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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dribbles the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward DeMarre Carroll (77) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
October 15, 2019 - 1:56 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler wants this made clear: He is not in Miami to be the next Dwyane Wade. He wanted to be in Miami to honor his retired friend's legacy — and pick up where Wade left off. Wade's "one last dance" is over, his retirement has come after 16 seasons and now Butler has arrived to...
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A championship tab is sewn to the back of the jersey of Toronto Raptors guard Cameron Payne during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 1:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse expects he'll be experimenting with lineups a lot in the early part of the season. That's the challenge when you lose two starters from any team, let alone an NBA champion. Nurse's tinkering became a necessity after free agent forward Kawhi...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) tries to rebound the ball during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
October 15, 2019 - 1:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...
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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes as Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
October 15, 2019 - 1:23 pm
DETROIT (AP) — In a league with so many teams either contending or rebuilding, the Detroit Pistons haven't been doing much of either. What they did do last season was make a playoff appearance, a rarity in recent years. Now the challenge is to build on that. "Not saying we're ready for a...
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Indiana Pacers player Myles Turner plays against Sacramento Kings at the NBA India Games 2019, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
October 15, 2019 - 1:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner looks around the Indiana Pacers locker room and sees a whole new team. Paul George and Lance Stephenson left long ago. Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison said goodbye during the summer and two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo is still recovering from...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks to referee Nick Buchert during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 15, 2019 - 12:27 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan is keenly aware it is not going to be easy to keep up this season. The Western Conference is once again flooded with talent, but that isn't what concerned DeRozan entering training camp. No, DeRozan was not sure how he is going to keep pace on a...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) fouls Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 15, 2019 - 12:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Expectations are nothing new for the Boston Celtics. Not living up to them despite having such a stacked roster the past two seasons was a little tougher to digest. The Celtics took a chance trading for All-Star Kyrie Irving with no guarantee he would re-sign when he became a free...
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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles against Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
October 15, 2019 - 11:54 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young gladly accepted his role as the new face of the Atlanta Hawks. He knows he will have to step up his game even more to make the franchise relevant in the NBA. Young had a brilliant debut season, averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists per game while showing fearlessness in...
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New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton throws in the outfield before Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 15, 2019 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks returned to the New York Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 3 and Giancarlo Stanton remained out for the second straight game when the AL Championship Series resumed with the Yankees and Astros tied 1-all. Hicks took over in center field...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden celebrates his three-point basket during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove they will work just fine together. And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well. "I enjoy it but I know that everybody else...
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