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Harrison Barnes, Malik Jackson paying for funeral of woman killed in home by police officer

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes and his wife and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson have offered to pay for the funeral of a Fort Worth, Texas, woman killed in her home by a police officer last week.Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was taking care of her 8-year-old nephew Saturday when a police officer making a wellness check fired through the window of her home and killed her. The officer was responding
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Zion Williamson will miss New Orleans Pelicans’ preseason finale with knee soreness

5:28 PM ETAndrew LopezESPN The New Orleans Pelicans announced that rookie Zion Williamson will miss the team's final preseason game because of right knee soreness.The Pelicans traveled to New York to take on the Knicks on Friday, but Williamson did not make the trip. The team said Williamson will stay in New Orleans to undergo further testing.No timetable for a return was given.Williamson has appeared in all four of the
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Zion Williamson of New Orleans Pelicans will miss preseason finale with knee soreness

5:28 PM ETAndrew LopezESPN The New Orleans Pelicans announced that rookie Zion Williamson will miss the team's final preseason game because of right knee soreness.The Pelicans traveled to New York to take on the Knicks on Friday, but Williamson did not make the trip. The team said Williamson will stay in New Orleans to undergo further testing.No timetable for a possible return was given.Williamson has appeared in all four Pelicans'
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No. 10 recruit Makur Maker petitions to be eligible for 2020 NBA draft

Makur Maker has submitted paperwork exploring his eligibility for the 2020 NBA draft, a source told ESPN."The NBA players' association is helping Makur get eligible. We've submitted all the transcripts and are waiting to hear back from the league office," the source said. "The NBPA thinks he will receive it. More than likely he will be in this draft class."Maker, the No. 10 recruit in the 2020 high school class
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Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins – ‘There’s not 100 players better than me’

2:14 PM ETEric WoodyardESPN MILWAUKEE -- Ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season, ESPN rolled out its annual list of the top 100 players in the league.Absent from it was Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, who doesn't agree."I don't really look at that too much, top 100 or not top 100," Wiggins told ESPN on Thursday. "There's not 100 players better than me, so it doesn't matter what people think. Everyone
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Chicago signs Luol Deng who intends to retire a Bull

3:10 PM ETEric WoodyardESPN Two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng was signed by the Chicago Bulls today with the intent of retiring with the franchise.The Bulls will honor the veteran forward at a game later this season that hasn't been determined yet."From the moment we made Luol Deng the seventh overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls became a better team," Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John
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No. 10 recruit Makur Maker petitions to be eligible for 2020 NBA draft

Makur Maker has submitted paperwork exploring his eligibility for the 2020 NBA draft, a source told ESPN."The NBA players association is helping Makur get eligible. We've submitted all the transcripts and are waiting to hear back from the league office. The NBPA thinks he will receive it. More than likely will be in this draft class," the source said.Makur, the No. 10 recruit in the 2020 high school class according
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There’s not 100 players better than me’

2:14 PM ETEric WoodyardESPN MILWAUKEE - Entering the 2019-20 NBA season, ESPN rolled out its annual list of the top 100 players in the league.Absent from that was Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, who doesn't agree."I don't really look at that too much. Top-100 or not top-100," Wiggins told ESPN. "There's not 100 players better than me so it doesn't matter what people think. Everyone is entitled to their own
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GMs pick Clippers as champions, Giannis Antetokounmpo as MVP

1:26 PM ETTim BontempsESPN In NBA.com's annual survey of the league's 30 general managers, Giannis Antetokounmpo was again picked to be the league's MVP, the Los Angeles Clippers were tapped to win their first-ever NBA championship, and Zion Williamson was crowned the league's most athletic player before ever taking part in a single regular season game.Antetokounmpo, who won his first MVP award last season after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to
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Emotional Michael Jordan unveils first of two medical clinics in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded in Charlotte, North Carolina that will provide care to underprivileged members of the community.The six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. Tears streamed down Jordan's cheeks as he said, "this is a very