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Why Try Out for Nets’ New D-League Team? It Beats Playing in Mongolia

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:46:06 GMT

Among the Long Island Nets hopefuls at a Development League tryout last Saturday was Marc Alvarez, above, a dishwasher and 5-foot-5 guard. “I just love to play basketball,” he said.About 150 players showed up for an open audition with the hope of landing an invitation to training camp.

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Joakim Noah, Averse to Wars, Skips Knicks Event at West Point

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:44:44 GMT

Joakim Noah at a news conference in July after he was acquired by the Knicks.The center did not attend a team dinner with cadets at the United States Military Academy but emphasized that he is not “anti-troops.”

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Knicks Open Camp With Rose Looking to Complement Anthony

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:39:15 GMT

Derrick Rose, left, a new Knick, with the team’s new coach, Jeff Hornacek, at training camp on Tuesday.With Derrick Rose around to lessen the burden on Carmelo Anthony, the new-look Knicks are getting to know one another while hoping they won’t be waylaid by injuries.

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Chris Bosh’s Desire to Play Leaves Heat at an Ethical Crossroads

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:04:37 GMT

Chris Bosh in January. A few days before the All-Star Game in February, he awoke with a sore calf. He was soon found to have a recurrence of blood clots, and team doctors told him his career was probably over.Bosh’s last two seasons have been cut short by blood clots, and Miami has indicated it doesn’t want him to step on the court this season, or perhaps ever again.

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To Kneel or Not in the N.B.A.? For Some Stars, Team Consensus Is Key

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:31:33 GMT

Eric Reid, left, and Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. N.B.A. players are debating whether to join a protest.The league’s rule book requires players, coaches and trainers “to stand and line up in a dignified posture” during the national anthem.

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Derrick Rose Case Is Subject of Los Angeles Police Investigation

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:37:52 GMT

Derrick Rose is a defendant in a civil case in which a former girlfriend accuses him and two of his friends of raping her.The Police Department confirmed it was conducting its own inquiry into a rape accusation against Rose that is the subject of a civil suit. At the Knicks’ preseason media day, Rose said he would be proved innocent.

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Mercury 101, Liberty 94: A Poised Diana Taurasi Helps the Mercury Oust the Liberty

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:31:17 GMT

Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, far left, was double-teamed by Tina Charles, near left, and Carolyn Swords of the Liberty during a second-round W.N.B.A. playoff game at Madison Square Taurasi scored a game-high 30 points, including a huge 3-pointer to end a string of Liberty comebacks, to end the Liberty’s playoff season after one game.

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Liberty and Mercury Players Join Anthem Protest Before Playoff Game

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:27:11 GMT

Brittany Boyd of the Liberty declined to stand during the national anthem before a playoff game against the Phoenix Mercury at Madison Square Garden.At Madison Square Garden, some players on the Liberty and the Phoenix Mercury joined the movement ignited by the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick.

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Knicks Face Questions About Derrick Rose’s Trial as Training Camp Approaches

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:40:13 GMT

The Bulls traded Derrick Rose, a former most valuable player, to the Knicks in the off-season.The Knicks will open their preseason schedule on Oct. 4, the same day Rose is scheduled to be in court for a civil suit accusing him of rape.

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Liberty Players’ Childhood Bond Outlasts the Story of Their Rivalry

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:54:57 GMT

The Liberty’s Tina Charles, left, and Epiphanny Prince were high school opponents.Before they were teammates, Tina Charles and Epiphanny Prince were routinely portrayed as New York City foes as they faced off for the top two high school teams in the nation.

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Miami Heat Say Chris Bosh Has Failed His Physical

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:54:09 GMT

The Heat’s Chris Bosh, left, playing against the Nets in 2014. He has been sidelined at the All-Star break by blood clots the last two seasons.Bosh has been sidelined by blood clots at the All-Star break the past two seasons, but he said last week that he was ready to play.

