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James has 38-16-10 to reach 10th Finals

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) LeBron James wore out the path to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, making annual trips out of Miami and Cleveland.

Now he's the best in the West.

And for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Celtics dominate 2nd half, force Game 6

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Their season saved for at least two more days, Boston coach Brad Stevens offered the most succinct assessment of his Celtics.

"We're prideful," Stevens said.

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Players frustrated with Taylor decision

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) LeBron James sent the word to the Los Angeles Lakers in a group text on Wednesday afternoon, and basketball suddenly seemed irrelevant.

A grand jury in Kentucky had finally spoken. And James was letting his team know that NBA players, who have spent months seeking justice for Breonna Taylor, did not get what they wanted.

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Non-Disney clubs start team workouts

Kevin Love was back on the court in Cleveland. Karl Anthony-Towns got to work in Minnesota and his old coach started to mold his new team in New York.

After six months without one, it felt so good for some NBA teams to practice again that even Allen Iverson might've enjoyed it.

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New Kings GM commits to Walton as coach

New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA.

McNair was hired last week after a long tenure as an executive in Houston to replace Vlade Divac. He backed Walton publicly during his introductory news conference Wednesday.

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Hayward, wife Robyn welcome baby boy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Celtics forward Gordon Hayward and wife Robyn are parents for a fourth time.

Robyn Hayward announced the birth of the couple's first son - Gordon Theodore Hayward - on Wednesday, a couple hours before the Celtics would face the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Bulls hire former Thunder coach Donovan

CHICAGO (AP) Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long - hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached.

That he's headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren't the same old Bulls.

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Silver: NBA season may start in January

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his "best guess" is that next season will not start until at least January, plus acknowledged that the later-than-usual schedule could mean top U.S. men's players miss next summer's Tokyo Olympics.

Silver, a guest in a series of panel discussions on CNN, did not indicate that any decisions are finalized. The league was originally hoping for a Dec. 1 start to next season, then shifted its focus to the chance of a late December start, and now the target has apparently moved again.

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Vanessa Bryant sues over crash photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others.

After the Jan. 26 crash, reports surfaced that graphic photos of the victims were being shared. Vanessa Bryant was "shocked and devastated" by the reports, the lawsuit states.

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Jordan to co-own NASCAR team with Hamlin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR's top level.

The partnership was announced Monday night in coordinated social media posts by Jordan and Hamlin, with Wallace adding his own comment. The posts showed a picture of Jordan alongside a firesuit-clad Hamlin in a motorhome at a race track.

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