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PORTLAND, Ore. — After Tuesday’s deflating 114-94 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2, the Oklahoma City Thunder are heading back home in an 0-2 series hole with Russell Westbrook taking responsibility for the team’s poor performance and vowing to play better in Game 3. “Starting with myself, I’ve got to play better,”
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Virginia star Ty Jerome, a key contributor to his team’s national championship run this season, will hire an agent and enter the NBA draft, per his Instagram page. “After talking to my family, coaching staff and thinking about it a lot, I’ve decided to forgo my senior year of college and declare for the 2019
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10:16 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has been elected the National Basketball Coaches Association’s 2019 Coach of the Year, the league announced. The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, named in honor of Goldberg, the group’s late president, polls the 30 NBA head coaches and mandates that no
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Phoenix police have closed their case into sexual abuse allegations against former University of Arizona and NBA player Mike Bibby. Sgt. Vince Lewis told the Arizona Republic on Thursday that an investigation “did not reveal probable cause to recommend charges against anyone in the case.” In February, Bibby was fired from his coaching position at
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11:56 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac is seeking to consolidate his strengthened position as the franchise’s top basketball executive and weighing a dismissal of coach Dave Joerger, league sources told ESPN. Divac, who received a new four-year contract Thursday that run through the 2022-23 season, fired assistant GM Brandon Williams
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LeBron James was stunned to learn of Magic Johnson’s decision to step down as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ president of basketball operations, a source with knowledge of James’ thinking told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. But despite Johnson’s abrupt resignation, James stands behind Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and the organization, the source told Shelburne. Johnson sent shockwaves
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Israeli wing Yovel Zoosman has submitted paperwork to the league office to make himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft. “I am extremely happy to share that I will be declaring for the 2019 NBA draft in June,” Zoosman told ESPN. “Until then, I am totally committed and focused on helping my team, Maccabi Tel
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Time for our eighth annual Luke Walton All-Stars — an ode to bit players who bounce around the fringes of the NBA before landing in new roles where things click. (Read about the origins of the column here.) Joakim Noah, Memphis Grizzlies (captain) Noah finished fourth in MVP voting in 2014. The next four years
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The Magic are on the brink of ending the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference. Orlando’s 149-113 win over Atlanta on Friday night came in the home regular-season finale for the Magic. In every year since 2012, the home finale has been the last chance for Magic fans to see their club until the
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11:49 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse has agreed to a six-year contract to become Vanderbilt‘s head coach, sources told ESPN. New Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner had watched Stackhouse closely in Turner’s previous job as the president of the NBA’s G-League. Besides the six-year deal for Stackhouse, Vanderbilt has pledged to
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1:15 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — Most players go out of their way to give the impression they don’t have a clue what’s being written about them. Kyle Lowry isn’t like most players. The All-Star guard for the Toronto Raptors has no problem admitting he reads plenty, and when it comes to the
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook sat alone on the Thunder bench some 15 minutes before tipoff Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, with a basketball between his legs, singing and dancing along to Nipsey Hussle’s “Grindin’ All My Life,” intent on playing a game to honor the recently slain rapper. After he recorded the second
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Apr 1, 2019 Nick DePaulaESPN Zion Williamson is about to get paid. Long before he steps on an NBA court, the projected No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft is expected to land a sneaker endorsement deal that will make him far richer than his first NBA contract will. In fact, many in the
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9:56 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Eight months after a 29-year-old woman said that NBA star Kristaps Porzingis raped her inside his apartment, she contacted the New York Knicks‘ legal department to seek to “mediate in private” a payment of $68,000, according to emails obtained by ESPN. At the time of the woman’s documented communication with
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