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US senator seeks safe passage for Blazers star Enes Kanter

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a Turkish star whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors. The Oregon senator wrote Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin ...

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New Orleans wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1

CHICAGO (AP) — New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson next month. The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. And the lottery win comes after a season when Davis wanted a trade — something that ...

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Jokic, Nuggets think big in wake of stinging Game 7 loss

DENVER (AP) — Things Nikola Jokic needs to improve on in the offseason: “Is there anything?” the Denver Nuggets big man joked. Hard to find many glitches in his game right now. By all measures, Jokic and the youthful Nuggets are ahead of schedule despite the sting of a Game 7 loss at home to Portland in the Western Conference ...

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Warriors Durant, Cousins may miss Western Conference Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins won’t necessarily return from injuries in time to play for the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. Durant is likely to miss at least the first two games of the best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Coach Steve Kerr said after practice ...

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Lakers officially announce Vogel’s hiring as next coach

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach, two days after the sides agreed to terms. The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at its facility. The Lakers said in a release that Vogel has signed a multiyear contract but a person familiar with ...

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AP Sources: Beilein leaving Michigan for Cavaliers’ job

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college. He’s getting his NBA shot. The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made Michigan a perennial powerhouse and now takes over a rebuilding project in Cleveland. Beilein got a ...

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76ers leave Brown in limbo following crushing Game 7 loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Brown’s chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. So it goes in Philly, where patience with the Process has worn thin. The Sixers — who rebuilt their roster with ...

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NBA conference finals preview capsules

Capsule previews of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals: EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22, 8-1) vs. No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (58-24, 8-4) Season series: Milwaukee, 3-1 Schedule: Wednesday and Friday at Milwaukee; May 19 and 21 at Toronto; May 23 at Milwaukee; May 25 at Toronto; May 27 at Milwaukee. TV: All games on TNT, all starting ...

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Draft lottery may decide Williamson’s first NBA stop

CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft — and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that selection. New York, Cleveland and Phoenix share ...

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