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    Warriors’ Steve Kerr says Klay Thompson likely to miss season recovering from torn ACL

    Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson is unlikely to play this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, according to coach Steve Kerr. Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee on June 13 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers said last month that the five-time All-Star would be sidelined until at least the All-Star break. But Kerr, during a recent interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, acknowledged that Thompson “realistically” will miss the entire season because of the expected recovery time required for a torn ACL. “It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay…

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    Jazz forward Joe Ingles agrees to 1-year extension worth $14M

    Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles has agreed to a one-year, $14 million extension, keeping him under contract with the franchise through 2021-2022, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports tells ESPN. Ingles, 32, had two years and $22.8 million left on his Jazz deal. The move secures one of the franchise’s most dependable, impactful and popular performers for an additional year. The new deal delivered Ingles the largest raise for which he was eligible to sign. The Jazz signed Ingles to a four-year, $54 million contract in 2017. Ingles is coming off his best NBA season — 12.1 points, 5.7 assists, four rebounds and 1.2 steals. Ingles has missed only one…

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    Zion Williamson undergoes knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    4:47 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Zion Williamson‘s first dance with the New Orleans Pelicans will have to wait. The team announced on Monday afternoon that Williamson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to treat a torn meniscus. The Pelicans expect Williamson will miss six to eight weeks. Williamson would miss approximately 20 games on the six-week timetable and another seven or so at eight weeks. He is slated to miss Anthony Davis‘ homecoming to New Orleans on Nov. 27 but should be cleared by the time the Pelicans play on Christmas Day at Denver. New Orleans first announced the injury last Thursday, as Williamson didn’t travel to New York…

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    Kawhi Leonard will have no limitations in Clippers’ debut

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — After being cautious and playing in just two preseason games, Kawhi Leonard will have no limitations on him when he makes his LA Clippers‘ debut on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Coach Doc Rivers said there will be no playing-time cap on his new star forward when Leonard faces LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the highly anticipated season opener between the Clippers and Lakers. Leonard played a total of 33 minutes this preseason, averaging 10 points, four assists and 1.5 rebounds in two games. He logged 10 minutes and had seven points and six assists in his preseason debut against Denver before playing 22…

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    Buddy Hield, Kings have 4-year, $94M deal

    Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN. The deal includes $86 million in guaranteed money, $8 million in exceedingly reachable bonuses and another $12 million in incentives that could elevate the deal to $106 million over its term, league sources said. Agent Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports and Kings general manager Vlade Divac finalized details on the rookie-scale extension late into Sunday night in Sacramento, just hours ahead of the 6 p.m. ET Monday deadline for players from the draft class of 2016 to complete a deal. This deal allows the Kings and Hield to avoid restricted free agency…

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    NBA enacting zero-tolerance rules for abusive, hateful fan behavior

    About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game. Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse. The numbers show that they’re right, and if that isn’t troubling enough, race adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, but some clearly are. After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season — including ones involving racist taunts — zero…

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    Inside LeBron James’ and Adam Silver’s make-or-break moments in China

    SHANGHAI’S SKYLINE IS breathtaking. The Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower looks like a giant ray gun pointed up to the heavens. The Shanghai Tower twists and climbs 128 stories into the clouds. The Shanghai World Financial Center showcases at its peak a trapezoid-shaped aperture so big that a helicopter could fly through it. But as the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets stared out the windows of the dining hall in the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on Wednesday, Oct. 9, it was difficult for them to notice anything other than the 30-foot banners of their likenesses being stripped off the side of a shopping mall across the street. With the…

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    Lakers F Kyle Kuzma to miss season opener vs. Clippers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out of the season opener against the LA Clippers, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Sunday. It is unknown just how much of the start to the regular season Kuzma, who was cleared for noncontact practice last week after suffering a stress reaction in his left foot during USA Basketball training camp in August, will miss. “Right now, we’re just talking about ramping up his activity, and we’re not going to look past two days from now,” Vogel said after his team’s second-to-last tune-up before the season opens. “We’re going to try to increase his workload and activities…

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    For NBA and other sports leagues, a difficult tightrope to business in China

    Oct 19, 2019 Mark Fainaru-Wada Close ESPN Staff Writer Investigative reporter for ESPN’s Enterprise and Investigative Unit since 2007 Co-author of New York Times best-selling books “League of Denial” and “Game of Shadows” Co-winner, 2004 George Polk Award Tonya Malinowski Close E:60 Tonya Malinowski is an Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow-award-winning associate producer for ESPN. She is based in Charlotte, N.C., and can be reached at Tonya.Malinowski@espn.com. Every time the NBA-China scandal seems to be fading, another eruption underscores the increasingly difficult tightrope leagues, athletes and media companies walk as they do business with communist China. Just in the past few days, LeBron James unleashed a furor from fans in…

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    Raptors cornerstone Pascal Siakam gets $130M extension

    Forward Pascal Siakam has agreed to a four-year, $130 million maximum rookie contract extension, agents Todd Ramasar and Jaafar Choufani told ESPN. Siakam, considered the cornerstone of the Raptors’ future, is the third player in the 2016 NBA draft class to agree to a maximum contract — along with the Philadelphia 76ers‘ Ben Simmons and Denver Nuggets‘ Jamal Murray. The sides completed the extension on Saturday afternoon, ahead of Monday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline for 2016 draft class extensions. Siakam is one of the Raptors’ great scouting and player development success stories. A 27th overall pick who started playing basketball at 16 years old in Cameroon, Siakam was voted the…