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Summer Forecast: 2015-16 East champions

Who will emerge as Eastern Conference champions in 2015-16? Summer Forecast rolls on as our expert panel makes its projections.

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Kobe, Durant and Melo next "big three"? (0:36)
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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Ford: Simmons to Sixers in 2016 Mock 1.0

Philly uses its two projected top-four picks to grab Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray in Chad Ford's first 2016 mock draft.

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Andre Iguodala, hometown hero (1:39)
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Van Gundy: Duncan would make great NBA coach (1:04)
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John Wall - Backpacks for back home (1:18)
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Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

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With or without Irving, Cavs top East

There's some concern that Kyrie Irving could miss a good portion of next season due to his injured knee -- but that's not stopping ESPN's Kevin Pelton from declaring Cleveland the East's best team again. Elite without Irving (Insider)

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Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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Uruguay vs. Brazil at FIBA Americas

With an Olympic spot already wrapped up as hosts, Brazil's NBA players are sitting out this summer, but the team will still compete at FIBA Americas, starting with today's game vs. Uruguay. Live on ESPN3

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Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

As podcast ends, Shaq tells Kobe, “I love you, brother. And I miss you..I wish we could’ve got to 7 championships, but it is what it is."

Cuba, Venezuela tip off FIBA Americas

The FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament begins today in Mexico, with Cuba taking on Venezuela. The Venezuelan squad hasn't qualified for the Olympics since 1992, and finished 7th at the Pan Am Games earlier this summer. Live on ESPN3

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Shaq joked a/b players calling Kobe “bay-boo,” as Kobe’s wife does. Kobe: "I do not care what they whisper -- bay-boo will still drop 60."

Sosa among players to watch in Mexico

Rick Pitino and Edgar Sosa are familiar with each other from their time at Louisville, but they'll be on opposite sides at the FIBA Americas tournament, with Pitino coaching Puerto Rico and Sosa playing for the Dominican Republic. Players to watch (Insider)

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Canada ready to shine at FIBA Americas

With a young NBA-heavy core -- led by Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins -- that has shined in international play this summer, Canada is ready to take the next step at this week's FIBA Americas tournament. Future threat to US dominance? (Insider)

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Nigeria looking toward Olympic berth

Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, helping Nigeria take a 13-point lead over Angola at halftime of the Afrobasket final. The winner earns a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Anatomy of Puerto Rico's downward spiral

In 2004, Puerto Rico pulled an upset for the ages, becoming the first team to beat a U.S. team with NBA players at the Olympics. Since then, though, they've struggled on the international stage, a trend Rick Pitino will try to reverse at the FIBA Americas tournament. What happened?

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Argentina's 'Golden Generation' fading

No Manu Ginobili. No Carlos Delfino. No Fabricio Oberto. The connections to Argentina's 2004 Olympic triumph are dwindling as Luis Scola and company begin a new era at the FIBA Americas tournament, tipping off Monday. Can youth thrive?

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LeBron James @kingjames

The look you have when u have nothing left from your workout. Recovery starts asap. Lol! #StriveForGreatness #SeasonRightAroundTheCorner

MacMullan: Dawkins was an original

Jackie MacMullan says of the late Darryl Dawkins: "Dawkins wasn't a Hall of Famer, skills weren't polished, and he was a bit too irreverent as the sole inhabitant of Planet Lovetron, but he was an original."

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