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Summer Forecast: Is this Kobe's final season?

Will Kobe Bryant's 20th NBA season be his last? Our Summer Forecast predicts whether we'll be saying farewell to the Black Mamba in 2015-16.

Kobe, Durant and Melo next "big three"? (0:36)
Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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.

Andre Iguodala, hometown hero (1:39)
Van Gundy: Duncan would make great NBA coach (1:04)
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?"


Mayweather is good at more than boxing

Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas doesn't ease up on Floyd Mayweather when the two square off in hoops. In fact, Thomas turns it up a notch just to match the pound-for-pound champ,


Enes Kanter meets world's tallest man

At 6-foot-11, Enes Kanter is much, much taller than most people. But even he looked small standing next to Sultan Kosen. Turkish towers


Elhassan: Durant’s free-agent short list

If Kevin Durant hits free agency in 2016, he'll have no shortage of suitors. Amin Elhassan admits that OKC is the favorite, but the Wizards, Rockets and Heat all loom as threats. Potential destinations (Insider)

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Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call

Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'

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'Miami Vice'-themed unis for Heat?

Heat owner Micky Arison offered fans a chance to sound off on a Crockett & Tubbs-inspired uniform design. Could these be in the Heat's future? Check it out

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Why Kobe's future remains up in the air

Chris Broussard: "The problem for the Lakers isn't so much Kobe Bryant coming back a year from now if he wants to do that, it's at what price."


Another All-Star Snub For Green?

Draymond Green's unselfish play was not rewarded with an All-Star appearance last season. Is it likely to happen again this year? Top-10 most likely first-time All-Stars (Insider)

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Paul still has soft spot for New Orleans

Chris Paul reflects on his days playing for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit, saying the city's residents are "relentlessly strong-willed people" who "made me feel like part of the city."


Thunder leading for Durant's future

ESPN's Royce Young believes the Thunder are the leader in the clubhouse: "It's really not about what the Thunder have done, it's about what the next team can give him."


Kobe facing retirement speculation

Bryant has said he'll wait until the end of the season to make any decisions about his future. Lakers co-owner Jim Buss, though, is nothing if not prepared, telling the LA Times: "We're going to approach it like it is [his final season], but that doesn't mean it is." 'It's his decision'

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Windhorst: Kyrie could return earlier

ESPN's Brian Windhorst refutes the report that Kyrie Irving may be out until January: "I would be surprised if he was out that long."


Dawkins' larger than life personality

Former teammate Jim Spanarkel shared a story of the late Darryl Dawkins: “I remember one night, first time he broke a backboard and I remember going back to the locker room because there was a delay. I remember him yelling that he broke a backboard and that he wanted to renegotiate his contract because he could break a backboard." Always had a smile

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Heat owner Micky Arison posted these "Miami Vice"-style uniform renderings from users and asked fans if they'd like to see the jerseys as actual alternates. What do you think? (via @mickyarison)

Hurricane Katrina upended NBA landscape

J.A. Adande attempts to reduce a complicated history to its purest elements: Because of Katrina, a team from Charlotte that moved to New Orleans that came to Oklahoma City paved the way for the relocation of the team from Seattle. A phenomenon

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Dawkins brought smiles to all

Doug Collins told ESPN's Johnette Howard about the late Darryl Dawkins: "The world could be crashing down around him, and there was never a day when I didn't see him with a smile on his face." Memories of 'Chocolate Thunder'

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Former Ole Miss star signs with Kings

Marshall Henderson, who went undrafted in 2014 after averaging 19 points per game in his final season with the Rebels, has signed a deal to go to training camp with Sacramento, according to Yahoo Sports.

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Report: Irving may be out until January

Kyrie Irving may not be ready for opening night for the Cavaliers, and he could be unavailable until January according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report. Irving is recovering from a fractured left kneecap suffered in the first game of Cleveland's NBA Finals loss to Golden State.

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