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Ibaka receives standing ovation as Thunder win

Ibaka receives standing ovation as Thunder win

After missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, Serge Ibaka returned on Sunday night to help the Oklahoma City Thunder seal a much-needed 106-97 triumph, keeping their playoffs hope alive. Ibaka was 6 for 7 from the field, made 3 of his 4 free-throws, blocked four shots, grabbed 7 rebounds en route […]

NBA launch ‘Live, Learn and Play’ in Senegal

PRESS RELEASE The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched ‘Live, Learn and Play,’ a new partnership that will include a comprehensive basketball-based youth development program aimed at using the values of the game including leadership, character and teamwork to promote youth development and citizenship in 20 schools […]

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Clippers owner Sterling banned for life by the NBA

NEW YORK (AP) – Issuing about the strongest rebuke that he could, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league. Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 […]

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Warriors’ Jackson: Fans in LA should boycott Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State coach Mark Jackson has a suggestion for fans of both the Warriors and the Clippers: Don’t show up for Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Jackson was responding to questions Monday about how fans in Los Angeles should react to the purported comments of Clippers owner Donald Sterling […]

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MINNEAPOLIS –Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton remembers the former Gorgui Dieng. That’d be the lanky Senegalese kid with a wingspan of more than 7 feet who, at one point, didn’t understand the concept of goaltending. Even in college, he couldn’t grasp why his freshman season ended when Louisville fell in the Sweet 16. The old Gorgui […]

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Antetokounmpo, Ibaka shine

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After losing six consecutive games, the Milwaukee Bucks stunned the New York Knicks 101-98 on Monday, but they remain with the worst record in the NBA this season. Brandon Knight sent home fans into frenzy after hitting a three-pointer with 1.4 second remaining to help Milwaukee improve their record to 9-39. Greek rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, […]

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2014 NBA Draft: Joel Embiid could be No.1 pick

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Joel Embiid grew up in Cameroon, in west Africa, preferring soccer and volleyball. He first played organized basketball at 16, as a high school junior after moving to the United States. Teammates at a Florida prep school initially laughed from one Embiid hoops pratfall to the next. He is 19 now. He has gone from […]

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Ujiri, the ultimate chemistry teacher

Masai Ujiri‘s front office peers around the NBA should pay close attention to the way the Toronto Raptors’ star goes about his business. While some franchise architects like to work their so-called magic with the public watching intently, Ujiri has done a masterful job (first in Denver and now in Toronto) tweaking chemistry and getting […]

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Dikembe Mutombo on Life After the NBA

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Before arriving at Georgetown University in 1987, basketball was the last thing on Dikembe Mutombo’s mind. He didn’t even like the sport. The Congo-born 19-year-old had dreams of becoming a doctor and practicing medicine back home. All that changed the next year when coach John Thompson persuaded him to join the college basketball team. Under Mr. Thompson’s […]

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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP)- Nicolas Batum (Cameroon/France) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 115-105 home-opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. Batum is only the sixth player in Trail Blazers history to record at least three double-doubles with the Trail Blazers (Sidney Wicks, […]

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