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Suns’ Deandre Ayton says he hasn’t spoken to coach Monty Williams since Game 7 benching

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton said he hasn’t spoken with head coach Monty Williams since he was benched during a stunning Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in May. Ayton had a tense summer with the Suns, signing a four-year, $133 million offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers before Phoenix matched using his restricted …

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Chicago Bulls’ Lonzo Ball can’t run, jump without pain as 2nd knee surgery of 2022 looms

2:21 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN CHICAGO — After spending the summer rehabbing in Los Angeles and seeking different opinions from knee specialists, Bulls guard Lonzo Ball said he still can’t run or jump without feeling pain in his left knee, which is why he is scheduled to undergo another arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. “There …

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Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics set to ‘put our best foot forward’ under interim coach Joe Mazzulla

4:19 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CANTON, Mass. — In the wake of the suspension of Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season for violations of team rules, interim coach Joe Mazzulla said Monday that his goal is to simply continue building upon what allowed the Celtics to reach the NBA Finals …

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Celtics reporter details anger staffers faced in Ime Udoka scandal

The fallout from the Ime Udoka scandal continues for the Boston Celtics. Amanda Pflugrad, who covers the Celtics for NBC Sports Boston, excoriated the organization after women employees were the subject of speculation on social media after it was revealed that Udoka had an affair with a female staffer, telling the team that “you need …

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Phoenix Suns in shock as Robert Sarver saga hangs over team entering season

PHOENIX — The Suns are moving on to a new chapter with owner Robert Sarver planning to sell the team, but the mood at media day revealed a team still in shock. Sarver announced his intentions last week following the results of an NBA investigation. The details of the report, which confirmed Sarver had a …

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The Ime Udoka NBA ‘Cheating’ Scandal Has Exposed the Shallowness of Sports Media

The only thing we know for sure is that Celtics coach Ime Udoka has received a one-year suspension from the organization for reasons relating to a sexual relationship he had with another Celtics employee. We now know he got busted when the employee’s husband overheard a private conversation on a Ring camera, and we might …

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry says he spoke with Adam Silver about Robert Sarver discipline, calls impending Suns sale ‘exactly what should have happened’

9:18 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, speaking publicly on the Robert Sarver matter for the first time on Sunday, said he had private conversations with commissioner Adam Silver regarding the punishment handed down by the league to the embattled Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner . “(I) got …

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Celtics reporter rips ‘disgusting’ Ime Udoka media speculation

Brad Stevens called out the rampant speculation surrounding coach Ime Udoka’s suspension as “bulls–t” on Friday. He wasn’t alone. “As a female of the Celtics organization, watching these last few days unfold has been heartbreaking,” Celtics team reporter Amanda Pflugrad wrote on Twitter Friday. “Seeing uninvolved people’s names thrown around in the media, including mine, …

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Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III out 8-12 weeks after undergoing knee surgery

3:05 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Boston Celtics announced Friday afternoon that center Robert Williams III will return to basketball activities in eight to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee. The surgery, which the team said was done to “remove loose bodies and address swelling in his left knee,” is the second …

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