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Summer Forecast: Who will be best out West?

Can anyone dethrone Stephen Curry and the Warriors as Western Conference champions in 2015-16? Summer Forecast rolls on as our expert panel makes its predictions.

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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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D-Wade takes no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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Kobe, Durant and Melo next "big three"? (0:36)
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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Andre Iguodala, hometown hero (1:39)
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Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

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Panama takes over in third quarter

After trailing by 5 at halftime, Panama outscored Uruguay 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead into the fourth at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament. Live on ESPN3

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So, if I think the Cavs will be the best team (a defensible opinion), I'd pick them. If not, then no. I've won $0 with this method

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Times an easy path East team won it without being that year's best: 2004, 2006. It's why I'm for simply picking a guess at best team

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge ... and Dwyane

Heat guard Dwyane Wade has no mercy as he plays an aggressive game of dodgeball during the offseason.

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Uruguay leading Panama at halftime

Uruguay hasn't reached the Olympics since 1984, but if off to a good start at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament, winning yesterday and leading by 5 at the break today. Live on ESPN3

Uruguay takes early lead

Despite going just 6-for-15 from the field in the first quarter, Uruguay has a 19-15 lead over Panama, as they look to open 2-0 at the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Live on ESPN3

Hawks to retire Mutombo's No. 55

They can't raise a wagging finger to the rafters, so the Hawks will do the next best thing, honoring Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo by retiring his number on Nov. 24. Story

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Can Uruguay build on opener?

Coming off a win over Brazil, Uruguay looks to keep things going against Panama at FIBA Americas 2015, where only the top two teams are guaranteed a spot in the 2016 Olympics. Live on ESPN3

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Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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Heat are most intriguing team in 2015-16

Some exciting pieces exist, however, Grantland's Zach Lowe cautions: "There is a real chance Miami has mortgaged its future to build a 45-win team that will fade with [President] Pat Riley, leaving his successor to cobble together a new team from the rubble." Heat check

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Beast of the East?

See what the Summer Forecast panel had to say about the Celtics' chances in the East this upcoming season. Can they build on a surprise playoff appearance and a summer full of free-agent signings? 2015 Summer Forecast

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DeAndre Jordan leaves agents

The Clippers' center's saga continues as he has parted ways with Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana of Relativity Sports, according to The Los Angeles Times. Jordan still had to pay the agency the 4 percent it earned when he re-signed with the Clippers for $88M over four years.

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Carter: Kobe's a different guy

Cris Carter says he doesn't see the next Kobe Bryant coming up. "The world is a lot closer so I think it's impossible to have the environment that these other athletes grew up in."

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With or without Irving, Cavs top East

There's some concern that Kyrie Irving could miss a good portion of next season due to his injured knee -- but that's not stopping ESPN's Kevin Pelton from declaring Cleveland the East's best team again. Elite without Irving (Insider)

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Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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Hosts Mexico take on Dominican Republic

Mexico was a surprise winner of the FIBA Americas tournament in 2013, and will look to build on a strong two years on international play on their home court, opening tonight against the Dominican Republic -- who will not have No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Live on ESPN3

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Clipper sign Chuck Hayes

The veteran big man was signed to a non-guaranteed, one-year contract, an NBA official told the The Los Angeles Times. The official described Hayes' deal as a "training camp/make-good" contract that would pay him about $1.49 million if he makes the team.

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Pitino leads Puerto Rico vs. Argentina

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is getting some extra work in this summer, coaching Puerto Rico in the FIBA Americas tournament. They'll take on Luis Scola and Argentina in the tourney opener for both teams. Live on ESPN3

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Uruguay vs. Brazil at FIBA Americas

With an Olympic spot already wrapped up as hosts, Brazil's NBA players are sitting out this summer, but the team will still compete at FIBA Americas, starting with today's game vs. Uruguay. Live on ESPN3

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