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Ford's NBA Mock Draft 6.0

In the wake of Karl-Anthony Towns' impressive workout, during which he sunk 3-pointers with ease, Chad Ford was compelled to keep Towns as the No. 1 pick. Full draft (Insider)

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Curry with shot to knock LeBron down

Steph Curry is on pace to be the first player to achieve a +1,000 plus-minus for a season since the NBA began tracking the stat. The previous "record"-holder: LeBron James from '08-09.


Iowa State not known for its defense

Fred Hoiberg and Tom Thibodeau were both at Iowa State and Chicago since 2010-11. During Hoiberg's tenure, the Cyclones' defense never ranked better than 110th. In that same span, the Bulls were first under Thibodeau.

Bulls expected to introduce Hoiberg today

Fred Hoiberg would be the ninth man to coach a Bulls game since the departure of Phil Jackson. The previous eight combined to win 5 of 15 playoff series, while Jackson won 27 of the 30 playoff series he coached for the Bulls.

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Andrei Kirilenko via e-mail on basketball retirement report: "It's a possibility, but not certain." Will think about it more over summer.

D-Wade ... the NBA TV analyst?

Miami's Dwyane Wade will join the pregame and halftime desk of ABC NBA Countdown for Games 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals, ESPN announced. Wade has appeared in the previous 4 NBA Finals, winning two titles.

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LeBron and Kyrie's lefts are not all right

Cavs stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who are both righties, tried shooting left-handed 3-pointers in practice, and the best we can say is one of them managed to draw backboard -- the side of it, anyway.


Hawks unveil 'new identity'

Atlanta announced new primary and secondary logos for next season. The secondary logo symbolizes "how the city of Atlanta rose from the ashes to become one of the nation’s leading international cities," the team said.

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Hoiberg, Thibodeau not similar coaches

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle: "[Fred] Hoiberg is so polar opposite in personality from [Tom] Thibodeau that the buzzword you keep encountering is 'anti-Thibs.' One NBA executive I spoke to raved about Hoiberg, calling him a 'great guy with absolutely no ego.'" Strategy different, too (Insider)

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

I think this break before the Finals benefits the Warriors given the head injuries Curry and Thompson sustained. Time to recover.

LeBron: I'm better than ever

Don't pay attention to the postseason career low 42.8% shooting. LeBron James says he's just fine: "If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. ... This is probably the best I've been."


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Erman had strong impact on team D in both Boston & Golden State and is seen as ideal addition to complement Gentry's offensive specialties

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Erman was dismissed as part of the Mark Jackson storm in Golden State late last season, but vet assistant regarded as an ace defensive mind

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Pelicans putting on full-court press to hire Darren Erman as defensive guru for new coach Alvin Gentry's coaching staff

A new superstar in the Curry household

Has Stephen Curry's daughter's fame surpassed his own? "In the Bay Area, for sure," Curry said. "When we go out now, they're all asking where she's at. ... We went to Toys 'R' Us the other day, and little girls asking their dad can they talk to Riley because they saw her on TV."



According to a report, a number of great NBA marksmen -- Steve Nash included -- believe Stephen Curry could be the best shooter ever. Chef Curry at the top?

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Dwyane Wade set for Finals appearance

The Heat superstar is going back to the NBA Finals -- as an analyst. The three-time NBA champion will join ESPN on ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of Finals -- as well as 6 and 7, if necessary. Flash in the studio

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Irving's health a question of timing

Relative to seasons past, 2014-15 was the healthiest Cavs PG Kyrie Irving has ever been. But he continues to battle knee and foot maladies as Game 1 of the NBA Finals nears (Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC).

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Andrei Kirilenko has reportedly retired from basketball. Rival owners upset when he signed with #Nets, but never worked out way they'd hoped

Hoiberg's college legacy untarnished

Fred Hoiberg rebuilt Iowa State, his alma mater, achieving plenty in a short stretch. Now it seems time for a new challenge with the Chicago Bulls. But "The Mayor" should leave Ames with a new nickname among Cyclones fans, Myron Medcalf writes: 'The Prince'

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