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Garnett retires after 21-year career

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) No fire burned hotter, no mouth was fouler, no opponent was in for a longer night than Kevin Garnett's.

In more than two decades in the NBA, Garnett opened the door for a new wave of young talent to enter the league, was partly responsible for a rewriting of the collective bargaining agreement and nearly singlehandedly redefined what the game's tallest players were allowed to do on the court.

Fittingly, and maybe a little reluctantly, No. 21 is calling it a career after 21 years, leaving a legacy as one of the best defensive players in league history and one of the game's most influential and intense competitors.

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Bosh fails physical, NBA future in doubt

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's plan to resume playing is now in jeopardy, after medical examinations performed in recent days convinced the Miami Heat that he is not healthy enough to return to the court.

And Bosh may have provided a clue why.

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Lakers re-sign 36-year-old World Peace

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed veteran forward Metta World Peace, who will attempt to win a roster spot for his 17th NBA season.

The Lakers announced the deal Friday.

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Knicks not worried if Rose goes to trial

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derrick Rose apparently isn't worried about a potential rape trial, and neither are the New York Knicks.

President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson said Friday that the Knicks don't expect Rose's season to be affected, but won't say if he might miss any games because of the trial that would begin in California exactly three weeks before the official Oct. 25 opener.

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Westbrook speaks out on police shootings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook is a multi-millionaire basketball player, far removed from the rough community he came from in the Los Angeles area.

When the Thunder All-Star learned about the recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte, his mind went right back to his old neighborhood.

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Teams talking need for social change

MIAMI (AP) Whatever the Detroit Pistons decide to do when it comes to protests that call for societal change this season, they'll have the support of coach Stan Van Gundy.

He's urging them to make an impact.

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Clippers' Griffin again sorry for punch

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is apologizing to Los Angeles Clippers fans for punching the team's assistant equipment manager last season, an incident he says was "100 percent my fault."

He was suspended four games and docked nearly $860,000 in pay for the altercation in January at a Toronto restaurant. Griffin broke his right hand and Matias Testi's face was severely swollen. Testi no longer works for team, having left in late July with no reason given by the Clippers, who open training camp Tuesday in Irvine.

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Rockets' Harden eyes deep playoff run

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden was second in the NBA with 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 rebounds were a career high.

Still, it was a disappointing year for Harden and the Houston Rockets, who were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by Golden State, and the star knew he had to adjust things to take the team farther this year.

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Pelicans open camp rife with uncertainty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans are rife with uncertainty as they prepare to open training camp this weekend.

Anthony Davis and Co. believe they are poised to improve substantially over last season's injury-riddled, 30-52 campaign, but a lot of variables have to work in their favor.

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Kevin Johnson tackled man who threw pie

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left battered and facing assault charges.

The pie wielder and local activist, Sean Thompson, 32, said Thursday that the mayor overreacted, sending him to the hospital for nine stitches before he went to jail. He said he was angry Johnson devoted so much political energy to an arena for the city's basketball team and not to other needs such as education and homelessness.

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