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Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers rivalry now lacklustre

Billy Witz It was just four years ago that the Celtics were beaten by the Lakers, and coach Doc Rivers went around the visitors' locker room and collected $100 from every player and coach.

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LeBron James ditches No. 6 jersey, will again sport No. 23

LeBron will be returning to the number 23 jersey.

LeBron James is finished with the Miami Heat. He's also finished with the No. 6 he has worn during the past four NBA Finals and to celebrate his only two NBA championships.

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NBA: Paul Millsap leads Atlanta Hawks to thrilling win over Boston Celtics

Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap (4) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts (11) in the second half of their NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Atlanta. Millsap had 33 points in Atlanta's 118-116 overtime win. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Paul Millsap scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Tuesday to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Boston Celtics 92-91.

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NBA: Boston Celtics now have 17 draft picks up their sleeves

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics carries the ball down the court against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter during the game at TD Garden on January 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

The Celtics' wheeling and dealing continued during the week as they traded guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State in a three-team swap.

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Revamped Boston Celtics off to good start

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talks with his players during their NBA basketball training camp at Salve Regina University, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A couple weeks ago, several Celtics gathered to play pick-up basketball in Boston. It was pick-up, mind you, but it was a chance for some of the team's (many) new and (few) old faces to feel each...

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NBA: New York Knicks revert to bad habits as they cop a mauling from Boston Celtics

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks wait for play to resume during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Scott Cacciola The New York Knicks arrived at Madison Square Garden on Sunday morning with renewed confidence after back-to-back victories, games that had been an unexpected delight for the team's long-suffering...

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Len Bias to be inducted into Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame

Tragic tale: Len Bias.

Don Markus Since a memorial service at a sweltering, standing-room only Cole Field House was held a few days after Len Bias' death in June 1986, there has been little official connection between the former...

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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Cleveland Cavaliers count on LeBron James return

LeBron James the Cavalier, in 2008.

Jason Lloyd Wednesday's trades were all about clearing the way for LeBron James' return to the Cavaliers.

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San Antonio Spurs dominate Miami Heat again, move one win from NBA title

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard takes off against Miami in game four of the NBA Finals.

The visiting San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat again, crushing the two-time defending champions 107-86 in Game Four of the NBA Finals on Thursday to move within one victory of clinching the...

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Shaquille O'Neal apologises to man he mocked

Shaq flak: Shaquille O'Neal has apologised to a fan whose appearance he mocked

Ex-NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has apologised to a Detroit man with a rare disorder for making fun of his appearance in an online post.

Australia's Dante Exum headed for NBA's Orlando Magic or Utah Jazz

Dante Exum looks headed for the Magic or Jazz in the NBA draft.

Peter Mitchell It looks like Canberra college graduate Dante Exum will be suiting up for the Orlando Magic or the Utah Jazz in the NBA.

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Andrew Bogut backs Dante Exum being NBA's man of mystery

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College in 2013.

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut has praised Dante Exum's strategic tactic of being the mystery man of the NBA draft.

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NBA lottery will decide Dante Exum's fate

Dante Exum, from Australia, participates in the three-quarters-court sprint in the 2014 NBA basketball draft combine Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Peter Mitchell Ping-pong balls will soon give Australian basketball phenomenon Dante Exum the biggest clue to whether he will be playing in the snow in Milwaukee, in the desert heat of Phoenix or among the palm...

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Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime era was truly Magic

Steve Smith Pat Riley, the Los Angeles Lakers championship winning coach, once asked a group of friends to sum up his success in two words.

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San Antonio Spurs stun Miami Heat in Game 3 of NBA Finals

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Shandel Richardson Miami: Just think about this statistic.

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Miami Heat the first team to reach four straight NBA finals since the 1980s

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on court with LeBron James after game six.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 25 points each as the two-time defending champion Miami Heat clobbered the Indiana Pacers 117-92 Friday to reach their fourth consecutive NBA finals.

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Indiana Pacers veteran David West lives and plays his own way

Indiana Pacers forward David West reacts after a foul call in the first half of a game against the Washington Wizards.

Candace Buckner Everything about David West depends on perspective.

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Miami Heat's Big Three want third title before talking split

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) puts up a jump shot while defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott  during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday in Atlanta. Atlanta won 98-85.

Jeff Zillgitt The Miami Heat's poet and philosopher in-residence Chris Bosh delivered some Zen when discussing the team's playoff prospects.

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NBA: Detroit Pistons considering trades to rescue floundering season

Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) questions a call by referee Scott Foster in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Detroit Pistons' season is on the verge of spiraling out of control.