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Tony Brown, referee who worked NBA Finals, dies at 55

Tony Brown, who officiated more than 1,100 NBA games over almost two decades, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his family announced Thursday. He was 55. Brown was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in April 2021 and recovered to the point where he was able to return to work in the NBA replay center last season. He …

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Kevin Durant invests in Major League Pickleball team, becoming latest star athlete to join the league

Getty Images As the sport of pickleball grows in popularity across the United States, more and more professional athletes are investing in the game. Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has now joined the likes of LeBron James and Tom Brady by investing in a Major League Pickleball expansion team, according to Forbes. Durant, a two-time NBA champion, invested in the …

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Michigan basketball lands 4-star big man Papa Kante as first commit for 2023

Michigan basketball finally has its first commit for the 2023 recruiting class. Four-star recruit Papa Kante, a 6-foot-10 center rated as the nation’s No. 108 prospect according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings, announced Tuesday he was signing with the Wolverines on the 247 Sports YouTube channel. Kante, who attends South Kent High School in Connecticut, chose Michigan over his other …

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Ja Morant, Grizzlies soar into tilt with young Rockets

Not that Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant needed a reminder, but the trappings of superstardom include the responsibility of a heavy workload. Morant recorded game highs of 34 points and nine assists to lift Memphis to a 115-112 overtime win over the New York Knicks in Wednesday’s opener, doing so over 38 high-intensity minutes. He was one of four players …

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David Adelman purchases share of Michael Rubin’s stake in Sixers

Over the summer Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin sold his 10% stake in the Philadelphia 76ers and HBSE in order to enter the sports betting world with Fanatics. It made sense considering what Rubin and Fanatics were planning to do at the time. Now, Rubin’s stake has officially been purchased as David Adelman, the Campus Apartments CEO, has bought a significant …

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Plucky Pistons looking to spoil Knicks’ home opener

For Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey, a comeback from a double-digit deficit Wednesday provided some much-needed optimism in the midst of an extended rebuild. For the New York Knicks, their attempt to overcome a double-digit deficit offered another hard-earned lesson about the narrow margins between happiness and disappointment under coach Tom Thibodeau. The Pistons will look to build off their …

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Devin Booker credits Warriors’ culture for Damion Lee game-winner vs. Mavericks

Book credits Warriors’ culture for D-Lee’s game-winner vs. Mavs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea Playing in his first game since celebrating the Warriors’ championship four months ago, Damion Lee knocked down a clutch game-winning jump shot in the Phoenix Suns’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Following the Suns’ win, superstar Devin Booker gave credit to Golden …

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Heat host Celtics in conference finals rematch

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat fell just short of reaching the NBA Finals last season. Literally. With 16.6 seconds left and the Heat down two to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Butler pulled up for a 3-pointer and watched along with the rest of the country as it clanged off the front rim. …

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Klay Thompson says he wouldn’t have four rings without Kevin Durant

While the Brooklyn Nets organization has had its share of ups and downs with superstar Kevin Durant, former teammate Klay Thompson praised Durant and credited him for being a big reason why he’s carrying four rings. NBA champion Klay Thompson reflected on Golden State’s success and wanted to give credit to not only Durant but former coach Mark Jackson, who …

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Sixers replace Frosty Freeze Out with ‘Bricken for Chicken’ promotion

Sixers replace Frosty Freeze Out with ‘Bricken for Chicken’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia CAMDEN, N.J. — The Frosty Freeze Out is history. As part of their promotional schedule announcement Thursday before their home opener against the Bucks, the Sixers included “Bricken for Chicken, presented by Chick-fil-A.” That will take the place of the Wendy’s Frosty Freeze Out, a …

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Most expensive Christmas Day tickets for 2022-23 NBA season

Most expensive Christmas Day tickets for 2022-23 NBA season originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia Another NBA Christmas is coming up in December with an iconic series of games hitting the schedule. Over the years, the basketball world has witnessed some remarkable Christmas Day action. One that will always stand out is the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat showdown …

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Myles Turner injures ankle after landing on ball boy’s foot; will miss at least one week, per report

Getty Images The Indiana Pacers tipped off their season against the Washington Wizards, but did so without Myles Turner, who was a late scratch after suffering a left ankle sprain moments before the game. Turner landed on the foot of a ball boy in pregame warmups, according to Jake Fischer, and as a result, tweaked his ankle. The untimely accident was …

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‘He’s gonna be a problem.”

It sounds like Kevin Durant is a big fan of Chet Holmgren. From arguably the greatest slender 6-foot-10-plus basketball player, Holmgren has a big fan of his with Durant — who spent some time in the gym with him this past summer before suffering a season-ending foot injury. On his latest episode of The ETCs show, the Brooklyn Nets star …

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Florida basketball player named to preseason All-SEC first team

Florida basketball’s Colin Castleton has been named to the preseason All-SEC first team on Wednesday. He is the only Florida player to be named to either preseason All-SEC team. Castleton joins Alabama‘s Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly, Arkansas‘ JD Notae, Auburn‘s Allen Flanigan, Kentucky’s Sahvir Wheeler, LSU‘s Darius Days, Mississippi State’s Iverson Molinar, Tennessee’s John Fulkerson, and Vanderbilt’s Scotty Pippen …

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2022-23 CBS Sports Preseason All-America teams: College basketball’s best and most talented players

I’ve long believed All-America teams should consist of five players who could theoretically play together — meaning you need at least one lead guard and no more than two bigs. (Fill in the rest however you like.) But name, image and likeness rights becoming a reality for student-athletes at the same time NBA franchises no longer value traditional bigs has …

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In NBA debut for rookies, Stephen Silas impressed by Rockets’ fight

ATLANTA — The Houston Rockets (0-1) dropped their 2022-23 NBA regular-season opener to the Atlanta Hawks (1-0) by a score of 117-107. They looked much more proficient than in their opening game in Minnesota a year ago and were competitive to the end.  Houston looked uncertain at times in trying to fit the right combinations on the floor, which led …

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