The NBA is a real estate company now

ON A GRAY, misty April afternoon in San Francisco, Golden State Warriors CEO Rick Welts stands atop a parking garage overlooking the massive cavity that, in just over one year’s time, will house the three-time NBA champions. “I could come down here every day,” Welts says, holding an oversized Warriors umbrella at the site of the Chase Center, the team’s future arena, which is set to open next season. That umbrella will come in handy as the dollars pour down in the coming years by virtue of owning this private…

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NBA — Markelle Fultz’s shooting problems next problem for 76ers after Jimmy Butler trade

12:00 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — From the moment Markelle Fultz double-clutched the second of two free throws midway through the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Miami Heat, his shooting form once again became a blazing-hot topic of conversation. Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, however, had no time for such discussions. Instead, his focus is on something else: balancing his personal and emotional investment in trying to get Fultz back on track with his job to lead this year’s Sixers to a credible challenge for…

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NBA — NBA players react to Caris LeVert serious injury

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert had to be stretchered off the court after suffering a serious right leg injury late in the second quarter at the Target Center in Minnesota. LeVert, in his third NBA season with the Nets out of Michigan after being drafted 20th overall 2016, had looked like a Most Improved Player candidate while leading the Nets in scoring. Those connected with the NBA reached out to LeVert to wish him well. Caris LeVert was averaging a team-best 19.0 PPG entering Monday. He has increased his…

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Carmelo Anthony’s reps reaching out to other NBA teams

5:54 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN With no ongoing discussions about Carmelo Anthony rejoining the Houston Rockets, his representatives spent Monday gathering information from NBA front offices about a potential landing spot for the 10-time All-Star forward, league sources told ESPN. Both Anthony and front office officials around the league are privately expressing surprise at the speed in which Houston is short-circuiting this partnership, especially after the Rockets’ courtship of him this summer. Anthony will remain away from the Rockets for his third straight game — Tuesday night in Denver —…

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports players wearing ‘Enough’ T-shirts, speaking out

LOS ANGELES — With NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the stands and supporting the cause, the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks honored the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting by wearing black T-shirts with the message “Enough” on the front. The Lakers and Hawks followed what the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks did on Saturday when players from both teams first wore the T-shirts. “As I’ve always said, our players aren’t just ballplayers, they’re citizens,” Silver told ESPN after watching the Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 on Sunday. “They have…

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NBA — Lakers finally defend and reach .500

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The game hadn’t even started yet and LeBron James could feel a throbbing headache come on that he could only surmise was from the smoke that had enveloped downtown Sacramento and the haze hovering inside the Golden 1 Center. Smelling smoke in the arena during the team’s morning shootaround, James wasn’t sure how the conditions from the Camp Fire that originated about 70 miles north of Sacramento would affect the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. But the Lakers of late have been a team that appears to…

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Which player had the best kicks in Week 4 in the NBA?

9:49 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN Once again around the league, players looked to story tell through their footwear, bringing attention to everything from family foundations to an ongoing design partnership with an Oregon-based children’s hospital, shining light on causes well beyond the hardwood. Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James celebrated the launch of his I Promise School earlier this summer with a new colorway of his latest signature shoe layered with details throughout. While Nike has dozens of colorways in store for its biggest athlete this season, James specifically…

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NBA — Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder steal the show in Gordon Hayward’s return to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — His former teammates on the Utah Jazz really had no interest in the juicy storyline about the return of Gordon Hayward, the former face of the franchise who bolted in free agency for greener pastures in Boston. “You guys will all get your stories out now,” Joe Ingles said in a dismissive tone after starring in the Jazz’s 123-115 win Friday over the Boston Celtics. “We can hopefully move on with life. At the end of the day for us, it was Boston vs. the Jazz.…

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Fantasy basketball – Fantasy NBA Daily Notes

Not only has Jayson Tatum fallen off from his hot start to the season, but he has been downright awful of late. Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Asked to explain the message his Milwaukee Bucks sent to the Golden State Warriors and the entire NBA with a declarative win over the defending champions in Oakland on Thursday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo simply shared, “We’ve arrived.” Indeed, the Bucks have arrived. Milwaukee now claims the second-best offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) and the fourth-stingiest defensive rating in the NBA. The…

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NBA — Donovan Mitchell makes Utah Jazz-Gordon Hayward breakup easy for everyone

10:00 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN They wish the wait wouldn’t have been so long, but the fractured lower leg changed everything. Sixteen months passed, and now the Utah Jazz and Gordon Hayward lurch into one of the NBA’s most undesirable encounters: The homecoming of the free-agent star. This instance isn’t rich with acrimony as much as it simply registers as a nuisance. The Jazz aren’t dying to discuss Hayward and his Boston Celtics, nor is Hayward dying to discuss the Jazz. It isn’t personal but practical. Utah has yet to…

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