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LeBron’s return thrills Irving, but Cup title is immediate goal

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving wants what LeBron James has — a couple of NBA championship rings and a pair of Olympic gold medals — and may get them with James back in Cleveland. But he’s focused on Team USA now.

Mid-season NBA tourney in Vegas not bad idea

When NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the idea of playing a mid-season tournament in Las Vegas, the media reacted as if it was a harebrained idea. Here’s one vote for Silver’s proposal.

Flooding leaves UCLA campus wading in water

A ruptured 93-year-old water main left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California’s worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.

Rose’s basketball comeback a series of one-day journeys

The Chicago Bulls’ star guard is trying to regain his elite form playing for USA Basketball this summer after knee injuries have kept him sidelined for the better part of the last three seasons. So far, no problems for Rose after two days of training camp at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

Lakers hire Byron Scott as new coach

The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night.

Team USA looks to Durant for more than just scoring

The Oklahoma City Thunder star and USA Basketball veteran will be asked to lead — both on and off the court — as the Americans prepare for next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Durant has won gold medals in the last two international competitions — the 2010 FIBA World Championships and the 2012 Olympics in London.

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