Thunder’s Westbrook, George ready to lead Oklahoma City into future with questions in past

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook’s recruiting pitch isn’t so much a pitch at all. Flashy dinners or getaways are not the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar’s style. That’s too much of a change to his personality. “I’ve always done the same thing,” Westbrook says. “For me, I’m a real person. I’m real. I keep it 100, straightforward. I don’t go out […]

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‘Go ahead, boo me’: Jimmy Butler doesn’t expect warm welcome from T’Wolves fans

If Jimmy Butler suits up for the Minnesota Timberwolves for the team's home opener on Friday, he expects the boo birds to be out in full force. And it sounds like he couldn't care less. Asked if he anticipates a negative reaction from T'Wolves fans, Butler told The Athletic, "Sure. Go ahead, boo me. It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going […]

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Pay-to-play college basketball trial: Five key developments

College basketball season is fast approaching, but right now some of the sport's biggest news is playing out in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Two weeks into the pay-to-play corruption trial, government prosecutors are still making their case and calling witnesses in an attempt to convict three defendants — aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and Adidas executive James “Jim” Gatto — of fraud and bribery […]

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‘Motherf–ker’: The reason why Jimmy Butler trade talks imploded

Just as trade talks between the Timberwolves and Heat broke down, Pat Riley had some parting words for Tom Thibodeau. The Heat president reportedly called Thibodeau a “motherf–ker” and hung up the phone after the Timberwolves coach/team president tried changing the deal in the 11th hour, according to ESPN’s Jorge Sedano. According to Sedano, who reported the blow up on […]

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Knicks’ tricky plan to get Mitchell Robinson a ton of playing time

Mitchell Robinson is a major-league prospect, everyone around the Knicks agrees. He just may be spending some time in the minor leagues. Robinson, the Knicks’ second-round pick, will return to the floor for the preseason finale Friday against the Nets after missing the past two games due to a sprained ankle. But the absence underlined the reality for the 20-year-old […]

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Jimmy Butler’s epic T-wolves return: ‘F–king need me’

The most talked-about NBA star over the past month left his teammates speechless. Jimmy Butler, reporting to Timberwolves practice Wednesday, participated in a team scrimmage in which he challenged his teammates, coaches and Minnesota’s front office, according to an ESPN report, including a memorable outburst directed at GM Scott Layden. Butler requested a trade three weeks ago, wanting out of […]

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The Kevin Knox hype has stopped abruptly

The runaway hype for rookie lottery pick Kevin Knox was fast, and now he admits he’s playing too fast. Knox’s preseason has taken a decided downturn, especially in his first two games at the Garden. In his new home, Knox is shooting 8-of-28 with 10 turnovers. That’s not exactly Rookie-of-the-Year-contender numbers. According to the former Kentucky forward, he’s still mastering […]

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