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3:12 PM ET PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George returned to LA Clippers‘ practice Friday and are on the verge of returning to action. Coach Ty Lue said the two Clippers likely will be considered questionable for Saturday’s game against Sacramento depending on how they both feel after Friday’s practice. Leonard has
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Nov 4, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) passes the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports The reigning champions Golden State Warriors are playing mediocre .500 basketball one quarter into the season. Here are three
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11:58 AM ET After rehabilitating offseason wrist surgery, Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton plans to make his season debut Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN. Middleton, who had a procedure in July to repair torn ligaments, returns with the Bucks (15-5) holding onto second place in the Eastern Conference behind the
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9:00 AM ET Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise through his 39th birthday in 2025, his agent Jason Glushon of Glushon Sports Management told ESPN on Thursday morning. Horford, a five-time All-Star, is completing the final season of a four-year, $109
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Tyrese Haliburton is breaking new ground with his assist stats this season. But don’t overlook what he’s doing on defense for the Indiana Pacers. Tyrese Haliburton is having a remarkable season for the surprising Indiana Pacers, pushing himself into all sorts of outlier statistical territory. His assist to Andrew Nembhard on the game-winning 3-pointer against
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Jaylen Brown appeared to co-sign a religious movement rooted in anti-Semitic beliefs that showed up to show support to Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving is slated to return to the Brooklyn Nets after serving an eight-game suspension on Sunday. Irving was suspended for sharing a movie that contained anti-Semitic themes and ideas and refusing
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1:48 PM ET Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss four to six weeks with a right calf strain, sources told ESPN. After initial fears of a significant injury when he left Monday night’s 142-127 loss to Washington in the third quarter, Towns underwent imaging on Tuesday in Minneapolis. The expectation exists
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9:04 AM ET The Dallas Mavericks intend to sign veteran guard Kemba Walker to address their glaring need for another creator in Luka Doncic‘s supporting cast, sources confirmed to ESPN. Dallas will waive reserve point guard Facundo Campazzo, whose contract is nonguaranteed, to create an open roster spot for Walker, sources said. Walker, 32, a
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Despite optimism about Damian Lillard’s calf injury, an MRI revealed issues that could sideline the Portland Trail Blazers’ star for additional games The Portland Trail Blazers have gotten off to a strong, and perhaps surprising, start to the season. At 10-6, they’re sitting in third place in the uber-competitive Western Conference. This early success has
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2:41 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games for “forcefully shoving” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton when the big man wasn’t looking and causing him to fall to the court in L.A.’s game against the Suns on Tuesday, the NBA announced on Thursday. In the league’s statement, attributed to
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On Amazon’s alternate TNF stream, LeBron James discussed the Packers’ inability to help Aaron Rodgers, mirroring his own frustrations with the Lakers. On Thursday night, Amazon aired an alternative stream to the TNF game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans, featuring HBO’s The Shop. Guest of the program, LeBron James, shared some not-so-cryptic
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Bulls star Zach LaVine got benched for the final three minutes of Friday’s game and he hated it. The Chicago Bulls faced their friends Orlando Magic on Friday with the Eastern Conference foes entering the meeting at very different steps in the developmental cycle. The Bulls are playing all-in basketball this season after putting together the
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) USC has reached its proving ground to climb into College Football Playoff by Alicia de Artola Bellator pays tribute to Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson at Bellator 288 by Thomas Albano Twitter had thoughts on a hard foul Joel Embiid committed against Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sixers center Joel Embiid
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Giannis Antetokounmpo got into a bizarre confrontation with 76ers players, workers, following the Bucks defeat against Philadelphia It is impossible not to make it sound bizarre, but Friday’s matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers boiled down to a Joel Embiid dirty foul, a career-low night for Giannis Antetokounmpo from the charity stripe,
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Nov 17, 2022 A former clinical psychologist for the San Antonio Spurs has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against the franchise and Joshua Primo, the 2021 lottery pick released by the team last month after he was accused of repeated acts of indecent exposure. “The parties have agreed to resolve this matter,” attorney Tony
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2:07 PM ET Kawhi Leonard will return and start against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, coach Ty Lue said. Leonard was previously listed as out, but his status was upgraded to questionable at the LA Clippers‘ Thursday morning shootaround. After playing in two of the first three games of the season, coming off the
