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"Today, the basketball gods smiled upon the Nets." In the summer of 2013, Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets' billionaire owner, took a victory lap in the news release announcing his team's trade for a pair of future Hall of Famers. The cost to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn was extreme - a grab bag of players and three first-round picks plus a fourth coming via a swap of picks. ...

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Jay Bilas was talking about the struggles of a freshman who is a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft and he stopped himself. "It's one year," said Bilas, who is ESPN's top college basketball analyst and will work his 17th NBA draft on Thursday night. One year is just about all the NBA gets to judge the top talent in college basketball. There are five freshmen, from Duke and North Carolina, ...

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MIAMI - NAP time has to be over for the Miami Heat. Nice Adequate Players only get you so far in the NBA. And that's certainly what Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo have proven to be for President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra. Each figures, at worst, to be a quality rotation player for years to come. But will any of the three recent draft choices emerge at any point as an ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak is exploring ways to trade up from the team's current No. 12 spot in the first round of Thursday's NBA draft. Confirming an Observer report from Wednesday, Kupchak said he's contacted teams picking before the Hornets' first-round selection. Though it would be expensive as far as trade capital to make such a deal, it demonstrates ...

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After the Toronto Raptors fell behind 2-0 against top-seeded Milwaukee in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, Kawhi Leonard was asked where they went from here. "To Toronto," he responded in his deep monotone, "for Game 3." But there are no more games to fly home for, no more playoff series, only a championship parade and a major life decision rapidly approaching for an athlete whose greatest ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Jimmy Butler will turn down his 2019-20 player option with the 76ers and hit the free-agent market, according to a report by Yahoo. This is not a surprising move and was expected by all parties. Butler will likely be offered multiple max contracts from teams across the league, including the Sixers. It would have been a shocking move for Butler to pick up his option with the ...

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OAKLAND, Calif. - It's why you miss birthdays and anniversaries, why you know hotel beds better than your own. It's why it feels like you spend more time in the air than on the ground, why you have to settle for FaceTime calls instead of hugs and kisses. It's the back-to-backs, the late nights in cities across the country. It's never knowing what day of the week it is. It's taking photos of ...

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OAKLAND, Calif. - The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight. They showed unspeakable tenacity, steely resolve, and an unquantifiable amount of heart. But they didn't have enough soldiers to win the war. Stephen Curry had a chance to win it - a clean-as-you-could-expect look at the rim from behind the 3-point arc, but his shot in the final seconds clanked off the rim. The Warriors had ...

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OAKLAND, Calif. - The gasps became audible on the court, from the bench and near the rafters. The Warriors lost another All-Star once again with an injury. Klay Thompson clutched his left leg in pain after falling awkwardly on a fouled dunk attempt. The Warriors expected the crowd at Oracle Arena to be loud for its final home game. But not for this reason. Once again, the Warriors experienced ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - With next week's NBA draft quickly approaching, John Calipari's streak of nine years with a lottery selection coming out of the Kentucky basketball program might be in jeopardy. Calipari has had 19 lottery picks during his tenure at UK, more than any other college program during that time. While UK doesn't have a player guaranteed to be picked inside the top 10, there is still ...

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Kansas fans will remember the moment. The Jayhawks had been battling uphill throughout the game against Purdue in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. About a minute remained and the Jayhawks trailed by three when they got a steal: The transition ended with Elijah Johnson tossing a long lob to Tyshawn Taylor, who finished at the rim. Work remained for the Jayhawks, but this was a ...

Former North Carolina star Luke Maye isn't focused on whether he'll be drafted into the NBA. It's whether a team will commit to his future, draft pick or otherwise. "I want to go someplace where they really want to invest in me and make me better," said Maye, who committed to the Tar Heels as a walk-on and ended up a third-team All-American and member of the 2017 national championship team. A ...

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Mavericks will play the Detroit Pistons in Mexico City in December as part of a two-game venture by the NBA. The Mavericks and Pistons will play at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Dec. 12. The Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs will play on Dec. 14. It's the fourth consecutive season the league has played two regular-season games in Mexico. The league has played 28 games ...

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Warriors used to thrive through the adversity. They remained confident when they faced playoff series deficits. They exerted their dominance with third-quarter runs. Then they prevailed with crunch-time plays. So why did the Warriors whittle this time under those circumstances? The Warriors labored to a 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on ...

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If you think moving the 3-point line to the international distance next season is no big deal, you're not alone. More than one Kentucky player feels the same way. Immanuel Quickley actually has experience with the longer distance. He played on USA Basketball's U17 and U19 teams in competition that included the international distance. "It's not too big a deal," he said Friday. ...

MIAMI - A familiar face with a familiar name will be part of a Miami Heat pre-draft workout in a familiar place. Trey Mourning, son of Heat Hall of Fame center Alonzo Mourning, is scheduled to work for the team in advance of the June 20 NBA draft at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, according to a party familiar with the plans. Mourning, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, spent five seasons at ...

Fred Hoiberg is sitting in the lobby restaurant of the hotel that is serving as his temporary home. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is playing on a large, wall-mounted TV eight feet away, but Hoiberg is only half-watching. He's more focused on sharing how he just met the student-manager from the first three Nebraska teams that his grandfather, Jerry Bush, coached from 1954 to 1963. "That stuff is ...

Like just about everyone who has ever watched him play basketball for any length of time, I absolutely love Kemba Walker. Seeing him perform every night for the Charlotte Hornets has been a dazzling pleasure for the past eight seasons. But that doesn't mean the Hornets should give Walker the five-year, $221-million "supermax" contract that he is now eligible for with Charlotte due to making ...

In his 15th NBA season, and fifth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, Andre Iguodala knows what kind of balance he needs. He wants to be comfortable and relaxed as he reaches his sport's pinnacle, but not too comfortable or too relaxed. "You still want to have that edge about you," Iguodala said. When his mind needs sharpening, he finds a puzzle to refine his thoughts, or picks up a ...

The New Orleans Saints should have met the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. If not for some awful officiating, the Vegas Knights might be playing the Boston Bruins for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup. A particularly bad night for much-maligned umpire Angel Hernandez in late May triggered yet another discussion about employing the technology used by professional tennis to determine ...

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.