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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pushing up pace is a logical thing for the Charlotte Hornets to explore this season. But only if playing faster doesn't bleed into playing recklessly. Coach James Borrego has coaxed faster pace - essentially looking to run more off defensive stops and get into offense faster - and new point guard Terry Rozier is tasked with implementing that. The Hornets did play faster this ...

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LOS ANGELES - The way the NBA's summer went, the 2019-20 season looked like it would play out almost biblically. Two by two, they'll march toward the end goal. In Los Angeles, there will be the one-browed big man and the King in one Staples Center locker room and a pair of rangy two-way wings in the other. In Houston, it'll be the patient scorer with an offensive arsenal as full as his beard ...

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MIAMI - It was mid-July, at the conclusion of the NBA's free-agency frenzy, when we paused in this space to rank the resulting Miami Heat roster. Two months later, on the eve of the regular season, we look back at what we thought then and what we (think we) know now. First, where we had the Heat's Core 14 in mid-July: ___ 1. Jimmy Butler; 2. Bam Adebayo; 3. Justise Winslow; 4. Tyler Herro; 5. ...

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LOS ANGELES - NBA teams can have up to 20 players during the offseason before trimming their rosters to 15 for the regular season. That means the bench area can become a crowded place. Often the players at the bottom of the team's totem pole wind up sitting on the floor while their more prominent teammates get spots on the bench - whether they're playing or not. That's what made one scene ...

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league's business relationship with China remains fractured in the wake of the Daryl Morey controversy, but he added it won't stop it from supporting "American values" when doing business with other countries. Speaking at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York on Thursday, Silver said the NBA refused China's demands to fire Morey after the Houston Rockets ...

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On Nov. 24, 1965, Mobutu Sese Seko, a lieutenant general in the Zairian army, led one of the first documented military coups in Africa. To maintain his power, Mobutu abolished political parties, used the country's resources as his personal bank and suppressed all dissenters. And by suppressed I mean imprisoned and/or murdered. Mobutu leveraged his relationship with Western nations, including ...

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MIAMI - Tyler Herro is a bucket. That has proven undeniable with the streak-shooting Miami Heat first-round pick through summer league and the first three games of preseason. But Tyler Herro as Klay Thompson? That's where the brakes were applied Wednesday after practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. Tuesday, in a report for heavy.com, veteran NBA reporter Sean Deveney wrote of the thoughts of one ...

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It was the tweet heard 'round the world, especially across the Pacific: "Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong." The Houston Rockets' general manager, Daryl Morey, posted it in support of protests against China's crackdown on Hong Kong's freedoms. The tweet was deleted and Morey apologized for any offense. But the reverberations keep rolling like ocean waves. The NBA has lost Chinese ...

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LOS ANGELES - Lakers star LeBron James received more backlash Tuesday for saying the previous day that freedom of speech can lead to "a lot of negative." He was unaware after practice Tuesday that protesters in Hong Kong had burned his jersey and were upset because James was critical about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet supporting demonstrators in Hong Kong. ...

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We get the heroes we deserve. They reflect the causes we value. So Michael Jordan has stood all these years firmly and boldly with Nike's profits. Tiger Woods' big social cause became his social life. Now it's LeBron James taking a resolute stand in a way that must make a previous sports generation groan. He chose money over freedom. He said it's fine to call out a free U.S. society, but not a ...

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LOS ANGELES - The tweet from LeBron James was powerful, poignant and seemingly beyond all debate. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," he wrote on Jan. 15, 2018, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Yet on Monday, James gave the tweet a little tweak. In tapping his inner mercenary, James ...

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LOS ANGELES - Their first 24 hours in China were nothing like the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets expected. Suddenly, the global politics NBA teams rarely think about had been thrust to the forefront of their daily lives. Sponsors canceled some scheduled events. The Chinese government canceled others. When a charity event on Wednesday was nixed, the Lakers started to realize the ...

