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Michael Jordan says slap of one of his Hornets players was ‘only love’

Charlotte owner frustrated after player ran on to court‘It was like a big brother and little brother tap’Michael Jordan, whose intense competitive spirit along with his otherworldly athletic talent propelled him to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls…

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Luka Doncic’s genius has managed to make a great NBA rookie class look average

The 2018 draft-class may well end up being one of the greatest in history. But they risk being eclipsed by the Slovenian teenagerPoor Marvin Bagley. The bouncy one-and-done Duke big man went second overall in the 2018 NBA draft and so far he is having …

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LeBron James edges Dwyane Wade in star pair’s final NBA meeting

Miami Heat 105-108 Los Angeles LakersPlayers have been rivals and friends for 16 seasonsWade to retire at end of season but may work with LakersLeBron James hit his first free throw to put the Lakers up by two. Dwyane Wade sidled up to him before the s…

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Injury-hit Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg after dismal start

Undermanned Bulls fire Hoiberg after 5-19 start to seasonAssociate head coach Jim Boylen to take over immediatelyThe skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team fro…

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‘A coach is a coach’: Chantal Vallée on leading a men’s professional team

The Canadian is one of the few women to have crossed the gender divide in professional sports. But her main focus is on winningChantal Vallée tells a story about her early days as coach of the University of Windsor’s women’s basketball team.Despite min…

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Warriors crisis and Nuggets supremacy: now is the time to be wrong about the NBA

The early part of the season is a time of wild theories and stabs in the dark. Most of which will be disproven and then forgottenWe are a quarter of the way through the NBA season, which means that – aside from Jimmy Butler’s escape from Minnesota – ab…

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Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving

Boston Celtics star tells reporter ‘Fuck Thanksgiving’NBA All-Star is a member of the Standing Rock SiouxBoston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has apologized after replying to a reporter who wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Wednesday’s loss to the New …

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Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving

Boston Celtics star tells reporter ‘Fuck Thanksgiving’NBA All-Star is a member of the Standing Rock SiouxBoston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has apologized after replying to a reporter who wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Wednesday’s loss to the New …

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LeBron James hailed as hero on NBA return to Cleveland as Lakers beat Cavaliers

Star was subject to abuse during 2010 return with Miami HeatWarriors and Celtics’ slumps continue with tough lossesEight years after he was treated like a villain in Cleveland, LeBron James was welcomed back properly.Back on the court where he performe…

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Hornets’ Walker hits 60 in defeat while Warriors suffer fourth loss in six games

Jimmy Butler secures win for 76ers as time expiresLuka Doncic gives Dallas glimpse of future against WarriorsJimmy Butler, in his third game with the 76ers, drained a three-pointer as time expired in overtime and Philadelphia overcame an NBA season-hig…

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LeBron James scores 44 points to pass Chamberlain on all-time scoring list

Lakers star now has fifth-most points in NBA historyJimmy Butler’s 76ers debut spoiled by late Magic comebackLeBron James’ presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Los Angeles. His most impressive game yet for the Lakers included a bit …

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Warriors suspend Green for one game after confrontation with teammate Durant

Pair argued during loss to Clippers earlier in the weekDurant will become a free-agent in summer of 2019The Golden State Warriors suspended Draymond Green for Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks without pay for conduct detrimental to the team foll…

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$100 to not see games? The Warriors’ ‘In the Building’ pass is Silicon Valley in ticket form

Golden State games will be sold out for the foreseeable future, but they’ve discovered a new way to sell the experience: offering fans passes that don’t include a view of the courtThey say things are expensive in the Bay Area, but this is officially ou…

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No, Derrick Rose didn’t ‘overcome’ his gang rape allegation | Anya Alvarez

The sports media has heaped praise on the former MVP for his persistence through adversity, but folding his ongoing sexual assault case into a comeback narrative is an insult to survivors“He’s got a lot of stuff going on off the court, and I’m not a ju…

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Basketballer caught flying into Australia with pet bulldog in hand luggage

Lamar Patterson, who has been recruited to play for the Brisbane Bullets, arrived without anyone realising Kobe was tucked away in a bagAn American basketballer who flew into Brisbane with his pet bulldog stashed in his hand luggage is about to feel th…

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Derrick Rose left in tears after career-high 50 points in Timberwolves win

2011 MVP pours in career-high 50 points in win over Utah JazzRose, veteran of four knee surgeries, also had game-saving blockDuring the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn’t score 50 points in all of January.Or February. Continue reading…

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Derrick Rose left in tears after career-high 50 points in Timberwolves win

2011 MVP pours in career-high 50 points in win over Utah JazzRose, veteran of four knee surgeries, also had game-saving blockDuring the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn’t score 50 points in all of January.Or February. Continue reading…

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In the NBA, the decline and the fall of the West is coming quicker than you think

LeBron James has headed to LA and the Western Conference has the Warriors and Rockets. But age and Anthony Davis could change the league’s gravityOne of the unexamined truths of the modern NBA is that the Western Conference is better than the Eastern C…

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Klay Thompson sets NBA record for three-pointers in a game as Warriors blitz Bulls

Thompson scores 14 three-pointers and 52 points in totalPrevious record was held by teammate Steph CurryKlay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA record for three-pointers in a game with his 14th during a brilliant offensive performance by the G…

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How sleep and jet-lag influences success in the travel-crazy NBA

NBA teams play 41 road games a season, often in different time zones. That can be especially tough for teams journeying westEven with schedule tweaks, NBA teams will spend more time at cruising altitude than teams in any other professional league. The …