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HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Allen Iverson poses on the court as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame 2016 Class is announced during a break in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Allen Iverson answers another press-conference question about practice (video)

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Allen Iverson is still talking about practice.

Not a game. Not the game that he loves. But practice. Practice, man.

(Warning: NSFW language at the end.)

Report: Heat not scheduled to play on Christmas for first time since 2008

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 25:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Arena on December 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Lose LeBron James? The Heat were still a big deal.

Lose Dwyane Wade, too? Miami is getting a little less attention.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

According to the preliminary 2016-17 NBA schedule being circulated among teams and broadcast partners, one that still is subject to change before the final release next week, the Heat will have Dec. 25 off

This would be the Heat’s first Christmas without a game since 2008. That was the NBA’s second-longest streak of Christmas games behind the Lakers, who’ve played every Dec. 25 since 1999.

Could that run also end? The Lakers have been awful the last couple years, and they project to be bad – though less bad – again this year.

Of course, Los Angeles is a far bigger market than Miami. The Lakers will get much more margin for error.

Report: Team USA players mistakenly went to brothel

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Demarcus Cousins #12 and DeAndre Jordan #6 of United States watch from the bench during the game against China on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Team USA could seclude itself on its luxury cruise ship during the Olympics.

To the players’ credit, they’re getting out and trying to experience Rio.

But it hasn’t gone completely smoothly.

TMZ:

DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins, DeMar DeRozan and possibly 3 other players went out on the town Wednesday night in Rio and strolled into Termas Monte Carlo … which Rolling Stone called “one of the high end brothels in Rio.”

The source said, “They realized it wasn’t the right place for them and immediately left.”

As for what happened inside, the players were only seen hanging at the bar. Multiple sources tell us they bought booze … nothing more.

Whoops. At least it’ll be a great story to tell.

Report: Kevin Durant disliked attention he received in public while playing in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25: Fans cheer for Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder as he plays the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on December 25, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Why did Kevin Durant leave the Thunder for the Warriors?

His free-agent decision, the NBA’s biggest since LeBron James‘ Cleveland-to-Miami-to-Cleveland moves, has been and will be dissected.

Did Durant clash with Russell Westbrook? Was Durant swayed by his friends already on Golden State? Did Durant just want the team most capable of winning a championship?

There’s certainly multiple reasons. Here’s another potential one.

Royce Young of ESPN:

Durant always appeared to be the perfect fit with Oklahoma City, with his humble nature and down-home demeanor. But he also was drawn to a bigger city, not necessarily for the brighter lights, but for the ability to blend. In Oklahoma City, Durant carried a larger-than-life burden everywhere he went. He’d privately lamented to friends an inability to be in public.

This is an under-discussed feature of playing in a small market, and it could even help explain why Westbrook is staying with the Thunder longer. If he’s as hungry for the spotlight as commonly suggested, Oklahoma City might provide plenty of attention. He’d be less likely to get his own day in a bigger city.

Meanwhile, Durant is now no longer the biggest star on his own team, and San Francisco/Oakland is more accustomed to celebrities.

Cavaliers sign Kay Felder

Oakland's Kay Felder (20) goes to the basket against Wright State's Mark Alstork (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Horizon League tournament Monday, March 7, 2016, in Detroit. Wright State defeated Oakland 59-55. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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The Cavaliers need a new backup point guard after letting Matthew Dellavedova leave for the Bucks.

They’ll try to find a suitable replacement between old (Mo Williams) and young (Kay Felder).

Williams opted in, and now Felder – the No. 54 pick in this year’s draft – is under contract.

Cavaliers release:

The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Kay Felder, General Manager David Griffin announced

Felder, according to Tony Paul of The Detroit News:

has signed a three-year contract with the Cavaliers that guarantees him at least $1 million.

The deal is worth a maximum of $2.49 million.

Felder’s minimum the next three years is $2,498,982, so it sounds like he got that. But he still took advantage of favorable conditions for second-round picks. Only two players picked in the 50s under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement received such a large guarantee the offseason they were drafted: Tornike Shengelia (No. 54 pick in 2012 from Nets) and Kris Joseph (No. 51 pick in 2012 from Celtics). Both got two fully guaranteed seasons.

The Cavaliers are facing the luxury tax again, so they were probably reluctant to raise Felder’s salary. But they’ve shown their faith in him by paying the Hawks $2.4 million for the No. 54 pick and now by guaranteeing $1 million of his salary.

I rated Felder a late first-round pick due to his smooth passing and scoring. But his 5-foot-9 frame will create challenges.

It’d be ideal for Cleveland if Felder won the primary backup job, but at least Williams provides a higher floor for the role.