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Fans welcome James back at scrimmage

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CLEVELAND (AP) The crowd's deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn't hear his name announced.

Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench.

Seconds later, James knew he was home.

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Westbrook says he's best NBA point guard

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder coach Scott Brooks isn't known for making bold declarations. He is not shy about Russell Westbrook.

"I believe Russell's the best point guard in basketball," Brooks said. "And that's been happening over time. I've seen Russell every practice every game every film session, and he's really put a lot of time into being the best point guard in basketball."

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James bringing his story to kids TV show

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story.

The NBA superstar is co-producing a half-hour TV series called "Becoming," which will showcase the journeys of some of today's top athletes. The pilot focuses on James, his struggles growing up in a single-parent home in Akron, Ohio and his rise to become one of the world's best basketball players.

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Chamberlain to appear on postage stamps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wilt Chamberlain has been cut down to size. Wilt The Stilt is now Wilt The Stamp.

The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp. Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63.

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Cops sent to Sterling's home by wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) Beverly Hills police were called to the home of Donald Sterling after his wife Shelly reported a burglary, but found no crime.

Instead, officers found Sterling hosting V. Stiviano - the woman whose recordings of him making racist remarks led to his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and a lifetime ban from the NBA.

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Heat kick off new era with scrimmage

MIAMI (AP) A fifth Eastern Conference championship banner already sways from the rafters of the arena that the Miami Heat call home, the list of Southeast Division titles has been updated and Gabrielle Union watched from courtside for the first time as Mrs. Dwyane Wade.

Of course, those weren't the only changes.

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Hawks' Horford playing it safe in camp

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Al Horford stood on the sideline during the first day of training camp Tuesday, tugging anxiously at his No. 15 jersey while his teammates went through a five-on-five drill.

The Atlanta Hawks center can't wait to mix it up again.

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Warriors' Bogut hopes for healthy season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.

Bogut moved in Speights' path, held his position and took a charge.

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Memphis eager to see what Beasley brings

(AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies see all reward with no risk in giving Michael Beasley, the second overall draft selection in 2008, a chance to show them what he can do during training camp.

General manager Chris Wallace says Beasley is one of six guys in training camp with a chance to show the Grizzlies what they've got and they'll see where this goes. Wallace says there's no depth chart for the regular season with Beasley's name on it or an estimate of minutes.

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Bucks G Mayo seeks bounce back season

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) O.J. Mayo has very few memories of last season.

It's probably a good thing, considering he played in just 52 games - only 23 starts - for the Milwaukee Bucks and finished with career lows in just about every offensive category.

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