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Summer Forecast: Cavs, not Warriors, to win title

Will the Warriors make it back-to-back championships in 2016? Not according to Summer Forecast, as our expert panel pumps the brakes on Golden State's repeat chances.

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Nelly talks about Kobe's legacy (1:58)
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Mutombo's priceless reaction to getting his jersey retired (1:26)
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Goldsberry: Why pickup basketball is broken

Thousands are played every day across the country. But for as popular as the game is, there is something fundamentally broken with the majority of pickup games: the scorekeeping.

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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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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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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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Howard detained for gun at airport

Dwight Howard was not arrested on Aug. 28, when TSA officials at George Bush Intercontinental airport discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag, and was allowed to board a later flight after the Houston District Attorney's office declined to press charges against him. Howard told officials the gun was his, and he was allowed to give the handgun to an associate. Story

Canada routs Cuba 101-59 in FIBA Americas

Led by Andrew Wiggins and Nick Stauskas' 30 combined points, every player scored in Canada's 42-point win over Cuba, which has lost by a combined 72 points in its two games. Live on ESPN3

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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Canada keeping the clamps on Cuba

It hasn't gotten any better or worse for Cuba through three quarters in the FIBA Americas Championship. Cuba still trails by 30 points, 71-41, heading into the fourth. Andrew Wiggins and Nick Stauskas each have 15 points for Canada. Live on ESPN3

Mutombo's epic jersey retirement reaction

The Hawks announced they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's jersey on Nov. 24. The big man's reaction to the news is priceless.

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Canada up big at the break

All but two players on the Canada roster have scored to take a 30-point lead over Cuba into the locker room in the FIBA Americas tournament. Andrew Wiggins has 12 points and six boards, and Nick Stauskas has 8 points. Cuba is shooting 5-for-35 from the field. Live on ESPN3

Canada cruising vs. Cuba

One day after being smashed by 30 points vs. Puerto Rico, Cuba finds itself down 20 in the second quarter in the FIBA Americas. Andrew Wiggins has a game-high 10 points to lead Canada. Cuba made only 3 of 16 field goals in the first quarter. Live on ESPN3

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.

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

Pau @paugasol

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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