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John Lombardo

Staff writer John Lombardo covers basketball and the Arena Football League.

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‘It’s more of a true minor league now’

04 / 21 / 14

The NBA-owned D-League, once an eight-team operation playing solely out of the Southeast, is now a coast-to-coast business marked by sharply rising franchise values and enough demand from NBA teams to suggest further expansion could be ahead. The D-League played its 2013-14 season with 17 teams. ...

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Message to Kings: ‘Sell, sell, sell’

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For the WNBA, time for a clutch 3

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Progress slow on new NBPA chief

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Leiweke: Don’t underestimate me or MLSE

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Pricing helps NBA set record

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Stern sees opportunity in India

NBA Commissioner David Stern recently returned from his first trip to India. The twofold mission of the trip: Help grow the sport of basketball in that country and help develop the NBA’s brand there as well. NBA Commissioner ...

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NBA playoff activation has global flavor

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Scouting Kings' bidders

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