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Charlotte Hornets Show off New Basketball Court at 'The Hive'

The Charlotte Hornets have already unveiled their new logo and uniforms, and now they have a court to play on.<p>On Thursday, the team unveiled what the court at Time Warner Cable Arena, aka "The Hive," looks like.<p>Charlotte put together a video to give fans a closer look at the court.<p>The Hornets' …

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NBA Free Agents 2014: Top Unrestricted Players Who Won't Break the Bank

With the NBA still recovering from the seismic activity set off by the opt-out news regarding superstars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, not to mention the intoxication caused by the new NBAers who will be chosen in Thursday's draft, some teams have to remember that there are other completely …

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NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Latest Reports Before Start of 2014 NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA draft is just hours away, and the Association has entered a frenzy of rumors, smokescreens and hype.<p>Each franchise has begun to divulge its thoughts to the media through certain sources in an effort to improve its position in the impending draft.<p>Whether that involves hyping a certain …

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NBA Draft 2014: Time, TV schedule and more

Thursday night's draft could change the direction for several franchises as they select 2014's heralded incoming class.<p>The 2014 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday in Brooklyn, where Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle and the rest of the top flight talent are set to find new …

Why the Cavaliers' bizarre run-up to the NBA Draft isn't necessarily a bad thing

All of this nonsense around Cleveland is funny in the context of the Cavs, but it doesn't actually mean anything.<p>On this fine NBA Draft morning, your jokes may all be directed toward the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jabari Parker predicted he'd go No. 2 after squelching reports he tanked his workout in …

Study: Schools with most early NBA entries in one-and-done era

We've got the 15 biggest spots where players leave before graduating -- in pursuit of the NBA dream.<p><b>Latest in hoops: NBA Early Entries | Latest News</b> …

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Sources: Magic trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets

The Orlando Magic have traded guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for guard Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, league …

Suns ride fourth-quarter surge past Wolves | Reuters

Suns ride fourth-quarter surge past Wolves<p>MINNEAPOLIS — While the Minnesota Timberwolves often are unable to protect double-digit leads, the Phoenix Suns are the opposite, finding ways to win despite falling into deficits.<p>The Suns proved that talent again Sunday afternoon with a 127-120 victory at …

Jack-led Cavaliers rally to defeat Knicks | Reuters

Jack-led Cavaliers rally to defeat Knicks<p>NEW YORK — The short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers, using just nine players, kept their slim playoff hopes alive behind a season-high 31 points and 10 assists from guard Jarret Jack in a 106-100 win over the New York Knicks Sunday at Madison Square …

Kings 124, Bucks 107 | Reuters

Kings 124, Bucks 107: DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds as host Sacramento rolled to an easy victory over Milwaukee.<p>Isaiah Thomas added 30 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay scored 24 as the Kings led by as many 40 while winning for just the third time in nine games. Ben McLemore …

Surging Nets rally to win in OT | Reuters

Surging Nets rally to win in OT<p>DALLAS — The Brooklyn Nets not only have the best record in the Eastern Conference since the start of January, they are no slouch when it comes to facing the big, bad West.<p>Brooklyn, one of just three Eastern teams with a winning record against the West, continued …

Lakers end 4-game skid behind Hill's career-best 28 | Reuters

Lakers end 4-game skid behind Hill’s career-best 28<p>LOS ANGELES — For the second game in a row, Jordan Hill and Nick Young were the center of attention for the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>The two forwards, who were involved in a skirmish with Washington Wizard forward Drew Gooden on Friday night, helped the …

Kobe Bryant: Lakers Planning 'Greatest Comeback That the League Has Ever Seen'

Facing the possibility of being a part of the worst Los Angeles Lakers team of all time, Kobe Bryant sat down with ESPN's Darren Rovell for the network's Sunday Conversation and said he wants his team to have "the greatest comeback that the league has ever seen."<p>Further discussing the nightmarish …

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NY Knicks Choke Away Desperately Needed Game vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

