Steve Mills says perception of New York Knicks on the rise among NBA players

New York Knicks team president Steve Mills believes the perception of the club among NBA players has changed recently. “In our circles that we travel and the people that we talk to, we know that there is a change in how people perceive us,” Mills said at an event for fans on Monday night. “… We know that the players are talking about New York as a place that, ‘Things are different there now.’ If we do all the things that we’re supposed to do over the course of the…

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Dwyane Wade will return to Miami Heat for 16th NBA season

MIAMI — Retirement can wait at least one more year for Dwyane Wade. Wade is coming back to the Miami Heat, announcing Sunday that he’s returning for a 16th and final NBA season. The 36-year-old said he spent basically the entirety of the past four months weighing his options, and that retirement was an extremely real possibility in his mind. Instead, he’ll be back in Miami, as the Heat desperately hoped. He’s expected to sign a $2.4 million, one-year deal later this week. “I’ve always did things my way,” Wade…

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Steph Curry: NBA superstar talks Donald Trump, Serena Williams and Colin Kaepernick

Steph Curry has won three NBA Championships NBA superstar Steph Curry says it is important for influential athletes to stand up for their beliefs and is grateful that social media gives them the platform to do so. Curry has won three NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors and has twice been named Most Valuable Player. The American has also spoken openly on social and culture issues. Here, Curry talks to BBC Sport editor Dan Roan about his views on US President Donald Trump, tennis legend Serena Williams and NFL…

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Zach Lowe’s on NBA Hall of Fame absurdities

I’ve suggested on podcasts that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame should construct a wing devoted to NBA absurdities. The NBA is the most absurd major U.S. sports league, churning out a never-ending stream of on-court bloopers, social media gaffes and melodrama. The day-to-day silliness deserves its place in Springfield, Massachusetts. That will never happen, so we’re going to start building our imaginary Absurdity Wing here. Some rules: • Only the dumbest, funniest and most ridiculous things deserve entry. The standard for on-court bloopers should be especially high. •…

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See the sneakers that have drawn warnings and fines from the NBA

The NBA will be relaxing its rules regarding the color of players’ footwear in 2018-19, league sources told ESPN’s Nick DePaula earlier this week. The league had already loosened some of the rules around footwear over the years, allowing players to wear team-color sneakers in addition to the traditional white or black, and introducing “theme nights,” when players could wear specific colors or styles outside the norm. However, some players have still run afoul of the rules — perhaps most famously the player whose name is now worn on the…

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NBA loosens color restrictions on sneakers

9:54 PM ET Nick DePaulaESPN For the first time in league history, the NBA will allow players to wear sneakers of any color at any point during the upcoming season, league sources confirmed. The rule change is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to allow its players to be expressive on the court. Last season — Nike’s first year of manufacturing uniforms for all 30 teams — saw the addition of several alternate jersey designs and the removal of traditional white-based jerseys worn only for home games. Teams were at…

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NBA BPI projections – ESPN’s Basketball Power Index on Lakers, Warriors, Celtics

Aug 28, 2018 Neil Johnson Close ESPN Analytics Analytics developer at ESPN Ohio native and Ohio State University graduate Seth Walder The ripple effect of LeBron James‘ move to Los Angeles is more like a series of tidal waves. Sure, the Golden State Warriors remain commanding favorites over the league, but this season our Basketball Power Index (BPI) preseason projections paint a different picture of the NBA — and many of the changes can be attributed to James’ departure from Cleveland. The Los Angeles Lakers, with James at the helm,…

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Tiger stays out of Trump feud with NFL, NBA athletes

Paramus (United States) (AFP) – Tiger Woods stayed out of US President Donald Trump’s feuds with NBA and NFL players after Sunday’s final round of the US PGA Northern Trust tournament. Woods, a 14-time major winner in his first event since finishing second at the PGA Championship to fellow American Brooks Koepka, fired a final-round one-under par 70 to finish 72 holes on four-under 280 at Ridgewood Country Club. Woods was asked whether his relationship with Trump, with whom he has played golf, was “professional or personal.” “Well, I’ve known…

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Vince Carter, oldest player in the NBA, not ready to retire

ATLANTA — Vince Carter can’t say his 21st NBA season will be his last. At least not yet. Carter signed a one-year veterans minimum contract Friday with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks, his eighth team, in what could be his final stop before starting a career in broadcasting. It appears to be the right mix for Carter, the league’s oldest active player. He turns 42 in January and wants to be ready for a television job when his playing days end. Atlanta, home to Turner Broadcasting and NBA TV, is the…

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NBA expected to pass rule changes, including changing shot clock to 14 seconds after offensive rebound

4:47 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The NBA’s board of governors are expected to pass rule changes for the 2018-19 season that include resetting the shot clock after an offensive rebound to 14 seconds from 24, simplifying the clear-path foul rule and expanding the definition of the “hostile act” to more easily trigger instant replay, league sources told ESPN. The NBA sent a memo to the league’s general managers and coaches on Thursday to outline the unanimous recommendations of the league’s competition committee to the board of governors. The board of…

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