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nba rumors Former St. John’s star JaKarr Sampson has signed a partially-guaranteed three-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, Red Storm coach Steve Lavin confirmed in a dispatch on Twitter late Sunday night. Sampson, a 6-8 forward who was the 2013 Big East Rookie of the Year and averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds this past season, opted to leave school and make himself eligible for the NBA Draft in March. He went undrafted but played for the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando. His agent, Seth Cohen, said that based on conversations with Sixers GMN Sam Hinkie, Sampson is a legitimate contender for a spot on the Philadelphia roster. NY Daily News

Lamar Odom's war with the paparazzo he went after in the street last year is over -- TMZ Sports has learned the photog is dropping his lawsuit ... and all signs point to "settlement." You remember the incident ... Lamar jacked a photog's bag in July 2013 and threw his camera equipment all over the street -- while a Hollywood tour bus drove by! TMZ


nba rumors Led by 26 points from tournament MVP Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) and 23 points from James Harden (Houston Rockets), the USA (9-0) saved its best performance of the World Cup for the gold medal clash as the Americans captured a second-consecutive FIBA World Cup gold medal with a blistering 129-92 win over Serbia (5-4) at the Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad arena on Sunday night in Madrid, Spain. The USA, which distanced itself from Serbia early in the game with a 28-6 run to close the first quarter, became just the third country in FIBA World Cup history to capture consecutive titles, and more crucial, the championship earned the USA an automatic bid into the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Inside Hoops

Irving shot a USA men's World Cup record 6-of-6 from 3-point, and the USA as a whole finished the game shooting 45-of-78 from the field (.577), 15-of-30 from 3-point (.500) and 24-of-29 from the free throw line (.828) to help record its highest scoring game of the tournament. Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), who added 12 points and seven rebounds in the USA's championship win, joined Irving on the five-member FIBA World Cup All-Tournament Team, along with France's Nicolas Batum, Spain's Pau Gasol and Serbia's Milos Teodosic. Inside Hoops

"We improved every game," said Krzyzewski. "All the guys. We got to know each other. I can't single out one guy because Kyrie is deserving of MVP, but I think you could look at our games and we had a different star each game. Klay Thompson was so critical for this team. DeMarcus tonight, James Harden, Anthony Davis, especially at the start of our run. Kenneth (Faried) gave us a lot of energy. It was not like there was one star. They were a championship team, and it was kind of cool. In 2010 Durant just kind of took us. He had an amazing performance. Team-wise this is a heck of a team. This was a really good team." Inside Hoops

But Irving — the tournament MVP — and Harden stuck around, and despite sending the youngest U.S. team since NBA players debuted in 1992, the Americans remained as dominant as ever. They have won 63 straight games — 45 in official FIBA events and 18 in exhibition play — and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. LeBron James, Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul might want to return for that. But the Americans will have to leave room for some players from this team, which has loads of young talent that figures to get even better from the time it spent together. AP

The Americans came in winning by 32.5 points per game and their closest victory in the tournament was by 21 points over Turkey. They thought they would get a tough game Sunday, but were simply too good to let that happen. They finished at 58 percent from the field, made 15 of 30 3-pointers and put eight of their 12 players in double figures. AP

nba rumors [Derrick] Rose went 0-for-4, including 0-for-2 from the three-point line, but had six assists. In the nine tournament games, he was 15-for-59 (25 percent) shooting from the field and a dismal 1-for-19 from three-point range. He did lead Team USA in downplaying his poor numbers, giving himself an ‘‘A’’ heading into the weekend. Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘Looking back at it, my whole mind-set was just getting on the team,’’ Rose told reporters. ‘‘You had younger players who had great years since I’ve been out, great guards who had great years. Just tried to show them that I’m still one of the best out there. I was going into camp with a chip on my shoulder.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Sunday in Spain, the USA beat Serbia 129-92 to win the 2014 World Cup gold medal. Enjoy these video highlights of some of the game’s best plays. Inside Hoops

Watch the top five plays from the September 13 third-place game between Lithuania and France. The bronze medal was won by France, who squeezed out a 95-93 win. Inside Hoops

The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed forward Khem Birch. We assume this is a non-guaranteed training camp signing that merely gives Birch a chance to compete for a regular season contract. Birch appeared in six games (all starts) with the Washington Wizards during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He led the team in offensive rebounds and finished second in blocks, third in total rebounds and fourth in field goals made, free throws made and minutes. Additionally, he posted a seven-point, 11-rebound game vs. Miami on July 15 while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and a perfect 1-of-1 from the foul line. Inside Hoops

The Heat have invitations to 19 players for training camp, with teams allowed to carry as many as 20 during the preseason, before a required cut to a maximum of 15 for the regular season. South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have re-signed free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu. “We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.” Inside Hoops

ATL Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is being UNFAIRLY labeled a racist over his now infamous email -- so says ATL rapper Killer Mike who tells TMZ Sports the only color on BL's mind was GREEN! The email (from 2012) went viral last weekend -- and in it, Levenson explained that the high percentage of black people at his games was scaring off rich white people. Mike, who's signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label, says there's NOTHING WRONG with making those observations. TMZ


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