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NBA slam dunk contest scores big on TV, social media

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What many are saying was the best dunk contest in All-Star weekend history has delivered record numbers across the NBA’s social media platforms and propelled TNT to a win in the time slot on Saturday night. The matchup between Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon peaked with an average of 7 million viewers between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, which was the highest number across all of cable television. LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the Orlando Magic’s Gordon in…

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Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. There’s no more wondering now. After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as…

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggests regulations on daily fantasy operators

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Daily fantasy operators, despite several outside investigations, continue to face serious questions about legality of industry trade practices under federal and state gambling laws. Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN are reporting that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has called for federal regulation of fantasy operators, even though he insists the league will continue its relationship with FanDuel – one of the organizations under scrutiny. Silver’s remarks, made on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, is the first from a major sports…

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Present-day NBA draft has both the good and the bad

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On Thursday, the NBA held their annual player draft in Brooklyn, NY. There were no huge surprises or blockbuster trades. Far from the spectacle of the NFL draft where 7 rounds stretch over three days (thanks to ESPN), professional basketball lasts only two rounds and is completed in about 5 hours. The NBA draft is actually closer to calling players up from the minor leagues than elevating college players. While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mostly announces the names of college…

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