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Sports >  NBA

Klay Thompson’s status unclear as he recovers from knee surgery

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Steve Kerr insists he isn’t ruling All-Star guard Klay Thompson out for the entire season, yet the Golden State coach cautions that Thompson’s recovery from surgery July 2 for a torn ACL in his left knee is still expected to take nine to 12 months.

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Jimmy Butler gives a new look – and sound – to the Heat

Jimmy Butler makes his official Heat debut on Wednesday night when Miami opens the season at home against No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. Landing Butler was the big offseason move for the Heat, and the four-time All-Star said he already is convinced that his new team can compete.
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Jenna Schroeder becomes 4th woman on NBA referee staff

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 11:49 a.m.

Jenna Schroeder was promoted Tuesday by the NBA to full-time official status, making her the fourth woman on the league’s current referee roster and the sixth in league history. The move comes after stints in college, the WNBA and the G League.
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Married NBA refs working to make the right calls at home

Lauren Holtkamp and Jonathan Sterling first met a few years ago at a meeting of college basketball referees in Virginia, and when the group when out for some socializing that night she asked him to dance. He declined. The refs now agree: That was a bad call.
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Wizards sign Bradley Beal to 2-year, $72 million extension

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers.
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Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China. That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the impact the ongoing international tension between the NBA and China had on them.
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Tim Dahlberg: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron James brand

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank account. Instead James chose to wing it. He blamed the messenger instead of addressing the message. And the LeBron brand may never be the same.