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  • Bosh travels to Toronto for Game 1 of conference semifinal

    May 3, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Miami forward Chris Bosh is in Toronto for the Heat's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Raptors but remains on the inactive list.Bosh has expressed a desire to return to action after missing the final 29 games of the regular season and Miami's first-round victory over Charlotte. The 11-time All-Star has not played since a blood clot was found in his left calf during February's All-Star break in Toronto. It's the second consecutive year Bosh's regular season has ended because of a clot detected over All-Star weekend.

  • Warriors' Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional

    May 3, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.Yet after watching the replay, he understands it sure looked like he did it on purpose - which is what Henderson thought. Varejao said it looked worse than it was.

  • Cavaliers not crying foul over LeBron's lack of free throws

    May 3, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday and proudly showed off a few gray hairs - silvery-speckled souvenirs of job-related stress.''I dyed mine gray,'' Lue joked. ''My Barack Obama look.''Well, Lue may soon be grayer than the president if King James doesn't get to the free-throw line more often.

  • NBA: 5 incorrect non-calls at end of Spurs-Thunder game

    May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA said Tuesday there were five incorrect non-calls on the wild final sequence in San Antonio, including a foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters that referees earlier had already acknowledged they missed.The league agreed with the refs that Waiters should've been whistled for knocking Manu Ginobili back with his elbow to create space to throw an inbounds pass, but also ruled in its Last 2 Minute report that Ginobili first committed a delay-of-game violation by stepping on the sideline as he was defending.

  • Curry wins pro basketball writers' Magic Johnson Award

    May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry has won the Magic Johnson Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the public and media.Curry led the NBA with 30.1 points per game and a record 402 3-pointers in leading the Golden State Warriors to a 73-9 record, best in league history.

  • Refs say they missed call on Waiters, plan to train for it

    May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA referees say their missed foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters as he inbounded the ball was a play they had never seen before.The referees union also said Tuesday on Twitter that they would incorporate the play into their training moving forward.

  • Raptors ratings still struggling to compete with NHL, Jays

    May 3, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Despite getting more attention from Canadian TV viewers, the Toronto Raptors are still struggling to compete with hockey and baseball.Canadian sports network Sportsnet says the Raptors' first-round Game 7 win over the Indiana Pacers had average audience of 1.53 million viewers Sunday night, making it the most-watched Raptors game ever in Canada.

  • Dwyane Wade 'honored' to be Prince's favorite player

    May 3, 2016

    Dwyane Wade says he's feeling ''all kinds of emotions'' after hearing that he was Prince's favorite basketball player.The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince's comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis.

  • Warriors determined to set defensive tone again in Game 2

    May 2, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andrew Bogut has taken to publicly calling himself unflattering names.Such was his mood Monday when someone inquired about the Golden State center often appearing mean and nasty. He used another word to basically refer to himself as a jerk - ''100 percent,'' he said.

  • Australia to host its first Basketball without Borders camp

    May 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Australia will host a Basketball without Borders camp for the first time next month.The NBA and FIBA will bring a camp to Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne from June 23-26, the NBA announced Monday.The camp will bring together the top male players born in 1999 from the Asia-Pacific region to learn from NBA and FIBA players and coaches, and to compete against top young players from the region. The roster of players and coaches will be announced later.

  • George's return has Pacers dreaming of brighter future

    May 2, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers turned what was supposed to be a transitional season into one filled with promise.Paul George regained his All-Star form. Myles Turner emerged as a potential future star, and the Pacers showed they could win while playing distinctly different styles.

  • Hornets future unclear with 4 starters becoming free agents

    May 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have a major decision ahead of them this offseason - keep the core group from a team that tied for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference or revamp the roster by adding new pieces.With four starters set to become free agents and only seven players under contract next season, the Hornets have the flexibility to make major changes if they so choose.

  • Rivers: Clippers will not trade Paul, Griffin or Jordan

    May 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers said Monday that he would not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan during the offseason - regardless of any trade offers that may arise.''I like our core and I like our bench, which was really good this year,'' Rivers said three days after the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers in six games.

  • Capsule preview of the Heat-Raptors second-round series

    May 2, 2016

    A look at the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors that begins Tuesday (with regular-season and playoff records):No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (56-26, 4-3) vs. No. 3 MIAMI HEAT (48-34, 4-3)Season series: Raptors, 3-1. The Heat drilled the Raptors at home in November, rolling to a 20-point victory. But DeMar DeRozan asserted himself in the remaining three games, a 108-94 win in Miami in December, a 101-81 win in Toronto on Jan. 22 and a 112-104 overtime win in March in Toronto.

  • Warriors still hopeful to have Stephen Curry back for Game 3

    May 2, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry was expected back on the court for more light shooting Monday to test his sprained right knee, still with the hope he could be ready to return for Golden State's Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday at Portland.

  • No time to revel in Game 7 wins for Raptors and Heat

    May 2, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The exhilaration of winning Game 7s was short-lived for Toronto and Miami.It's back-to-work time.The Raptors play host to the Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup in Toronto on Tuesday night, a series that starts a mere two days after both teams survived elimination games on their respective home floors. And the objective for both teams on Monday would be finding ways to get ready for a new opponent while keeping the same edge that helped them eliminate their last one.

  • Raptors reach second round for first time 15 years

    May 2, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) After a decade and a half of playoff disappointment, the Toronto Raptors finally got to enjoy a celebratory night of hugs, kisses and happy families.Next up, a second-round date with the Miami Heat.Toronto advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Raptors beat the Pacers 89-84.

  • Heat off to the second round, and Deng a big reason why

    May 2, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Luol Deng's role with the Miami Heat changed out of necessity in February, when the team lost Chris Bosh for the second consecutive season to a blood clot at the All-Star break.It initially seemed like desperation.It's looking more like brilliance now.

  • Oklahoma City still embarrassed by lopsided loss

    May 1, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder were still embarrassed, shocked, frustrated and angry the morning after a horrendous loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their series opener.''All the negative ones you can think of,'' Oklahoma City center Stephen Adams said of the collective mood. ''That's exactly what the whole team's feeling, but then you have your little tantrum and then you just get over it. You've just got to let it go, learn from it.''

  • Blazers' Henderson, Warriors' Varejao ejected for 2 techs

    May 1, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and Golden State Warriors reserve center Anderson Varejao were ejected late in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 1 in the Western Conference semifinals after getting into it for a second time and receiving two technical fouls.

  • Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

    May 2, 2016

    There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk.The whole play took about 3 seconds. And the ball never touched the floor.

  • Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee

    May 1, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later next week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

  • LeBron has more help as Cavs meet Hawks again in playoffs

    May 2, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James plucked the Atlanta Hawks clean and stuffed them for mounting by himself in last year's playoffs.He's got more help now.With Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving healthy and well-rested following a first-round sweep of Detroit, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers enter their series against the Hawks as overwhelming favorites to return to the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs swept the Hawks a year ago on their way to the NBA Finals and have won seven straight over Atlanta.

  • Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Hawks second-round series

    May 1, 2016

    A look at the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks that begins Monday (with regular-season and playoff records):No. 1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (57-25, 4-0) vs. No. 4 ATLANTA HAWKS (48-34, 4-2)Season series: Cavaliers, 3-0. Cleveland had a pair of double-digit wins at home and pulled out a two-point overtime victory at Atlanta, sweeping the regular-season series for the first time since 2004-05. LeBron James averaged 27.3 points and shot 58 percent, adding 11 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. The Hawks shot better than 40 percent just once and finished at just 40.7 percent in the three games.

  • Warriors prepare for round 2 vs. Blazers without Curry

    May 1, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's knee injury did little to slow down the Golden State Warriors in their first-round series.Surviving without the reigning league MVP figures to be a little bit harder in the second round against Portland.Golden State opens the best-of-seven series against the Trail Blazers on Sunday with Curry on the sideline and the knowledge that Portland is able to handle a full-strength Warriors squad after handing them their most lopsided loss of the season.

  • Walton has unfinished work with Warriors before Lakers job

    April 30, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton was in no rush to leave his job as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.He won an NBA championship his first season, went 39-4 as interim coach in place of Steve Kerr to start this season and was part of a team that set the single-season record for wins in the regular season.

  • Battered and bloodied Clippers exit playoffs early again

    April 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The battered and bloodied Los Angeles Clippers fought to the end only to exit the playoffs early once again.Together for five years now, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have yet to make it past the second round and this time, they weren't even around when the Clippers lost in six games to the Portland Trail Blazers after owning a 2-0 lead. Paul went out with a broken right hand in Game 4, when Griffin re-aggravated the left quadriceps injury that cost him 41 games this season.

  • Hawks get another playoff shot at King James and Cavaliers

    April 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks were a work in progress much of the season, a team that went from relying on a dazzling, spread-the-ball offense to a grittier, defensive-minded bunch.They're hoping that will serve them well heading into an NBA playoff rematch with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • Game 7's to decide Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Indiana series

    April 30, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The mere mention of Game 7 got Dwyane Wade's undivided attention.He knows there's nothing better.There were two ultimate games in the entirety of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and there will be two on Sunday alone as the first round of this postseason draws to a close. Charlotte goes to Miami in the afternoon and then Indiana plays at Toronto in the evening, the winners of those games to quickly move on to an Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against one another on Tuesday.

  • Capsule preview of the Warriors-Trail Blazers series

    April 30, 2016

    A look at the Western Conference semifinal series between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers that begins Sunday (with regular-season and playoff records):No. 1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (73-9, 4-1) vs. No. 5 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (44-38, 4-2)

  • Blazers have proven the doubters wrong into the 2nd round

    April 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers continue to surprise this season, even if they benefited by untimely injuries for the Los Angeles Clippers.Now they could be helped by another key injury.After facing a Clippers' team unable to recover from the loss of stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Blazers advanced to the face the Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • Austin Rivers' face is bloodied in game against Blazers

    April 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Los Angeles guard Austin Rivers left the Clippers' first-round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night with a bloody cut above his left eye that required 11 stitches.Rivers was injured in a collision with Portland's Al-Farouq Aminu midway through the first quarter. He was escorted to the locker room by trainers but returned before the end of the first half.

  • Lakers hire Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach

    April 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers reached an agreement Friday night with the Golden State assistant to become their head coach, dramatically choosing a young leader for their new era after Kobe Bryant.

  • Lakers reach agreement with Golden State assistant Luke Walton as their head coach

    April 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers reach agreement with Golden State assistant Luke Walton as their head coach.

  • Rockets must find coach in wake of first-round ouster

    April 29, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets' season got off to a disappointing start.So it was fitting that it ended in similar fashion.The Rockets narrowly avoided missing the playoffs and barely put up a fight before their first-round elimination by Golden State in Game 5 wrapped up a tough season. Now they face many offseason questions, the biggest being who will coach this team and whether Dwight Howard will opt out of the last year of his contract and become a free agent.

  • Batum 'running on adrenaline' in Game 6 after birth of child

    April 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said he's ''running on adrenaline'' as he prepares for Game 6 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat following the birth of his son early Friday.Batum's wife gave birth to their child, Aiden, shortly after midnight Friday. Batum said he'd only slept about two hours.

  • LeBron 'not fond' of NBA's reviews of officiating

    April 29, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't a fan of the NBA's officiating reviews.''I'm not fond of it,'' he said Friday.James was asked about the league's postgame reports in the aftermath of former Miami teammate Dwyane Wade's complaints that he was fouled in the closing seconds of a loss to Charlotte in a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night. In its review of the game's final two minutes, the league said the officials got a call correct in not assessing a foul on a play involving Wade and Hornets players Courtney Lee and Cody Zeller.

  • Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason

    April 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season.It also left Boston with lots of questions following its second straight first-round exit from the playoffs - this one, a six-game loss to the Atlanta Hawks - with a young roster that probably still needs a few more pieces to make the next step.

  • Curry rehabbing right knee several times a day to get back

    April 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is rehabbing his injured right knee about three times a day, spending four to five hours at the Warriors' practice facility to try to get back on the court for the defending champions as soon as possible.And, if there's any chance he can pull it off, that will be ahead of the initial two-week timeline Golden State general manager Bob Myers guessed. It's the playoffs, and the reigning MVP realizes he probably won't be fully 100 percent when he returns.

  • Drug dealers use 'Steph Curry' likeness to market heroin

    April 29, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.Regional transit police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted a picture of several packets featuring Curry's face and name. His caption read, ''Thinking Steph Curry wouldn't be happy that he is this week's brand for heroin in Philly.''

  • LeBron, Cavaliers refocus with Hawks waiting in playoffs

    April 29, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers weren't flinging any footballs or dancing on Friday - at least not in public.The fun and games have been put on hold. It's time to get serious again.After two days to relax, a few light workouts and some post-practice shenanigans, which included LeBron James throwing a football with J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert busting out dance moves, the Cavs refocused for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

  • Capsule preview of the Spurs-Thunder second-round series

    April 29, 2016

    A look at the Western Conference semifinal series between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder (with regular-season and playoff records):No. 2 SAN ANTONIO SPURS (67-15, 4-0) vs. No. 3 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (55-27, 4-1)Season series: Tied, 2-2. The Thunder beat the Spurs in the season opener for both teams and they didn't meet again until March, when both teams were headed toward rest mode. Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all missed the Thunder's 111-92 victory on March 26 - Leonard was the only one actually hurt with a bruised right quad - while Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all sat out the Spurs' overtime victory on April 12. Durant and Westbrook both averaged 27 points in three games, while Leonard had 28 per game in his three appearances.

  • Durant-Leonard matchup highlights Thunder vs. Spurs

    April 29, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two years ago, the Thunder's Kevin Durant tweeted that Kawhi Leonard was a good player who got a lot of help from the San Antonio Spurs' system.Durant recognizes the Leonard Oklahoma City is about to square off against is much more. In fact, Durant is so impressed that he checks how Leonard performs each game.

  • Hawks confident heading into 2nd round rematch with Cavs

    April 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Hawks overcame fifty years of sour playoff memories to get by a hobbled Boston team and into the second round of the NBA playoffs.Their reward is rematch with King James.The Hawks will see a Cleveland team that is rested and maybe even a little hungrier than it was last year when it swept Atlanta out of the Eastern Conference finals despite being at less than full strength.

  • ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

    April 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly 0 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.Silna's younger brother and Spirits of St. Louis co-owner Daniel Silna told The Associated Press that his brother's funeral was held Thursday. Ozzie Silna died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital after a brief illness, his brother said.

  • Kings hire Catanella as assistant general manager

    April 28, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have hired Ken Catanella as assistant general manager.General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Thursday to add a salary cap expert to his front office. Catanella spent the past five years as director of basketball operations and assistant general manager for Detroit. He has also worked for the league office and the Nets.

  • Livingston enjoying the moment filling in for injured Curry

    April 28, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shaun Livingston's left leg could have been amputated nine years ago.The knee injury he suffered while with the Clippers in 2007 was that severe. Going for a layup, Livingston's leg buckled backward, parallel to the court, when he fell in a freak accident. He screamed and writhed in agony.

  • Hornets C Spencer Hawes out for remainder of series vs Heat

    April 28, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets say backup center Spencer Hawes will miss the remainder of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.The Hornets lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Friday night.

  • Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance

    April 28, 2016

    Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game.This time, they're looking to win a series.After engineering big turnarounds with three straight victories, the Trail Blazers and Hornets will be playing for spots in the second round when they host Game 6s on Friday night.

  • NBA says Wade wasn't fouled in final seconds of Game 5 loss

    April 28, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade does not read the NBA's reviews of officiating in the last 2 minutes of close games, which might be a wise move in this particular case.He wouldn't have liked what the league said Thursday.And it seems referees could do without the NBA's after-the-fact public critiques as well.

  • No longer rebuilding, Pistons hope to improve in offseason

    April 28, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have finally moved beyond the rebuilding stage.After their first playoff appearance since 2009, Stan Van Gundy's Pistons can look ahead to the offseason knowing that if they simply keep their current starting lineup intact, the future could be fairly bright. That's not to say that Detroit will stand pat, but the team's key players are young enough that the Pistons can envision more success if this group stays together.

  • Cavs coach Lue believes David Blatt deserves another chance

    April 28, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would like to see his former boss, David Blatt, get another NBA job.Blatt was fired in January despite a 30-11 record and replaced by Lue, who guided Cleveland to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • The Latest: Even LeBron and Cavs ready for NFL draft

    April 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Latest on the first day of the NFL draft (all times local):2:00 p.m.Even the Cleveland Cavaliers had football fever on draft day.After practice ended Thursday, the Cavs, who are waiting to see who they'll play in the second round of the NBA playoffs, hurled footballs across the courts at their indoor training facility.

  • Warriors reach second round with MVP Stephen Curry sidelined

    April 28, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: ''Strength in Numbers.'' They are bought into this mantra, all right.Now more so than ever with Stephen Curry on the sidelines. Poll a few Warriors and they surely will bring up the defending champions' depth and ability to push forward, no matter who goes down.

  • Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

    April 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday before Game 5 of the playoffs against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, who said Walton could interview once the first-round series is done. The Warriors held a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series going into Wednesday.

  • AP Source: Knicks interview Blatt for coaching job

    April 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have interviewed former Cleveland coach David Blatt for their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson met with Blatt this week, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are private.

  • Doc Rivers brought to tears in pregame interview session

    April 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers coach Doc Rivers' eyes welled with tears and he became choked up before his team played Portland in Game 5 of their first-round series.During his pregame availability Wednesday night, Rivers was asked who he leans on to get through after losing injured stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

  • Emerging trend: Coaches given president's title in NBA

    April 27, 2016

    A day after Stan Van Gundy's first game as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons last season, he was asked to give an assessment of the coach in the 89-79 loss to the Denver Nuggets.''My front office was not very happy with the coach last night,'' Van Gundy quipped. ''He admonished the coach.''

  • Hawks, Celtics alone on playoff stage in close out game

    April 27, 2016

    After a frenzied start to the week that saw some of the NBA's top players sidelined by injuries, Thursday will mark the quietest night in the NBA playoffs so far, with only one game scheduled.Meanwhile, the East's top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers - who certainly remember what it was like a year ago when they were bitten by postseason injuries - continue to play the waiting game following their first-round sweep of Detroit.

  • Stevens: Celtics' Thomas on track to play Game 6 vs. Hawks

    April 27, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says that all signs point toward Isaiah Thomas being able to play in Game 6 against the Hawks.Stevens said Wednesday that he'd gotten all positive updates on the All-Star guard's status, who limped to the locker room with a mild left ankle sprain in the closing minutes of Tuesday's 110-83 loss in Atlanta. Stevens said Thomas didn't experience much swelling and ''he feels good.'' Boston hosts Atlanta Thursday night.

  • Cavaliers making most of long break between playoff rounds

    April 27, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving's freakish knee injury in the NBA Finals last year taught him a valuable lesson about what it takes to get through a postseason.''A lot of luck,'' he said.One year after medical misfortune sabotaged their title hopes, the Cavaliers, unlike the Golden State Warriors, are relatively healthy as they wait to find out if they'll play Boston or Atlanta in the second round. Cleveland came out of its first-round sweep of Detroit in good shape, and the Cavs should be close to 100 percent when they open their series against either the Celtics of Hawks next week.

  • New coach Brooks: Focus is on Wizards players, not Durant

    April 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) New Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks was surprised it took so long to get the question. Almost 15 minutes into his introductory news conference he was asked, ''Let's get this out of the way: Are you going to bring Kevin Durant here?''

  • Cavalier making most of long break between playoff rounds

    April 27, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving expressed empathy toward stars Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, who have sustained injuries in this year's NBA playoffs.After breaking a kneecap in last year's finals, Irving knows how difficult it is to get hurt at the most critical time in the season. Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained knee, damaging Golden State's title hopes and Paul is out for the Los Angeles Clippers with a broken hand. Paul's injury is a devastating double shot for the Clippers, who also lost Blake Griffin with a leg injury.

  • Jordan reiterates Hornets opposed to discrimination

    April 26, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan reiterated that the Charlotte Hornets are opposed to House Bill 2, which was recently passed in North Carolina and could prevent the NBA All-Star Game from coming to Charlotte.Jordan said in a statement Tuesday to the Charlotte Observer that the Hornets ''are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment.''

  • Warriors are confident in their depth even without Curry

    April 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green is going to tell it like it is, and he insists these Golden State Warriors have few issues when it comes to confidence.Even playing without injured superstar Stephen Curry.''We're still very confident. If I sat here and told you our confidence level is the same without Steph, that's a lie,'' Green said after Tuesday's practice. ''I think our confidence level with Steph is through the roof. It's beyond high. Without Steph, it's still out the roof. We're not losing much confidence. We still believe in ourselves. We still think it's very possible for us to make a run. We're going to hold it down `til he gets back.''

  • Thibodeau's role w/Wolves: 'It's about alignment, not power'

    April 26, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau came to Minnesota for the impressive young core of talent assembled.He came to the Timberwolves for the shiny new facilities and the chance to take over a team that has been at the bottom of the NBA and bring it back into the playoffs.

  • Owners of Pistons, Cavs trying to bring MLS to Detroit

    April 26, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up to try to bring a Major League Soccer team to downtown Detroit.MLS says Commissioner Don Garber will be in Detroit on Wednesday for meetings with the potential ownership group, and there's a news conference scheduled for that day. Garber recently said Detroit was a candidate to get a team.

  • Griffin out for rest of playoffs, Paul has hand surgery

    April 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul had right hand surgery Tuesday, leaving the stunned Los Angeles Clippers without their top two players for the remainder of their first-round series against Portland.

  • Nowitzki not retiring, all but certain to return to Mavs

    April 26, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki is not retiring and almost certainly will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.The 7-foot German even says he might have to ''unretire'' from his national team if uncertainty with European basketball leads to a pre-Olympic tournament ending up in Nowitzki's home country this summer.

  • Warriors look to advance, Clippers, Heat aim for home wins

    April 26, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) There's been the unexpected, like Golden State's Stephen Curry going down with a knee injury for at least two weeks and the Clippers' Chris Paul getting sidelined by a broken hand.Then there's been the expected, like Charlotte and Miami giving each other problems in a series that's been wildly back and forth.

  • Washington announces Scott Brooks as Wizards next head coach

    April 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have announced the hiring of Scott Brooks as their new head coach, replacing Randy Wittman.Brooks reached a five-year agreement with the team last week. He will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.As coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooks went 338-207 in seven seasons and helped develop Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook into perennial All-Stars. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012.

  • Warriors-Rockets Game 4: most 1st-round viewers since '02

    April 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 4 of the Warriors-Rockets series drew the largest television audience for the first round of the NBA playoffs in 14 years.With MVP Stephen Curry returning from an ankle injury then spraining his knee late in the first half, Golden State's 121-94 victory Sunday averaged more than 7.2 million viewers on ABC.

  • Golden State's Steve Kerr wins Coach of the Year

    April 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Steve Kerr tried to cope with the headaches, nausea, pain and other concerning symptoms, there were times he wondered whether he would even come back to coach the Golden State Warriors this season, whether he even should return to the bench if not 100 percent healthy.

  • Warriors prepare for life without MVP Stephen Curry

    April 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry is on the court, the Golden State Warriors offense is nearly unstoppable.Play Curry tight to take away his 3-point shot and he's apt to drive past and get to the basket. Take away the drive and he can shoot from almost anywhere inside the halfcourt line. Trap him on a pick and roll and he's perfectly content getting the ball to another playmaker like Draymond Green and allowing his teammates to exploit a four-on-three advantage.

  • Thunder use balance to advance past Mavericks

    April 26, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have developed multiple scoring threats around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and that could make their Western Conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs interesting.In Oklahoma City's first-round series against Dallas, the Thunder shot 47.6 percent from the field. Durant and Westbrook posted their usual scoring numbers, both averaging 26 points per game. But Durant shot an unusually low 36.8 percent in the series.

  • Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

    April 26, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers' Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.It was not clear exactly how the nine-time All-Star was injured, but it appeared he may have bent his wrist awkwardly when defending Portland's Gerald Henderson on a layup.

  • Lakers GM Kupchak hopes his coaching search isn't lengthy

    April 25, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't think his search for a new coach will take a long time.Kupchak told the team's official television network Monday that he has a large list of candidates to be the Lakers' fourth full-time coach since 2011, but expects to narrow the field quickly.

  • Raptors' Dwane Casey wins PBWA's Rudy Tomjanovich Award

    April 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto's Dwane Casey has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA coach who combines cooperation with the media and fans with excellence on the court.Casey beat out Charlotte's Steve Clifford, the Clippers' Doc Rivers, Boston's Brad Stevens and Detroit's Stan Van Gundy in voting Monday.

  • NBA: No foul on Jackson's shot to end Cavs' win over Pistons

    April 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Reggie Jackson was not fouled on the final play of Detroit's loss to Cleveland, when the point guard complained after the game that referees should be penalized for mistakes.Jackson rushed up the floor and missed a jumper under heavy pressure from Kyrie Irving as the Cavaliers finished off a 100-98 victory Sunday that gave them a four-game sweep.

  • After sweep, Cavs wait for next opponent in NBA playoffs

    April 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers don't know who they'll play next in the NBA playoffs, but they know when they'll play.After sweeping eighth-seeded Detroit in the first round, Cleveland has a full week to rest up before its next game. The NBA announced on Monday that the Cavs will host Game 1 against either Boston or Atlanta on May 2. The series between the Celtics and Hawks is tied at two games apiece. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Atlanta.

  • Mejri, Lee out for Dallas against Oklahoma City playoff game

    April 25, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dallas faces elimination without two of its interior threats.Center Salah Mejri and forward David Lee missed Monday's playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with injuries. Dallas trails the series 3-1.Mejri initially strained his right hip in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. The 7-foot-2 rookie center from Tunisia started the playoff opener against the Thunder, then came off the bench the next three games.

  • Whiteside will start Game 4 against Hornets; Batum out

    April 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will start Game 4 against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night despite missing the last two practices with a bruised right thigh.Whiteside's status had been listed as a game-time decision.Says Miami coach Erick Spoelstra, ''Hopefully the adrenaline will kick in and he'll get through it.''

  • Celtics-Hawks, Pacers-Raptors all even going to Game 5

    April 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) At this stage of an NBA playoff series, there's not much need for extra film work, no point in making any big adjustments.When two teams are tied heading into their fifth meeting in less than two weeks, familiarity is not an issue.''We know what they're trying to do and they know what we're trying to do,'' said Atlanta's Kyle Korver, looking ahead to Tuesday night's crucial Game 5 against Boston. ''There's nothing the other team has not seen before.''

  • Lingering back injury limits Mahinmi at Pacers' practice

    April 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi was limited to non-contact drills at practice Monday because of a lingering lower back injury.Mahinmi has been listed as questionable for most of the playoff series against Toronto but has started all four games, with the series tied 2-2. On Saturday, Mahinmi scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds and five assists, which were both playoff career highs.

  • Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

    April 25, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks for Golden State with a sprained ligament in his right knee, dealing a blow to the Warriors' hopes of following a record-breaking season with a second straight championship.The Warriors said an MRI on Curry's knee Monday determined he had a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

  • Tough choices ahead for Grizzlies with painful season over

    April 25, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies took care of things they could control by assembling a roster good enough to challenge for the NBA title.They couldn't manage players' health, and injuries derailed a promising season. Now, they face some tough decisions heading into the offseason.

  • No heartbreak: Cavs' sweep saves Bieber concert in Cleveland

    April 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Go ahead and scream, Beliebers.The Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons and spared Justin Bieber fans any heartbreak.Cleveland's four-game romp over Detroit prevented a concert by the pop superstar scheduled for Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena from being postponed and rescheduled for another date. Bieber's sold-out show was in jeopardy because Game 5 in the series was also set for Tuesday.

  • Young Pistons have plenty of potential after playoff berth

    April 25, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Moments after his season ended, Detroit star Andre Drummond was asked about free throws - clearly not his favorite topic.''You think I sit around all day and not work on it?'' he asked.Drummond's woeful free throw shooting is becoming a bigger issue because the Pistons will face higher expectations in the future. Detroit - thanks in large part to Drummond's impressive work around the basket - made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2009 before being swept by Cleveland in the first round. With a young roster that improved significantly this season, the Pistons will expect to be back in the postseason again, and the question now is whether they can take another step and actually win a series.

  • All eyes on MRI exam on Stephen Curry's injured knee

    April 25, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's record-setting run toward a second consecutive NBA championship may come down to an MRI on the sprained right knee of Stephen Curry.The NBA's reigning MVP missed the second half of a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 on Sunday and was expected to have the medical test later Monday.

  • Hornets' Batum out, Whiteside a game-time decision for Heat

    April 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for Game 4 against Miami, while Heat center Hassan White's status will be a game-time decision in their first round series Monday night.Miami leads the series 2-1.Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Monday Batum was unable to participate in shootaround and will miss his second straight game with a strained foot. The Hornets beat the Heat 96-80 in Game 3 despite Batum's absence.

  • Cavs head into second round looking sharp and healthy

    April 25, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) When LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept Boston in the first round of last year's playoffs, their championship hopes had already taken a major hit because of an injury to Kevin Love.Not so this season. The Cavs took four straight games from Detroit - and look no worse for wear after doing it.

  • Face of fracas? Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

    April 25, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City's rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control.LeBron James steadfastly believes he won't have the same problem, even though the Cleveland star was called out twice by Detroit early in a first-round matchup of division rivals that don't really like each other.

  • Warriors face more uncertainty with Curry entering Game 5

    April 25, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Golden State Warriors are facing the possibility of another playoff game without star Stephen Curry.Curry missed the second half of a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 on Sunday with a sprained right knee and will have an MRI on Monday.

  • Spurs ready to wait for semifinals after sweep of Memphis

    April 25, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know they didn't face a fair fight in the first-round of the playoffs, so they took what they could in sweeping an injury-depleted opponent.A physical test they hope prepared them for the Western Conference semifinals.

  • Byron Scott won't return to coach Lakers next season

    April 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the team announced late Sunday night.Scott coached the Lakers for the two worst seasons in the 16-time NBA champion franchise's history, going 38-126. The Lakers are making another break from the Kobe Bryant era by firing the coach who shepherded the superstar guard's farewell season, but couldn't coax many wins out of an otherwise dismal roster.

  • AP source: Byron Scott won't return to coach Lakers

    April 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday night.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced Scott's firing yet.

  • Green has strong reaction to strange question from reporter

    April 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Draymond Green rebuked a reporter who tried to make a correlation between Golden State's playoff wins in Houston and recent flooding in the area after the Warriors' Game 4 victory on Sunday.The reporter stumbled over the question that began with: ''So Draymond, here's an interesting question.''

  • Curry to have MRI Monday on his sprained his right knee.

    April 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee in Game 4 against Houston.Curry was injured on the final play of the first half on Sunday when he slid awkwardly to the court while defending and immediately grabbed his knee.

  • NBA fines Westbrook, Durant for Game 4 violations

    April 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for violations in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series.Westbrook was fined ,000 on Sunday for directing inappropriate language at a fan in Dallas after he was fouled by Salah Mejri on a drive to the basket during the Thunder's 119-108 victory Saturday.

  • Thunder look to advance; Hornets, Blazers try to even series

    April 25, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With the ebb and flow to the NBA playoffs, momentum can quickly shift.The Oklahoma City Thunder have it. The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers hope to steal it.OKC leads the Dallas Mavericks 3-1, and will try to advance with a win at home Monday night. The series has included plenty of pushing and jawing, technical fouls and even a rare ejection for Kevin Durant. The teams are about a dead heat in non-basketball activity, but Oklahoma City has dominated most of the action that relates to the scoreboard.

  • Curry out in second half with sprained right knee

    April 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry sprained his right knee on the final play of the first half Sunday and won't return in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.Curry slid awkwardly to the court while defending and immediately grabbed his knee. He got up and looked to have trouble putting weight on it before jogging with a limp to the locker room. He came out with the team after halftime, but sat on the bench for most of the warmup time. After talking with coaches, he returned to the locker room.

  • Curry doesn't start 2nd half with apparent knee injury

    April 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry did not start the second half of Game 4 against the Houston Rockets on Sunday after slipping and appearing to injure his right knee.Curry slid awkwardly to the court on the last play of the first half and immediately grabbed his knee. He got up and looked to have trouble putting weight on it before jogging with a limp to the locker room. He came out with the team after halftime, but sat on the bench for most of the warmup time. After talking with coaches, he returned to the locker room.

  • Stevens: Celtics F Kelly Olynyk will play Game 4 vs Atlanta

    April 24, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says forward Kelly Olynyk is available for Sunday night's game against Atlanta.Olynyk has missed the last two games of the first-round playoff series with a shoulder injury.Stevens says he isn't sure how much Olynyk will play.

  • Curry to play in Game 4 for Warriors vs Rockets

    April 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will play on Sunday against the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series.Curry sprained his right ankle in the series opener and missed the last two games. Golden State won the first one without him, but Houston took Game 3 on Thursday night to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

  • Lights go out during Game 4 between Spurs-Grizzlies

    April 24, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A power surge that knocked out the main lights at the FedExForum caused a 19-minute delay during Game 4 of the playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.JaMychal Green had just turned the ball over on an offensive foul, with the Spurs heading down court when the main lights went out. Both teams went to their benches while officials checked on the problem.

  • Hornets F Batum unsure if he'll play in Game 4 against Heat

    April 24, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum hasn't ruled himself out for Game 4 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.Batum missed Game 3 with a strained left foot. The Hornets won 96-80 on Saturday night to pull the series to 2-1.

  • LeBron James says no Olympic commitment yet

    April 24, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James says he has not committed to play for the United States at the Olympics.A message Saturday on the Twitter account of longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey said James and Carmelo Anthony had accepted Olympic invites.James spoke at Cleveland's shootaround Sunday before a playoff game at Detroit. When asked if he has committed to the Rio Games, he said: ''I have not.''

  • Thunder, Mavericks get testy again in front of OKC bench

    April 23, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The testy first-round series between regional rivals Oklahoma City and Dallas got a little testier.Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Mavericks center Salah Mejri were assessed double technicals in Game 4 on Saturday night over an incident in front of the Oklahoma City bench that started when Anthony Morrow refused to give the ball to Mejri after the Thunder threw it out of bounds.

  • Mavs' Williams leaves early after aggravating sports hernia

    April 23, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Deron Williams' attempt to play through a sports hernia in Game 4 of a first-round series against Oklahoma City lasted less than 2 minutes.Williams started Saturday night after missing Dallas' loss in Game 3. But he aggravated the injury while chasing a loose ball and running into the scorer's table just 40 seconds into the game.

  • Spurs, Cavs look to sweep; Celtics, Rockets try to get even

    April 23, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs know finishing off a playoff series is challenging. Being a win away from sweeping an opponent is even harder.The Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of advancing in in the postseason and setting themselves up for a little extra rest.

  • Curry expected to play in Game 4 for Golden State

    April 23, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry is expected to play Sunday in Game 4 of Golden State's first-round series against Houston.Curry sprained his right ankle in the series opener and missed the last two games. Golden State won the first one without him, but Houston took Game 3 on Thursday night to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

  • Celtics G Thomas avoids suspension for swipe at Schroder

    April 23, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was spared a suspension for taking a swing at Atlanta's Dennis Schroder, remaining eligible for Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Hawks after getting hit Saturday with a flagrant foul instead.

  • Chris Bosh makes trip to Charlotte to support Heat teammates

    April 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwyane Wade asked Chris Bosh to send him text messages during the Miami Heat's playoff trip to Charlotte, hoping his fellow All-Star would offer feedback on what he was seeing back home on television.Bosh apparently wanted a different view.

  • Hornets to start Jefferson, Kaminsky in Game 3 vs. Miami

    April 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says veteran Al Jefferson and rookie Frank Kaminsky will start Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Saturday night to give his lineup more height.Marvin Williams will start at small forward for the injured Nicolas Batum, who is out with a strained left foot.

  • Celtic's Smart fined ,000 for flop in Game 3 vs Hawks

    April 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart ,000 for violating its anti-flopping rules during Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.The NBA announced the fine on Saturday. The league says the flop occurred with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 111-103 win on Friday night.

  • Pacers planning to plug Myles Turner into starting lineup

    April 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel will start rookie forward Myles Turner on Saturday against Toronto.Turner replaces veteran Lavoy Allen, who averaged 2.0 points and 4.3 rebounds during the first three games in the playoffs. The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 after winning at Indiana on Thursday.

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley wins Joe Dumars sportsmanship award

    April 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies joins rare company as a two-time winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.The NBA announced Saturday that Conley joins Grant Hill (3) and Jason Kidd (2) as multiple winners since the award's inception in the 1996. The point guard also won in 2014.

  • NBA: Harden should've been called for foul on winning shot

    April 23, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA said Friday that Houston's James Harden should have been given an offensive foul for pushing Golden State's Andre Iguodala before his winning shot Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.The Rockets trailed by a point when Harden dribbled down the court and pushed Iguodala before stepping back for the shot with 2.7 seconds left that gave Houston a 97-96 win and cut the Rockets' series deficit to 2-1.

