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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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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

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

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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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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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

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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Magic expect to hire Scott Skiles

Orlando has entered into contract discussions with Skiles and expects to shortly complete his hiring as the team's next coach, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal could come as soon as today. Skiles also interviewed with the Pelicans.

Watkins: Dwight suspension is right call

Calvin Watkins said the NBA got it right when they upgraded the foul against Dwight Howard that resulted in a one-game suspension that he'll serve next season.


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Did the Bulls fire one of the best coaches in the NBA? Find out where Tom Thibodeau ranks among the top sideline generals in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron when asked how do you slow down Steph Curry: "The same way you slow me down ... You can't."

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Kyrie Irving says his health has been steady since beating ATL. Figures he will start on Curry defensively, but adds it's a team effort.