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Road to the Finals: New year, new hope

Cleveland got off to a rough start this season. After the New Year, though, the Cavaliers shook up the roster. And with a healthy LeBron James leading the way, the team started to click at just the right time.


Bulls expected to hire Hoiberg Tuesday

Chicago is making a "major announcement" at 3 p.m. ET, the expectation being that the team will reveal the hiring of Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg informed his ISU staff and players of his decision Monday before boarding a plane for Chicago, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

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LeBron and Kyrie's lefts are not all right

Cavs stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who are both natural righties, tried shooting left-handed 3-pointers in practice, and the best thing we can say is that one of them managed to draw backboard. The side of it, anyway.


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Bulls players are gonna love Hoiberg because he is consummate "players coach." My guess is overall team physical/mental health will improve.

Hoiberg, Thibodeau not similar coaches

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle: "[Fred] Hoiberg is so polar opposite in personality from [Tom] Thibodeau that the buzzword you keep encountering is 'anti-Thibs.' One NBA executive I spoke to raved about Hoiberg, calling him a 'great guy with absolutely no ego.'" Strategy different too (Insider)

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Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN

Hoiberg won't have any trouble with NBA personalities. Coached Royce White, Deandre Kane, Chris Allen, Bryce Dejean-Jones and made it work.

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Spoke to and texted with some NBA guys today on who likely to be next in the college-to-NBA-route. Answer: Bill Self or Kevin Ollie.

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Bulls make the Hoiberg hiring official -- and college hoops has now lost Brad Stevens, Billy Donovan and Hoiberg to NBA in last two years.

Getting ready to say goodbye to Hoiberg

Fred Hoiberg has informed several Iowa State players and staff members that he is leaving, a source told's Jeff Goodman. Hoiberg, 42, spent four of his 10 seasons in the NBA playing for the Bulls. Deal 'all but complete'

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Cavs' other turnaround: Praise for Blatt

A comeback from a 19-20 start to the season isn't the only about-face the Cavs have pulled this year. Where LeBron James had previously displayed lukewarm sentiments at best, there was now nothing but effusive support for coach David Blatt. Irving positive, too

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LeBron not eager to talk D-Wade

Rumors abound about the possibility of Dwyane Wade opting out in Miami, but LeBron James isn't biting. "He said that [he was opting out]?" James questioned a reporter today. No, but there are reports. "Did [Wade] say that?" Well, no. "If Dwyane Wade didn't say, 'I'm opting out,' then I'm not commenting on that."

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LeBron: I'm better than ever

Don't pay attention to the postseason career low 42.8% shooting. LeBron James says he's just fine: "If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. ... This is probably the best I've been."



A new graphic shows the best players in NBA history to wear each jersey number. Spoiler: Several league legends were left off the list. Check it out

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A new superstar in the Curry household

Has Stephen Curry's daughter's fame surpassed his own? "In the Bay Area, for sure," Curry said. "When we go out now, they're all asking where she's at. ... We went to Toys 'R' Us the other day, and little girls asking their dad can they talk to Riley because they saw her on TV."


Warriors' coaches saw the future

Golden State assistant Luke Walton told the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that the Warriors' staff was already worried about the prospect of Anthony Davis in an Alvin Gentry-designed offense as they faced the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs. Now, their nightmares are reality.

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Home, sweet home for Warriors

All season, the Warriors have dominated at Oracle Arena, going 46-3 at home, including playoffs. Only six teams in NBA history have posted better records at home, combining the regular season and playoffs. Each of those six teams won the NBA title. (via ESPN Stats & Info's Micah Adams).

Klay Thompson practices, not cleared

The Warriors SG (concussion) won't be cleared to play in Game 1 until his condition is evaluated Tuesday morning, when Thompson expects to receive good news: "I expect to be fully healthy and compete on Thursday."


Who has Finals momentum? No one

Marcellus Wiley may disagree, but Max Kellerman says the long layoff before the NBA Finals is tempering hype: "Of course [it's a buzzkill], and the NBA saw this coming. ... Why not schedule some kind of 'media week' type thing? It seems to work in the NFL."


Curry with shot to knock LeBron down

Steph Curry is on pace to be the first player to achieve a +1,000 plus-minus for a season since the NBA began tracking the stat. The previous "record"-holder: LeBron James from '08-09.