  • Injured foot will keep Grizzlies' Martin out 'quite a while'

    April 22, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Friday that Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will be out ''quite a while'' with an injured left foot that has him officially out of Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Blazers looking for more shots to fall in Game 3

    April 22, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard is taking a pragmatic approach to his shooting struggles in Portland's first two playoff games: It will pass.Lillard has uncharacteristically hit just 13 of 39 shots from the field, or 33 percent, to open the series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Normally proficient from the perimeter, he's made just three of 13 3-point attempts.

  • Celtics' Olynyk out, Hawks' Schroder may play in Game 3

    April 22, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Celtics center Kelly Olynyk will miss his second straight game with a sore right shoulder, while the Hawks remained hopeful that backup point guard Dennis Schroder would available for the Game 3 after spraining his left ankle.Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game Friday night that Olynyk was ''feeling a little bit better'' but was having some shifting issues in his shoulder and still in a fair amount of pain. He also did not participate in a pregame shoot around or walkthrough.

  • NBA: Harden should been called for foul on winning shot

    April 22, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA said Friday that Houston's James Harden should have been given an offensive foul for pushing Golden State's Andre Iguodala before his winning shot Thursday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.The Rockets trailed by a point when Harden dribbled down the court and pushed Iguodala before stepping back for the shot with 2.7 seconds left that gave Houston a 97-96 win and cut the Rockets' series deficit to 2-1.

  • Hornets, Blazers need a win; Thunder, Raptors seek 3-1 leads

    April 22, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers are hoping a change in venue will provide some mojo in the NBA playoffs, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors look to take commanding 3-1 leads in their first-round series on Saturday.

  • Curry says he'll be very surprised if he doesn't play Game 4

    April 22, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry said Friday that he'll be very surprised if his sprained right ankle keeps him out in Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Sunday.Curry was injured in the series opener and missed the last two games. Golden State won the first one without him, but Houston took Game 3 on Thursday night to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

  • Grizzlies' Martin won't play in Game 3 due to sore left foot

    April 22, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left foot.Martin joins a lengthy list of injured Grizzlies. Memphis also is missing Mike Conley (left Achilles tendinitis), Marc Gasol (right foot fracture), Jordan Adams (right knee surgery) and Brandan Wright (right medial collateral ligament sprain).

  • Blazers' McCollum wins NBA's Most Improved Player

    April 22, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum won the NBA's Most Improved Player award in his first season as a starter for the Trail Blazers, dramatically improving his scoring average by more than 14 points over last season.''In my mind I always felt like I was a good player, so when you hear `most improved' you think, he was sorry, and he got better,''' McCollum said Friday. ''But now I understand that it comes from hard work. It's based on perception, not having played, not having the body of work to show for it.''

  • Grizzlies' Martin won't play in Game 5 due to sore left foot

    April 22, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore left foot.Martin joins a lengthy list of injured Grizzlies. Memphis also is missing Mike Conley (left Achilles tendinitis), Marc Gasol (right foot fracture), Jordan Adams (right knee surgery) and Brandan Wright (right medial collateral ligament sprain).

  • Durant: Happy ex-coach Brooks back in NBA, focused on Mavs

    April 22, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Kevin Durant says he's happy new Washington coach Scott Brooks is back in the NBA a year after being let go by Oklahoma City.That doesn't mean Durant is - or isn't - heading to Washington.When asked about the theory the Wizards hired Brooks to lure him closer to home in free agency this summer, Durant said, ''I ain't really into theories. I'm focused on the Mavericks.''

  • Blazers' McCollum wins NBA's Most Improved Player; Curry 4th

    April 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Portland guard CJ McCollum has won the NBA's Most Improved Player award, while Stephen Curry finished fourth after winning the MVP award last season.McCollum more than tripled his scoring average from 2014-15 and helped the Trail Blazers finish fifth in the Western Conference after losing four starters last summer. He finished with 20.8 points per game in his third season, a 14-point increase.

  • Hornets F Batum ruled out for Game vs. Heat

    April 21, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for Saturday night's Game 3 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained left foot.Miami leads the best-of-seven series 2-0, with the games shifting to Charlotte.

  • Golden State's Curry out for Game 3 against Houston Rockets

    April 21, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry will miss Game 3 of a first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night because of a sprained right ankle.It will be the second straight game that last year's MVP has missed after he was injured in the series opener.

  • AP Sources: Scott Brooks to be Washington Wizards next coach

    April 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Scott Brooks is on his way to Washington, the latest move made by the Wizards that could have the added benefit of enticing Kevin Durant to return home this summer.The Wizards reached agreement with Brooks to become the team's new coach on Thursday, said two people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

  • More intensity? Maybe, as Cavs, Hawks, Spurs chase 3-0 leads

    April 22, 2016

    There have been verbal jabs, untimely injuries, and plenty of lopsided results.One thing the three playoffs series moving to Game 3s on Friday haven't provided much of is drama.That is expected to change as the Cavaliers, Hawks and Spurs look to take commanding 3-0 leads in their respective series. The will be facing desperate opponents, with the Pistons, Celtics and Grizzlies essentially fighting for their playoff lives.

  • Mahinmi will start when Pacers-Raptors series resumes

    April 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi will start Thursday night when the Pacers and Toronto Raptors resume their first-round playoff series.Coach Frank Vogel made the announcement during his pregame comments. Following a morning shootaround in Indianapolis, Mahinmi told reporters that his sore back was feeling better and he would ''be good to go.'' Vogel said Mahinmi had been out of contract drills during the workout before Game 3.

  • AP Sources: Wizards come to agreement with Scott Brooks

    April 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Two people familiar with the deal say the Washington Wizards have reached an agreement with Scott Brooks to become the team's new coach.The people said the two sides reached the agreement on Thursday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

  • Silver: Change in NC law needed for All-Star in Charlotte

    April 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been ''crystal clear'' that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes.Political and business leaders he's spoken with in the state believe it will, so he's holding off for now on setting any deadlines for when the NBA might act.

  • Schroder still questionable for Hawks with ankle injury

    April 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Dennis Schroder did not practice Thursday because of an injured left ankle and remains questionable for Game 3 of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics.Schroder was hurt in the closing minutes of Tuesday's 89-72 victory over the Celtics, which gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Mahinmi, Ross could play when Pacers-Raptors series resumes

    April 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi expects to play Thursday night when the Pacers and Toronto resume their first-round playoff series.Following a morning shootaround in Indianapolis, Mahinmi told reporters that his sore back was feeling better and he would ''be good to go.'' A few minutes later, coach Frank Vogel said Mahinmi did not participate in contact drills and was questionable for Game 3.

  • The NBA makes new play in Africa in pursuit of fans

    April 21, 2016

    The NBA is making a new play for fans in Africa by splitting with the continent's biggest sports broadcaster and teaming up with a Zimbabwean telecommunications entrepreneur who started his first business with .The NBA announced Thursday that it has a new multiyear deal with Econet Media to show live games and other NBA programs on Econet's pay TV, Internet and mobile platforms in sub-Saharan Africa from the 2016-17 season. The deal makes Econet the NBA's official broadcaster in sub-Saharan Africa and will offer viewers over 500 games a year, the NBA said, including the playoffs and finals. It also includes WNBA games.

  • Curry feeling better but isn't sure if he'll play in Game 3

    April 20, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle is feeling better but he isn't sure if he will be able to play on Thursday night in Game 3 of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.Curry talked about his health after practicing on Wednesday when the team arrived in Houston.

  • Heat pay tribute to Pearl Washington

    April 20, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Pearl Washington once was the leading scorer in Miami Heat franchise history.It was after one game, but technically correct nonetheless.Washington scored a team-high 16 points in the first game the Heat ever played, a 111-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 5, 1988. He was with the team for only that inaugural season, yet the Heat still mourned him Wednesday after the former Syracuse University star died from brain cancer.

  • Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president, Layden is GM

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations, the team announced Wednesday night.Thibodeau was the most coveted coach on the market, and he's bringing his unparalleled intensity and hard-driving approach to a franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2004. He won nearly 65 percent of his games in five seasons with the Bulls, but was fired after last season amid speculation of a rift with general manager Gar Forman.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president, Scott Layden as GM

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president, Scott Layden as GM.

  • Game 3 questions: Will Curry play? Will Durant play better?

    April 21, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are certain Kevin Durant will play better.The Golden State Warriors may not know until Thursday night whether Stephen Curry will play at all.It's the NBA version of the Texas two-step.With two Western Conference playoff series moving to The Lone Star State for Game 3s, the biggest questions surround the former MVPs.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves hire Thibodeau as coach/president

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the decision.

  • AP Source: Minnesota Timberwolves hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) AP Source: Minnesota Timberwolves hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president.

  • Stevens: Celtics' Bradley out for next 2 games vs. Hawks

    April 20, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that starting guard Avery Bradley is out for Boston's next two playoff games against the Hawks with a right hamstring injury and ''very unlikely'' to return for the remainder of the first-round series.

  • Pacers remain hopeful about Mahinmi's availability in Game 3

    April 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi is ready to fight back.Two days after a sore back forced the 6-foot-11, 262-pound French native out of Monday night's loss at Toronto, Mahinmi told reporters he intends to play Thursday night in Game 3.

  • Hawks G Dennis Schroder nursing injured left ankle

    April 20, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are hopeful that backup point guard Dennis Schroder will be able to play in Game 3 against Boston after injuring his left ankle.Schroder was hurt in the closing minutes of Tuesday night's 89-72 victory over the Celtics, which gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves close to deal with Tom Thibodeau

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves were close to a deal with former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves in negotiations with Thibodeau

    April 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • NBA's Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills

    April 20, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

  • Tuesday's Sports in Brief

    April 20, 2016

    Conor McGregor has delivered a punch on social media rather than inside a UFC cage.One of the UFC's top draws, McGregor created a stir when he tweeted that retirement was on the horizon and the UFC later tweeted that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 on July 9.

  • AP Sources: Kings to interview Del Negro, Jackson, Mitchell

    April 20, 2016

    The Sacramento Kings are starting the search for yet another head coach with three candidates who have extensive experience in the head chair.The Kings plan to interview Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and Sam Mitchell in the first wave as they look for a replacement for the fired George Karl, three people with knowledge of the process tell The Associated Press on Tuesday night. ESPN first reported the Kings' plans.

  • Celtics score 7 in 1st quarter, lowest in shot-clock era

    April 19, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The short-handed Boston Celtics turned in the lowest-scoring first quarter in an NBA playoff game since the league went to a shot clock in 1954, managing just seven points against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.Playing without two key players, Boston made just 3 of 23 shots from the field and missed all six attempts beyond the 3-point arc.

  • Celtics missing another key player for Game 2 vs Hawks

    April 19, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics went into Game 2 of the NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks without another key player on Tuesday night.Seven-foot forward Kelly Olynyk was sitting out because of a sore right shoulder. He tweaked a previous injury in Game 1 and was unable to practice on Monday, watching from the bench as the Celtics went through drills at Philips Arena.

  • Curry undergoes MRI exam on injured right ankle, no concerns

    April 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's troublesome right ankle has no serious structural damage.The reigning NBA MVP underwent an MRI exam on his injured right ankle Tuesday in the Bay Area, and the Golden State Warriors said nothing of concern came up on the test. Curry remained questionable for Game 3 of his team's playoff series on Thursday in Houston.

  • Down 2-0, Rockets realize they must regroup in a hurry

    April 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dwight Howard downplays any perceived discord on the court for the Houston Rockets.Poor play and missed chances, now that's a different story altogether.Whatever the problems, they'd better get fixed fast if the Rockets want to keep playing much longer. Houston headed home from the Bay Area in a 2-0 hole to the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

  • Pacers playoff stage next chapter in Paul George comeback

    April 19, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When the burning sensation in Paul George's shattered right leg finally subsided in August 2014, the Indiana Pacers young star made a commitment to himself and his fans.He would return to the basketball court even better.Twenty months after suffering the unforgettably gruesome injury in Las Vegas, George has written the next chapter in his comeback tale with an incredible start to the NBA playoffs.

  • Suns remove 'interim' tag, retain Earl Watson as coach

    April 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Without formally interviewing anyone else, the Phoenix Suns retained Earl Watson as their head coach for next season.Watson was named interim coach after Jeff Hornacek was fired on Feb. 1.The team went 9-24 under Watson, finishing the season with the second-worst record in franchise history (23-59). But general manager Ryan McDonough liked what he saw from the young coach.

  • Suns remove 'interim' tag, retain Watson as coach

    April 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns are retaining Earl Watson as head coach for next season.Watson was named interim coach after Jeff Hornacek was fired on Feb. 1.The team went 9-24 under Watson, finishing the season with the second-worst record in franchise history. But Watson has said he was told he would not be judged on wins and losses because of the injury-depleted roster he inherited but on other factors, including how hard the team played.

  • Nowitzki joins Mavs' long injury list with right knee bruise

    April 19, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Add star Dirk Nowitzki to the long injury list for Dallas in the playoffs.Coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday that Nowitzki bruised his right knee when he fell early in the Mavericks' 85-84 Game 2 win over Oklahoma City in a first-round playoff series that is tied 1-1.

  • LeBron avoiding war of words with Pistons coach

    April 19, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has enough to handle with the young and brash Pistons. He isn't about to fight their coach, too.James refused to fire back at loquacious Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, who was fined ,000 by the NBA on Monday for criticizing officials during Cleveland's Game 1 win over the Pistons. Upset with two non-calls in the first quarter, Van Gundy took advantage of a TV interview to present his case to the public that James gets preferential treatment from referees.

  • Hornets, Pistons, Blazers look to avoid 0-2 deficits

    April 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Heat star Dwyane Wade often can be heard saying at playoff time that a series hasn't truly started until somebody wins on the home floor of its opponent.Charlotte, Detroit and Portland probably can appreciate that sort of thinking.A two-day break between their Game 1 road losses on Sunday and the Game 2's that await when three series resume Wednesday night - Charlotte is at Miami, Detroit goes back to Cleveland and Portland visits the Los Angeles Clippers - means the Hornets, Pistons and Trail Blazers all have ample time to make adjustments.

  • Jamal Crawford is 1st 3-time winner of NBA's Sixth Man Award

    April 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jamal Crawford needs to make more room at home for another trophy.The 36-year-old Los Angeles Clippers guard won the NBA's Sixth Man Award on Tuesday, becoming the first three-time winner as the league's best reserve. Two years ago, he was the oldest to receive the honor.

  • APNewsBreak: Timberwolves talking with Mark Jackson

    April 19, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Partners in the broadcast booth, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are now rivals in the hunt for the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching job.The Timberwolves planned to meet with Jackson after interviewing Van Gundy and former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly disclosed specifics of its search.

  • Regents to discuss Menzies' five-year contract with UNLV

    April 19, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV is proposing a five-year contract that pays .7 million to its new men's basketball coach, Marvin Menzies.Documents filed with the Nevada Board of Regents on Monday show Menzies has agreed to the deal. The board is set to discuss the agreement during a meeting on Friday.

  • Warriors will allow top assistant Luke Walton to interview

    April 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If teams come to the Warriors asking about interviewing top assistant Luke Walton, Golden State plans to oblige - just not while the defending champions are in the middle of a playoff series.Coach Steve Kerr says the Warriors will grant permission for teams to interview Walton, who guided Golden State to a record 24-0 start and a 39-4 record while Kerr was on a leave of absence because of complications from two back surgeries.

  • Pistons coach Van Gundy fined for comments

    April 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has been fined ,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced Monday by NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe.Van Gundy made his comments in a live television interview during the Pistons' 106-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

  • Curry is out for Game 2 of playoffs with ankle injury

    April 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry realized he should sit out a game if playing might risk further damage to his troublesome right ankle - even in the playoffs when he has been at his best. He already had two surgeries on the ankle during 2011-12 and wants to avoid another.

  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry out for Game 2 against Rockets with right ankle injury

    April 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors guard Stephen Curry out for Game 2 against Rockets with right ankle injury.

  • Blowouts abound in first round of NBA playoffs

    April 19, 2016

    The NBA playoffs are supposed to be the time when the casual approach many teams take in the regular season goes out the window.Players sharpen their focus. Defenses buckle down. A premium is put on every possession.That increased intensity was hard to find in the first weekend of action and the search for suspense continues heading into Game 2s in Atlanta and San Antonio on Tuesday night.

  • Lue's strong debut: Cavs coach shines in first playoff game

    April 18, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Flanked by a security official, Tyronn Lue walked from Cleveland's locker room toward his first postgame press conference in the NBA playoffs.Lue had nothing to fear. He had all the answers in acing his first test.The Cavaliers withstood a gritty Game 1 performance by the young and brash Detroit Pistons, who shot themselves to a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Lue, making his postseason coaching debut, called a timeout and moved Kevin Love to center. Cleveland took off from there and rolled to victory.

  • Curry doesn't participate in shootaround ahead of Game 2

    April 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) NBA MVP Stephen Curry cut short his pregame routine after appearing to be in discomfort dealing with his injured right ankle.Curry began his extensive warmup routine before leaving the court about 5 minutes later, putting little pressure on the tender ankle while taking a several shots.

  • Daddy day care: Griffin's son pops in for post-game media

    April 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) There's a new kid in the NBA playoffs postgame interview room, and he just might give Stephen Curry's daughter a run for her money.It was well past his bedtime when the 2 1/2-year-old son of Blake Griffin tagged along for his dad's session with the media after the Clippers beat the Trail Blazers 115-95 in their playoff opener Sunday night.

  • Kawhi Leonard repeats as NBA Defensive Player of the Year

    April 18, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard tends to shrug off all the accolades for his defensive prowess. He will almost always credit his teammates and coach for any praise he receives.It was no different Monday as Leonard won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping the San Antonio Spurs have the league's best defense.

  • Blowouts were everywhere on Sunday in the NBA playoffs

    April 18, 2016

    Sunday was a truly rare day in NBA history.That's a great thing for Miami, San Antonio and Los Angeles Clippers. Not so much for Charlotte, Memphis and Portland.Of the four games played Sunday in the NBA playoffs, three were blowouts decided by 20 points or more - Miami's 123-91 win over Charlotte, San Antonio's 106-74 win over Memphis and the Clippers' 115-95 win over Portland.

  • Mavs' Barea out, Williams doubtful for Game 2 vs. Thunder

    April 17, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Dallas Mavericks are hurting in more ways than one in their backcourt.The team said J.J. Barea will miss Monday's playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a right groin strain, and Deron Williams is doubtful with pain in his pelvis and groin. Both guards started Game 1.

  • Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to bounce back

    April 18, 2016

    Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court Monday night.Curry is listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Rockets, but Golden State and Oklahoma City are off to impressive starts.

  • Curry still questionable for Warriors for Game 2 vs Rockets

    April 17, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play without NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Game 2 of their playoff series against Houston as he nurses an ankle injury.Even if they know he will beg and plead to play through any pain. As long as he can't make it worse, Curry insists it will be hard to keep him off the court Monday night.

  • Nets hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as new coach

    April 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kenny Atkinson has become one of the NBA's most respected assistant coaches, helping the Atlanta Hawks to their best season ever.The Brooklyn Nets think he's ready to run his own team.The Nets hired Atkinson as their new coach on Sunday, bypassing the type of big names they've targeted for the bench in Brooklyn and turning to someone experienced with developing winning programs gradually.

  • Celtics' Bradley (hamstring) likely out for opening round

    April 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics will likely be without their best perimeter defender for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.Guard Avery Bradley sustained a severely sprained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of a Game 1 loss.

  • Celtics Bradley like out for playoffs with hamstring injury

    April 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is likely out for the rest of the opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.Coach Brad Stevens made the announcement on Sunday before the Celtics practiced at Georgia Tech.Bradley went down with a severely strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of Game 1. The Celtics rallied from a 19-point deficit but lost 102-101.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr suits up for Hawks in Game 1

    April 16, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is active for Game 1 of Atlanta's playoff series against the Boston Celtics.Hardaway strained his right groin in the Hawks' regular-season finale against Washington. He was listed as questionable for the opener of the best-of-seven series, but felt good enough in pregame warmups to suit up.

  • Season only hikes playoff stakes as Spurs open vs. Grizzlies

    April 17, 2016

    Overshadowed by Golden State's historic run, the San Antonio Spurs put together their own season for the ages, too. Now that the postseason finally has arrived, they have no intention of easing up.''We didn't play the way we did this season just to be on vacation after a few games,'' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. ''It's exciting. The pressure, the responsibility, the fact that we have another shot at making something big happen. We are very excited about that.''

  • Blake Griffin healthy in time for playoffs. But is he rusty?

    April 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is healthy just in time for the playoffs. The question now: How rusty is his game?''I don't know the answer. We'll see,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Saturday on the eve of his team's first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers. ''Blake's had not only five games, but some practices time as well. It's not the exact way you would have wanted it. But we got him back, and that's better than not getting him back.''

  • President Obama, Warriors star Stephen Curry team up on PSA

    April 16, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) President Barack Obama has teamed with reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry on a public service announcement calling for Americans to mentor youth in their community to make a positive impact.The video was shown Saturday on ABC's ''NBA Countdown'' ahead of Curry's playoff opener with the defending champion Golden State Warriors against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

  • LeBron has mastered art of first-round playoff knockouts

    April 17, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is a perfect 10 in the first round of the NBA playoffs.As he enters his 11th postseason in 13 years, James, who is seeking a sixth straight appearance in the Finals, has a spotless record in the opening round while playing for Cleveland and Miami. And the four-time league MVP figures to continue his streak of first-round knockouts when the Cavaliers take on the Detroit Pistons starting Sunday.

  • Heat and Hornets will finally find separation, in playoffs

    April 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Finding separation between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets is a highly difficult task right now.They finished with the same 48-34 record. They split their four matchups, each team winning once on the other's home floor. They both ranked among the top five NBA teams in winning percentage since the All-Star break. They even held opponents to identical shooting numbers, 44 percent from the floor and 35 percent from 3-point range.

  • Warriors' dominance: a 2nd straight title inevitable?

    April 16, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors plow into the playoffs with a record 73 wins under their belt and championship rings already on their fingers.Their domination of the league this season, coupled with the perception that San Antonio and Cleveland are the only real challengers to the Warriors' throne, has cast a feeling of inevitability on this year's NBA playoffs, which begin Saturday.

  • Hornets C Jefferson accepting, embracing new role as backup

    April 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Al Jefferson was the focal point of the Charlotte Hornets' offense when they faced the Miami Heat in the playoffs two years ago.That role has since changed.Jefferson now comes off the bench and plays fewer minutes, but that doesn't mean the Hornets won't be relying on ''Big Al'' in the postseason.

  • Warriors turn focus from record 73 wins to title repeat

    April 16, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had their chance to celebrate their record-setting regular season before turning their focus to even bigger goals.The 73 wins that put the Warriors in the record books and left the rest of the NBA chasing them all season are meaningless right now. When the Warriors take the court Saturday to open their first-round series against the Houston Rockets, they will be on even footing with the other 15 playoff teams.

  • A different playoff feel for both the Hawks and the Celtics

    April 15, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) For both the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics, the NBA playoffs feel a lot different than they did a year ago.The Hawks barely hung on to a home-court edge in the opening round after claiming the top seed in the East last season. Instead of being the team to beat, they're more of an afterthought this time around as they prepare to host Boston in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series Saturday night.

  • Lakers begin life after Kobe with uncertainty everywhere

    April 15, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Mitch Kupchak writes the Los Angeles Lakers' roster with a marker on a white board in his office. On Friday morning, the general manager decided it was time to formally erase Kobe Bryant.Kupchak took an eraser to Bryant's name. It didn't move.

  • Photo Gallery: NBA to sell ads on jerseys

    April 15, 2016

    For Sale By Owners: a valuable patch of basketball real estate on television every night.NBA owners approved a measure Friday that clears the way for sponsorship logos on their players as soon as next season. The patches will appear on the front left of the jersey, opposite Nike's logo, and measure about 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.

  • NBA says average replay times down to 31.9 seconds

    April 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA replays averaged 31.9 seconds this season and have been trimmed by more than a minute in the two years since the Replay Center opened.The league says Friday that this season's average was down nearly 25 percent from the 42.1 seconds during the 2014-15 season. This season, current NBA referees staffed the Replay Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, and made the rulings on certain replay situations.

  • Scott expects to return to lead Lakers' life after Kobe

    April 15, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Coach Byron Scott expects to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers' life after Kobe Bryant.Scott said Friday that he anticipates returning to the Lakers next season despite presiding over the two worst years in the history of the 16-time NBA champion franchise.

  • Grizzlies limp into postseason with makeshift roster

    April 15, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley gave the Grizzlies a jolt of playoff energy last year when he returned to the Memphis lineup after taking an elbow to his face.There probably won't be a Conley sequel in this postseason.Conley is just one of several Grizzlies nursing injuries as Memphis prepares for its first-round series against San Antonio that begins Sunday. The seventh-seeded Grizzlies bear little resemblance to the team that was considered a championship contender.

  • Dwyane Wade back in the playoffs, savoring the opportunity

    April 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Numbers do not tell the whole story when it comes to Dwyane Wade this season.The statistics from this Miami Heat season scream that he's in serious decline. He's never shot worse, either from the field or from 3-point range. His scoring and assist averages were both the second-lowest of his career. He managed a mere two double-doubles, the lowest total in that department since his rookie season.

  • Raptors seek playoff redemption against Pacers

    April 16, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) - By any measure, this was the most successful regular season in Raptors history.It won't mean much unless Toronto finally performs in the playoffs.The Raptors topped 50 wins for the first time with a team-record 56 victories. They hosted their first NBA All-Star Game and claimed their third straight Atlantic Division crown. All notable achievements, but the bigger goal now is to win the franchise's first seven-game playoff series.

  • Bosh addresses Heat before 1st practice of postseason

    April 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh will still play a role for the Miami Heat in the playoffs, though apparently one that doesn't include him returning to the court.The All-Star forward gave an emotional address to teammates before their first practice of this postseason on Friday, speaking about what playoff time means to him and how it pains him to be unable to play right now.

  • Silver: NC law 'problematic' to NBA, no decision on All-Star

    April 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains ''problematic'' for the league, but he said there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

  • Company of Russian owner of Brooklyn Nets searched in Moscow

    April 15, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's main domestic security agency has searched the offices of a company controlled by the billionaire owner of U.S. basketball team Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov.The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, said Friday the searches of ONEXIM group were part of a probe into alleged tax evasion. It added that the investigation is continuing.

  • Thunder star Russell Westbrook rolling as playoffs arrive

    April 15, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook's triple-double against the Los Angeles Clippers reminded Kevin Durant of someone playing the NBA 2K game on rookie mode.Kobe Bryant took it a step further. After Westbrook logged a triple-double by halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers this past Monday, Bryant said Westbrook reminded him of himself.

  • Mavericks' Nowitzki leading another playoff run at age 37

    April 15, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's age-defying wizardry has been overlooked lately because of Kobe Bryant.While the basketball world is still buzzing about the 37-year-old Bryant's 60-point outburst against Utah in his final game, Nowitzki, two months older than Bryant, is still playing. He leads the Dallas Mavericks into their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Game 1 on Saturday night.

  • NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18

    April 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least 0 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.The three-year trial was approved Friday by NBA owners and will take effect when the league's contract with Nike begins. The patches will appear on the front left of the jersey, opposite Nike's logo, and measure about 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.

  • LeBron locked in playoff-mode as Cavaliers aim for NBA title

    April 15, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has been in the shadows, somewhat overlooked.For months, the Cavaliers' megastar has been slightly under the radar, if that's even possible for one of the world's most recognizable athletes.While Stephen Curry rained 3-pointers as the new face of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors hunted history and Kobe Bryant took his final bows, James remained in the background - waiting.

  • As the NBA playoffs loom, here's 10 things to watch

    April 15, 2016

    The NBA playoffs start this weekend, and there's no shortage of story lines worth following. Here's a list of 10 to get you started:---1. THE WARRIORSWe begin with the reigning champions, the favorites to capture back-to-back titles. Golden State set the NBA record with a 73-9 regular season, and the Warriors' reward to open the playoffs is a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. It's a matchup of the game's two best scorers this season - Stephen Curry and James Harden. The Warriors are 12-1 in their last 13 against the Rockets and Curry has sizzled in those games, shooting 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

  • After Kobe's big night, Lakers begin life without the star

    April 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant spent the first morning of his life after the Los Angeles Lakers in his office, working on his unspecified ambitions outside basketball.When the excitement of Kobe's 60-point finale faded with the dawn, the rest of the Lakers spent Thursday thinking about how they'll move on from an otherwise miserable season.

  • Confident Timberwolves face a crossroads this summer

    April 14, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had just walked off the court to a standing ovation in the season finale of his remarkable rookie season.The Minnesota Timberwolves center, the overwhelming favorite to win rookie of the year, contemplated where this team is headed. He looked around the locker room at his young teammates that include Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Ricky Rubio and Shabazz Muhammad and made a the kind of confident, bold proclamation that hasn't been heard in these parts in some time.

  • In NBA playoffs, Warriors want to add 16 wins to their 73

    April 14, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors don't want a record without a championship.Those 73 victories were quite an achievement, but they also guaranteed nothing more than the right to open every playoff series at home. To get what they really crave, they need 16 more wins now.

  • Van Gundy gives Pistons rare edge against LeBron and Cavs

    April 14, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy was given a mission when handed the keys to the Motor City's once-proud NBA franchise.Win without sacrificing the future, Tom Gores told Van Gundy nearly two years ago when the relatively new owner of the Detroit Pistons hired a respected savant to be his coach and president of the basketball operations.

  • Jazz disappointed to miss playoffs, but gain experience

    April 14, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey refused to publicly set expectations on the eve of the 2015-16 season though others outside the team had labeled it a playoff contender. He admitted Thursday it was a reasonable expectation.

  • After awful season, Suns may well retain Watson as coach

    April 14, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) For the sixth season in a row, the Phoenix Suns did not make the playoffs.That's the longest stretch of futility for a franchise that for so many years was a postseason fixture. Injuries, the disruptive presence of Markieff Morris and a roster low on talent conspired to create a team that went 23-59, the second-worst record in Suns history. Only Phoenix's inaugural season of 1968-69 was worse (16-66).

  • Magic walk away from season disappointed, yet encouraged

    April 14, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) In a season of high expectations, the Orlando Magic made some gains but ultimately they were not enough for anyone in the organization to be satisfied.A team stocked with young talent achieved double-digit improvement in overall wins and victories at home, finishing 35-47 overall and 23-19 at the Amway Center. The gains, however, did not produce a spot in the postseason, which was the most coveted prize for a franchise that has now missed the playoffs four straight years.

  • Rip City Return: Blazers make playoffs despite doubters

    April 14, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) For the regular season finale, the Portland Trail Blazers passed out T-shirts reading ''Never Doubt Rip City.''Just in case there are still some doubters, the ''never'' is underlined.The Blazers defied preseason expectations and made the playoffs, claiming the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They open their third straight postseason on Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

  • Warriors' record-setting win earns record local TV rating

    April 14, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors' record-setting 73rd win generated a record local television rating as well.CSN Bay Area said Wednesday's game between Golden State and Memphis got a 23.2 rating for the highest mark on record for an NBA game on a regional sports network. That means 23.2 percent of homes with televisions in the metropolitan area were tuned in.

  • Nuggets miss postseason for a 3rd straight year

    April 14, 2016

    DENVER (AP) A little quirky trivia: The Denver Nuggets were the only team this season to beat both Golden State and San Antonio.Mention that particular detail to Kenneth Faried and his reply is straightforward.''Even nicer to be in the playoffs and play against them,'' the high-flying forward said.

  • Injury-riddled Pelicans endure rough 1st season under Gentry

    April 14, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) After a frustrating debut season, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is still waiting for a proper introduction to his full roster.Coming off their first playoff appearance in four years, the Pelicans stood pat on personnel but plummeted in the Western Conference standings while sustaining a slew of injuries.

  • Tough season and more tough times ahead for the Nets

    April 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Those 61 losses hurt and the pain isn't over just yet for the Brooklyn Nets.The potential top-five pick that would have been coming to them was traded away long ago to the Boston Celtics, giving the Nets no quick route to escape their current miserable situation.

  • Bucks step back on court, but future secure with new arena

    April 14, 2016

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks took one step back on the court while taking a big step forward off of it.The team's future in Milwaukee is secure. Groundbreaking is set for June on a new downtown arena that is scheduled to open by the 2018-19 season.

  • 76ers counting on free agents, draft picks for better future

    April 14, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are ready to dump Philadelphia for the promise of a fresh start practicing in New Jersey.But who comes along for the ride?The Sixers have pointed to the fall opening of their state-of-the art 120,000-square foot training headquarters in Camden as the rebirth of the distressed franchise.

  • Changes could be in store for Bulls after rough season

    April 14, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls made one thing clear in the aftermath of a bitter season - no one is safe.Well, management and coach Fred Hoiberg are. But the roster?The Bulls aren't ruling out anything in the wake of a season that began with high expectations and ended with them missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with a lackluster 42-40 record. There were injuries, questions about leadership and a disjointed locker room that ultimately produced what might be the most disappointing season in the franchise's 50 years.

  • Jackson will take time to decide if Rambis is Knicks coach

    April 14, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson wants to work with a coach he knows, and he'll take some time before deciding if that's Kurt Rambis.Jackson said Thursday that Rambis will be interviewed for the New York Knicks' coaching job after he finished the season as the team's interim coach. Jackson, the team's president of basketball operations, said he hasn't taken or made any calls about the position, which Rambis held since Derek Fisher was fired in early February.

  • Steve Kerr enjoying the ride watching Warriors make history

    April 14, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr makes one thing perfectly clear: This special season is not about him. Far from it. Even if he is so perfectly entwined with the record-setting Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls group Kerr played for 20 years ago that just lost its all-time wins record to the team he now leads.

  • Center of attention: Whiteside awaits his Heat playoff debut

    April 14, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is the NBA's new king of blocked shots. He just set a Miami Heat single-season record for rebounds per game. He's a few months away from signing a contract that should set him up financially for life.In other words, he won.

  • Hornets look for first playoff win in 14 seasons vs. Heat

    April 14, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The last time the Charlotte Hornets won an NBA playoff game Michael Jordan was in his first season with the Washington Wizards.Yes, it's been that long.The Jordan-owned Hornets look to put an end to that 14-year drought when they face the third-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs beginning Sunday.

  • Hawks facing much lower expectations heading into playoffs

    April 14, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks head into the playoffs facing much lower expectations than a year ago.At least they still have a home-court edge in the opening round.The Hawks, seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference, will face the Boston Celtics in a best-of-seven series beginning Saturday night in Atlanta. Game 2 is set for Tuesday, also at Philips Arena, before the series shifts to Boston for the next two games.

  • 'Kobe means LA': Lakers fans lament on Bryant's last game

    April 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.For two decades he has loomed over the city like no other figure, often literally on billboards and the sides of downtown buildings.

  • Wizards president Grunfeld stays, fires coach Wittman

    April 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) With two simple words - ''I'm here'' - Ernie Grunfeld made clear Thursday that he would be sticking around as president of the Washington Wizards and picking the coach to replace the fired Randy Wittman.Grunfeld, who has been with the Wizards since 2003, held a news conference a day after Wittman was told he wouldn't be back as the team's coach and the regular season ended with Washington at .500 and out of the playoffs.

  • Baby, no: Cavs playoffs could bump Bieber show in Cleveland

    April 14, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James and the Cavs may have a conflict with the Biebs.If Cleveland's opening-round NBA playoff series against Detroit goes to five games, the April 26 game would bump a show planned by pop singer Justin Bieber at Quicken Loans Arena.

  • Kings fire coach George Karl after 1 full season

    April 14, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.General manager Vlade Divac announced the move a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing season with a 33-49 record. Karl was given a four-year contract when he was hired in February 2015 to replace Tyrone Corbin but never worked out and finished with a 44-68 mark.

  • Wizards president Grunfeld stays on after firing Wittman

    April 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ernie Grunfeld is sticking around as president of the Washington Wizards, saying at a news conference that he would be ''heading up the coaching search'' to replace the fired Randy Wittman.Grunfeld, with the Wizards since 2003, met with the media on Thursday, a day after Wittman was told he wouldn't be returning as coach and the regular-season ended with Washington at .500 and out of the playoffs.

  • Record season for NBA in stands and on screens

    April 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA had a record-setting season in the stands and on the screens.The league said Thursday it broke its attendance mark for the second straight season, drawing nearly 22 million fans in 2015-16.The average attendance of 17,864 also was a record, including the 723 sellouts and 94 percent average arena capacity.

