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NBA Honors Military, Celebrates Veterans Day with Wheelchair Basketball Game

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BETHESDA, Md. — One of the most invaluable facets of basketball — and sports in general — is its ability to bring people together, no matter the circumstance, no matter the situation.

On Wednesday, basketball did just that.

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and as an early celebration for Veterans Day, the NBA sponsored a wheelchair basketball game at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military hospitals in the country.

Two teams, made up of both active and injured service members, geared up for a 40-minute, full-court game that had no shortage of competitive spirit.

“It’s been a little bit different now, the transition getting into a wheelchair, but it’s been a lot of fun and keeps me competitive,” Army Sgt. Chris McGinnis, who stole the show by commanding fastbreaks and knocking down transition three-pointers, told USA TODAY Sports.

“Getting back out here with my battle More >

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Report: Simmons Expected to Have Foot Surgery

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NBA.com staff reports | Oct 2, 2016 6:41 PM ET

After word spread Friday that Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons broke his foot, comes word that his injured foot will require surgery according to ESPN.

The No. 1 overall pick is expected to miss about three months according to the report.

Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays and an MRI revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal bone.

Simmons’ injury is the latest blow to a franchise that has been beset in recent years by injuries to their players. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play because of surgeries on his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor had his rookie season cut short with season-ending More >

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Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace Have Agreed On A One-Year Deal

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On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Metta World Peace to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, according to Yahoo!. Last year the Lakers gave Peace a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, so it’s unlikely he’ll see any additional boost in salary. The 36-year old small forward will be reunited with former teammate, now head coach, Luke Walton, with whom he won two NBA titles while in a Lakers uniform.

World Peace spent a season playing in China before returning to the NBA last season with the Lakers. During 2015, Peace appeared in 35 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, and averaging just 16.9 minutes a game.

Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, said after the signing that “I’m excited about everything. I’m prepared to help the young guys grow. To play, everything. Luke’s always been like a coach, More >

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Draymond Green Suspended for Game 5 of NBA Finals

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Brian Windhorst | ESPN Senior Writer | June 13, 2016 | 7:06 AM CT

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green is suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions in Game 4.

The play in question came with less than three minutes left in Golden State’s 108-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, when Green and LeBron James got tangled. James stepped over Green after the Warriors forward fell to the court, and Green swung his arm and appeared to make contact with James’ groin area. James immediately turned around, and the two players went chest-to-chest as play continued.

The NBA called Green’s action a “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of James.

The flagrant 1 gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point More >

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In Another Step Toward History, Steph Curry Savors the Moment

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J.A. Adande | ESPN Senior Writer | 3:13 AM CT

OAKLAND, Calif. — The fascinating thing about this NBA Finals rematch is that while this year’s is a healthier, stronger version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s also a better Golden State Warriors team than we’ve ever seen before.

This team is better than the one that beat the Cavaliers for the championship last year, better than the one that won a record-setting 73rd game in April. The Warriors emerged more confident and resilient than ever after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals against an Oklahoma City Thunderteam that seemed to be finally maximizing its potential.

Oh, these Warriors are smarter too.

Evidence of their increased savviness could be found cradled in the arms ofStephen Curry‘s brother, Seth, as he walked through the Oracle Arena hallways not long after the Warriors finished off the Thunder More >

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