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NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

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NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was caught on video apparently mocking LeBron James during a wedding over the weekend, while James' Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving eggs him on.

Retired Cavaliers player Brendan Haywood posted the video on Instagram Sunday, with a message saying "shots fired at somebody" and the hashtag (hash)kingwontlikethis.

It shows the two-time NBA MVP pretending to work out with exaggerated moves, an apparent reference to video that James posted on social media that sparked a flurry of fan imitation videos dubbed the (hash)LeBronJamesChallenge.

Irving has asked to be traded, but the team has not said whether it would honor the All-Star point guard's request.

The players were all in Newport, Rhode Island, for the wedding of Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes.

Bucks: Restricted FA Snell re-signs
MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks have re-signed restricted free agent guard Tony Snell, bringing back a backcourt starter and one of the team's best defenders.

Snell set career highs in 2016-17 in points (8.5) and 3-point shooting (40.6 percent) in 80 games, all starts. His 6-foot-7 frame fits in nicely with the Bucks' length on defense.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club on Monday.

Snell was acquired in October from the Chicago Bulls for guard Michael Carter-Williams. He was taken in the first round with the 20th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2013 draft.

Celtics: Guard Larkin signs contract
BOSTON -- The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin.

The deal was announced by the team on Monday.

Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish Cup.

The 24-year-old University of Miami product averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists per game over three seasons playing for the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets.

Hawks: Center Stone waived
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have waived center Diamond Stone, only three weeks he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade.

Stone's 2017-18 contract for $1,312,611 is guaranteed.

Stone averaged 9 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games with Atlanta's Las Vegas summer league team following the July 7 trade.

The Hawks also acquired guard Jamal Crawford, who was waived after agreeing to a buyout of his contract, in the trade. The Hawks also obtained a top-three protected 2018 first-round draft pick and $1.3 million from the Clippers in the deal. The Hawks sent a 2019 second-round pick to Denver.

Banged-up Fultz is latest chapter in Sixers' painful rookie history

Banged-up Fultz is latest chapter in Sixers' painful rookie history

CAMDEN, N.J. — Brett Brown has been here before. The scenario isn’t as drastic in the past, but it’s familiar nonetheless: starting the season with an injured rookie for the fifth straight year.

Markelle Fultz will begin his first NBA season dealing with ongoing right shoulder and right knee soreness. The No. 1 pick is expected to play on opening night Wednesday, but will come off the bench after appearing in only two preseason games. 

Brown has learned to manage this type of situation after years of experience. Nerlens Noel missed Brown’s entire first season because of an ACL injury. Joel Embiid sat out the following two seasons with foot injuries. Ben Simmons suffered a season-ending foot fracture in last year’s training camp. 

The biggest lesson? 

“To go slow,” Brown said. “To not put them in a position where it’s going to produce some difficult times.” 

Fultz was likely to be a starter when the Sixers traded up to draft him first overall in June. The 19-year-old guard hasn’t had that much experience since then thanks to injuries in both summer league and preseason. 

The Sixers face John Wall, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry in the first three games alone. That would be a tall defensive task if Fultz were to start. 

“This league is driven by men, this league is driven by veterans,” Brown said. “To just put him in that environment is just, I think, poor coaching and I’m not doing it.”

Just as Simmons took advice from Embiid during his injury, he is offering words of wisdom to Fultz.

“[You’ve] got to to take your time and you definitely have to take care of your body,” Simmons said. “Put your body first. There’s no need to rush.”

The Sixers have the backcourt depth to adjust without Fultz in the starting lineup. They have been turning to veteran Jerryd Bayless at shooting guard alongside Simmons, their intended backcourt pairing last season. 

In the meantime, Brown will balance Fultz’s health, his growth as an NBA player, and the team’s success. 

“The end game needs to be developing Markelle Fultz," Brown said. 

Joel Embiid disappointed Brett Brown has him on another minutes limit

Joel Embiid disappointed Brett Brown has him on another minutes limit

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid would like to play 48 minutes every game. The Sixers are looking at a maximum of 20 for opening night.

"I don't really know if there's a solid number," Brett Brown said Monday after practice. "I can tell if you were to choose a number, it's somewhere in the teens."

Embiid was hoping for more playing time on Wednesday against the Wizards, his first regular-season game since Jan. 27 (left knee surgery).

"I didn't know about that, but that's very disappointing," Embiid said Monday of the minutes restriction. "I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today's practice and tomorrow's practice."

The Sixers are being cautious with Embiid, who has both a lengthy history of injuries and a massive new contract extension. He clocked 15 minutes in both of his preseason games last week. Embiid felt he could have played twice as many minutes.

While the Sixers aren't ready to go as high as 30 minutes yet, they could exercise some wiggle room based on the flow of the game.

"There will be some minutes restrictions, but it's also a judgment of how is the game being played, not just looking at rote, rigid number," Brown said.

The NBA's new timeout rules could impact Embiid's playing time. The updated format changes include a decrease in the maximum number of timeouts allowed (18 to 14), 75-second team timeouts and fewer timeouts in the final minutes of the game. 

"One of the things that we're doing this year unlike previous years is there's a little bit of a looseness in relation to it doesn't have to be rigid if the game didn't dictate some track meet," Brown said. "This is like I'm coaching in the London Olympic Games again. The game moves. I can have guys at a scorers table for two minutes with no stoppage. So sometimes the torrid pace of a game doesn't favor Jo where you go flying up and down."

In addition to individual games, it remains to be seen if Embiid will be cleared this season for back-to-backs. The Sixers face their first set of consecutive games this Friday and Saturday against the Celtics at home and the Raptors in Toronto.