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Jeanie Buss: Three-year rebuilding plan still in place

Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss has said before that the team is rebuilding under a deadline. Specifically, she has said, the Lakers need to make a deep run in the playoffs within three years or her brother Jim will step down from his post as president of basketball operations.

Asked about …

NBA

Dwyane Wade agrees to deal with Heat

As Miami Heat president Pat Riley gets ready to meet with free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge, he reached a one-year deal with franchise centerpiece Dwyane Wade.

Wade's deal is worth $20 million, a person familiar with the agreement told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he …

Dwyane Wade

Bubba Watson announces he'll paint over Confederate flag on General Lee

Bubba Watson’s General Lee (also known as the Dodge Charger used by the Duke brothers in 1980’s show The Dukes of Hazard) will no longer have a Confederate flag on top.

On Thursday, the two-time Masters champion tweeted his decision to paint over it with the American flag.

All men ARE created equal, I …

Bubba Watson

Tim Duncan confirms he'll return for his 19th NBA season

Tim Duncan confirmed Thursday he'll return for a 19th season with the San Antonio Spurs to chase his sixth NBA championship ring.

Duncan told the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday that he'll "be on the court" again next season.

Duncan's return was widely expected, but the news comes at a key time …

Tim Duncan

NBA Free Agency Day 1: Winners and Losers

The first day of NBA free agency was crazy. One estimate had the total as high as $1 billion dollars. Eighteen of our top 40 free agents agreed to deals (or are expected to, in the case of Tim Duncan and LeBron James) and that was the first day. It was a wild day with deals, a trade, and big, big …

NBA

The final gift of the Camelo Anthony trade for the Nuggets

During the 2013-14 NBA season, Nuggets fans were hoping that the New York Knicks disaster season would stay that way. The reason Nuggets Nation was …

Carmelo Anthony

Kevin Love Re-Signs with Cavaliers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Kevin Love said he was committed to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He said it over and over and over, despite near-constant reports about said commitment wavering. The All-Star forward stayed true to his word Wednesday, announcing on the Players' Tribune he will stay in Cleveland:

I'm going back to …

Kevin Love

The rest of the NBA should be terrified by what the Spurs are doing this summer

The San Antonio Spurs have had 16 straight 50-win seasons and 18-straight playoff appearances.

Nobody in the NBA world thinks they're starved for success, but after getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round this season, the Spurs are going all-in this summer.

Despite a glut of their own …

NBA

Lakers Rumors: Hottest Trade and Free-Agent Buzz on Dwyane Wade and More

After selecting guard D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers are ready to usher in a new era through trades and free agency.

L.A. has some money to spend, and its roster is also a blank slate of sorts, with only veteran Kobe Bryant, young forward …

NBA

Luke Ridnour gets traded to Raptors, joins fifth team in a week

Luke Ridnour has had quite a week.

Last week, Ridnour was traded right before the NBA Draft from the Orlando Magic to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies then traded Ridnour to the Charlotte Hornets for Matt Barnes. Ridnour was then traded by the Hornets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade …

Toronto Raptors

John Calipari shoots down Kings rumors, says he'll stay at Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted denials Tuesday of the latest rumors linking him to an NBA job, saying there's no substance to the notion that he would leave the college ranks for the Sacramento Kings.

Calipari acknowledged that he has had discussions with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, but he …

College Sports

Steve Nash and Jahlil Okafor: In Conversation

Top NBA Draft prospect and recent NCAA National Champion Jahlil Okafor’s life is about to change forever — from life off the court, to the game on

Steve Nash

Scottie Pippen says he was 'LeBron James before LeBron James'

When people discuss LeBron James and compare him to past players, two NBA legends come to mind: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. However, in an interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Scottie Pippen argued that LeBron is more comparable to him:

"I was LeBron James before LeBron James," Bulls …

Scottie Pippen

Report: Carmelo Anthony already recruiting free agents for Knicks

ESPN reports that Carmelo Anthony has hit the recruitment trail in advance of Tuesday night's open of the NBA free agency period at 12:01 a.m. ET. Anthony is reportedly calling players, including DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe and Arron Afflalo.

The Knicks are set to meet with Jordan this week, and are …

Carmelo Anthony

Dwyane Wade decides not to pick up option with Heat

Dwyane Wade, a perennial All-Star and three-time NBA champion, has decided not to pick up his option with the Miami Heat for next year.