  • Wizards say Randy Wittman will not return as coach

    April 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Randy Wittman will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season.The team announced Thursday that it would not pick up its option on Wittman's contract.Wittman was informed of the news Wednesday night, when the Wizards' season ended with a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. With a team built around All-Star point guard John Wall, and a roster set up to make a bid for Kevin Durant as a free agent this offseason, Washington finished 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

  • NBA Digital sees record-setting growth in regular season

    April 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA TV had its most viewers this season as part of a year of record growth for NBA Digital.The network averaged 345,000 total viewers during the regular season, a 19 percent increase over 2014-15, and drew a record number of viewers for its April 10 tripleheader that was highlighted by Golden State's victory over San Antonio in the nightcap.

  • What a night! Golden State wins 73, Kobe scores 60 in finale

    April 14, 2016

    The stars did not disappoint.And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come.Golden State became the first team to win 73 games in a season, Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 46 points and topped the 400 3-pointer mark to cap what will almost certainly be his second straight MVP campaign. Kobe Bryant's career with the Los Angeles Lakers ended in most surprising fashion - a 60-point game, the first time he's gotten to that plateau since 2009.

  • After final-night party, time to get to business in the NBA

    April 14, 2016

    Between Kobe Bryant's last call and the Warriors' last win, the final night of the NBA season was party time.Now, time to get down to business.Overshadowed by the delirium of a memorable night in California, the postseason field was finally set after six of the eight matchups still weren't determined when play began.

  • Polarizing in his prime, Kobe enjoys some love in the end

    April 14, 2016

    They came to pay tribute, the rich and famous in their courtside seats and the less affluent up high in the rafters of Staples Center.If they felt somewhat conflicted about saying goodbye to Kobe Bryant, well that was OK. Nike told everyone so with a series of farewell ads, including one where Bryant conducts from the court as fans of different teams sing to him.

  • Police: Woman hurt trying to slide down rail at Bucks game

    April 14, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Police say a woman was hurt when she tried to slide down a hand rail and fell about 20 feet to the floor at the Milwaukee Bucks' arena.Milwaukee police say at the end of the Bucks' loss Wednesday night to the Indiana Pacers, an intoxicated 26-year-old woman tried to slide down the rail at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

  • The Latest: Kobe and the Warriors delivered in finales

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---10:30 p.m.For Golden State, it's on to the playoffs as recordsetters.

  • The Latest: 'Mamba Out' says Kobe, as his career ends

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---10:15 p.m.Kobe Bryant has addressed the fans at Staples Center, ending his remarks with ''Mamba out.''

  • The Latest: Kobe goes out a winner - with 60 points, no less

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---10:03 p.m.Kobe Bryant went out absolutely firing in his final game before retirement, giving the Los Angeles Lakers one more dazzling display of offense to close out his 20-year career.

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    April 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scores season-high 60 points in final game, rallies Lakers past Jazz.

  • The Latest: Warriors set the record, win 73rd game of season

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---9:55 p.m.The best single-season record in NBA history belongs to Golden State. The most prolific long-range shooting year in the history of the game has been turned in by Stephen Curry.

  • Golden State Warriors break 1995-96 Bulls' record, beating Memphis 125-104 to finish 73-9

    April 14, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors break 1995-96 Bulls' record, beating Memphis 125-104 to finish 73-9.

  • The Latest: Steph, Kobe putting on shows of star power

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---9:25 p.m.The stars are living up to expectations on this epic NBA night.

  • Person familiar with decision: Wittman out as Wizards coach

    April 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season, according to a person familiar with the decision.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced by the team.

  • Person familiar with decision: Randy Wittman out as Washington Wizards coach

    April 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Person familiar with decision: Randy Wittman out as Washington Wizards coach.

  • The Latest: Stephen Curry hits his 400th 3-pointer of season

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---9:02 p.m.For Stephen Curry, one big number down, one big number to go.

  • The Latest: Kobe down to 2 quarters left in his career

    April 14, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---8:55 p.m.Kobe Bryant's career has two quarters left.Bryant has 22 points at the half, but the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Utah Jazz 57-42. Bryant took 20 shots, his most of any half this season - making seven of them.

  • The Latest: Stephen Curry on 399 3's, Warriors in control

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---8:45 p.m.Stephen Curry is at 399 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors are well on their way to 73 wins.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves open search for new president, coach

    April 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are embarking on a massive overhaul of their leadership and have hired a search firm to look for a new president of basketball operations and coach, the team announced late Wednesday night.The search begins with candidates exclusively outside the organization, meaning GM Milt Newton and coach Sam Mitchell will not be considered for the openings. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and former Thunder coach Scott Brooks are among the candidates who are targeted. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team was not publicly commenting on the specifics of the search for a permanent replacement for president and coach Flip Saunders, who died from Hodgkin's lymphoma in October.

  • The Latest: Kobe, Steph getting hot early on their big night

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---8:10 p.m.Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant are getting hot.Curry is off to a flying start, as Golden State chases a record 73 wins and he chases 400 3-pointers in a season. Curry had 20 points in the first quarter, going 6 for 9 from 3-point range as Oracle Arena was absolutely roaring in delight and Golden State ran out to a quick 37-23 lead over Memphis.

  • Rockets get last NBA playoff spot, Heat take No. 3 in East

    April 14, 2016

    A season-long climb from an early hole landed the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs.A stunning collapse couldn't keep the Miami Heat from the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.The Rockets earned the final postseason spot Wednesday night with a 116-81 victory over Sacramento, giving them the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and officially making Kobe Bryant's final game nothing more than a ceremony.

  • The Latest: The big games - Kobe, the Warriors - underway

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---7:48 p.m.And away we go.Golden State's game with Memphis, and the Los Angeles Lakers' game with Utah are both finally underway. The Warriors tipped off a few minutes before the Lakers did, in part because of all the tributes for Kobe Bryant during the pregame festivities in Los Angeles.

  • The Latest: Kobe Bryant gets a pregame video tribute

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---7:35 p.m.Kobe Bryant is all smiles going into his final game.His eyes were locked on the video screens at Staples Center as longtime opposing players, former teammates and coaches paid tribute to Bryant with a video montage.

  • The Latest: East field set, before Kobe & Warriors take over

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---7:25 p.m.A quick update of the non-Warriors and non-Kobe variety:

  • LA fans consider Bryant's last days, and life without him

    April 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It's something many of them have never known.For two decades he has loomed over the city like no other figure, often literally on billboards and the sides of downtown buildings.

  • The Latest: Warriors to play Houston in first playoff round

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---7:15 p.m.Tonight, the Warriors are going for 73 wins.After that, they'll be going after the Houston Rockets.

  • The Latest: Scott wants to ensure Kobe enjoys finale

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---6:40 p.m.Lakers coach Byron Scott knows how many minutes he wants to play Kobe Bryant in the superstar's final game, and he knows how he wants Bryant to leave the court for the final time.

  • The Latest: Steve Kerr wearing Scottie Pippen socks

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Steve Kerr is sporting Scottie Pippen socks as Golden State goes for win No. 73.

  • The Latest: Cuban lauds Bryant's competitiveness

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---6 p.m.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a big Kobe Bryant fan - now that he's retiring.

  • Mavs forward David Lee out of game vs Spurs with foot injury

    April 13, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward David Lee has left a game against San Antonio with a right foot injury and won't return.Lee was replaced early in the second quarter in the regular-season finale Wednesday night. Dallas was already without guards J.J. Barea (right groin strain) and Devin Harris (left thumb sprain).

  • Wall: Wizards' failure to make playoffs 'a wasted season'

    April 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Among the various reasons that Washington Wizards point guard John Wall figures this was what he called ''a wasted season'' with no playoff appearance was that having nine players on expiring contracts led to a contentious atmosphere.

  • The Latest: T-shirts, Kobe dolls among gifts for fans

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---5:40 p.m.Fans have been gathering by the thousands outside Staples Center all afternoon, and the Lakers have closed down Chick Hearn Court to throw a street fair in honor of Kobe Bryant's retirement game.

  • Jerry Colangelo insists he had no role in 76ers hiring son

    April 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jerry Colangelo insists he had no role in the Philadelphia 76ers hiring his son, Bryan, as team president.The elder Colangelo said before Wednesday's game against the Bulls in Chicago that he recused himself from the hiring process once his son was under consideration.

  • Spurs sitting most starters in meaningless finale at Dallas

    April 13, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Most of San Antonio's starters are sitting out the Spurs' meaningless regular-season finale at Dallas.LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were not in uniform Wednesday night with the Spurs set as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference when the playoffs start this weekend.

  • The Latest: Kobe arrives at Staples Center for last game

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):5:15 p.m.Kobe Bryant is in the building.The third-leading scorer in NBA history arrived at Staples Center for his final game in a black suit, black shirt and black tie.

  • The Latest: Ex-Bulls C Wennington not pulling for Warriors

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):4:50 p.m.Bulls radio commentator Bill Wennington, who played on Chicago's 72-win team, is pulling for Memphis when the Grizzlies take on Golden State.

  • The Latest: Warriors' 72 wins have answered 1 question

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):4:25 p.m.Whether the Warriors set the NBA record for wins in a regular season, Bucks coach Jason Kidd says they've already answered one question that was raised when the Bulls won 72 games in 1995-96.

  • AP sources: Minnesota T-Wolves looking for new leadership

    April 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a new president of basketball operations and a head coach, and that process will begin exclusively with candidates outside the organization, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • LeBron, Irving sitting as Cavaliers-Pistons rest starters

    April 13, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving will sit courtside along with LeBron James after all.Irving said Wednesday night that he's ''dressing but will not play'' as Cleveland hosts Detroit - its first-round opponent.Earlier, the Cavs had said Irving would sit out and then announced he would start. Coach Tyronn Lue added a mysterious wrinkle to the situation when he declined to reveal Irving's status during his pregame news conference.

  • The Latest: Heat's Spoelstra plans to catch Kobe game

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):4:10 p.m.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra plans to catch some of the Lakers game on TV Wednesday night so he can watch Kobe Bryant cap off his career.

  • Batum will sit out Hornets' regular-season finale vs. Magic

    April 13, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford says small forward Nicolas Batum will not play Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic because of a sore left ankle.However, center Cody Zeller (sternum contusion) is expected to play if all goes well in warmups.

  • The Latest: Warriors' dominance impresses Hornets' Clifford

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):3:55 p.m.Hornets coach Steve Clifford says what impresses him the most about the Warriors this season is how dominant they have been.

  • AP Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves widen coaching search

    April 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a permanent head coach, and that process will begin with candidates outside the organization, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • AP Sources: Timberwolves opening up coaching search

    April 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a permanent head coach, and that process will begin with candidates outside the organization, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Warriors' effort bittersweet for Suns' Watson

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---3:20 p.m.Suns interim coach and longtime NBA player Earl Watson has mixed emotions about the Warriors possibly breaking the Bulls regular season mark.

  • LeBron sitting out Cavaliers' finale, Irving starting

    April 13, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is getting another day to rest up for the playoffs by sitting out the Cavaliers' regular-season finale against Detroit - Cleveland's first-round opponent.The Cavs clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference this week and coach Tyronn Lue will use the last game to keep James and starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith fresh. Cleveland initially said point guard Kyrie Irving would also rest, but the team changed his status about three hours before the opening tip Wednesday night and said he will start.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves opening up coaching search

    April 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves are opening up their search for a permanent head coach.The person says the Wolves have hired a search firm to help with the process of looking for a replacement for Flip Saunders, who died in October. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly disclosed its plans.

  • The Latest: Thompson doesn't mind Warriors sharing spotlight

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history on Wednesday and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Golden State guard Klay Thompson seems fine if the Warriors' are playing second fiddle to Kobe Bryant's farewell night, which just happens to coincide with Thompson's team trying to become the first 73-win team in NBA regular-season history.

  • Karl coaching Kings amid reports he could be fired

    April 13, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) George Karl is slated to coach the season finale for the Sacramento Kings amid reports that he could be fired as soon as Thursday.The Kings will wrap up their 10th straight season without making the playoffs Wednesday night in Houston. Multiple reports (http://bit.ly/1oYw6we , http://es.pn/1Noim4m , http://yhoo.it/1qS84F3 ) indicate that Karl will be fired after the team returns home.

  • The Latest: Three select high school students get tickets

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---12:10 p.m.Everyone is gearing up for the big night in Oakland, including a trio of select high school students.

  • The Latest: Bryant turning critics into music in Nike video

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season record in NBA history and Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers (all times local):---11:55 a.m.Kobe Bryant is the subject of a new Nike video, in which he plays the role of a conductor and turns the cries of his ''haters'' into song.

  • The Latest: Kerr at shootaround, had Tuesday doctor visit

    April 13, 2016

    The Latest on the Golden State Warriors' chase of the best regular-season in the NBA and Kobe Bryant's final game in Los Angeles. (all times local):---11:35 a.m.Warriors coach Steve Kerr is at Golden State's shootaround ahead of the defending champs' record-chasing final regular-season game against Memphis on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

  • Milwaukee Bucks sign 30-year lease with arena owner

    April 13, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed a 30-year lease with the public entity that will own the team's new arena.The Bucks will pay at least million annually to rent the arena from the Wisconsin Center District. Those lease payments will total million over the term of the lease. The district board approved the terms of the lease agreement Wednesday.

  • The big night arrives: Warriors go for 73, and Kobe departs

    April 13, 2016

    The big night has arrived. Golden State going for 73 wins, and Kobe Bryant going into retirement.The 170th and final day of this NBA regular season will be loaded with intrigue, maybe an unprecedented amount. Golden State plays host to Memphis later Wednesday night, and a win would give the Warriors outright possession of the best record in league history.

  • LeBron, Irving to sit out Cavaliers' regular-season finale

    April 13, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and two other starters will sit out the Cavaliers' regular-season finale against Detroit - Cleveland's first-round playoff opponent.The Cavs clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference this week and coach Tyronn Lue will use the last game to rest James, Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. Cleveland will face the Pistons in Game 1 this weekend.

  • Ready for the record, Warriors go after 73 wins in finale

    April 13, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry never figured the Chicago Bulls' 72-win mark could be matched or eclipsed.Twenty years later, the reigning MVP and his defending champion Golden State Warriors are on the brink of doing just that and making yet more history this season.

  • Kobe Bryant says farewell after 20 years with the LA Lakers

    April 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is down to one last shot, and everybody knows he's going to take it.After two decades spent dazzling the world, Bryant will end his basketball career at home with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. He'll walk off the court in front of his devoted fans in the building where he hung five championship banners.

  • Dorell Wright signs with Heat, returning to his 1st team

    April 12, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dorell Wright is back with the Miami Heat.Wright signed with the Heat as a free agent on Tuesday, a long-expected move that couldn't be executed until some logistical issues related to him playing in China this season were completed.Wright was Miami's first-round pick in the 2004 NBA draft and spent six seasons with the Heat, including their first championship year in 2006.

  • Injury-riddled Grizzlies grinding their way into postseason

    April 12, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are about to make NBA history in a season where they took their mantra of grit and grind to the extreme.No team in league history has ever reached the postseason having used more than 23 players, and Memphis will be the first having already used a record 28 in an injury-riddled season. The Grizzlies head into Tuesday night's game at the Clippers and Wednesday's regular season finale at the Warriors with only their seeding in question.

  • Thunder G Westbrook clinches triple-double before halftime

    April 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had a triple-double by halftime of Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.Westbrook finished the half with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Thunder led 58-48 at the break. It was his league-leading 18th triple-double of the season, and the 37th of his career. He clinched it on an assist to Anthony Morrow for a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left in the second quarter.

  • Record-tying Warriors win gets 2.6 million viewers on NBA TV

    April 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Warriors' record-tying victory had plenty of fans taking advantage of a free preview of NBA TV.Golden State's win Sunday in San Antonio to match the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' mark of 72 victories averaged almost 2.6 million viewers. That's 78 percent higher than the previous best for the network, regular season or playoffs. An earlier Spurs-Warriors matchup Jan. 25 averaged more than 1.4 million viewers.

  • Stephen Curry is setting standard on and off the court

    April 11, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For years, Stephen Curry watched his dad, Dell, do his part in the community. Curry was often among those children in Charlotte treated to special appearances from star athletes and still cherishes those sweet memories.''That's how I grew up,'' Curry said. ''I was blessed to see my dad and how he interacted with kids my age at the time. He was going to youth camps and different school events. I know how happy me and my friends were at that age to see somebody we looked up to come and spend some time. I don't want to take those opportunities for granted, no matter what the schedule is, or what's going on outside of that event. That's a time for them.''

  • Grizzlies sign Bryce Cotton for rest of regular season

    April 11, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Bryce Cotton for the rest of the regular season under the NBA's hardship roster rules.The Grizzlies announced the move Monday. They have two more games before beginning the playoffs.Cotton has made three appearances for Memphis since signing a 10-day contract April 1. He has played a total of six games and 34 minutes with the Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns this season.

  • Cavs guard Shumpert out for final 2 games with knee issue

    April 11, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers reserve guard Iman Shumpert will miss the final two games of the regular season after having his left knee drained.One of the team's best defenders, Shumpert will undergo further treatment and rest over the next few days. The team said he expected to be ready for practice in preparation of the playoffs, which begin this weekend.

  • LeBron on Warriors' 72: 'I got to witness some history'

    April 11, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Like just about every fan, LeBron James is impressed by Golden State's golden run to 72 wins.The Cavaliers' star said Monday he appreciates what the Warriors have done in matching the NBA record for regular-season wins set by Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Golden State (72-9) can break the mark with a win Wednesday against Memphis.

  • Around the NBA: Picks for NBA awards - and league champion

    April 11, 2016

    Combing over the NBA awards this season finds more no-brainers than nail-biters.Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year - there's about as much suspense in those awards as a Scooby-Doo episode.But there is plenty of intrigue surrounding the Coach of the Year and Sixth Man, with no wrong answer in either race.

  • NBA: No foul on last possession in Warriors' win at Memphis

    April 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says referees were correct in not calling a foul against Golden State on Memphis' final possession, when a score by the Grizzlies could have ended the Warriors' bid for a record 73 victories.Lance Stephenson missed twice in the closing seconds Saturday as the Warriors held on for a 100-99 victory that made them 71-9 with two games remaining. Commentators said Stephenson may have been fouled on the second one, when he launched a contested jumper from the corner that hit the side of the backboard.

  • Spurs sitting Duncan as Warriors attempt to make history

    April 10, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio star Tim Duncan was held out for the Spurs' game against Golden State on Sunday night.Duncan, who turns 40 on April 25, rested after playing back-to-back games. He had four points in 19 minutes in a 112-101 loss to the Warriors on Thursday and 21 points in 35 minutes in Friday's 102-98 loss at Denver.

  • Briante Weber back with Heat, as roster-filling begins

    April 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Briante Weber has worn the Miami Heat uniform before, for about a week back in October when he was trying to make the team as a preseason longshot.He was back in Heat colors on Sunday.''Only this time, it's for real,'' Weber said.That it is, and at a very real time for the playoff-bound Heat. Weber was signed Sunday as a free agent, a long-awaited move as the Heat work to fill out their roster to the maximum 15 players for the end of the regular season. The final move in that plan is expected to come on Monday, when former Heat player Dorell Wright is likely to close his free-agent deal to return to Miami.

  • Man convicted of killing Jordan's father seeks hearing

    April 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Michael Jordan's father in North Carolina in 1993 and dumping his body in South Carolina say they have new evidence to bolster their request for a new trial.The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1RZpEgE ) that court documents claim misleading testimony and misconduct by the prosecutor and jury helped wrongfully convict Daniel Green of murder. His attorneys have long argued that Green helped get rid of James Jordan's body but didn't participate in the carjacking.

  • Woeful 76ers hire Bryan Colangelo as team president

    April 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris returned for a state-of-the franchise address with a new Colangelo by his side.Hired in December, Jerry Colangelo is already out as chairman of basketball operations.Enter Bryan Colangelo, the latest executive entrusted with molding one of the worst teams in professional sports into winners.

  • For Pistons, playoff berth an important step forward

    April 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) After six seasons of virtual irrelevance, the Detroit Pistons are heading back to the playoffs.And they certainly had to earn their spot.''It's a little more satisfying because it's in a year where the East was a lot better,'' coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''The last few years, it would have taken 37 or 38 wins to get in. We had to get to 43 with two games to go still to get in.''

  • US beats World team 101-67 at the Nike Hoop Summit

    April 9, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) At times, it seemed as though Terrance Ferguson could not miss.He hit seven 3-pointers for his 21 points and the U.S. national junior select team beat the under-19 world team 101-67 on Saturday at the annual Nike Hoop Summit.''I had a hot hand and the players couldn't beat me so, I just kept shooting,'' Ferguson said.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns' superb rookie season preceded by grief

    April 9, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns climbed into his car after an August workout, less than six weeks before starting his first NBA training camp. As he started driving, an alert buzzed on his phone announcing the death of Darryl Dawkins.The one-time backboard-breaking center was known as Chocolate Thunder or Dr. Dunkenstein during his days with the Philadelphia 76ers. Towns knew him as Uncle Darryl.

  • Warriors center Andrew Bogut to sit vs. Grizzlies for rest

    April 9, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Golden State coach Steve Kerr says he is holding center Andrew Bogut out of Saturday night's game with Memphis for some rest before playing at San Antonio on Sunday night as the Warriors chase the NBA single-season wins record.Kerr said after the morning shootaround he just didn't want Bogut to play both games with everyone else available. The 31-year-old has started 64 of 68 games this season, averaging 20.7 minutes.

  • Spurs don't plan to rest stars for 2 games vs Warriors

    April 7, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If the Golden State Warriors are going to set the NBA single-season wins record, they will have to go through a full-strength San Antonio squad to do it.Coach Gregg Popovich said he plans to play all his healthy players Thursday at Golden State and then again when the teams meet Sunday in San Antonio. The only injured player currently for San Antonio is key reserve Boris Diaw, who has a sore right abductor.

  • Carroll returns for Raptors after missing 41 games

    April 7, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll has returned from right knee surgery after missing 41 games.Before getting hurt, Carroll averaged 11.7 and 4.8 rebounds in 23 games. Carroll, in the first season of a four-year, million contract, entered the game in the second quarter.

  • Kobe Bryant's farewell tour finally reaches its last 4 shows

    April 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant stands up, and hundreds rise with him. An urgent, wordless buzz steadily builds to an ovation while he heads to the scorers' table to enter the game.If Bryant scores, the crowd roars with the memories of all the shots that came before.

  • Warriors-Spurs on NBA TV to be available to more viewers

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Warriors' game in San Antonio on Sunday on NBA TV will be available for free to fans who don't normally get the channel.NBA Digital announced Thursday that the key matchup in Golden State's pursuit of a record 73 wins will be available as part of a free preview of the network to cable and satellite subscribers.

  • 76ers move ahead in the rebuilding process without Hinkie

    April 7, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Hinkie quit on The Process.The Philadelphia 76ers threw a pizza party.No, the two events were not related, though it was a bit peculiar to find the team's practice facility festooned with balloons as select season-ticket holders gorged on food a day after perhaps the most bizarre departure in 76ers history.

  • Grizzlies sign Munford to multi-year deal, waive Hollins

    April 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Xavier Munford to a multi-year contract and have waived center Ryan Hollins.The team announced both moves Thursday. Terms of Munford's contract were not disclosed.Munford, who is 6-foot-3, has appeared in 10 games with the Grizzlies. The 23-year-old Munford has averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 14.2 minutes since signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 16.

  • AP source: Bryan Colangelo set to be hired as 76ers GM

    April 6, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers' front office has suddenly turned into the home of a Colangelo family reunion.The NBA-worst Sixers are set to hire former NBA executive of the year Bryan Colangelo as their general manager, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring.

  • 76ers president/general manager Sam Hinkie quits

    April 6, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie quit Wednesday after turning the organization into one of the worst teams in NBA history.Hinkie didn't even last three full seasons and left the Sixers with the worst record in the league at 10-68.

  • Report: Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan has Parkinson's disease

    April 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan said Wednesday that he has Parkinson's disease and a form of dementia.The 74-year-old Sloan, who coached the Utah Jazz from 1988 to 2011, told The Salt Lake Tribune in an interview Wednesday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia last fall.

  • Wizards' Wall out with sore right knee against Nets

    April 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards point guard John Wall has a sore right knee and will not play against Brooklyn on Wednesday night.Wall has played in all 77 games this season for Washington, which enters Wednesday 3 1/2 games out of the playoffs with five left to play.

  • Atlanta Hawks player sues New York City over arrest

    April 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

  • Cleveland opts to rest LeBron James against Indiana

    April 6, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cavaliers star LeBron James will sit out Wednesday night's game at Indiana to rest.James, the four-time MVP and two-time champion, also sat out the final quarter of Tuesday night's blowout victory at Milwaukee and has playing some of his best basketball all season.

  • Young Timberwolves have their coming-out party in W over GSW

    April 6, 2016

    Shaquille O'Neal was holding court at a press event during All-Star weekend, offering his analysis and opinions about all things NBA, when he was asked about Karl-Anthony Towns, the superb rookie of the Minnesota Timberwolves.''Don't nobody watch Minnesota,'' O'Neal bellowed with a playfully dismissive chuckle, reaching for an imaginary remote control. ''I see the Timberwolves on TV and ... click.''

  • Warriors need 4-0 finish to set record with 73 wins

    April 6, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The margin of error is gone.If the Golden State Warriors want to break Chicago's single-season wins record of 72, they must win their final four games starting with Thursday night's showdown at home against San Antonio.The bigger priority down the stretch is securing the top seed in the Western Conference, which can be done with a combination of two Warriors wins or Spurs losses, and getting their game back in top form for the start of the postseason next week.

  • DeRozan scores 26 as Raptors beat Hornets 96-90

    April 5, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Before facing the Raptors, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he wanted his players to ''have a readiness to start the playoffs.''They certainly weren't ready to take on Toronto.DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 12 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and the Raptors beat Charlotte 96-90 on Tuesday night, handing the Hornets back-to-back losses for the first time in more than two months.

  • Rubio is finally healthy, and hitting shots for Minnesota

    April 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ricky Rubio entered his fifth NBA season at a crossroads.The Spanish point guard had carved a reputation as one of the best passers and defenders in the league, yet he still had so much to prove.As he started a new four-year, million extension, Rubio had to show that he could stay healthy and knock down the open jump shot.

  • Hawks join Emory in building 'unprecedented' headquarters

    April 5, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Tony Ressler had one early objective when his ownership group bought the Atlanta Hawks last June.''From the first day I toured our practice facilities, I felt that the Atlanta Hawks were and are at a professional disadvantage facilities-wise,'' Ressler said. ''My view was that it was job No. 1 to change that. That was absolutely our first and highest objective.''

  • Celtics' Turner to sit out against Pelicans with eye injury

    April 5, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says reserve forward Evan Turner is continuing to recover from a left eye abrasion and will sit out when they host the Pelicans on Wednesday.Turner spent Tuesday at home resting and did not attend Boston's practice. He was hurt in the closing seconds of Boston's win over the Lakers on Sunday.

  • Man charged in robbery, shooting of Knicks' player

    April 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn man has been charged in the robbery and shooting of New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early outside a Queens strip club in December.A complaint filed in federal court says 22-year-old Delvon Dowling was part of a group of masked men who staked out the club last December.

  • A historic regular season without a title often rings hollow

    April 5, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Golden State, take note. Putting together a historic regular-season is only half the battle for teams trying to etch out a spot in the annals of sports immortality.It doesn't guarantee a title.If the Warriors break the Chicago Bulls' single-season win record of 72 set back in the 1995-96 season, they'll be celebrated as the greatest team in NBA history - of the regular-season variety, that is. To go down as truly the best ever, as unfair as this may seem, they would still have to win a championship.

  • Zach LaVine uses slam dunk winnings to help deaf school

    April 4, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The claps and cheers as Zach LaVine walked into the room were loud, audible to everyone in the school as the Minnesota Timberwolves guard arrived and waved to the crowd.Audible to everyone, except for most doing the cheering.In his short time in Minnesota, the 21-year-old has formed a fast bond with the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, a school that caters to about 100 students who are hearing impaired. He has used his incredible leaping ability to win two slam dunk titles and make a name for himself as a rising star in the NBA.

  • Idaho Stampede moved to Salt Lake City, name changed

    April 4, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will move to Salt Lake City for the 2016-17 season and will be renamed the Salt Lake City Stars.The team will play home games at Salt Lake Community College's 5,000-seat Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena.

  • Ex-Knicks coach Fisher appears as Turner analyst this week

    April 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher will appear as a guest analyst on Turner Sports' NBA coverage this week.Fisher is a five-time champion as a player who was fired in February after 1 1/2 seasons as Knicks coach. He calls his TV spot a ''tremendous opportunity'' to stay close to the game and ''share insight from a new perspective.''

  • With 2 games vs Warriors this week, how will Spurs play it?

    April 4, 2016

    The biggest mystery surrounding the Golden State Warriors' run at history is how motivated San Antonio will be to stop it.The NBA's two best teams this season will meet twice this week, perhaps the biggest remaining obstacles to the Warriors' quest for an NBA-record 73 victories.

  • Kyrie Irving out for Cavaliers with sprained ankle

    April 3, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting guard point Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday's game against Charlotte with a sprained right ankle.Irving injured his ankle late in the first half of Friday night's overtime win in Atlanta. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue does not know how long Irving, who missed the season's first 24 games while recovering from offseason knee surgery, will be sidelined.

  • Golden State Warriors' NBA-record 54-game home winning streak ends with loss to Boston Celtics

    April 2, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors' NBA-record 54-game home winning streak ends with loss to Boston Celtics.

  • LeBron James passes Oscar Robertson on career scoring list

    April 1, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson into 11th place on the NBA's scoring list.James scored on a layup when Atlanta's Al Horford was called for goaltending with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Hawks on Friday night, giving him 26,711 points. James began the night 21 points behind Robertson's 26,710 points.

  • Porzingis (shoulder) out, may not play again this season

    April 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis will not play in the Knicks' game against Brooklyn because of a strained right shoulder that could end his rookie season.Interim coach Kurt Rambis says the starting forward is day to day with six games remaining, but adds Friday that he and the medical staff would have to agree that Porzingis could safely play without fearing further injury.

  • Russell-Young video flap still stings as Lakers move on

    April 1, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell did extra work after practice again with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, competing with Jordan Clarkson in a two-on-two scrimmage.Russell is also still putting in work in the locker room to heal the broken trust and hurt feelings from his misadventure in video.

  • Lakers forward Julius Randle fined ,000 for gesture

    April 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle was fined ,000 on Friday for making an obscene gesture after he hit a game-winning shot to beat the Miami Heat.Randle was fined for his celebration after he spun into the paint and hit a tiebreaking hook shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime Wednesday night.

  • Grizzlies sign Cotton to 10-day deal under hardship rule

    April 1, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Bryce Cotton to a 10-day contract under the NBA's hardship roster rules.The Grizzlies announced the deal Friday.Memphis already has had 27 different players take the court this season, and Cotton playing will help the Grizzlies set the NBA record for most players to log minutes in a single season. The Grizzlies currently are tied with the 1996-97 Dallas Mavericks for the single-season record.

  • Kings C Cousins suspended for 1 game for 16th technical

    March 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for one game by the NBA after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.The league announced the punishment on Thursday. Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended when he gets to 16 technical fouls during the regular season.

  • 76ers in danger of matching worst record in NBA history

    March 31, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are on a PR blitz trying to win fans' patience since they are unable to win on the court.General manager Sam Hinkie - needing something to do with Jerry Colangelo now calling the shots - filmed a spot for the latest promotional video released Thursday that made it seem like he was stumping for votes on the campaign trail. Wearing a hard hat at the eventual site of their new team headquarters, Hinkie's voiceover says the team is moving ''into a building that will embody a lot of the values important to us.''

  • Cavs' James moves into 12th place on career scoring list

    March 31, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has moved past Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA's career scoring list.James recorded a three-point play at the 3:52 mark of the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game Thursday night against Brooklyn, giving him 26,671 career points. Wilkins had 26,668 during his Hall of Fame career with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston, San Antonio and Orlando.

  • Jazz guard Burke stays positive despite loss of playing time

    March 31, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The rise of Shelvin Mack has precipitated the fall of Trey Burke in the Utah Jazz lineup, but the former No. 9 overall pick hasn't been a distraction on a team looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012.Burke's career has yet to take a definitive shape since he was named National Player of the Year in his final season at Michigan. He was thought to be the point guard of the future when the Jazz traded for him on draft night in 2013, but now the future is unclear.

  • 76ers on brink of matching worst record in NBA history

    March 31, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are on a PR blitz trying to win fans' patience since they are unable to win on the court.General manager Sam Hinkie - needing something to do with Jerry Colangelo now calling the shots - filmed a spot for the latest promotional video released Thursday that made it seem like he was stumping for votes on the campaign trail. Wearing a hard hat at the eventual site of their new team headquarters, Hinkie's voiceover says the team is moving ''into a building that will embody a lot of the values important to us.''

  • Warriors embrace chase of wins record more than playoff rest

    March 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) If anyone still doubted whether the Golden State Warriors were truly going to push for a record 73 wins instead of saving energy for the playoffs, that thought should now be put to rest for good.Playing on the back end of a back-to-back on the road against a hungry team fighting for the playoffs, Stephen Curry played his most minutes since before Christmas, Draymond Green crashed hard to the floor in overtime and the Warriors (68-7) conceded nothing in a 103-96 win at Utah on Wednesday night that left them five wins away from breaking Chicago's record of 72 wins with seven games left to play.

  • Grizzlies sign guard Jordan Farmar for rest of season

    March 31, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Jordan Farmar (FAHR-mahr) for the rest of this season.The Grizzlies announced the move Thursday.The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Farmar has started three of five games since signing a 10-day contract with Memphis on March 21, and he has averaged 10.8 points and 3.6 assists. Farmar, 29, has played in 495 games over nine seasons with the Lakers, Nets, Clippers and now the Grizzlies.

  • Barea scores 26, Mavs beat Knicks to tie for 8th in West

    March 30, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 91-89 on Wednesday night.The Mavericks tied the Houston Rockets for eighth place in the Western Conference.

  • Russell apologizes for taking video of Lakers teammate Young

    March 30, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell knows he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers' trust in him after the rookie guard's unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.Speaking before Wednesday night's home game against Miami, Russell apologized profusely for recording the video, saying his actions have created ''a bad vibe'' on the last-place club.

  • Curry fans fall from stands trying to get autograph

    March 30, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.Curry had just finished his pregame routine, which draws many fans at Warriors games, when he stopped to take a picture and sign a few autographs at the opening of the tunnel.

  • Clippers star Chris Paul chooses family time over Olympics

    March 30, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Chris Paul is passing up a shot at Olympic history to take a much-needed summer off.The Los Angeles Clippers star said it was a difficult decision to pull his name from consideration for this summer's Olympics in Rio, but after spending a decade playing for USA Basketball he felt it was time for a breather.

  • Kings give GM Vlade Divac multiyear contract

    March 30, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have signed general manager and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac to a new multiyear contract.The team announced the move to keep Divac in the role running the franchise on Wednesday. Divac originally joined the front office last March, oversaw most of the offseason moves and was officially named to his current position in August.

  • Lakers dismayed Russell's video of Young became public

    March 30, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott is ''disappointed'' that an unflattering video of Nick Young apparently taken by rookie teammate D'Angelo Russell became public.Scott declined to address any details about another embarrassment for the Western Conference's worst team after their shootaround for Wednesday's game against Miami. Russell and Young plan to address the media before the game, team spokesman John Black said.

  • Craig Sager in high spirits as he works Wizards-Warriors

    March 30, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Craig Sager has a blood clot behind his right ear that is affecting his hearing, and that's just another annoyance he is accepting as he continues to work NBA games for Turner Sports with fervor despite his leukemia no longer being in remission.

  • Sioux Falls Skyforce set D-League single-season wins record

    March 29, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The Sioux Falls Skyforce have set the NBA Development League record for wins in a season, getting their 39th on Tuesday by topping the Iowa Energy 125-107.The Skyforce, an affiliate of the Miami Heat, are 39-9 with two games remaining. The previous D-League record for wins was 38, set by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2011-12.

  • Magic storm past Nets for second straight win, 139-105

    March 29, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It's no longer about a playoff push for the Orlando Magic. That opportunity is long since gone.But a chance to improve and take another step as a team has become a rallying point as the Magic recorded rare back-to-back wins in defeating Brooklyn 139-105 on Tuesday night in a matchup of teams that will miss the playoffs. The Magic, which also blew out Chicago on Saturday night, had not won back-to-back games since defeating Atlanta twice in February.

  • Atlanta asks NBA to mull moving All-Star game from Charlotte

    March 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta city leaders asked the NBA on Tuesday to consider moving the 2017 All-Star Game their way from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation criticized as limiting protections for LGBT people.Atlanta's City Council introduced a resolution at a meeting asking the NBA to consider Atlanta after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law critics called discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

  • Harrell suspended 5 games in D-League for pushing ref down

    March 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell has been suspended five games without pay in the NBA Development League for pushing a referee to the floor during an altercation.Also, Bakersfield forward Derek Cooke Jr. was suspended one game without pay for pushing Harrell during the skirmish in a game Saturday.

