NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS LEBRON, ADAM SILVER, RAPTORS, BARKLEY

In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International has entered a sports gaming sponsorship agreement with the NBA, potentially setting a standard for cooperation between sports leagues and casino operators.

The move makes the NBA the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. Meanwhile, sports leagues have been demanding casino operators pay them a fee to allow betting on their games. Casino operators have balked at the idea.

The partnership will allow MGM Resorts to use official NBA and WNBA data and branding on a non-exclusive basis across the resort operator’s land-based and digital sports betting offerings in the United States. Continue Reading, by 

Thomas Robinson spent last season with Brooklyn, starting seven games in 71 appearances. (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Toronto Raptors roster is nearly complete as the much-anticipated 2018-19 season approaches.

The team has a deep pool of potential starters and an even deeper bench rotation in place, centred around newcomer Kawhi Leonard and the near-complete cast of characters returning from last season’s 59-win roster.

The team traded centre Jakob Poeltl as part of the Leonard-DeMar DeRozan deal, and earlier this summer chose not to re-sign free agent centre Lucas Nogueira.

Regardless of whether or not first-year head coach Nick Nurse plans to utilize Serge Ibaka at centre or not, those departures leave a minor void at the centre position, one that team president Masai Ujiri and his front office are looking to fill via free agency, where they have up to $5.3 million available via the mid-level exception. Continue Reading, by 

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Charles Barkley believes Kevin Durant is at heart a good person. That aspect of Durant’s personality explains why it comes off as inauthentic when the Golden State Warriors tries to come off as a tough guy, as Barkley sees it. Continue Reading, by Jason Rowan

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This is a GOAT resume: Six championship rings, six MVPs, 15-time All-NBA, two-time Finals MVP, 19 All-Star appearances, 11-time All-Defensive team including twice leading the league in blocked shots. Oh, and he also scored more points than any player in the league’s history, much of it with one of the most iconic shots the game has ever seen.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar too often gets left out of the “Greatest of All Time” talk. He HAS to be included.

Abdul-Jabbar also had a reasonable, logical take on something too many people get irrational about — the GOAT conversation. From a fascinating, must-read interview with Marc Spears of The Undefeated (that touches on race and politics and more): Continue Reading, by Kurt Helin

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LeBron James does not shy away from social issues, and knows his status and reach give him some power. He has used that to call President Donald Trump a “bum” before.

Doing rounds of media following his non-profit foundation partnering with the Akron School District to open a new school aimed at helping the most at-risk youth in his hometown, the topic of Trump came up again (on CNN with Don Lemon). Once again, LeBron did not hold back. Continue Reading, by Kurt Helin

 

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