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Silver wants teams to hire more women

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations.

Silver, in a memo sent to all teams Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, also asked teams to thoroughly review the report that was released earlier this week about the Mavericks. The league stopped short of flatly ordering the 29 other clubs to institute new policies, though Silver's wishes were very clear.

"Use this opportunity to make changes and create a dialogue within your organizations about workplace policies, procedures and respectful conduct," Silver wrote.

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NBA announces rule changes for 2018-19

NEW YORK (AP) The shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds after offensive rebounds next season, down from 24, and the NBA has made alterations to two other rules.

The clear-path foul was simplified and the definition of a hostile act expanded for purposes of triggering an instant replay review.

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Silver defends penalty to Mavs' Cuban

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended his decision not to suspend Mark Cuban on Friday, noting that the Mavericks owner was never directly implicated in the misconduct toward women within his organization.

Silver believed a suspension for Cuban, therefore, would have set a dangerous precedent.

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Simmons turning 76ers into must-see TV

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Ben Simmons is set to turn the 76ers into must-see TV.

But he hopes to have another smash hit off the court. NBC has given a script commitment to "Brotherly Love," loosely based on the life of the Aussie-born NBA rookie of the year.

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Hornets pack food for Florence victims

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets players and members of the organization spent the day packing 5,000 food boxes that will be sent to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Jordan said the food boxes will be shipped to Wilmington and Fayetteville, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - three areas hit hardest by the hurricane.

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Jordan joins Mavericks, shows off humor

DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan took off his warmup jacket, tossed it aside and declared that his decision to join the Dallas Mavericks didn't mean he also would be playing for his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Humor was the center's way of easing into all the questions about his infamous jilting of the Mavericks in free agency three years ago, when he agreed to play for Dallas and changed his mind before contracts could be signed.

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Magic already excited by LeBron's impact

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Magic Johnson can already see LeBron James' impact on the young Los Angeles Lakers before they've even had a regular practice together.

After just a few weeks of unusually competitive offseason scrimmages, the Lakers' basketball boss can't wait to see how James' leadership will translate into real success.

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Knicks won't rush future building plans

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis is back with his teammates, though the New York Knicks don't know when he'll be back on the court.

Joakim Noah won't be back, though the terms of his departure still are being negotiated.

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76ers introduce ex-All-Star Brand as GM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

For a franchise that underwent the painful "Process" for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention.

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Raptors GM says Leonard happy, healthy

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard has yet to address the media in Toronto since his trade to the Raptors, but team president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that his star acquisition is happy and healthy.

"He is determined and seems in the right frame of mind," Ujiri said. "You will be hearing from him shortly. I think there is a fire inside of him and we are all excited about that."

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