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Rose acknowledges tension with Bulls

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CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose acknowledged tension between members of his inner circle and team management.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times in an article posted Thursday that he knows "it's been there."

"I'm happy I didn't personally see it," Rose said. "I don't want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn't around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn't all right."

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Ailing Ginobili won't play for Argentina

(AP) -- Manu Ginobili walked off the court in June an NBA champion.

The toll that pursuit took on his 37-year-old body is now preventing him from the only team he loves more than the San Antonio Spurs.

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Bucks sign G Bayless for 2 years, $6M

MILWAUKEE (AP) Free agent Jerryd Bayless signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in large part because of Jason Kidd.

The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Now he gets a chance to play for Kidd, who left the Brooklyn Nets this summer to coach the Bucks.

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US team bonding in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Brotherhood, chemistry and camaraderie. Those three words have been used repeatedly during the U.S. basketball team's first four days of practice.

It's those things that will help bring together the final 12-man roster for the squad that will compete in the FIBA World Championships in Spain.

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NBA ref Palmer to marry female partner

(AP) -- Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time.

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Shaq sued for mocking online selfie

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online.

Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

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NBA adding Twitter handle to game ball

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is adding its Twitter handle to its official game ball for next season.

The league announced the change on Thursday. The handle (at)NBA will be added to the left of the league's logo, making it the first game ball to have it in any of the four major pro sports in North America.

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Riley 'believed firmly' James would stay

MIAMI (AP) One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.

And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said - until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

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Stern lauds Silver in Sterling situation

NEW YORK (AP) Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been "forceful" but also "demonstrated a compassionate side" in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the Los Angeles Clippers owner.

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Bosh signs 5-year, $118M Heat contract

MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh has signed his $118 million, five-year contract to stay with the Miami Heat.

The team says Bosh signed the deal Wednesday. The sides agreed on the terms earlier this month, but the paperwork could not be completed because Bosh was on a lengthy international vacation and needed to undergo a physical before signing.

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