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Howard on Kobe: ‘No need for us to hate each other’

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The cold war seems to be over — we think.

Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant shared two hugs, jokes and a basketball court Saturday. And all hell didn’t break loose.

“I think everybody made it seem like we just hated each other,” Howard said after his 18-point, 12-rebound night. “There’s no need for us to hate each other. This is his last season — congratulate him on that — and I basically wanted to see if he wanted to get more 3s up. He had shot a couple. That’s what I was talking about at halftime with him. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game, he’s getting recognized in every city that he plays in for his accomplishments on the floor, and I think all of us want to have that kind of reception when we’re about to finish our career.”

Source: Calvin Watkins of ESPN

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Sources: NBA’s Board of Governors Pass Stricter Tampering Rules

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The NBA Board of Governors passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Thabo Sefolosha, Rockets Agree to Deal

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The Rockets are signing Thabo Sefolosha, league sources say

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Sources: NBA Owners to Vote on New Tampering Rules

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The NBA power brokers descending on New York this week for the league’s board of governors meeting have reacted to the league’s beefed-up anti-tampering proposal with a mix of skepticism about its potential deterrent effect and concerns of privacy.

In conversations with numerous league officials, team owners, general managers and agents, some uncertainty was expressed about the means the NBA might use to investigate alleged rules violations. Atop those concerns for team officials is what league sources insist was commissioner Adam Silver’s toughest decision in bringing new rules to a vote: an annual, random auditing of five teams’ communications with rival front offices and player agents.

In reaction to the blatant disregard of free-agent tampering rules and an angry owners meeting in July, NBA owners are faced with a vote on Friday that could reshape — even if only in mechanics — how the business of player procurement is conducted.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN

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