When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league.
The smell of cigarettes and cheap beer that cloaks the Vegas casinos has weakened by 7 a.m., though a handful of blackjack players are doing their part to keep their Sunday night from becoming a Monday morning.
No one has been able to beat the U.S. women's basketball team at the Olympics for 20 years. With a wealth of talent returning and waiting in the wings, it doesn't look like the unprecedented run will be ending anytime soon.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte was a difficult decision but one that was ultimately driven by business. He also said he personally wasn't in favor of having it in North Carolina in 2017 because of House Bill 2, which the league has said it finds discriminatory against the LGBT community.