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Nick Collison Says Enes Kanter Is 'Great Guy' After Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison spoke highly of teammate Enes Kanter after Kanter became a target of the Turkish government.

Collison told TMZ Sports he didn't feel qualified to offer an opinion on Kanter's political beliefs and ongoing situation in Turkey but added Kanter is "a great guy" and "wouldn't hurt a fly."

Kanter has been a vocal critic of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has come at a great cost to the Thunder big man. In August 2016, Kanter's family...

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Kevin Love Thinks Cavaliers' Underdog Label in NBA Finals Is Funny

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love took umbrage with those who see the reigning champions as underdogs to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals.

"The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title," Love said, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It's tough for me to say that is the...

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Shaquille O'Neal Says LeBron James Mix of Himself, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal took traits from some of the biggest names in the sport's history to offer a proper parallel for Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

"He's a mixture of Michael [Jordan], Shaq and Magic [Johnson]," O'Neal said, per Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon. "Shaq, because he's bigger and stronger than everybody. Michael because he can score whenever he feels like it. And Magic because he does a great job getting everybody else involved. He's been like that his whole career....

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Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Says Team Wants Jerry West Back, Have Talked Contract

Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob expressed his hope the team can reach a new contract with Jerry West, whose deal with the Warriors expires this summer.

"His contract is up, as you know," Lacob said, per the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami. "We have met; we have discussed the future. And it's really something that I'm sure at the end of the season we will return to and figure out what Jerry wants to do."

Lacob added that the Warriors "would love him back [beyond this season], and...

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NBA Rumors: Rounding Up Latest Buzz on 2017 Free Agents and Team Draft Plans

Two teams will compete for an NBA title while the other 28 clubs put together roster plans for the 2017-18 season. Rumors focusing on draft plans and free-agent targets have started to heat up.

One prominent Western Conference team could be replacing an aging future Hall of Famer in the starting lineup with another at the tail end of his prime. That acquisition would certainly shake up the standings and 2018 postseason.

As the draft process progresses, Lonzo Ball won't overexert himself....

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Ahead of Schedule, Celtics Know There Is Work to Be Done to Catch LeBron

BOSTON — The end of a title chase always comes with uniquely somber imagery. It's not just the long faces and empty gazes. It's the industrial-size trash bags that fill the losing locker room.

One by one, the Boston Celtics filled those bags with their personal belongings late Thursday, like a group of kids at summer camp, quietly packing up the happy memories before trudging back to reality.

The Celtics were good enough to win 53 games, good enough to snatch the East's top perch in the...

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2017: How to Watch NBA Finals on TV and Live Stream

The 2017 NBA Finals will feature a tie-breaker championship matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. How will the Western Conference champions respond to blowing a 3-1 lead in the previous year? 

The upcoming series will highlight individual and team legacies. For the first time in NBA history, two teams will square off for the Larry O'Brien Trophy for a third consecutive year. LeBron James will compete in his seventh straight league final. The Warriors can win...

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Report: Enes Kanter of Oklahoma City Thunder faces arrest warrant issued in Turkey

The arrest warrant was issued for allegedly "being a member of a terrorist organization”.

        

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Isaiah Thomas Willing to Delay Contract Extension to Let Celtics Add Free Agents

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is hoping for a contract extension but is willing to wait if it helps the team.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, the point guard would prefer the team add free agents this summer instead of worrying about his own financial future. 

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. I...

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2017 NBA Draft: 1st-Round Order and Prospects Who Could Slide on Draft Day

Every year, one or two NBA prospects have the unfortunate distinction of being draft-day sliders.

Whether it's team fit, questions about health or character, or just bad luck, a player can find himself a lot further down the board than he anticipated. And the shots of him in the green room are a draft staple.

Those who could wind up dropping a few slots on June 22 follow the mock draft below:

      

Dennis Smith

You can never count out a surprise on draft night, but the general...

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Enes Kanter Arrest Sought by Turkey for Alleged Involvement in Terror Group

Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for the arrest of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter on accusations of alleged involvement with a terrorist organization. 

According to AFP (h/t Yahoo), pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported the warrant is due to Kanter's previous support on social media for Fethullah Gulen, who is alleged to have staged a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.

Kanter is accused of using an encrypted messaging...

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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Lakers, Knicks and More 2017 Lottery Teams

The NBA lottery hasn't been this interesting in years.

This isn't just a case of the top 10 featuring the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, either. Though it doesn't hurt that the former is a contender clutching the draft's first pick and the latter seems embroiled in a Lonzo Ball circus that will define the prospect's legacy and the side's rebuild in one swoop.

Elsewhere, though, are rebuilding teams such as the New York Knicks and a Minnesota Timberwolves roster oozing upside, to name...

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5 Reasons New York Knicks Should Make Frank Ntilikina Their Top NBA Draft Target

The New York Knicks own the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, which means they won't get to select Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball. However, their next-best option, Frank Ntilikina, is likely to still be on the board.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on May 3, before the lottery determined the Knicks would select eighth:

"According to an NBA source, Knicks general manager Steve Mills jetted to France to catch 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina play Tuesday night for Strasbourg...

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Kevin Durant, alleged NBA villain, ignoring the noise: 'I'm at peace'

Durant won't allow anyone to peg him as the poster boy for the NBA’s parity problem.

        

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LeBron James says Warriors 'too stressful' as Ty Lue starts NBA Finals prep

LeBron said the Warriors were too much to think about, but Lue planned to dive in.

        

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Biggest Offseason Priorities and Targets for Boston Celtics

Contrary to what you may have learned in school, there's nothing wrong with being an overachiever. Just ask the Boston Celtics.

It took them just four years to rise from the ashes of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett era to the top of the East, with 53 wins and a spot in the conference finals to show for their efforts.

The way things ended—in five games against the Cleveland Cavaliers—was anything but pretty, but as The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor explained, the C's remain in an enviable...

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LeBron James Talks Becoming All-Time Leading Playoff Scorer, 7th Straight Finals

LeBron James added to his impeccable resume Thursday by clinching his seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals and surpassing the great Michael Jordan as the all-time postseason scoring leader.

"I fell in love with the game because of Mike," James said, per Rachel Nichols of ESPN. Nichols noted James added it was most important he accomplished the feat "being me."

Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated shared more of James' comments on the comparisons with Jordan:

James needed 28 points to...

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LeBron James seeks his own legacy in face of Michael Jordan comparison

LeBron James remains determined to not let his career be defined by Michael Jordan comparisons.

        

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2017 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Cavaliers schedule, TV info

For the third straight year, the Warriors and Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals.

        

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Cavaliers roll past Celtics, advance to NBA Finals showdown with Warriors

For the third time in as many years, the Warriors and Cavs will meet in the Finals.

        

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