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  • Kawhi Leonard waits for Spurs spotlight

    April 18, 2014

    The tone in Kawhi Leonard's voice never changes.It never changed as a junior in high school when his father was killed at the car wash he owned in Compton, Calif. He just kept right on playing.''He just internalized it to me,'' said Tony Masi, the athletic director at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, where Leonard was a prep star. ''We didn't hang out every day. I'd see him for a couple minutes a day. Just watch him and observe him. He didn't show much. He was just shy and reserved.''

  • NBA plans expanded programs with military

    April 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Army graduate Mike Krzyzewski will lead a U.S. national team practice at his alma mater, and the U.S. women will train at the Naval Academy as part of an increased partnership among the NBA, USA Basketball and the Department of Defense.

  • Pacers' Hibbert hoping to get on track vs. Hawks

    April 18, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Pacers are walking around with a new approach these days.They're joking around and sounding relaxed. It's about time.Indiana has been struggling since before the All-Star break and now that the playoffs are looming, the top seed in the East seems to be getting back to normal. The real test will come Saturday when Atlanta visits Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 1 of this best-of-seven series.

  • Warriors to start O'Neal for Bogut vs. Clippers

    April 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skillset to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib.

  • Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

    April 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.

  • Tulsa businessman Kaiser joins Thunder ownership

    April 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has joined the Oklahoma City Thunder's ownership team.Thunder chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday.Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, which he has managed for 40 years. He also is chairman of the board and majority shareholder of BOK Financial Corp. and a major shareholder in several energy, oil and gas, mining and technology companies. He is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.

  • NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

    April 18, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) - Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.The voters weren't some know-nothings, either.No, this was a polling of NBA general managers.

  • Simpson signs with DePaul

    April 18, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) - Former Chicago high school star Aaron Simpson has signed a letter of intent to play at DePaul next season.A 5-foot-11 guard, Simpson played two years of junior college at Lincoln College after a standout career at North Chicago High School.