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Cuban fined $600K for tanking comments

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DALLAS (AP) The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.

Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.

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James opposes changing playoff format

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has only followed an Eastern route to the NBA Finals.

He doesn't want to see that change.

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Mavs probe ex-president for misconduct

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.

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Pistons' Jackson able to do some running

DETROIT (AP) Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson still has no timeframe for a return to practice, nearly two months after spraining his right ankle.

The team announced Wednesday that Jackson was entering the next stage of his rehab and has been "cleared to begin light running, shooting and continued ankle strengthening exercises."

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Blazers sign veteran Rush to 10-day deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers signed veteran guard/forward Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Wednesday.

Last season Rush played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, appearing in 47 games and averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes. The nine-year veteran has also played for Indiana, Golden State and Utah. He was on the Warriors' team that won the 2015 NBA title.

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Cavs' new additions ready for home debut

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers.

"Trying to convince my mom that I'm not living at home," he said, smiling. "We're out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she's like, `Oh, our basement is pretty nice.' That's probably been the toughest thing."

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Struggling Hornets fire GM Cho

The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.

"Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization," Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. "We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal."

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Rockets, Raptors enjoying view from top

Golden State and Cleveland are used to looking down at the rest of the NBA, though it's Houston and Toronto enjoying that view at the All-Star break.

The Rockets and Raptors are the conference leaders and will try to keep rolling when play resumes. Houston has won 10 straight to edge past the Warriors, and Toronto is two games up in the East after seven consecutive wins.

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Ill Pelicans owner Benson hospitalized

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson has been hospitalized with flu symptoms.

A statement released Wednesday by the NFL and NBA clubs says their 90-year-old owner is resting comfortably at Ochsner Medical Center, a hospital which also serves as a major sponsor and which owns naming rights to the teams' training headquarters.

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Pacers ink McKinney Jones to 10-day deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed Trey McKinney Jones to a 10-day contract.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard has been playing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was averaging 11.4 points in 26 games with the Pacers' G-League affiliate.

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