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Latest Lakers intel: Sources view JJ Redick as a leading coaching candidate

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LOS ANGELES — As the Lakers continued meeting with prospects in the final days of the NBA draft combine, their coaching search continued to be a strong topic of conversation among rival scouts and executives.

Internally, Lakers sources not authorized to speak publicly have tried to describe their coaching search as being a "wide open" process...Read more

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Juggernaut Celtics await in Eastern Conference finals as Knicks, Pacers battle in second-round series

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NEW YORK — The prize awaiting the victor of the Knicks and Pacers’ second-round slugfest is a meeting in the Eastern Conference finals with basketball’s biggest juggernaut.

That would be the Boston Celtics, who, after rolling to an NBA-best 64-18 record in the regular season, booked their ticket to the third round of the playoffs with a ...Read more

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What we heard at the NBA combine, including Bronny James on his future and Terrence Shannon Jr. addressing his arrest

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CHICAGO — All eyes were on Bronny James this week in Chicago as the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James showed out at the NBA combine at Wintrust Arena.

James isn’t projected to be picked in the first round of the NBA draft. In fact, most mock drafts place him deep in the second round. But the eagerness of his father — a four-time...Read more

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Having succeeded at No. 13 (Tyler Herro), No. 14 (Bam Adebayo), Heat seek to continue mid-range draft success while scouting for No. 15

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MIAMI — Having maximized NBA draft picks at No. 13 and No. 14, it’s as if Adam Simon is playing three-card poker, attempting to fill out a straight at No. 15.

Simon, the Heat’s vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager, is optimistic about the team’s No. 15 selection in the June 26 NBA draft, even with many ...Read more

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Troy Renck: Nuggets series has become Nikola Jokic vs. everybody. And Jokic always wins

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DENVER — Revenge games provide a platform for players to show why they should have won MVP honors. Nikola Jokic staged a revenge game to show why he did win MVP honors.

The premise was that the Minnesota Timberwolves were trying to reconnect in this series after getting skunked twice at home. They exuded confidence, convinced Tuesday would be...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: Knicks' Tom Thibodeau continues to put Coach of the Year ballot to shame

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NEW YORK — It’s funny when you think about it.

Tom Thibodeau finished fifth among his peers in Coach of the Year voting, an award rightfully claimed by Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault, who captained the youngest team ever to both win 55 games in a season and secure to the No. 1 seed in either the Eastern or Western Conferences ...Read more

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John Clay: Could Reed Sheppard be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA draft? Yes, he could.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Before Reed Sheppard became a Kentucky Wildcat, yours truly heard through the grapevine that a respected coach opined he was sure the high school hero would be a good college player. He was not so sure Sheppard would be a pro.

One year later, that same Reed Sheppard could be the No. 1 overall selection in the NBA draft on ...Read more

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Mike Vorel: Washington navigated 'wild west' to land Great Osobor, raising plenty of questions

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SEATTLE — While being introduced as Washington's men's basketball coach on March 27, Danny Sprinkle donned a purple tie and sat at a table inside Alaska Airlines Arena. Facing rows of family members, media, athletic department employees and increasingly important donors, he laughed and told the truth.

"It's the wild, wild west now in college ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: No, the Sixers didn't miss on the 'Nova Knicks. They never fit in Philly.

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PHILADELPHIA — The best possible outcome for the NBA and its Finals in June would be a matchup between the New York Knicks, with their Villanova DNA and their bulldog playing style, and the Minnesota Timberwolves and their defense played with the ferocity of an actual wolf pack. Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards would goose with fresh names ...Read more

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Nikola Jokic's 40-point masterclass hands Nuggets 3-2 playoff series lead over Timberwolves

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Nobody could hear a word Adam Silver was saying, but the speech was probably nice.

