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Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) celebrates with center Sylvia Fowles (34) after Fowles was fouled by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (3) during a layup creating an and-one opportunity during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
July 05, 2018 - 10:23 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 12 boards while becoming the leading rebounder in WNBA history, helping the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-72 on Thursday. Brunson began the night in third place with 3,306 rebounds. She passed Lisa Leslie (3,307) early on and overtook...
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July 03, 2018 - 10:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA estimates an increase of about 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams. Calls to change the system were renewed this week when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, which could create...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) shoots a free throw in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Cousins will be ready to play at some point this season. And when he is, the two-time defending NBA champions will be waiting. Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal _ not the biggest money move on Day 2 of the NBA Free Agency period, but the most intriguing. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, file)
July 03, 2018 - 3:56 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As he has long desired, DeMarcus Cousins will finally get a chance to play for a winner once he's healthy from a torn left Achilles tendon. When Boogie returns to the court this season, the volatile big man will give the Golden State Warriors five 2018 All-Stars in their...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hug before the start of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night, July 1, 2018, that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. "Welcome to the family (at)KingJames," Bryant said on Twitter . "(hash)lakers4life (hash)striveforgreatness." (Paul Rodriguez/The Orange County Register via AP, FIle)
July 02, 2018 - 9:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers' lifeblood for decades. LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles' bright lights when he decided to sign with the Lakers as a free agent. It's no...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, in Salt Lake City. Favors and the Jazz have come to terms on a two-year contract that could be worth up to $36 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday, July 2, 2018. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal remains unsigned, with the NBA's offseason moratorium still in place. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
July 02, 2018 - 9:49 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times EDT): 9:35 p.m. Julius Randle is going to play alongside All-Star Anthony Davis. Randle agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, doing so quickly after his rights were renounced by the Los Angeles Lakers hours earlier. His decision was...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers fan Jordan Phillips poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of the basketball's NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, in Cleveland. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night, July 1, 2018, that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)
July 02, 2018 - 8:38 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hung inside the Cavaliers team shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent. Eight years ago, some of them were still smoldering in the streets. The day after James announced he is leaving Cleveland as a free agent for the second time since...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) plays against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit. Even when their respective teams were vicious rivals, Rondo often gave LeBron James high praise. He'll now be giving him the ball. NBA free agency continued Monday, July 2, 2018 and so did the rebuild of the Los Angeles Lakers, with Rondo agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal to pair up with James next season.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)
July 02, 2018 - 7:23 pm
Even when their respective teams were vicious rivals, Rajon Rondo often gave LeBron James high praise. He'll now be giving him the ball. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed The Associated Press that Rondo had agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. On Sunday, July 1, 2018, James announced he would be joining Ball and the Lakers to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 02, 2018 - 4:09 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league's most storied...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a dunk against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the situation says that Kevin Durant will sign a two-year contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors, with the caveat that the deal will have an option and allow him to return to free agency next summer. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
July 01, 2018 - 10:39 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times EDT): 10:25 p.m. Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons. A person with knowledge of the agreement says Robinson has agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2019-20. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, in Cleveland. The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James’ agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the get together told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation on Sunday, July 1, 2018, before NBA free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 01, 2018 - 9:25 pm
Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the Western Conference. And now LeBron James is joining them. Just like that, the West got even wilder. Day 1 of NBA free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James' decision to leave...
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