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3hKevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst

How an Atlanta Hawks regime was torn apart

How a tangle of egos inside the Atlanta Hawks' front office led to a racially charged scandal and the sale of the franchise.

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DraftKings: No unfair advantage for prizewinner

DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to inside trading.

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#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.

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Howard: 'I feel great, training camp was awesome' (1:50)
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Clock management: Tissot signs deal with NBA

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multiyear partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history.

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Mentoring Mamba shares what he knows

While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and a fledgling trio the Lakers hope will be their future core, he aims to bridge the gap.

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Face to Face with Isiah Thomas (9:20)
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Bosh: 'I've only gained' in comeback from clots

Chris Bosh made his first three shots, scored a team-high 14 points and delivered a between-the-legs bounce pass to Dwyane Wade for a score in his return from blood clots in his lung.

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LeBron eyes healthy choices in season ahead

As he enters his 13th season with his 31st birthday coming up in December, James isn't going into the season expecting to miss games to avoid injury.

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Players warming up quickly to Fred Hoiberg

While Bulls players respected former coach Tom Thibodeau, the early returns suggest few are shedding tears that he is gone.

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Anderson Varejao stepping lively in return

After missing most of last season recovering from a torn an Achilles tendon, the veteran Cavs big man has hit the ground running during training camp.

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Watkins: Can James Harden do even more?

From his new $200 million sneaker deal to his celebrity profile, everything is getting bigger for James Harden. What the Rockets are expecting from their star is no different, Calvin Watkins writes.


Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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Hoiberg says he went to Rose's home Monday to go over sets with him. Says Rose's eye is still swollen shut as he continues to heal.

Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


Trail Blazers honor UCC shooting victims

The Portland team held a touching moment of silence in remembrance and support of those affected by the UCC shootings.


Half-court jumper for $30K? No problem

A military member had to have felt good about Cavs G J.R. Smith's taking a half-court shot to win $30K. But when Smith pulled up for a jumper without a running start?


Rivers to team: Put down your cellphones

The Clippers will head to the NBA's Global Games in China next week and coach Doc Rivers hopes it will force his team to bond. "You're on a plane for 13 hours together, you're in another country, hopefully their cellphones don't work, so they have to talk to each other. It's a forced week together… it can't be bad, let's put it that way."

Is Harden your No. 1 draft pick?

Our NBA fantasy rankings are out, and the statistical juggernaut that is James Harden is quite high on the list. Was he able to grab the No. 1 spot? Top 200 fantasy rankings

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Grantland: Clippers on the edge of glory

Zach Lowe writes the Clippers have had three cracks at an NBA title with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in their primes. This fourth try could be their last. Time to make the leap

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Stauskas out two weeks with injured tibia

Philly guard Nik Stauskas will be sidelined for two weeks with a right tibia stress reaction, but should be ready for the start of the season. Stauskas hasn't seen any court action since last Thursday.

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#PhotoOfTheNight: Brooklyn Nets' Thaddeus Young gets stuffed at the rim in preseason game at Barclays Center.

Boogie shines in preseason thriller

After the Blazers hold a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College, DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points to go along with seven rebounds in Sacramento’s 109-105 overtime win.


Fantasy Basketball: Top 200 rankings

With the NBA season approaching, Tom Carpenter updates the top 200 players in fantasy basketball for 2015-16. New Orleans big man Anthony Davis checks in at No. 1 overall. Leagues won by up-and-comers

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Porzingis part Dirk, part Pau Gasol?

New York assistant coach Kurt Rambis spoke highly of the Knicks' first-round pick, but cautioned: "You [reporters] haven't seen it yet and probably all of it won't come out for three, four, five years either. He's got to grow up, mature, develop, get stronger, get used to the NBA game."

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Brook Lopez just took a wing 3 after having an intense conversation with Lionel Hollins. And he made the shot. #Nets

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LeBron's been practicing in No. 6 uni but will wear No. 23 this yr: "It's like Deion (Sanders). He wore No. 21 at FSU, practiced in No. 2"