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3:54 PM ET Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been elected as a vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. Irving replaces Pau Gasol on the NBPA executive committee. Gasol’s three-year term expired. “This was the right time for me to run for a leadership position in the NBPA,” Irving said. “I have been
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12:52 AM ET CHICAGO — Perhaps no one in recent history cared more about winning the All-Star Game than Kobe Bryant. The format changes and his memory combined to create a game Sunday night at the United Center that would’ve made Bryant proud. Technically, the winners were Team LeBron over Team Giannis 157-155 and local
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11:03 PM ET CHICAGO — Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. outlasted Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable slam dunk contest on Saturday that required two tiebreaker jams. But the final result was not without controversy, with at least two judges contending afterward that they wanted the second dunk-off to end in a
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4:49 PM ET Associated Press CHICAGO — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season. The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek (Egypt), Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club (Madagascar), AS
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12:24 AM ET Eric WoodyardESPN CHICAGO — Chants of “M-V-P” showered throughout the University of Illinois-Chicago on Thursday, just as they do in Derrick Rose‘s recent returns to the United Center, as he appeared on stage inside Dorin Forum for an intimate panel discussion. In the lead-up to NBA All-Star weekend, the Chicago native and
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3:05 PM ET LA Clippers forward Paul George has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing officials for “home cooking” in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, the league announced Thursday. “There was some home-court cooking tonight to say the least,” George said after a 110-103 loss to the Sixers. “I mean it
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7:24 AM ET Associated Press CHICAGO — Jennifer Hudson is coming to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with her voice. The NBA has released a list of entertainers headed to All-Star Weekend, the group headlined by Hudson — the two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner — who, just before Sunday night’s
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12:33 AM ET NEW YORK — In order for his team to beat the Toronto Raptors, who were riding a formidable winning streak, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that Brooklyn’s “effort and compete level has got to be two levels higher” than normal. “We have to pitch close to a perfect game to beat this
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7:08 PM ET NEW YORK — The New York Knicks issued a statement after the team’s branding consultant, Steve Stoute, went on ESPN’s First Take and discussed the team’s coaching decisions. “Any decisions regarding the operations of the team will be made by the new President of the New York Knicks,” the team said in
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7:25 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — In the wake of Joel Embiid’s latest foray into the social media world, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown declared before Tuesday’s game here against the LA Clippers that he expected to get a big performance from his All-Star center. “I look forward to seeing him play tonight,” Brown
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