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Australian Boomers young gun Ben Simmons learns from guarding NBA superstar LeBron James

Lee Gaskin Ben Simmons credits a chat with LeBron James for helping him handle the hype of being labelled the next big thing.

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Utah Jazz's Dante Exum now a key player for Australian Boomers at basketball World Cup

Dante Exum training with the Australian Boomers at the AIS on Thursday.

Lee Gaskin Life has definitely changed for Dante Exum.

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Los Angeles Clippers would lose players, coach, sponsors and fans if Donald Sterling stays

Man of integrity: LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers will walk away from the team if disgraced owner Donald Sterling is not removed.

Eric Kelsey The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim...

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Aussie Boomers in town for world champs camp

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Jon Tuxworth For Dante Exum, sitting beside a Canberra hotel pool is as far removed as it gets from NBA draft day. 

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NBA player Matt Barnes uses social media to hunt suspected Sacramento killer of aunt

Proactive: LA Clippers forward Matt Barnes in action against Memphis.

Bill Lindelof NBA player Matt Barnes has taken to social media to find the suspected killer of his aunt, who was knifed on a Sacramento street.

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Australian Boomers boost coffers with Airbnb sponsorship deal

Sponsorship boost: Bboomers trio Cameron Bairstow, Dante Exum and Matthew Dellavedova.

Roy Ward The Australian Boomers have signed online travel booking company Airbnb as their naming rights sponsor in the lead--up to the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

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Luc Longley backs Aussie Boomers to shine without Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut

Warm welcome: Patty Mills and Aron Baynes were overwhelmed by the reception they received from the locals at Mills' ancestral home in the Torres Straight Islands.

Jon Tuxworth Australian basketball great Luc Longley has backed Andrew Bogut's decision to bypass the World Cup, adamant he will be motivated by a desire to get healthy and finish his NBA career on a strong note.

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Australian forward Cameron Bairstow signs NBA contract with Chicago Bulls

Signed by the Bulls: Australian Cameron Bairstow has signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Roy Ward Queensland big man becomes Australia's sixth NBA player this season.

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Aussie Brock Motum accepts Jazz camp invite

Brock Motum.

The Utah Jazz might soon become Australia's favourite NBA team, with Brisbane's Brock Motum accepting an invite to a training camp with the franchise.

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Australian Opals players Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips chasing a WNBA championship

Penny Taylor.

Lee Gaskin Two Australian Opals are trying to emulate Patty Mills by launching a strong bid to win the WNBA title.

Melbourne United star Chris Goulding close to joining Spanish club CAI Zaragoza

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Roy Ward NBL leading scorer takes big step by securing a European contract.

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Wollongong Hawks welcome veteran forward Adam Ballinger back from Melbourne

Tim Keeble Former Wollongong Hawks import Adam Ballinger is confident age won’t be an issue in his surprise return to the club.

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Young guns Dante Exum and Aron Baynes headline Boomers squad

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New NBA recruit Dante Exum headlines Australia's 17-man squad ahead of this year's basketball World Cup in the absence of two of the country's biggest names.

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Utah Jazz give Dante Exum green light to play for Australia at World Cup

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Dante Exum.

Jon Tuxworth NBA draftee Dante Exum has been given the nod to play for Australia at the World Cup in Spain. 

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NBA champion Patty Mills backs the Boomers to shine at FIBA World Cup

Patty Mills speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Roy Ward Patty Mills and Aron Baynes see a bright future for the Boomers at the World Cup despite Mills' absence.

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Boomers stars deserve better backing, says Luc Longley

Patty Mills will start an Australian tour with the NBA trophy on Wednesday.

Jon Tuxworth Australian Boomers great Luc Longley says the squad has more international stars than the Socceroos.

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Patty Mills brings a taste of NBA home

Back home: Patty Mills (right) and Aron Baynes  on Tuesday.

Roy Ward Patty Mills has the NBA championship trophy with him for a tour of Australia.

Paul Pierce leaves Brooklyn Nets for Washington Wizards

Now a Wizard: Former Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce

Benjamin Hoffman The Brooklyn Nets shocked the basketball world at the 2013 NBA draft by snapping up Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics in a trade. Pierce is now gone to the Wizards.

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LeBron James a very big stroke of luck for Cleveland Cavaliers rookie coach David Blatt

Dream job: David Blatt will have an improved roster at Cleveland in his rookie season.

Jeff Zillgitt Two months ago, David Blatt was on top of the world when led undermanned Maccabi Tel Aviv to stunning upsets over CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid for the Euroleague championship.

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Lance Stephenson agrees to three-year deal with Charlotte Hornets

Hornets recruit: Lance Stephenson plays up to the crowd with Indiana last season.

Rick Bonnell Following an all-night negotiating session, the Charlotte Hornets have come to an agreement to sign Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson.