Knicks sign 1st-round picks Porzingis, Grant (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant.

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Hawks coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer (The Associated Press)

After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids. The Hawks coach will never say his work is done. ''We feel like had a very good summer,'' Budenholzer said Thursday on a conference call from South Africa, where he is coaching in a historic exhibition game with 20 NBA stars.

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The 10-man rotation, starring Luol Deng, man of the people (Ball Don’t Lie)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] C : Bleacher Report . Ethan Skolnick talks to Luol Deng about the leadership role he's taken in the NBA's efforts in Africa and how it's helping the Miami Heat forward prepare for what will come next: "I really believe that my involvement in this world, or in this life, is yet to come [...]I just believe that my purpose in life is to really make it a better world." PF : Posting and Toasting . While many New York Knicks fans have lamented the organization's obtuse and opaque decision-making processes throughout the James Dolan era, Seth Rosenthal wonders whether Phil Jackson's as-advertised transparency — particularly as manifested in Charley Rosen's "The Phil Files" series, in which Jackson has offered many unvarnished opinions about former, current and hoped-for Knicks players — is ultimately a good thing. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : Eye on Basketball and Knickerblogger . Sam Vecenie on Maurice Ndour's journey from Senegal to Japan to junior college to the MAC to the NBA, and Bryan Gibberman on why the New York Knicks may have made a mistake in not locking up Ndour when they had the chance, allowing the Dallas Mavericks to swoop in and pick him up. SG : SB Nation . Ricky O'Donnell traces Cliff Alexander's fall from top prep prospect and highly touted Kansas recruit to undrafted free agent hoping to catch on with the Portland Trail Blazers. PG : Detroit Free Press . Vincent Ellis on the time Stan Van Gundy told Reggie Jackson to go be with his father, the relationships that have been built between the point guard, the coach and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, and the personal connections that resulted in this summer's five-year, $80 million contract . 6th : Pounding the Rock . A good read from Jesus Gomez on how the addition and effective integration of LaMarcus Aldridge could help Tony Parker have his best season in years. 7th : The Players' Tribune . Ten years after the open heart surgery that nearly ended his career, the great Ronny Turiaf reflects on how he "learned to tap into the darkness that came with it to live my life fully." 8th : New York Times . Nida Najar reports from Ballo Ke, the "sleepy Punjabi village" in which Satnam Singh was born and raised, on how the first Indian-born player ever selected in the NBA draft triggered "a celebration — not of an individual achievement, but of a collective one." 9th : RealGM . Jonathan Tjarks on the importance of the Phoenix Suns finding playing time and opportunities for T.J. Warren, whose scoring touch could be just what Jeff Hornacek's crew needs to help vault Phoenix back into the Western playoff picture. 10th : Los Angeles Times . Doc Rivers did sound work in adding cost-effective pieces to the Los Angeles Clippers this summer, but more depth could also result in some new problems for the coach and president of basketball operations to solve this season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

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After depression, diet ended NBA career, ex-lottery pick Sweetney playing for $1M (Ball Don’t Lie)

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Bucks sign Chris Copeland, adding frontcourt depth (The Associated Press)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Bucks have signed free-agent forward Chris Copeland, adding veteran depth to their young frontcourt.

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The NBA’s all-time starting five: New York Knicks (Ball Don’t Lie)

You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along. These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the New York Knicks, a team that nearly traded its spot on the island for some nutmeg, trinkets, and two unprotected first-round picks. C: Patrick Ewing. A needlessly beleaguered, endlessly mistreated, and quite possibly underrated pivotman for the ages. Never missed more than four games in a season between 1987 and 1997, leading an oft-undermanned Knicks squad to repeated playoff berths and an NBA Finals showing in 1994. Drafted No. 1 overall to act as a defensive stalwart, averaged 28.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, four blocks and one steal per game on a 1989-90 Knicks team that listed Charles Oakley as its second-leading scorer, and Stu Jackson as its coach. F: Bernard King. Played just two and a half healthy seasons with the Knicks, but when he played … the man did not play around. Led the NBA in scoring at just under 33 a game in 1984-85. Just about single-handedly (nearly literally, he was working with dislocated middle fingers on both hands) led the Knicks to a near-upset of the eventual champion Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1984 playoffs. F: Dave DeBusschere. The Knicks traded for need when they dealt miscast scoring center Walt Bellamy midway through 1968-69 for this versatile, do-it-all (including coach, as was his brief role in Detroit) forward. DeBusschere set screens, called out defensive sets, nailed jumpers and crashed the boards for two different championship Knick squads. He guarded Wilt Chamberlain when called upon, made five All-Star teams, and was the franchise’s good luck charm when it won the draft lottery that made Patrick Ewing a Knickerbocker. G: Allan Houston. Considered a consolation prize in the 1996 offseason when the Knicks fell short in the team’s attempts to sign Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller, Houston responded by acting as the most consistent force on a Knicks team that went on to make one Finals and one Eastern Conference finals appearance over the next nine years. Never the most beloved player because of the size of his contracts and his relatively staid appearance in comparison to teammate Latrell Sprewell, Houston’s contributions made New York a playoff fixture spanning several eras and for that he should be credited. G: Walt Frazier. The consummate New York Knick. Full of flash and style on the outside, but lousy with nothing substance and pure basketball and leadership smarts on the inside, Frazier managed to have it both ways while leading the Knicks to the franchise’s two NBA championships. Known as a club that fetishized ball-sharing and equal-opportunity play, Frazier still managed to dominate when called upon, as evidenced by his work in perhaps the greatest seventh game performance of all time . (I know, I know. I chose Allan Houston over Earl Monroe. I understand if you don’t want to pass to me ever again.) Monroe never had to carry the Knicks, and while Houston’s achievements may have been overrated in his time (he was never much of a passer, rebounder, or defender), consistency and minutes are key. Of course, this flies in the face of Bernard King’s 206 career games as a Knick (as compared with Jerry Lucas’ 221, Charles Oakley’s 727, and Bill Bradley’s 742) affording him a slot in the starting lineup – but Fort Greene’s finest’s truncated turn wasn’t exactly his fault, y’know? The Knicks, due entirely to the work of the team’s inherited owner , have been a laughing stock for a decade and a half. That shouldn’t take away from a franchise history that remains so stout that Willis Reed couldn’t crack the starting lineup. That Carl Braun wasn’t heavily considered, despite his fantastic work. That Dick Barnett had to fall back and Latrell Sprewell had to fall in line. That Dick McGuire had to take a pass. Make fun of Carmelo Anthony’s brand all you want, but he’s scored more than 1500 points more than Bernard King did in a Knick uniform and he’s bound to score a whole heck of a lot more. This is the five we’re going with. Who would you take? Previous entries: Golden State . Boston . - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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Former NBA All-Star Vin Baker is training to manage a Starbucks (Ball Don’t Lie)

Like countless other players, coaches and basketball obsessives, Vin Baker headed to Las Vegas Summer League last month looking for a job. The four-time All-Star, whose career ended in 2006 after years of on-court decline brought on by off-court struggles with alcohol abuse and ballooning weight, trekked to the desert on the invitation of Jason Kidd.

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Ex-NBA All-Star Vin Baker is training to manage a Starbucks (Ball Don’t Lie)

After alcoholism derailed his $100 million career, the former Bucks and Sonics star is rebuilding via retail management.

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