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Favorites to Win the NBA MVPFavorites to Win the NBA MVP

Favorites to Win the NBA MVP

With a little over a month remaining in the 2018-19 NBA season, the race for playoff spots is fierce. Another interesting race is that for the league’s Most Valuable Player. Coming off his first MVP season a year ago, Houston’s James Harden appeared to be a lock for this year’s award too. His blistering scoring Read More…

Blazers G McCollum faces new challenges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum became a starter for the Trail Blazers last season, broke out as the NBA’s Most Improved Player then signed a big contract over the summer. Driving him all along the way was third-year pressure. ”Because I knew that was a make-or-break year for me. I know that going into year Read More…

Warriors, Durant have 'great' first day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Anxious and eager to get started with his new team, Kevin Durant woke up extra early in the 7 o’clock hour and then hit freeway traffic on the way to his first formal work day with the Warriors. ”I wasn’t used to that in Oklahoma City,” he said with a chuckle following Read More…

Lue motivated Cavs in Finals with money

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the champion Cavaliers embarked on a new season, coach Tyronn Lue revealed he used a creative tactic to motivate them in the NBA Finals. Lue used money to inspire them. After the Cavs won Game 5 at Golden State to pull within 3-2 of the Warriors, Lue said Tuesday that he Read More…

Anthony excited about talent on Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Carmelo Anthony couldn’t wait to get started. Maybe that’s because he looks at the New York Knicks and sees real NBA talent around him for the first time in a few years. Or perhaps it’s because he knows his most successful seasons have come following the Olympics. Whatever the reason, Anthony is Read More…

Heat move on without Wade, Bosh

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Udonis Haslem took a look around the first Miami Heat team meeting of the season after their arrival in the Bahamas and was struck by a sobering realization. He’s the last one left. When the Heat first came to these islands for training camp three years ago, they had a roster Read More…

Hornets' Walker hoping to be All-Star

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker wants to be an NBA All-Star. But the Hornets’ steadily improving 6-foot point guard knows he has to get healthy first, which means resting his surgically repaired knee a little longer. Walker was limited to non-contract drills as the Hornets opened training camp on Tuesday at their downtown arena. ”I Read More…

Barnes, Bogut among latest Mavs changes

DALLAS (AP) Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut are in, Chandler Parsons and Zaza Pachulia are out and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle has a retooled roster for the sixth consecutive time since winning a championship. ”Well, we love it,” Carlisle said at media day this week as someone chuckled. ”What’s more exciting than getting seven new Read More…

Curry encourages peaceful protests

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry follows every little thing about his hometown of Charlotte. Last week was hard to watch from way out West. He is all for residents back home expressing themselves and their disappointment and heartbreak in the death of a black man at the hands of police. Curry just hopes they can Read More…

Healthy Grizzlies excited for camp

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol’s surgically repaired right foot is healthy, and the Memphis Grizzlies center insists he’s back – perhaps better than ever. Point guard Mike Conley is healthy too, his aching Achilles a distant memory. Jarell Martin’s own left foot is as healthy as it’s been in a long time. Chandler Parsons, the Read More…