On a night Ball Arena drowned out the NBA commissioner’s presentation of Nikola Jokic’s third MVP award with “M-V-P” chants, Jokic proceeded to give Silver a treat. He went for 40 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Nuggets to a 112-97 Game ...Read more

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Timberwolves can't stop Nikola Jokic as Denver Nuggets gain control of series with 112-97 Game 5 victory

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Before Game 5, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented Denver center Nikola Jokic with his third MVP trophy.

His teammates mobbed him at midcourt as the Wolves looked from their end of the court.

That's essentially what Jokic reduced the Wolves to the rest of the night — witnesses to an all-world performance as Denver defeated the Wolves 112-...Read more

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Jalen Brunson scores 44 points as Knicks take 3-2 series lead with 121-91 rout of Pacers

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NEW YORK — Why is Aaron Nesmith playing Twister on a basketball court?

It’s the fourth quarter of a blowout Knicks Game 5 victory over the Indiana Pacers, a decisive 121-91 result in favor of a Knicks team that bounced back from a 32-point loss in Game 4, and Jalen Brunson, who had torched the Pacers’ best defensive option all night, went...Read more

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Bronny James not thinking of playing with his dad, he'd be happy getting to NBA

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CHICAGO — Bronny James, meeting with reporters at the NBA draft combine Tuesday, said he had not thought about playing in the NBA with his father.

"I would be happy about getting to the league instead of me thinking about playing with my dad," he said. "But that's not my mindset at all. I'm just trying to put in the work and see where it ...Read more

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Veteran Sun teach rookie Caitlin Clark, Fever a lesson in 92-71 season-opening win

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The “Caitlin Clark effect” may have fueled the sold-out crowd that flocked to Mohegan Sun Arena for the Connecticut Sun season opener against the Indiana Fever, but the veteran Sun squad asserted its will against the rookie superstar in a 92-69 win on Tuesday.

DeWanna Bonner appeared ageless in the first game of her ...Read more

Dom Amore: With Caitlin Clark's quiet arrival at Mohegan Sun, the fun begins

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — It began about 11:02 a.m. and it began quietly. Caitlin Clark, one of the most famous and certainly the most discussed athlete in the world at this moment, jogged out with her new teammate to shoot some baskets.

This was the way Clark would want it to be, a natural thing she has done nearly all her life. The immense hype ...Read more

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Hall of Fame Kansas, UNC coach Roy Williams reflects on college hoops in NIL/portal era

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Former Kansas and North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has said many times he did not retire on April 1, 2021, because of radical changes in the sport and college athletics in general.

Though the 73-year-old Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer reiterates that’s still the case, he did concede in a Zoom call with media ...Read more

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Rudy Gobert fined $75,000 for making 'money sign' in Timberwolves' Game 4 loss to Nuggets

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DENVER — Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert was fined $75,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for making a "money sign" during the Wolves' loss to Denver in Sunday night's playoff game at Target Center.

It's the second time this season he's been fined for the gesture in games involving referee Scott Foster. The previous fine was $100,000.

The Nuggets ...Read more

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Timberwolves problem is not any sort of Minnesota sports curse

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I have three kids under the age of 10, including two grade school-aged daughters, which means Taylor Swift music is unavoidable in our house (not that I mind).

When her song, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" comes on, I admit that sometimes my thoughts turn to Minnesota sports and how that Swift offering can be interpreted as an ...Read more

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David Murphy: The Joel Embiid conundrum will take center stage this offseason

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The two questions we ask ourselves each May:

1) How much time will Joel Embiid spend on the court next season?

2) How do you build a roster that can survive without him?

I’m talking mostly within the context of a game here. During the Sixers’ loss to the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, the contrast in their performance with and...Read more

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Jayson Tatum, Celtics survive short-handed Cavs in Game 4, take 3-1 series lead

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CLEVELAND — For these Celtics, there’s no place like the road.

The road Monday started smooth, paved with pregame injury luck. Then it turned rocky, littered with turnovers and obstructed by a wounded dog.

But by the end of the night, the road led the Celtics exactly where they want to be: back home with a chance to clinch a spot in the ...Read more