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United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Coach K center of attention as USA Basketball visits West Point

- Associated Press

The basketball was limited on a day Mike Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. But even with the Basketball World Cup opener just 12 days away, he thought the trip benefited his team no matter how much work the players did.

New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, center, fires up the crowd as he speaks at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Steve Ballmer fires up Clippers fans at L.A. rally

- Associated Press

Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years before being banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, was never uttered during the rally.

Dallas Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates scoring against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dallas. The Spurs won 93-89. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

New Wizards big man Blair finds basketball ‘fun again’ after playoff run

- CSNwashington.com

Blair averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.0 steals against the Spurs. Perhaps the key stat is that the ample production came in only 13.5 minutes per game. With the Mavericks trailing 3-2 in the series, he tallied 10 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in a Game 6 win.

John Wall embraces fellow guard Bradley Beal after the Wizards beat the Celtics on April 2 to clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in six years. The pair celebrated an overtime victory in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Bulls (below). Washington clinched the series in five games. (associated press photographs)

LeBron James comes to Washington in November

- The Washington Times

Advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season was enough to push the Wizards more onto the national radar. The 2014-15 NBA schedule was released Wednesday night, and the Wizards will be on national television 10 times.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles as he is introduced at his homecoming at InfoCision Stadium Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

LeBron James, Cavs open vs. Knicks, Christmas in Miami

- Associated Press

The other Christmas day games are: Washington at New York; Oklahoma City at San Antonio in a rematch of the Western Conference finals; the Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago; and Golden State at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Boston Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) drives past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kris Humphries feels ‘blessed’ to be a Wizard

- CSNwashington.com

In 10 seasons, Humphries only has been to the playoffs three times. He has never been past the first round either, but who would’ve thought coming to the Wizards could get him closer to his goal?

FILE - This file photo taken Nov. 19, 2013, shows then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the company's annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash. An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers said Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer for $2 billion. The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 29, 2014, that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA. Ballmer beat out bids by Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Steve Ballmer takes over as Los Angeles Clippers owner

- Associated Press

The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

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New Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball players, from left, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young, Zach LaVine attend a news conference at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Falcon Heights, Minn. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Brian Mark Peterson)

Wiggins, new Wolves receive warm welcome in MN

- Associated Press

Andrew Wiggins spent the previous month seemingly in hiding, side-stepping questions about a trade that was all but finished and coming to the realization he was not going to be teammates with LeBron James.