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Jackson: NBA Africa Game a symbol of hope

For the first time, NBA basketball is being played on African soil. But the impact of one game has a reach far beyond what transpires on the court.

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Gilbert Arena says LeBron lacks selfishness (4:56)
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Q&A: Hollins on Nets' offseason, outlook

Lionel Hollins discusses the Nets' new additions, the loss of Deron Williams and what he expects this season in Brooklyn.

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History of the NBA in Africa (3:23)
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Yao part of final '22 Winter Games presentation

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead their teams in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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LeBron's questionable Twitter Q&A (3:59)
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MJ backboard, Mantle card sold at auction

The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan's last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Bird: Jordan would kill me in one-on-one right now (4:28)
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The man behind the all those great NBA impersonations (7:24)

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NBA Africa game means hope

For the first time, an official NBA exhibition game is being played on African soil. But the impact of one game has a reach far beyond what transpires on the court, Scoop Jackson writes. 'So much to be gained'

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NBA tips in Africa: Saturday, 9 a.m. ET

Johannesburg will host the first NBA game held in Africa, featuring Team Africa (which includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luol Deng and Serge Ibaka) against Team World (which includes Chris Paul and the Gasol brothers). Watch it live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is planning to attend the upcoming Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas

Pacers announce Jordan Hill arrest

Larry Bird released this statement on offseason acquisition Hill: "We have been informed Jordan was arrested for allegedly reckless driving in Atlanta, Georgia. It is obvious we don't condone this. We will address this with Jordan. This is a major concern of safety, not just for Jordan, but for others." Alleged triple-digit speed

Nuggets make Mudiay deal official

Denver signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay, whom the team drafted with the No. 7 pick in June's draft, to a multiyear deal. Mudiay had a solid summer league performance for Denver as he averaged 12 points and 5.8 assists. Story

Elhassan: The most NBA-ready rookies

Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he should be a solid starter with a superstar ceiling, according to Amin Elhassan's Readiness scale. D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay, though, aren't quite ready yet. Who's ready? (Insider)

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

As Myers frames it, the question is whether Looney should deal with hip issue now as opposed to later. GSW is currently exploring options

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Asked Myers about Looney's medical condition (labrum in his hip). He said, "I don't view it as any long term, chronic issue."

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On this date in 2007, the @celtics acquired Kevin Garnett in a megatrade with the @Timberwolves. Less than a year later, the Boston Big Three won a title. #fbf

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

July 31, 2007, is a very significant day in the the long and storied career of NBA superstar Kevin Garnett. See what went down with the Big Ticket on this date 8 years ago in Friday’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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