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  • Mike North video: Should Rose skip playing for U.S. basketball team Jul 30, 2014 9:57 AM
    So many NBA players who are worried about getting hurt are sitting out of playing for team USA, Mike North wonders if Derrick Rose should too.

     
  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive Jul 30, 2014 6:44 PM
    One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

     
  • Bosh signs 5-year, $118 million Heat deal Jul 30, 2014 5:38 PM
    Chris Bosh has signed his $118 million, five-year contract to stay with the Miami Heat. The team says Bosh signed the deal Wednesday. The sides agreed on the terms earlier this month, but the paperwork could not be completed because Bosh was on a lengthy international vacation and needed to undergo a physical before signing.

     
  • Who's played longer than Cubs record game? (Hint: Look south) Jul 30, 2014 10:57 AM
    Ever feel like you've been to a game that just won't end? That's what it felt like last night for Cubs fans, who sat through 6 hours and 27 minutes at the Cubs battled the Rockies in 16 innings until 1:27 a.m. But that's not the longest game in Chicago history. See who else has kept fans up late at night.

     
  • NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in Jul 29, 2014 5:43 PM
    The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league’s best coaches. The only thing that could’ve messed it up was ownership.

     
  • Rose returns as U.S. basketball team opens camp Jul 29, 2014 10:16 AM
    Derrick Rose, the Bulls star who is coming off two knee injuries that kept him out for much of the last two seasons, said he played roughly nine minutes of the team’s scrimmage during a two-hour practice. He added he was excited about how he felt physically. “I think Derrick was a great excitement for us, because you hear about how he’s worked out, but to see him today, I mean, he put it all out,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

     
  • Judge OKs record-setting $2 billion sale of Clippers Jul 28, 2014 9:18 PM
    Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Well wishes for Wayne Catalano Jul 25, 2014 3:10 PM
    A few days after winning yet another big race at Arlington International, trainer Wayne Catalano is in a fight for his life.

     
  • Cavs sign Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days Jul 24, 2014 6:33 PM
    Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.

     
  • Bulls’ Gibson is happy Gasol is joining team Jul 23, 2014 1:16 PM
    Taj Gibson probably didn’t expect the Bulls’ biggest addition this summer to be another power forward, but he’s not sweating it. He's happy to see Pau Gasol join the team. “I think it’s a great addition to our team, gives us more depth,” Gibson said.

     
  • Mike North video: Bulls look like contenders in East Jul 23, 2014 10:21 AM
    As Mike North reviews the Bulls roster, he ranks them as the best team in the Eastern Conference.

     
  • NBA player seeks tips on suspect in aunt’s death Jul 23, 2014 6:59 PM
    Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public’s help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California. Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police.

     
  • With Gasol on roster, Gibson likes Bulls’ chances Jul 23, 2014 1:55 PM
    Taj Gibson probably didn’t expect the Bulls’ biggest addition this summer to be another power forward, but he’s not sweating it. Gibson spoke briefly to the media Wednesday during his youth basketball camp at the Joy of the Game Center in Deerfield. The sixth-year forward made it clear he’s happy to see Pau Gasol join the Bulls.

     
  • Bulls sign backup point guard Brooks Jul 22, 2014 4:57 PM
    Aaron Brooks is the next point guard looking to revive his career under Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Brooks officially signed with the Bulls on Tuesday for a one-year deal likely worth $1.15 million.

     
  • Thibodeau waxes eloquent on all things Bulls Jul 18, 2014 9:53 PM
    Bulls stories, notes, photos and graphics Coach Tom Thibodeau believes the Bulls have much more depth heading in the new season. But putting all the pieces together could be a challenge.

     
  • Gasol, Mirotic ready to run with the Bulls Jul 18, 2014 4:46 PM
    The Bulls introduced two new additions Friday — former Laker Pau Gasol and 6-foot-10 forward Nikola Mirotic. The two players made similar journeys to reach the NBA, 13 years apart. Gasol emphasized that he signed with the Bulls because he thinks they have what it takes to immediately compete for an NBA championship.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Hawks’ party of five second to none Jul 17, 2014 10:10 PM
    From top to bottom, the Blackhawks got it going on as Wednesday's press conference proved.

     
  • Report: Boozer to join L.A. Lakers Jul 17, 2014 5:46 PM
    Carlos Boozer has landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports. The Bulls used the amnesty provision on the burly power forward Tuesday. By using the amnesty rule, the Bulls released Boozer and are still liable for his $16.8 million salary this season, but it won’t count toward the salary cap or luxury tax.

     
  • Mike North video: Hinrich a good signing for Bulls Jul 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    Mike North sees the Kirk Hinrich signing with the Bulls as an excellent move, and if Derrick Rose can return at even 80 percent, expect good things from this team this year.

     
  • Dwyane Wade re-signs with Miami Heat Jul 15, 2014 7:20 PM
    Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever known some flexibility in the coming years. Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced terms. “I am proud to have spent every single day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this great city,” Wade said in a statement. “I’ve been here through the good times and the hard times. I have confidence in the Miami Heat organization and the team they are building.” Earlier Tuesday, Wade tweeted “Home Is Where The Heart Is... My Home,My City,My House” and attached a photo of himself standing below the three NBA championship banners that hang at Miami’s home arena. Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract. Heat President Pat Riley confirmed that Wade again bought into the Heat mantra of sacrifice. The contract he signed four years ago left millions on the bargaining-room table, in part to make the deals with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem happen. “Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Riley said. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different.” Wade’s return was expected, yet still represents a huge win for Miami during free agency — especially since it comes less than a week after James left the Heat after four seasons and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So now, what was the “Big 3” is a “Big 2.” Bosh is in the process of finishing a $118 million, five-year contract with Miami. Also Tuesday, the Heat signed Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal, which was agreed to over the weekend. “Luol Deng is one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise,” Riley said. “He is a proven All-Star and quintessential team player, both as a scorer, as well as an All-NBA defender. He brings the attitude of a warrior and competes every single night against the very, very best.” Miami also announced the signing of small forward James Ennis, who has been one of the team’s summer-league standouts this year. Ennis was the 50th pick in the 2013 draft and spent last season playing in Australia. Wade is entering his 12th Heat season and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals. He and Haslem, who is also expected to complete a new two-year contract with Miami in the coming days, are the only players to appear on all three of the Heat teams that won NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He was limited to 54 games last season, in large part because of a maintenance program designed to limit wear and tear on his knees. But when he was on the floor, he was effective — shooting a career best 54.5 percent and averaging 19.0 points. With James gone, Wade likely won’t have the luxury of resting as much this season. He’s averaged 24.3 points for his career, 16th-best in NBA history and fifth-best among active players with at least seven seasons. And only seven other players in league history have as many points (17,481), rebounds (3,605), assists (4,301), steals (1,262) and blocked shots (696) as Wade has posted so far in his career. Wade could have lobbied for more money or insisted on more years. But the Heat are positioning themselves to have as much flexibility as possible in 2016, a similar approach to what brought the “Big 3” together in 2010, and Wade’s deal helps them greatly in that regard. Wade still has a hectic summer ahead. There’s an upcoming marriage to actress Gabrielle Union, the ongoing building projects at the home he’s been remodeling for some time, and the annual fantasy camp that he hosts. His biggest order of business, however, is now complete.

     
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