Hollins says again he wants to stay with Grizzlies. Ideally.

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There is a lot of buzz around the coaching future of Lionel Hollins — he just led the Memphis Grizzlies to the conference finals, but the buzz around the league is he has coached his last game in Memphis. The team gave him permission to talk to other franchises.

Except, ideally, he’d keep his old job.

Reports are talks stalled out on his new deal in Memphis — there is a new ownership and a new front office that is more analytics driven and that is not a perfect fit with the old-school Hollins — but Hollins told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports what he has told others, he wants to stay where he is.

“I hope things can work out and I think things can work out,” Hollins told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “I’m happy in Memphis. I’ve been there for a long time. My kids went to school in Memphis. My son graduated as a doctor in Memphis. My daughter is a grad student at the University of Memphis.

“I love the city of Memphis and really want to be there. I have no reason to want to leave.”

Hollins has yet to speak to other teams, but the Clippers and Nets are known to be interested if he decides to look outside Memphis.

The difference in philosophies between Hollins and the front office came up with the Rudy Gay trade. Fans of the NBA’s new school analytics liked the trade or at least said that it wouldn’t hurt the team on the court and would save them money (that was PBT’s take, for the record). Hollins came out and publicly slammed the trade. You can imagine how well that went over in the front office.

But the combo worked — Memphis became a better team without Gay’s inefficient offense and the old-school Hollins led that adjustment while not sacrificing any defense.

There is a sense that Memphis’ front office believes assistant coach Dave Joerger can step into the job. But Memphis has gotten better year over year due to consistency, and Hollins and his style are part of that. A change of coaches, even in house, can disrupt that.

Nonetheless, things seem to be moving toward Hollins walking a sideline not in Memphis next season.

Heat forward James Johnson expected to miss 7 to 10 days

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MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat will be without starting forward James Johnson for at least two games and probably more after bursitis was found in his right ankle.

Johnson left Miami’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday with ankle pain, and an MRI performed Sunday led to the bursitis diagnosis. Johnson is not traveling with the team for its trip for games at Atlanta on Monday and Boston on Wednesday.

The team says Johnson could miss seven to 10 days, which would also mean his status for home games against Dallas on Dec. 22, New Orleans on Dec. 23 and Orlando on Dec. 26 is in some doubt.

Johnson is averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Heat this season.

LeBron James wears one black, one white LeBron 15 shoes with “Equality” on back (VIDEO)

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LeBron James notched his third-straight triple-double on Sunday, this one coming against the Washington Wizards. But before the game, the story was all about how James was voicing a silent protest — in Washington D.C., no less — by wearing a special version of his shoes.

LeBron took to the floor wearing his LeBron 15s, but this player edition had the word “Equality” on the back of them. James wore one black shoe and one white shoe.

James wore the black versions of this shoe in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opener to start the season.

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LeBron finished the game with 20 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds. The Cavaliers beat the Wizards, 106-99.

Stephen Curry says he’d want in on potential Panthers ownership

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The Carolina Panthers are up for sale. Owner Jerry Richardson said he would sell the team late on Sunday following an announcement by the NFL that Richardson was under investigation for “workplace misconduct”. The NFL’s investigation and Richardson’s decision to sell was preceded by a report from SI saying Richardson had paid out settlements amid sexual harassment and racial slur claims.

Enter Sean Combs and Stephen Curry.

Combs — that’s Diddy, you to and me — has previously voiced his interest in being involved with the NFL, and after seeing that Richardson would be selling the team, jumped at the chance to boost his profile. Combs tweeted that he wanted to buy the team, and that’s when Curry joined in.

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Naturally, Curry is from Charlotte and went to both high school and eventually college in the area, playing at Davidson. He’s an avid Panthers fan and has been on the sideline for the team publicly many times over the years.

Curry being part of an ownership group for the Panthers would be pretty wild. Perhaps Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan would like to join in? It seems like they would have the liquidity and credit availability between the three of them to get the team.

Then again, the asking price for the Panthers could be north of $2 billion. The last team to be sold was the Buffalo Bills in 2014 for $1.4 billion. In September, Forbes released a valuation for the Panthers that put them at $2.3 billion.

Might need to get a few others involved in this one.

Watch Raptors fans give Vince Carter a standing ovation in Toronto (VIDEO)

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Vince Carter is 40 years old and playing in what could possibly be his final NBA season. The Sacramento Kings guard started his career with the Toronto Raptors, and on Sunday he played what could possibly be his final game at the Air Canada Centre.

And so, when Carter was subbed out late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the folks in Toronto did what came naturally: they cheered.

The whole thing was pretty great to watch, and a real testament to how Carter is viewed by fans in Toronto.

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Carter scored just four points in 25 minutes for Sacramento, going 2-of-5 from the field while adding three blocks, two assists, a rebound and a steal.

The Raptors got the win over the Kings, 108-93.