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Jayson Tatum, Joe Harris, Hamidou Diallo win titles at All-Star Saturday

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O’Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn’s Joe Harris, from Chelan, made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State’s Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his hometown.

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At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

Anthony Davis isn’t completely sure if he’s going to play in Sunday’s All-Star game. Or how much he’s going to play the rest of this season. Or where he’ll play next season. Or where he’ll play the season after that, either. So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions. At All-Star media day, he also had some answers. Davis was one of the headline-making attractions Saturday, as the All-Stars worked out in Charlotte.
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Basketball Hall of Fame announces finalists for 2019

Paul Westphal, Jack Sikma, Marques Johnson and Ben Wallace are first-time finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The rest of the 13 finalists have been considered before, including Chris Webber, Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Bill Fitch, Teresa Weatherspoon, Eddie Sutton, top high school coach Leta Andrews, women’s Division II coach Barbara Stevens and longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans. Marc Stein of The New York Times and Los Angeles Clippers voice Ralph Lawler are Curt Gowdy Award winners.
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Pelicans fire GM Dell Demps amid Anthony Davis fallout

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

The Pelicans have fired ninth-year general manager Dell Demps. The decision comes after six-time All-Star Anthony Davis said in late January that he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded to a contending team. The Pelicans made the playoffs three times while Demps was general manager. But they entered this weekend’s All-Star break at 26-33 and with fading playoff hopes.
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Trail Blazers sign center Enes Kanter

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Center Enes Kanter has joined the Portland Trail Blazers. Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks along with Wesley Matthews following the trade deadline last week. He was once a starter for the Knicks but fell out of the rotation altogether when the team turned its focus to younger players.
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All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

No one could have envisioned Michael Jordan hosting the NBA All-Star Game as an NBA owner. Jordan’s former college teammate at North Carolina, Buzz Peterson, never imagined Jordan winning six NBA championships, buying an NBA franchise – much less bringing the All-Star game back to Charlotte for the first time since 1991. But those closest to the country boy from Wilmington, North Carolina, say his drive and determination paved the way for his success through the years.
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Michael Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than James Harden, Russell Westbrook streaks

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight games with at least 30 points and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets owner says that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.”
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NBA’s East contenders make their moves; Pelicans’ Anthony Davis waiting for his

Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline. The Raptors are getting center former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis.
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Anthony Davis remains in trade limbo; Harrison Barnes to Sacramento

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 8:41 p.m.

Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. That may change before the NBA’s 3 p.m. Thursday trade deadline. Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in other locales around the league. Tobias Harris went to Philadelphia, and Harrison Barnes got pulled out mid-game in Dallas because he’s headed to Sacramento.