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nba rumors Congratulations are in order for NBA player Russell Westbrook and his college sweetheart Nina Earl – the couple has officially wed, his rep exclusively confirms to PEOPLE. Westbrook and Earl, who met while at UCLA playing for the school's men's and women's basketball teams, respectively, tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday. People Mag

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and Earl were married in front of friends and family, and several of Westbrook's current and former teammates – including, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka, Dorrell Wright and James Harden (who brought along Khloé Kardashian as his date). People Mag

And to make sure the night ended on an even higher note, Westbrook provided a gourmet doughnut truck--Fry Girl--which turned out custom treats for anyone with a sweet tooth. As for the bride...she rocked two dresses to the by Vera Wang and the other by Monique compliment her $700K engagement ring. TMZ

nba rumors One thing hasn’t changed, and that’s [Damian] Lillard’s passion for music and rapping. In the midst of his busy offseason, he debuted six tracks under his rap persona “Dame DOLLA,” which won over critical acclaim among fans and even those in the industry. Deseret News

With so many athletes who try (and usually fail) to rap, Lillard is confident in his ability. “I think it’s different because I can actually rap,” Lillard said, sporting a smirk. However, because the athlete-rapper success rate is pretty low, he wasn’t sure what the response would be when he decided to start releasing his own material. Deseret News

Lillard: “A lot of athletes, they try to go out there and rap, and people don’t like it. When I decided to put out some tracks, I figured there would be a lot of people saying ‘Just stick to basketball,’ but the feedback was actually positive. I put out six tracks in six weeks, and each of them got, like, millions of views. You get the feedback, ‘He can actually rap.’ That was a good feeling.” Deseret News

nba rumors The Boston Celtics have three extension-eligible players from the class of 2012 in Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Perry Jones III, along with the necessary cap flexibility to consider hammering out deals before the Oct. 31 deadline. ESPN Boston

This writer's guess? Boston will perform its due diligence in exploring extensions with Sullinger and Zeller, but will ultimately sit tight through Halloween. It simply seems more likely that the Celtics will endure the risk of the restricted market next offseason in order to maintain their much-desired flexibility in case a more intriguing deal for a more surefire player develops between now and next summer. ESPN Boston

nba rumors His 20th NBA season could be his last, but Kobe Bryant isn't ready to make that decision just yet. Neither is Lakers owner Jim Buss, who said on Thursday that he isn't shutting the door on Kobe after this season. In the meantime, Kobe believes the new-look Los Angeles Lakers will make the playoffs in 2015-16 after missing out the past two seasons -- a franchise first since 1976.

The Los Angeles Clippers' 2015-16 preseason schedule will consist of six games instead of the usual seven but will be played in three countries and pass over one large ocean. The Clippers and the Charlotte Hornets will meet twice in China, as the NBA announced in March. Those games will be played on Sunday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Shenzhen and Shanghai, respectively.

The Dallas Mavericks' seven-game preseason schedule for 2015-16 will include meetings with both Eastern Conference finalists from last season and the Western finalist that ousted them from the playoffs in the first round. The Mavericks will host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Oct. 16 in one of three home preseason games scheduled for AmericanAirlines Center. Three nights later, the Mavs will visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls were limited financially this off-season, but were able to re-sign key players like point guard Aaron Brooks, Butler and small forward Mike Dunleavy. But have they gotten better? A lot will depend of second-year players Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. Detroit Free Press

So what do you get when you combine Miami Heat and Miami Vice? Fantasy. Pure fantasy. That, of course, hasn't stopped Heat owner Micky Arison when it comes to the possibilities, which had him earlier this week offering fan-inspired mock-ups of Heat uniforms themed in Miami Vice pink and teal. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Darryl Dawkins, the former 76ers star and NBA personality who died on Thursday at the age of 58, will have a public viewing in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. It is set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road in Catasauqua. His service and interment will be private. The Morning Call

In 1971, Spencer Haywood had successfully challenged the NBA's rule that college underclassmen were not eligible to play in the league until their college class graduated. But the NBA still required players who would be considered underclassmen to meet the criteria for "hardship." Not many college underclassmen applied, much less high school seniors. There were no guidelines for a guy with the physical maturity of a man but the mental and social skills of a teenager. Philadelphia Daily News


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