Levi: How will Kyrie Irving adjust to superstar-laden Cavs?

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There he goes again, the ball miraculously still in his hands, blowing past a player that up until that very moment was a hero in his home country, and now has to settle for second place in the heart of his nation’s fans. Only the replay will tell just how in the world he found the angle to flick that layup in, with dizzy, confused defenders only finding the ball as it drops to them after falling through the net. Kyrie

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Marks: Dreaming of the Day When Sixers’ Master Plan Comes True

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PHILADELPHIA – Joel Embiid passed the ball effortlessly, the navicular bone in his broken left foot hardly seeming to present a problem. His endearing smile lit up the place and thrilled the crowd, happy to see their hoops savior looking well and wondering if the civic basketball nightmare was about to finally end. Don’t worry, Sam Hinkie. Nobody’s raining on your “parade,’’ which continues to look more and more like the only celebration Philadelphia 76ers fans will ever see — if

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Bauman: Getting to know the UA Elite 24 prospects

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The ninth annual Under Armour Elite 24 game featured an array of talent from all over the country, and when you combine those players with the setting that was provided this past Saturday at Brooklyn Bridge Park, well, you get one badass photo to go along with some high quality basketball (especially at the offensive end):

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Levi: The Dawn of the Brow — Anthony Davis Takes Over

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The stage is all set for an Anthony Davis takeover. However, a lot of dominos must first fall, both for him and the New Orleans Pelicans, before he can rise to the top echelon of NBA players, the neighborhood populated by the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Only 21 1/2 years old (at his tender age you still count the “halves”), Davis will be expected to lead a talented but inexperienced USA squad to the gold medal and a flawless record

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Karl Towns, just 18, faces NBA all-stars before Kentucky career begins

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Team USA smothered the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the inconsequential final score was 105-62, but the Americans didn’t have the tallest or most intriguing player in the game. In fact, the tallest and most intriguing player in Wednesday’s contest hasn’t even started college yet. Meet Karl Towns, the 7-foot-1 big man from New Jersey who plays for the Dominican team and will soon start his freshman year at the University of Kentucky as one of the top NBA prospects

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Mitnick: “The Other Dream Team” of the Basketball World Cup

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It seems unlikely that a country with a smaller population than Connecticut could challenge the United States on basketball’s international stage. But that is exactly what Lithuania plans on doing. Runner-up in the 2013 European Championship and Jerry Garcia’s favorite national team, Lithuania will be a medal contender in the inaugural 2014 Basketball World Cup and could pose as Team USA’s lone threat on the road to the championship game. “The Other Dream Team” will be playing without its leader Linas Kleiza,

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Kidd and Kids: No Grown-Ups on Young Bucks

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Hey! No grown-ups! The kids are in charge! Ice cream for dinner! We don’t have to brush our teeth! We get to fall asleep on the couch with the TV on! Go Bucks! What’s happening in Milwaukee these days is a movie script too bizarre to get greenlighted, even by Disney. After years of being stuck in the NBA’s no-man’s land of barely making or just missing the playoffs, the Bucks basically tanked by accident last season. Now, with a new owner with deep

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Washington Wizards enter East’s upper echelon with depth and continuity

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A year can make an enormous difference in the perception of an NBA team. Last summer, the Washington Wizards had the same backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal but they were faced with immense pressure of having to make the playoffs to save the jobs of head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Before the season began, Grunfeld made what many perceived as a panicky move and sent its first round pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, who was

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