  • Chris Paul won't play for US Olympic basketball team

    March 29, 2016

    Chris Paul won't play for the U.S. basketball team in this summer's Olympics, passing up a chance for a third gold medal.Paul played for the U.S. in 2008 and 2012 and could have joined LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in trying to become the first men's players to win three Olympic basketball golds.

  • Rockets, Pelicans to play 2 preseason games in China

    March 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Rockets will return to China next fall to play two preseason games against the New Orleans Pelicans.The teams will play Oct. 9 in Shanghai, followed by a game in Beijing on Oct. 12.The Rockets are popular in China because of Yao Ming, who starred for them from 2002-11. They played in Shanghai, Yao's hometown, in 2004.

  • Atlanta looking to move NBA All-Star game from Charlotte

    March 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta city leaders are asking the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation seen as limiting LGBT protections.Atlanta's City Council introduced a resolution Tuesday asking the NBA to move the game to Atlanta after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law critics called discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

  • Durant, Ibaka resting for Thunder against Pistons

    March 29, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder are resting star Kevin Durant and starting forward Serge Ibaka for Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.Coach Billy Donovan says the Thunder thought this was a good chance to rest the two players after Oklahoma City played at Toronto the previous night. The Thunder have clinched the Northwest Division title, and they are almost certain to end up with the Western Conference's third-best record at the end of the regular season.

  • Pelicans' Holiday, Gee, to miss the rest of the season

    March 29, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Pelicans say guard Jrue Holiday and forward Alonzo Gee will miss the rest of this season because of injuries, joining a slew of sidelined New Orleans teammates.Both Holiday and Gee were injured in Monday night's victory over the New York Knicks.

  • Lillard and McCollum aim Portland at the playoffs

    March 29, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland's backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are partners on the court and friends off of it.Their almost symbiotic relationship has helped carry the surprising young Trail Blazers into postseason contention after an offseason roster overhaul that saw the departure of all but one starter - Lillard - from last season's playoff team.

  • LeBron James partners with golf tournament to help youth

    March 29, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has found a golfing partner to help local youth.The NBA star's family foundation and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational are teaming up to help educate students and enhance their interest in golf.The tournament is pledging ,000 from charity proceeds to fund various programs for students. They will have the opportunity to take outings to a TV affiliate to experience being an anchor, hit golf shots at a simulator of Firestone's signature ''monster'' 16th hole and get behind-the-scenes tours at the tournament site.

  • Wade looking forward to a final meeting with Kobe

    March 28, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade will never forget his first meeting against Kobe Bryant.Wade and the Miami Heat went to Los Angeles and got blown out in November 2003, the Lakers winning 99-77 and making it look every bit as easy as that score seemed. It was the eighth game of Wade's professional career, and to say he was still figuring things out is an understatement.

  • Clips' Griffin cleared to return, begins 4-game suspension

    March 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin has been medically cleared to return to the Los Angeles Clippers and will immediately begin serving a four-game suspension for punching their assistant equipment manager, the team announced Sunday.Griffin, who has not played since December, practiced with the Clippers on Saturday. He was cleared by the team's doctor before Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

  • Clippers' Griffin cleared for contact, begins suspension

    March 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers say Blake Griffin has been medically cleared to return to the team and will immediately begin serving a four-game suspension for punching their assistant equipment manager.Griffin, who has not played since December, practiced with the Clippers on Saturday. He was cleared by the team's doctor before Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

  • Bulls' playoffs hopes dealt blow with 111-89 loss to Magic

    March 26, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Orlando journeyman center Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jason Smith added 14 off the bench and the Magic dealt the Chicago Bulls a blow to their fading playoff hopes with a 111-89 win Saturday night.

  • Allen's Game 6 3 cost refs money, nearly caused NBA headache

    March 26, 2016

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Ray Allen's 3-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals did more than cost the San Antonio Spurs a championship.It cost referee Joe Crawford money.And if the Spurs scored on the next possession and won the title, it could have caused the NBA a massive headache - and possibly led the Miami Heat to file a protest while San Antonio was celebrating.

  • Kyrie Irving to sit out Cavs' game at Knicks to rest

    March 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving will miss Cleveland's game against the New York Knicks to rest.Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the point guard would sit out at the team's morning shootaround Saturday. He also says Mo Williams could return from a left knee injury but a decision wouldn't be made until after the guard warmed up.

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell carried off with sprained ankle

    March 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell has been carried off the court after spraining his right ankle.Russell was hurt late in the first half of Los Angeles' home game against Denver.The Lakers say X-rays are negative on Russell, the No. 2 pick in last summer's draft. He will be re-evaluated this weekend.

  • Former Warrior David Lee presented with championship ring

    March 25, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) David Lee got one last loud ovation from the Golden State crowd.The player who went from being the only All-Star on a losing team to a role player on a championship one was honored Friday night in his first trip back to Oracle Arena since leaving the Warriors after winning the championship last season.

  • Joe Crawford ending one of NBA's great officiating careers

    March 25, 2016

    SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) After nearly four decades making the toughest calls in the biggest games, Joe Crawford faced one he hoped to avoid.It was early November, and his arthritic right knee wasn't getting better. He wanted to get through one final season, but not at less than his best. At 64, he wasn't going to keep up with NBA players while dragging around one leg.

  • Mavericks' Parsons done for season after right knee surgery

    March 25, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his right knee.The team said Parsons had arthroscopic surgery Friday to address an injury to his right medial meniscus. It is the second year in a row that Parsons' season has ended prematurely because of right knee surgery.

  • Timberwolves owner Taylor plans to keep Newton as GM for now

    March 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Friday that he plans to keep general manager Milt Newton on through the draft and free agency before making a decision on his long-term future with the franchise.Newton was elevated to the primary decision-maker after the death of Flip Saunders, who was both president of basketball operations and coach, shortly before the season began in October. Taylor has said all along that he wanted to evaluate both Newton and interim coach Sam Mitchell over the full season before making decisions on their fates.

  • Spurs' Leonard leaves game with bruised right quadriceps

    March 23, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard left the Spurs' game against the Miami Heat midway through the third quarter Wednesday night after suffering a bruised right quadriceps.Leonard matched a career high with 32 points on 12-for-21 shooting before leaving with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter.

  • Clippers Doc Rivers expects Griffin back in regular season

    March 23, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Clippers coach Doc Rivers expects Blake Griffin to return before the regular season ends from a broken hand the star forward suffered by punching an assistant equipment manager.Griffin isn't practicing yet with Los Angeles but he is running and shooting again, and ''he's doing great. He looks pretty good, so that's why I feel confident,'' Rivers says.

  • Season totals, defensive player stats added to NBA app

    March 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA Digital has added new statistics to the NBA app, including some that track player defensive performance.The upgrades unveiled Wednesday include a tab for season totals in categories such as points, rebounds and assists, so users can switch between that and per game averages.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr offers support to Cal coach Martin

    March 23, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shout out to California coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday to offer his support and thanks during a rough stretch for the Golden Bears program.Kerr's son, Nick, was a walk-on reserve guard under Martin this past season - and Kerr is so thankful his son had such a great experience.

  • DeMarcus Cousins out against Wolves with bruised right knee

    March 23, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins was scratched from the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night with a bruised right knee.Cousins was listed as questionable for the game going in, but declared out by coach George Karl earlier in the day. Cousins has cemented himself as one of the best big men in the NBA, averaging 27.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists to carry the Kings.

  • Hoiberg reunited with Iowa State before regional in Chicago

    March 23, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was reunited with his former Iowa State players and coaching staff on Wednesday.Less than a year after leaving the Cyclones to accept the Bulls' job, Hoiberg greeted the team as it prepared for its Sweet Sixteen matchup against No. 1 seed Virginia at the United Center on Friday night.

  • Caldwell-Pope, Bullock out for the Pistons against Orlando

    March 23, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is sitting out the Pistons' game Wednesday against Orlando because of an illness.Backup guard Reggie Bullock is also out with an illness. The Pistons started rookie Darrun Hilliard, a second-round draft pick.

  • Raptors Lowry resting sore right elbow against Celtics

    March 23, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is not starting and not expected to play against the Celtics as he rests a sore right elbow.The Raptors can clinch a playoff spot with a victory Wednesday or loss by either Chicago or DetroitLowry sustained the injury in Toronto's win over Orlando on Sunday. He played 40 minutes in that game, scoring 18 points.

  • Carmelo Anthony back in Knicks' starting lineup

    March 23, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Carmelo Anthony returned to the New York Knicks' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing a loss Sunday night against Sacramento because of a migraine headache.The star forward started feeling symptoms in a loss to Washington on Saturday. He is averaging 21.8 points and 8.0 rebounds this season.

  • Ex-Clippers owner's NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed

    March 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a 0 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.In the Tuesday order, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin said he was ''skeptical Sterling suffered any injury at all, let alone an antitrust injury'' by the sale of the team for billion to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and called other parts of the lawsuit implausible.

  • Linsanity II: Lin leading surging Hornets on playoff push

    March 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Perhaps this is the start of Linsanity II.Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is heating up and surging Charlotte is blazing a trail to its second playoff appearance in three seasons under coach Steve Clifford.Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter Monday to lead the Hornets back from a 23-point deficit to beat San Antonio - the largest lead surrendered by the Spurs in the Tim Duncan era. Lin followed that with another strong performance on Tuesday night, scoring 21 points in a win over Brooklyn.

  • Batum scores 23 points as Hornets beat Nets 105-100

    March 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Nicolas Batum scored 23 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-100 on Tuesday night.Jeremy Lin added 21 points, a night after scoring 29 in Charlotte's rally from 23 down to beat the San Antonio Spurs.Brook Lopez had 29 points, nine rebounds and a season-high six assists, and Sean Kilpatrick added a career-high 25 points for the Nets.

  • LeBron steps away from social media, wants Cavs to follow

    March 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron's locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.Following a personal rite of spring he began several years ago, LeBron James has begun preparing for the upcoming NBA playoffs by limiting his access to social media in order to avoid outside distractions as he and the Cavaliers make another run at an NBA title.

  • Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

    March 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Los Angeles in 2018.Staples Center will host the annual midseason basketball extravaganza for the third time in 15 seasons, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Tuesday night.The arena shared by the Lakers and Clippers also hosted the All-Stars in 2004 and 2011. The greater Los Angeles area will host the multiday event for the record sixth time overall in three arenas.

  • Lakers examine harassment allegation against Young, Clarkson

    March 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles Lakers spokesman said there are ''different interpretations'' about what happened during an interaction between players Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson and a woman who accused them of harassing her.Coach Byron Scott also said he spoke with the players about Sunday night's incident in Hollywood with Alexis Jones, an activist and public speaker against sexual harassment and domestic violence. The Lakers haven't indicated any intention of taking disciplinary action against Young or Clarkson.

  • Pelicans' Anderson remains sidelined vs. Heat

    March 22, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says forward Ryan Anderson, who has been New Orleans' second-leading scorer this season, has been ruled out of playing in Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat because of groin strains in both legs.

  • Golden State backups pull their weight and then some

    March 22, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Big man Marreese Speights is thrilled he has Steve Kerr's blessing to let it fly from long range whenever he has a good look.''It's great, especially if I'm wide open I'm going to shoot it every time I get the opportunity to,'' Speights said. ''So it's good to have the green light from the 3-point line when you're open.''

  • Ex-financial adviser to Scottie Pippen sentenced to prison

    March 22, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) A financial adviser who once had former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen as a client has been sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud.U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle gave Robert Lunn on Tuesday less than the nine-year term that prosecutors sought for the 66-year-old man.

  • 'God is good:' Mutombo OK after Belgium terrorist attacks

    March 22, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was at the Brussels airport during a deadly terrorist attack early Tuesday.Mutombo posted two messages on his Facebook page to let everyone know he was not injured. The Atlanta Hawks confirmed that he was in Belgium when the terrorists struck at both the airport and on a subway, killing at least 31 people and wounding scores.

  • LeBron shifts into playoff mode, wants Cavs to follow

    March 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron's locked in already. Now he's got to get the Cavs to, ahem, follow him.Following a personal rite of spring he began several years ago, LeBron James has begun preparing for the upcoming NBA playoffs by limiting his access to social media in order to avoid outside distractions as he and the Cavaliers make another run at an NBA title.

  • AP source: Mavs' Parsons may return after right knee surgery

    March 22, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is having surgery on his right knee again but might not be finished for the season.A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Parsons was having arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee but could return.

  • Picked 23rd by Jazz, Rodney Hood proving to be a steal

    March 22, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Quin Snyder two years ago that Rodney Hood would be the steal of the 2014 draft.The Hall of Famer and U.S. Olympic team coach wasn't just supporting one of his own, he knew something a slew of NBA teams didn't quite understand.

  • NBA player Ty Lawson gets probation for Denver DUI case

    March 22, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson will serve a year on probation in a Denver drunken driving case after a judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that he needed to serve time in jail to learn a lesson.The former Denver Nugget was arrested twice on drunken driving charges last year - first in Denver in January and then in Los Angeles in July. He also has two previous DUI arrests that don't count as prior offenses - one in North Carolina in 2008 for underage drinking and driving when he was 20 and another in 2011 in Missouri. Underage cases don't count as prior offenses for an adult and Lawson, now 28, avoided a conviction in the other under a deal that required him to stay out of more trouble.

  • NBA point guard Ty Lawson sentenced to supervised probation

    March 22, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson was sentenced to a year of supervised probation on drunken driving charges in Colorado.The former Denver Nuggets player was ordered not to drink or use marijuana during his probation. He had faced up to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired and to a traffic violation. The district attorney had requested at least a month in jail.

  • Injured Pelicans star Davis expected to miss Olympics

    March 22, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Anthony Davis is expected to miss this summer's Olympic Games because of knee and shoulder injuries that have ended his fourth NBA season early.While Davis stopped short of completely ruling himself out Monday, USA Basketball later said the All-Star forward would be unavailable for Rio.

  • TNT's Sager says leukemia no longer in remission

    March 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager says in an interview with HBO that his leukemia is no longer in remission.Sager missed 11 months while undergoing treatment and a bone marrow transplant from his son before returning to his position on the sideline during TNT's NBA coverage in March 2015. But he says in a ''Real Sports'' interview to debut Tuesday that he learned last month that the cancer was no longer in remission.

  • Injured Pelicans star Davis virtually rules out Olympics

    March 21, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Anthony Davis virtually ruled out playing for Team USA in this summer's Olympic Games on Monday as he prepared to begin treatment on knee and shoulder injuries that have ended his fourth NBA season early.''I love USA Basketball. I loved when I was there in 2012. I loved when I played in the (FIBA) World Cup in 2014,'' Davis said. ''But I think everyone understands where health is more important.''

  • Bulls' Pau Gasol to return vs Kings after missing 4 games

    March 21, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol will return against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night after missing the previous four games with right knee swelling.Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says Gasol is ''chomping at the bit to get back on the floor. Obviously, we flow better with him out there.''

  • Cavaliers starting forward Kevin Love out against Nuggets

    March 21, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting forward Kevin Love will sit out against Denver with an unspecified illness.Love has missed four games this season for the Cavs, who clinch the Central Division title with a win over the Nuggets on Monday night.Love did not participate in the team's morning shootaround and the Cavs announced that he was not playing about an hour before tip-off. Channing Frye will start for Love, who is averaging 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in his second season with Cleveland.

  • Rockets' Howard upset by being called a cheater

    March 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dwight Howard is surprised and disappointed that he's being labeled a cheater.The NBA is reviewing the Rockets center's use of a sticky substance on his hands during Houston's loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Atlanta's Paul Millsap complained about the ball while shooting free throws with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. Howard had made a layup before Millsap's free throws.

  • Grizzlies sign guard Jordan Farmar to 10-day contract

    March 21, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed veteran guard Jordan Farmar to a 10-day contract.Farmar has played 490 games and has made 30 starts across eight NBA seasons. He holds career averages of 7.7 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 19.4 minutes per game.

  • Raptors bearing down on Cavaliers as playoffs approach

    March 21, 2016

    Long after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt in an attempt to stabilize a team that just couldn't get on the same page, many of the same issues continue to plague them under new coach Tyronn Lue.And while the Cavs try to figure out how to use Kevin Love, try to shore up their defense and find the consistency they need to make a real run at a title, the Toronto Raptors have put themselves right in Cleveland's rearview mirror as the playoffs approach.

  • Knicks' Anthony out against Kings with migraine

    March 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is missing the Knicks' game against Sacramento on Sunday night because of a migraine.Anthony was bothered by a migraine during a loss in Washington on Saturday and was still experiencing symptoms Sunday and having trouble with lights. Interim coach Kurt Rambis originally said the Knicks' leading scorer would be a game-time decision, but the team officially ruled out him shortly after.

  • Pelicans' Davis out for season, putting Rio in doubt

    March 20, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to shut down All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the rest of this season, and his future with the U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Rio Games is in doubt as well.The team announced Sunday that Davis will soon undergo procedures to repair a recent knee injury, as well as a torn labrum in his left shoulder that has bothered him for much of the season.

  • NBA reviewing Howard's use of sticky substance on hands

    March 20, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The NBA is reviewing Dwight Howard's use of a sticky substance on his hands in Houston's loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.Atlanta's Paul Millsap complained about the ball while shooting two free throws with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. Howard made a layup with 4:04 remaining.

  • Dwyane Wade joins NBA's 20,000-point club

    March 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade always figured that 20,000 points would be enough to officially stamp him as an NBA great.He's now there.The Heat guard reached the milestone Saturday night, with a short floater with 10:18 left in the third quarter of Miami's 122-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade is the 41st player to score 20,000, doing so in his 844th game, and the ninth active one.

  • Bogut out for Golden State in showdown with San Antonio

    March 19, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Golden State starting center Andrew Bogut will not play in the Warriors' game at San Antonio on Saturday night because of a foot injury.Golden State, which has lost 32 straight regular-season games in San Antonio, was already without key reserves Andre Iguodala (sprained left ankle) and Festus Ezeli (left knee surgery).

  • Brooklyn's Lopez out against Detroit because of virus

    March 19, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Brook Lopez is out of the lineup for the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night against Detroit because of a virus.It's only the second game Lopez has missed this season. The 7-foot center is averaging 20.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.

  • Jazz star Hayward to return vs Bulls after missing 2 games

    March 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will return Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing the previous two games with plantar fasciitis of the right foot.Hayward, who leads the Jazz in scoring with an average of 20.1 points, told the team he felt well enough to play following the morning shootaround.

  • Grizzlies' Barnes suspended for incident in Milwaukee

    March 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was out of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after the NBA suspended him one game, saying he tried to enter Milwaukee's locker room and verbally challenge Bucks forward John Henson after both players were ejected.

  • Jazz remain playoff contenders despite injury-ravaged roster

    March 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are one game out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference race and 1 1/2 out of the No. 6 spot despite being ravaged by injuries throughout the season.They'd been lucky in one regard: leading scorer Gordon Hayward (20.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game) hadn't missed a game to injury all season, but that ended this week. Hayward has missed two straight with plantar fasciitis in his right foot and there is no timetable for his return.

  • McDermott, Butler lead Bulls past Nets 118-102

    March 17, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Doug McDermott scored 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 22 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-102 on Thursday night.It's the third straight 20-plus point game for McDermott as Chicago moved a half-game in front of idle Detroit into eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobby Portis added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

  • AP Source: NBA moratorium to be 5 days shorter this summer

    March 17, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Kevin Durant's free-agency decision may now come a few days earlier.The NBA and NBA Players Association have agreed to shorten this summer's free-agent moratorium by five days, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. New deals struck this summer may now be signed on July 7 at 12:01 a.m., according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side announced the move publicly.

  • Hardaway making first start for Hawks against Nuggets

    March 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. is making his first start of the season for the Atlanta Hawks as Kent Bazemore is held out with a bone bruise in his right knee.Coach Mike Budenholzer said before Thursday night's game against the Denver Nuggets he hopes Bazemore's injury is ''pretty short term.''

  • Mavs' Jeremy Evans out for season after shoulder surgery

    March 17, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Jeremy Evans is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Evans was limited to 30 games, including two starts, and the 2012 slam dunk champion played sparingly after he was reported to be battling shoulder soreness in January.

  • Correction: Pistons-Homestand story

    March 17, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) In a story March 15 about Detroit's nine-game homestand, The Associated Press, using data supplied by the team, reported erroneously that the Pistons also had a nine-game homestand in 1971. The 1971 stretch included a neutral-site game.

  • Flint telethon brings in .1M with help from Pistons owner

    March 16, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) A telethon to help Flint residents amid the Michigan city's crisis with lead-tainted water coupled with a match from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has raised more than .1 million.The Flint native said he would match up to million in donations made during Tuesday's telethon hosted by Detroit television station WDIV-TV. Organizers say the event drew more than 1,500 donations totaling 6,982. With Gores' match, that brings the total to ,133,964.

  • Bogdanovic scores career-high 44, Nets beat 76ers 131-114

    March 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic and the Brooklyn Nets had a night to remember against the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers.Bogdanovic scored a career-high 44 points, the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak with a season-high scoring total in a 131-114 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night.

  • Long homestand could help Detroit's playoff pursuit

    March 15, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons are entering the home stretch in more ways than one.With a playoff spot now a realistic possibility, Detroit will play its next nine games at the Palace, the team's longest homestand in 35 years. The Pistons don't have another road game until April 2 at Chicago. By then, they hope to have taken a big step toward their first postseason berth since 2009.

  • Pistons owner to match up to M in Flint telethon donations

    March 15, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) A telethon underway to help Flint residents amid the Michigan city's crisis with lead-tainted water features a major financial commitment from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores.The Flint native says he'll match up to million in donations made during Tuesday's telethon hosted by Detroit television station WDIV-TV. More than ,000 had been raised as of Tuesday morning.

  • Bosh returns to Heat bench for 1st time since break

    March 14, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat bench on Monday night, his first appearance since being sidelined by a blood clot last month.Bosh was dressed in a gray sport coat and took a seat toward the end of the bench for a game against the Denver Nuggets. It was Bosh's first time being seen at AmericanAirlines Arena since Feb. 9, Miami's last home game before the All-Star break.

  • Wizards' Beal in starting lineup vs. Pistons

    March 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards guard Bradley Beal is in the starting lineup for Washington's game against the Detroit Pistons.His return Monday night comes after missing three games with a sprained pelvis, the latest setback in an injury-filled season.Beal also missed a stretch of 16 games in December and January with a stress reaction in his right leg. The fourth-year guard is averaging 17.8 points per game and is the Wizards' second-leading scorer.

  • Police: Gas pedal floored before McClendon crashed at 78 mph

    March 14, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon had the gas pedal floored in his SUV moments before it slammed into a bridge support at 78 mph earlier this month, police said Monday.McClendon tapped his brakes multiple times before impact, but not enough to slow his vehicle significantly, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference. There was no evidence McClendon tried to veer away or brake completely before impact.

  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward out with foot injury

    March 14, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Gordon Hayward will not play Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.Hayward's status is officially day-to-day.Hayward leads the team with averages of 20.1 points, 3.7 assists and 36.2 minutes per game. He also averages 4.9 rebounds per game.

  • Police: McClendon hit support at 78 mph, didn't try to turn

    March 14, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon had the gas pedal floored in his SUV until just before it slammed into a bridge support at 78 mph, and it doesn't seem he tried to avoid the deadly crash, authorities said Monday.McClendon tapped his breaks before impact, but not enough to slow his vehicle significantly, police Chief Bill Citty said at a news conference. There was no evidence that McClendon tried to veer away before impact.

  • Oklahoma City police set to release McClendon crash report

    March 14, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police are holding a news conference to discuss the death of Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon, whose body was found in a burning car beneath a rural turnpike two weeks ago.It appeared McClendon's SUV hit a bridge support at high speed the morning after a federal grand jury indicted the former Chesapeake executive on a bid-rigging charge. Police said then that they hoped to use the vehicle's data recorder to explain what happened before the crash.

  • Nuggets sign Alex Toupane to 2nd 10-day contract

    March 14, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Forward Alex Toupane has signed a second 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets.Toupane (pronounced tu-PON) averaged 4.6 points and 1.0 assist in 13.4 minutes over five games during his first 10-day contract.The 23-year-old native of France previously played for Toronto 905 of the NBA D-League this season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a steal in 32 games.

  • Spurs host Clippers, Warriors in tough week at home

    March 14, 2016

    The Spurs aren't the only team that knows how to put together a winning streak in San Antonio.The Los Angeles Clippers did it last spring in the playoffs, and they get the first crack this week at ending the Spurs' 41-game regular-season run at home. If San Antonio wins that one, Golden State might get a shot later this week at trying to end the third-longest home winning streak in NBA history.

  • Clippers' Branden Dawson arrested on spousal abuse charge

    March 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Branden Dawson was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of spousal abuse.Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera said the 23-year-old player was taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. at a residence in the Playa Vista area, where the team's practice facility is located on the city's westside.

  • Blazers' Davis ejected for flagrant foul on Magic's Smith

    March 13, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers reserve Ed Davis was ejected with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter of their game against the Orlando Magic for a flagrant foul on Jason Smith.Davis used both arms to come down hard on Smith as he drove to the basket. Initially called a common foul, officials reviewed the play and upgraded it to a Flagrant 2, which is an automatic ejection. Replays showed Davis' forearm catching Smith across the nose without much of an attempt to play the ball.

  • Warriors F Iguodala sidelined by left ankle injury

    March 12, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle.Iguodala got hurt in the second half of the league-leading Warriors' 128-112 win against Portland on Friday. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

  • Timberwolves sign center Greg Smith to 2nd 10-day contract

    March 12, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed center Greg Smith to a second 10-day contract.Smith originally was signed to a 10-day contract on March 2. The team announced his second signing Saturday.Smith has averaged 2.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 10.7 minutes in six games with the Timberwolves.

  • Grizzlies' Conley out 3-4 weeks with Achilles tendinitis

    March 12, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has Achilles tendinitis in his left foot that will keep him out for at least 3 to 4 weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated.The Grizzlies provided an update on Conley's injury on Saturday, along with that of center Chris Andersen, who remains out after dislocating his left shoulder March 6 in a loss to Phoenix. The Grizzlies say Andersen will continue to be re-evaluated.

  • Rubio's late 3 lifts Timberwolves past Thunder, 99-96

    March 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Ricky Rubio's 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 99-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Rubio finished with 13 points and 12 assists for his eighth double-double of the season, and the Timberwolves snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Thunder.

  • Ex-Clippers owners Sterlings decide to call off divorce

    March 11, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, have decided to remain in their six-decade marriage.The Sterlings are opting out of the divorce that Donald Sterling filed for in August just two weeks before their 60th anniversary, according to a filing this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

  • Bulls' Rose sits with strained groin; Wade in Heat's lineup

    March 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Derrick Rose sat out Friday's game against Miami because of a strained left groin, while Dwyane Wade was in the Heat's lineup after a bruised right thigh put his status in question.Wade suited up against Chicago after he was hurt in Wednesday's loss at Milwaukee.

  • 76ers rookie center Okafor needs season-ending kne

    March 11, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.The team said Friday it will soon announce when he will have surgery for the small cartilage tear. He is expected to resume basketball activities in about six weeks.

  • Thunder assistant Williams to miss remainder of season

    March 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team this season as he continues to help his family heal following the death of his wife, Ingrid.The Thunder made the announcement Friday.On Feb. 9, an oncoming car crossed the center line and hit Ingrid Williams' SUV near downtown Oklahoma City. Ingrid Williams died the next day, and Monty Williams has not coached since. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement that the most important things are for Williams to be with his family and for the Thunder to support him.

  • 76ers rookie center Okafor needs season-ending knee surgery

    March 11, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.The team said Friday it will soon announce when he will have surgery for the small cartilage tear. He is expected to resume basketball activities in about six weeks.

  • While Bosh eyes return, Heat not putting timetable on it

    March 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) While Chris Bosh hopes to return this season, the Miami Heat aren't ready to put a timetable on their star forward's comeback.One day after the 11-time All-Star released a statement saying he would love to rejoin the team's playoff push after his latest blood clot scare, coach Erik Spoelstra would not say when Bosh will suit up again.

  • Leonard, Aldridge lead Spurs past Bulls 109-101

    March 10, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs won their 31st straight at home to open the season by upending the short-handed Chicago Bulls 109-101 on Thursday night.Tony Parker added 20 points and had 12 assists for San Antonio, which has won 40 straight at home going back to last season.

  • Cavs' Love sidelined against Lakers because of knee problems

    March 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Love has been scratched from the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night because of discomfort and swelling in his knees.The eight-year veteran and three-time All-Star, whose four-point play with 1:32 remaining helped beat the Sacramento Kings 120-111 the night before, sat out for the third time in his second season with the Cavaliers. Love is averaging 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds.

  • Grizzlies waive Chalmers after he ruptures right Achilles

    March 10, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon, and Memphis waived the veteran to clear up a much-needed spot on the roster.The Grizzlies announced both the severity of Chalmers' injury and the roster move Thursday night.

  • Bucks' Mayo out for season after breaking ankle on stairs

    March 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have lost guard O.J. Mayo for the rest of the season after he broke his right ankle Thursday morning going down a set of stairs at his home.General manager John Hammond said Mayo fractured his ankle after he ''accidentally tripped descending his stairs.''

  • Bulls get expected news: No damage to Butler's knee

    March 10, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Chicago Bulls got the news they anticipated after orthopedist Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in All-Star guard Jimmy Butler's injured left knee.Butler was examined Thursday in Pensacola, Florida.The team says Andrews ''gave a confirmatory opinion and supports the current management of Butler's condition.'' He was scheduled to work out Thursday but sit out the game at San Antonio.

  • Caps, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis acquires Arena Football team

    March 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced it has acquired an expansion Arena Football League team to begin play at Verizon Center in the spring of 2017.Washington will join the eight other teams in the league. The team does not yet have a name.

  • Kings suspend center DeMarcus Cousins for 1 game

    March 10, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have suspended center DeMarcus Cousins for one game for ''conduct detrimental to the team.''Vlade Divac, the Kings' vice president of basketball operations and general manager, announced the disciplinary action Thursday. The Kings said Cousins would sit out Friday's home game against the Orlando Magic.

  • Fisher says Barnes altercation not behind firing from Knicks

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Derek Fisher says his altercation with forward Matt Barnes had nothing to do with his firing as New York Knicks coach.Fisher wrote Thursday in a first-person piece in Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron that the Knicks never mentioned his personal life or that players had lost confidence in him because of it when they fired him in January after 1 1/2 years.

  • Bosh says he has no blood clots, still hoping to return

    March 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's latest blood-clot scare is over. His quest to rejoin the Miami Heat playoff push is not.Bosh released a statement Thursday announcing he does not currently have deep vein thrombosis - or blood clots in his leg - and that he remains hopeful of getting back on the court with the Heat at some point this season.

  • Grizzlies G Mario Chalmers leaves game with right leg injury

    March 9, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Memphis guard Mario Chalmers left the Grizzlies' game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night after injuring his right leg.There did not appear to be any contact on the play midway through the third quarter. Chalmers needed help to leave the court, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

  • Spurs CEO Holt retires after 20 years with model franchise

    March 9, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs CEO and chairman Peter Holt, whose selfless ownership is credited with helping the team win five NBA championships, is retiring after 20 years running one of sports' elite franchises.He will be replaced as CEO by his wife, Julianna and, at her request, Spurs president of business operations Rick Pych. The team said Wednesday that Peter Holt will remain on the team's board of managers, but his wife will take over his role on the NBA's Board of Governors. Peter Holt has served as chairman of that board.

  • Thunder guard Waiters leaves team after brother's death

    March 9, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder guard Dion Waiters' younger brother has died, and Waiters has left the team to be with family.Demetrius Pinckney was killed Tuesday in Philadelphia, and Waiters will not play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Cavaliers sign guard McRae for rest of season

    March 9, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed guard Jordan McRae for the remainder of this season.The team said Wednesday that they have signed McRae to a multi-year contract, but provided no further details on his deal. McRae has appeared in three games since he signed a 10-day contract on Feb. 28.

  • Bulls All-Star guard Butler to get second opinion on knee

    March 9, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is getting a second opinion on his injured left knee.Coach Fred Hoiberg says Butler is scheduled to visit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews and will miss Thursday's game at San Antonio.Butler sat out Monday's win over Milwaukee because of swelling in the same knee that had sidelined him for 11 games. He had returned to score 24 points while playing 34 minutes in Saturday's win over Houston but experienced stiffness in his back the following day. He then developed swelling in his knee on Monday.

  • Spurs sign Kevin Martin, waive Rasual Butler

    March 9, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have officially signed veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.The Spurs announced the move on Wednesday. Martin was bought out by the Timberwolves on March 1 and agreed to terms to join the Spurs late last week.With Manu Ginobili coming back from a long layoff due to injury and the Golden State Warriors holding a lead for the No. 1 playoff seed thanks to an explosive offense, the Spurs went looking for more shooting to bolster their bench. The 33-year-old Martin has averaged 17.6 points per game since coming into the league in 2004.

  • Wizards waive Neal, sign Thornton to add depth at guard

    March 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have waived guard Gary Neal and signed Marcus Thornton to replace him on the roster.With shooting guard Bradley Beal's playing time limited by injuries recently, and Neal sidelined the past 14 games with a bad leg, the Wizards wanted some backcourt depth.

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin in running for US Olympic berth

    March 9, 2016

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's chance of participating in the Rio Olympics hasn't been jeopardized by his injuries or his suspension for punching a team staff member.USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo declined to discuss specific NBA players when asked about Griffin's status on Wednesday.

  • Washington's Alan Anderson ejected from game with Blazers

    March 8, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Washington's Alan Anderson was ejected from the Wizards' game against Portland on Tuesday night after he elbowed Gerald Henderson in the face.The two players scuffled with 1:23 left in the first quarter and had to be separated by their teammates. After a review, Henderson was given a personal foul, and he and Anderson each got technical fouls. Anderson was ejected for the elbow.

  • Pelicans guard Gordon has surgery, out for season

    March 8, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Eric Gordon has undergone surgery to repair his fractured right ring finger and will miss the remainder of the season.Gordon's injury occurred on Saturday night against Utah, the second time this season he injured the same finger. A similar injury sidelined him 16 games. When the 6-foot-4 Gordon finally returned a little more than a week ago, he averaged nearly 23 points during three full games before re-injuring his finger in the first half of Saturday night's loss.

  • Steve Kerr calls for Warriors to clean up turnovers, defense

    March 8, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So what if coach Steve Kerr added a pair of extra turnovers to his team's ugly, uncharacteristic two-day total? He made his point that the Golden State Warriors' sloppy play of late must stop, well before the playoffs begin as the record-setting NBA champions chase another title.

  • Bulls hope to have Butler back for Spurs game on Thursday

    March 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls hope to have Jimmy Butler back for their next game after the swelling in the two-time All-Star guard's left knee went down.Coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday he hopes he returns to the lineup Thursday at San Antonio. Butler sat out Monday's win over Milwaukee because of swelling in the same knee that had sidelined him for 11 games.

  • Suns sign 7-year NBA veteran forward Chase Budinger

    March 8, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Chase Budinger for the rest of the season.The 27-year-old former University of Arizona player was waived by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. He is in his seventh NBA season and has also played for Houston and Minnesota.

  • Giannis and Jabari step up while Bucks take step back

    March 8, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) With a quick burst, Bucks forward Jabari Parker drove the lane on a break against Oklahoma City and tossed a lob to teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo for a crowd-pleasing dunk.Thunder star Kevin Durant seemed impressed, and the rest of the league is starting to take notice, too.

  • Nets hire Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager

    March 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have hired Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager.The former Duke star had a successful international career playing for Russia's CSKA Moscow, owned by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. He has spent the past few seasons working for the Spurs and Cavaliers organizations.

  • Bulls' Butler sidelined by left knee soreness

    March 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler's return from a knee injury lasted all of one game, and the Chicago Bulls aren't sure when the All-Star guard will be able to play again.Butler missed 11 games with a strained left knee before he had 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Chicago's 108-100 victory over Houston on Saturday night. But he had some stiffness in his back on Sunday and then developed some swelling in his knee on Monday, prompting the Bulls to rest him during their 100-90 win over Milwaukee.

  • Grizzlies missing 4 starters with injuries against Cavaliers

    March 7, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are down to just one healthy starter against the Cavaliers.The team will be missing four starters, point guard Mike Conley, center Chris Andersen and forwards Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes, Monday night when they take on LeBron James and the Eastern Conference's top team.

  • Spurs' Popovich to miss 2 games because of family issue

    March 7, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not make the trip to Indianapolis for Monday night's game against the Pacers because of a family medical situation.The team did not provide details about the situation.Popovich will be replaced for the next two games by assistant coach Ettore Messina, who told reporters before the game that the team knew of Popovich's plans before leaving for Indy.