When the grand postmortem of the New York Knicks’ tumultuous 2013-14 season is finally written, it might well include this epitaph:<p>At the exact moment when they desperately needed something—a basket, a stop, a win, anything—the Knicks simply couldn’t do it, no matter how easy or ripe the …

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LeBron James Will Reportedly 'Look At' NY Knicks with Phil Jackson in Charge

Well, it's official: The New York Knicks have exhausted all the NBA rumors ever and are now cycling back to past hearsay.<p>Now that the addition of Phil Jackson, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard, has been made official, the Knicks can turn their attentions to LeBron James.<p>"There’s no …

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Gerald Green scores 28, Suns beat Raptors

Gerald Green is back from the kind of “vacation” that no NBA player likes to take.<p>Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Green scored 13 of …

Spurs beat Jazz for fourth time this season, 10th straight win

SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs put together a dominant offensive performance on Sunday night.<p>The final result was a 10-game …

Phil Jackson Is Latest Faux Savior for New York Knicks Circus

Cover up, New York Knicks. Your true intentions are showing.<p>For a team so averse to transparency, preferring to self-destruct to the tick-tock of its own time bomb, New York's Phil Jackson exploits leave little to the imagination.<p>The Zen Master's contract is official, according to ESPN's Ramona …

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Marion, Carter help Mavericks beat Thunder 109-86

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks didn't care if Oklahoma City was without star guard Russell Westbrook. They were just glad to finally beat …

Kyrie Irving Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Arm and Return

<b>Updates from Wednesday, April 2</b><p>Fred McLeod of Cavs.com provides and update on Kyrie Irving's return:<p>Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of <i>The Plain Dealer</i> previously listed Irvin a game-time decision:<p><b>Updates from Tuesday, April 1</b><p>NBA.com provides an update from Kyrie Irving:<p>"I feel good," Irving …

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Evolved Monta Ellis Finally Finds Success as 2nd Option Behind Dirk Nowitzki

Nine points on 2-of-7 shooting to go along with seven assists probably wouldn't be a significant stat line for many NBA players or teams—and certainly not for a guy who averages 19.4 points for his career.<p>For Monta Ellis, that line is what he did against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, and …

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2014 NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for Season's Stretch Run

Anyone claiming the NBA season is too long should take a good, hard look at the standings for both the Eastern and Western Conferences.<p>If, as some say, the 82-game slog is fraught with too many meaningless contests and ho-hum stretches of uninspired play, how is it that we've reached the season's …

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5 People We Should Credit for Turning Brooklyn Nets' Season Around

For the Brooklyn Nets, the 2013-14 NBA season has been a tale of two halves.<p>Before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, the most expensive roster in league history was nothing short of an underachieving, injury-prone catastrophe.<p>Once January appeared, though, things changed.<p>With Paul Pierce and …

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Blake Griffin scores birthday double-double as Clips top Cavs for 11th straight

LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin entered the back half of his 20s with a birthday serenade from the crowd and another dynamic demonstration of why he's …

Stephen Curry scores 37 as Warriors edge Trail Blazers with late FG

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to have Klay Thompson.<p>Thompson, returning after a one-game absence to attend his …

Golden State Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal Reaches 1,000-Game Mark for Career

Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal logged career appearance No. 1,000 in Friday's 103-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had a rather forgettable night, finishing with four points, two rebounds, two blocks and a whopping four turnovers in just 13 minutes.<p>Perhaps best known for his …

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First-Round NBA Playoff Matchups the Miami Heat Do and Don't Want

The Denver Nuggets topped the Seattle Supersonics in 1994.<p>The Golden State Warriors slid by the Dallas Mavericks in 2007.<p>The Memphis Grizzlies thumped the San Antonio Spurs in 2011.<p>Unlike the Davis vs. Goliath-caliber shocks that occur with some regularity on the gridiron, the NBA playoffs aren’t …

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LA Lakers Must Cut Ties with Mike D'Antoni Sooner Rather Than Later

What are the Los Angeles Lakers accomplishing by holding on to lame-duck coach Mike D'Antoni?<p>Is executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss so frozen in his own indecisiveness that he's afraid to pull the plug on what certainly feels like a fait accompli? Buss and the Lakers are more …

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