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8:25 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will remain out Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings as he continues a team-imposed suspension. Irving was initially suspended on November 3 for “harmful impact of his conduct” relating to a social media post about a book and movie that contains antisemitic ideas. Tuesday’s
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8:07 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors are pausing all FTX-related promotional assets, the team told ESPN on Monday. The final FTX promotion will be on the Jordan Poole bobblehead given out at Chase Center on Monday night — an item made several months ago before the cryptocurrency exchange firm
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12:56 PM ET Suspended Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has met with team, league and union officials on “several occasions” in recent days and there’s optimism for a resolution “very soon,” the National Basketball Players Association told its membership Friday in an email obtained by ESPN. Even with the fifth of a minimum five-game suspension
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Nov 10, 2022 Associated Press The relationship between Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Nike is likely severed for good, the shoe giant’s co-founder told CNBC. “I would doubt that we go back,” co-founder Phil Knight said in an interview that aired Thursday. “But I don’t know for sure.” Nike announced last Friday that it
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1:42 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN ATLANTA — New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum, who serves as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, said Kyrie Irving‘s social media post about an antisemitic film and the controversy that ensued can be used as a teaching moment for all players. McCollum made his first public statements
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12:16 AM ET Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Police have begun investigating allegations that former San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo exposed himself on multiple occasions to a former team therapist during counseling sessions. Dr. Hillary Cauthen filed a lawsuit against the Spurs and Primo, claiming the 19-year-old exposed his genitals to her nine times
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Nike announced that it has suspended its relationship with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, and will no longer release his new sneakers. On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets suspended guard Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay after refusing to apologize for promoting an antisemitic film on his Twitter account, despite the team giving
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8:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN What’s already been a topsy-turvy season for the Philadelphia 76ers shifted once again Thursday, when the team announced All-Star guard James Harden had suffered a right foot tendon strain. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Harden is expected to miss a month. Philadelphia, which is 4-5 entering Friday night’s game
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7:44 PM ET NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 in the wake of Irving’s controversial social media post about a book and movie that featured antisemitic tropes. Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League released a joint statement announcing the donations Wednesday night. “I oppose all forms of
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2:30 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Coming into Sunday as the NBA’s last winless team at 0-5, the Los Angeles Lakers finally broke through with a 121-110 decision over the Denver Nuggets, giving first-year coach Darvin Ham the first victory on his résumé. “Tonight, we needed to prove something to ourselves,” Ham said afterward. “Not
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3:04 PM ET Zion Williamson returned to the New Orleans Pelicans‘ lineup, getting the start Sunday against the LA Clippers. Williamson had been listed as probable for Sunday’s game after missing the previous two games because of a nasty fall he took Oct. 23. Williamson (right posterior hip/lower back bruise) did not play against the
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The Brooklyn Nets released a statement decrying hate speech after point guard Kyrie Irving endorsed an antisemitic film and book on social media. Antisemitism has been front-and-center this week with Kanye West facing backlash for spreading dangerous stereotypes and conspiracy theories but he’s not the only major public figure, unfortunately, feeding the hate. Nets point
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Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The 2016 NBA Draft yielded arguably the most scrutinized and debated rookie class in recent history.  A lot has happened since 2016, both in the world at large and in the NBA. It’s hard to imagine a more interesting and hotly contested collection of players than the 2016 rookie
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2:54 PM ET The NBA is pursuing the implementation of an upper spending limit in its negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association, a systemic change that has been met with significant union resistance, sources told ESPN. In the wake of large-market contenders Golden State, Brooklyn and the LA
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8:00 AM ET HIGH ABOVE THE Bay of Naples, Paul George stood in his white paisley tuxedo jacket and black pants with the breathtaking Amalfi Coast behind him. As Daniela Rajic, George’s bride, walked down the aisle past a star-studded NBA guest list that included Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac, Karl-Anthony Towns, Patrick Beverley and Lou
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3:03 PM ET Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of lumbar management, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There is optimism he could be back for Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz. A back injury limited Porter to nine games in 2021-22, and he underwent
