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Trending stories of August 31: The NBA articles you should read tonight

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 12 hours. Enjoy!

August 31 03:33 PM
In January, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer. He has been on a leave of absence the past few months, focusing on his treatment and recovery. Below are statements updating his condition. FROM CHRIS MORTENSEN: “I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer … Read More

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August 30 03:58 PM
Tyrus Thomas’ cellphone never stopped ringing in July after Alton Sterling was shot several times at close range and killed by two white Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers. The former NBA play…

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Vertical Pod with Woj: Lowry & Wright – via sports.yahoo.com

August 31 01:13 PM
Kyle Lowry is the guest host for an honest and funny discussion with his college coach, Jay Wright.

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Spurs’ newcomers getting acquainted – via expressnews.com

August 31 06:23 PM
First a can of pork and beans. “We’re still trying to figure out some guys’ first and last names,” said Simmons, one of the players on hand with prior Spurs’ experience. Technically, that process began Monday, when the doors to the Spurs’ practice gym opened to the voluntarily pick-up games that typically mark the unofficial commencement of fall camp. By the time training camp opens Sept. 28, the Spurs are hopeful they won’t have to pass out name tags to the newcomers …

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August 31 03:34 PM
Brian Windhorst, David Thorpe and Tom Haberstroh with a close look at John Schuhmann’s rookie survey, and a discussion on Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.

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August 31 03:11 PM
The sport continues to evolve worldwide due to increased popularity, options and talent

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Summer rewind: Portland Trail Blazers – via sports.yahoo.com

August 31 03:22 PM
The Blazers spent big this offseason to keep their young talent. Will it pay off?

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August 30 06:37 AM
Joining Chris Mannix on The Vertical this week is Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Frank talks with Chris about the future of the New York Knicks and what kind of role Phil Jackson is going to have with new head coach Jeff Hornacek. Frank also talks about covering Carmelo Anthony and how he has grown as a person during his time with the Knicks. It’s all here on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix.

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August 31 09:35 AM
The best picture from the Rio de Janeiro Games – the shot of Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin celebrating their historic sweep of the 100-meter hurdles with a synchronized triumphant lea…

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August 31 10:11 AM
The Bucks’ young forward has been working to improve his city’s most downtrodden communities since he was in high school. Now, more than ever, he knows they need his help.

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August 31 10:50 AM
Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry takes over as the guest host and sits down with his college coach, Villanova’s Jay Wright, on The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
Lowry, a gold medalist for Team USA in the Rio Olympics, visits with Wright on the Villanova campus for a wide-ranging discussion on their relationship, the tumultuous start to Lowry’s college career and Lowry’s impact with the players on ‘Nova’s 2016 national championship team …

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August 16 05:58 AM
Joining Chris Mannix on the Vertical this week is the great broadcaster, Dan Patrick. Dan talks with Chris and shares many stories of covering NBA Finals and his best story involving an interview with Michael Jordan. It’s all here on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix.

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August 24 05:54 PM
Joining Chris Mannix on the Vertical this week is The Vertical’s Michael Lee. Michael talks with Chris about USA Basketball and how impressive this run for the gold was. Mannix also puts a bow on the national team in Rio and what stood out to him the most about this team. It’s all here on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix.

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August 31 01:20 AM
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still in a competition with presumed starter Blaine Gabbert entering Thursday’s preseason finale at San Diego, where Kaepernick said he’ll remain seated during the national anthem for the fourth consecutive week. But at some point, he needs to return to the playmaking quarterback who brought fans to their feet. Otherwise, nobody will hear him.

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August 29 01:23 PM
More than 70,000 people have registered for federal disaster aid. More than 40,000 homes have been damaged. And more than 8,000 people have moved to shelters, while others have been displaced to different residences. That includes Baton Rouge native Langston Galloway’s parents, family and friends. They have all been affected by Louisiana’s recent flooding, which the Red Cross called “the worst natural disaster to strike the

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