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Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins dies at 58

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(AP) -- Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game.

"A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 televised interview, "gave me the name `Chocolate Thunder.'"

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Jazz sign free-agent rookie F O'Brien

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free-agent rookie J.J. O'Brien.

The team announced the signing Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Jent to coach Suns' D-League team

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) Chris Jent will coach the Bakersfield Jam, the Phoenix Suns' affiliate in the NBA Development League.

The Suns and Jam announced the move Thursday. Jent replaced Nate Bjorkgren, now the Suns' assistant coach/player development coordinator.

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Clippers fined $250K for Jordan flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.

The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

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Hornets extend Kidd-Gilchrist for $52M

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford can rattle off a dozen reasons why the Hornets gave small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a big contract extension.

But in Clifford's mind it all came down to one basic fact: "When he's on the floor we play well; when he's not on the floor we don't."

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Ex-Celtics F Tsioropoulos dies at 84

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten `53-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84.

Tsioropoulos' nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died Saturday in Louisville of natural causes. A memorial service was held there Wednesday. He would have turned 85 on Monday.

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76ers owner donates $3.5M to Philly PAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers has pledged a $3.5 million donation to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - the largest amount ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group.

The PAL supports disadvantaged youths by pairing them with police officers who volunteer to direct sports, educational and cultural programs.

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Rockets re-sign veteran PG Terry

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have re-signed point guard Jason Terry.

The 16-year veteran averaged 7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 77 games for the Rockets last season. He joined the starting lineup late in the season after a season-ending injury to Patrick Beverley and appeared in each playoff game for the Rockets, averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game.

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Iguodala brings trophies on Japan tour

(AP) -- Andre Iguodala has taken his NBA championship hardware to Japan.

The Golden State Warriors swingman is on a two-day tour of Tokyo, bringing along the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Bill Russell trophy, which he won as the NBA Finals MVP.

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Suns to induct Nash into Ring of Honor

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns will induct Steve Nash into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against Portland on Oct. 30.

Nash was twice named NBA MVP while at the controls of the high-octane Suns teams that were the forerunner of the style employed by reigning NBA champion Golden State.

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