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Liberty induct Hammon into ring of honor

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NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon got her WNBA start in New York and never has forgotten where she came from.

The New York Liberty honored their former star Sunday, putting the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach in their ring of honor at halftime of their game against the Seattle Storm.

"I want you guys to know that I'm from South Dakota, my mom would slap me silly if I forgot my roots. You guys are part of my roots," Hammon said. "I always had so much pride putting that New York Liberty jersey on and representing this amazing city, the greatest city in the world."

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Olajuwon, Mutombo get in NBA Africa game

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday - starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.

That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter.

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Mavericks sign 1st-round pick Anderson

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round draft pick Justin Anderson on Saturday.

The deal under the rookie wage scale guarantees the former Virginia guard $2.5 million over two years. There are team options for the third and fourth years on the contract.

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Lieberman to become Kings assistant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) New Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman recalls a conversation with Pat Riley a couple of years back when she explained to the Miami Heat executive how much she wanted to keep coaching at basketball's highest level.

"When I said to him, `You know, I really would like to coach,' and he said, `You would?' and he goes, `Nancy, if you want something you have to tell people what you want,'" she said. "I didn't want to be that pushy broad. I just normally assumed: `Well, I'm Nancy, I've been around the game my whole life, they should know this. They should have a crystal ball and know what I want. That was absolutely horrible thinking on my side. The most important thing is that I started to share what my aspirations were - `I'd like to do this.'"

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Warriors acquire F-C Thompson from 76ers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal.

NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations.

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Pacers' Jordan Hill booked for speeding

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers newcomer Jordan Hill was arrested near Atlanta on charges of reckless driving and speeding after police clocked his car going 107 mph in a 65 mph zone.

According to the police report, Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. A police officer from Alpharetta, Georgia, wrote that Hill explained he was "in a hurry."

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Mavericks sign free agent F Evans

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent forward Jeremy Evans on Friday.

The 2012 slam dunk champion at All-Star weekend averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Utah Jazz. He played in 219 games, making seven starts.

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Nuggets sign top pick Mudiay

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay to a multiyear deal Friday.

Taken with the seventh overall selection, the 19-year-old point guard will be counted on heavily by the Nuggets after they traded Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.

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Hawks F Scott arrested on drug charges

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges.

The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

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Silver: 'Good time' for NBA and players

JOHANNESBURG (AP) With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "it's a very good time" for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.

The new agreement with ESPN and TNT, worth nearly $24 billion over nine years, will have a "significant impact on the viability" of teams, Silver said.

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