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Kings to host Summer League tournament in Sacramento

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 8 days ago.

The Kings are getting into the Summer League game. Sacramento will host the first annual "California Classic" on July 2, 3, 5 at Golden 1 Center. The three-day tournament includes teams from the Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers with a double-header format planned for each evening.

Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk donates his hair to charity

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk chopped of his hair this weekend, donating it to charity. Kelly Olynyk’s man-bun is no more. The Miami Heat big man chopped off his iconic long hair over the weekend, shedding a look that was years in the making.

Sixers try to regain winning touch vs. Celtics

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 days ago.

Heading back to Philadelphia down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, the suddenly cold 76ers have some quick thinking to do in order to right the ship. After winning 16 straight to close the regular season and finishing off the Miami Heat in five games in the first round, the 76ers now head back to face Boston at the Wells Fargo Center for their 5 p.m. matchup on Saturday with their first two-game losing streak since late February. Boston clipped the once-surging 76ers in Game 2 with a huge surge of their own, coming back from a 22-point deficit to win on Boston on Thursday, 108-103.

Sixers' Simmons says confidence high despite dismal outing

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 days ago.

Philadelphia's rookie sensation Ben Simmons vowed Friday that he'd bounce back from his dismal performance in the 76ers' 108-103 NBA playoff loss to the Boston Celtics. The 21-year-old Australian, who came close to averaging a triple-double in the Sixers' first-round series victory over the Miami Heat, failed to score a basket on Thursday as the 76ers squandered a 22-point lead and fell into an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series against the Celtics. "It's just about the worst I've played all year," said Simmons, who finished with one point, five rebounds, seven assists and five turnovers.

Dragic looks to summer, sees bright future in Miami

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 days ago.

Goran Dragic is going back to his native Slovenia in a few weeks for the summer. There's a couple of weddings the Miami Heat guard needs to attend, a trip scheduled with his wife to Paris for a fashion show and probably even some pickup basketball to remind his friends that he's an NBA All-Star and they aren't. Winning the European title last summer is still a huge deal to Slovenians, which means Dragic's homecoming will be a huge deal as well.

Right Man for the Knicks? Five Things David Fizdale Must Address in NYC

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 days ago.

The New York Knicks have hired David Fizdale as their new head coach, as they look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. League sources quoted by ESPN suggested the former Memphis Grizzlies coach met Knicks owner James Dolan on Thursday, before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. The duo fired Jeff Hornacek last week and reportedly met with a number of candidates before opting for Fizdale, who becomes the fifth coach the Knicks have had in eighth years and the 11th since the 2001-02 season.

Report: Meek Mill to attend Celtics-76ers Game 2 in Boston

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

When the Philadelphia 76ers take the court on Thursday night looking to bounce back from a resounding Game 1 defeat to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Boston Celtics, they’ll do so with recently freed friend of the program Meek Mill watching live and in person at TD Garden. The Philadelphia rapper, who was released on bail on April 24 after spending nearly five months in prison following a controversial sentencing over a parole violation, celebrated his freedom by heading straight to Game 5 of the opening-round series between the 76ers and Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center, driven by Sixers co-owner and friend Michael Rubin. Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, served as the evening’s guest of honor, opening the festivities by ringing the Sixers’ replica Liberty Bill before watching as Philly rolled past the Heat and into the second round of the playoffs.

Dragic looks to summer, sees bright future in Miami

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

Goran Dragic is going back to his native Slovenia in a few weeks for the summer. There's a couple of weddings the Miami Heat guard needs to attend, a trip scheduled with his wife to Paris for a fashion show and probably even some pickup basketball to remind his friends that he's an NBA All-Star and they aren't. Winning the European title last summer is still a huge deal to Slovenians, which means Dragic's homecoming will be a huge deal as well.

Dwyane Wade surprises 'Waffle House Hero' James Shaw Jr. on 'Ellen'

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade (left) surprised ‘Waffle House Hero’ and longtime Wade fan James Shaw Jr. (center) during an episode of ‘Ellen’ that aired Wednesday. James Shaw Jr.‘s well-deserved moment in the American spotlight continued Wednesday, as the man now referred to as “The Waffle House Hero” got the opportunity to meet his hero — future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade. The 29-year-old visited Ellen DeGeneres’ syndicated talk show to discuss the harrowing experience of being at an Antioch, Tenn., Waffle House on April 22 when a man entered the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire, killing four patrons and injuring several others.

