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James criticized for NBA, China remarks

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans on social media have criticized the outspoken superstar, questioning the motivation of James' comments.

James spoke out Monday, his seven-minute session with reporters putting him squarely in the center of the ongoing international schism. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was "not really educated on the situation," James asserted, when he sent out that since-deleted Oct. 4 tweet showing support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

On Tuesday, James acknowledged the criticism - and said he expected that it would be coming.


Lakers' Davis hopes to play next game

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious.

Davis went through a full practice with the Lakers on Tuesday.


Celtics' Edwards hits 8 3s in quarter

From Larry Bird to Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics have suited up some of the best perimeter shooters in NBA history.

None of them ever had a hotter hand from behind the arc in a quarter than rookie Carsen Edwards on Tuesday night.


Defending champion Raptors experimenting

TORONTO (AP) Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse expects he'll be experimenting with lineups a lot in the early part of the season.

That's the challenge when you lose two starters from any team, let alone an NBA champion.


MVP Giannis looks to be better leader

MILWAUKEE (AP) Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo.

So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors.


Davis, James begin Lakers partnership

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis doesn't raise a brow at the high expectations he's accepting with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 26-year-old superstar engineered his move from New Orleans to Hollywood knowing that championships are the only acceptable result to the Lakers' legions of demanding fans. After spending his entire NBA career struggling to lift the underdog Pelicans, he welcomed the chance to play for a team and in a city where every game means something big.


Clippers minus George to start season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers shocked the NBA by landing two superstars to go with a proven supporting cast. Only one of them will be on the floor to start the season.

Joining his third team in three years, Kawhi Leonard is healthy. Paul George is still rehabbing after two offseason shoulder surgeries.


Curry, Green lead new-look Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry knows how different this season will be.

He realizes many aren't considering the Golden State Warriors a clear contender even following five straight trips to the NBA Finals.


Harden, Westbrook reunite in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove they will work just fine together.

And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well.


Nets seek success with new players

NEW YORK (AP) What was apparent in July became clearer to Nets coach Kenny Atkinson in September.

With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on board, things are looking up in Brooklyn.

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