Sunday Basketball notes

Ex-prep school basketball phenom finds his place

Schea Cotton (right) never played an NBA game, spending just one year at the University of Alabama before a 10-year sojourn around the world in a quest to make the big time.

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Schea Cotton no longer wonders what could have been, and instead embraces his second chance as a mentor.

Avery Bradley said his return to the Celtics was a “no-brainer.”

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Healthy Avery Bradley prepared to lead by example

The Celtics guard is in top condition and has set his sights on a breakout season.

Celtics will open season at home vs. Nets Oct. 29

The schedule includes just one nationally televised game, and will see LeBron James and the Cavaliers visit on Nov. 14.

 Anthony Davis stops Antero Lehto in his tracks; Davis and the US kept the clamps on Finland in a 114-55 romp.

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US routs Finland in Basketball World Cup opener

The US held Finland without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-55 romp in the Basketball World Cup.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Doc Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team.

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to five-year extension

New owner Steve Ballmer gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade, sending Kevin Love to Cleveland.

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Three-team trade makes Kevin Love a Cavalier

Love joins LeBron James in Cleveland, sending Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota.

New owner Steve Ballmer vows to make the Clippers “a better and better basketball team, and a better and better citizen of the Los Angeles community.” Getty Images.

Doc Rivers relieved as Clippers sale goes through

The $2 billion transaction ends Donald Sterling’s run after 33 years as owner of the franchise.

Past Celtics games

2008: The last Celtics championship

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Celtics finished off Lakers for team’s 17th NBA title

Look back in the Boston Globe archives at coverage of the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.