  • Conley, Andersen will miss 2 Grizzlies games with injuries

    March 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies will play their next two games without guard Mike Conley and center Chris Andersen because of injuries, and the duo will be re-evaluated within the next five days.The Grizzlies announced Monday that Andersen dislocated his left shoulder in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Phoenix, while Conley has soreness in his left foot.

  • Conley, Andersen out for Grizzlies with injuries

    March 7, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies will be without starting point guard Mike Conley and center Chris Andersen when they face the Cavaliers on Monday night.Conley has a sore left foot and Andersen injured his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to Phoenix.

  • Bucks' Carter-Williams to have hip surgery, out for year

    March 7, 2016

    Milwaukee Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have season-ending left hip surgery on Thursday.Carter-Williams will have a torn labrum repaired in Colorado, general manager John Hammond said Monday in a release. The estimated recovery time for the 11th overall selection in the 2013 draft is three months.

  • Indiana Pacers sign troubled point guard Ty Lawson

    March 7, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana is willing to bet on troubled point guard Ty Lawson getting his career back on track.If he does, the Pacers could get a windfall payoff.If he doesn't, Lawson's once-promising career could be over.On Monday, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird announced that Lawson had been signed to a contract. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

  • LeBron says his cryptic tweets stem from a 'beautiful mind'

    March 7, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has 28.6 million followers on Twitter. Lately, he seems interested in connecting with only a few of them.James has spent part of the past week sending cryptic messages on the social media platform, leading to speculation he's unhappy with a teammate or plotting another move. The Cavaliers star won't divulge the meanings of his tweets or their intended targets and explained Monday that he's simply exercising his brain.

  • Flopping calls way down this season in the NBA

    March 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The flop epidemic may be over.Flopping - the art of exaggerated reactions designed to lure undeserved foul calls against an opponent - is not extinct, but the league's crackdown on it seems to have worked. After an average of 30 flops being flagged by the league office with either a warning or a fine in the last three regular seasons, there's been only eight so far this season.

  • Simmons included in Australia squad for Olympic preparations

    March 6, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) NBA prospect Ben Simmons has been included along with Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, and Matthew Dellavedova in an extended 26-player Australia squad to prepare for the Olympics in Rio.Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis announced the squad on Monday, including seven NBA players and all 12 involved in the Oceania qualifying series win over New Zealand last year.

  • Fredette returns to Knicks' D-League affiliate

    March 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jimmer Fredette has rejoined Westchester of the NBA Development League following the expiration of his 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.Fredette played for Westchester on Sunday in its 126-88 loss to Maine, finishing with 12 points.

  • Beal leaves game with sprained pelvis after scary fall

    March 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal left a game Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers midway through the third quarter with a sprained pelvis and is doubtful to return.Beal scored 12 points before taking a nasty fall on a layup attempt with 6:17 remaining in the period.

  • Pelicans' Gordon re-aggravates broken ring finger

    March 5, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans guard Eric Gordon has again broken his right ring finger during Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz.Gordon left the game in the first half after a collision with Jazz center Rudy Gobert. He headed toward the locker room and did not return with the team when the second half began. The Pelicans announced his latest diagnosis during the third quarter.

  • Butler returns to Bulls' lineup after missing 11 games

    March 5, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Jimmy Butler is in the starting lineup against Houston after missing the previous 11 games because of a strained left knee.The two-time All-Star had been out since he scored 19 points in a loss at Denver on Feb. 5.Taj Gibson also is starting after missing a game because of a hamstring problem, and Nikola Mirotic is available for the first time since Jan.25. He missed 16 games following an appendectomy and subsequent procedure to remove a blood clot.

  • Pelicans center Asik returning vs. Jazz

    March 5, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says 7-foot center Omer Asik is returning from a right ankle sprain and is starting Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz.Asik has missed five full games since his injury against Detroit on Feb. 21. His return comes two days after the Pelicans learned that 7-2 center Alexis Ajinca will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured sternum.

  • Knicks' Porzingis out vs Pistons with bruised lower left leg

    March 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is sitting out the Knicks' game against Detroit because of a bruised lower left leg.The Knicks made the announcement a little less than an hour before the start of Saturday's game. Porzingis walked by slowly with the team doctor a few minutes later, saying he was all right.

  • Lakers rookie Anthony Brown out 4 weeks with stress reaction

    March 5, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie Anthony Brown will be out for at least four weeks with a stress reaction in his right foot.The Lakers announced the results of Brown's MRI exam on Saturday.He is averaging 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games for the Lakers this season. The second-round pick has started 11 games.

  • Bosh says he's 'feeling good,' but status still a mystery

    March 5, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh offered a slight update Saturday on his health, his first public hint of how he's doing since withdrawing from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago.''Feeling good! Feeling great!'' Bosh wrote on Twitter, along with a separate mention that he worked out Saturday. He also posted a blog about things he wished he knew in his 20s, but made no reference to his health status there.

  • Indiana Pacers put forward Chase Budinger on waivers

    March 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have put forward Chase Budinger on waivers.The 6-foot-7 Budinger played in 49 games for Indiana, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds after being acquired in a trade with Minnesota last July.The move Saturday could clear the way for the Pacers to add point guard Ty Lawson. Several media outlets reported earlier this week that Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Pacers, citing sources they did not identify. The team has not confirmed the deal and Lawson's agent did not respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

  • Thunder sign free-agent center Nazr Mohammed

    March 5, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have signed free-agent center Nazr Mohammed.The team made the announcement on Saturday, and terms were not disclosed.The 38-year-old Mohammed spent two seasons with the Thunder (2010-12), appearing mostly as a reserve in 87 games and averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes. He was a part of the Oklahoma City team that reached the NBA Finals in 2012.

  • AP source: Kevin Martin joining San Antonio Spurs

    March 4, 2016

    The San Antonio Spurs are adding some more offensive firepower to try to keep up with Golden State.The Spurs are landing veteran free agent Kevin Martin, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been officially announced.

  • 2-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis starts comeback in D-League

    March 4, 2016

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) Baron Davis kept his expectations low for his first professional basketball game in four years.''I'm not dunking,'' he said, smiling.One game into his comeback, the 36-year-old Davis already proved himself wrong.Alone in the open court, Davis sprinted toward the basket on the fast break and threw down a two-handed slam dunk.

  • Investigations into energy magnate's death could take months

    March 3, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say investigations into the death of energy magnate Aubrey McClendon in a fiery single-car crash in Oklahoma City could take months to complete.Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Ashley Peters says a probe of Wednesday's accident likely will take up to two weeks, while the state medical examiner's office says an autopsy investigation could take as long as three months.

  • Latest: Thunder, NBA mourn death of McClendon

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in a car crash one day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury (all times local):10 p.m.The NBA and Oklahoma City Thunder are mourning the death of Aubrey McClendon, the former energy executive and part owner of the Thunder who died in a car crash.

  • Kobe Bryant sits out 2nd half to rest sore right shoulder

    March 2, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is sitting out the second half to rest his sore right shoulder during his final game in Denver.Bryant finished with five points in nearly 11 minutes. He came out from the locker room after halftime and immediately put a wrap on his shoulder. Bryant, who's in his final season, sat out Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn at Staples Center.

  • Spurs' Ginobili returning next week after traumatic injury

    March 2, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night that he is pain free and will return to the San Antonio Spurs next week after missing a month following testicle surgery.Ginobili has missed 11 games and will wear a protective cup when he returns from the worst injury of his career. He is unsure when he will play, but the Spurs have five games in eight days beginning Sunday at home against Sacramento.

  • Former NBA All-Star Davis signs with 76ers' D-League team

    March 2, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis is attempting a comeback, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers' developmental league team.Davis signed with the Delaware 87ers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Davis hasn't played since the 2011-12 season because of a variety of injuries.

  • Pioneering Oklahoma energy CEO dies in fiery car crash

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Latest: Police say energy executive wasn't wearing seat belt

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in a car crash one day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury (all times local):4 p.m.Police say former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon wasn't wearing a seat belt when his SUV slammed into a concrete embankment and burst into flames in Oklahoma City, killing him.

  • Indicted ex-Chesapeake CEO dies in fiery single-car crash

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Knicks won't re-sign Fredette to another 10-day contract

    March 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks won't re-sign Jimmer Fredette to a second 10-day contract.The former college player of the year appeared in two games with the Knicks, making a 3-pointer on his lone shot attempt. His deal expired Wednesday and the team elected not to give him another.

  • Like Melo's botched dunk, Knicks tried to rise but fell flat

    March 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Even Carmelo Anthony laughed at his muffed stuff, when he didn't jump high enough on his dunk attempt, slammed the ball into the rim and tumbled backward to the foul line.Not so funny for Anthony and the Knicks is how perfectly Tuesday's blooper summed up their season.

  • Latest: Ex-CEO 'drove straight into the wall,' police say

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in a car crash one day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury (all times local):3 p.m.An Oklahoma City police spokesman says a former energy executive was speeding and ''drove straight into the wall'' when he was killed in a single-car crash.

  • Police: Ex-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon dies in crash

    March 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed when police say he drove his sport utility vehicle ''straight into a wall'' in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Carmelo Anthony apologizes for response to heckling fan

    March 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is apologizing for his interaction with a fan during the New York Knicks' latest loss.The All-Star forward said Wednesday in a statement that he was frustrated but shouldn't have responded the way he did.Anthony said after Tuesday's 104-85 home loss to Portland that the fan was yelling at him, vowing to never come to another Knicks game. Anthony pointed to Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and told the fan: ''Look, the owner's right there. Ask for your money back.''

  • Kevin Martin accepts buyout from Minnesota Timberwolves

    March 2, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With the clock ticking down to the final minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Martin agreed to a buyout of the veteran shooting guard's contract late Tuesday night.Martin confirmed the agreement in a text message to The Associated Press shortly before the 11 p.m. deadline for him to be eligible to play in the postseason for another team. With the Timberwolves near the bottom of the Western Conference with a young and rebuilding roster, the 33-year-old Martin ultimately decided to take the buyout to pursue a spot on a team that is headed to the playoffs.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves reach buyout with Kevin Martin

    March 1, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached a buyout agreement with veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.The sides finalized the agreement late Tuesday night, about 30 minutes before the 11 p.m. Central deadline for Martin to be eligible to play in the postseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

  • Oklahoma honors Blake Griffin by raising jersey

    March 1, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma honored former star Blake Griffin by raising his jersey to the rafters in a ceremony at halftime of the Sooners' game against Baylor on Tuesday night.Griffin was named the AP National Player of the Year in 2008-09 after averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game and leading the nation in rebounding and double-doubles. The Sooners finished 30-6 that season and reached the Elite Eight.

  • Stephen Curry out against Hawks with injured left ankle

    March 1, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is out for the Golden State Warriors' game Tuesday night against Atlanta with an injured left ankle.Coach Steve Kerr was leaning toward sitting Curry after he hurt his ankle Saturday night at Oklahoma City before returning to hit the long 3-pointer to win it in overtime. Curry's ankle became worse Sunday and he said it wasn't worth risking playing on it if it would mean setting himself back further.

  • Oklahoma retires Blake Griffin's jersey number

    March 1, 2016

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has honored former star Blake Griffin by retiring his jersey number in a ceremony at halftime of the Sooners' game against Baylor.Griffin was on hand for the event Tuesday. He was named the AP National Player of the Year in 2008-09 after averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game and leading the nation in rebounding and double-doubles. The Sooners finished 30-6 that season and reached the Elite Eight.

  • Hawks sign veteran forward Kris Humphries

    March 1, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks signed veteran forward Kris Humphries on Tuesday night, adding experienced depth to their front line.Humphries was waived by Phoenix on Sunday after averaging 7.3 points in four games. He was 0 for 9 from the field in his last game against the Nets on Thursday.

  • Joe Johnson says he wants to finish career in Miami

    March 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Joe Johnson's family is already with him in Miami, and if the seven-time All-Star gets his way they will not be moving again anytime soon.The newly signed Heat forward said Tuesday that he and team President Pat Riley have had discussions about him finishing his career in Miami, one of the reasons why Johnson decided to sign with the team last week.

  • AP source: Timberwolves to call up Greg Smith for 10 days

    March 1, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell spoke frankly about the team's lack of frontcourt depth after a blowout loss in Dallas on Sunday.Two days later, the Timberwolves gave their coach some help to ease some of the burden on young big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgu Dieng.

  • NBA player Jeremy Lin addresses Asian stereotypes at Oscars

    March 1, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is disappointed about the way Asians were stereotyped during an onstage skit at Sunday night's Oscars, and said more racial awareness is needed.''I just feel like sometimes the way people perceive Asians or Asian-Americans today can be disappointing in the way they view them,'' Lin said after the Hornets practice on Tuesday. ''Even Asian-American masculinity or whatever you want to talk about, just a lot of the ways that Asians are perceived I don't always agree with.''

  • Cavs G Mo Williams to miss at least 2 weeks with knee injury

    February 29, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks with an injured left knee.Williams has been bothered by soreness in his knee for much of the season. He did not travel with the team for weekend losses at Toronto and Washington.

  • Warriors' Draymond Green apologizes for halftime outburst

    February 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green's emotion and passion are what make him so valuable on the court for the Golden State Warriors, yet he acknowledges he took it too far this time.The Golden State power forward apologized to his teammates, coaches and the organization for an emotional outburst during halftime of the Warriors' 121-118 overtime victory Saturday at Oklahoma City.

  • Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler to get Hollywood star

    February 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Ralph Lawler is going Hollywood.The veteran Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Lawler's star in the radio category will be dedicated on Thursday during a ceremony attended by Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers. The star will be located on Vine Street near a sports bar.

  • Grizzlies' Wright out indefinitely with sprained right MCL

    February 29, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies forward-center Brandan Wright is out indefinitely after an MRI exam found a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.The Grizzlies announced the injury update Monday and said surgery is not required to repair his knee.

  • Curry turning 3-pointers into longest drive competition

    February 29, 2016

    As Stephen Curry casually dribbled the ball across halfcourt, the clock winding down on a tie game in overtime, he took one bounce past the stripe, did his trademark foot shuffle as he gathered himself and let the ball fly from some 38 feet away.The ball floated toward the basket, and long before it splashed through, Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter had already thrown his hands in the air in defeat. And for good reason.

  • Joe Johnson in starting lineup in Heat debut

    February 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Johnson is in the starting lineup Sunday night in his debut for the Miami Heat against the Knicks.Coach Erik Spoelstra said the Heat brought in Johnson to be a significant piece and then backed up his words by listing the veteran among his starters, a day after Johnson signed with the team.

  • Toronto's Kyle Lowry resting against Pistons

    February 28, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Toronto star Kyle Lowry is sitting out Sunday night's game against the Detroit Pistons in what coach Dwane Casey says is an attempt to get the high-scoring guard some rest.Lowry had played all 57 games this season for the Raptors, and he scored 43 points Friday in a win over Cleveland.

  • Novak's Milwaukee homecoming ends after left knee injury

    February 28, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks forward Steve Novak is expected to miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.It ends Novak's brief homecoming to Milwaukee, where he starred in college at Marquette. The Bucks and Golden Eagles both play at the Bradley Center.

  • LeBron James given day off as Cavaliers play at Wizards

    February 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) About 1 1/2 hours before tipoff Sunday, LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue walked into the visiting locker room. A few minutes later, Lue came outside to tell reporters he was giving the four-time NBA MVP a day off.

  • 'Ridiculous' Curry does it again for playoff-bound Warriors

    February 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Somehow, Stephen Curry still has detractors.Perhaps this latest shot will quiet Oscar Robertson and some of the old-timers trying to discredit the Warriors superstar.Curry barely crossed halfcourt Saturday night before nailing a 3-pointer in overtime to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-118.

  • How the Warriors compare to the record-setting 1995-96 Bulls

    February 28, 2016

    CHASING HISTORYHow the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 58 games: 53-5.Last result: Def. Oklahoma City Thunder 121-118 in OT.Next game: Home vs. Atlanta on Tuesday.

  • Warriors clinch NBA playoff spot with 6 1/2 weeks to spare

    February 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff spot with more than six weeks to spare.The defending NBA champions wrapped up a berth when the Houston Rockets lost Saturday night to the San Antonio Spurs. That assured the Warriors will finish among the top eight teams in the Western Conference.

  • Joe Johnson signs with Miami Heat to add offense

    February 27, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's recruiting pitch obviously worked on Joe Johnson.And the Miami Heat have another shooter for their playoff push.Adding another player with All-Star pedigree to their locker room, the Heat signed Johnson on Saturday night - almost immediately after he cleared waivers following the completion of his buyout from the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson had other suitors, Cleveland and his former Atlanta club among them, but didn't need long to decide that Miami was the right spot for him right now.

  • Bulls' Rose misses third straight game; Butler improving

    February 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls star Derrick Rose missed his third consecutive game Saturday, while Jimmy Butler got an encouraging report on his injured left knee.Rose sat out against the Portland Trail Blazers because of tendinitis in his right hamstring. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the 2011 MVP is improving but still experiencing pain when he ''tries to explode off'' his leg.

  • Anthony Davis won't play for Pelicans against Minnesota

    February 27, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will miss Saturday night's game against Minnesota after injuring his right foot during pregame warm-ups.The All-NBA first-team selection from last year is averaging 24.0 points and 10.3 rebounds. He scored 59 points with 20 rebounds on Feb. 21 at Detroit.

  • Joe Johnson signs with Miami Heat

    February 27, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Joe Johnson has signed with the Miami Heat, and may debut with his new team Sunday night when they visit the New York Knicks.Johnson was bought out by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, cleared waivers Saturday afternoon and signed with the Heat not long afterward. He agreed in principle to a deal with Miami on Friday.

  • Bernard King, other retired NBA greats seek long-term health

    February 27, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Bernard King hopes that regular health screenings will prevent his basketball friends from dying prematurely.Heart disease is a prominent topic now among retired NBA players.''Obviously we've lost a lot of our brethren - Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins recently and Pat Cummings, Marvin Webster and Jerome Kersey over the last few years,'' King said. ''We're in a situation where we'd like to stem that tide.''

  • Mavericks rally to beat Nuggets 122-116 in overtime

    February 27, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Raymond Felton hit a big shot near the end of regulation, and then took over in overtime to help the Dallas Mavericks get their biggest comeback win of the season.Felton tied the score with 10.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter and then had eight of his 16 points in the extra period as the Mavericks rallied from 23 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Friday night.

  • Steph Curry is on a roll and fans everywhere are enjoying it

    February 26, 2016

    A 40-foot buzzer-beater in Miami one night. A 45-footer to beat the clock in Orlando the very next night. In both cases, the thousands of fans who came to watch the NBA's brightest star do something special expressed their satisfaction with long, lusty cheers.

  • Bulls G Derrick Rose out again with hamstring tendinitis

    February 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sat out Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks because of right hamstring tendinitis.Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, missed his second consecutive game. The Bulls were also without All-Star Jimmy Butler, their leading scorer, forward Nikola Mirotic and center Joakim Noah.

  • AP Source: Joe Johnson agrees to sign with Miami Heat

    February 26, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Joe Johnson has agreed to sign with Miami, a move that would give the Heat a shooter that they craved for the stretch run.A person with knowledge of the negotiations spoke with the Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.

  • Steph Curry is on a roll, and fans everywhere seem to enjoy

    February 26, 2016

    A 40-footer buzzer-beater in Miami one night. A 45-footer to beat the clock in Orlando the very next night. In both cases, the thousands of fans who came to watch the brightest star in today's NBA do something special expressed their satisfaction with long, lusty cheers.

  • Coach: Guard Eric Gordon returning to Pelicans' lineup

    February 26, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, who has missed 16 games with a fractured right ring finger, will return to the lineup against Minnesota on Saturday night, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.''He was playing pretty good basketball when he got hurt, so hopefully we can get him back'' to that level, Gentry said after Friday's practice. ''It will just be good to have him out there.''

  • Bosh with Heat for charity event, as future remains unclear

    February 25, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh was back with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, albeit only for a team charity event.The All-Star forward's basketball future remains unclear.Bosh has been dealing with a blood clot that formed in his leg and took blood thinners to treat the problem earlier this month, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press more than a week ago. But Bosh has remained silent about the matter, not divulging anything about his current health situation or even if he plans to play again this season.

  • Curry sets record of 128 consecutive games with a 3-pointer

    February 25, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Stephen Curry has hit a 3-pointer for the 128th consecutive game, setting an NBA record.The reigning league MVP made a 26-foot jumper from the left wing with 5:45 remaining in the opening quarter of Golden State's game against the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

  • Pelicns guard Dejean-Jones out with fractured right wrist

    February 25, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, who has been a fill-in starter much of the past month, has a fractured right wrist and is scheduled for surgery on Friday.The Pelicans say MRI results Thursday revealed the injury. There is no timetable for his return.

  • Reese didn't expect Pierre-Paul to play after hand injury

    February 25, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't think that Jason Pierre-Paul would play last season after mangling his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4.''After you look at that injury, it's really, for me, people like to throw miracle around, I think it's a miracle that he was able to walk out there and play eight games for us,'' Reese said Thursday speaking at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. ''It's really unbelievable after you really see what happened to his hand.''

  • Cavs' Williams not traveling to get treatment on knee

    February 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Mo Williams will miss at least the next two games so he can receive medical treatment on his injured left knee.The Cavs said Thursday that Williams did not accompany Cleveland on its road trip for games at Toronto on Friday and Washington on Sunday.

  • Timberwolves waive PG Andre Miller after reaching buyout

    February 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived veteran point guard Andre Miller after agreeing to terms on a buyout of his contract.The Wolves announced the move on Thursday. Agent Andy Miller says his 39-year-old client will look to join a team that is making a playoff push. Andre Miller had to be waived by March 1 to be eligible to play in the postseason.

  • Wolves' LaVine to guest star on upcoming Disney XD program

    February 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) As it turns out, getting to shoot hoops with Zach LaVine is no slam dunk at all.That's what the title character learns on an upcoming episode of ''Kirby Buckets,'' in which LaVine guest stars as himself.The slam dunk champion will appear on the Disney XD series on March 16. In the episode, Kirby asks his Uncle Leon - whom he had been forbidden to talk to by his mother - for some favors. One of them is getting to play with LaVine, the young Minnesota Timberwolves guard who won the slam dunk title and was MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA's All-Star weekend.

  • Nets waive former All-Star Joe Johnson

    February 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets waived Joe Johnson on Thursday, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the NBA's worst teams and join a contender.The Nets announced the move after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of Johnson's contract - one of the largest in the NBA. Players must be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

  • Wizards sign forward J.J. Hickson for remainder of season

    February 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have signed J.J. Hickson for the remainder of the season after the forward was bought out by the Denver Nuggets earlier in the week.Hickson averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 20 games for the Nuggets this season. In 519 NBA games with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and Denver, he has averaged 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds.

  • Agent: Andre Miller finalizing buyout with Timberwolves

    February 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The agent for point guard Andre Miller says his client is finalizing a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Andy Miller says the buyout will allow the 39-year-old veteran to join a team that is contending for the playoffs. Andre Miller must be waived by March 1 to be eligible to play in the postseason.

  • Curry ties NBA record, now has 3s in 127 consecutive games

    February 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has tied an NBA record, making a 3-pointer in his 127th consecutive regular-season game.The reigning NBA MVP and 3-point leader made a 3-pointer just 78 seconds into the Warriors' game at Miami on Wednesday night, on his first shot of the evening. He shares the mark with Atlanta's Kyle Korver and has a chance to take the record outright when Golden State plays at Orlando on Thursday.

  • Derrick Rose to miss game with right hamstring tendinitis

    February 24, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose is out of the Chicago Bulls' lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards because of right hamstring tendinitis.Rose said it was his decision not to play and mostly precautionary.The Bulls also are without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, who is missing his seventh game with a left knee strain, and Nikola Mirotic, who has appendicitis. Joakim Noah is out with a shoulder injury.

  • Before game in Miami, Curry meets a cancer-stricken fan

    February 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry's pregame routine had a special addition Wednesday, one that gave a 4-year-old boy an unforgettable thrill.The Golden State star and reigning NBA MVP spent some time with Shawn Kennedy from Niagara Falls, New York and his family, doing so about an hour before the Warriors would play the Miami Heat.

  • Appeal court upholds ruling deeming Benson competent

    February 24, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a civil judge's ruling that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was mentally competent when he ousted relatives from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs and appointed his third wife as his primary successor.

  • Heat confirm tear in Udrih's foot, further trimming depth

    February 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Beno Udrih has a tear in the bottom of his right foot, and Miami's backup point guard is looking at a three-month rehabilitation after surgery is performed to correct the issue.It's a doubly tough blow for the Heat, who are running low on players and are in a precarious spot when it comes to finding ways to sign outside help.

  • Stephen Curry cashes in on chance to play Augusta National

    February 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry makes 3's everywhere - even at Augusta National.Calling it an experience he won't forget, Curry was part of a group of Golden State Warriors who got to play the course Tuesday, and the NBA's 3-point leader and reigning MVP even made a 10-footer for birdie on his opening hole.

  • Pistons F Stanley Johnson out with sprained right shoulder

    February 24, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson is out indefinitely with a sprained right shoulder.The Pistons plan to evaluate the rookie forward again next week. He was hurt during Detroit's win at Cleveland on Tuesday night.Johnson, the No. 8 overall pick in 2015, is averaging nine points, four-plus rebounds and 24 minutes per game this season.

  • AP Source: Heat lose Udrih for remainder of season

    February 23, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Beno Udrih needs season-ending surgery, and the Miami Heat roster is about to take another hit.The reserve point guard will have a procedure this week to repair a right foot problem, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Udrih had revealed anything publicly, and the exact nature of the surgery has not yet been disclosed.

  • Estranged Benson heirs try again to unseal court records

    February 23, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Estranged relatives of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let the public see at least some of the court record from a civil case alleging Benson is in poor mental health and was manipulated into changing his succession plan for his pro sports teams.

  • Heat embracing challenge of facing Golden State's offense

    February 23, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) In Dwyane Wade's mind, only two things have to happen for teams to beat the Golden State Warriors.''You have to play near-perfect,'' Wade said, ''and they have to play very bad.''Sounds simple, but of course, Wade knows such a combination doesn't happen often.

  • Lee to get shot in Dallas rotation after sitting in Boston

    February 23, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) David Lee might play behind Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. The two-time All-Star is more likely to see time as the backup to center Zaza Pachulia.Either way, he figures to be part of the rotation for the Mavericks after never getting off the bench in his final month with Boston before the Celtics finally waived him following the trade deadline last week.

  • Hilton apologizes after Cavs' Irving bitten by bed bugs

    February 23, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Hilton Hotels apologized Tuesday after Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said he was bitten by bed bugs during a weekend stay in downtown Oklahoma City.Irving played just nine minutes on Sunday in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team blamed flu-like symptoms, but Irving later said he was not feeling well after discovering bed bugs on a pillow and ending up on a couch instead of his bed at the Skirvin Hilton. He said he didn't get much sleep Saturday night and had a sore back, too.

  • Pekovic out indefinitely to continue Achilles rehabilitation

    February 23, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has been ruled out indefinitely as he recovers from right Achilles tendon surgery last April.Pekovic has missed eight straight games with discomfort and played in only 12 games this season after having a procedure that was viewed then as a last-ditch effort to relieve chronic pain in his right foot. The Timberwolves view his latest issue much differently, with the pain an expected side effect that comes after returning to the court from a long absence.

  • Grizzlies Marc Gasol to miss rest of season after surgery

    February 23, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will miss the rest of this season after having surgery to repair his broken right foot.The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Gasol had surgery on Saturday. General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that a full recovery is expected.

  • The big 5-0: Warriors fastest in NBA history to 50 wins

    February 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Stephen Curry pumped a fist, wagged a finger and even gave a little shimmy with his shoulders.Chalk up No. 50 for the Golden State Warriors.On a night when Curry scored 36 points - in other words, just another day at the office - the Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to 50 wins in a season with a 102-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • Buggin' Out: Cavs' Irving was bitten by bed bugs before game

    February 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Turns out, Kyrie Irving didn't have a flu bug. He had bed bugs.Following Monday's loss to Detroit, the Cavaliers star guard said he left Sunday's nationally televised game against the Thunder because he was shaken up after being bitten in his hotel room and not sleeping.

  • After trade from Wizards, DeJuan Blair waived by Suns

    February 22, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) As expected, the Phoenix Suns have waived forward-center DeJuan Blair.Phoenix acquired Blair, Kris Humphries and a protected first-round draft pick last Thursday in the trade that sent Markieff Morris to Washington. A seven-year NBA veteran, Blair averaged 2.1 points and two rebounds in 29 games for the Wizards this season.

  • Anderson Varejao officially joins Warriors in Atlanta

    February 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Center Anderson Varejao joined the Golden State Warriors on Monday, giving him a front-row seat for their 50th win of the season.Varejao passed a physical and was in uniform, but did not play in a 102-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins, doing it in their 55th game.

  • Frye passes physical, joins Cavaliers for title chase

    February 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Channing Frye went from NBA oblivion to title contention.No wonder he can't stop smiling.Frye, obtained last week by the Cavaliers from Orlando in a three-team trade, has joined a star-studded Cleveland team with a legitimate chance to win a championship. It's everything he could have asked for, which is why he's willing to do whatever's asked of him.

  • Anderson Varejao officially joins Warriors

    February 22, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Center Anderson Varejao has officially joined the Golden State Warriors.Varejao joined the team Monday in Atlanta after passing a physical, a day after he agreed to a contract with the defending champions for the rest of the season. Varejao is not active for Monday night's game against the Hawks.

  • Frye passes physical, cleared to make debut with Cavaliers

    February 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) New Cavaliers forward Channing Frye has passed his final medical tests and is expected to make his debut against Detroit.Frye was obtained last week in a three-team trade from Orlando. He did not accompany the team for its game at Oklahoma City on Sunday as he continued to undergo a battery of tests before being cleared to play.

  • NBA buyout deadline has more allure than trade deadline

    February 22, 2016

    David Lee, Anderson Varejao and Andrea Bargnani have already hit the market. No decision has been made on Joe Johnson.The buyout deadline is shaping up as more interesting than the trade deadline.Players who were on a roster this season have to be waived by March 1 to be eligible to play for another team in the playoffs. Once the trade deadline passes, there are always some high-priced veterans who either weren't moved, or were shipped to an undesired location, who negotiate their release to sign with a contender once they've cleared waivers.

  • Pistons rescind 3-player, 3-team deal with Rockets and 76ers

    February 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy didn't want to scrap a trade he was convinced would make his team better.He had no other choice.Detroit rescinded a three-player, three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, negating it because not all the players involved were cleared medically.

  • Nuggets agree to multi-year deal with JaKarr Sampson

    February 22, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multi-year deal with forward JaKarr Sampson.The 6-foot-9, 214-pound versatile player averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 47 games for Philadelphia this season. He was waived last week after spending two seasons with the 76ers and appearing in 121 games.

  • Bucks sign free agent Novak, request waivers on Copeland

    February 22, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks signed free agent forward Steve Novak on Monday and requested waivers on forward Chris Copeland.Novak appeared in seven games for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season before being traded to Denver, which waived him last week. The 32-year-old from Marquette was drafted by Houston with the 32nd overall pick in 2006. He has appeared in 456 career games including six starts, averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range in 10 seasons with the Rockets, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Toronto, Utah and Oklahoma City.

  • Mavs sign veteran forward David Lee, waive John Jenkins

    February 22, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed veteran forward David Lee and waived guard John Jenkins.Lee joined Dallas on Monday after getting waived by Boston, where had he had fallen out of the rotation following an offseason trade with Golden State.

  • Knicks sign Jimmer Fredette to 10-day contract

    February 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jimmer Fredette got another chance in the NBA, and even received some unexpected playing time at the end of the New York Knicks' blowout loss.Interim coach Kurt Rambis said before the game there were no plans to use Fredette on Monday night against Toronto, but then put the former college player of the year in with 1:49 left in a 122-95 defeat.

  • Buyout deadline looking more interesting than trade deadline

    February 22, 2016

    David Lee, Anderson Varejao and Andrea Bargnani have already hit the market. No decision has been made on Joe Johnson.The buyout deadline is shaping up as more interesting than the trade deadline.Players who were on a roster this season have to be waived by March 1 to be eligible to play for another team in the playoffs. Once the trade deadline passes, there are always some high-priced veterans who either weren't moved, or were shipped to an undesired location, who negotiate their release to sign with a contender once they've cleared waivers.

  • AP source: Warriors agree to deal with Anderson Varejao

    February 22, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors agreed Sunday night to a contract with recently released center Anderson Varejao for the rest of the season.A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed that Varejao will join the Warriors. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. Yahoo Sports first reported the move.

  • Pistons missing Motiejunas and Thornton due to trade

    February 21, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton will not play for the Detroit Pistons on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans because the trade that brought them from Houston has not been finalized.The duo was acquired at the trading deadline, but Motiejunas still had to pass a physical. He had season-ending back surgery last April, didn't play again until early December and has been sidelined again since Jan. 1 with recurring pain.

  • New Cavs forward Channing Frye not yet cleared to play

    February 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Newly acquired Cavaliers forward Channing Frye did not accompany the team to Oklahoma City, further delaying his debut for Cleveland.Frye did not practice as expected Saturday and continued to go thorough medical exams. Frye, who was obtained in a trade from Orlando on Thursday, missed the 2012-13 season with a heart condition. But Cavs coach Tyron Lue said there's ''no concern at all'' he won't be cleared to play.

  • Suns signed point guard Phil Pressey to a 10-day contract

    February 20, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed point guard Phil Pressey to a 10-day contract Saturday.Pressey averaged 13.0 points, 6.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 25 games for the Idaho Stampede this season after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 4. He played 14 games for Philadelphia, averaging 3.9 points, 3.3 assists and 12.1 minutes.

  • Pelicans bring back guard Dejean-Jones, waive Stokes

    February 19, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Pelicans have brought back guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, who played regularly under back-to-back, 10-day contracts with New Orleans leading up to last weekend's All-Star break.In a related move Friday, New Orleans has waived forward Jarnell Stokes, who'd been acquired along with cash from Miami in exchange for a second-round draft choice shortly before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

  • With cap set to soar, NBA trade deadline brought caution

    February 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They're holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league's hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.

  • Monty Williams urges forgiveness at wife's funeral

    February 19, 2016

    Monty Williams urged forgiveness in an emotional eulogy at the funeral of his wife Ingrid on Thursday in Oklahoma City, where a contingent of NBA coaches and players attended in support.Williams' wife died Feb. 10 from injuries sustained a day earlier in an accident when her car was struck head-on by an SUV that crossed the center line after losing control. The other driver, 52-year-old Susannah Donaldson, also died.

  • With cap set to soar, trade deadline mostly brought caution

    February 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They're holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league's hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.

  • Thunder acquire guard Randy Foye from the Nuggets

    February 19, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guard Randy Foye from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at the trade deadline for forward Steve Novak and point guard D.J. Augustin.The Thunder have lacked a consistent scoring threat at shooting guard. The 32-year-old Foye is a combo guard who averaged 6.0 points as a reserve for the Nuggets this season, but 13.2 points per game in 2013-14 with 78 starts.

  • NBA players, coaches attend funeral of Ingrid Williams

    February 18, 2016

    A contingent of NBA coaches and players attended the funeral of Ingrid Williams on Thursday in Oklahoma City in support of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams.Williams' wife died Feb. 10 from injuries sustained in an accident in Oklahoma City after her car was struck head-on by a SUV that crossed the center line after losing control. The other driver also died.

  • Clippers trade Stephenson to Memphis for Green

    February 18, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded forward Jeff Green to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in exchange for guard Lance Stephenson and a future protected first-round draft pick.The deal confirmed by the Clippers hours after the NBA trade deadline passed reunites Green with Doc Rivers, who coached him in Boston from 2011-13.

  • Trail Blazers make a flurry of moves at the trade deadline

    February 18, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers were active at the NBA trade deadline Thursday, acquiring guard Brian Roberts and a future second-round pick from Miami, as well as a future first-round pick and forward Anderson Varejao in a deal with Cleveland.

  • Celtics say F Olynyk will miss 2 weeks

    February 18, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk has a right shoulder injury that will keep him out for about two weeks.General manager Danny Ainge revealed the prognosis on a conference call with reporters after standing pat at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.

  • Wizards get Markieff Morris from Suns at deadline

    February 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A week after scuffling with a teammate, forward Markieff Morris was traded Thursday by the free-falling Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, a team hoping to boost its chances of making the playoffs.Phoenix received a first-round draft pick - protected to the ninth spot - and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris.

  • Kings fail to make a move before trade deadline

    February 18, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Despite coming up empty in his attempts to make a roster move before the NBA trade deadline Thursday, Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac remains confident that the Kings can still make the playoffs.The Kings were reportedly one of several teams interested in making a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Pau Gasol but couldn't agree on terms for the 7-foot center. Sacramento also was thought to be in talks for Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert.

