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It should be added that once again Wade is saving Miami money. While he could have pushed hard for the midlevel exception, he took the veteran minimum, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel, which means the Heat can get under the tax like this season with a move or two.

They switched every pick — on and off the ball — all season long, both as a philosophy that most teams could not exploit it, and in preparation for playing Golden State in the playoffs.

The Warriors struggled for a while before adjusting and leaning on Kevin Durant , and the Rockets were up double-digits in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at home. And now Bzdelik has decided he is going to step away from it all. In a blow to the Houston Rockets, associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik — architect of franchise's rejuvenated defense — has informed team he's retiring, league sources tell ESPN.

Bzdelik's departure so close to the start of training camp means his responsibilities will likely be spread over Mike D'Antoni's staff, with assistant Roy Rogers undoubtedly taking on a greater role with the defense. Most important, Bzdelik's health is fine. Nothing like that a factor. This is really one of those to spend family time after many years on the treadmill.

Had been weighing a decision through summer and reached conclusion this weekend. Bzdelik has been a coach at the college and NBA level for 40 years, he has earned the retirement and chance to relax a little.

Like players, sometimes coaches getting ready for the season realize they just do not want to do this anymore. While the defensive foundation is there in Houston, it will be harder to execute without Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute , both of whom left via free agency and both of whom can guard multiple positions, making switching more effective.

He announced Sunday in an emotional video he will return for one more season with the Miami Heat. Wade returns to a win team that is essentially running it back with the same roster, just with more Wade and they hope more health overall.

Wade had weighed this decision all summer , but through it all was working out to get his body ready a sign that he was going to give it one more run. Last season he played the final 21 games with Miami coming off the bench, scoring 12 points a game in the regular season, then in the playoffs averaged His role has shrunk, and his knees need rest during the grind of the season, but Wade can still play the game at a high level and take over for stretches. Wade will get huge ovations and tribute videos in every city he visits, and Miami fans will pack the building to say goodbye to a legend.

Things will feel different in Miami without him. By the end of that season, the Spurs were a force of athleticism and high IQ players who just shredded opponents. He met with the media this weekend in San Antonio and was asked about the greatest highlight of his Hall of Fame career, and it was that team — and how it responded to the crushing loss to the Heat the season before in the Finals — that he talked about.

Kuzma was 3 of 10 on 3s, extending the franchise record for a rookie to The Lakers lead the league with Randle finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Lonzo Ball had four points and eight assists. Backup center Domantas Sabonis missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle and will miss the Pacers next game as well, coach Nate McMillan said before the game.

Oladipo extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 54, breaking a tie with Ron Harper for No. Thaddeus Young had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Lance Stephenson had 16 points and five rebounds.

Collison returned to the starting lineup for the first time since having knee surgery in early February. He wound up with 15 points and eight assists. The Lakers were 16 of 23 from the free-throw line, the latest chapter in a season-long struggle. One thing that has helped, Walton said, was meditation. But plenty of people from all walks of life also have chimed in about possible solutions. Visit New Orleans on Thursday night, the second stop on a five-game road trip.


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