NBA Finals

FILE - In this photo Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors president and COO Rick Welts looks over a model of Chase Center at the Chase Center Experience in San Francisco. The Warriors are playing their final season in Oakland's Oracle Arena and for those in the East Bay feeling abandoned by the two-time defending champions as they build a snazzy new San Francisco arena, the Warriors have a message for you: "We're leaving a building, we're not leaving a city." That's the motto Welts is sharing as Golden State, winner of three NBA titles over the past four years, prepares for its last hurrah in Oracle. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 16, 2018 - 3:27 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If anybody understands an arena's link to a city, to a faithful fan base, Kevin Durant does. Durant played the final NBA game in KeyArena for the Seattle SuperSonics a decade ago before the franchise's relocation to Oklahoma City, then returned for a nostalgic exhibition...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 15, 2018 - 8:56 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. But though he was the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) dunks against Toronto during a college basketball exhibition game in Mississauga, Ontario. Tre Jones has the flashy assists, R.J. Barrett the all-around game, Zion Williamson the highlight-reel dunks. Duke swapped out one star-studded freshman class for another, with the national title once again a realistic goal. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 15, 2018 - 7:46 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. The only certainty in the NBA this season is that James won't win the East _ ending an eight-year run of that, four in Miami and four in Cleveland.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)
October 15, 2018 - 1:54 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 12, 2018 - 5:46 am
Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He's got a new contract. He's got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors' video room now. He's leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it...
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Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan signals to his players during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin).
October 11, 2018 - 9:17 am
Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich's staff. Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday. The trio of coaches will work with Popovich...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, dunks as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, center, and guard Monte Morris watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. James says he didn’t choose the Lakers as his free-agent destination because of his burgeoning career as a Hollywood producer and performer. He remains focused on basketball, and he wants to create a winning team to end the Lakers’ franchise-record five years without a playoff berth. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
October 11, 2018 - 1:34 am
LeBron James watched Lonzo Ball play in Las Vegas during the 2017 NBA Summer League, taking in a Los Angeles Lakers' game from a baseline seat as a spectator. He had a better view Wednesday. James and Ball were on-court teammates for the first time when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 123...
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FILE - In this May 18, 1995, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson argues a call against his team, as he sits next to assistant coach Tex Winter during the second quarter of an NBA basketball playoff game against the Orlando Magic in Chicago. Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Jackson on 11 NBA championship teams with the Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Kansas State University said Winter died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell, File)
October 11, 2018 - 1:08 am
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative "Triangle Offense" pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96. Winter's family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at Kansas...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammate Draymond Green during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Houston. A fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals would be an incredible feat. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 10, 2018 - 4:13 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr understands the NBA's business side, free agency and everything it takes to build a perennial winner with a star-studded roster like the one he coaches every day. He also knows the Warriors' dominance won't last forever. Kerr addressed that thought with his group...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston. Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included Irving and Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)
October 10, 2018 - 2:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The band is back together in Boston. Or, at least, it's healthy again. Hopes were high for the Celtics going into last season thanks to a revamped roster that included All-Star additions Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Everything changed five minutes into the season with Hayward's...
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