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Stephen A.: You cannot rank 3 rookies higher than Zion (1:34)
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4dMark Schlabach

Filings suggest Nike paid in pursuit of players

Newly released emails and text messages in the case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggest that Nike officials were making under-the-table payments to handlers and families of top college basketball prospects.

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6dMark Schlabach

Avenatti filing: Nike OK'd payments to Zion, more

Attorneys representing Michael Avenatti filed a motion Wednesday that alleges that a Nike employee at least approved payments to former Duke star Zion Williamson and former Indiana star Romeo Langford when they were still in high school in February 2017.

Which NBA players will have the biggest reunions in 2019? (1:35)
The dates to mark off on the Zion debut tour (2:07)
Elhassan: Zion will be helped by veteran players (1:40)
Zion rips Knox, flushes monster dunk (0:26)
Griffin: Comments weren't geared toward LeBron himself (1:31)

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Christmas Day games set for 2019-2020 NBA season include Clippers-Lakers, Pelicans at Nuggets, Celtics at Raptors, Bucks at 76ers (Malika Andrews) and Rockets at Warriors (Tim MacMahon).

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Griffin: I was miserable building around LeBron

Sources close to LeBron James told ESPN they were "shocked" at David Griffin's characterization of the superstar in a Sports Illustrated story published Thursday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

40-year-old Drew Brees on his budding relationship with 19-year-old Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson: “I think there's a kinship, regardless of the generational gap. There's a kinship because I'm in a different sport and yet I understand the pressures. So if I can be there as a resource for him or any of those guys, I'm happy to take on that responsibility. … Certainly I am always gonna be there for Zion. And whatever I can do to help guide, to help advise, to help mentor, I'm there.” Then Brees added with a laugh, “If he wants to go 1-on-1, I'll do that too.”

Zion shows off the cannon at Saints practice (0:18)
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22dJacob Wolf

Zion signs multiyear partnership with NBA 2K

Zion Williamson has signed a multiyear partnership with video game NBA 2K, joining a list of elite, active NBA athletes that includes LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson signed a multiyear partnership with "NBA 2K" that includes appearances at consumer events, social activations and various in-game initiatives. He joins a list of elite, active NBA athletes with similar deals, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry and James Harden, as well as NBA legends Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

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New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday that he won't be able to accept the invitation to join the depleted USA Basketball roster for the FIBA World Cup in September.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton chats with Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, who came to check out the Saints' first training camp practice along with Pels VP David Griffin, coach Alvin Gentry and fellow rookie Jaxson Hayes. The two teams share a headquarters and practice facility. ... No word on whether Zion will fill in for Michael Thomas for a couple snaps at receiver.

Perkins accuses Kerr of being hypocritical (1:57)

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Points Per Game115.43rd
Rebounds Per Game47.35th
Assists Per Game27.03rd
Points Allowed116.84th

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