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TORONTO - As he became known as one of Canada's best teenage basketball players, Javonte Brown-Ferguson had a decision to make. Prep schools in the United States were wooing the 6-foot-11, 230-pound center. It was an attractive opportunity. Many top Canadian recruits had used the same pipeline to reach the NBA. Instead, he stayed at Thornlea School, 18 miles from downtown Toronto, driven by a ...

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MIAMI - They have a dominant player in Jimmy Butler, but not necessarily a dominating scorer, with seven players averaging in double figures. That, NBA Hall of Fame guard and current NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas said, is what makes this season's Miami Heat so refreshing. "Don't you get the feeling that they're not playing for numbers?" the former Detroit Pistons icon said during a recent ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NBA teams shouldn't be giving up 50 points in the paint on a regular basis, but that's who the Charlotte Hornets are this season. The Hornets had no answer for the Brooklyn Nets' size inside, falling 111-104 at Spectrum Center. The Nets outrebounded the Hornets 49-34, scoring 50 in the lane to the Hornets' 32. Hornets point guard Devonte Graham finished with 29 points and ...

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MILWAUKEE - He's arms, shoulders and legs - a combination of strength, size and skill that's rare even in the NBA. He's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, and the player that gets the most ink in scouting reports - and not because of his last name's wingspan. "He's aggressive, plays the game extremely hard, very skilled. He's a 7-foot guy who can handle the ball, ...

PHILADELPHIA - Matisse Thybulle had forgotten his vegetables, and now it was time to pay the price. The rookie first-round draft pick was slipping into his street clothes at his locker when Tobias Harris called over. An hour earlier, Thybulle had put the finishing touches on another impressive outing: nine points, 3-for-3 from behind the arc, three steals, and a plus-13 in 25 minutes off the ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bitter, angry, mopey. Dwayne Bacon could be all those things, considering how his Charlotte Hornets season has gone. He's intent on being none of those things. He can't control his circumstance, but he can control his response. "I have never lost my mind," Bacon said Monday ahead of the game against the Phoenix Suns. "It's not as if I don't think my season is going to turn ...

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis wanted this. The attention, the scrutiny, the spotlight that comes with playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. So on Wednesday morning, he sat in an arena that used to be his home and spoke without any caution about the impact of being on the NBA's brightest stage. "It just shows the world," Davis said. "I think the world didn't believe that I was able to do the same ...

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue All-American guard Carsen Edwards announced Monday that he will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, thus ending one of the great careers in Purdue basketball history.