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PARIS - Marvin Williams is in an enviable situation. The 15-year pro and No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 draft is one of two lottery picks from that year that are still playing in the NBA, along with Oklahoma City's Chris Paul. His career earnings are north of $110 million and he's still playing basketball "because I still enjoy it;" he's doesn't need to draw an NBA paycheck to be ...

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CHICAGO - If Bulls TV analyst Stacey King had been drinking water, NBC Sports Chicago viewers would have been treated to a spit take during Wednesday night's Bulls victory over the Timberwolves. "Believe it or not, Jim Boylen said (Luke Kornet) reminds him of Robert Horry," sideline reporter Leila Rahimi had said during a break in the action. Cue King. "Whaaaaat?!?" King squealed, making no ...

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CHICAGO - When Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders married his wife, Hayley, in 2017, the first person he remembers seeing outside the church was Zach LaVine. "That's a moment that's always going to stick with me," Saunders said Wednesday before his team played the Bulls at the United Center. The Wolves recently had traded LaVine to the Bulls as part of the draft-night blockbuster that sent ...

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Diana Taurasi once called it a "long shot" that she or any other woman could play in the NBA. But there's an NBA legend who thinks Taurasi and several other female players could hold their own in the men's league "right now." In a recent interview with CNN, former Lakers great Kobe Bryant was asked about the prospect of a woman one day making it to the NBA. "I think there are a couple of ...

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NEW YORK - The walls were lit basketball orange, matching the crushed velvet seats, the iconic Radio City Music Hall curtain and the magnetic buttons everyone wore on their lapels. How do you memorialize a life like that of legendary former NBA commissioner David Stern? You begin, it turns out, with a subtle touch of color choice. You pack one of the nation's most famous venues with people ...

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METAIRIE, La. - The debut of Zion Williamson is finally here after a long delay following knee surgery and requests by the New Orleans Pelicans for the 6-foot-6, 284-pound rookie to make some changes that would improve his flexibility and technique. Williamson stood before the media Tuesday with a basketball in his hands at the Pelicans' practice facility and admitted how difficult it had been ...

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PHILADELPHIA - There's an army ready. That's how one person close to Delonte West put it Tuesday morning, after a viral video put a spotlight on West's bipolar disorder, how the former St. Joseph's Hawks star and 10-year NBA player has gotten help for his illness in the past, and he needs it again. "My understanding is the NBA Players Association certainly has helped and they're in the loop ...

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The landmark contract tentatively reached by the WNBA owners and its players association represents a new frontier for professional athletics. If approved by league governors and players, it should be modeled by sports leagues everywhere as a baseline for equity. Veteran Seattle Storm star Sue Bird labeled the deal "historic" for the league created in 1996. For the first time, players would be ...

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The NBA is about competition: Figuring how to maintain optimal performance over an 82-game regular-season schedule. The NBA is about entertainment: Wherever and whenever two teams are told to play, the show must go on. Charlotte Hornets president Fred Whitfield oversaw a special logistics challenge this season: How to get maximum global exposure from playing in the first regular-season game in ...

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MIAMI - It certainly has been a rewarding start to the season for the Miami Heat. At midseason, there is reason to believe it could be awarding, as well. With the Heat at the midpoint of their schedule, the possibility is there for the Heat to have their first major award winners since LeBron James was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2013. ___ Coach of the Year: The Heat have had the NBA's ...

CHICAGO - Midway through a Bulls season that began with so much hope, Chicago's supply of patience trickles out one predictable loss at a time. After 41 games, it's more half empty than half full. Only people on the payroll see progress, something impossible for the rest of us to find in a 14-27 record. That's exactly where the Bulls were at midseason two years ago when this once-promising ...

Zion Williamson was selected by New Orleans as the top overall pick in the NBA draft 209 days ago. The Pelicans have played 41 games, half the regular season, all without their prized rookie. Fans are going to have to wait seven more days and the team will have to play three more games, but at least now we know when Williamson is expected to make his long-awaited NBA debut following knee ...

It began with a text. Kentucky coach John Calipari sat with Bam Adebayo at the NBA draft in 2017 as names went off the board. With the Miami Heat's pick approaching at No. 14, Calipari texted team president Pat Riley: "Are you taking my guy?" A minute passed. Two minutes. Then, just before the Heat picked, Calipari got a one-word response from Riley: "Bam!" Thus began the short answer to why ...

As expected, the Miami Heat's focus during Tuesday's practice was on its struggling defense. After allowing the Nets and Knicks to score a total of 132 paint points during a two-loss weekend in New York, the Heat's defense has been put under a microscope. Miami entered Tuesday allowing 107.5 points per 100 possessions this season, which is the league's 14th-best defensive rating. That mediocre ...

"I think the game itself is a lot bigger than Michael Jordan." Those were Jordan's words at his second retirement on Jan. 13, 1999, though not many would have dared say the same then - because it just didn't ring true. Jordan's 1999 retirement was akin to a Big Bang, ushering in a new millennium for sports. Jordan led a procession of sports legends who decided that year to hang it up - ...

DALLAS - Could Langston Galloway come back to Philadelphia to play for the 76ers? What about Galloway's Detroit Pistons teammate Luke Kennard or NBA free agent Jeff Green? Add those names to the list of wing players the Sixers have expressed interest in acquiring in a trade and/or as free-agent signees, according to multiple league sources. One source confirmed that Green worked for the Sixers ...

NEW YORK - Jimmy Butler said at Friday morning's Miami Heat shootaround that he was only looking ahead as he dismissed questions about his Wednesday night tussle with Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren. The NBA, however, still was looking back, fining Butler $35,000 and Warren $25,000 for the incident that left Warren ejected and had Butler taking to social media to note the next time the two ...

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.