Wade, who was scheduled to make $16.1 million next season, announced his decision through a representative. He will automatically become a free agent Wednesday.

The …

Dwyane Wade

A Retired Michael Jordan Abuses Bulls Player in 1999

You don’t poke a sleeping bear.

In 1999, between Michael Jordan’s second and third retirements, Chicago Bulls guard Corey Benjamin learned that the hard way.

Skip Bayless, writing for the Chicago Tribune at the time, reported that Benjamin had issued an "ill-advised challenge" to His Airness.

Jordan …

Michael Jordan

Luol Deng opting in with Miami for final year of contract

The Miami Heat could have an extremely dangerous starting five next season in Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. Dragic is expected to re-sign and Wade will reportedly become a free agent, while Deng has decided to opt in and wait until the summer of 2016 to hit …

Luol Deng

Calipari: Confederate flag 'offends,' should be removed

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes Confederate flags should be taken down.

During a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call Monday, Calipari said that "obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That's how I …

John Calipari

Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who is coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, will retire after next season, he announced Monday.

Ryan, 67, said in a statement that he will coach this season and then step down. His hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

"Back in the …

Wisconsin Badgers

Time to find out if superstars still want to play for the Knicks and Lakers

Can the glamour franchises of the NBA pull top free agents despite being terrible?

NBA free agency brings as many huge questions in 2015, as it does any other July. When you go down the list of top free agents in play to switch teams this summer, one particular question stands out: Do the Lakers and …

NBA

LeBron James is expected to re-sign with the Cavs, but not until they pay his teammates

LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has become a free agent. While all signs point to James re-signing with the Cavs, there is work to be done and it sounds like LeBron is going to make the Cavs sweat until it happens.

James is expected to re-sign with the …

Lebron James

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The historic 1996 Chicago Bulls championship team

The 1996 Chicago Bulls are considered one of the best teams in NBA history. Here's what some of the key members of this legendary team are up to today.

Produced by Joe Avella. Reporting by Ari Gilberg.

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Kobe Bryant says he's made Lakers teammates cry before

Kobe Bryant compared the Los Angeles Lakers to both the Titanic and toilet paper in the span of a single week last December, so he isn’t exactly afraid to speak his mind after 19 seasons in the league.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill at the BET Experience, Bryant revealed that some of his …

Kobe Bryant

Bill Walton is psyched to attend his 855th Grateful Dead concert

If you know Bill Walton, you know he is the biggest deadhead on the planet. Seriously. He's seen them in concert over 850 times!

And with the Grateful Dead on the final stretch of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, you better believe Bill Walton is in attendance.

But it's not enough to just catch …

Grateful Dead

LeBron James will be free agent July 1, according to sources

LeBron James will bypass his $21.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent on July 1, sources told ESPN.com.

The move, which was expected, marks the third time in the past six years that James will be an unrestricted free agent. This time is expected to have a …

Lebron James

Kobe unsure about retirement, reminisces about once making a teammate cry

While Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak may be preparing to move on without longtime face-of-the-franchise Kobe Bryant after this …

Kobe Bryant

‘She’d Be Hella Proud’

Terran Petteway’s mother died of cancer in April. The NBA prospect will honor her on draft night whether a team selects him or not

Terran Petteway’s mind had started to drift during timeouts. He would be quiet for days at practice, his cheek-to-cheek smile nowhere to be found. Basketball had always …

College Sports

Stephen Curry Throws Down Two-Handed Reverse Dunk

The reigning MVP, @StephenCurry30, threw down this impressive jam last night at his basketball camp in Pebble Beach. https://t.co/WckflCutXk

— Golden …

Stephen Curry

Mitch Kupchak talks to draftee Larry Nance Jr. about accusatory Kobe tweet

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team has spoken to one of its first-round draft picks about a tweet the player sent out in 2012 that referred to a sexual assault case involving star guard Kobe Bryant.

The tweet was published May 1, 2012, on the account …

Larry Nance

Carmelo Anthony unhappy with Knicks' pick of Kristaps Porzingis, sources say

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony expressed displeasure Thursday night with team president Phil Jackson's decision to draft Kristaps Porzingis, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

Anthony, in a phone conversation with former teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., who was traded to the …

Carmelo Anthony