Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant stands on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in early November. On Sunday, Bryant announced this season would be his last, in a poem posted online.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, looks to pass as Los Angeles Lakers Jordan Clarkson (6), Brandon Bass (2) and Julius Randle (30) defend. The Warriors won, 111-77.
Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday its two-time coach Flip Saunders died. Shown here during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors in April.
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The night before the NBA exhibition game, two South African teams faced off in Johannesburg. Hoops aren't exactly a huge draw in the soccer-loving country. Attendance was about 1,000.
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Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drives on James Harden of the Houston Rockets in the second half of the Warrior's series-clinching win Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif.
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Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here (center) being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003.
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Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris, left, congratulates his twin brother, Markieff, after he scored against the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter of a game on April 16, 2014.
Friday, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings reminded sports journalist Clay Travis that his five-year guarantee — that Cousins would be arrested — had expired.
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