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Isiah Thomas Asks Mike Brown If He Could Coach One Game Of Finals

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RIO DE JANEIRO—Beating out Serbian Nikola Jokic by .87 points in order to claim the all-around title, U.S. forward Kevin Durant won Olympic gold Friday in men’s individual basketball, becoming the first man to win consecutive golds in the competition since Gary Payton at the 1996 and 2000 Games.

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RIO DE JANEIRO—Immediately recognizing the booming, thunderous voice he hadn’t heard since he was 5 years old as he warmed up ahead of his first heat in the 200-meter individual medley, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly spotted his long-estranged father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, cheering for him Thursday in the stands of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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Isiah Thomas Asks Mike Brown If He Could Coach One Game Of Finals

CLEVELAND—New York Knicks coach and president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas, distraught over his team's failure to make the playoffs and desperate to show that he could be a successful leader in the postseason, approached Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown Monday concerning the possibility of coaching at least one Finals game. "Tell you what—if you win the first two games, how about letting me do the third?" Thomas asked a mostly silent Brown during the 45-minute conference call. "C'mon, what could it hurt? At least let me coach Game 4. Half of Game 4. I could do great things with those guards you got." Although the call concluded without Thomas or Brown coming to an agreement, Brown admitted he was surprised that Thomas also fully expected to act as the Cavaliers' president of basketball operations for the duration of the deal.

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