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The Lakers’ public drama is a crisis of ownership

[ad_1] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeanie Buss listened to the press conference in which Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as President of Basketball Operations on April 9 and felt like she was in a time machine.The words, the substance, even the blindside felt just like 1981 when Johnson told her father, the late Dr. Jerry Buss, that he just didn't feel like he could be Magic Johnson playing in Paul Westhead's
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Raptors stick to film work after double-OT win

[ad_1] 6:41 PM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- After the Toronto Raptors escaped with a grueling 118-112 double-overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night, the focus Monday was on recovery."After almost any game, but especially after one like last night, you're getting nothing physically from these guys," Raptors coach Nick Nurse told ESPN after limiting his team's workload to a film session
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Pelinka touts Lakers’ ‘strong appeal,’ title hopes

[ad_1] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Despite Magic Johnson airing his grievances with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and a coaching search that took very public twists and turns before ending up on Frank Vogel, L.A.'s top basketball executive projected confidence as the franchise looks ahead to a crucial summer of free agency."I think if people take a look at where this franchise is right now, again we have
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Wolves finalize deal to name Saunders coach

[ad_1] 4:48 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Interim coach Ryan Saunders finalized a multiyear deal to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves' new president of basketball operations, met with candidates at the NBA draft combine, but the search turned back to Saunders."Ryan is an excellent communicator and has developed open and trusting relationships with our players. I've known Ryan for many years and have always respected
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Telfair’s sister charged with threatening witness

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial.Octavia Telfair was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with transmitting an interstate threat. There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment from her lawyer.Sebastian Telfair, a once-highly-touted point guard with a disappointing NBA career and a history
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Giannis to fund indoor court in native Greece

[ad_1] ATHENS, Greece -- Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority accepted the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that
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Sources — Nuggets’ Connelly turns down Wizards

[ad_1] 10:49 AM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Tim Connelly, the Denver Nuggets' president of basketball operations, has turned down an offer to run the Washington Wizards' front office, league sources told ESPN.Josh Kroenke, the Nuggets' president and governor, made an aggressive and compelling case to Connelly over the weekend to keep him with the team, which the two have helped build into a Western Conference contender.Connelly's deep family roots in the mid-Atlantic
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Reliable injury info hard to come by

[ad_1] Last month, the NBA sent a memo to all its team owners detailing a series of new rules about owning sports betting companies and related businesses.In a nod toward gambling, referee transparency rules have been gradually implemented over the past decade, from announcing officiating crews in advance of games to the publishing of the last two minute reports.However, even as the NBA gets deeper into business with sportsbooks, the
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‘After I leave the court, the fight begins’

[ad_1] ONE OF THE first items on Enes Kanter's schedule when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers in February was a meeting with agents from the local FBI office -- just one among many ways Kanter's life is vastly different from any other NBA player's.Kanter told the agents about the Interpol red notice that lists him as a wanted man and prohibits him from traveling safely outside the United States.
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Kawhi shrugs off leg issue after win

[ad_1] 8:39 AM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- So much of this season for Kawhi Leonard has been spent on the topic of load management.Well, load management went out the window Sunday night.With his Toronto Raptors' season on the line, Leonard played a career-high 52 minutes -- almost all of them coming after he landed awkwardly on a layup in the first quarter. And he put up his latest stellar line,