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Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA

About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game. Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse. The numbers show they’re right, and if that isn’t troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: ...

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The gimmick defense is rare in the NBA, but not unheard of

Atlanta guard Kevin Huerter saw gimmick defenses throughout high school and college. Box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos and variations thereof, they weren’t exactly uncommon for opponents to try. In the NBA, they’re a rarity. And Huerter says the reason is simple. “I honestly just think players are too good,” he said. Coaches may agree. The Toronto Raptors famously and effectively slapped a box-and-one ...

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Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish

MIAMI (AP) — James Harden sure seems in midseason form. Russell Westbrook isn’t there yet. Harden, the reigning NBA scoring champion, scored 44 points in 35 minutes — 18 of those points coming in the third quarter — and the Houston Rockets ended the preseason with a 144-133 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night. “James was ridiculous,” Rockets ...

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AP source: Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extension

Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors‘ long-term plans. The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been publicly announced. ESPN first reported the agreement. Siakam was a ...

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Fans support Hong Kong, Tibet at Nets’ 1st game since China

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets‘ first game since returning from China. The fans sat behind the backboard near the Nets’ bench at Barclays Center in their 123-107 loss to Toronto on Friday night. The Nets returned this week after playing exhibition ...

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Not giving up his shot: Ben Simmons’ jumper could lift 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The crowd screamed for Ben Simmons to shoot as he dribbled near the perimeter in a preseason game against a team from China. Joel Embiid motioned for him to let it fly. Simmons took a couple more steps, stopped and popped. Swish. Fans celebrated Simmons’ first career 3-pointer as if the Philadelphia 76ers had just won Game ...

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Hawks exercise 2020-21 options on Collins, Young, Huerter

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team’s top young players — forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter. Collins led the Hawks with his averages of 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last ...

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NBA says Chinese wanted Morey’s firing; China denies claim

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued. A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by ...

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