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Summer Forecast: Crowning a champion

Who will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy next June? Our Summer Forecast panel is predicting the NBA champion for 2015-16.

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Nelly talks about Kobe's legacy (1:58)
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Panama center dribbles his way to a layup (0:16)
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Wiggins' posterizing slam (0:14)
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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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D-Wade shows no mercy in game of dodgeball (0:14)
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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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Wiggins, Canada look to bounce back

Canada lost its FIBA Americas opener yesterday against Argentina. Andrew Wiggins & Co. will try to get their first win of the tournament against Cuba, which has started 0-2. Live on ESPN3

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Panama center goes coast to coast

Panama center Jose Lloreda picks up a loose ball, dribbles behind the back and drives through two defenders to covert a layup on the fast break in the FIBA Americas. Coach might want to get him a little playing time at point guard.

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Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge ... and Dwyane

Heat guard Dwyane Wade shows no mercy during this game of dodgeball.

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Rodriguez dunks on Panama

Dominican Republic forward Juan Jose Garcia Rodriguez throws one down right before time expires in the third quarter of this FIBA Americas matchup.

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Thorpe: Cavs would finish fifth in West

David Thorpe sees the NBA title staying in the competitive western conference.

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Dominican Republic cruises by Panama

Former Louisville guard Edgar Sosa led five Dominican Republic players in double-digits with 16 points in the 83-66 FIBA Americas win. The Rockets' Francisco Garcia tallied 7 points for the DR.

Are LeBron's title hopes fading?

ESPN Forecast asked how many titles LeBron would win in Cleveland, and 97% of the panel said at least one. Ethan Sherwood Strauss says: "I don't have that kind of faith."

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Basketball analytics ... for pickup ball

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry is here to convince you to score your games by 2s and 3s rather than 1s and 2s. Still not convinced? Listen to Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “I always make pickup games 3s and 2s." Fixing pickup

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Garcia puts exclamation point on 3rd

Juan Jose Garcia threw down a huge slam dunk to end the third quarter, giving the Dominican Republic a 3-point lead over Panama heading to the fourth at FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

Don't forget about the Spurs

The Warriors and Cavaliers may be the title favorites in 2015-16, but Bradford Doolittle writes not to count out San Antonio: "No one has been smarter than the Spurs. That's why 18 years into the Duncan-Popovich partnership, exactly no one would be surprised if the Spurs added a sixth Larry O'Brien Trophy to their collection next June." Reloading a powerhouse (Insider)

Panama storms back

After trailing by as many as 13 points, Panama climbed all the way back to tie it up, and trails the Dominican Republic by just 2 at halftime in a FIBA Americas first-round game. Former Southern Miss forward Josimar Ayarza leads all scorers with 13 for Panama. Live on ESPN3

D.R. off to hot start today

The Dominican Republic held Panama to 26 percent shooting in the first quarter, taking a 10-point lead after 1 at the FIBA Americas tournament. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in this year's event. Live on ESPN3

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Después del entrenamiento de esta mañana en #Madrid, nos vamos para #Berlin donde el sábado comienza el gran reto del #Eurobasket2015. Con muchas ganas de empezar!! #Somosequipo After our practice this morning in Madrid, we're about to fly to Berlin where the Eurobasket challenge will begin on Saturday! I can't wait to start competing!!

FIBA Americas continues today

The action in Mexico City tips off with Rockets F Francisco Garcia leading his Dominican Republic squad against Uruguay. The Dominican squad is still looking for its first win in the tournament. Live on ESPN3

Ty Lawson ready for fresh start

The new Rockets point guard told FOX 26 Houston: “I was like before I even came to the team I was talking to James (Harden). I was like 'Man get me over there.' I'll be that piece to get over the hump. It's definitely a breath of fresh air.”

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LeBron > MJ in one area

Howard Bryant categorizes James as the leading athlete-activist of his time: "Every day of his career has existed under the shadow of Jordan, but as citizen, LeBron does not look up to Michael. It should be the other way around." How he helps

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ICYMI: Wiggins' posterizing slam

Canada's Andrew Wiggins attacked the rim and put Andres Nocioni on a poster, but Nocioni got the last laugh as Argentina defeated Canada at FIBA Americas.

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What will Kobe's legacy be?

On First Take, rapper Nelly says of Kobe Bryant, who could be playing his final season in L.A.: "I think his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever play the game is cemented."

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Clippers built to last?

Despite a tumultuous offseason and perceived instability, the Clippers landed on the Summer Forecast panel's ranking of teams that are built to last. It may surprise you where they are. 2015 Summer Forecast (Insider)

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Olynyk finds Bennett for the alley-oop

Canada's Kelly Olynyk tossed up a nice to pass to Anthony Bennett, who finished with a two-handed jam at the FIBA Americas tournament, but Canada fell to Argentina.

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