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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Site exploration might be a leverage play, but I don't think Ballmer will ever get what he wants in an arena owned/operated by someone else.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford seems to be getting to work with his new Boston Celtics teammates. Second-year guard R.J. Hunter posted a picture to his Instagram account showing the pair alongside teammates Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder. Sweat-drenched Hunter looks to have gone through a fairly rigorous workout.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics mourned the passing of longtime parquet caretaker Rudolph "Spider" Edwards on Wednesday. Edwards, instantly recognizable with his trademark fedora, swept the Garden parquet for 33 years and remained a familiar presence even after hanging up his broom. Edwards did a ceremonial sweep of the Garden parquet last October when the Celtics unveiled only the third parquet in team history. Edwards was beloved by players (Larry Bird, among them), fans, and executives alike. As Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "When I was 4 years old, the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be Spider for a day. Really."

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

NBA sources say Clippers are actively exploring sites for new arena. One area that interests: Westside. Staples Ctr lase runs thru 2024.

KD's teaser at Oracle Arena

Kevin Durant explains what it was like to play with Team USA in front of Oracle fans for the first time since signing with the Warriors: "I'm looking forward to the season."

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KD's debut in Oracle Arena was a slam dunk

It wasn't Kevin Durant's first time at Oracle, but it was his first time there since signing with the Warriors -- and he made himself right at home. 'I got jitters'

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