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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris’ aggravated assault trial resumes with testimony of man attacked

PHOENIX — The aggravated assault trial of NBA players Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris resumed Tuesday with testimony from the man the brothers are accused of beating. Erik Hood, 36, testified Tuesday that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message. Hood, who has known the twin brothers since they were promising teenage AAU players, stressed his relationship with them was not based on the twins making it to the NBA. The Morris brothers went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a…

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Magic Johnson subpoenaed as witness in Draymond Green civil lawsuit

Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press. Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball for Michigan State, and the plaintiff played football at MSU. Jermaine Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, filed suit July 25 in response to an altercation in July 2016 that culminated in Green allegedly striking Edmondson in the face at a restaurant in East Lansing, Mich. Johnson…

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‘Your favorite player’s favorite player’: The wit and wisdom of Michael Beasley – Knicks Blog

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Some believe New York Knicks management wants to tank the 2017-18 season to ensure a high pick in the NBA draft. If that’s the case, Michael Beasley certainly isn’t on board. In a wide-ranging interview at the Knicks training facility on Tuesday, Beasley touched on preseason expectations for the Knicks (playoffs), playing alongside Carmelo Anthony (his mentor), a new diet (he’s 20 pounds lighter) and why he still has a chance to be “the best player in the NBA.” The Knicks are a playoff team “if we…

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Dante Cunningham returning to New Orleans Pelicans on one-year deal

After turning down his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans, forward Dante Cunningham has decided to return to the team as a free agent. The 30-year-old gets a one-year, $2.3 million contract, according to his agent, Joel Bell. The deal was first reported by The Vertical. Cunningham declined a $3.1 million player option to seek a multiyear deal. The versatile forward was the Pelicans’ top 3-point shooter at a career-high 39.2 percent during the 2016-17 campaign after making only two 3s in his first six years in the league…

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Kevin Durant sorry for tweets critical of Billy Donovan, Thunder

Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant apologized Tuesday for going “too far” in defending himself on Twitter. “I use Twitter to engage with fans,” he said at the Tech Crunch conference in San Francisco. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far. “That’s what happens sometimes when I get into basketball debates about what I really love is to play basketball. Took it a little too far.” On Sunday, someone tweeted at Durant, “give me one legitimate reason…

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NBA — Kyrie Irving explains trade request and more on First Take

Kyrie Irving made an hourlong appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Monday. Here is a look at some of what he said, along with some background and analysis. Irving’s remarks to Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim have been edited for clarity and length. Below is a partial transcript of his comments, marked by highlights and italicized annotations. Q: What went into the decision to request a trade? Kyrie Irving discussed his trade from the Cavaliers to the Celtics on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, saying he was…

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Doug Collins returns to Chicago Bulls as senior adviser

Doug Collins, who was the Chicago Bulls‘ coach before they started winning titles, is returning to the team as a senior adviser. Collins coached the team from 1986 to 1989, taking the Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals in his final season. It was a shock that he was fired and replaced by Phil Jackson. Jackson went on to become a legend, winning six titles with Chicago and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers. Collins, 66, also coached the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, and most recently…

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Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic retiring from Slovenia team after Euro win

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship. Dragic says on Tuesday, “I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell.” Goran Dragic scored 35 points in Slovenia’s 93-85 victory over Serbia to win the FIBA EuroBasket men’s final.¬†OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images Dragic, 31, led Slovenia with 35 points to beat Serbia 93-85 in the final on Sunday in Istanbul, earning the MVP award. He says Slovenia’s qualifying…

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Doug Collins returns to Chicago Bulls as senior advisor

Doug Collins, who was the Chicago Bulls‘ coach before they started winning titles, is returning to the team as a senior advisor. Collins coached the team from 1986-89, taking the Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals in his final season. That’s why it was a shock that he was fired and replaced by Phil Jackson. Jackson went on to become a legend, winning six titles with Chicago and another five with the Lakers. Collins, 66, coached the Pistons, Wizards and 76ers, while also serving as a TV analyst with ESPN….

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Fantasy basketball sleepers, breakouts, busts for 2017-18

In order to put your team in the best possible position to win your league, you’ll need to make the most of your draft. That includes finding good values in players who will exceed their average draft position, landing at least one player who takes his game into the upper echelon, and avoiding players who flop miserably. With that in mind, our fantasy basketball experts (Jim McCormick, Joe Kaiser, John Cregan, Eric Karabell and Kyle Soppe) offer up their top sleepers, breakouts and busts for the 2017-18 campaign. Sleepers Sleeper:…

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