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Bulls’ Thibodeau Denies Feeling Pressure

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If there were a season coach Tom Thibodeau might be feeling some pressure, you’d think this would be it.

Early playoff exits — two first-round ousters in three seasons — seem to be stacking up for Thibodeau, so surely there has to be a bit of anxiety building for him in his fifth season.

“No, I don’t look at it the way you guys do,’’ Thibodeau said Friday. “Like, ‘This team on paper, that team on paper, expectations here,’ it’s not the way to approach it. The way to approach it is to understand what goes into winning and do those things every day. Don’t take any shortcuts, don’t skip steps and prepare as best you can.”

via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

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Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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