National Basketball Association roundup

National Basketball Association roundup
By Reuters

10/05/2017 at 01:48Updated 10/05/2017 at 01:49

May 9 (The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Raptors are about to head in a different direction after a disappointing playoff showing.

Team president Masai Ujiri made it clear an overhaul is coming when he said "we need a culture reset here," while speaking to reporters in his season-ending news conference on Tuesday.

Toronto was dispatched in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, one year after advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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It appears the frayed relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook may not be irreparable after all.

Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of Durant and Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder, said he played peacemaker leading to a phone call between the two former co-stars after Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record.

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Atlanta Hawks star Dwight Howard was pulled over for speeding and ticketed for driving without insurance hours before his team was eliminated by the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.

The 6-foot-11 center received a verbal warning for speeding and for driving with a suspended registration, but was fined for the insurance infraction. Police also had Howard's vehicle -- a 2016 Audi Rs7 -- towed.

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George Irvine, who played six seasons in the ABA and went on to coach the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons for five seasons in the NBA, passed away at the age of 69, the Pacers announced.

Irvine died after a battle with cancer, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

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