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22mRamona Shelburne

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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18hMichael 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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25mCalvin Watkins

James Harden looking for ballhandling help

After setting a playoff record for turnovers in the Rockets' final game, James Harden said he could use some help handling the ball.

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19hArash 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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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Logical solution for Wade/Heat: Opt out of $16.1mil, sides agree to 1-yr/$24mil. Wade gets back most of $ gave up. Heat get 2016 flexibility

Sefolosha: Arrest hurt reputation

The Hawks forward, who has blamed police for leg injuries suffered during an April arrest in New York, said that the incident not only ended his season but also brought stress to his entire family: "Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this." Double the damage

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espn @espn

Remember when Carmelo Anthony was named Most Outstanding Player in the 2003 national championship game? Happy 31st birthday, Melo! #fbf

LeBron's playoff accomplishments lacking

LeBron James has eliminated just 7 50-win teams (including the Bulls and Hawks this season) in his postseason career. Compared to other legends, that doesn’t stack up well.

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NBA mascots ... as cartoon characters

Imagine if these were the characters that filled your TVs on Saturday mornings. Think the Magician and the Wizard would have teamed up? See mascots

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Shelburne: Still the same Clippers

A year ago, Donald Sterling was banished from the NBA and any bad energy was supposed to go away. This team, this year, convinced folks that change had come. People stood up. They let their guard down. And yet ... the Clippers are still the same. The 'Clipper curse'

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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.

Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

Said the Warriors in a statement: "[Thompson] will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

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Watkins: Dwight suspension is right call

Calvin Watkins said the NBA got it right when they upgraded the foul against Dwight Howard that resulted in a one-game suspension that he'll serve next season.

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

Did the Bulls fire one of the best coaches in the NBA? Find out where Tom Thibodeau ranks among the top sideline generals in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron when asked how do you slow down Steph Curry: "The same way you slow me down ... You can't."

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kyrie Irving says his health has been steady since beating ATL. Figures he will start on Curry defensively, but adds it's a team effort.

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.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

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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