Drake vs. Kendrick Perkins tiff a reminder the entertainer is a Raptors fan, not an actual Raptor

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

The celebrity courtside superfan is a longstanding, and beloved, part of the NBA. Mark Cuban kind of qualifies, even though he also owns the Dallas Mavericks. Spike Lee seemed to inspire Indiana’s Reggie Miller to raise his game during 1990s playoff series against Lee’s beloved Knicks.

Heat's Riley says Whiteside wasn't ready for playoffs

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley took one of his best players to task on Monday, saying center Hassan Whiteside wasn't physically or mentally prepared for the team's first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. "There's no doubt he was in a bad state in the playoffs," Riley said of Whiteside. "Whatever the reasons why, I have not really sat down with (head coach Erik Spoelstra) and really talked about all of these things.

Celtics, Sixers renew rivalry with new casts in East semis

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are about to find out what the NBA playoffs are really about. After dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round in their first career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers' youngsters will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics. A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russell's Celtics in the 1960s.

Riley will think big - if the chance presents itself to Heat

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

Here's what Pat Riley is not going to do this summer: quit. The Miami Heat president said Monday in his annual end-of-season assessment that no player on the team's roster will be considered untouchable this offseason - if the right deal presents itself, that is - but quickly added the caveat that the franchise is not looking for a total revamp after going 44-38 in the regular season and making the playoffs. ''Show me the right name, and I could be all-in on everything,'' Riley said.

Celtics, Sixers renew rivalry with new casts in East semis

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are about to find out what the NBA playoffs are really about. After dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round in their first career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers' youngsters will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics. A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russell's Celtics in the 1960s.

How to Watch 76ers vs. Celtics Game 1: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics renew their long playoff rivalry as they move one step toward the conference finals. The Sixers got to this conference semifinals matchup by dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in their first–round matchup

Can Boston slow down Sixers, make this a series for grinders?

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

In the regular season, the Miami Heat were one of the slowest teams in the NBA, averaging 97.75 possessions per game, 26th in the league. For Miami in the playoffs, 18.6 percent of their offensive possessions started in transition, and while they were reasonably efficient in those moments, it was out of character.

On Basketball: And now, Wade decides if this was the end

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 26 days ago.

Dwyane Wade's first NBA game was in Philadelphia. Retirement is a very - very - real option for Wade, who has been not-so-quietly saying for weeks that he isn't sure if he'll be back next season. The offseason is here now, after the Miami Heat were ousted by the 76ers on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, and the face of the franchise may have taken his jersey off for the final time.

Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat in Game 5

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 26 days ago.

Joel Embiid hoisted diminutive comedian Kevin Hart not unlike the way a parent would toss up a toddler. Embiid then pulled him in for a hug as confetti rained on the court, team flags waved around them and the promise of a rowdy late-night celebration was on deck. Believe it, Philly.

Villanova basketball team snaps photo with Meek Mill prior to 76ers game

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 27 days ago.

Tuesday’s Game 5 between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers was a big one for both teams, as the visiting Heat were looking to stave off elimination and the 76ers were one win away from their first playoff series victory in six years. What added to the atmosphere at Wells Fargo Center was the release of hip hop artist Meek Mill, who due to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling was released from prison. Among those also in attendance were the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats, who along with comedian Kevin Hart, Meek Mill and the artist’s lawyers took a photo prior to the game.

Wade, Ginobili will not be rushed over retirement decisions

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 27 days ago.

Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili each said they would not rush into decisions over their playing futures after the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday. A 12-time All-Star and the winner of three NBA titles, Wade was part of the Heat side beaten 104-91 by the Philadelphia 76ers in game five of their series. Wade, 36, was subsequently asked how he would find new inspiration if he plans on coming back for next season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Wear Matching Thom Browne

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 29 days ago.

The team wore the custom-fitted suits, shoes, and accessories before games three and four against the Indiana Pacers this past weekend. According to The New York Times, this was a concept originally dreamt up by Browne and Dwyane Wade, who passed it to LeBron James once Wade was traded back to Miami Heat.

James Johnson, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington handed fouls after Game 4 skirmish

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 29 days ago.

MIAMI -- A hard hit in Game 4 of the Philadelphia 76ers- Miami Heat series led to a skirmish involving several players and coaches. Heat forward James Johnson, Sixers guard Ben Simmons and Sixers wing Robert Covington had to be separated during the encounter, which resulted in technical fouls for Johnson and Covington and a personal foul for Simmons. The skirmish began when Covington delivered a hard hit on Heat guard Goran Dragic. Johnson took offense to the foul and shoved Covington near the basket. Simmons, who was trailing Dragic and Covington but nearby, then engaged Johnson, and coaches and players came to intervene.? Sixers center Joel Embiid came from the other end of the court, seemingly