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Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown have parted ways with rapper Kanye West’s Donda Sports agency following his antisemitic statements.  Rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has been in the news for the past couple of weeks for antisemitic remarks he has made. West also saw the
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12:30 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN PHOENIX — Warriors guard Klay Thompson was ejected for the first time in his career after picking up two consecutive technical fouls during a chippy third quarter in Golden State’s 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. It was the five-time All-Star’s first career ejection in 759 regular-season
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8:10 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald both announced Tuesday night that they are leaving Donda Sports, the agency founded by the artist formerly known as Kanye West, due to antisemitic comments he recently made. The announcements came hours after Adidas terminated its relationship
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1:40 AM ET MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons called several of the whistles he received “bulls—” following a 134-124 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, noting that “refs make mistakes too.” While Simmons, who fouled out for the second time in three regular-season games, was frustrated with many calls, the
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8:00 AM ET NBA Insiders The first week of the 2022-23 NBA season did not disappoint, delivering big-time performances, upsets and playoff-caliber matchups. Ja Morant and Paolo Banchero got off to strong starts, as the Memphis Grizzlies star scored 49 points against the Houston Rockets on Friday night and the Orlando Magic player on Wednesday
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7:00 AM ET Kade Krichko PAOLO BANCHERO TWISTS his 6-foot-10 frame into a kids’ chair surrounded by atilt Lego towers. “Don’t Touch” signs adorn computer desks, child-scrawled warnings amid a makeshift cityscape of plastic. It’s hardly a scene where you’d expect to see the $50.16 million-deal-wielding budding star of the Orlando Magic. Banchero isn’t rocking
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2:38 PM ET NBA commissioner Adam Silver, in recent comments to Phoenix Suns employees, addressed possible solutions for tanking while noting that he understands why teams would do it when a “once-in-a-generation player” is about to enter the league, according to sources who were present. Calling it a “serious issue” that has sparked “hundreds” of
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10:04 PM ET In comments to Phoenix Suns employees before the team’s season-opening win over the Dallas Mavericks, NBA commissioner Adam Silver apologized multiple times on behalf of the league office for enduring years of workplace misconduct under Suns majority owner Robert Sarver, according to sources who were present. “I’m incredibly empathetic to what many
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8:02 PM ET Detroit Pistons assistant general manager Rob Murphy is on leave after the organization commenced an investigation into an allegation of workplace misconduct involving a female former employee, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. Murphy, 50, has been out of the Pistons’ offices for approximately a week on leave after management was made
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When LeBron James passed Karl Malone for second on the NBA’s career regular-season points list, he set his sights firmly on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s current all-time leading scorer. James enters the 2022-23 season, his 20th in the NBA, needing only 1,326 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s career total of 38,387. Given that James has scored
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5:24 PM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers will be limited at point guard for their opener against the Golden State Warriors, but that didn’t stop Anthony Davis from planning a statement performance to start the regular season. “Our first two games are against two title contenders,” Davis said Monday, referring to
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8:27 PM ET Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter has agreed to a four-year, $95 million contract extension, his agents Thad Foucher and Joe Smith of Wasserman told ESPN on Monday night. The deal, agreed to ahead of the 6 p.m. ET deadline for rookie scale extensions, allows Hunter to avoid restricted free agency next summer.
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11:43 AM ET Jamal CollierESPN Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton will miss at least three weeks with a right calf strain, the team announced Sunday. Connaughton missed the final two preseason games with a sore right calf that the team initially hoped wasn’t serious, before an MRI on Friday revealed the injury. Bucks coach Mike
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7:08 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — For the past two years, the Golden State Warriors have been vocal about their desire to bridge their current success with future success. And over the weekend, they put that into action, signing Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins to contract extensions. The Warriors signed Poole to a
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11:57 AM ET The Golden State Warriors and guard Jordan Poole have agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension, his agents, Drew Morrison and Austin Brown of CAA Sports, told ESPN on Saturday. The extension comes ahead of Monday’s deadline for members of the 2019 NBA draft class. It also comes in the aftermath
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The NBA announced that Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.  On Saturday, the NBA world was hit with devastating news regarding Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo. NBA insider Shams Charania reported that the league announced Mutombo, known for his days in Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, and other destinations,
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