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Shelburne: Clippers still Clippers, one year later

It's been a year since Donald Sterling has been out of the picture in L.A., but things haven't changed much for Shelly Sterling and the Clippers.

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38mCalvin Watkins

Howard suspended for Rockets' 2015-16 opener

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for the 2015-16 season opener because he collected his fourth flagrant foul point during the 2015 postseason the NBA announced Friday.

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14hMichael Wallace

Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

Will the two Heat mainstays stick together in Miami, or will a superstar on the decline opt out of the $16.1 million left on his deal and bolt?

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15hArash Markazi

High hoarse: Doc Rivers appreciates homage

Shortly after his team exited the playoffs, Clippers coach Doc Rivers found humor in Jamie Foxx's imitation of him on "The Tonight Show."

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Magic expect to hire Scott Skiles

Orlando has entered into contract discussions with Skiles and expects to shortly complete his hiring as the team's next coach, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal could come as soon as today. Skiles also interviewed with the Pelicans.

Expectations for Kyrie Irving?

Dave McMenamin believes that if Irving follows the same routine he developed last series with Dr. Andrews, Cavs fans can expect a good bit of production from the guard.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Reinsdorf owns the team and he can do what he wants -- but the Bulls are getting shredded, in this case, for a mess they could have avoided.

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Cavs & Warriors to enter Finals with combined 24-5 playoff record Best combined record by Finals teams since 1991 Bulls & Lakers (22-4)

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

James Harden wants the Rockets to get a PG/SG?: Yeah definitely, that’s one of the conversations that me and Daryl (Morey) are going to have

Dwight Howard suspended one game

The Rockets big man jutted a forearm into the neck of Andre Iguodala while setting a screen in Game 5 against the Warriors. As his 4th flagrant of the postseason, he received the suspension. Howard will miss the first game of the 2015-16 regular season.

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

I haven't talked to anybody in the last 24 hours who believes the Bulls next coach will be anyone other than Fred Hoiberg.

LeBron delivers focused message

Dave McMenamin tells SportsCenter that LeBron James has mastered the art of underselling and over-delivering.

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Bulls eyeing Hoiberg to replace Thibs

Chris Broussard says Fred Hoiberg's name has been associated with the Bulls' job almost all season.

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Klay Thompson to undergo tests

Chris Broussard tells SportsCenter that the Warriors are "confident" Thompson can play in Game 1. Today, Thompson will undergo neurological testing, which he must pass before he can practice.

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NBA Finals: The best and worst unis

There are lots of interesting subplots to the NBA Finals match-up between the Cavs and the Warriors -- LeBron vs. Steph, the Bay Area vs. the Rust Belt, and so on. But we know what you're thinking: Yeah, that other stuff is fine, but what about the uniforms? Best. Jersey. Ever.

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Stephen Curry: 1st in NBA history to face every other member of 1st-Team All-NBA in a single postseason (Davis, M. Gasol, Harden, James)

Examining the Dwyane Wade situation

ESPN's Michael Wallace writes: "Just the mere discussion of the possibility Wade would walk away from the Heat just a year after LeBron [James] fled Miami is enough to sink South Beach." Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

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World Peace tossed from final Italy game

Metta World Peace, aka The Panda's Friend, did not have the most ceremonious exit as his team was eliminated from the Serie A playoffs. Metta being Metta

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SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ... [But Jordan] was doing it all."

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POTUS talks hoops

President Obama chatted with fans about the NBA on Twitter today -- and as a Bulls fan, he's not particularly thrilled about Tom Thibodeau's firing. Check it out

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Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'

Gar Forman said Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run: "It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization."

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Thibodeau long on wins, short on titles

Tom Thibodeau departs Chicago with the 6th-highest win percentage in NBA history, but he also leaves having never coached the Bulls past the Conference Finals, having won only 4 playoff series in 5 years.

Agent: No concussion for Thompson

Warriors G Klay Thompson did not suffer a concussion in Wednesday's win, agent Bill Duffy told USA Today. Thompson's father, Mychal, told ESPN his son vomited and experienced other "concussion-like symptoms."

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Doc Rivers: CP3, Jordan have no beef

"I can put this to rest: They get along great," the Clippers coach said today on The Beast 980 in Los Angeles. There have been reports of a strained relationship between the two All-NBA performers. What's the deal, Doc?

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