  • Jazz trade for Hawks backup point guard Shelvin Mack

    February 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have acquired point guard Shelvin Mack from Atlanta in a three-team deal including the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. The Bulls received a second-round pick from the Jazz and guard Justin Holliday from the Hawks. Atlanta receives guard Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls.

  • Rockets trade Motiejunas and Thornton to Detroit

    February 18, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have dealt forward/center Donatas Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton to Detroit in a three-team trade that also includes Philadelphia.Houston received a protected 2016 first-round pick from Detroit and the draft rights of forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum from the Sixers in the deal. The Rockets also sent Denver's second-round pick in 2017 to Philadelphia and the Sixers received center Joel Anthony from the Pistons.

  • Cavaliers acquire Frye from Magic for Varejao

    February 18, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin dreaded making this phone call.There's nothing easy about chasing an NBA title.Needing to add depth, defense and another piece to perhaps help the Cavs beat Golden State in June, Cleveland acquired forward Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic on Thursday in exchange for popular center Anderson Varejao in a three-team trade.

  • Green, Morris traded, but no major moves on NBA deadline day

    February 18, 2016

    Jeff Green could give the Clippers a better shot in the West and Markieff Morris might strengthen a Wizards playoff push in the East.Still, the possibilities were more interesting than the realities of the NBA's trade deadline.There were no deals involving Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, or any other All-Star caliber player whose named was floated in recent days.

  • Standing pat: Hawks let deadline pass without major trade

    February 18, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks let the trade deadline pass without making any major deals.All-Star center Al Horford and point guard Jeff Teague were the focus of much speculation heading into Thursday's deadline, but both stayed put. Coach Mike Budenholzer said the team never came close to dealing away one of its top players.

  • AP Source: Wizards get Markieff Morris from Suns at deadline

    February 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A week after scuffling with a teammate, forward Markieff Morris was traded Thursday by the free-falling Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, a team hoping to boost its chances of making the playoffs.Phoenix received a first-round draft pick and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deadline trade had not been announced.

  • With 48-4 record, Warriors stand pat at NBA trade deadline

    February 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With a 48-4 record and last year's NBA championship trophy in their possession, the Golden State Warriors had little need for upgraded at the trade deadline.So while most of the other 29 teams were busily working the phones and making deals, the Warriors were more relaxed on deadline day Thursday, getting their final practice in before starting a six-game post-All-Star break road trip Friday night in Portland.

  • AP Source: Jazz trade for Hawks backup PG Shelvin Mack

    February 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have agreed to trade for backup point guard Shelvin Mack from Atlanta, sending the Hawks a second-round pick in the deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The trade is pending league approval.

  • AP Sources: Clippers trade Stephenson to Memphis for Green

    February 18, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Jeff Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Lance Stephenson, said two people with knowledge of the deal.The people told The Associated Press the teams reached agreement on the trade Thursday at the NBA trade deadline. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Courtney Lee says trade to Hornets 'threw me off'

    February 18, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Courtney Lee wasn't expecting to play for the Charlotte Hornets this season - or any NBA franchise other than the Memphis Grizzlies for that matter.But Lee said one day after members of the Grizzlies front office reassured him and his agent that they weren't trying to deal him, he learned that he was headed to Charlotte as part of a three-way trade that also included the Miami Heat.

  • Agent: Nuggets agree to send G Randy Foye to Thunder

    February 18, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Steve Novak's agent says the Denver Nuggets have agreed to send shooting guard Randy Foye to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Novak and D.J. Augustin.Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal on Thursday.The Thunder have lacked a consistent scoring threat at shooting guard. Foye, 32, is a combo guard who averaged 6.0 points as a reserve for the Nuggets this season, but 13.2 points per game in 2013-14 with 78 starts.

  • Pelicans acquire forward Jarnell Stokes, cash from Heat

    February 18, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired forward Jarnell Stokes and cash from the Miami Heat in exchange for a future second round draft pick.The move helps Miami gain more flexibility under the NBA's salary cap. It remains unclear if the Pelicans intend to insert the 6-foot-9 Stokes in the lineup this season.

  • Okafor fined 9 for driving Maybach 108 mph over bridge

    February 18, 2016

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The lawyer for Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor says his client will pay a 9 fine for driving his white Mercedes-Maybach 108 mph across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in October.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1KsLcVo ) a Camden County judge ruled Thursday that a plea offer to Okafor is valid meaning he'll have to pay the fine.

  • Ailing Nets hire San Antonio's Sean Marks as general manager

    February 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Sean Marks is leaving the San Antonio Spurs to undertake the rebuilding of the Brooklyn Nets.He was hired Thursday as general manager of the Nets, hours before the league's trade deadline.Marks has spent the last five years with the Spurs, including the last two as assistant general manager. He was an assistant coach when they won the 2014 NBA title and also served as GM of the Austin Spurs, their team in the NBA Development League.

  • AP sources: Cavaliers acquire Frye from Magic for Varejao

    February 18, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers found a coveted wing shooter before the trading deadline. To get him, though, they had to say goodbye to one of their most popular players.Adding another scoring threat for star LeBron James, the Cavaliers acquired forward Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic on Thursday in exchange for center Anderson Varejao, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

  • Nets hire San Antonio's Sean Marks as general manager

    February 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have hired Sean Marks of the San Antonio Spurs as their general manager.Marks has spent the last five years with the Spurs, including the last two as assistant general manager. He was an assistant coach when they won the 2014 NBA title.

  • NBA's trade deadline approaching, so buckle up

    February 18, 2016

    Last year there was hardly any action in the days leading up to the NBA's trading deadline. That led some to believe it would come and go quietly.It couldn't have been further from the truth.As the clock ticked down, a staggering avalanche of deals were consummated. When the dust settled, 12 trades involving 39 players clogged the league's approval process for hours after the deadline passed. So even though this week has been fairly quiet, there is still time leading into the 3 p.m. Thursday final buzzer, which will sound just a few hours before the league resumes play after the All-Star break.

  • Kings fire assistant coach Vance Walberg

    February 17, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have fired assistant coach Vance Walberg.General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Wednesday, calling it the best thing for the team moving forward. Divac thanked Walberg for his contributions.Walberg was added to the staff Feb. 23, 2015, less than a week after George Karl was hired as head coach to replace Tyrone Corbin.

  • Jazz look to advance to playoffs for first time since 2012

    February 17, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season and finish above .500 for the first time since 2012-13. This would be the first time most of the roster has been in the playoffs.The Jazz are healthier than they've been most of the season and begin the push for the postseason Thursday night in Washington.

  • Splitter to miss Olympics recovering from hip surgery

    February 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Tiago Splitter won't be able to play for the home team at the Rio Olympics.The Atlanta Hawks center said Wednesday he will need eight months to recover from hip surgery, costing him a spot on the Brazilian national team this summer.Splitter says ''everybody wants to play in the Olympics when you're playing at home. It's really hard'' to sit out the games, which begin Aug. 5.

  • Jazz President Randy Rigby to retire at end of season

    February 17, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby said he plans to retire from the position at the end of the season.Rigby will be replaced by Steve Starks, who serves as president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. The team is owned by the Miller family.

  • Plenty of questions about Hawks as deadline approaches

    February 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) After claiming top seed in the East a season ago, the Atlanta Hawks have been a bit of a disappointment this season.Naturally, that makes them a center of trade talks with the NBA deadline approaching Thursday.Center Al Horford, whose contract is up this summer, and point guard Jeff Teague have been mentioned prominently as trade possibilities, which made the first practice after the All-Star break seem anything but routine.

  • Heat go back to work, without Bosh at practice

    February 17, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) When it comes to Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat are still waiting for definitive answers.Apparently, so is Bosh.The Heat leave for Atlanta on Thursday, and they'll be without Bosh - who will spend the day meeting with more doctors as he keeps trying to find a way to play again this season. Miami resumed practice Wednesday without the All-Star forward, and neither the team nor Bosh has revealed that he has a blood clot.

  • Tick tock: The clock is winding down to NBA's trade deadline

    February 17, 2016

    The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are on the board, not waiting until the NBA's trade deadline on Thursday to make moves they hope will bolster their playoffs chances this season.The Pistons acquired scorer Tobias Harris from Orlando while the Hornets added Courtney Lee from Memphis to help fill the void created by the injury to Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In a deadline-driven league, both moves were aggressive in that they came well before the 3 p.m. Eastern time cutoff for trades to be made.

  • Mavs contending after rough summer, playoff path is daunting

    February 17, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks probably aren't going far assuming they make the playoffs for the 15th time in the smooth-shooting German's 18 seasons in Dallas.Still, it says something that Nowitzki's team is solidly in contention at the All-Star break after DeAndre Jordan's stunning reversal in free agency seemed to doom Dallas before the difficult Western Conference race even started.

  • Man pleads guilty in killing of Nets player's dad

    February 17, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A man accused of killing the father of Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington Jr. has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty.Online court documents show Carl White pleaded guilty to third degree murder and other charges in a deal with prosecutors on Tuesday, after the Philadelphia jury was selected for his trial.

  • Israel's first NBA player Omri Casspi having breakout season

    February 17, 2016

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) When Omri Casspi was 13, his family took him on a Bar Mitzvah trip to the United States, the highlight of which was a visit to New York City where the Israeli youngster stood in front of Madison Square Garden and boldly vowed he would one day play there.

  • GM says Orlando Magic trying for playoff spot

    February 17, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) General manager Rob Hennigan wants the Orlando Magic to make the playoffs, and he thinks the acquisition of veterans Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova will help.Orlando traded forward Tobias Harris to Detroit on Tuesday for Jennings and Ilyasova. Hennigan said the move was intended to improve the Magic's postseason chances, not dump salary after another disappointing stretch.

  • Blake Griffin apologizes for punching Clippers staff member

    February 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin apologized Tuesday for punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member last month, saying he wishes he could take back the incident that left him with a broken right hand and the employee with facial injuries.Griffin was suspended four games and docked five games' pay totaling 9,442 for the altercation with Matias Testi at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23.

  • Grizzlies send Courtney Lee to Charlotte in 3-team deal

    February 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets acquired veteran swingman Courtney Lee from the Grizzlies in a three-team trade that will help bolster the team's perimeter shooting and defense after losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the season to a shoulder injury.

  • Popovich 'the model of consistency' for NBA coaches

    February 16, 2016

    A San Antonio shootaround practice is winding down in silence, except for the occasional sound of a dribble or the whooshing noise that accompanies the ball going through the net. Players are lined up along the sides of the foul lane, watching teammates take two free throws before moving on in orderly fashion.

  • Hornets F Kidd-Gilchrist to have surgery, out for season

    February 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery Wednesday on his right shoulder again and will miss the remainder of the NBA season.The team announced the surgery will be performed by Dr. Gerald Williams at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.

  • Hawks backup center Splitter to miss remainder of season

    February 16, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks say center Tiago Splitter needs season-ending hip surgery.Splitter, from Brazil, has missed the last six games. The Hawks said Tuesday Splitter has seen ''multiple'' specialists while seeking the proper treatment for his sore right hip.

  • Blazers relish being the league's surprise at the break

    February 16, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Not many expected the Portland Trail Blazers to be where they are at the All-Star break - but the Blazers themselves aren't all that surprised.Following the departure of four starters from last season's team, including All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland was in the first year of a rebuild with one of the youngest rosters in the league. At the start of the season the Blazers weren't expected to do much, and the playoffs seemed like a best-case scenario.

  • NBA tells teams jumping on player's back could be flagrant

    February 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has informed teams that jumping on a player's back to commit an intentional foul could be ruled as a flagrant violation.In a memo sent to teams Tuesday and posted on NBA.com/official, the league calls the tactic a ''potentially dangerous play against a player in a vulnerable position.''

  • Pelicans' options limited as NBA trade deadline nears

    February 16, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A rash of injuries have more than limited the New Orleans Pelicans' ability to use trades to strengthen All-Star Anthony Davis' supporting cast by this Thursday's NBA deadline for making a deal.The club's lack of roster continuity has even made it tough for the Pelicans' brass to get a good grasp on who should go and who should stay.

  • Pistons acquire Harris from Magic for Jennings, Ilyasova

    February 16, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) With a playoff spot within reach this year, the Detroit Pistons made a trade they hope will benefit them both now and in the future.The Pistons acquired forward Tobias Harris from Orlando on Tuesday in a deal that sent guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Magic. The 23-year-old Harris gives Detroit another athletic young player, and he'll be under team control for a while. Harris signed a million, four-year deal to stay with the Magic last summer, when he was a restricted free agent.

  • AP Source: Grizzlies sending Lee to Charlotte in 3-team deal

    February 16, 2016

    The Charlotte Hornets have acquired veteran swingman Courtney Lee from the Grizzlies in a three-team trade that will help bolster the team's perimeter shooting and defense after losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a shoulder injury.The Grizzlies get forward P.J. Hairston from Charlotte and big man Chris Andersen and two second-round draft picks from the Heat, who will get guard Brian Roberts from Charlotte, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the trade has not been officially announced.

  • AP Source: Chris Bosh resumes taking blood thinners

    February 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh is back on blood thinners to treat a clot that formed in his leg, the second straight year the Miami Heat forward has dealt with such a situation over the All-Star break.Bosh began the medication regimen in recent days after the clot was diagnosed and has hopes that he can continue playing at some point this season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Monday Sports in Brief

    February 16, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) WOMEN'S SOCCERThe U.S. women's soccer team's younger reserves not only didn't disappoint in their Group A finale in CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics, they delivered a record performance.Crystal Dunn, one of only three regulars to start, tied a national team record with five goals and the U.S. routed Puerto Rico 10-0 Monday night to win the group.

  • AP Source: Chris Bosh dealing with another blood-clot scare

    February 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat is dealing with another blood-clot scare, making this the second consecutive year that he's spent the All-Star break facing a most uncertain future because of a health issue.Bosh will spend ''the next few days'' reviewing options and no determination will be made about his playing status until he goes through more tests and evaluation, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the All-Star forward nor the Heat have revealed the concerns publicly.

  • Warriors chase history, teams chase Warriors in stretch run

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Golden State Warriors are chasing history. Everyone else in the NBA is chasing the Warriors.The defending champions have been so dominant that they could already be a 50-win team this weekend. And unless opponents start figuring out a way to slow Stephen Curry and the league's most potent offense, they could be the best team ever by the time they're done.

  • NBA All-Star game draws 7.6 million viewers

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.6 million viewers, up 6 percent over 2015, according to Nielsen's ratings.The West's 196-173 victory saw a peak audience of 8.7 million for a 15-minute segment from 8:45-9 p.m. EST. The game was the most-viewed program on cable television Sunday night.

  • Tracy McGrady joining ESPN as NBA analyst

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Former All-Star Tracy McGrady is joining ESPN as an analyst and will make regular appearances on its new daily NBA show.McGrady will appear on ''The Jump,'' the afternoon telecast hosted by Rachel Nichols that debuts Thursday. The network says McGrady will also contribute analysis to news and information programming, including ''SportsCenter.''

  • Westbrook All-Star game MVP, West wins 196-173

    February 15, 2016

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been named MVP of the 2016 All-Star game, giving him the award for the second straight season.Westbrook led the Western Conference with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 196-173 win over the Eastern Conference in Toronto.

  • The 'second half' of NBA season awaits with playoff intrigue

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The All-Star Game is over, a few more days off await before play resumes and what's commonly called the second half of the NBA season is about to begin.In actuality, the second half has been under way for a while.Most teams have about 30 games left on the 82-game schedule - so it's crunch time, and given the way the races are shaping up it's not too soon to start scoreboard-watching.

  • A private dinner among Kobe's All-Star highlights

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The moment Kobe Bryant will savor most from his final All-Star weekend was one the world never saw.There were plenty of highlights to cherish, actually. The way his daughters beamed when they got to meet and take a picture with Stephen Curry after the game. A conversation with Michael Jordan. Getting sought out by Magic Johnson for a talk about legacy. Private chats with teammates in the locker room, which he enjoyed tremendously.

  • Paul George punctuates comeback with 41 in All-Star Game

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) So many of Paul George's All-Star teammates and opponents were on the floor 18 months ago, the night his career was put in peril by a gruesome leg injury in a scrimmage with USA Basketball.It has been a long, difficult road back to the rising star he was before a bone in his right leg popped through his skin on that August night in Las Vegas. Surrounded by so many of those elite faces again in Toronto on Sunday night, George has never looked more like the player that has made the Indiana Pacers relevant again. Truth be told, he looked even better.

  • Bryant leaves an All-Star Game winner, West rolls 196-173

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Kobe Bryant said his NBA All-Star Game goodbye and the next generation of the West's best sent him off a winner, rolling to a record-setting 196-173 victory over the East on Sunday night.The first All-Star Game outside the U.S. was the highest-scoring ever, with both teams scoring more than any team had ever managed. Bryant didn't provide much of the offense but many of the memories.

  • The Latest: Westbrook All-Star game MVP, West wins 196-173

    February 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11:08 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been named MVP of the 2016 All-Star game, giving him the award for the second straight season.

  • The Latest: West wins high-scoring All-Star game 196-773

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11:04 p.m.Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Western Conference set an All-Star record for points in a game with a 196-173 victory over the East on Sunday.

  • The Latest: West leads high-scoring All-Star game 145-136

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---10:35 p.m.It might be time soon for some defense at the All-Star game.The game is headed to the fourth quarter, the only time players usually put any effort into stopping anyone in this spectacle that otherwise is all offense, all the time.

  • The Latest: Spike Lee, celebrities enjoy All-Star weekend

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---10:25 p.m.The stars have come out to play at the NBA's All-Star game in Toronto, and not just on the court.It's always an event when the biggest names in basketball are playing at the same time, and among the stars spotted on Sunday were actors Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

  • The Latest: Kobe scores 10, West leads All-Star game 92-90

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:38 p.m.Kawhi Leonard has 13 points and Kobe Bryant has 10 points and five rebounds to help the Western Conference take a 92-90 lead over the East into halftime at the NBA's All-Star game.

  • NBA slam dunk contest scores big on TV, social media

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) What many are saying was the best dunk contest in All-Star weekend history has delivered record numbers across the NBA's social media platforms and propelled TNT to a win in the time slot on Saturday night.The matchup between Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon peaked with an average of 7 million viewers between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, which was the highest number across all of cable television.

  • The Latest: Kobe wins tap, East leads 43-40 after 1 quarter

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:05 p.m.After one quarter of the All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference leads the Western Conference 43-40.Kobe Bryant and LeBron James never met in an NBA Finals, so they squared off another way - they took the opening tap against one another, with Bryant winning.

  • The Latest: Kobe gets a pregame tribute at All-Star Game

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---8:35 p.m.Kobe Bryant was the subject of a pregame tribute including two videos at the All-Star Game.With the NBA calling his career brilliant, there was first a video that showed clips of some of Bryant's best moments - starting with his draft-night selection, an array of dunks, a famous lob to Shaquille O'Neal in a playoff win over Portland, some game-winning shots, his defensive intensity and even some images of his Olympic play.

  • The Latest: Wade still among those raving about dunk contest

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---7:55 p.m.Count Eastern Conference All-Star guard Dwyane Wade among those still raving about Saturday night's dunk contest finale between eventual winner Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon.

  • The Latest: Oscar Robertson honored at Legends Brunch

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Legends Brunch on Sunday.Robertson got the award from fellow Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns - the newly crowned skills challenge winner at All-Star weekend.

  • At All-Star weekend, it's all about specially designed shoes

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) All-Star weekend is one of the biggest of the NBA season for stars like LeBron James, Steph Curry, James Harden and Dwyane Wade.It's even bigger for Nike, Under Armour, Adidas and Li-Ning.With all the big stars in Toronto and millions of fans watching around the world, the big shoe companies have turned the basketball court into a fashion runway and unveiling specially designed sneakers during the game on Sunday. When it comes to the events of All-Star weekend, the shoe launches are right up there on the anticipation meter with the 3-point shootout and the slam dunk contest.

  • The 2003 draft class still going All-Star strong

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) On the night that he entered the NBA in 2003, someone asked LeBron James to assess the potential of the draft class that he was headlining as the No. 1 pick.James answered quickly.''You'll see,''' James said.People did see, of course. And when it comes to the stars in that class, they're still seeing.

  • The Latest: LaVine dedicates dunk contest to Flip Saunders

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---2:15 p.m.After outlasting Aaron Gordon in what many believe was the best slam dunk contest in All-Star weekend history, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine posted a touching tribute to the late Flip Saunders on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

  • LaVine exits All-Star stage for Kobe and the NBA's best

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Zach LaVine called it the best dunk contest ever, a showdown with Aaron Gordon that rivaled what Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins did.Maybe they will come back next year and do it again.''In Charlotte, yeah, if they want me to come back, I probably will,'' Gordon said.

  • Wolves rookie Towns wins Skills Competition

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns offered some more proof that the NBA big man is no longer a plodding post player by winning the Skills Challenge on Saturday night as part of the league's All-Star weekend.The 6-foot-11 Towns beat Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to further validate the evolution of players at the forward and center positions into playmakers.

  • LaVine and Gordon wage epic battle in dunk contest

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Zach LaVine was fresh out of dunks, having been pushed to the limits by Aaron Gordon in an epic final round that put the slam dunk contest back on top at All-Star Saturday night.In need of some magic, he reached deep down into his repertoire and found just enough left for one more go.

  • Zach LaVine wins dunk thriller to cap All-Star Saturday

    February 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Aaron Gordon soared over his mascot, but nobody flies higher than Zach LaVine in the slam dunk contest.LaVine was perfect just a little longer than Gordon and won a thrilling final event to cap off an entertaining NBA All-Star Saturday. LaVine captured his second straight dunk title - and a second trophy in two nights.

  • Thompson beats Curry to win 3-point title

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Klay Thompson did what barely any team has done this year.He beat Stephen Curry.The 3-point contest championship has gone from one ''Splash Brother'' to another, as Thompson beat his Golden State teammate and defending champion with a dazzling display at All-Star Saturday night. Thompson finished the final round with 27 points, four more than Curry managed as once again, the title came down to the two Golden State sharpshooters.

  • The Latest: Zach LaVine takes flight, wins 2nd dunk contest

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---10:35 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine outlasted Orlando's Aaron Gordon in an epic final round of the dunk contest, posting four straight perfect 50s to win for the second straight year.

  • The Latest: Defending champion LaVine leads dunk contest

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---10:16 p.m.Defending dunk champion Zach LaVine is in the lead after the preliminary round after getting a perfect 50 on his opening dunk and a 49 on the second one. LaVine's opener came off the bounce, when he wrapped the ball around his back before cupping it with his right hand and throwing it down. He took off from the free throw line and grabbed a lob from teammate Andre Miller on his second one and got a 49.

  • The Latest: Thompson beats Curry, Booker in 3-point finals

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:35 p.m.Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has beaten teammate Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday night.Thompson scored 27 points in the final round, making his last eight shots to beat Curry and Phoenix's Devin Booker. Curry scored 23 points and Booker finished with 16 in the final round.

  • The Latest: Curry, Thompson, Booker in 3-point finals

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:15 p.m.Golden State's ''Splash Brothers'' duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, along with Phoenix's Devin Booker are the three finalists in the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday night.

  • Towns wins Skills Challenge in 1st year for big men

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The big men are back at the NBA's All-Star weekend. Karl-Anthony Towns showed that.The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie center beat Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to win the Skills Challenge on Saturday night, further validating the evolution of the big man from a plodding post player to a playmaking force.

  • Silver: No Hack-a-Shaq rules change this season

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Adam Silver said Saturday no changes are coming to Hack-a-Shaq this season, though he seems to favor some rule adjustment.And with no consensus within the NBA about what it would entail, the NBA commissioner seems to be taking it upon himself to come up with something.

  • The Latest: Minnesota big man Towns wins skills challenge

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---8:25 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns has beaten Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas to win the Skills Challenge at the NBA's All-Star Saturday night.

  • The Latest: McCollum, Thomas, Anthony Towns, Cousins advance

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---8:17 p.m.Portland's C.J. McCollum, Boston's Isaiah Thomas, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins have advanced out of the first round of the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Silver says Hack-a-Shaq change 'needs to' happen

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---7:20 p.m.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has come out even more strongly against the so-called ''Hack-a-Shaq'' rule.Silver has long made it clear that he doesn't like the strategy that calls for the intentional fouling of poor foul shooters, reducing games to free-throw-shooting contests. Silver says he's ''beginning to feel a change needs to be made.''

  • The Latest: NBA offers Monty Williams' family condolences

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---7:05 p.m.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has offered Oklahoma City assistant coach Monty Williams and his family condolences on the league's behalf.

  • Craig Sager and his flashy suits return to All-Star weekend

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The All-Star game in New York was a little less colorful last year.Craig Sager, the TNT sideline reporter known for wearing flashy suits, missed the NBA's annual midseason gala for the first time since he started doing them in 1988. Another bout with the leukemia he's been battling for the last few years resurfaced, and Sager was forced to sit out while undergoing more treatments.

  • The Latest: First bid for set of Air Jordans is 0,000

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---5:40The complete set of Air Jordans - like the gift given to Kobe Bryant by the iconic Jordan Brand as a retirement present - is going to raise an enormous amount of money for charity.

  • The Latest: Anthony says he has no plans to leave the Knicks

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---5:05Carmelo Anthony says he has no plans to leave New York and is angry about a report linking him to trade talks.The Daily News of New York reported Friday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics had discussed a deal involving Kevin Love and there were ''very preliminary discussions'' with the Knicks about expanding it to include Anthony, who would end up with LeBron James in Cleveland.

  • Hope springs eternal in the D-League, even for All-Stars

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Only a few miles from the site of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, before a couple thousand people in an arena primarily used to play minor-league hockey, Jimmer Fredette couldn't help but think big.And he hopes his second chance - or more accurately, his sixth chance - is still coming.

  • The Latest: Jimmer scores 35, East wins D-League All-Star

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---4:25 p.m.Jimmer Fredette scored 35 points, Jarnell Stokes scored with 37 seconds left to break a tie and put his team up for good, and the Eastern Conference topped the Western Conference 128-124 in Saturday's NBA Development League All-Star Game.

  • Carmelo Anthony says he has no plans to leave Knicks

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Carmelo Anthony said Saturday he has no plans to leave the New York Knicks and is angry about a report linking him to trade talks.The Daily News of New York reported Friday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics had discussed a deal involving Kevin Love and that there were ''very preliminary discussions'' with the Knicks about expanding it to include Anthony, who would end up with LeBron James in Cleveland.

  • The Latest: Bosh to have more tests on calf in Miami

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Heat forward Chris Bosh says he will have more tests on his injured right calf when he returns to Miami after Sunday's All-Star Game.

  • Heat's Chris Bosh says more exams coming on his injured calf

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) All-Star forward Chris Bosh will have more exams on his strained right calf when he gets back to Miami, possibly as early as Monday to determine the status and severity of the problem.He has conferred regularly with Heat medical officials about the issue, which he has been dealing with and getting treatment for over the past several days. Bosh came to Toronto with hopes of participating in Saturday's 3-point contest and Sunday's All-Star Game, but dropped out Friday out of concern of making the calf worse.

  • The Latest: Practices get in for Sunday's All-Star game

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---12:35 p.m.The Western Conference practice is going on, with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich showing off his dribbling skills and retiring star Kobe Bryant getting huge ovations from the crowd.

  • The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11:35 a.m.The Eastern Conference All-Star practice has started.Injured All-Stars Chris Bosh and Jimmy Butler are with the East team, and both gave interviews that were shown on video screens during the practice. Bosh says he's excited to see Toronto host the All-Star Game - he spent his first seven NBA seasons in the city - and Butler revealed that he's a big Taylor Swift fan.

  • The Latest: Al Horford arrives at All-Star weekend

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11:05 a.m.Better late than never: Atlanta's Al Horford has arrived at All-Star weekend.Horford was selected Friday as the replacement for Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, who pulled out with a strained right calf. Horford was vacationing in the Caribbean when the NBA called, packed up quickly and arrived in Toronto late Friday night.

  • The Latest: Kobe gets a set of Jordans as a retirement gift

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---10:30 a.m.Kobe Bryant has gotten one impressive retirement gift from Michael Jordan.The Jordan Brand gave Bryant a full set of the sneakers released so far in the Air Jordan line - 30 pairs in all. The gift was presented early Saturday at the Jordan Brand All-Star party, which Bryant attended.

  • Seeking a Splash: Klay goes for All-Star 3s upset of Curry

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Klay Thompson believes, even if he knows many don't.He knows how good Stephen Curry is, so he couldn't have been terribly surprised when he was told during NBA All-Star player interviews that ''everyone'' thinks his Golden State Warriors teammate is going to win the 3-point contest Saturday night.

  • Rising Stars: LaVine, US beat Wiggins, World 157-154

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Zach LaVine hoisted the MVP trophy above his head, laughing along with Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns as he stood on the podium.One win down at All-Star weekend. One to go.LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the weekend festivities.

  • The Latest: US beats World 157-154 in Rising Stars Challenge

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11 p.m.Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the NBA's All-Star weekend.

  • The Latest: Wiggins starts fast in Rising Stars Challenge

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:30 p.m.The Rising Stars Challenge - featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league - is off to a roaring start, thanks to Toronto-born Andrew Wiggins.

  • Canada tops US in All-Star celebrity game, 74-63

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Drake outcoached Kevin Hart, and Win Butler was aptly named in the NBA All-Star celebrity game Friday night.Butler, the lead singer for Arcade Fire, scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to earn MVP honors and help Canada defeat the United States 74-63 in the first ''game'' of All-Star weekend.

  • The Latest: Drake coaches Canada to celebrity game win

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---9:05 p.m.Drake outcoached Kevin Hart, and didn't even need to put on a uniform for his win.Canada's first chance to host the NBA's midseason showcase got off to a flying start Friday night, with the Grammy winner leading his nation's team to a 74-63 win over the United States in the All-Star celebrity game.

  • The Latest: Drake to handle introductions of All-Stars

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---8:45 p.m.Drake is going to be busy throughout All-Star weekend.Not only is he coaching Canada's team in Friday's celebrity game, he'll also be involved with the All-Star player introductions on Sunday night. The NBA says that the Grammy winner and Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador ''will be adding his own special touch'' to the proceedings.

  • The Latest: Tennis star Milos Raonic dunks in celebrity game

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---8:15 p.m.Milos Raonic put an exclamation point on Canada's dominant first half against the U.S. in the All-Star celebrity game Friday night.The 6-foot-5 tennis star, the 11th-ranked player in the world who lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open, was able throw down a two-handed dunk, giving coach Drake and Canada a 37-28 halftime lead against Kevin Hart and the United States team.

  • Carmelo Anthony voted to player union's executive committee

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony has been elected to the NBA Players Association's executive committee as a vice president.Anthony was voted in by players Friday during a meeting at All-Star weekend.The veteran joins close friends Chris Paul, the union president, and LeBron James, who was elected a vice president last year, on the nine-player committee.

  • The Latest: Bosh out of All-Star Game, 3-point contest

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---6:05 p.m.Chris Bosh is out of the All-Star Game and the 3-point contest, though is staying in Toronto for the remainder of the weekend.Bosh said he has a strained right calf, which he didn't reveal during media sessions earlier Friday. The team made the announcement late Friday afternoon, and Bosh says he needs extra time ''to try to heal and focus on the second half'' of the season.

  • It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin.

  • Bosh out of NBA All-Star Game due to calf injury

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Bosh's All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began.The Miami Heat forward has withdrawn from Saturday's 3-point contest and Sunday's All-Star Game, citing a strained right calf. Bosh - who will remain in Toronto for the weekend - was replaced on the Eastern Conference roster for Sunday's game by Atlanta's Al Horford, chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to fill the vacated spot.

  • Steph Curry returns to Toronto at the height of his powers

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) When the Toronto Raptors signed Dell Curry in 1999 to provide some shooting on the perimeter, they also acquired two young children in the deal that would dart around the back hallways of the Air Canada Center dribbling basketballs and bouncing off the walls.

  • AP Source: Bosh out of NBA All-Star Game due to calf injury

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says that Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat will miss Sunday's All-Star Game with a calf injury, and has been replaced on the Eastern Conference roster by Atlanta's Al Horford.That also means Bosh will not take part in the 3-point contest on Saturday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor the NBA had announced the moves.

  • The Latest: Curry says get ready, ads on uniform coming

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---4:15 p.m.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said more than once that advertisements on jerseys is an inevitable development. Reigning MVP Steph Curry said on Friday at his All-Star press conference that ''nothing is going to stop that train from coming.''

  • The Latest: LeBron amused by fuss over Lue coaching

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---3:55 p.m.LeBron James is amused over all the fuss that accompanied Tyronn Lue getting the chance to coach the Eastern Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

  • The Latest: Shaq, Iverson finalists for the Hall of Fame

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---2:15 p.m.Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson are finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.College coaches Tom Izzo, Eddie Sutton, Lefty Driesell, Bo Ryan and Muffet McGraw, and women's star Sheryl Swoopes were also among the finalists announced Friday.

  • The Latest: Carmelo Anthony hoping to avoid work stoppage

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---1:58 p.m.New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says he hopes the owners and the players union can come to a new labor agreement without a work stoppage.

  • The Latest: Kobe goes through his final All-Star media day

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---1:25 p.m.Kobe Bryant has gone through an All-Star media day for the final time.The retiring star of the Los Angeles Lakers took questions for about 30 minutes, laughed and smiled throughout, accepted some gifts from international reporters - including a photo that said ''thank you'' - and spoke in English, Italian and a little Spanish at times. He even asked a reporter from Taiwan to teach him a phrase in his language.

  • The Latest: All-Star competition tips off with card game

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):---11:45 a.m.Chris Paul looked at a teammate, then glared at an opponent. Dwyane Wade made what he thought was a great play, then yelled in disbelief when it didn't work out to his liking.

  • Silver calls All-Star weekend in Toronto 'a homecoming'

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened All-Star weekend by paying homage to the league's history in Toronto.Silver spoke Friday morning at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit, and began his remarks by reminding attendees that the league's enormous success globally stems in part from what happened in Toronto on Nov. 1, 1946 - when the first game in what was then called the Basketball Association of America was played.

  • NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada's growing hoops love

    February 12, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange.Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the Knicks, who took a back seat to nobody in New York during those playoff days.

  • Thunder hold moment of silence for assistant Williams' wife

    February 11, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder held a moment of silence for assistant coach Monty Williams' wife before their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, a day after she died following a car crash.Williams coached New Orleans last season, and the Pelicans also held a moment of silence for Ingrid Williams before their game Wednesday night against Utah.

  • Shaq wishes he had a farewell tour like Kobe is getting

    February 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Shaquille O'Neal has watched former teammate Kobe Bryant's farewell tour this season from afar. And even though Bryant hasn't been the consistently dynamic player he once was while playing for a Los Angeles Lakers team that is losing games by the bucketful, O'Neal couldn't help but be a little envious of the way Bryant has been able to say goodbye.

  • Kobe's last, Toronto's 1st as NBA All-Star goes outside US

    February 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful.After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn't be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy.

  • Suns' Booker replaces 76rs' Noel in Rising Stars Challenge

    February 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker has replaced injured Philadelphia player Nerlens Noel on the U.S. team roster in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.The NBA announced the move Thursday.Booker, the 19-year-old former Kentucky guard drafted 13th overall last year, is averaging 10.6 points and shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range in 48 games. In 23 starts, he's averaging 15.2 points, and had a season-high 32 points against Indiana on Jan. 19.

  • Suns assign McRae to Bakersfield of D-League

    February 11, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns assigned guard Jordan McRae to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League on Thursday, and said he will play in the D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in Toronto.McRae signed a second 10-day contract with the Suns on Monday after initially signing Jan. 29. The 24-year-old former Tennessee player has averaged 4.8 points, 1.2 assists and 11.3 minutes in six games with the Suns.

  • Hornets F Kidd-Gilchrist tears labrum in shoulder again

    February 11, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn the labrum in his right shoulder for a second time, possibly ending his season.The team says Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break and gave no prognosis for his return.

  • Heat's Hassan Whiteside banned a game for throwing elbow

    February 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic.The punishment was announced Thursday by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.Whiteside will serve his suspension Feb. 19 when Miami plays the Hawks in Atlanta.

  • LeBron donates uniforms to Toronto-area school teams

    February 11, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James crossed the Canadian border to dish out an All-Star assist.The Cavaliers forward surprised school kids in Toronto by giving them new team uniforms on Thursday, a giveaway sponsored by James' family foundation as a way of thanking this year's host city for the NBA All-Star game.

  • Health scare over, Bosh ready to enjoy another All-Star trip

    February 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Bosh sees no need to reflect on where he was at this time last year.Physically, mentally and emotionally, he moved past it all long ago. The tubes stuck into the side of his chest, the fear of his life being in danger by the blood clot that attacked one of his lungs, the tests that would determine if his career could continue and the searing pain that accompanied each breath all are safely tucked away in the memory bank, and life as Bosh has known it for more than a decade has resumed.

