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  • NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

    The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace. The move comes after a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization. Commissioner Adam...

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  • D’Angelo Russell starting again doesn’t stop a Nets’ pounding

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Nets had hoped changing their lineup would change their momentum. But they came out of the All-Star break the same way they went in — with a defeat. Even handing D’Angelo Russell his first start since November couldn’t shake the Nets out of their malaise. They opened the second half of...

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  • Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina help Knicks snap eight-game skid

    ORLANDO, Fla — The All-Star break is over and so is the Knicks’ eight-game losing streak. Emmanuel Mudiay started, but the point-guard combo of Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina finished to lead the Knicks to a second-half comeback in a 120-113 victory over the similarly lottery-bound Magic at Amway Center, a venue filled with a...

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  • LeBron James Reportedly Questioned Koby Altman's Absence on Cavs Road Trip

    While the Cleveland Cavaliers were going through their midseason struggles, general manager Koby Altman was noticeably absent, a move that didn't go unnoticed by LeBron James, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Former general manager David Griffin had apparently been in constant communication with James throughout the previous three years, but Altman wasn't there during a long road trip in January. The Cavaliers went 1-4 during a five-game road trip from Jan. 3 to 12, part of a stretch of...

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  • Report: Kevin Love Incident Could Have Been Avoided with Explanation of Illness

    The Cleveland Cavaliers' now-infamous team meeting regarding Kevin Love's illness reportedly could have been avoided had the five-time All-Star been transparent about the reason for his early exit from the team's 148-124 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 20. Citing team sources, ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin reported Thursday there's a belief "the meeting never would have occurred the way it did had Love provided an explanation." This article will be updated to provide more information on...

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  • Kyrie Irving Reportedly Requested Trade After Cavaliers Held Informal Meeting

    An impromptu meeting between Cleveland Cavaliers management and coaches reportedly led to Kyrie Irving's desire to be traded.  Per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, Irving didn't like that his name was bantered about as a possible trade chip following a meeting that took place on the day of the 2017 NBA draft: "On the day of the NBA draft back in June, just days after Cleveland parted ways with former GM David Griffin, a robust Cavs contingent made up of front-office personnel, coaches and team support...

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  • Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad's retired No. 22 with Cavs

    Larry Nance Jr. will wear his father's retired No. 22 with the Cavaliers. The forward announced Thursday night that the NBA has worked it out so he can switch from No. 24 to his dad's No. 22 starting next week. Nance Jr. was recently acquired by Cleveland in a trade with the Los Angeles...

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  • Arizona's Trier suspended for trace amount of PED

    Arizona's Allonzo Trier has been declared ineligible for the reappearance of a banned substance that led to a 19-game suspension last season. The NCAA notified the school on Thursday that the preseason All-America junior guard tested positive for trace amount of the substance late last...

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  • Larry Nance Jr. to Wear Father's Retired No. 22 with Cavaliers

    After donning his father's No. 22 Phoenix Suns jersey during Saturday's Slam Dunk Contest, Cleveland Cavaliers center Larry Nance Jr. will make a permanent number change.  Per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, Nance said on Thursday he would change his jersey from No. 24 to 22 starting next week.  Nance spoke to reporters about his decision to wear No. 22, per Daryl Ruiter of 95.3 The Fan: Larry Nance Sr. played seven seasons with the Cavaliers from 1988-94. His No. 22 was retired by the team in...

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  • Michael Porter Jr. Return a Huge Risk with No Clear Reward for NBA Future

    It has been a long five months for college basketball. The FBI's investigation into a pay-for-play scandal involving shoe companies has been hovering overhead like a tornado cloud. And on the ground, this season has been defined by pivotal injuries, disappointing teams and one national championship vacated because of a scandal from a previous season. But we finally got some good news Thursday afternoon. Michael Porter Jr. is coming back! (Maybe.) Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports broke the news: It's...

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  • Anthony Davis Doesn't Plan on Leaving Pelicans in Next Couple Years

    New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis reassured the team's fans he doesn't plan on trying to engineer his exit from New Orleans before his contract expires after the 2020-21 season, but he didn't rule out the possibility of leaving in free agency. "I’m here until 2021, and then I'll make a decision from there," Davis said Thursday, per the Advocate's Scott Kushner. "I don't plan on leaving in the next couple of years or anything like that. I've always said I wanted to be here, and that's still...