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Entire Indiana Fever Team Kneels During Anthem Before Playoff Game

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:38:22 GMT

Fever players during the national anthem before a W.N.B.A. playoff game. Two Mercury players joined them in kneeling.The gesture came in the wake of police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, and many other professional athletes have joined either side of the protest movement.

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Under New Playoff Format, Liberty Have No Room for Error

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:36:40 GMT

The Fever’s Marissa Coleman driving to the basket last week. Last year, Indiana reached the finals by overcoming 1-0 deficits in its first two series. “Now you don’t have that luxury,” Tamika Catchings said.The Liberty had the best record in the East, but as the third seed in a system that eliminates the importance of conferences, they face a single-elimination playoff game.

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A Force on the Court, Tamika Catchings Was a Dynamo Off It

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:19:53 GMT

Tamika Catchings, playing her last W.N.B.A. season with the Indiana Fever, and other union leaders worked to establish a union that could serve as a first point of contact for players’ professional, and even personal, issues.As the president of the W.N.B.A. players’ union since 2004, Catchings, who will retire after this season, guided the league through some trying times.

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Swin Cash Leaving Her Mark on Liberty in Her Last W.N.B.A. Season

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:36:07 GMT

The Liberty’s Swin Cash will retire after the W.N.B.A. season, her 15th.Cash, a 15-year league veteran planning to retire, has started most of the team’s games while mentoring younger players and putting her strong voice to use in other ways.

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Carmelo Anthony Is Using His Voice and Olympic Platform for Social Change

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:01:34 GMT

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and Warriors forward Draymond Green at a training session in Las Vegas with the United States Olympic men’s basketball team.While training with the United States basketball team that will be headed to the Rio Olympics, Anthony spoke about his activism against gun violence.

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On Pro Basketball: A Long Goodbye for Tim Duncan? ‘That Wouldn’t Be Him’

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:37:00 GMT

The Spurs’ Tim Duncan in a playoff game in April. True to form, he announced his retirement without seeking fanfare.After 19 seasons of restrained brilliance and five championship rings, Duncan bade farewell in the only way befitting his career — with zero fanfare.

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Sports of The Times: Before Vast Riches, Free Agency’s Focus Was Freedom

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:21:41 GMT

Oscar Robertson, right, with the Cincinnati Royals in January 1970. As president of the National Basketball Players Association, he filed a lawsuit that year that ultimately led to more freedom of movement for players.A settlement from a 1970 lawsuit filed by Oscar Robertson led to the easy movement and lavish salaries that are now commonplace in the N.B.A.

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On Pro Basketball: Deep-Pocketed N.B.A. Has Short Arms When Offering a Hand Up

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 05:39:06 GMT

The N.B.A. Development League caps player pay at $25,000, a sum too meager to tempt high schoolers away from college.A financial windfall has enriched even the most middling of N.B.A. players while those in the N.B.A. Development League play for paltry sums.

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76ers' Ben Simmons Breaks Bone in Right Foot

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:21:56 GMT

Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers.

LeBron James Puts Pressure on Cavs to Sign JR Smith

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:10:00 GMT

LeBron James didn't hold back in weighing in on J.R. Smith's contract impasse with the Cavaliers.

Kings Prepare to Open State-Of-The-Art Downtown Arena

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:07:30 GMT

After years of searching for a new home, the Sacramento Kings are set to open a new venue that raises the bar of what an arena can be.

Coach KG? Garnett Has Offers One Week After Retiring

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:03:35 GMT

Just one week into his retirement from the NBA, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Garnett, who ended his career last week after 21 seasons in the league, made an appearance at Clippers' practise on Thursday and offered on-court instruction to the team that impressed head coach Doc Rivers.

China's Richest Man Serves Up Global Badminton Deal

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:27:27 GMT

China's Dalian Wanda Group, controlled by the country's richest man Wang Jianlin, has signed an eight-year exclusive partnership with badminton's international governing body, the latest high-level deal by Wanda to expand its global sports footprint.