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Clippers are counting on Tyronn Lue's 'Midas touch' with people

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LOS ANGELES — It was a late-December day in 1997, inside a Honolulu hotel hosting the competitors of the Rainbow Classic holiday basketball tournament, when Nebraska forward Andy Markowski stopped to watch what was happening by the pool.

There, in the middle of a group of Kansas Jayhawks, was Nebraska's star junior point guard, Tyronn Lue. ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Does 'The Next Thing' for Pat Riley mean a shot at Giannis or Beal?

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Pat Riley enjoyed the afterglow of the Miami Heat season. He thanked everyone from scouts to coaches Friday for that storybook run into the NBA Finals. He said any talk of his retiring is now gone. Dead. Off the table.

"This is a dream for me, this late," he said of that Heat run.

There's just one question now: Who's traded to improve this ...Read more

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His brother played NAIA ball. As a result, Kentucky freshman Fletcher might make it to NBA.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — It's not a complete stretch to think Kentucky is the second college freshman Cam'Ron Fletcher has attended. That's because he seemed ever-present at Harris-Stowe State when his older brother Jalen played for and attended the NAIA Division I school in their hometown of St. Louis.

"Everybody thought that Cam went to the school ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Pat Chambers didn't win enough for Penn State to justify keeping him

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By now you have probably heard the story of Penn State parting ways with men's basketball coach Pat Chambers. It was technically a "resignation," but that was Penn State letting him leave with some shred of dignity. If he did not resign, he still would not be the coach today because he would have gotten fired.

Chambers and his program were at ...Read more

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NBA talks include starting new season around Christmas

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The NBA and its players union are continuing negotiations on when to start the 2020-21 season, with one scenario focusing on a start date in late December that includes Christmas games and an abbreviated schedule that would allow players to compete in the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

People with knowledge of the negotiations who requested anonymity ...Read more

Sonics legend Shawn Kemp to open Seattle's first Black-owned marijuana dispensary

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SEATTLE — Just a stone's throw away from where he used to rattle rims and enthrall the green-clad fans inside KeyArena, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp is embarking on a new endeavor. The "Reign Man" is opening up a cannabis shop called "Shawn Kemp's Cannabis," which will become Seattle's first Black-owned dispensary.

The dispensary "Shawn Kemp's ...Read more

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2020 NBA mock draft 1.0: LaMelo Ball goes to Timberwolves at No. 1

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The postponed, virtual NBA draft will finally take place Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Daily News' Stefan Bondy takes a look at how it might play out:


1) Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra)

Age: 18

Position: Point guard

There's no clear-cut top choice in this draft but Ball carries the greatest potential as a flashy 6-8 playmaker....Read more

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How Doc Rivers and other legendary coaches influenced Tyronn Lue

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LOS ANGELES — Tyronn Lue was six years into his NBA career when his coach with the Orlando Magic told Lue to consider his retirement plan.

A job would be waiting, Doc Rivers told his point guard, should Lue want to join him on the sideline.

Lue's coaches at Raytown High in suburban Kansas City, and at Nebraska, never got the inkling their ...Read more

In rare move, Seattle Storm endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 'These are not typical times'

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SEATTLE — In a move rarely seen by professional sports teams, the Seattle Storm voiced its support for the 2020 Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.

The team's official Twitter account posted a graphic of the Biden/Harris campaign logo along with its team logo accompanied by a short statement that read: "Join us in ...Read more

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Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall suspended at least once while at Winthrop, former AD says

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — Tom Hickman, former Winthrop athletic director, said the university suspended Gregg Marshall at least once for the basketball coach's behavior while both were at the school. The once-AD, however, also denied that Marshall was abusive or racist.

Marshall, now the head coach at Wichita State, is under investigation for ...Read more

'Nothing like being wanted': Mike Smith adapting to fill needed role at Michigan

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Mike Smith was starting to feel like he was in high school again.

Before his senior year at Columbia, Smith made it know he was entering the transfer portal and would finish his career elsewhere as a graduate transfer. As soon as the 2019-20 campaign ended, he heard from some assistant coaches but wasn't directly contacted by any head coaches �...Read more

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Clippers officially reach coaching agreement with Tyronn Lue

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LOS ANGELES - As Tyronn Lue continues to reach out to potential candidates to join his staff, the Los Angeles Clippers finalized their new coach's five-year contract and officially announced his hiring Tuesday.

Lue, who coached Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship after a midseason promotion and most recently served as an assistant coach last...Read more

Mike Anthony: UConn's Geno Auriemma and Dan Hurley adapt and learn as they coach and teach

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Geno Auriemma's first practice as a college head coach was at UConn in the fall of 1985.

"I was really worried," Auriemma said. "I remember how nervous I was."

Dan Hurley's first practice as a college head coach was at Wagner in the fall of 2010.

"Butterflies, man," Hurley said. "I was nervous. I was hyperventilating on the way down to the ...Read more

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How Rocket Watts will replace Cassius Winston at point guard for Tom Izzo's Spartans

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Rocket Watts is next in line to step into the storied lineage of Michigan State basketball point guards.

But Tom Izzo has options.

There's Foster Loyer, the junior who was recently voted as one of the Spartans' three captains. There's freshman AJ Hoggard, whose 6-foot-3 frame adds size Izzo rarely has had running his offense. There's Jack ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: It's looking like a read-and-react offseason for Miami Heat

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This may require adjustment of thought in light of what just was completed, but an NBA team does not conduct its offseason in a bubble.

So for as much as what the Miami Heat might want to do next after finishing within two victories of a championship in the NBA's quarantine setting, decisions elsewhere will have just as much impact.

_The ...Read more

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UCLA coach Mick Cronin envisions players forgoing extra year of eligibility

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LOS ANGELES - The calculus of college basketball rosters is changing. UCLA coach Mick Cronin now must navigate not only who's leaving early but also who wants to extend their stay.

The NCAA earlier this week granted winter sport athletes an additional year of eligibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that Bruins senior guard Chris Smith, ...Read more

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Lisa Leslie pushes hard for change, 30 years after her first encounter with inequity

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LOS ANGELES - Just like she did during her Hall of Fame career, Lisa Leslie is hustling. Now the stakes are higher than a championship trophy.

Leslie, a two-time WNBA champion with the Sparks and four-time Olympic gold medalist, is part of three voting rights groups - LeBron James' More Than a Vote, Hoopers Vote and Rock the Vote - with less ...Read more

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Here's what we know about the next NBA season: not much

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LOS ANGELES - Now what?

It was the underlying emotion for a lot of people in the NBA over the final weeks of the league's quarantined residency at Disney World, especially as the finish line for the bubble came into clear sight.

Yes, the season was saved. Yes, a champion was crowned. Yes, no players tested positive for the virus and no games ...Read more

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Silvio De Sousa is leaving KU's basketball team to focus on 'some personal issues'

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LAWRENCE, Kansas - Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa has decided to leave the KU basketball program, he reported Friday on Twitter.

"I have made the difficult decision to opt out of this season to focus all of my energies on some personal issues," De Sousa said on Friday on social media. "I have a lot of things weighing on my mind and need ...Read more

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Here's what we know about the next NBA season: Not much

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Now what?

It was the underlying emotion for a lot of people in the NBA over the final weeks of the league's quarantined residency at Disney World, especially as the finish line for the bubble came into clear sight.

Yes, the season was saved. Yes, a champion was crowned. Yes, no players tested positive for the virus and no games had to be ...Read more