointers from Temple.

Not even 56 first-half points, the most allowed by a Wichita State team under Gregg Marshall.

Not even a career-night when a 20 percent 3-pointer shooter made all of five of his 3s.

None of those things were enough to defeat No. 19 Wichita State on Thursday evening at Koch...Read more

Good news for the Miami Hurricanes in the FBI college basketball corruption probe

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University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who has maintained all along that he was unjustly linked to an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption, got some good news this week that could help clear his name.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York dropped federal charges against Jonathan Brad Augustine, a former AAU director in ...Read more

Reggie Lynch expelled from Minnesota, drops his appeal

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Basketball standout Reggie Lynch said Thursday he is accepting his expulsion from the University of Minnesota even though he has been falsely accused of sexual misconduct, because he can't get a fair hearing.

That means Lynch's short-lived, controversy-filled tenure with the Gophers is over on the court and off.

"I did not ...Read more

Missouri's Porter Jr. meets with doctors but no word yet on possible return

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr. met with doctors Thursday, but coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter is unlikely to return for the Tigers' next two games.

According to a source close to the Mizzou basketball program, Porter had a regular check up with his doctors in Columbia to check on his progress since back surgery. ...Read more

Chris Bosh says NBA comeback is possible as soon as this season

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MIAMI -- Three years after he first was diagnosed with potentially life-threatening blood clots and two years removed from his last NBA action, former Miami Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh said Thursday that he is considering a return to the NBA.

The Heat, with a medical opinion that any potential return by Bosh could be catastrophic, waived ...Read more

Warriors waste Kevin Durant's 50-point night in loss to Trail Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr returned toward holding his clipboard and leading the huddles. Meanwhile, the Warriors returned toward slow starts and sloppy play. And unlike what they have shown for most of the 2017-18 season, the Warriors could not recover.

The Warriors suffered a 123-117 loss to the Portland Trail ...Read more

Jordan leads way as Clippers beat Celtics

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BOSTON -- DeAndre Jordan cradled the basketball as the clock wound down on the Los Angeles Clippers' 129-119 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.

On this personal milestone night for Jordan, he probably deserved to be the final Clipper to touch the basketball even if seven of them scored in double figures for the second consecutive ...Read more