Jimmy Butler not with Timberwolves; Tom Thibodeau backs Butler's practice behavior

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After two drama-filled days that included Jimmy Butler's confrontational return to Timberwolves practice Wednesday and more soap opera fodder Thursday, Friday might be a lot quieter.

Butler was not with the Timberwolves in Milwaukee as they prepared for their final preseason game, head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed Friday morning at shootaround...Read more

10,000 miles from Philly, Sixers star Ben Simmons has his native Australia obsessed

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SYDNEY, Australia -- One recent morning, a father and son walked along Harris Street, just up a hill from Sydney Harbor. The son held a basketball. Both wore replica NBA basketball jerseys. They'd just been breaking in the dad's new jersey, shooting hoops down the street on a playground court.

"Quality time together, isn't it mate?" Andrew ...Read more

Three sides to Winter's tale

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LOS ANGELES--Michael Jordan, the greatest shooting guard in NBA history, moved with an incredible fluidity. The quick shake of his shoulders, a wiggle of his hips, a tilt of his head could all leave defenders helpless.

The same could be said for Kobe Bryant -- the closest thing to Jordan that has ever existed -- a guard who could spin around ...Read more

Professional advice makes Bruins contenders in Pac-12

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands were featured prominently in the moments before they walked through a door inside the Pac-12 Conference offices and situated themselves at a table in the back of the room to field questions from reporters.

Wilkes took a pass from his UCLA teammate and made a three-point shot as part of a highlight ...Read more

Michigan State's Tom Izzo blasts past allegations, says 'I've grown up'

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Tom Izzo wanted to talk about defending champion Michigan State's upcoming season at Big Ten media day.

Instead, he used Thursday to get a few things off his chest.

Nine months' worth of grievances emphatically poured out of Izzo during his nearly hour-long roundtable with reporters. The 24th-year coach reserved his strongest...Read more

Steve Kerr joins USA Basketball's coaching staff with Gregg Popovich

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be joining forces with his friend and mentor Gregg Popovich on the USA Basketball coaching staff, it was announced Thursday.

Popovich named Kerr, Pacers coach Nate McMillan and Villanova coach Jay Wright as his assistant coaches for the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics in Japan.

"This is an incredible ...Read more

Illinois guard Aaron Jordan is from the Chicago area and wears No. 23. So … is he related?

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Illinois guard Aaron Jordan has eight new teammates this season. So let's get the word out efficiently in case any of them is wondering: No, he is not related to Michael Jordan.

Jordan, a Plainfield (Ill.) East alumnus who last season shot 46.3 percent from 3-point range, said he often gets the question from fans, fellow students and even ...Read more

Jimmy Butler reportedly held team meeting Thursday, preparing to start year with Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler said he was ready to practice again Thursday, a day after he memorably returned to the Timberwolves and confronted teammates and the front office.

Except there was no practice.

The Wolves canceled their previously scheduled practice and media availability set for Thursday in advance of Friday's preseason finale at ...Read more

Jabari Parker says reserve role on Bulls would be 'huge adjustment'

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CHICAGO -- Saying he declined to address reporters late Wednesday because he "just wasn't prepared to answer questions" about his demotion, Bulls forward Jabari Parker answered almost all of them before practice Thursday.

It's the one he didn't answer that seemed the most telling.

Asked if, after two left ACL tears, the former No. 2 overall ...Read more

Tex Winter, innovator of the triangle offense and a former Lakers assistant, dies at 96

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Tex Winter, the innovator of the "triangle" offense used by teams that won 10 of the last 19 National Basketball Association championships, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Kansas State University, where he coached from 1953-68, announced that he died in Manhattan, Kan.

Winter spent nine seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach and ...Read more

Hall of Famer Tex Winter, architect of the champion Bulls' triangle offense, dies at 96

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Tex Winter, the Hall of Fame coach whose teachings of the triangle offense helped spearhead six Bulls championships in the 1990s, died Wednesday, the Bulls confirmed. Winter, 96, had been in declining health since suffering a debilitating stroke in April 2009.

"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the...Read more

Joel Embiid signs new sneaker deal with Under Armour, reportedly becomes NBA's richest center

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Joel Embiid is getting paid.

The 76ers star signed a five-year shoe deal with Under Armour and according to ESPN, the endorsement's value will make him the highest-paid center in the NBA.

Embiid was spotted by the Inquirer's Keith Pompey wearing Under Armour sneakers at practice in late September. Previously, Embiid's contract had been with ...Read more

Emotional Jimmy Butler returns to Wolves practice, reportedly challenges teammates

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Yes, Jimmy Butler was ... here.

Officially, that's about all that came from post-practice comments Wednesday. Coach Tom Thibodeau's news conference was ended before he was asked whether Butler, still on the trading block but still technically a part of the team nearly a month since requesting a trade, had practiced with the Timberwolves.

"He ...Read more

LeBron James won't face Warriors in San Jose on Friday, report says

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There's bad news for fans who thought they were going to see LeBron James' first Bay Area appearance as a Laker on Friday in San Jose.

James is not expected to suit up for the Lakers when they take on the Warriors at SAP Center, according to an ESPN report.

The plan was apparently to have the 33-year-old James play in just one of Los Angeles' ...Read more

Reggie Miller, Chris Webber: Heat should not deal Josh Richardson for Jimmy Butler

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TNT analysts and former NBA All-Stars Reggie Miller and Chris Webber both said Wednesday if the decision was theirs, they would not be willing to trade Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson in a package for disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler.

The two offered their comments on a Turner Sports conference call to promote the ...Read more

Q&A with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: speaking out, writing for TV and basketball's evolution

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's athletic resume is more lengthy than his 7-foot-2 frame. He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 career points) while amassing six NBA championships (five with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Milwaukee Bucks), six NBA MVP awards and three NCAA titles (with UCLA) -- and that's the brief version.

Now 71 years ...Read more

Lakers' Ball is finally ready to mesh with James on the court

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LOS ANGELES--Lonzo Ball's first outing as LeBron James' Lakers teammate will come under the bright lights of Las Vegas against the NBA's defending champion Golden State Warriors in an exhibition game Wednesday.

That's not what Ball says he's focusing on, though. He's just happy he gets to play basketball again.

"It is going to be very fun," ...Read more

NC State compliance director testifies she had 'no knowledge' of payment to Dennis Smith's dad

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N.C. State compliance director Carrie Doyle testified in federal court in New York on Tuesday that she had no prior knowledge of a $40,000 payment made to the father of Dennis Smith Jr. to secure his son's commitment to play basketball for the Wolfpack.

The government alleges that former adidas executive James Gatto gave $40,000 to an unnamed N...Read more

So far, it's no joke for UCLA's Alford

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LOS ANGELES--Steve Alford provided some lighter fare to accompany the sirloin steak with Jack Daniels peppercorn sauce and berry crisp with vanilla ice cream that was served Tuesday at the annual Southern California Basketball Coaches Tip-Off Luncheon.

The UCLA coach ribbed predecessor Jim Harrick for his return to coaching at age 80, as an ...Read more