Former UConn star Kia Nurse enjoying transition to WNBA

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UConn played a big role in Kia Nurse's life, and it continues to in her first year in the WNBA. It's the team she won two national championships with, one that's put numerous players in the WNBA and helped put her there.

On May 20, as she stood as a member of the New York Liberty across from Gabby Williams at Wintrust Arena, home of the Chicago...Read more

Markkanen lauds Parker's addition to Bulls, downplays offensive friction

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CHICAGO -- The bulked-up biceps are noticeable. The stoic, unflappable demeanor remains as sturdy as ever.

Some things have changed about Lauri Markkanen, while others have not. And that's a good thing for the Bulls and for the player executive vice president John Paxson has labeled a franchise cornerstone.

Markkanen's public personality is to...Read more

Joakim Noah leads peace march as part of his foundation's ongoing work in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Smiling and sweaty, Joakim Noah carried a flag with the word "Peace" on it and marched down the middle of West Jackson Boulevard on Thursday.

The former Bulls and current Knicks center was flanked by kids and community leaders, by artists and dreamers, headed to the third annual "Rock Your Drop on the Block" street party outside the ...Read more

Jabari Parker's youth basketball camp is a family affair

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CHICAGO -- The two-day event is called the "Jabari Parker Family Summer Basketball Camp" for a reason.

There's Jabari, the new Bull and former Simeon star, jumping in to lead a drill. There are his parents, Sonny and Lola, walking around the Quest Multisport facility, making sure each detail is handled and the summer remains magical for the 346...Read more

Ray Allen: UConn needs to do right by Kevin Ollie

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Ray Allen has a unique position in UConn's hierarchy. The most decorated of the men's basketball alumni, he is close to all the parties involved in Kevin Ollie's complex contract dispute.

And he'd like to work toward a settlement, sooner rather than later.

"Both parties need to come to terms and make the situation go away," ...Read more

No ring chaser, NBA is still in Vince Carter's blood

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Ring chaser?

That's not Vince Carter.

Not that the 41-year-old hasn't had a chance in his 20-season NBA career. The eight-time all-star, who recently agreed to a one-year contract with the Hawks, doesn't have a problem with those players who move to a championship contender. For some, the move toward the ultimate aspiration comes late in a ...Read more

Clippers' Gallinari feels on top of world

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All is physically well for Danilo Gallinari, clearing the way for the Los Angeles Clippers forward to play in an exhibition game Saturday.

Why is it significant for him to play in the NBA Africa Game 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa? Because Gallinari was the poster child for a Clippers team that was decimated by injuries last season, his 2017-18...Read more

Joel Embiid on Sixers missing out on James, George, Leonard: 'I want to be better than those guys'

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They were ready to strike. Brett Brown said he was star hunting. The Sixers struck out on landing LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George. Joel Embiid didn't care.

"When my season ended, there was a lot of talk about adding guys. I literally did not really care because I want to get better," Embiid said during a conference call Wednesday ...Read more

David Nwaba agrees to free-agent deal with Cavaliers

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CHICAGO -- David Nwaba, who had a strong 2017-18 season for the Bulls, has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Cavaliers, a source confirmed.

Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement, which is expected to be finalized this week.

Nwaba, 25, averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes over 70 games for the Bulls last ...Read more

Heat's Hassan Whiteside looking forward to returning healthy this season

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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has already forgotten about last season.

An injury and frustrating year is a thing of the past. Whiteside is ready to move on and work his way back to proving he is capable of being a franchise player.

"I feel great," Whiteside said, speaking on a conference call to promote an exhibition game in Africa. "I ...Read more

Contrary to claim, former Missouri player Terrence Phillips found responsible for two Title IX violations

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Former Missouri basketball player Terrence Phillips announced last week that he had been cleared in three of the four Title IX complaints brought against him. He admitted only to being responsible for intimate partner violence, a Title IX violation, because he pushed an ex-girlfriend in 2016.

It turns out that wasn't the whole ...Read more

LeBron James has one more career-defining moment in his home state — opening a public school

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AKRON, Ohio -- As he drove to the school he was helping open in his hometown, LeBron James' emotions brought him back to when he was the same age as the kids who were starting school there Monday.

He remembered school meaning nothing to him. He remembered it being too far away for him to get there, especially when his mother didn't have a car. ...Read more

It's official: Hawks' buyout and waiver of Carmelo Anthony complete

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The Carmelo Anthony in Atlanta era is over -- before it began.

As planned when the Hawks acquired Anthony as part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers, the forward was bought out and waived. The transaction was completed and the official announcement came Monday.

Anthony was due $27.9 million on his expiring contract. He gave back ...Read more

LeBron says playing for a 'historic franchise' helped to draw him to Lakers

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Akron native LeBron James addressed his reasons for leaving the Cavaliers for the sunny shores of Southern California and the Los Angeles Lakers on his online platform "Uninterrupted" on Sunday.

James, who is home Monday to open his I Promise School in partnership with the Akron Public Schools, said some of the allure boiled down to history.

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LeBron James says joining Lakers is 'a dream come true'

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LOS ANGELES -- In his first public comments since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James said playing for one of the most iconic teams in sports was an overwhelming factor.

"This is kind of like a dream come true for me," James said in a video published Sunday through his media company Uninterrupted. "Growing up I was a Cowboys fan, ...Read more

Renewing Missouri-Kansas rivalry was on the top of his list, but Kareem Rush is thirsty for more

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Renewing the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri isn't the only thing that Kareem Rush wants to do.

On July 28, Rush was instrumental setting up the Kansas-Missouri alumni basketball game for charity, entitled "Rivalry Renewed." While the game got off to a start, Rush was excited to see the possibility of some movement in ...Read more

Kings to sign rookie forward Wenyen Gabriel to two-way contract

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Kings plan to sign forward Wenyen Gabriel to a two-way contract, a league source confirmed to The Bee's Jason Jones on Saturday.

Gabriel, who played two seasons for the University of Kentucky from 2016-18, competed with Sacramento in both the California Classic and Las Vegas summer league from July 2 to 13.

The 6-foot...Read more

Bulls agree to deal with Ryan Arcidiacono

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CHICAGO -- Ryan Arcidiacono, who played on a two-way contract with the Bulls season and for their summer-league team, has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal to return, a source confirmed to the Chicago Tribune on Saturday.

Arcidiacono will compete to make the NBA roster in training camp with the likes of guard Antonius Cleveland, whom the ...Read more

Pat Riley remains confident in Hassan Whiteside

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MIAMI -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley wants to make one thing clear about the organization's relationship with center Hassan Whiteside.

The team wants him here, and has never thought otherwise. That was the message Riley relayed Friday during a nearly 25-minute media teleconference.

"Contrary to what a lot of people think and say, he has not...Read more

As WNBA interest and stability rise, so too do calls for bigger salaries, expansion

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The WNBA, which brings its All-Star Game to Minneapolis Saturday, is in the midst of its 22nd season. There are teams still trying to make a profit and franchises that are moving; San Antonio just moved to Las Vegas and the New York Liberty, on the sales block, moved this year from Madison Square Garden to a smaller arena in ...Read more