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9:14 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has become focused on the candidacy of former Detroit and New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower to assume a high-ranking front-office role with the Suns, league sources told ESPN on Saturday. Sarver has begun to inform other serious candidates that he’s retreating from them and
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7:54 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN MILWAUKEE — With home-court advantage throughout the playoffs already clinched, the Milwaukee Bucks have turned their attention toward managing their players’ health in preparation for the postseason. In that spirit, Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play in Milwaukee’s 133-128 loss to the playoff-hopeful Brooklyn Nets on Saturday due to a sore
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1:06 PM ET Paul Westphal, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sidney Moncrief, Vlade Divac, Jack Sikma and Bill Fitch were among the 12 inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Saturday. Al Attles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones, the 1957-59 Tennessee A&I team and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens were also inducted
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3:03 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Nick Young smiled from ear to ear in his return to Oracle Arena on Friday night, when he received his championship ring for the Golden State Warriors‘ 2017-18 title run. But after the pregame presentation, it was his former teammates and coaches who got a chuckle. Referee Ken Mauer
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8:36 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — With assists on the Thunder‘s first three baskets in a little more than a minute Friday against the Detroit Pistons, Russell Westbrook clinched averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season. Paul George hit a wing jumper set up by Westbrook with 10:54 left in the first quarter, giving
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12:36 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse has been hired as the men’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt, the school announced Friday. Stackhouse and the Commodores agreed to a six-year contract, sources told ESPN. “I am extremely excited to join the Vanderbilt family and build on the incredible accomplishments of its athletics program
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1:14 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — The last time the Milwaukee Bucks ended the regular season with the NBA’s best record, they also had the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Forty-five years later, history might be about to repeat itself. Thanks to the latest spectacular performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo — who finished with 45 points,
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8:39 PM ET The Philadelphia 76ers‘ bench depth took a hit Thursday, as the team announced that forward James Ennis III will miss at least two weeks with a quad contusion. Ennis was hurt in Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The two-week timetable means he will be out through at least the beginning of
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12:27 PM ET Stephen Curry, one of the greatest 3-point shooters the NBA has ever seen, has boosted his accuracy in the past few weeks. The Golden State Warriors star credits contact lenses. Curry, who has a progressive genetic eye condition called keratoconus, told The Athletic the addition has provided him a new vantage. Warriors
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3:40 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Only one member of the Houston Rockets would admit to hoping to face the LA Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in the wake of the road team’s 135-103 rout Wednesday night at Staples Center. For Austin Rivers, it’s about purely personal reasons, a chance
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6:19 PM ET DETROIT — Blake Griffin will not play for the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night against Indiana as he continues to rest a sore left knee. Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Griffin still needed some time to recover. He has been largely healthy this season, playing in 72 games; now, in a critical
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1:02 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook sat alone on the Thunder bench some 15 minutes before tipoff Tuesday against the Lakers, with a ball between his legs, singing and dancing along to Nipsey Hussle’s “Grindin’ All My Life,” intent on playing a game to honor the recently slain rapper. After he recorded the
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2:06 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets for arguing a call early in the third quarter. Warriors stars Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were all issued fines on Tuesday for their comments about the officiating during Friday night’s OT
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4:19 PM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors stars Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all been fined for comments made following Friday night’s overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA announced Tuesday. Green was fined $35,000 for “making statements on social media which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating.” Curry
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7:09 PM ET NBA InsidersESPN.com Duke phenom Zion Williamson likely played his final college game Sunday, in a 68-67 loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. So what’s next? We’ve never seen a prospect quite like Williamson, whose combination of productivity, athleticism, competitiveness, skill and feel for the game makes
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7:18 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Milwaukee Bucks went into Monday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets with a skeleton crew as they tried to secure both the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home court throughout the NBA playoffs. It was a skeleton crew, however, that included potential NBA MVP
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