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When it comes to sports, most people are thinking football this time of year. But last week will be remembered as an epochal week for the NBA. The league that prides itself on being outspoken for liberal values basically adopted China's policy on free speech. Players and coaches were not allowed to speak to media before or after preseason games in China. At a press conference in Japan, a CNN ...

Between traveling back and forth from Miami to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and just adapting to the NBA game as one of the Heat's two-way contract players last season, Duncan Robinson admits his rookie year was overwhelming. "Last year I was just trying to keep my head above water, in all honesty," Robinson said, with the Heat set to continue its preseason with a home game against the Hawks on ...

It was strange wasn't it? Watching the Houston Rockets' James Harden and Russell Westbrook, two of the NBA's most colorful and outspoken players, sit in silence, staring blankly into space. CNN's Christina Macfarlane had not asked an unfair question. Given the borderline international incident sparked by a team official, asking two players known for their gift of gab if they were going to be ...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU student from China who explained the current flap between the NBA and his homeland made a few things clear. 1. "All we want is an apology," he said. 2. "I love the NBA and I hope when I go home I can watch the games on TV," he said. 3. "Please don't use my name," he said. We all have a right to our opinion, and however clumsy and unaware Houston Rockets general ...

SHANGHAI - Two young men stood in the middle of a sidewalk after dusk, dimly lighted by street lights and a glowing television screen across the street. They had brought hundreds of small Chinese flags with them and each clutched a handful to offer the fans who approached Mercedes Benz Arena in a steady stream. Most of the fans accepted, some after confirming the flags were free. With a heavy ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An international firestorm between China and the NBA could cost Kings guard Buddy Hield millions of dollars on his next contract if revenue is lost and the league's salary cap is reduced. The geopolitical flap started last week when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The NBA has ...

There were many of us - and we've been saying it for years - who considered NBA figures such as Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and LeBron James as welcome voices of a new social conscience in sports. Now they look like cogs of another corporation backtracking on ideals for the ATM machine of China. And that's fine. It makes them no different than any other corporation in America. It's certainly ...

Poor Daryl Morey. Just three days ago, the Houston Rockets general manager was best known for having one of the NBA's winningest career records and for pioneering analytics in the sport. How was he to know that tweeting an image stating "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong" would lead to him and his organization being banned from China, and the NBA backpedaling furiously to hang on to its ...

It's easy to talk about social and political issues if your audience mostly agrees. Call it the power of an echo chamber. Which means that when the NBA brass decided to brand itself as a supporter of the freedom of expression it encouraged among its general managers, coaches and players, the league wasn't risking much. The folks who were likely to disagree with the political opinions of, say, ...

Former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory calls the NBA hypocritical in how it's dealing with the demonstrations in Hong Kong vs. how it treated Charlotte and the state in 2016 during the controversy over HB2. The NBA chose to move the 2017 All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte in response to a law the league and many others viewed as discriminatory to the LGBTQ community. After the state rescinded House Bill ...

The hundreds of thousands of protesters who've flooded the streets of Hong Kong these last four months are righteous, incredibly heroic and - I'm starting to think - also a little bit naive. They're the ones (at least some of them ... the politics are quite complicated) waving U.S. flags into the neon night and claim that they're fighting for the same values as America's founders - things like ...

PHILADELPHIA - So if the 76ers want to show everyone that they have some principles and guts, that they're more than just cheap progressive posers tapping into the woke zeitgeist for some easy money and good PR, here's what they'll do: Between now and 7 p.m. Tuesday, someone in their ownership group, someone in their front office or on their coaching staff, someone who might suit up for their ...

The Brooklyn Nets' scheduled visit to a Shanghai-area school has been canceled by the Chinese government, according to a league official. The cancellation is the latest in a series of fractures between the NBA and one of its largest markets after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for protesters in Hong Kong on Friday evening. And while the tweet was quickly deleted, ...