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Demonstrators set a Lebron James jersey on fire during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2019 - 3:46 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and...
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan stands on the sideline during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 3:40 pm
No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
October 15, 2019 - 2:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
October 15, 2019 - 2:10 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The featured attraction of this latest fresh start for the Minnesota Timberwolves is Karl-Anthony Towns, the two-time All-Star center who finished in the top 20 in the NBA last season in more than a dozen major statistical categories. After a tumultuous start to 2018-19 that led...
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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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