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Magic announce hiring of Scott Skiles as coach

The Magic have hired former fan favorite Scott Skiles as their new head coach, general manger Ryan Hennigan announced Friday.

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Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

Will the two Heat mainstays stick together in Miami, or will a superstar on the decline opt out of the $16.1 million left on his deal and bolt?

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James Harden looking for ballhandling help

After setting a playoff record for turnovers in the Rockets' final game, James Harden said he could use some help handling the ball.

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High hoarse: Doc Rivers appreciates homage

Shortly after his team exited the playoffs, Clippers coach Doc Rivers found humor in Jamie Foxx's imitation of him on "The Tonight Show."


Dwight suspended 1 game of 2015-16 season

Dwight Howard's common foul on Andre Iguodala in Game 5 was upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 and will now be suspended for a game to start the 2015-16 season: "Well, that means I have to play 81 games hard, not 82."

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Dwight Howard's response to suspension

"Well, that means I have to play 81 games hard, not 82. ... I can't do nothing about it now, the playoffs are over with for us. We had a great run, so despite getting whatever happens next year for one game, its not going to take away what we did this year in the playoffs."

Skiles has skills, but temper high hopes

While new Magic head coach Scott Skiles has turned around multiple teams in his first few years, Kevin Pelton writes the Magic should be concerned about the long-term impact of this hiring. A limited impact

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Skiles says Magic's duo of Payton/Oladipo should be a Top-5 defensive backcourt. He also dispelled rumors of old rift with Tobias Harris.

Adam Silver responds to draft proposal

FiveThirtyEight crowdsourced solutions to fix the NBA draft, sent the best one to commissioner Adam Silver and he responded. Even though he said he won't be riding a bear into the lottery room any time soon (as one suggested), he said "there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the draft lottery." No 'tanking' talk

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With no Klay, Warriors lean on Curry

Stephen Curry's usage rate with Klay Thompson off the court is 36.4% in the playoffs, compared to 29.3% with Thompson on the court. That would be equal to LeBron James' playoff-high usage rate this season.

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Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Said the Warriors in a statement: "[Thompson] will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

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Thompson uncertainty looms over Finals

If Klay Thompson has lingering issues relating to his concussion or misses time, it could spell trouble for the Warriors. Only one player has made more 3s this postseason than Thompson, his backcourt mate Stephen Curry.

LeBron: Ain't no stopping us, now

When asked what it will take to slow down MVP Stephen Curry in the Finals, LeBron James said, "The same way you slow me down. You can't." Stopping Curry

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Klay Thompson out with concussion

Shelley Smith broke down how the Warriors handled Klay Thompson's concussion and Stephen Curry offered this response to the diagnosis: "Thankfully, we have a week off in between games for him to fully recover. He took a nice little blow to the head."


Lakers getting new digs

The Lakers plan on building a new corporate headquarters, practice facility and 750-seat exhibition court in El Segundo on a five-acre property they purchased on Friday. ETA: Spring 2017.

NBA Finals: How they got here

Missing basketball on the break before the Finals? SportsCenter has you covered.


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Orlando Magic make it official, hire Scott Skiles as new coach. Good fit for feisty young backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Vic Oladipo.

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Logical solution for Wade/Heat: Opt out of $16.1mil, sides agree to 1-yr/$24mil. Wade gets back most of $ gave up. Heat get 2016 flexibility

Sefolosha: Arrest hurt reputation

The Hawks forward, who has blamed police for leg injuries suffered during an April arrest in New York, said that the incident not only ended his season but also brought stress to his entire family: "Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this." Double the damage

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Remember when Carmelo Anthony was named Most Outstanding Player in the 2003 national championship game? Happy 31st birthday, Melo! #fbf

LeBron's playoff accomplishments lacking

LeBron James has eliminated just 7 50-win teams (including the Bulls and Hawks this season) in his postseason career. Compared to other legends, that doesn’t stack up well.


NBA mascots ... as cartoon characters

Imagine if these were the characters that filled your TVs on Saturday mornings. Think the Magician and the Wizard would have teamed up? See mascots

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Shelburne: Still the same Clippers

A year ago, Donald Sterling was banished from the NBA and any bad energy was supposed to go away. This team, this year, convinced folks that change had come. People stood up. They let their guard down. And yet ... the Clippers are still the same. The 'Clipper curse'

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