As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters…

The Rockets are not engaging in the conversation on LeBron James's criticism of Houston general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks, downplay the impact the turbulence had on them

Harden and Westbrook back together to chase title…

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove that they'll work just fine together despite what the critics say

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The Latest: Stackhouse headlines 4 new SEC head coaches

The Latest: Former NBA standout Jerry Stackhouse is back in school _ now as a coach

North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup…

North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang

The NBA's magic number for victories isn't 100 anymore

New magic number: In the NBA, 100 used to be enough to win _ but not anymore

Report: WNBA receives high grades again in diversity hiring

Diversity report shows WNBA remains the leader among all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities for coaching and front-office positions

Clippers sign G B.J. Taylor to exhibit 10 contract

The Clippers have signed guard B.J. Taylor to an exhibit 10 contract, a one-year deal worth the minimum salary

Liberty not renewing Katie Smith's contract

New York Liberty not renewing Katie Smith's contract

Go for 2: In today's NBA, a powerful pair beats 3 of a kind

In today's high-stakes NBA, a powerful pair beats three of a kind

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Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

Column: A messy response from LeBron to the mess the NBA faces in China

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Lakers' Anthony Davis grateful thumb injury isn't serious

Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious

After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Westbrook is gone, Chris Paul returns, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have pushed the reset button

Zion Williamson makes new-look Pelicans a compelling draw

The NBA preseason has provided a tantalizing taste of the excitement Zion Williamson the league's top overall draft choice _ a charismatic, 6-foot-6, 285-pound force of nature _ could bring to New Orleans' long moribund small-market franchise

Young Denver Nuggets set sights much higher this season

The Denver Nuggets' challenge is guarding against letting up after they ended a six-year playoff drought last year and won their first playoff series since 2009

Towns, Timberwolves take stronger chemistry into season

Towns, Timberwolves take stronger chemistry into fresh-start season with Saunders on sideline

Jimmy's era: Butler arrives in Miami, and Heat hopes soar

With Dwyane Wade retired, Heat now in the hands of Jimmy Butler _ and expectations in Miami are high

Defending champion Raptors experimenting after departures

Raptors open title defense in experimental mode after high-profile departures of Leonard, Green

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Philadelphia 76ers believe they are good enough to win Eastern Conference, make run at NBA championship

Pistons still in the murky middle, hoping to show progress

In a league with so many teams either contending or rebuilding, the Detroit Pistons haven't been doing much of either

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Oladipo's absence forces Pacers to lean on Turner, new faces

Myles Turner looks around the Indiana Pacers locker room and sees a whole new team

Expectations still high for Celtics after Irving's departure

With All-Star Kemba Walker on board, expectations remain high for Celtics following Kyrie Irving's departure