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July 17, 2021

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Lillard Wants a Championship. Can Portland Deliver?

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LAS VEGAS – Damian Lillard addressed reporters on Friday, hours after a report indicating that Lillard intended to request a trade from Portland went online, and if you only listened to the first few seconds you probably left feeling relieved. “It’s not true,” said Lillard, a USA Basketball banner hanging......

Giannis, still awed by block, ready to shift focus

ESPN
8:06 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHOENIX — Two days after Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s ridiculous block of Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton‘s dunk attempt late in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar still can’t explain exactly how he pulled it off. “It’s incredible what your body is [able]......

Report: Wizards to Hire Wes Unseld Jr. As Next Head Coach

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe The Wizards are reportedly nearing an agreement to hire Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. to be the franchise’s next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The two sides are expected to begin contract negotiations Saturday, with both......

Sources: Wizards offering HC post to Unseld Jr.

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The Washington Wizards are offering Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld, Jr., the franchise’s head coaching job, sources tell ESPN. Contract talks will begin tomorrow and those are expected to result in an agreement that’ll make him the franchise’s next head coach, sources tell ESPN. Unseld, who has served as a......

Sources: Johnson, McGee to replace Love, Beal

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is withdrawing from Team USA, according to his agent, with Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson taking the open spots on the 12-man roster for the Tokyo Olympics, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Love spent 10 days......

Report: JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson to Join Team USA

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman Nuggets center JaVale McGee and Spurs forward Keldon Johnson will replace Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on the 12-person Team USA roster, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Beal was taken off Team USA’s roster on......

Report: Kevin Love Withdraws From Tokyo Olympics

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNDcyNDE4NjY3Nzk5Njgz/kevin-love-cavaliers.jpg Michael Shapiro Team USA forward Kevin Love has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Love cited his continued recovery from a right calf injury as the reason for his departure from Team USA. “I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team......

Can Chris Paul Turnaround His Turnover Problem?

Sports Illustrated
Welcome to the Morning Shootaround, where every weekday you’ll get a fresh, topical column from one of SI.com’s NBA writers: Howard Beck on Mondays, Chris Mannix on Tuesdays, Michael Pina on Wednesdays, Chris Herring on Thursdays and Rohan Nadkarni on Fridays. In the second round of the 2014 playoffs, in......

The biggest NBA Finals questions heading into a pivotal Game 5

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The Milwaukee Bucks know what it takes to come back from a 2-0 deficit, having already done so in the second round against the Brooklyn Nets. Now, after falling behind 2-0 in the NBA Finals, the Bucks return to Phoenix with the series level at two games apiece. Can the......

Beal out of Tokyo Games; U.S.-Australia canceled

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LAS VEGAS — Team USA is fighting a challenging scenario with COVID-19 as it tries to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics The Americans lost a player Thursday and put another in the health and safety protocol, and USA Basketball announced late Thursday night that the men’s basketball game Friday against......

How we finally got the ‘Space Jam’ sequel we deserve, 25 years later

ESPN
7:30 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. On Friday, the most highly anticipated film of a sports-movie-deprived generation, er......

Trae Young Takes Issue With Team USA Snub

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Less than two weeks before the start of the Tokyo Games, Team USA is in the process of finding a replacement for Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who will not travel to Tokyo after being placed in health and safety protocols on Wednesday. Though it’s unclear who will be tabbed as......

Report: Team USA Working to Replace Bradley Beal

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman USA Basketball is working to replace guard Bradley Beal on the 12-person Olympic roster, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Beal was placed in Team USA’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday. It has not been publicly confirmed if he......

NBA Finals Take Seismic Shift After Giannis’s Block

Sports Illustrated
Welcome to the Morning Shootaround, where every weekday you’ll get a fresh, topical column from one of SI.com’s NBA writers: Howard Beck on Mondays, Chris Mannix on Tuesdays, Michael Pina on Wednesdays, Chris Herring on Thursdays and Rohan Nadkarni on Fridays. I had a piece in mind for today, but......

See Every Angle of Giannis’s Absurd Game-Saving Block

Sports Illustrated
They call him a Freak for a reason If the Bucks go on to win the NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stunning block in the final moments of Game 4 will be the defining play of the series. With 1:15 left in the fourth quarter, with the Bucks up 101–99 over......

“One of Those ‘Oh S—’ Moments”: Inside The Block That Helped the Bucks Win Game 4

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Howard Beck MILWAUKEE — Two giants converged in midair, arms outstretched, one ball between them, one game on the line, and quite possibly a championship hanging in the balance as they hung in space for one split second that seemed like an......

Bucks got the ‘Khris Middleton game’ when they needed it most

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MILWAUKEE — When are we going to see a Khris Middleton game? From the Deer District to the bluffs of Lake Michigan, this has been the persistent question around town since the Bucks returned to Milwaukee down 2-0 to the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo will......

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