With the pressure off, Anthony Bennett shines for Cavs in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – In his first Summer League, it seems like the weight of the world has been lifted off Anthony Bennett’s shoulders. In the city he once called home and the arena he once shined so brightly that the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the unexpected top pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Bennett is playing loose, having fun and suddenly showing the athleticism and versatility that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place. After scoring 15 points and

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Knicks embracing triangle offense, winning in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Writers and team officials called for a running clock or the Mercy rule Monday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion when the New York Knicks opened up a 73-33 lead over the Charlotte Hornets. The 95-72 final score pushed the Knicks to 3-0.The team’s play has been an endorsement of the triangle offense Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are implementing in New York. Players are sharing the ball and fluidly moving the ball to the open man, which

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Shabazz Napier grows into important role for post-LeBron Heat

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LAS VEGAS- Shabazz Napier has a set of skills you all know about; the slick handle, the pick-your-pocket defense and the winning pedigree with UConn’s national championship in April as Napier’s collegiate capstone. The other skills he needs to pick up as his rookie season approaches will help determine how well the Miami Heat can fare in South Florida’s post-LeBron James era. With James gone, Napier is now a much more important part of the team than Miami management imagined.

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2014-15 NBA Salary Cap Computations

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Hours before the moratorium period ended and free agency began Wednesday, the NBA released its financial figures for the 2014-15 season. We have taken those figures and – with the help of folks like Larry Coon and Mark Deeks - have laid out the amounts for all of the exceptions and maximum salaries available to players this season. TEAM SALARY The salary cap will be $63.065 million. That is slightly lower than published projections but still represents a 7.5 percent increase over last season’s $58.679

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May: LeBron to Cleveland Ain’t Gonna Happen

Can we please put an end to the LeBron-to-Cleveland story? That’s all it is, a story, an unlikely narrative that might be appealing on the surface – the Prodigal Son Returns – but falls apart under the narrowest scrutiny. I say it ain’t gonna happen. Why would the best player in the game, in the prime of his career, sign with a team that can’t win? Why would the best player in the game, in the prime of his career, sign with a

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Scotto: Nets Got It Right Second Time Around By Hiring Hollins

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BROOKLYN — One season after the Jason Kidd experiment failed in bizarre fashion, the Brooklyn Nets introduced the man the franchise should have hired in the first place. Lionel Hollins isn’t here for power struggles, whether they be with staff members, GM Billy King or ownership. He’s here to coach. “I’m a basketball coach,” Hollins said. “I don’t want to do Billy’s job. I don’t want to do anybody else’s job in the organization but the one that I’m hired to do

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Earl Monroe says Carmelo Anthony “has unfinished business” with Knicks

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The pursuit of free agent Carmelo Anthony has reached a fever pitch on both coasts, with the Knicks and Lakers both having reportedly offered max contracts to the superstar scorer in hopes of luring Anthony to their respective franchises. But the money should not be the top motivating factor in Anthony’s decision, according to New York Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. “Everyone’s throwing a lot of money at him,” Monroe told SheridanHoops in a one-on-one interview Monday morning. “It should be about

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Heisler: Lakers can’t sign Melo — if they’re still the Lakers

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In NBA news from Los Angeles, Donald T. Sterling isn’t “mentally incapacitated,” or at least won’t be certified as such in Probate Court, where his wife is now trying to pry his cold, if not dead fingers off the Clippers franchise. Both sides have agreed to make the Sterling Trust agreement between Donald and Shelly the issue, rather than Donald’s actual state of mind. In other words, it doesn’t matter if he’s wacky. If the judge agrees that the trust agreement stipulated

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