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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 09, 2018 - 4:07 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe it was poetic LeBron James had a supporting cast on his injured right hand. He was missing one in the NBA Finals. For the second time in a career still ascending after 15 years, James was on the wrong side of a sweep as the Golden State Warriors, a team with no apparent...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series and win the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 09, 2018 - 1:32 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James walked into his final interview of the NBA Finals with one last surprise: A dark brace on his right hand, covering an injury he's hidden for a week. "Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand," James said. The cause: He punched something after Game 1...
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Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Next to Green are Kevin Durant, left, and Klay Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
June 09, 2018 - 1:28 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn't guaranteed. They couldn't wait any longer. They had reached their destination: dynasty. Stephen Curry scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added a...
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Fans react while watching the broadcast of the Golden State Warriors playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
June 08, 2018 - 11:20 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Finals from Game 4 (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Stephen Curry is up to 37 points and seven 3-pointers as the Warriors lead 102-76 with about 5 ½ minutes left in Game 4. Kevin Durant has a triple-double and needs a strong finish to continue his streak of...
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President Donald Trump points towards the White House balcony when asked by a reporter about first lady Melania Trump, before leaving the White House in Washington, Friday, June 8, 2018, to attend the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 08, 2018 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whichever team wins the NBA championship, President Donald Trump says he won't be inviting them to the White House. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have both said their teams have no interest in a visit. Trump told reporters...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team's practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 07, 2018 - 6:25 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — By Golden State standards, this season was downright bumpy. The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Camden, N.J. The Philadelphia 76ers say Bryan Colangelo has resigned as president of basketball operations after an independent firm investigated allegations that he used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media. The team says Thursday, June 7, 2018, that Colangelo offered his resignation “recognizing the detrimental impact this matter on the organization.”(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 07, 2018 - 3:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryan Colangelo may not have authored any of the tweets himself, but he seemed to provide private information that went into them. And when his wife used those details to criticize his own players or rival colleagues, Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers knew he could no longer...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant celebrates with Stephen Curry, left, and Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 07, 2018 - 3:44 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration. Another momentous shot for Durant. And soon, probably another NBA championship. Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jeff Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
June 06, 2018 - 11:34 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Finals from Wednesday's Game 3 (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long clinching 3-pointer, Stephen Curry ended a nightmarish night with five straight to give Golden State the lead for good, and the...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Michigan head coach John Beilein answers questions after a practice session for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in San Antonio. Beilein is staying at Michigan. He announced on Twitter on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, that he’s excited about coaching the Wolverines next season and in the years to come. The 65-year-old Beilein has coached at Michigan for 11 seasons. He has led the Wolverines to two Final Fours, losing in the national title game this year and in 2013. Beilein has won a pair of Big Ten championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press earlier this month Beilein interviewed with the Detroit Pistons about their coaching vacancy.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 06, 2018 - 9:40 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein is staying at Michigan after exploring the possibility of coaching the Detroit Pistons. "I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men's Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!" Beilein tweeted Wednesday. "Let's go hang...
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