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  • SEC fines Missouri AD; Dawn Staley sues him for slander

    South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is suing Missouri's athletic director, saying he slandered her when he suggested she created an atmosphere that encouraged fans to spit on his players and use racial slurs. Staley's suit filed in Richland County asks for no more than...

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  • Lonzo Ball to Make Return from Knee Injury vs. Mavericks

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball will make his return to action from a sprained left MCL on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Big Baller Brand's Twitter account: Ball, 20, last played on Jan. 13 against the Mavs.  This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

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  • Wizards Rumors: Ramon Sessions to Sign 10-Day Contract with Washington

    The Washington Wizards are reportedly set to sign free-agent point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract with John Wall still sidelined following knee surgery last month. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the news Thursday. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

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  • Knicks begin justifying why point guard move won’t be Ntilikina

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Participating in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend doesn’t buy you a ticket into the new starting lineup, apparently. Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina is emerging from his experience in Los Angles in the same role he had before heading West — coming off the bench. Coach Jeff Hornacek’s expected move...

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  • Steve Kerr on Student Protests After Parkland Shooting: 'It's Phenomenal'

    Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students on Thursday for their protesting the United States' gun control laws. According to Mark Medina of the Mercury News, Kerr said, "I think it's phenomenal. What those kids are doing. It's heroic. It's heartfelt. I think it's the beginning of some change. I really believe that. I'm amazed every time I see them on TV and online. It's heartbreaking, but inspiring all at once." On Feb. 14, Nikolas Jacob...

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  • Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

    The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California's capital for the first time. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in 2022 or '23 on Thursday and submit an application to the...

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  • Where Will LeBron Go? The Truth Is Out There

    We are desperately searching for clues. Reporters, pundits, fans, team executives, all of us, forever searching, probing, querying, combing. Where is LeBron James going? Someone must know. Someone always knows. The scout says he's definitely leaving Cleveland. The executive says he's going to Los Angeles. Unless he goes to Houston, says the next one. (But don't rule out San Antonio.) Then again, he just might stay. LeBron's already decided, one insider insists. Except, he almost certainly hasn't...

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  • Dirk Nowitzki: harassment and assault claims against Mavericks 'disgusting'

    SI report details allegations of violence and harassment within franchiseOwner Mark Cuban has launched independent investigationDallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has expressed his dismay after a Sports Illustrated investigation alleged the franchise is a hostile workplace for women. The story detailed how one team employee had a history of violence against women within the organization while former CEO Terdema Ussery was alleged to have sexually harassed a number of colleagues. One former...

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  • Marcus Smart: Injury from Punching Glass Frame Could Have Ended Season

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart said Wednesday that doctors told him he was fortunate his hand injury wasn't season-ending. Smart—who returned to practice Wednesday on the heels of missing 11 games after punching a glass picture frame out of frustration in Los Angeles in January—said doctors were surprised he was able to avoid tendon damage, per ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg: "[Doctors] said the two tendons that ran along the pinky area, the main tendons, and literally the glass was sitting right...

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  • When NBA returns, will Warriors' dominance come back, too?

    The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr. They could reach that total in the first night after the All-Star break. The Warriors who return Thursday night aren't the same ones who dominated the NBA for the last three seasons. The defending...

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  • Former slam dunk champion ‘excited’ to be a Knick

    Hey, you want an athlete, go sign a dunk contest winner. So the Knicks did. Troy Williams, a listed 6-foot-7 small forward recently released by the Rockets, officially signed his 10-day contract with the Knicks on Wednesday and practiced with the team in Tarrytown. Among the items on Williams’ résumé is the 2017 D-League Dunk...

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  • Nets determined to make Russell-Dinwiddie pairing work

    The Nets will pair D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie together more in the second half of the season. Now they have to figure out how they fit, and how the rest of the pieces fit around them. “Assuming his minutes go up, I’d certainly hope so,” Dinwiddie said. “Because if not then that means I...

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  • Report: Warriors to Visit with Local Kids in Lieu of White House Trip in DC

    The Golden State Warriors have reportedly budgeted time to meet with local children in lieu of making an appearance at the White House to commemorate their 2016-17 NBA title during their upcoming road trip to Washington, D.C. According to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne, Warriors players collectively "decided to go on a private tour of an undisclosed locale" and "selected a venue in which local kids would join them and it would be closed off to the media." "It's their championship....

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