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Oklahoma City Thunder star Carmelo Anthony is learning to accept a new role

Behold the man in his element: back to the basket at the right elbow, ball held high, roughly 17 feet away. It’s a sight embedded deep in the culture, as instantly recognizable as a logo for a national brand. To see him there, in person, is like visiting a famous landmark, a place to pay respect to a different time. You know who it is without the name. You can see it. I know you can. Ball held textbook-tight and chin-high, leaning back into the defender as if pondering the…

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Lonzo Ball of Los Angeles Lakers back on court in win over Dallas Mavericks after nearly six-week layoff

LOS ANGELES — In his first game back from injury after nearly six weeks off, Lonzo Ball came off the bench and still had to wait a little bit longer before he could play. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie drew an unusual delay of game whistle from officials for not getting his warmup top off as he walked onto the court. Other than that, Ball’s return after a 15-game absence due to a sprained left MCL injury went off without a hitch. Playing for the first time since Jan. 13,…

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Lonzo Ball of Los Angeles Lakers says NCAA players should be paid

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball weighed in on the subject of college athletes being paid and the FBI investigation into college basketball, saying the NCAA should allow players to be paid. “Everybody knows everybody’s getting paid,” Ball said Friday. “Might as well make it legal.” A comprehensive breakdown of the teams, players, coaches and others implicated in the scandal engulfing college basketball. Ball said he did not receive money from agents during his one season at UCLA. “My dad wasn’t big on that,” Ball said. “We just focused on…

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Guarding James Harden

. “Secret? He works on them. He works his butt off. People don’t understand how hard James works, and that’s why he’s good at what he does.” — Los Angeles Lakers’ Corey Brewer on the secret to Harden’s step-back 3 . “Guys kind of get sucked in and caught up in ball-watching when he gets into his dribble rhythm.” — Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson on guarding Harden AP Photo/David J. Phillip . “When he can get to dancing and he feels comfortable … it’s really tough to guard.” —…

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Warriors win another season series against Clippers

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors used a spirited first-quarter start against the LA Clippers to get back on the winning track, ultimately earning a 134-127 victory Thursday at Oracle Arena. Curry exploded for 44 points on 14-of-19 from the field and 8-of-11 from beyond the arc to go with 6 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes. It was his third 40-point game of the season. Kevin Durant chipped in 24 points and eight boards, and Klay Thompson added 19 points. First-quarter play has been…

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley out tonight against the Golden State Warriors

LA Clippers guard Avery Bradley has a sports hernia and won’t play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Doc Rivers said. Ty Wallace will start in Bradley’s place. Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) will miss tonight’s game against the Warriors.┬áDavid Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Bradley will be evaluated by doctors, Rivers told reporters. The Detroit Pistons traded Bradley in January as part of the Blake Griffin trade. Bradley is averaging 14.3 points and two assists per game this season. Source link

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Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs elects against returning to active roster

7:30 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN After spending 10 days before the All-Star break in New York consulting with a specialist to gather a second opinion on his right quad injury, All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard bears the burden of determining when he’s prepared to play again, sources told ESPN. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting down a nine-game return to the San Antonio Spurs that ended Jan. 13, he has elected against returning to the active roster, sources said. If Leonard…

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With no trip to White House planned, Golden State Warriors to spend part of D.C. trip with local kids

2:35 AM ET Chris Haynes Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers NBA and Warriors for ESPN.com Covered Cavaliers and NBA for Cleveland Plain Dealer from 2014-2016 Covered Trail Blazers for Comcast SportsNet NW from 2011-2014 Fresno State University graduate Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News OAKLAND, Calif. — With President Donald Trump tweeting last September that a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors was “withdrawn,” the reigning NBA champs have decided to go on a private…

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers says he’s against idea of re-seeding for playoffs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Fresh off being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game played in a reimagined format that seemingly reinvigorated the February festivities, LeBron James urged the league to pump the brakes when it comes to potential changes to the playoffs. “It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that, but let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs,” James said after Cleveland Cavaliers practice Wednesday. “You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys…

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Dallas Mavericks investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct

Former Dallas Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery has been accused of multiple incidents of inappropriate behavior toward female employees during his 18 years with the team, according to a Sports Illustrated report. The report detailed allegations of sexually suggestive comments and inappropriate touching by Ussery, who was allowed to continue to work with the team — despite numerous complaints to human resources — before his departure in 2015. Terdema Ussery was seen as a rising star in the league on the business side before leaving the Mavericks in 2015.┬áTim…

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