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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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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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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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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard poses during the NBA basketball team's media day at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sam Ortega)
October 15, 2019 - 11:33 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers got a taste of playoff success last season and that's shifted their mindset. Simply making the playoffs is no longer the goal, a championship is. Damian Lillard is once again joined in the backcourt by CJ McCollum but the supporting cast changed in the...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) gestures after a foul wasn't called during the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 11:30 am
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young European pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and maybe for as long as German superstar Dirk Nowitzki led the franchise while spending a record 21 seasons with the same team. Since Dallas once again fell short trying to add a big...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz's Ed Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
October 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors...
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein, left, talks with Kevin Love in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against San Lorenzo, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
October 15, 2019 - 9:53 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein stood at midcourt with his arms folded and watched as the Cavaliers pushed through practice drills that the former Michigan coach developed and perfected during 37 years at the college level. With each bounce of the ball, every pass and shot, Beilein's head bobbed ever...
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
October 15, 2019 - 8:20 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing rugged defense has helped Utah become a consistent playoff team. Now the Jazz seek to become a bigger postseason threat with a more versatile offense. Utah made a flurry of offseason moves designed to bolster the team's outside shooting and give coach Quin Snyder...
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