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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Sim Bhullar #55 of the Sacramento Kings stands on the court during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 on July 13, 2014 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team Friday, inking a deal to join the Sacramento Kings in training camp. ''I've long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball has experienced in that nation,'' said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the league's first Indian-born majority owner. ''While Sim is the first player of Indian descent to sign with an NBA franchise, he represents one of many that will emerge from that region as the game continues to garner more attention and generate ever-increasing passion among a new generation of Indian fans.'' The 7-foot-5, 360-pound Bhullar was born in Toronto and played two seasons for New Mexico State, where he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.


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AKRON, OH - AUGUST 08: LeBron James speaks during a press conference at The University of Akron before the kickoff of his welcome ceremony at InfoCison Stadium at The University of Akron on August 8, 2014 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas. The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night. The league released its schedule, featuring a lengthened All-Star break, on Wednesday night during an NBA TV special, with James' return to his original NBA team putting the Cavaliers in a number of prime positions.


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Police say seven teenagers wanted to see how a professional basketball player lives, so they walked through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen.
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Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is due in court on charges alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. The free-agent center was scheduled to appear in a Marion County court Wednesday on charges of felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden had punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist.
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SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 16: P.J Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns in a game against the Sacramento Kings on April16, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX (AP) -- The NBA has suspended Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker for three games following his guilty plea to ''super extreme'' driving while intoxicated.


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CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. national team is back in action with just two weeks to go before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO (L), sits with former Los Angeles Kings great Luc Robitaille (R) in the first period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Ballmer has agreed to pay $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The team said the sale closed after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise to the former Microsoft CEO. Her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court. The NBA Board of Governors had previously approved the $2 billion sale.


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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO (L), sits with former Los Angeles Kings great Luc Robitaille (R) in the first period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Ballmer has agreed to pay $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn't halt a sale that had been completed. ''The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed,'' the court wrote. ''Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.'' Even if the sale hadn't closed, the three judges said Sterling failed to show he was harmed enough to get a temporary stay.


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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates after hitting a shot against the Miami Heat during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery from his gruesome injury - they're just not planning on having him in the lineup next season.