  • Marv Albert gets contract extension to call NBA on TNT

    February 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Veteran broadcaster Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games.Albert will call this weekend's All-Star Game in Toronto, his 21st year providing commentary for the event. He'll continue to call regular-season and playoff games for the network.

  • James, Irving lead Cavaliers past Kings 120-100

    February 8, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came close to his 40th career triple-double several times this season.The four-time MVP got there in three quarters Monday night.James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings.

  • Johnson hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Nets beat Nuggets 105-104

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Johnson has been known as a clutch player during his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets and he came through again Monday night.Johnson's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets.''The play wasn't designed for me because we were only down two,'' Johnson said. ''It was designed to try to get Brook (Lopez) the ball in the paint and get a layup or easy deuce and go into overtime.

  • Warriors center Festus Ezeli undergoes left knee surgery

    February 8, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.The defending NBA champions said Ezeli's operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

  • Love returns to Cavaliers' lineup after missing 1 game

    February 8, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will return to the lineup after missing a game because of a bruised left thigh.Cleveland hosts Sacramento on Monday night.Love sat out for the first time this season on Saturday in a win over New Orleans. He was injured in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Boston and didn't return.

  • Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job

    February 8, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1 1/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else.Fisher was fired Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

  • Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis interim head coach

    February 8, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach at least through the rest of the season. Rambis, like Fisher an ex-Laker player, went 56-145 in two seasons as Minnesota's coach.

  • New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher.

  • Parker to play with France despite wife's pregnancy

    February 8, 2016

    PARIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker says he has reached an understanding with his pregnant wife that will allow him to take part in France's Olympic qualifying tournament this summer.Parker had raised the possibility of missing the tournament from July 4-10 and the Olympics - if France qualified - because of the expected birth of his second son in July.

  • Chuck, Shaq, Kenny offer fresh ideas for All-Star weekend

    February 8, 2016

    The Splash Brothers have turned the 3-point contest into must-see TV. Zach LaVine made the dunk contest cool again.When the NBA convenes All-Star weekend in Toronto beginning on Friday, the league's annual ''midseason'' showcase will be as strong top to bottom as it has been in some time. But that doesn't mean there couldn't be ways to add more flavor and different twists to keep things fresh.

  • Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken left hand

    February 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.Rivers was hurt during the Clippers' home game against Minnesota on Wednesday, and the injury was originally diagnosed as a bruise. But when the pain persisted, further exams were performed, and the break was found.

  • NBA reviewing if jump-on-back foul should be flagrant

    February 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is reviewing whether the act of jumping on a player's back to intentionally foul him should be interpreted as a flagrant foul.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that a memo from the NBA said that act would now be ruled as a flagrant 1 foul. But a league spokesman says there has been no rule change, only that league officials are discussing how the play should be interpreted.

  • Blakeney's 31 points leads LSU past Miss. St., 88-77

    February 6, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points, and LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory over struggling Mississippi State on Saturday night.Blakeney, a freshman whose previous single-game high was 22 points, hit 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers. It was easily Blakeney's best outing against a team from a major conference and exactly what LSU (15-8, 8-2) expected when it recruited last season's Florida high school player of the year.

  • Bulls' Butler has strained left knee, no ligament damage

    February 6, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When All-Star guard Jimmy Butler elevated during the second quarter of a game against Denver on Friday night, he heard a pop in his left knee - the last noise any basketball player wants to hear. The Chicago Bulls braced for the worst when Butler went in for an MRI exam.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Love out with bruised left thigh

    February 6, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss his first game of the season because of a bruised left thigh.Cleveland hosts New Orleans on Saturday night. Love is averaging 15.9 points and 10.5 rebounds.Love was injured while boxing out for a rebound in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Boston and didn't return. He was on the floor for several moments before being helped to the locker room.

  • NBA All-Star weekend: A primer on what to watch in Toronto

    February 6, 2016

    Hockey and Toronto are synonymous, with the sport's Hall of Fame being housed there and the Maple Leafs being one of the NHL's ''Original Six'' franchises. And sports like baseball, rugby, yachting and curling all have history in the city going back to the 19th century.

  • Bulls' Butler wheeled off court with knee injury

    February 5, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was wheeled off the court late in the second quarter Friday night at Denver after apparently aggravating a left knee injury.Butler was fouled near the basket by the Nuggets' Joffrey Lauvergne and fell awkwardly to the floor with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter. He was examined by medical personnel before getting to his feet and gingerly making his way to the foul line, where he made one of the two free throws.

  • Postponed Jazz-Wizards game rescheduled for Feb. 18

    February 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards will make up their game postponed by last month's snowstorm on Thursday, Feb. 18.The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 but was cancelled when the Washington area got more than two feet of snow.

  • Reigning dunk champ LaVine: 'I've got tricks up my sleeve'

    February 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine came to All-Star weekend in New York last year as an under-the-radar rookie toiling away for one of the league's worst teams. He left as the Savior of Slam after a scintillating performance breathed new life into the dunk contest.

  • Curry to defend 3-point title, big men in Skills Challenge

    February 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown.Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Draymond Green and Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in that event, which combines dribbling, passing and 3-point shooting and traditionally is made up of guards. Boston All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defending champion Patrick Beverley of Houston, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson and CJ McCollum of Portland round out the field.

  • Detroit's Caldwell-Pope out with groin injury against Knicks

    February 4, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is out for Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks with a right groin strain.Caldwell-Pope left the game in Wednesday's loss at Boston after he appeared to slip on a wet spot on the court late in the second quarter. Coach Stan Van Gundy said he had an MRI and would be evaluated by doctors Thursday night.

  • Spurs star Ginobili out at least a month with groin injury

    February 4, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team's win over New Orleans earlier this week.Ginobili was injured with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night. New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson had his back turned to Ginobili as he was working toward the basket when he spun quickly and struck the 38-year-old guard squarely in the groin with his right knee.

  • Obama salutes NBA champs at White House

    February 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with what he described as a ''small-ball nuclear lineup'' that specializes in great shooting and passing.

  • Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions

    February 4, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix -a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown.The 6ix, referring to the city's six jurisdictions, is just one of several nicknames for Canada's largest city and financial hub, along with T-dot, Toranna and Toronto the Good. And don't forget (hash)WeTheNorth, the marketing slogan promoted by Toronto's basketball team, the Raptors. Whatever you call it, Toronto's multicultural, cosmopolitan vibe is likely to warm you up so fast that you'll be thinking (hash)YouTheNorth before you know it.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

    February 4, 2016

    DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (bit.ly/1TG5igD) that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.

  • Mavs' Williams out against Heat after injuring hip at Hawks

    February 3, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be out against Miami on Wednesday night after injuring his right hip in the previous game at Atlanta.Dallas is also without backup guard Devin Harris, who will miss his sixth straight game with left big toe sprain. It's the same toe that required surgery before the 2013-14 season.

  • Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee

    February 3, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee.According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, Walker's knee problems developed during the Hornets' road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • Clippers waiting on results of NBA's Griffin inquiry

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers will decide whether Blake Griffin joins them for the team's upcoming road trip after the NBA announces the results of its investigation of the star forward's punching of an assistant equipment manager.Griffin broke his shooting hand in the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto between him and Matias Testi. Both men were sent back to Los Angeles, and Griffin hasn't been at Staples Center for the team's recent home games against the Lakers and Bulls.

  • Clippers sign F Jeff Ayres to 2nd 10-day contract

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres to a second 10-day contract.He has had two points and two rebounds in three games with the team.Ayres had been playing with the Idaho Stampede in the NBA's D-League, averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23 games.

  • Suns' T.J. Warren out for season with broken foot

    February 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The fading Phoenix Suns got more bad news Tuesday. T.J. Warren is out for the season with a broken right foot.The 6-foot-8, 22-year-old smooth-scoring forward, the 14th overall pick out of North Carolina State in the 2014 draft, appeared in 47 games, averaging 11 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He was shooting 50 percent from the field and was part of the team's promising young trio that included Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin.

  • Garnett offers endorsement of interim coach Sam Mitchell

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) As the losses keep piling up for the young Minnesota Timberwolves and the scrutiny increases on interim coach Sam Mitchell, franchise star Kevin Garnett is throwing his support behind his longtime friend.Garnett approached reporters at shootaround before the Timberwolves played the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and offered his endorsement of Mitchell as the right coach to lead the building process around 20-year-olds Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

  • Suns GM McDonough says team wasn't responding to Hornacek

    February 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren't responding to him.Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the youngest coach in the NBA.It's a rapid rise for Watson, who retired as a player in 2014 after 13 seasons in the NBA. He spent one season as assistant coach of the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League before Hornacek hired him as an assistant this season.

  • Kings cancel Lunar New Year promo after Cousins complains

    February 2, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings cancelled a Lunar New Year promotional giveaway after DeMarcus Cousins complained it was insensitive on the first day of Black History Month.The Kings were set to give away T-shirts commemorating the Chinese Year of the Monkey, which starts on Feb. 8, at the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The shirts sported the image of a purple monkey.

  • NBA suspends Rockets' Dwight Howard for Miami game

    February 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA suspended Rockets center Dwight Howard for Tuesday night's game against Miami for touching an official during a loss over the weekend.The league said the one-game suspension without pay was for ''striking the arm of a game official'' late in Saturday's 123-122 home loss to Washington. Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff was also fined ,000 for public criticism of the officiating after the game.

  • Tony Parker could miss Olympics because of wife's pregnancy

    February 2, 2016

    PARIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker could miss the Olympics because of the expected birth of his second son.Parker told French radio station RMC that his wife is due at the end of July, shortly after France's Olympic qualifying tournament from July 4-10. The Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro will be held from Aug. 6-21.

  • Hayward has 27 points, 12 rebounds as Jazz beat Bulls in OT

    February 2, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Rodney Hood added 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 105-96 in overtime on Monday night.Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Utah win its third straight.Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and Pau Gasol added 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Chicago. Derrick Rose chipped in 14 for the Bulls, who lost for the third time in four games.

  • Pelicans guard Evans ruled out vs. Memphis

    February 1, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans has been ruled out for New Orleans' matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, marking the third straight game he has missed because of right knee tendinitis.Earlier Monday, coach Alvin Gentry predicted Evans was ''probably not going to play,'' even as he stressed Evans probably was capable of playing through the pain.

  • McCollum expands his media career while inspiring kids

    February 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) While many athletes figure they'll pursue media careers after their playing days are over, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees no reason why he can't have it all now.McCollum is a media mogul in the making, with a radio show along with a series of articles to his name. He's also mentoring aspiring young journalists through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the NBA.

  • CJ McCollum expands his media career while inspiring kids

    February 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) While many athletes figure they'll pursue media careers after their playing days are over, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees no reason why he can't have it all now.McCollum is a media mogul in the making, with a radio show along with a series of articles to his name. He's also mentoring aspiring young journalists through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the NBA.

  • Stoudemire giving Heat a lift when they've needed it most

    February 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) This is what the Miami Heat envisioned when they got Amare Stoudemire to agree to a free agent deal last summer. In short, they would use him when needed.And right now, he's needed.Miami's season was teetering on the brink a week ago, with losses and injuries piling up. But the Heat have since won four straight games, Stoudemire starting them all in place of injured center Hassan Whiteside and helping Miami get back on track. Stoudemire posted season-highs of 13 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in Miami's most recent win, a 105-87 romp over Atlanta on Sunday night.

  • Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

    February 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns' season has been swirling rapidly down the drain for weeks and Jeff Hornacek must have known his days as coach were numbered.The Suns finally fired him after the team ran its road losing streak to 14 games with a loss at Dallas on Sunday night.

  • AP source: Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

    February 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, with the team mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history.A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Hornacek was dismissed after the team's 91-78 loss at Dallas on Sunday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the firing had not been announced.

  • Warriors roll into February, and Thursday to the White House

    February 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) They feel like the dog days of the NBA season, the January games that are months from the ones teams really want to be playing.Steve Kerr has been part of the some of the league's greatest teams, so he knows how tough January can be.Yet for his Golden State Warriors, it didn't turn out that tough at all.

  • Wade keeps climbing up NBA's career scoring list

    January 31, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade doesn't keep track of his milestones.He does, however, enjoy hearing about them.Wade kept climbing up the NBA's career scoring list Sunday when the Miami Heat star had 17 points to tie Bernard King for 42nd in league history. They both have 19,655 points, though Wade got there in 48 fewer games.

  • Chick Hearn's widow, Marge Hearn, dies at 98

    January 31, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Marge Hearn, the widow of Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, has died. She was 98.The team said in a statement Sunday that she died of natural causes on Saturday.''Marge was like everybody's mom - a Laker mom, as far as I'm concerned,'' said Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played 11 seasons for the Lakers and helped them win three titles.

  • Fournier scores 24, Gordon 22 as Magic rally to beat Celtics

    January 31, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over the Boston Celtics.Rookie Mario Hezonja scored 17 points, Tobias Harris had 16 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic.

  • Mavs' Nowitzki sits to rest vs Suns to start back-to-back

    January 31, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki skipped the game against Phoenix on Sunday night to rest on the front end of a back-to-back and the first of five games in seven nights for Dallas.Coach Rick Carlisle said the decision was based on the schedule, not recent right knee swelling that forced the 37-year-old Nowitzki to miss a game.

  • Wizards coach Wittman to miss 2 games after brother's death

    January 31, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman will miss his team's next two games following his brother's death.Assistant Don Newman will assume head coaching duties in Wittman's absence for games Monday night at Oklahoma City and Wednesday night against defending-champion Golden State.

  • Pelicans' Davis cleared to play vs. Nets after concussion

    January 30, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will play Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets after clearing the NBA's concussion protocol,Davis left the Pelicans' 112-111 loss to Houston on Monday after his head collided with teammate Tyreke Evans' elbow in the second quarter. He was sidelined for just one game, a nine-point win over Sacramento.

  • Hawks' Millsap listed as probable with left ankle sprain

    January 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is listed as probable for Sunday's game at Miami with a left ankle sprain.Millsap hurt his ankle in the second quarter of Thursday's loss at Indiana when he stepped on another player's foot. He did not play in the second half and finished with a season-low four points.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist returns against Trail Blazers

    January 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made his return after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.The team's top defender started against the Trail Blazers in Portland. He played a surprising 33 minutes in his first game back, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds in a 109-91 loss.

  • Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 116-108

    January 29, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook's sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.Westbrook finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the 25th triple-double of his career.

  • Rivers: Griffin 'feels awful' about punching incident

    January 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin's punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA's inquiry, which could come early next week.Griffin wasn't at Friday night's game against the Lakers and neither was assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, whom the star forward punched at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23. Griffin broke his right shooting hand and will be out another four-to-six weeks after not playing since Dec. 26 because of a different injury.

  • Celtics little big man Thomas enjoying All-Star selection

    January 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas didn't come into the NBA with elevated hype.So it shouldn't be a surprise that the first player 5-foot-9 or smaller to earn an All-Star selection since 1979 doesn't mind keeping a low profile.The Celtics point guard says it's just the first of many goals he has set for himself.

  • Yao to help instruct at Basketball without Borders camp

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA great Yao Ming will help provide instruction at the Basketball without Borders camp during All-Star weekend in Toronto.Current players Danilo Gallinari of Denver, Bruno Caboclo and Bismack Biyombo of the hometown Raptors, Greivis Vasquez of Milwaukee and Jeremy Lamb of Charlotte also will work at the Feb. 12-14 camp at Mattamy Athletic Centre.

  • Anthony, Porzingis back in Knicks' lineup; Calderon out

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are back in the lineup for the New York Knicks in their game Friday night against Phoenix.Jose Calderon remains out with a groin injury, so Langston Galloway will start in his place.Anthony has missed two straight games with a sore left knee, and Porzingis joined him on the sidelines Thursday in a loss at Toronto because of an upper respiratory illness.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist to return against Trail Blazers

    January 29, 2016

    Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is set to return after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.The Hornets said their top defender has been cleared to play and will be in uniform Friday night against the Trail Blazers in Portland.

  • Suns sign high-scoring D-League player McRae

    January 29, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed high-scoring NBA Development League player Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract.McRae set a D-League record by scoring 61 points for the Delaware 87ers in a 130-123 overtime victory over the Canton Charge on Tuesday night. He made 21 of 34 shots and 16 of 18 free throws.

  • Green, Thompson picked, giving Warriors 3 NBA All-Stars

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were picked Thursday for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Houston's James Harden, San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge, the Clippers' Chris Paul and New Orleans' Anthony Davis were also chosen for the West squad for the Feb. 14 game in Toronto.

  • Pelicans' Davis, Evans out; Kings coach Karl out sick

    January 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says starting forward Anthony Davis and starting point guard Tyreke Evans will sit out Thursday night's game against Sacramento.The Kings, meanwhile, will be without coach George Karl, who has a stomach illness. Associate head coach Chad Iske is taking over for Karl on the sidelines.

  • New technology to virtually light up 3-point line on ABC

    January 28, 2016

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The 3-point line will virtually light up during Saturday prime-time NBA broadcasts on ABC this season.ESPN said Thursday that it is using new technology to show viewers when a player attempts a jumper from beyond the 3-point arc. ''ESPN Virtual 3'' will debut for Saturday's matchup between the Cavaliers and Spurs.

  • JPMorgan Chase buys naming rights for future Warriors arena

    January 28, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts says the team has reached a naming-rights deal with JPMorgan Chase for a new arena to be built in San Francisco.The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1JGTR67) Welts said Wednesday the 18,000-seat arena will be called the Chase Center. It is set to open by the 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Dennis Rodman to headline Philadelphia's Wing Bowl

    January 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will appear at Philadelphia's bawdy Wing Bowl eating contest.WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi made the announcement Thursday on his sports radio show, calling Rodman ''politically incorrect like the event itself.''

  • Pistons' owner pledges M to help resolve Flint water woes

    January 28, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Tom Gores, a Flint native and owner of the Detroit Pistons, is pledging to raise million to address the short- and long-term needs of his Michigan hometown, where the drinking water is contaminated with lead.Gores said in a statement Thursday that he's appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify priorities in Flint.

  • Sting to perform halftime show at NBA All-Star Game

    January 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sting is trading ''Fields of Gold'' for a court of all-stars.The Grammy-winning artist known for hits like ''Roxanne'' and ''Desert Rose'' will perform the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

  • Cavs' Lue clinches All-Star spot after just 3 games

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Just three games in and Tyronn Lue is already an All-Star coach.The new Cleveland coach will lead the Eastern Conference at next month's NBA All-Star Game, clinching the spot following the Cavaliers' 115-93 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday.

  • Clippers' Redick to host weekly podcast

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Maybe J.J. Redick will tell the story of Blake Griffin's fight in Toronto.Redick will become the first active NBA player to host a regular podcast, it was announced Wednesday.''The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick'' will debut Tuesday and publish new episodes each Tuesday.

  • Popovich eager for Spurs to earn 'street cred'

    January 27, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are a boring team, Gregg Popovich acknowledges - though their fiery coach said it's nothing a few bar fights couldn't fix.Popovich made the joke in light of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin breaking a bone in his right hand during a fight at a Toronto restaurant on Saturday. Griffin will be out for four to six weeks after twice punching Clippers assistant manager Matias Testi following a disagreement between the longtime friends.

  • Bulls' Mirotic has appendix out, expected back after break

    January 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls expect forward Nikola Mirotic to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following surgery Wednesday to remove his appendix.The team says Mirotic was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and that the operation at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center ''went as expected.'' Mirotic did not accompany the Bulls to Los Angeles, where they start a seven-game trip against the Lakers on Thursday night. He figures to miss at least eight games, with the All-Star break scheduled for Feb. 12-14.

  • Wolves' Wiggins and Towns, Knicks' Porzingis in Rising Stars

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves will play on opposite teams in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend.New York Knicks rookie star Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia will join Wiggins on the World team for the Feb. 12 game in Toronto - Wiggins' hometown. Wiggins won Rookie of the Year honors last year, and Towns and Porzingis are the leading candidates this season.

  • Spurs' Popovich to coach West in NBA All-Star Game

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) San Antonio's Gregg Popovich will coach the NBA's West All-Stars, even though Golden State has the best record in the conference.With the Warriors' Steve Kerr ineligible because he coached last year and Luke Walton not receiving official credit for the team's early success, Popovich earned the nod as West coach for the fourth time.

  • LeBron says criticism he undermines coaches is unfair

    January 27, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James disdains the notion he's a coach killer.Widely criticized in basketball circles for a perception that he pushed for Cleveland's front office to fire David Blatt last week, James said the criticism that he undercuts coaches is unfair.

  • Short-handed Clippers hold off Pacers comeback for 91-89 win

    January 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Clippers forward Blake Griffin watched his teammates win Tuesday night, then apologized for why he wasn't there to help.Shortly after Los Angeles fended off a late charge for a 91-89 victory at Indiana, Griffin used his Twitter account to say he regretted being sent home after breaking his shooting hand by punching a Clippers staff member during a road trip. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which could keep him out of the Feb. 14 All-Star Game in Toronto if he is to be chosen as backup.

  • Lakers' Scott: Fighting words on Instagram weren't from me

    January 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott claims he didn't post a comment on his Instagram account apparently threatening to fight a fan.Before the Lakers faced Dallas on Tuesday night, Scott said he doesn't know who wrote the comment on the since-deleted post, which showed the coach working out at a boxing gym.

  • Kidd returns to Bucks sideline

    January 26, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Coach Jason Kidd returned to the sideline Tuesday night for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery last month when the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Orlando Magic.The Bucks went 8-9 in Kidd's absence. The surgery was Dec. 21 in New York and assistant coach Joe Prunty served as interim head coach beginning Dec. 23.

  • Spurs-Warriors matchup sets NBA TV viewing record

    January 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's victory over San Antonio in a showdown of the league's top teams was the most-watched telecast ever on NBA TV.The network says the game averaged 1.4 million viewers Monday night, peaking at 1.7 million viewers between 11:15-11:30 p.m. EST.

  • Knicks' Anthony out against Thunder with sore left knee

    January 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is missing the Knicks' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sore left knee.Anthony began feeling pain in his surgically repaired knee last week after New York played a double-overtime and an overtime game. He played just 29 minutes Saturday in a loss at Charlotte, and though both he and the Knicks hoped he would return Tuesday, coach Derek Fisher says the team's leading scorer was still feeling soreness.

  • Old-school Wolves coach tries to reach a new-school roster

    January 26, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In his first three months being coached by Sam Mitchell, Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Zach LaVine has endured it all. Position switches, benching, yelling, pushing, prodding, all methods Mitchell employs to mold a 20-year-old in his second season.

  • Favors returns to Jazz, eyes playoff push

    January 26, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz were relieved to learn Derrick Favors woke up Tuesday without pain. That hasn't been the case for a month.Favors returned to the lineup Monday after a 16-game absence due to pain in his lower back and hip. He scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes. Favors had been the team's best player in the early part of the season, armed with a new midrange jumper to go with an already developed post game.

  • Bulls' Noah expects to make full recovery from surgery

    January 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Joakim Noah expects to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery. Beyond that, the Bulls' veteran center is not sure what the future holds.Noah attended practice Tuesday after returning to Chicago on Monday night following surgery in New York last week to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking hand

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member during a road trip.The star forward underwent a procedure and was treated by an orthopedic surgeon after returning early to Los Angeles from the five-game trip, the team said Tuesday. He has a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

  • Clippers' Griffin out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking hand

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin fractured a bone in his right hand while throwing a punch in an altercation with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers' staff on the road and will be out at least a month.The team said Griffin underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday after being sent back to Los Angeles from the Clippers' five-game road trip. They are in Indianapolis to play the Pacers on Tuesday night.

  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal has broken nose and concussion

    January 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal sustained a broken noise and a concussion after getting hit in the face by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Smart and will miss Tuesday night's game at the Toronto Raptors.The team listed Beal as day-to-day.

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin injures hand in altercation on road

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin hurt his hand in an altercation with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers' staff on the team's current road trip and will be sidelined just as he was nearing a return from another injury.Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that the team would be releasing a statement about the incident and that it would be addressed more fully before the Clippers' evening game in Indianapolis. A team spokesman confirmed the altercation, but provided no further details.

  • Bulls G Derrick Rose exits with back, hamstring injuries

    January 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose has left Chicago's game against the Miami Heat with lower back and right hamstring injuries.Rose, who scored four points in 13 first-half minutes Monday night, did not start the second half. The Bulls announced early in the third quarter that he would not return.

  • Anthony Davis leaves game with concussion

    January 25, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis suffered a concussion Monday night after he collided with teammate Tyreke Evans late in the first half.Davis and Evans were going for a defensive rebound with about a minute left in the second quarter when Evans unintentionally elbowed Davis, who fell to the floor as Houston picked up the loose ball. Play was stopped after the Rockets scored, and after trainers looked at him for a couple of minutes, Davis walked slowly to the locker room. The team announced in the third quarter that Davis had suffered the concussion.

  • Davis leaves game after taking blow to the head

    January 25, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis left Monday's game against Houston with a minute left in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head in a collision with teammate Tyreke Evans.The Pelicans said he was doubtful to return.

  • Timberwolves' Garnett out with sore knee

    January 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett has been ruled out for the Timberwolves' game at Cleveland because of a sore right knee.Garnett left in the first half of Saturday's 106-101 victory over Memphis. Coach Sam Mitchell says he is day to day.

  • Bucks welcoming coach Jason Kidd back from hip surgery

    January 25, 2016

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Jason Kidd figures that he will have a higher cellphone bill after getting stuck at home while recuperating from hip surgery.The Milwaukee Bucks coach would reach out to his staff while the team by sending a lot of text messages.

  • Warriors, Spurs on historic winning paces this season

    January 25, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) There's never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games.Golden State and San Antonio might change that.With the season now past the midway point the Warriors are chasing a repeat title, the Spurs are chasing the Warriors, and they're both chasing history. When the teams meet Monday at Golden State for the first of their four regular-season matchups, the Warriors will enter with a .909 winning percentage - on pace to be the best in NBA history - while the Spurs are at .864.

  • Warriors put 38-game home win streak on line against Spurs

    January 24, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even with that NBA-record 24-0 start, Stephen Curry and Co. can't shake the San Antonio Spurs.Now, the defending champion Golden State Warriors finally get to face the team chasing them in the Western Conference in a Monday night showdown anticipated for months pitting the past two NBA title teams.

  • Houston's Howard out for 2nd straight game with ankle injury

    January 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Dwight Howard was out Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks for a second straight game with a left ankle sprain.Howard was injured in the first minute of Wednesday's game and sat out on Friday.The center had been playing well before the injury and had 10 straight double-doubles entering Wednesday's game.

  • Storm pushes back Sunday's Thunder-Nets game by 4 hours

    January 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has pushed back the starting time of Sunday's game in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder because of the blizzard that walloped much of the East Coast.The league says the game originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center will now be played at 7:30 p.m.

  • Spurs' quiet star Kawhi Leonard ready for Curry, Warriors

    January 24, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) On a team that prides itself on humility, efficiency and selflessness, Kawhi Leonard is the most Spur-like of them all.Tim Duncan's stoicism has been spoofed in commercials and memes, but Leonard makes the veteran seem positively animated in comparison. A big dunk or key play? Leonard might give a small fist pump, maybe a slight clap of his hands.

  • Cousins scores career high 48 as Kings beat Pacers 108-97

    January 24, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) DeMarxus Cousins might finally be becoming the consistent and controlled star player the Sacramento Kings have been hoping he'd be.Cousins had a career high 48 points and 13 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 108-97 Saturday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

  • Cavs coach Lue says fired David Blatt should coach All-Stars

    January 23, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants his former boss to be rewarded for what he did this season.Lue said he would like to see David Blatt, who was fired on Friday by Cleveland despite a 30-11 record this season, coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game next month.

  • Hornets C Zeller out again, could be 'out for a little bit'

    January 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says center Cody Zeller will not play against the New York Knicks and could be ''out for a little bit'' with a strained right shoulder.Clifford said a timetable for Zeller's return might be known later Saturday night. It's the same shoulder Zeller had operated on earlier this year and kept him sidelined for a few months.

  • Clippers sign forward Jeff Ayres to 10-day contract

    January 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres to a 10-day contract.He has been playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA's D-League, averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23 games.Ayres has appeared in 220 career regular-season games with Portland, Indiana and San Antonio during his five-year NBA career, averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was on the Spurs' 2014 NBA championship team.

  • Settlement in Texas dispute over Tom Benson estate trust

    January 23, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A lawsuit in Texas involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly billion family estate trust has been settled.The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1lFwePG ) that the settlement was reached Friday. Terms are confidential. The dispute involved a trust left by Benson's first wife, who died in 1980.

  • Israeli NBA fans turn on Cavs after favorite son Blatt fired

    January 23, 2016

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly have far fewer fans in Israel after the firing of David Blatt.The shock announcement on Friday, despite the second-year coach leading the Cavs to the NBA Finals a year ago and to the top of the Eastern Conference this season, was taken personally by many fans in Israel, where the Boston-born Blatt made his name professionally, met his wife and raised his family.

  • LeBron, Cavs regroup after stunning coaching change

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Both knees wrapped in ice, LeBron James walked in a circle, waiting for his turn to speak with a larger-than-usual media contingent.First, though, it was new coach Tyronn Lue's turn to address the shocking developments of the past 24 hours in Cleveland.

  • LeBron says he was surprised by Cavs coaching change

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says he was as ''surprised and caught off-guard like everybody'' by the firing of Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who took his team to the NBA Finals last season.James says he agrees with general manager David Griffin's assessment that the Cavs aren't as connected as they need to be to chase a championship. James says it's not his concern that there's a perception he was behind the decision to fire Blatt, who was 83-40 in two seasons and has the Cavs atop the Eastern Conference.

  • Turnover: LeBron drops another coach as Cavs fire Blatt

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) There's no debating LeBron James' greatness. That's a slam dunk.He's won two NBA titles, a pair of Olympic gold medals, four MVP awards, universal respect of his peers and the adulation of millions of basketball fans worldwide. At 31, and at the peak of his career, James has earned it all.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr wins return Friday against Pacers

    January 23, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had butterflies Friday night for his long-awaited season debut coaching the defending NBA champions.Then, he got right back to winning.Golden State's second-year coach knocked down a half-court shot in Cleveland earlier this week that pointed to him returning to full strength.

  • With Kerr back, NBA reviewing who will coach West All-Stars

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) With Steve Kerr back on the Golden State bench, the NBA is trying to determine who will coach the Western Conference All-Stars.Kerr returned from back surgery Friday, but is ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game after doing so last year. The league is deciding if Warriors assistant Luke Walton would be eligible.

  • East-leading Cavs fire David Blatt as coach in second season

    January 22, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Even after wins, and there were a bunch of them, the Cavaliers didn't celebrate. Everything was too easy for them, way too easy.Loaded with talent, they're lacking chemistry and cohesion. A championship roster without championship heart.

  • Cavs fire coach Blatt; promote top assistant Tyronn Lue

    January 22, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers weren't connected on or off the floor under coach David Blatt.On Friday, he paid the price for that lack of unity.Blatt was fired by general manager David Griffin, who didn't think the title-chasing Cavaliers were handling expectations well or acting like a championship team under the second-year coach. Despite Blatt taking them to the NBA Finals last season and a current 30-11 record, Griffin sensed his team was going in the wrong direction.

  • Column: Bryant's All-Star nod bumps more deserving player

    January 22, 2016

    Kobe Bryant gets to start one more All-Star Game.No complaints here.As one of the greatest players in NBA history, he deserved a proper send-off - especially since he'll have to spend the rest of his farewell season playing for one of the league's most abhorrent teams.

  • AP source: Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt in second season

    January 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) David Blatt's second NBA season seemed to be going better than his first. Now, it's over.Blatt was fired Friday by the title-chasing Cavaliers, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals last season, will be replaced by top assistant Tyronn Lue, according to the person, who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move.

  • AP source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt midway through second season

    January 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) AP source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt midway through second season.

  • Josh Smith traded from Clippers to Rockets

    January 22, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Josh Smith is headed back to Houston after the Los Angeles Clippers traded him to the Rockets on Friday.Smith finished last season with the Rockets before signing with the Clippers in the offseason. Houston also received the draft rights to forward/center Sergei Lishouk and cash considerations in the deal that gave Los Angeles draft rights to forward Maarty Leunen.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to return Friday against Pacers

    January 22, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had butterflies Friday night for his long-awaited season debut coaching the defending NBA champions.Sure, Golden State's second-year coach knocked down a half-court shot in Cleveland earlier this week that pointed to him returning to full strength.

  • Capitals, Wizards home games postponed because of blizzard

    January 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The NHL's Capitals and NBA's Wizards each had a home game postponed because of the blizzard hitting the Washington area.Friday night's scheduled game between the Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks was initially moved to an earlier start time, then put off entirely by the NHL. A makeup date was not announced immediately.

  • ABC begins NBA Saturday primetime schedule with Cavs-Bulls

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and ABC have big Saturday night plans.When Cleveland hosts Chicago this weekend, it marks the debut of a new prime-time schedule, packed with marquee matchups right between two days where ESPN already had nationally televised games.

  • Suns' Tucker leaves game with chest contusion

    January 22, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker left early in Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a chest bruise and will not return.Tucker, who started, was hurt when San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard collided with him on a drive and sent Tucker sprawling to the court. Tucker left the game with 5:57 left in the first quarter and didn't return for the rest of the half. He was ruled out at halftime.

  • Bucks' Kidd to resume coaching duties next week

    January 21, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say Jason Kidd is expected to resume his coaching duties next week.Kidd has been recovering from right hip surgery on Dec. 21. He has missed the last 15 games.The Bucks say Thursday that Kidd will be back on the sideline for their game Tuesday against Orlando.

  • Grizzlies sign Ryan Hollins to 10-day contract

    January 21, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed center Ryan Hollins to a 10-day contract on Thursday.Hollins is in his third stint with Memphis this season. He was in training camp but was waived before the start of the season. He re-signed Dec. 29 and played in four games before being waived again Jan. 7.

  • Hack-a-Shaq not pretty and often not effective, either

    January 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Imagine Kobe Bryant, late in his final All-Star Game, going basket for basket with LeBron James, fans in Toronto on their feet as the NBA's best put on a show.Suddenly, nowhere near the action, a Western Conference player wraps his arms around Detroit's Andre Drummond for an intentional foul.

  • Kobe top vote-getter; Leonard, Lowry NBA All-Star starters

    January 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game, and Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry made late moves to join him in the starting lineup.Leonard will start in his first All-Star Game and Lowry will start on his home court in Toronto after both made up ground in the final days of voting on Thursday.

  • Kobe looks back 10 years after his "mystical" 81-point game

    January 21, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant remembers exactly what he had to eat in the 24 hours before he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors 10 years ago Friday.The rest is a beautiful blur in the mind of a 20-year NBA veteran as he looks back on the most prolific, ridiculous individual night of his career.

  • Ex-NBA player Tate George sentenced to 9 years for fraud

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced in a New Jersey federal court Thursday to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme.A federal judge in Trenton also ordered George to pay .5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

  • ACC schedule takes hit because of approaching snowstorm

    January 21, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday moved two games involving No. 13 Virginia back a day because of forecasts for heavy snow.In Washington, the George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been rescheduled for Friday at noon instead of Saturday in hopes of avoiding the heavy storm.

  • Hawks co-owner Hill: Racial healing in Atlanta has started

    January 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) As one of the new faces in the Atlanta Hawks' ownership group, Grant Hill said Thursday he feels a mandate to ''do something amazing'' for the city.Given the circumstances that led to the sale of the team, Hill knows that means more than just trying to bring a championship to Atlanta.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for ex-NBA player George

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is back in a federal courtroom in New Jersey for sentencing.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Warriors Watch: Warriors pound Bulls 125-94, improve to 39-4

    January 21, 2016

    CHASING HISTORYHow the Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 43 games: 39-4.Last result: Beat Chicago 125-94.Next game: Host Indiana on Friday.1995-96 Bulls' record through 43 games: 40-3.

  • Nowitzki out Wednesday night for Mavericks

    January 20, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki is missing Dallas' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night because of fluid on the knee.Coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki would get treatment on the knee and he wasn't sure whether the 17-year veteran would miss more time. Chandler Parsons was scheduled to start at power forward in Nowitzki's place.

  • Heat guard Dwyane Wade out with shoulder soreness

    January 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards because of shoulder soreness.Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Wade, who played 21 minutes and scored two points in the Heat's win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, would test his shoulder before the game.

  • Mark Cuban defends daily fantasy sports industry

    January 20, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is defending the daily fantasy sports industry the Texas attorney general considers illegal.Addressing the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in Dallas on Wednesday, Cuban said Attorney General Ken Paxton's opinion is nonbinding but still ''kind of disappointing.'' He dismissed the contention of Paxton and officials of other states that daily fantasy sports are a game of chance.

