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United States's Rudy Gay goes up for a basket against Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas , left, and Renaldas Seibutis during their Basketball World Cup semifinal match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

U.S. cruises past Lithuania, into Basketball World Cup final

- Associated Press

James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans’ quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout in a split second.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins shoots during a drill at the NBA basketball team's preseason camp, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Mankato Free Press, John Cross)

Timberwolves move on without Kevin Love

- Associated Press

The Kevin Love era officially ended in Minnesota in August when he was traded to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. In retrospect, it may have been over far sooner.

NBA Calendar

- Associated Press

Oct. 27 - Rosters set for opening day.

New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher talks to his players during practice at the team's NBA basketball training camp at the U.S. Military Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Knicks stress defense, teamwork at West Point camp

- Associated Press

A few days at the U.S. Military Academy can change the Knicks only so much. Notorious night owl J.R. Smith isn't going to start waking up at dawn like a cadet.

Arkansas State games selected for ESPN3

Associated Press

Arkansas State officials say the Red Wolves men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Texas State will be broadcast by ESPN3.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, Nerlens Noel, right, and Michael Carter-Williams joke with one another as they poses for a photographer during the NBA basketball team's media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

76ers' Embiid turns into character on social media

- Associated Press

Joel Embiid has adopted a playful persona on social media, letting Philadelphia 76ers fans in on his celebrity crushes or endorsements 140 characters at a time.

Toronto Raptors' Lou Williams, left, and Kyle Lowry laugh while posing for photos at the NBA basketball team's media day at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

Lowry leads rejuvenated Raptors into new season

- Associated Press

Raptors coach Dwane Casey was answering a question about Kyle Lowry on Monday when the star point guard walked past, about to give an interview.

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer waits for a television interview to begin during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hawks begin training camp with plenty of turmoil

- Associated Press

Growing more and more uncomfortable with a line of questioning that had nothing to do with what's happening on the court for the Atlanta Hawks, coach Mike Budenholzer turned toward one of his handlers Monday and asked, only half-jokingly, "Can we end this soon?"

Houston Rockets' James Harden dances while being filmed NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Harden, Rockets focus on defensive improvement

- Associated Press

James Harden was the target of plenty of criticism for his defense after the Houston Rockets were bounced from the playoffs in the first round last season on a last-second shot by Portland's Damian Lillard.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, lays up a shot as Denver Nuggets's Randy Foye defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. The clock is ticking on the  Timberwolves and Rubio to get an extension done. If the two sides don't reach agreement by Oct. 31, Rubio can become a restricted free agent next summer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Rubio focused on new-look Wolves, not contract

- Associated Press

Ricky Rubio sat at a table with Kevin Martin to his left, ready to start the first day of the rest of his life without Kevin Love as a teammate in Minnesota.

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, center, chats with Ryan Anderson (33) and Anthony Davis (23) as they wait for a group photo at the Pelicans NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pelicans downplay pressure to make playoffs

- Associated Press

Anthony Davis doesn't see the point to thinking about what might happen to the only NBA coach he's had if the New Orleans Pelicans fail to make the playoffs again this season.