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June 22, 2017

RALEIGH — The role of the big man has changed in the NBA, and that’s evident in the way teams pick centers and post players entering Thursday’s draft.

The style of play favors versatile players who can space the floor, or play inside and out. And that means players who spend more…


Hornets' Clifford: Howard can return to All-Star level

June 21, 2017

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte coach Steve Clifford is confident he can help newly acquired Hornets center Dwight Howard become a dominant force and an NBA All-Star again.

Clifford is familiar with Howard, having coached him for six seasons as an assistant in Orlando and Los Angeles.

“I know…


Tatum among better forwards in NBA draft

June 21, 2017

RALEIGH — The top forwards in Thursday’s NBA draft needed only a season in college to secure their position in the lottery.

Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they’re almost certain to go in the…


Pirates coach ready for return after hip surgery

June 20, 2017

GREENVILLE — The time for bas­ket­ball camps, sum­mer school, early-morn­ing work­outs and re­cruit­ing is in full swing for Jeff Lebo.

The eighth-year East Carolina men's bas­ket­ball coach was in his of­fice on Mon­day morn­ing in the…