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AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

The co-founder of Alibaba has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. Two people with knowledge of the details tell The Associated Press the deals worth about $3.4 billion. Joe Tsai is the executive vice chairman of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant. He already had purchased 49 percent of the team from Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in four years.
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Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

DeMarcus Cousins is now facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem heading into a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time All-Star big man for much of this coming season, or possibly all of it.

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As World Cup gets closer, USA Basketball working on bonding

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have many rules for his World Cup team. They’re more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together. He doesn’t mind if guys are talking. He just wants them talking to one another. Part of the challenge the U.S. faces in the road to this FIBA World Cup is taking individuals who know one another and turning them into a real team.
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King’s court: LeBron James dedicates court at his hometown school

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown. Joined by his former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, James helped unveil the outdoor court at the I Promise School in Akron, which has just started its second academic year. The NBA superstar is spending more than $1 million on various upgrades for the school. It serves more than 300 students from the third through fifth grades.
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Stephen Curry embraces Warriors’ change, praises Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce someday about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. For now, Curry is embracing new beginnings as the oldest player on a Golden State roster that will look far different come training camp. Durant is gone and so are Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins.
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Thanks for playing: G Leaguers back in USA Basketball camp

There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament’s qualifying rounds. A few of them are getting a thank-you this week. USA Basketball invited some of those qualifying players to the final week of World Cup training camp in El Segundo, California. The group will scrimmage against NBA players getting ready to compete in China at the World Cup.
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Playing for Gregg Popovich big perk for USA Basketball hopefuls

Seventeen players in consideration for the 12 spots on the USA Basketball team are focused on training camp. They all want to play for new USA coach Gregg Popovich. Most of the players who went through Week 1 of training camp in Las Vegas had never played for Popovich. They are learning from a coach who is considered among the best in the business. They’re trying to make the team ahead of the FIBA World Cup in China later this month.
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For Gregg Popovich, finding a team quickly will be a challenge

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich typically has a month of NBA training camp and a half-dozen or so preseason games to endure before he picks a San Antonio team, then gets a few more months of the regular-season grind to mold those Spurs into playoff shape. These aren’t the Spurs. These are not typical times, either. USA Basketball will finalize its World Cup team on Aug. 17 – meaning training camp lasts less than two weeks. That also means there’s a real urgency in this camp in Las Vegas.
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Udonis Haslem returning to Heat for a 17th NBA season

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Udonis Haslem is returning to the Miami Heat. Haslem announced Tuesday that he is coming back for a 17th NBA season. Haslem has spent his entire career with the Heat, and should become just the sixth player in NBA history to play such a long career with only one franchise. Haslem will make just under $2.6 million this season.
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AP source: Vince Carter returning to Hawks for 22nd NBA season

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Vince Carter is returning to the Atlanta Hawks for his 22nd season in the NBA. A person told The Associated Press that the 42-year-old Carter has agreed to terms one a one-year contract with the Hawks. Carter will continue to serve as a mentor to some of the NBA’s most promising young talent, including first-round picks D’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.
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Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins top Frank Vogel’s coaching staff with Lakers

Former NBA head coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins have joined new coach Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Handy, Miles Simon, former Lakers guard Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford also will be Vogel’s assistant coaches. Kidd joins the Lakers after head coaching stints in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, while Hollins was in charge of Memphis and the Nets.
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Russell Westbrook all smiles in introduction with Rockets

Russell Westbrook knows he’s in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. And he’s ready to do whatever it takes to make the move work as he prepares to play with James Harden for the first time since 2012.
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Clippers unveil images, plans for lavish new Inglewood arena

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled the first renderings of their proposed 18,500-seat arena and surrounding complex in Inglewood. The Clippers hope to move into the arena in 2024. The team says the project will be funded entirely by owner Steve Ballmer.
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Trail Blazers sign six-time All-Star Pau Gasol

The Portland Trail Blazers have added six-time All-Star Pau Gasol to their roster. President of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced Gasol’s signing Thursday. The 39-year-old Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over an 18-year career that has included stints with Memphis, the Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio and Milwaukee