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Championship ring: President calls Cavs coach after title (Yahoo Sports)

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue got a unique championship ring – from the White House. President Obama called Lue to congratulate Lue on winning the NBA title and invited him and the Cavs to visit him in Washington before he leaves office. Lue spent nearly four minutes talking hoops with Obama, who said he had already emailed superstar LeBron James to offer his wishes.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 2:26 pm

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 23: Ben Simmons shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected number one overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed. The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round. Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players chosen in the first round in 2013.


Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:54 am

Thunder send Ibaka to Magic for Oladipo, Sabonis (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after a play in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Thunder might finally have found their shooting guard in Victor Oladipo. Now, they just need to persuade Kevin Durant to stay. Oklahoma City traded power forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and newly drafted forward Domantas Sabonis, the teams announced Thursday.


Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:02 am

Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick (Yahoo Sports)

With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday’s NBA draft, the Celtics responded to wider theories about selection No. 3 by keeping things simple. Despite receiving a lot of interest from teams looking to trade into the slot, Boston stayed put and took Jaylen Brown of California. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stuck with his plan to select the best available player.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 5:07 am

Nets to get LeVert after dealing Young to Pacers for No. 20 (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 31: Thaddeus Young #30 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 31, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

The draft-pick starved Brooklyn Nets traded their way into the first round and came away with an oft-injured player whose recovery they know a lot about. The Nets will acquire Michigan shooting guard Caris LeVert from the Pacers after Brooklyn traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana for the No. 20 pick in the NBA draft. The Pacers sent their first-round pick to the Nets on Thursday, hours before the draft began, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.


Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 4:48 am

Agent: LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics (Yahoo Sports)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, and Kyrie Irving hug during a rally Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers made history by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals and end the city's 52-year drought without a professional sports championship. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

LeBron James has all the gold he needs this summer. Days after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title, James said he will not play in the Rio Olympics. James’ agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press that the two-time gold medal winner informed USA Basketball of his decision Thursday.


Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 4:31 am

Just a kid from Akron, LeBron James honored in hometown (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after winning Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came. ”It was 50 years plus that the Cleveland drought was going on,” James said. With that, James left the stage with fireworks lighting the sky and headed home.


Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 3:48 am


ESPN – United States

Sources: Parsons 'all ears' as Mavs eye other FAs

Sources: Parsons 'all ears' as Mavs eye other FAs

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:34 pm

Rockets not worried about Zhou Qi's age, praise his basketball IQ

Rockets not worried about Zhou Qi's age, praise his basketball IQ

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Championship ring: Obama calls Cavaliers' Lue

Championship ring: Obama calls Cavaliers' Lue

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 3:32 pm

Thunder hope bold draft night deal pays off in keeping Durant

Thunder hope bold draft night deal pays off in keeping Durant

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 8:53 am

Danny Ainge: 'Lot of discussion, no deals' for Celtics

Danny Ainge: 'Lot of discussion, no deals' for Celtics

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 7:45 am

New Orleans Pelicans stick to the plan with Buddy Hield pick

New Orleans Pelicans stick to the plan with Buddy Hield pick

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 7:11 am

Clippers draft Brice Johnson at No. 25, trade for additional picks

Clippers draft Brice Johnson at No. 25, trade for additional picks

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:50 am

Inside Hoops – United States

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo and more

The Orlando Magic have acquired forward-center Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis (#11 overall), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced tonight.
“Serge (Ibaka) is a young veteran who brings tremendous athleticism and toughness to our frontcourt,” said Hennigan. “His […]

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 3:09 am

Thunder trading Serge Ibaka to Magic

It’s 2016 Draft night, and the biggest news, other than the Sixers making the expected first-overall pick of Ben Simmons, is that the Thunder, who came within one win of reaching the 2016 NBA Finals, are trading power forward Serge Ibaka to the Magic. Here’s the Oklahoman reporting:

In a draft night bombshell, the Thunder traded Serge Ibaka […]

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 2:01 am

Willy Hernangomez plans to join Knicks

The Knicks are going to add some international talent to their frontcourt this offseason. Here’s Yahoo Sports reporting:
Spanish center Willy Hernangomez plans to join the New York Knicks on a multiyear contract this summer, his agent, Andy Miller, told The Vertical.
“It is my intent to reach an agreement with the Knicks and have Willy come to New […]

Posted on 23 June 2016 @ 11:33 pm

No Team USA for Kawhi Leonard this summer

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard today announced that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.
“This was a very difficult decision. It’s an honor to have been considered for the team and I hope that in the future I will have the chance to represent my country […]

Posted on 23 June 2016 @ 7:06 pm

Report: Nets trade Thaddeus Young to Pacers

The Nets finished last season with a 21-61 record, the third worst in the league, ahead of only the Lakers and Sixers. A Brooklyn rebuild is clearly in order, which is difficult when a team has traded lots of first round draft picks away. But they have reportedly taken a step in the rebuild direction […]

Posted on 23 June 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Jeremy Lin reportedly declines contract option

The core of the Hornets backcourt this past season was Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum. Jeremy Lin, however, played fairly big minutes (26.3 mins/game) but was paid like a guy who sits close to the end of the bench. It isn’t a surprise that he’s seeking a new contract. Here’s ESPN.com reporting:

Facing a Wednesday deadline, Charlotte […]

Posted on 23 June 2016 @ 5:43 pm

Report: Sixers want No. 3 pick from Celtics

The 2016 Draft is tonight, and rumors will be flying around like crazy all evening. We’ll share the most interesting stories, and we especially like stories that tell a bigger tale even if the deal doesn’t happen — like what a team’s goals may be and what they hope to accomplish. Here’s ESPN.com with the latest:
The Philadelphia […]

Posted on 23 June 2016 @ 5:31 pm

NBA – United States

Championship ring: President calls Cavs’ Lue after title

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue got a unique championship ring – from the White House.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 3:36 pm

Thunder trade Ibaka to Magic for Oladipo, others

The Thunder might finally have found their shooting guard in Victor Oladipo.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:22 am

Ibaka’s trade to Orlando leads flurry of draft day swaps

The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 6:12 am

Hometown hero LeBron James honored in Akron

His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 4:41 am

Magic acquire Ibaka from Thunder for Oladipo, others

The Orlando Magic have acquired forward-center Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis (#11 overall), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced tonight.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 3:11 am

It’s official: Sixers take Simmons with first pick

Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 2:39 am

Lakers take Duke’s Ingram with second pick

Brandon Ingram’s teenage frame is remarkably skinny. The Los Angeles Lakers still think he can shoulder the burden of being a franchise cornerstone.

Posted on 24 June 2016 @ 1:40 am


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