FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Kansas players celebrate after winning the Big 12 NCAA college basketball championship game against West Virginia, in Kansas City, Mo. With a bunch of transfers becoming eligible and a bevy of five-star freshmen, Kansas begins pursuit of another Big 12 title _ and perhaps more. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 10, 2018 - 4:54 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Silvio De Sousa mugged for a couple cameras, then did a couple dance moves for video, before finally settling into a chair on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse. He looked relaxed. Completely at ease. Chill, even. He certainly didn't seem concerned that, at almost the exact same...
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San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan (10) tangles with Houston Rockets' Carmelo Anthony (7) and James Harden during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 10, 2018 - 3:55 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs were eager to turn the page after all the injuries and uncertainty of last season. Instead, the hard luck continues. San Antonio was beset by two knee injuries in the preseason, the most devastating to point guard Dejounte Murray. Coach Gregg Popovich said Murray will...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammate Draymond Green during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Houston. A fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals would be an incredible feat. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 10, 2018 - 3:13 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr understands the NBA's business side, free agency and everything it takes to build a perennial winner with a star-studded roster like the one he coaches every day. He also knows the Warriors' dominance won't last forever. Kerr addressed that thought with his group...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston. Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included Irving and Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)
October 10, 2018 - 1:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The band is back together in Boston. Or, at least, it's healthy again. Hopes were high for the Celtics going into last season thanks to a revamped roster that included All-Star additions Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Everything changed five minutes into the season with Hayward's...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, left, talks to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, on the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio. Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league: hire more women in positions of power. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)
October 09, 2018 - 3:12 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. "I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant...
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San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) grabs a rebound next to teammate Bryn Forbes, left, and Houston Rockets' Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 08, 2018 - 5:34 pm
Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he's the right point guard for their team. And then Murray's knee gave out. In an instant, the entire trajectory of the Spurs' season might have changed...
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October 08, 2018 - 12:51 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have fired general manager Ryan McDonough barely a week before the season begins. James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the GM duties on an interim basis for the Suns. Jones is the team's vice president of basketball operations and Bukstein was assistant GM...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler plays against the Houston Rockets in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series in Minneapolis. With Butler's trade demand swirling like a dark cloud around coach Tom Thibodeau, newly minted super-max player Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves arrive for training camp. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 05, 2018 - 2:50 pm
Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau says that the Timberwolves are still "trying to get something done" with regards to Jimmy Butler's future. Thibodeau briefly addressed the situation Friday with reporters in Minneapolis, saying that talks are "ongoing." But Thibodeau offered no other details, nor did...
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In a photo provided by NBAE, Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, of Tunisia, lifts a participant during the NBA Cares Special Olympics Basketball Clinic, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. At left is Mavericks guard J.J. Barea. (Randy Belice/NBAE via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 9:32 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — JJ Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games. Redick was 7 for 7 from 3-point range for the 76ers, who trailed by 15...
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THIS CORRECTS THE IDENTIFICATION TO BRIAN BOWEN SR., AND NOT MERL CODE, AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Brian Bowen Sr. arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in New York. When Brian Bowen Jr., one of America's brightest high school basketball stars, announced in June 2017 that he would attend the University of Louisville, a school that had not been on anyone's radar as his possible destination, sportswriters called it a coup that "came out of nowhere." In a trial that began Monday, federal prosecutors will argue that the signing wasn't luck at all but the result of a payoff to Bowen's father. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 04, 2018 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a top-rated college basketball prospect testified Thursday that his son was offered thousands of dollars on the sly to play at major programs before a corruption scandal derailed the promising player's collegiate career. At a federal trial over allegations about dirty...
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