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5-on-5: Biggest risers and fallers in 2015-16

After a summer of deals, which teams are on the inside track to success next season and which are headed for a down year? Our 5-on-5 panel weighs in.

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NBA regular-season game in Africa? Stay tuned

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.

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NBA looks for bigger impact in Africa

League commissioner Adam Silver said to "stay tuned" for an eventual regular-season game in Africa. The NBA will play an exhibition game in the country on Saturday as its on a "fast track" to build its brand there.

Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

New Clipper Paul Pierce's pitch at the Dodgers game Tuesday came up well short of the target. But what do you expect? The Truth ends games. He doesn't start them.

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Oladipo dunks on SportsNation host

Magic guard Victor Oladipo added another poster victim, throwing down a windmill dunk over Marcellus Wiley.

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Shaq, Pippen need to squash the beef

Shaquille O'Neal has won the war of words with Scottie Pippen, says Michael Rapaport. It's time to end the social media feud.

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Who will rise and fall in 2015-16?

Following a summer of deals, the Thunder and Heat were tabbed by our experts as the teams to make the biggest jump next season. After losing out on DeAndre Jordan, the Mavericks weren't so lucky. 5-on-5: Dallas faces decline

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Mark Cuban: Dirk enough for top 3 in East

The Mavs owner believes the NBA's conference discrepancy is strong, saying on Grantland's Lowe Post podcast: "If we were in the East, we'd be a perennial top 3 team. We wouldn't have to do much, just add pieces around Dirk (Nowitzki)."

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Vin Baker working at Starbucks

The former Bucks and Sonics All-Star big man, who fought alcoholism and lost nearly $100 million, is bouncing back, and wants people to learn from his journey. Baker's biggest rebound

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Clippers' first All-Star passes away

Bob Kauffman, an All-Star when the franchise was still the Buffalo Braves, passed away peacefully Saturday at age 69, according to the Buffalo News. Embraced by Buffalo

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Wolves add Andre Miller

The Professor's NBA tenure isn't over yet. Miller, a 16-year veteran, has agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves, his agent told the Associated Press.

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Does LeBron have all the answers?

LeBron James hosted a Q&A on Twitter on Tuesday in which he explained why he's scared of Ronda Rousey and listed his best friends in the NBA. However, he was a little evasive about the idea of him doing "Space Jam 2." What about Kobe?

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Gotta wonder about Charlotte's player development. I know MKG has a bad jumper, but how does he not try a single 3-pointer last season?

Doolittle: Most, least improved in NBA

The Nets are still woeful as they start the onerous task of climbing out of the hole they've dug over the last two seasons. On the flip side, there's a team on the west coast that's most improved. Full list (Insider)

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Manu Ginobili @manuginobili

Thank you all very much for the affection and respect showed yesterday. Overwhelming and highly appreciated! #38