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Mazzulla says Celtics 'can't rush trust'

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CANTON, Mass. (AP) The Celtics were supposed to enter the preseason as one of the favorites to emerge from the Eastern Conference on the heels of their surprise run to the NBA Finals under rookie head coach Ime Udoka.

That was before Udoka was suspended for the upcoming season after a months-long investigation by an external law firm that found multiple violations of team policies for what sources told The Associated Press involve an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the organization.

The task of holding together the team and capitalizing on Boston's championship window has fallen to interim coach Joe Mazzulla, a 34-year-old assistant who was a candidate to land the Utah Jazz's coaching job.

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Minus Sarver, Suns hoping for title run

PHOENIX (AP) All-Stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul, along with freshly paid Deandre Ayton and coach Monty Williams, are back together for another run at an elusive NBA title.

One man who apparently won't be along on the journey - team owner Robert Sarver.

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Bucks' Middleton to miss season's start

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton probably won't be available for the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist this summer.

"Hopefully soon after that." the three-time All-Star said Sunday at the Bucks' Media Day event.

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Zion, Kawhi among stars back from injury

Kawhi Leonard was in the Los Angeles Clippers' facility on Monday. That wasn't exactly a surprise development.

The news was his attire. He was wearing a basketball uniform. Finally.

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Durant, Nets look to move forward

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant asked to leave, though figured he wouldn't. Kyrie Irving wanted to stay, but feared he might be gone.

As the chaotic Brooklyn Nets' offseason was unfolding, even the key players struggled to make sense of things.

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Wolves' Edwards 'working to be better'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards said he's "willing to do whatever it takes to make it right" with the LBGTQ community and Minnesota Timberwolves fans following the homophobic remarks he recently made on social media.

Addressing reporters at Timberwolves media day on Monday, his first public appearance since the NBA fined him $40,000 for his now-deleted video clip on Instagram, Edwards apologized again for the disparaging, profane comment he made about what he assumed to be the sexual orientation of a group of men he filmed on a sidewalk outside a vehicle he was riding in.

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Young Grizzlies hungry for next steps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-Star point guard Ja Morant borrowed a professional camera for photos of his teammates, even turning the lens on reporters covering the Memphis Grizzlies' media day Monday.

Ziaire Williams, going into his second NBA season, used a disposable camera from the podium and asked everyone to smile.

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Jokic energized by healthy roster

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray spotted his two-time reigning MVP teammate in the open and quickly hollered out to him.

"Grab me a grape," the Denver Nuggets point guard said with Nikola Jokic breaking toward a fruit tray Monday at media day.

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Barnes set to run Raptors' offense more

TORONTO (AP) The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is ready to run the offense a lot more often in his second season.

Raptors star Scottie Barnes, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 225 pounds, is listed as a guard/forward on Toronto's training camp roster and projects to be one of several super-sized point guards used to initiate the attack.

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76ers' Harden, Embiid set to chase title

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) James Harden leaned into a microphone and deadpanned that he lost 100 pounds over the summer. Joel Embiid's summer vacation - at least, according to the NBA scoring champion - was spent entirely in bed.

And what of that NBA investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers for possible tampering in offseason free-agency moves?

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