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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

Heat, NBA stress mental wellness in Disney 'bubble'

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A premise of Disney World is sensory overload. Yes, enough to drive you Goofy.

Now, about to head into relative isolation at Disney, a primary concern of the Miami Heat is somewhat the opposite, avoiding sensory deprivation amid an NBA setting that requires quarantining, social distancing and potentially more than three months of living out of ...Read more

In bubble we trust? NBA's tenuous faith in Orlando restart plan will be tested

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is wearing some of the effects of the NBA's shutdown all over his face. With the kind of beard you'd expect to see on someone cast away on a remote island and talking to a volleyball, Morey has his anxieties concerning what's to come for the league.

Teams will make their way to Orlando, Fla., for the ...Read more

Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers referenced a 'noose' around a Black player's neck

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Penn State basketball player Rasir Bolton revealed publicly Monday that head coach Patrick Chambers referenced a "noose" around Bolton's neck during a conversation in January 2019.

"A noose, symbolic of lynching, defined as one of the most powerful symbols directed at African Americans invoking the history of lynching, ...Read more

Sixers' Mike Scott calls NBA jersey phrases “a bad list, a bad choice”

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Scott called it a bad list.

The 76ers reserve forward brought one of the NBA's plans using his platform in the Orlando restart to bring awareness to social issues.

"They have us some names and phrases to put on the back of our jerseys. That was terrible," he said during Monday's Zoom call with reporters. "It was a just a ...Read more

Raul Neto looks forward to seeing what he can achieve with Sixers during NBA restart

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PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Neto is feeling pretty confident, and his body feels great.

The three-month NBA shutdown enabled the 76ers' reserve point guard to take care of his body and feel healthy.

Neto made three starts and has played in 49 of the Sixers' 65 games. He played a maximum of nine minutes in 22 of those contests. The Brazilian played ...Read more

Better together: Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic deserve to start for the Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have a shooting guard situation that could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic are quality options at the position, and most teams would be happy to have either one in their starting lineup.

Hield, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, is one of the best ...Read more

Jamaal Wilkes, former UCLA and Lakers star, weighs in on George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and his own frightening experience with police

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jamaal Wilkes supports the police, up to a point.

The former Golden State Warriors forward said he's proud to be an American and wants law and order while at the same time seeing the need for change in the wake of demonstrations after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

"I'm not an activist. ...Read more

If NBA can pull off restart, trio of young stars will get their chance at spotlight

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LOS ANGELES -- JJ Redick, a veteran guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, saw the photo.

With NBA teams starting to slowly fill their practice facilities, Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson was back at work, mask on, sleeves off, his muscles exploding out of his hoodie. Williamson was always big. But in this photo, he looked like a ...Read more

Third Heat player tests COVID-19 positive, two won't leave with team to Disney

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Make it three Miami Heat players who have now tested positive for coronavirus, with the latest two players to test positive not expected to travel with the team when the rest of the roster leaves Wednesday for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel has confirmed through an NBA source that two most recent ...Read more

NBA releases scrimmage schedules for Lakers and Clippers

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The Clippers will tip off the schedule of NBA's scrimmages against Orlando on July 22 at 3 p.m. EDT in Orlando, Fla., while the Lakers will take on Dallas at 7 p.m. EDT on July 23 in their opener in preparation for the resumption of the season.

The NBA released the schedule of scrimmages on Saturday. Each team will play three games, concluding ...Read more

How coronavirus changed Hawks' draft preparation, offseason schedule

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ATLANTA -- Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years.

Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won't get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart ...Read more

NBA and players agree to 'Black Lives Matter' and other messages to wear on jerseys

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LOS ANGELES -- With the NBA another day closer to its July 30 reopening, a piece of its plan to battle racial injustice fell into place.

The NBA and the players union agreed Friday on messages players can wear instead of their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first four days of the league's reboot.

Among the approved messages, ...Read more

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins deemed 'high risk,' won't travel to Orlando

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers assistant coach Lionel Hollins was "deemed a higher-risk individual due to underlying medical conditions" and will not join the rest of the staff in Orlando, Fla., for the restart of the NBA season, a team official said Friday.

The official, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said ...Read more

Second Heat player tests positive for COVID-19, team facility shut down

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A second Miami Heat player has tested positive for coronavirus, leading the team to cease workouts at its practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.

The Heat will continue to test players on an every-other-day basis at the arena prior to their July 8 departure for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World, ...Read more

Rivals old and new: Mike Anderson has St. John's stabilized and ready to wage Garden battles with UConn men

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- St. John's promising season ended in disappointment in 2019 and the school painfully parted ways with one of its legends, coach Chris Mullin. The search for his replacement ran into dead ends until a prominent booster, Mike Repole, went on WFAN-AM to call it a "national embarrassment."

The men's basketball program had New ...Read more

Clippers close training facility for a day after positive COVID test

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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers closed their Playa Vista practice facility Thursday as a precaution after someone who is expected to travel with the team to the NBA season restart near Orlando, Fla., tested positive for the coronavirus, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The Clippers are considering re-opening the facility for ...Read more

'Relief and gratitude': Maya Moore describes Jonathan Irons' freedom

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Anyone who watched the video could see the emotion. A day later Maya Moore -- relieved, exhausted, exhilarated -- remembers racing to the prison where Jonathan Irons was about to emerge, watching him walk through the doors that had kept him, being overcome.

"Well, apparently, I couldn't keep standing," Moore joked Thursday in a national video ...Read more