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FILE - Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, rear, and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo. Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the terms of Davis' pending free agent deal to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. One day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis committed to the Lakers through the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Vogel: Lakers 'have to be even better' to repeat as champs

Dec. 4, 2020 9:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the longest season and the shortest offseason in NBA history, the champion Los Angeles Lakers are back at work with two content superstars, a younger lineup around them — and a steady confidence they can do it all again. The Lakers seem confident and collected as they head...

FILE - Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, rear, and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo. Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the terms of Davis' pending free agent deal to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. One day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis committed to the Lakers through the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Doubling up: Some NBA teams to stay longer in road cities

Dec. 4, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Some NBA teams are going to have longer-than-usual road trips to certain cities this season. The league released the schedule for the first half of its truncated 72-game season on Friday. The schedule includes something that hardly ever would have been the case in recent years — teams taking a trip...

FILE - Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a shot between Chicago Bulls' Luke Kornet (2) and Tomas Satoransky (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, in this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo. Simmons says he’s 100% healthy following surgery on his left knee in August that kept him from playing in the postseason. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Ben Simmons all in on 76ers’ new buzzword: accountability

Dec. 4, 2020 12:38 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The idea of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as a modern-day odd couple bunking together in a Center City condominium trash-talking during games of “FIFA 21” after playing taxing real NBA games momentarily got a rise out of 76ers fans. Alas, Simmons was just joking when he said...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots between Denver Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr., left, and Nikola Jokic, right, during the second half an NBA basketball game in the conference finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After capturing his second NBA championship ring with the Lakers, the 34-year-old Rondo has moved on to the youthful Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as a mentor to budding superstar Trae Young while providing valuable minutes off the bench for one of the league's more intriguing teams. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Coaching can wait: Rondo plots future, but stays in present

Dec. 4, 2020 2:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Rajon Rondo is planning for a future in coaching. Maybe he'll get a shot as as a general manager. Not that he's ready to get started on those career goals just yet. After capturing his second NBA championship ring with the Lakers, the 34-year-old Rondo has moved on to the youthful Atlanta...

FILE - Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, rear, and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo. Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the terms of Davis' pending free agent deal to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. One day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis committed to the Lakers through the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Anthony Davis agrees to 5-year deal to return to Lakers

Dec. 3, 2020 8:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis finalized a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. One day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis committed to the Lakers through the 2024-25...

FILE - Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. Porzingis will miss the start of the season recovering from surgery for a knee he injured in his first career playoff game for Dallas. The Mavericks say the 7-foot-3 Latvian's return is on schedule, likely in January. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

Mavs' Porzingis upbeat while dealing with another knee issue

Dec. 3, 2020 7:28 PM EST

As much as Kristaps Porzingis wants to join the Dallas Mavericks for a pair of games in the national spotlight to start the season, Luka Doncic's European sidekick apparently will have to wait until the new year coming off knee surgery. Porzingis didn't have the procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his right...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James drives to the basket against the Miami Heat during the first half in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. LeBron James has agreed to a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. James' agency, Klutch Sports, confirmed the deal Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 during the first week of training camp for the NBA champions. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Agent: LeBron inks 2-year, $85 million extension with Lakers

Dec. 2, 2020 10:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. James' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the deal Wednesday during the first week of training camp for the NBA champions. The Lakers are still...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2020, file pool photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) drives against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Veteran point guard Chris Paul was the marquee addition during the offseason for the Phoenix Suns. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Not just a teacher: Phoenix's Paul says he can still ball

Dec. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul is a little uncomfortable with the notion that he comes to the Phoenix Suns as a wise veteran player who can impart his knowledge to the next generation of stars. Sure, he knows he's in his mid-30s and time isn't going backward. Yes, he's ready to pair with Devin Booker, who just...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich talks to players before a Group E match against the Czech Republic in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shanghai. Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, knows that the NBA schedule and how it comes very close to the start of the rescheduled Tokyo Games will be a challenge for USA Basketball to navigate next year when choosing the 12 players who will try to win a fourth consecutive men’s Olympic gold medal. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EST

Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Finals, as of now, would be played on July 22. The opening cermony of the Tokyo Olympics, as of now, would be the next day. And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers questions a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Rivers is now head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive.  “I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

A cautious start to NBA season, as camps open amid positives

Dec. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EST

The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship. It was tempered this year. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era opened Tuesday, with teams limited for the first...