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Anatomy of Puerto Rico's downward spiral

In 2004, Puerto Rico pulled an upset for the ages, becoming the first team to beat a U.S. team with NBA players at the Olympics. Since then, though, they've struggled on the international stage, a trend Rick Pitino will try to reverse at the FIBA Americas tournament. What happened?

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Argentina's 'Golden Generation' fading

No Manu Ginobili. No Carlos Delfino. No Fabricio Oberto. The connections to Argentina's 2004 Olympic triumph are dwindling as Luis Scola and company begin a new era at the FIBA Americas tournament, tipping off Monday. Can youth thrive?

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LeBron James @kingjames

The look you have when u have nothing left from your workout. Recovery starts asap. Lol! #StriveForGreatness #SeasonRightAroundTheCorner

Canada ready to shine at FIBA Americas

With a young NBA-heavy core -- led by Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins -- that has shined in international play this summer, Canada is ready to take the next step at this week's FIBA Americas tournament. Future threat to US dominance? (Insider)

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MacMullan: Dawkins was an original

Jackie MacMullan says of the late Darryl Dawkins: "Dawkins wasn't a Hall of Famer, skills weren't polished, and he was a bit too irreverent as the sole inhabitant of Planet Lovetron, but he was an original."


Enes Kanter meets world's tallest man

At 6-foot-11, Enes Kanter is much, much taller than most people. But even he looked small standing next to Sultan Kosen. Turkish towers


Mayweather is good at more than boxing

Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas doesn't ease up on Floyd Mayweather when the two square off in hoops. In fact, Thomas turns it up a notch just to match the pound-for-pound champ,


Paul still has soft spot for New Orleans

Chris Paul reflects on his days playing for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit, saying the city's residents are "relentlessly strong-willed people" who "made me feel like part of the city."


Canada stepping up hoops game

An infusion of young NBA talent -- led by 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins -- has Canada considered the favorites to take gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament, which tips off Monday on WatchESPN. Canada ready to shine (Insider)

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Why Kobe's future remains up in the air

Chris Broussard: "The problem for the Lakers isn't so much Kobe Bryant coming back a year from now if he wants to do that, it's at what price."


'Miami Vice'-themed unis for Heat?

Heat owner Micky Arison offered fans a chance to sound off on a Crockett & Tubbs-inspired uniform design. Could these be in the Heat's future? Check it out

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The White House @whitehouse

Luol Deng of the @MiamiHeat fled South Sudan as a child with his family and has been working tirelessly to end the conflict there ever since. Luol has directly engaged opposition and government leaders to lobby for a sustainable peace in the country. He's leading South Sudanese youth and the diaspora in advocating for unity with his South Sudan Unite initiative. That's why today, he met with President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the situation in South Sudan. After the meeting, Luol said the President thanked him for his efforts and asked for his advice on how the United States can best support the peace agreement signed this week.

Harbaugh starstruck by MJ's call

Need evidence that Michael Jordan still carries weight in today's sports world? Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in shock when he got a call from Jordan in July. 'The real Michael Jordan?'

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