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Ricky Rubio ready to mentor Kris Dunn in Minnesota

When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league.

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Moving NBA All-Star Game was a business decision, commissioner says

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte was a difficult decision but one that was ultimately driven by business. He also said he personally wasn't in favor of having it in North Carolina in 2017 because of House Bill 2, which the league has said it finds discriminatory against the LGBT community.

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Lakers plan to sign Yi Jianlian

The Los Angeles Lakers and Chinese star Yi Jianlian are in the final stages of completing a deal for the forward to return to the NBA, said league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the contract.

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Luke DeCock: Olympic atmosphere arrives, and so does American basketball

This is what everyone had been waiting for all along. The atmosphere came not from deafening pop music played in a half-empty arena, but thousands of singing, dancing, flag-waving, whistling Argentines and the Brazilians who chanted "U-S-A" right back at them as they rooted against their neighbors. And they had plenty to cheer about, for the Americans finally showed up in Rio.

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Kemba Walker on his knee surgery

Hornets guard discusses his recovery from knee surgery.
Rick Bonnell rbonnell@newsobserver.com
Kemba Walker on his knee surgery 0:40

Kemba Walker on his knee surgery

Stephen Curry understands decision to pull NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte 1:03

Stephen Curry understands decision to pull NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte

Marcus Paige sees himself as a point guard first 0:45

Marcus Paige sees himself as a point guard first

Jeremy Lin On Hornets' Confidence 0:56

Jeremy Lin On Hornets' Confidence