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LeBron back home with mission to finally deliver title

Four years away from home changed LeBron James. He came back more mature, more focused, more complete — in a class by himself as a player. More significantly, playing with Dwyane Wade in Miami taught him how to be a champion, and James won two titles while making four straight ...

Mavericks waive Togashi

The Dallas Mavericks said Tuesday they have waived Japan guard Yuki Togashi along with forward Eric Griffin. The 21-year-old Togashi ...

Durant not planning to rush return

Oct 22, 2014

Durant not planning to rush return

Thunder forward Kevin Durant is having a tough time getting used to the fact that he will miss the early part of the season with a bone fracture in his right foot. “I’ve been antsy since I got out of surgery,” he said Tuesday. ...

Oct 18, 2014

Mavericks roll past LeBron, Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt figured the best way to handle his first loss was with a joke. “Well,” he said. “I guess we’re not going 90-0 this year.” No, the Cavs are far from perfect — and far from a finished product. Chandler ...

MVP Durant fractures foot

Oct 13, 2014

MVP Durant fractures foot

Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his ...

Oct 11, 2014

Balanced attack lifts Oklahoma City

Anthony Morrow scored 21 points, Steven Adams and Jeremy Lamb added 19 apiece, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-109 on Friday. Reggie Jackson had 13 points before leaving early in the third quarter after landing hard on his right shoulder. ...

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

Oct 7, 2014

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

by Ed Odeven

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit ...

Cleveland welcomes LeBron home

Oct 2, 2014

Cleveland welcomes LeBron home

The crowd’s deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn’t hear his name announced. Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench. Seconds later, James knew he was home. ...

Kobe ready for rebound

Sep 30, 2014

Kobe ready for rebound

After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects. “I’m trying to see if ...

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

Sep 27, 2014

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

LeBron James threw his right arm around Kevin Love and rested the other on Kyrie Irving’s shoulder. They laughed, smiled and posed for photos — together. And that’s how they plan to win an NBA championship. The trio of All-Stars, aligned this summer to ...

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

Sep 25, 2014

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

The Phoenix Suns and point guard Eric Bledsoe have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract, capping a long, sometimes-tense negotiation to keep him in the desert. The deal Wednesday is considerably more than the four-year, $48 million the Suns initially offered but ...

Sep 20, 2014

Chapman arrested for shoplifting

Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle ...

Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Sep 15, 2014

Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks. To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever. An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry ...