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Examining the Dwyane Wade situation

ESPN's Michael Wallace writes: "Just the mere discussion of the possibility Wade would walk away from the Heat just a year after LeBron [James] fled Miami is enough to sink South Beach." Wade, Pat Riley at crossroads

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World Peace tossed from final Italy game

Metta World Peace, aka The Panda's Friend, did not have the most ceremonious exit as his team was eliminated from the Serie A playoffs. Metta being Metta

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SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ... [But Jordan] was doing it all."

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POTUS talks hoops

President Obama chatted with fans about the NBA on Twitter today -- and as a Bulls fan, he's not particularly thrilled about Tom Thibodeau's firing. Check it out

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Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'

Gar Forman said Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run: "It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization."

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Thibodeau long on wins, short on titles

Tom Thibodeau departs Chicago with the 6th-highest win percentage in NBA history, but he also leaves having never coached the Bulls past the Conference Finals, having won only 4 playoff series in 5 years.

Agent: No concussion for Thompson

Warriors G Klay Thompson did not suffer a concussion in Wednesday's win, agent Bill Duffy told USA Today. Thompson's father, Mychal, told ESPN his son vomited and experienced other "concussion-like symptoms."

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Doc Rivers: CP3, Jordan have no beef

"I can put this to rest: They get along great," the Clippers coach said today on The Beast 980 in Los Angeles. There have been reports of a strained relationship between the two All-NBA performers. What's the deal, Doc?

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Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

DWade took far less $ to keep LeBron in Miami. LeBron burned him. Now DWade wants to be paid again. Might have to leave Heat.

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

For Wade/Heat to go this public this soon with this, a month before option deadlines, raises questions about trust and respect.

Dell Curry's role with Hornets expands

Curry, Charlotte's career scoring leader, was named the franchise's ambassador and special projects adviser today. He will also continue as the color analyst for the team's TV broadcasts on SportSouth.

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Tom Thibodeau deserved more respect

ESPN's Jon Greenberg writes: "Don't get me wrong, this divorce needed to happen for both parties. ... But for all his faults -- he wasn't an easy person to work for or with -- Thibodeau was a culture changer." Why he deserved better

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How the Warriors enter the Finals

The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. Here's a look back on Game 5 of the Western Conference finals and what the close-out scenario took to get there.

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Foxx's humor just what Doc ordered

Jamie Foxx only met Doc Rivers once, three years ago, but apparently that’s all Foxx needed to master his spot-on impersonation of Rivers’ distinctively hoarse voice. 'It gave me some levity when I needed it'

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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Of note: Back when they were teammates in Dec 2013, LeBron said, "D-Wade getting that Kobe deal." via @WindhorstESPN> http://t.co/vu8D6mhKFD

Wade to test free agency again?

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are at an impasse, according to ESPN and multiple reports. While Wade has often indicated he prefers to stay in Miami, he is considering all options, including leaving the team that drafted him 12 years ago.

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From 'cooking' to cursed

The rapper called LeBron James “arrogant” and warned that James will be the latest victim of The Based God’s Curse if he fails to acknowledge that Lil B created the “cooking” dance celebration he was doing with his teammates after the Cavs clinched the East title. Shump tries to quash beef

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The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club

None of the women in the club are related to the Cavs star, but they’re all dedicated to supporting their favorite son of Akron. "We love him," says club president Alder Chapman, who has 6 grandchildren of her own. 'Feels like one of ours'

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Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

Thibs had the Bulls moving in the right direction initially but things changed. A different leader on the sidelines became necessary.

Thibodeau thanks fans, players

"I want to thank, and will deeply miss, our incredible fans and the entire city of Chicago. I also want to thank my staff and all of the talented players and their wonderful families who have honored me and the Bulls by their effort, love, dedication and professionalism."

Tom Thibodeau on Bulls firing

"I appreciate the opportunity that Jerry Reinsdorf gave me. We are proud of our accomplishments, fought through adversity, tried to give our fans the full commitment to excellence they deserve. I love this game and am excited about what's ahead for me with USA Basketball and the next coaching opportunity in the NBA."