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Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls is day-to-day with back spasms

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls say first-round draft pick Lauri Markkanen is day-to-day because of back spasms. He left practice Friday. The No. 7 overall pick, Markkanen was acquired along with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn from Minnesota for Jimmy Butler in a draft-night trade. The 7-foot Finn averaged 15.6 points and shot over 42 […]

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New York Knicks lose the drama in search of wins

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — In late February, a few weeks after being released from the Knicks, Brandon Jennings sat in the visitors locker room of Madison Square Garden and reflected on his brief time in New York amid the ongoing Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony drama. “It definitely took a toll on the team,” Jennings said then. “Because […]

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NBA — First week for Lonzo

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lonzo Ball’s first week of training camp started with Magic Johnson doubling down on his prized point guard and predicting Showtime Magic-and-Worthy-like fast breaks for Ball and Brandon Ingram. And before he even gets to dribble the ball in his first official game as a professional, Ball deftly handled every question […]

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Zach Lowe on NBA draft lottery reform and potential ramifications

Flattening the odds in the NBA’s draft lottery, a change passed Thursday by an overwhelming 28-1-1 vote of team owners, will not end tanking and may not reduce it much. The league knows that; it repeatedly characterized the proposal as “an incremental step” toward more potential tweaks, sources say. The NBA is concerned about egregious […]