  • Fraud sentencing for ex-NBA player George to resume

    January 20, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George could finally learn his sentence Thursday in a New Jersey fraud case.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Pelicans expect Gordon to miss 4-6 weeks

    January 20, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say Eric Gordon is expected to be out for four to six weeks following successful surgery Wednesday morning to repair his fractured right ring finger, which affects his shooting hand.The starting shooting guard was injured during the third quarter of New Orleans' 114-99 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night.

  • Forbes: Knicks worth billion, NBA revenues at record high

    January 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks are worth billion, highest in the NBA, according to Forbes.Forbes said Wednesday in its annual ranking of franchise valuations that the Knicks regained the top spot from the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a 20 percent value increase from 2015. It says the increase was driven by a new cable deal and the highest premium-seating revenue in the league.

  • Curry stays atop NBA jersey list, Porzingis debuts at No. 4

    January 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry is still on top in jersey sales and Kristaps Porzingis is already making a run at him.Curry remained No. 1 on the NBA's most popular jersey list on Wednesday, followed by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who moved up three spots in the final season he will wear his Los Angeles Lakers uniform before retiring.

  • NBA ex-player Tate George back in court for fraud sentencing

    January 20, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is in federal court in New Jersey for a sentencing hearing on fraud charges connected to an alleged Ponzi scheme.Wednesday's hearing in Trenton is a continuation of hearings that began in December.

  • Pacers' Mahinmi, Suns' Morris leave with injuries

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi left a game Tuesday night at Phoenix with a sprained left ankle and Suns forward Markieff Morris exited with a strained right shoulder.Mahinmi departed with 52.9 seconds left in the first half after falling awkwardly on his left leg going for a loose ball under the basket. He was ruled out for the second half after playing 11 minutes and not scoring.

  • NBA Commissioner Silver headlines forum on health, wellness

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will headline a forum next week to discuss solutions for better health and wellness.The ''Total Health Forum'' will be held Jan. 28 in Washington, where former NBA and WNBA players will join Silver, U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.

  • Suns forward Leuer out with back spasms

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Jon Leuer was held out of the Phoenix Suns' game Tuesday night with back spasms.Leuer was injured during pregame warmups before Phoenix hosted the Indiana Pacers, and the team announced his absence at tipoff. He played 21 minutes in a reserve role on Sunday night at Minnesota in the Suns' most recent game.

  • Evans listed back in lineup for Pelicans vs Wolves

    January 19, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tyreke Evans has been listed as a starter for New Orleans' game Tuesday night against Minnesota after sitting out the Pelicans' loss at Memphis on Monday night with right knee soreness.Evans has been dealing with knee soreness for several weeks but has mostly played through it since missing a game at Dallas on Jan. 2.

  • Nuggets extend contract of GM Tim Connelly

    January 19, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed general manager Tim Connelly and assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to multi-year contract extensions Tuesday.The team announced the deals, which include extensions for the rest of the front office staff.

  • Pistons making progress at midway point of regular season

    January 19, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Palace was packed all the way to its highest seats, and fans were roaring for Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups and the core of Detroit's 2004 championship team.They were cheering for the 2016 Pistons, too, as they upset Golden State in a surprising rout.

  • Bulls' Noah has surgery on ailing left shoulder

    January 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah has undergone surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder.Coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at practice the procedure Tuesday morning was a success.The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Noah is expected to miss four to six months. Barring a quick recovery or deep playoff run, he might have played his last game for the Bulls given his expiring contract.

  • Lin, Curry, Harden in NBA TV spot for Chinese New Year

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a TV spot featuring Jeremy Lin, Stephen Curry and James Harden.The ad is called ''Dining Table'' and shows the stars sharing a New Year meal with a Chinese family. It is being broadcast until Feb. 22 across all of NBA China's television and digital partners' platforms.

  • Cavaliers staggered by blowout loss to champion Warriors

    January 19, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland's locker room finally opened nearly 25 minutes after a seismic loss to the NBA champions. David Blatt turned right and headed down the hallway.''Coach on the move,'' a security officer said into his walkie-talkie.Blatt stopped in a side room to field questions.

  • Hornets F Kidd-Gilchrist cleared for full-contact practice

    January 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice.The team did not release a timetable for when Kidd-Gilchrist will play again.The 6-foot-7 small forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 3 in a preseason game at Orlando and underwent successful surgery three days later. He has participated in non-contact practice for the past two weeks.

  • Detroit's Caldwell-Pope ejected in 3rd quarter

    January 18, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been ejected from the Pistons' game against the Chicago Bulls after receiving two technical fouls in the third quarter.Caldwell-Pope was called for a foul in the final seconds of the quarter, and then was given a technical, apparently for arguing. He also received a technical earlier in the period.

  • Magic guard Victor Oladipo sidelined by knee sprain

    January 18, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Orlando guard Victor Oladipo has been ruled out for the Magic's game at Atlanta due to a sprained knee.With the Magic uncertain how long Oladipo will be sidelined, rookie guard Keith Appling was signed to a 10-day contract from the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks.

  • Title-winning Bulls assistant Johnny Bach dies at age 91

    January 18, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Johnny Bach, whose defensive expertise as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson helped the Chicago Bulls win three NBA titles from 1991 to 1993, has died. He was 91.The Bulls confirmed the death Monday.Bach was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 1983-86 before joining the Bulls as an assistant. He also worked as an assistant for Charlotte, Detroit and Washington. He returned to the Bulls in 2003 and retired in 2006 after more than a half-century in coaching.

  • NBA commissioner wants to learn more about Pistons, downtown

    January 18, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver is noncommital about the possibility of the Detroit Pistons moving downtown.Silver and Pistons owner Tom Gores were in Detroit on Monday, when the team announced plans for a partnership at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, which supports youth in the Osborn community area. Silver was asked where the NBA stands on the possibility of the Pistons moving from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.

  • Hurting Heat return home - briefly - between long road trips

    January 18, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Miami Heat are home.It's a brief stopover.A six-game trip ended with a blowout defeat at Oklahoma City on Sunday night, and a one-game homestand - the Heat host Milwaukee on Tuesday - is all the Heat get before embarking on another long trip. They'll be in Miami less than 48 hours before heading out again, hardly enough time to solve all the injury and illness problems that are decimating the roster right now.

  • At 27, Durant becoming 1 of the 'old' guys in NBA

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant plays the Minnesota Timberwolves three times in January, giving him three opportunities to meet up with Kevin Garnett, one of Durant's idols when he was growing up in the Washington, D.C. area.Durant has often spoke about how he looked up to Garnett as a kid and tried to pattern some of his game after the revolutionary power forward who made the jump straight from high school to the pros in 1995.

  • Harden scores 31 as Rockets rout Lakers 112-95

    January 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Houston Rockets toyed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half before showing what they can do when they are motivated and working on all cylindars.James Harden scored all of his 31 points in the first three quarters, and the Rockets pulled away from the Lakers with a pivotal run in the third en route to a 112-95 victory Sunday night.

  • Bulls' Noah future in doubt following left shoulder injury

    January 17, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Joakim Noah likely has played his last game this season. Now the question is whether the two-time All-Star has played his last game for the Chicago Bulls.Noah dislocated his left shoulder Friday and will undergo surgery. The team estimates the recovery period at four to six months, which means his season is probably over.

  • NBA fines Grizzlies' Barnes K for inappropriate comments

    January 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes ,000 for making ''inappropriate public comments'' condoning violence.The fine was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis beat the Knicks 103-95 in the teams' first meeting since the league suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with New York coach Derek Fisher in October.

  • Inconsistent Hawks showing only glimpses of last year's form

    January 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Korver stared at his sneakers, breaking into a slight smile as he thought back to a year ago.The Atlanta Hawks were in the midst of a perfect January and a 19-game winning streak. They were on the way to having four players and their coach claim spots in the All-Star Game. They were setting themselves up for a 60-win season and the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • Celtics' Crowder accuses Wizards coach of cursing

    January 16, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Boston forward Jae Crowder says Washington coach Randy Wittman used profanity toward him, leading to Crowder's technical foul during the Celtics' victory over the Wizards on Saturday night.Crowder made a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining to help Boston to a 119-117 victory.

  • Warriors Watch: Warriors get routed 113-95 by Pistons

    January 16, 2016

    CHASING HISTORYHow the Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 41 games: 37-4Last result: Lost to Detroit Pistons 113-95.Next game: At Cleveland, Monday night.

  • Pistons retire Ben Wallace's jersey, honoring 2004 NBA champ

    January 16, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Ben Wallace, one of the top defensive players in NBA history, had his No. 3 jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons.A clock tower ''DONG'' reverberated at The Palace as a white banner adorned with ''Wallace'' in blue and ''3'' in red rose to the rafters Saturday night at halftime of Detroit's game against the Golden State Warriors.

  • Bulls C Joakim Noah to have left shoulder surgery

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah needs surgery to stabilize his ailing left shoulder and likely will miss the rest of the season.The team said Saturday that the procedure will sideline Noah for four to six months. The details for the surgery and rehabilitation program have not been finalized.

  • Kobe passes torch, drops out of Rio Olympics consideration

    January 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant is passing the Olympic torch.Bryant revealed Saturday that he is removing himself from consideration for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, meaning the five-time NBA champion's retirement begins officially when his 20th and final season with the Los Angeles Lakers ends.

  • Bulls recall forward Felicio after Noah separates shoulder

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have recalled forward Cristiano Felicio from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League with Joakim Noah sidelined by a separated left shoulder.Noah was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday. He left in the second quarter Friday night against Dallas, in obvious pain after tangling with the Mavericks' JaVale McGee under the basket. Noah had been playing in his fourth game after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.

  • LeBron James hopes Manziel can turn things around

    January 16, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) LeBron James hopes Johnny Football can get back to the player he was in college.The Cavaliers superstar dropped Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel as a business client earlier this month after his numerous off-the-field issues. But he's still rooting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner to turn things around.

  • Bulls' Noah leaves game vs Mavs with separated left shoulder

    January 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Joakim Noah left the Bulls' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night after separating his left shoulder with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.Noah was in his fourth game back after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.

  • TNT plans special Martin Luther King Jr. Day pregame show

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) TNT will host its pregame show Monday from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, before the network televises the Golden State-Cleveland showdown.Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith will be on site at 7 p.m. EST and the one-hour program will feature interviews with King's children, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and civil rights activists and politicians.

  • Heat G Wade out against Nuggets with shoulder injuries

    January 15, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was out of the lineup Friday against Denver with injuries to both shoulders.Coach Erik Spoelstra said one shoulder has a ''slight sprain and the other one is a little bit of an impingement issue that he's had.''

  • Suns guard Ronnie Price has surgery on right big toe

    January 15, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns guard Ronnie Price had surgery Friday on his right big toe.The Suns said Dr. Gus Armendariz performed the surgery in Phoenix to remove loose bodies from the toe.Price is averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 14.8 minutes in 34 games this season, his 11th in the NBA. He's expected to return to basketball activities in about a month.

  • Wallace looking forward to jersey retirement with Pistons

    January 15, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Ben Wallace understands the significance of a retired jersey and what it will mean for his legacy.''When that jersey goes up, all fans that come to the arena look up there. ... They want to know how those numbers get up there,'' Wallace said. ''I just feel honored and blessed to be one of those people that 20, 30 years from now, somebody's going to come into an arena and see that jersey and be like, `Who's that guy? What's his story?' I hope somebody remembers that story so they can help that fan out.''

  • Towns acclimates to new league, new life in Minnesota

    January 15, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Karl-Anthony Towns heads out in the Twin Cities, he drives a vehicle with big, red rims on it. He also likes to wear a bright orange winter coat.The No. 1 overall pick isn't much for keeping a low profile and, truth be told, there's not much of a way for a 7-footer to do that even if he wanted to.

  • Oladipo getting noticed for his off-court work as well

    January 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Orlando guard Victor Oladipo just had his highest-scoring game of the season, albeit in an overtime loss to Toronto on Thursday during the NBA's annual game in London.So on the court, seeing his impact is easy.Off the court, that's getting to be the case as well.

  • Kobe Bryant enjoying his farewell tour at every stop

    January 15, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) At every stop, in every road arena, Kobe Bryant is reflecting on 20 years of memories and many great games.He's enjoying every second of this farewell ride despite all the losing, which isn't exactly how he intended to go into retirement.

  • Emmert applauds student-athlete activism

    January 14, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert applauded student-athlete campus activism and said Thursday he's disappointed that member schools aren't hiring more women and minorities as coaches.Emmert's remarks came during his annual speech at the NCAA convention. He pressed member schools to keep improving academics, fairness and the health and safety of student-athletes.

  • LeBron James to produce, appear in new reality TV series

    January 14, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will co-produce and appear in a reality TV series called ''Cleveland Hustles.''James and his close friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, are producing the series that will debut this summer on CNBC. James also will make some cameo appearances.

  • LeBron James enters reality TV fray with 'Cleveland Hustles'

    January 14, 2016

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) LeBron James is getting into reality TV. Think business, not catfights.The NBA superstar is teaming with CNBC for ''Cleveland Hustles,'' scheduled to debut this summer. In the series, set in the city where he plays for the Cavaliers, James will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dreams while helping revitalize a neighborhood.

  • Anthony, Green in position to start in NBA All-Star Game

    January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony has inched past Detroit's Andre Drummond in voting for an Eastern Conference frontcourt spot, while Golden State's Draymond Green continues to hold his slim lead in the Western Conference in the final days of NBA All-Star balloting.

  • Silver says Paris could be future host city for NBA games

    January 14, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says Paris could be the next destination for an international NBA game.Speaking before the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic played in London on Thursday in the sixth regular-season game in the United Kingdom, Silver said he'd just emerged from a meeting with executives of AEG, who had proposed a game in Paris. The sports and entertainment company owns several teams and stadiums, including London's O2 Arena and the newly refurbished AccorHotels Arena in the French capital.

  • Pacers expect Stuckey to miss 2 weeks with injured foot

    January 14, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is expected to miss at least two weeks with an injured right foot.The team said he has been diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.Stuckey was injured during Tuesday's game against Phoenix and missed Wednesday's game at Boston. The Pacers host Washington on Friday.

  • Drake, Kevin Hart to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    January 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Drake is facing off against Kevin Hart on the court.The Canadian actor-rapper and the American actor-comedian will serve as the coaches for the Canada and USA teams at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.The ''Best I Ever Had''" singer's team will include Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Drew and Jonathan Scott of ''Property Brothers,'' tennis player Milos Raonic, actor-singer Kris Wu and NBA TV analyst Rick Fox.

  • Walker scores 23 as Hornets rout Hawks 107-84

    January 13, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Steve Clifford wasn't surprised that the Charlotte Hornets finally broke out of their seven-game losing streak Wednesday night.That it came against the Atlanta Hawks - well, that did catch the Hornets coach by surprise.''We've really struggled against them since I've been here, especially trying to defend them,'' Clifford said after Charlotte's 107-84 victory over the Hawks.

  • Pneumonia ends DeAndre Jordan's streak of 360 straight games

    January 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been scratched Wednesday night against Miami because of pneumonia, ending the NBA's longest active consecutive games streak at 360.Jordan last missed a game on March 23, 2011, after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia.

  • Goran Dragic sent home from Heat road trip with calf injury

    January 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat will miss at least three games with a strained left calf, and has been sent home from the team's road trip.Dragic won't play Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday in Denver and Sunday in Oklahoma City. The earliest he could return to the lineup is Tuesday when Miami hosts Milwaukee.

  • Knicks' Anthony out against Nets with sprained right ankle

    January 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony will miss the Knicks' game against Brooklyn because of a sprained right ankle.The Knicks' leading scorer was hurt Tuesday in a victory over Boston just before halftime. He started the second half but quickly realized he couldn't continue, leaving the game for good in the opening minute of the third quarter.

  • Judge orders Tom Benson to give deposition in family feud

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A Texas judge has ordered New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson to give a deposition in a court battle over control of a Benson family estate trust worth almost billion.Bexar (pronounced BEAR) County Probate Judge Rom Rickhoff on Wednesday ordered a Jan. 21 deposition by the 88-year-old billionaire in San Antonio unless an earlier time and place can be agreed to.

  • Pelicans' Davis scratched again with bruised back

    January 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched power forward Anthony Davis from Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a bruised back.The two-time All-Star, who leads the club in scoring and rebounding, was injured when he dove over the first row of seats chasing a loose ball early in the Pelicans' 91-86 home loss to Indiana on Friday night.

  • Anthony leaves Knicks' game with sprained right ankle

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony has left the Knicks' game against Boston early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle and won't return.Anthony was hurt late in the first half when he appeared to roll his ankle after running into a referee while heading up the court. He started the second half but lasted just 20 seconds before leaving again.

  • Cavs trade guard Joe Harris to Magic for 2nd-round pick

    January 12, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers traded guard Joe Harris to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, a deal to save Cleveland money and create roster flexibility.In exchange for Harris, the Cavs will receive a second-round pick in 2017 and a protected second-round pick in 2020. Earlier on Tuesday, Harris underwent surgery on his right foot in Indianapolis and is expected to miss two months.

  • Cavs guard Mo Williams excused by team from game at Mavs

    January 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams was excused by the team from Tuesday night's game in Dallas to tend to a personal matter.Coach David Blatt said before that the game that Williams' absence wasn't basketball-related. The guard has been dealing with a thumb injury and missed his fifth consecutive game.

  • Pelicans F Pondexter to miss the remainder of the season

    January 11, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans general manager Dell Demps says forward Quincy Pondexter needs left knee surgery for the second time in a year, requiring him to miss the entire NBA season.Demps says Pelicans medical staff and additional specialists have concluded it's Pondexter's best ''long-term interest'' to have additional surgery to repair cartilage in his knee.

  • Wizards C Gortat sidelined by sore left knee

    January 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Wizards center Marcin Gortat has a sore left knee and will miss their game against the Chicago Bulls.Injury-riddled Washington also was without forward Kris Humphries, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee. Star guard Bradley Beal remains out with a right leg injury, missing his 16th straight game.

  • Bulls C Noah returns from left shoulder injury

    January 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah returned from a shoulder injury on Monday night against Washington, providing another option for coach Fred Hoiberg heading into a busy stretch.Noah sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter of a 105-102 loss to Brooklyn on Dec. 21. The 6-foot-11 reserve missed nine straight games before he entered with 4:33 left in the first quarter against the Wizards, drawing a big cheer from the crowd at the United Center.

  • Prosecutors won't charge Odom after Nevada brothel weekend

    January 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom won't be charged with any drug counts after the former NBA star was found unconscious last year at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system, prosecutors said Monday.Evidence in the case did not prove that Odom used the drug during his three days in Nye County, so he could not be charged with unlawful use of cocaine or being under the influence of a controlled substance - the felony count recommended by the sheriff's office, District Attorney Angela Bello said.

  • Nets' Prokhorov: easy decision to hit reset button now

    January 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mikhail Prokhorov wanted a championship, and the Nets never got close.Now he wants a reset, and said it was an easy decision to start it now.''If we look at the team for the time being, it's clear we're doing not the best way,'' Prokhorov said Monday.

  • Prokhorov: Easy decision to begin Nets' reset now

    January 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says it was an easy decision to fire coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King in the middle of the season.Prokhorov took the blame for the Nets' poor play and called for a ''small reset.'' He spoke at a news conference Monday, a day after shaking up the organization.

  • As Kidd, Kerr recover, NBA coaches consider their own health

    January 11, 2016

    When Jason Kidd left the bench for the operating table, some NBA coaches understood exactly how he felt.Their bodies hurt, too.The Golden State Warriors have been playing all season without Steve Kerr, who is recovering from back surgery. Kidd joined him on the injured list when he had to step away from the Bucks in December for right hip surgery, an injury that has far more to do with his outstanding 19 years on the court than his 2 1/2 seasons in the coaching box.

  • James scores 37, leads Cavaliers past 76ers 95-85

    January 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James raised the roof, then lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 95-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.James tied a season high with 37 points and pushed both hands up in the air after several powerful dunks, drawing a rise out of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. He had nine assists and seven rebounds in Cleveland's 13th win in the last 15 games.

  • Mudiay returns after missing 14 games with ankle ailment

    January 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the court Sunday night against Charlotte after missing 14 games with a sprained right ankle.Just in time, too, as the Nuggets will be without Jameer Nelson after he strained his left hip flexor in a loss at Memphis on Friday. Denver also will be without forward Kenneth Faried, who's helping out after the birth of his daughter.

  • Nets fire coach Lionel Hollins, reassign GM Billy King

    January 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Billy King's bold moves often seemed made with little regard for the future.Now Brooklyn's future isn't King's concern.The Nets reassigned their general manager and fired coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.

  • Brooklyn Nets part ways with coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King

    January 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets part ways with coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King.

  • Clippers recall guard C.J. Wilcox from NBA's D-League

    January 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have recalled guard C.J. Wilcox from the Canton Charge of the NBA's D-League.Wilcox averaged 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in seven games for the Ohio team in his second D-League stint this season. He was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam in November.

  • Pistons forward Marcus Morris sits out with knee tendinitis

    January 9, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris is sitting out against the Brooklyn Nets with left knee tendinitis.Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson made his first start in place of Morris, who had not missed a game this season.Morris is averaging 14.1 points per game. Detroit acquired him in an offseason trade with Phoenix.

  • Lamar Odom leaves LA hospital for private facility

    January 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former NBA star Lamar Odom has been transferred from a Los Angeles hospital to a private facility. But there's no word on his condition, three months after he was found unconscious and in critical condition at a Nevada brothel.Family spokeswoman Alvina Alston says Friday that Odom was released from the hospital earlier in the week.

  • Leonard has double-double; Spurs hold off Knicks 100-99

    January 9, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs got the test they were expecting all season at home, and it almost proved too much for them to overcome.Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain unbeaten at home.

  • Former NBA player John Johnson dies at 68

    January 8, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) John Johnson, a two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, has died. He was 68.Johnson's godson, John Herndon, said Friday that Johnson died Thursday at his San Jose home. The cause of death wasn't known.

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis hurts his back diving into stands

    January 8, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has bruised his lower back diving into the stands during New Orleans' game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.The Pelicans say Davis' return to the game is doubtful.Davis dove into the stands on the defensive end early in the first quarter while pursuing a rebound that had been deflected toward the sideline. Davis was able to prevent the ball from landing out of bounds, but he saved the ball to the Pacers, who wound up with foul shots on the play.

  • Grizzlies' Adams to have surgery, Martin has bone bruise

    January 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams will undergo knee surgery next week and forward Jarell Martin has a bone bruise in his left footThe Grizzlies offered updates on the health status of both players Friday in a team release.Adams is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return.

  • Bulls looking more like contenders with 6 wins in row

    January 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls had just suffered an ugly loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and Jimmy Butler took aim.He called out first-year coach Fred Hoiberg in his postgame interview with reporters, saying players needed to be held more accountable and ''coached a lot harder at times.''

  • Suns sign guard Lorenzo Brown to 10-day contract

    January 8, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract Friday.The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 16.4 points, 6.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 16 games this season for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA Development League.The former North Carolina State player averaged 4.2 points in 29 games last season for Minnesota. He averaged 2.5 points in 26 games for Philadelphia as a rookie in 2013-14.

  • Grizzlies sign guard Elliot Williams to 10-day contract

    January 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies have signed guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract, bringing the Memphis native up from the NBA Development League's Santa Cruz Warriors.Memphis announced the deal Friday.The 6-foot-5, 183-pound Williams currently leads the D-League scoring 28.1 points per game this season and was the D-League's player of the month for November.

  • Warriors' Green moves into position for All-Star spot

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's Draymond Green has moved into third place in voting for the Western Conference frontcourt, putting him in position to start in the NBA All-Star Game.Green is about 1,300 votes ahead of San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard in the closest race for a starting spot. Kobe Bryant, the leading vote-getter with more than 1.2 million votes, and Kevin Durant are ahead of them among West frontcourt players.

  • Howard misses Rockets' game with back tightness

    January 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Center Dwight Howard is sitting out the Rockets' game against the Utah Jazz with lower back tightness, the team announced shortly before tipoff.Howard was a game-time decision after leaving practice early Thursday morning to have his back stretched.

  • Celtics' Stevens misses game to visit ailing former player

    January 7, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens missed the Celtics' game Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls to visit ailing former Butler player Andrew Smith.Smith, a center who played in both of the Bulldogs' national championship game appearances when Stevens was their coach, has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant Thursday, according to The Boston Globe.

  • Phoenix Suns waive Bryce Cotton, Cory Jefferson

    January 7, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns waived guard Bryce Cotton and forward Cory Jefferson on Thursday.Cotton signed with the Suns on Nov. 25 and had four points and three assists in three games.Jefferson signed Sept. 16. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds in six games.

  • Grizzlies waive center Ryan Hollins

    January 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Ryan Hollins.The 31-year-old Hollins, averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 7.0 minutes in four games with the Grizzlies. The 7-footer from UCLA signed with Memphis on Dec. 29.Holins has averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 490 games over a 10-year career with Charlotte, Dallas, Minnesota, Cleveland, Boston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, Washington and Memphis.

  • NBA suspends Ty Lawson 3 games over drunken-driving case

    January 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson for three games without pay for a drunken-driving case in California last year, starting with Thursday's home game against Utah.Lawson will miss games against the Pacers and Grizzlies before he can return Jan. 13 against Minnesota.

  • Atlanta's NBA team embraces rap shows after racial remarks

    January 7, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are collaborating with big-name hip-hop artists like T.I., Ludacris and Big Boi in what the team calls an effort to make amends after it was revealed two officials made racially charged remarks in separate incidents.The artists were brought in by the NBA franchise to perform during halftime and after Hawks' home games months since former general manager Danny Ferry's insensitive comment about Sudanese-born Luol Deng came to light in September 2014. Soon after, an internal investigation revealed that former co-owner Bruce Levenson complained in a 2012 email that blacks kept potential white fans away from games. Both came on the heels of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that were a public relations nightmare for the NBA.

  • Orlando looking to bring D-League team to Florida

    January 7, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic are looking to bring an NBA Development League team to Florida.The Magic said Thursday they're targeting two facilities in Orlando, plus others in Daytona Beach, Estero, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Kissimmee and Lakeland as potential homes.

  • LeBron James motivated by 5-year-old friend vs. Wizards

    January 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) LeBron James had a special fan in Washington on Wednesday night watching the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Wizards.Five-year-old Leah Still, whose battle with cancer won her the 2015 ESPY Award for perseverance, attended the game wearing James' No. 23 jersey.

  • Suns hit season-high 19 3s in 11-102 win over Hornets

    January 6, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Mirza Teletovic made five of the Suns' season-high 19 3-pointers as Phoenix ended a nine-game skid with a 111-102 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.Brandon Knight added 18 points and seven assists for Phoenix, rookie Devin Booker had 17 points and 10 rebounds and T.J. Warren scored 17.

  • McCollum inactive by mistake on pregame roster, misses game

    January 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Guard CJ McCollum was inadvertently left off the Trail Blazers' active roster that was turned in before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, making Portland's second leading scorer ineligible to play.The Clippers beat the Blazers 109-98.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant to return; Conley out for Grizzlies

    January 6, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant will play Wednesday night against Memphis after sitting out Oklahoma City's game Monday night against Sacramento with a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant was injured when he accidentally kicked someone at Charlotte last Saturday. Without him, the Thunder lost 116-104 to the Kings.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant to return vs. Grizzlies

    January 6, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant will play Wednesday night against Memphis after sitting out Oklahoma City's game Monday night against Sacramento because of a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant was injured when he accidentally kicked someone at Charlotte last Saturday. Without him, the Thunder lost 116-104 to the Kings.

  • Mavs resting Nowitzki, Williams, other starters vs. Pelicans

    January 6, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has decided to rest Dirk Nowitzki and three other starters against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night because of the minutes they logged in a double-overtime game a night earlier.Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Zaza Pachulia and Wesley Matthews all are listed as out, with ''rest'' cited as the reason they've been scratched from the lineup. The four each played more than 40 minutes Tuesday night in a 117-116 victory over Sacramento. The only starter who played fewer than 30 minutes was Chandler Parsons, who is nursing a right hip bruise.

  • LeBron James' marketing group cuts ties with Johnny Manziel

    January 6, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has dropped Johnny Manziel as a business client.A spokesman for James said the NBA star and has ended his marketing agreement with Manziel, the embattled Browns quarterback whose behavior has him on very shaky ground with his team and Cleveland fans.

  • Raptors' Carroll has arthroscopic surgery on right knee

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and the Raptors say his status will be updated when appropriate.Carroll missed nine games last month with a bruised right knee, then played in five in a row before sitting out a loss in Cleveland on Monday with a swollen right knee.

  • Kobe Bryant misses 3rd straight game with sore shoulder

    January 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is sitting out his third straight game for the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore right shoulder.Lakers coach Byron Scott made the announcement before Los Angeles hosted the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell also missed the game with a sore throat.

  • Kings G Rondo sidelined in 1st Dallas trip since Mavs split

    January 5, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is out of the starting lineup and not expected to play in his first visit to Dallas since an acrimonious split with the Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs last season.Rondo, who had back spasms during a victory at Oklahoma City on Monday, was on the bench during game warmups Tuesday night.

  • Hoiberg: Bulls' Rose expected back in lineup against Bucks

    January 5, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg anticipates Derrick Rose to be back in the lineup on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing three games with a sore right hamstring.Rose is expected to play a day after an MRI revealed no structural damage on his right leg.

  • In midst of 9-game skid, Hornacek takes Suns bowling

    January 5, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek is trying whatever he can think of to get the Suns out of a losing streak that's reached nine games, including ugly losses to some of the NBA's worst teams.So he took them bowling.''We talked over these last few days trying to figure out how do we get these guys back into having energy,'' Hornacek said. ''Going back to the 20 games in 34 days and coaches, when we looked at the tape of these last couple of games, it looks like they're worn out.''

  • Detroit's Jackson, Jennings forming impressive guard duo

    January 5, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) As a comfortable lead turned into a full-scale rout in the fourth quarter, Brandon Jennings was right in the middle of all the action for the Detroit Pistons.And Reggie Jackson was enjoying the show.''We're teammates,'' Jennings said. ''Everybody wants us to get to the playoffs, and that's the main goal.''

  • Jazz waive Elijah Millsap, open up final roster spot

    January 5, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived reserve Elijah Millsap.The team announced the move Tuesday afternoon.The Jazz now have an extra roster spot and the flexibility to make a move to help offset injuries.Millsap played in 67 games over two seasons with the Jazz and averaged 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound wing recently fell out of the rotation despite injuries to Alec Burks, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Reserve Chris Johnson saw his minutes increase as Millsap's decreased.

  • Timberwolves hold 90-minute meeting to clear air, regroup

    January 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The day after the Minnesota Timberwolves' most embarrassing performance of the season, the reeling group gathered at their practice facility ready to get back to work.Only they didn't practice at all. Instead, interim coach Sam Mitchell brought the team together at center court for 90 minutes of talk and soul searching, giving each player the opportunity to offer his view on what wasn't working and what had to change going forward.

  • Miami's Winslow keeps impressing in rookie season

    January 5, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) When a player gets lauded for having a huge impact on a win in the NBA, it typically means they put up some big numbers or were playing airtight defense.Not in Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow's case. Not on Monday, anyway.The story of Winslow's first pro season is that his impact goes far deeper than conventional stats, well beyond the advanced metrics that analytics crave. It's simply about an uncanny ability to make the right play at the right time, an almost nightly reminder of the good fortune Miami had on draft night when the 19-year-old out of Duke somehow fell to the Heat with the No. 10 pick.

  • Steve Nash, Suns owner buy Spanish soccer club Mallorca

    January 5, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Former NBA star Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver have bought a controlling share of Spanish soccer team Real Mallorca.The Mediterranean island club announced Monday that Sarver's company, also owned by Nash and Andy Kohlberg, has bought shares worth more than 20 million euros ( million).

  • Lillard back in Trail Blazers' lineup after 7-game absence

    January 4, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has returned to the starting lineup Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing seven games with a sore left foot.Lillard was averaging 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists before he was sidelined with plantar fasciitis. CJ McCollum slid over to point guard during Lillard's absence and the Blazers went 4-3.

  • Pacers-Heat delayed by lighting malfunction

    January 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The start of Monday's Indiana-Miami game was delayed 27 minutes after lights malfunctioned in the arena following the introduction of the Heat starting lineups.The arena was darkened as usual for the playing of Miami's pregame video and introduction of the Heat starters. A malfunction kept the lights from coming back on as usual, just as both teams were ready to play.

  • Aww, dad! 76ers' dads embarrassing Okafor, Marshall

    January 4, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) It might be time for a pair of Philadelphia 76ers to ground their dads.Already slogging away through one of the worst seasons in NBA history, the three-win Sixers have had their share of off-court woes, as well. This time, Jahlil Okafor and Kendall Marshall's dads made headlines for what they said and tweeted during games, leaving the kids a bit embarrassed.

  • Payton sitting out for Magic with ankle injury

    January 4, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton is sitting out Monday night's game at Detroit with a left ankle bruise.Payton had appeared in all 116 games of his pro career with the Magic. He's averaging 11 points a game this season, but he managed only nine points total in the four games prior to Monday's matchup with the Pistons.

  • Durant out vs. Kings with sprained right big toe

    January 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat out Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant injured the toe when he accidentally kicked someone during the game at Charlotte on Saturday. Donovan said before Monday's game that he doesn't consider it serious, and he considers Durant as day to day.

  • Raptors' Carroll out with sore knee

    January 4, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll is out against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sore right knee.Raptors coach Dwane Casey made the announcement about an hour before Monday's game. Carroll has played in 23 games, averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds.

  • Bulls say MRI shows no structural damage to Rose's leg

    January 4, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say an MRI shows no structural damage to the right leg of star point guard Derrick Rose.Rose is a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks after sitting out the past three games because of a hamstring problem. He had the MRI on Monday to rule out any issues with his right knee, which he has had surgery on twice to repair his meniscus.

  • Players involved in Pistons, Pacers skirmish fined by NBA

    January 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris on Monday for their roles in a shoving match late in Saturday night's game in Indianapolis.Morris was fined ,000 after initially shoving George. The Pacers two-time All-Star was fined ,000 for retaliating.

  • 76ers sign veteran forward Elton Brand for 2nd time

    January 4, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) His career seemingly over, Elton Brand believed his only veteran leadership would come at home with his kids.The Philadelphia 76ers had other ideas.With a youthful roster sorely in need of mentoring, the Sixers signed the free-agent forward on Monday with the hope Brand can provide some guidance in the locker room.

  • DeAndre Jordan can't miss, and has Chamberlain in his sights

    January 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Wilt Chamberlain, your record is in jeopardy.No, not the 100-point one.DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers - who has made 25 of his last 28 shots from the field - very quietly made a run at Chamberlain's shooting-percentage record last season and is doing it again.

  • LA Clippers assign F Branden Dawson to D-League againptd

    January 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have assigned forward Branden Dawson to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA's D-League.It's his third D-League stint and second with the Michigan team this season. Dawson played in seven games for the Drive last month, averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Nets' Jack out for the season with torn ACL

    January 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.Jack was hurt Saturday in a victory at Boston and the Nets say Sunday he also has a small medial meniscus tear. Jack will have surgery on a date that has not been determined.

  • Faried 'much better' after neck injury against Warriors

    January 3, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried says he's ''doing much better'' after being taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck injury following a loss to Golden State the night before.Faried posted on Instagram on Sunday he's ''a little sore, but I'm the Manimal - I'm not going to (let) this keep me down & out long!''

  • Denver's Faried placed on stretcher, taken to hospital

    January 3, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck brace to stabilize him Saturday night immediately after his team's loss to the Warriors.The Nuggets said Faried was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons while the team flew home to prepare for a game Sunday against Portland.

  • Denver's Kenneth Faried taken off on stretcher after game

    January 3, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck brace to stabilize him.Faried raised his arm for a thumbs up to fans who stuck around after Golden State's 111-108 overtime victory. He left the arena approximately 10 minutes after the game ended and after being attended to by medical personnel.

  • James scores 29, Cavaliers rout Magic 104-79

    January 3, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James isn't sure why the Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the Orlando Magic.''They're a pretty good team,'' he said after scoring 29 points in a 104-79 rout Saturday night, Cleveland's 13th straight win over Orlando. ''They're a well-coached team. They've been playing some good basketball. We've been able to play some good ball against them this year.''

  • Mavericks' Williams sidelined again by hamstring issue

    January 2, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas guard Deron Williams has left the Mavericks' game against New Orleans with left hamstring tightness.Williams was playing for the second straight game Saturday night after missing four with a left hamstring strain. He also missed time in the preseason with hamstring issues.

  • Bucks G O.J. Mayo ejected after going after referee

    January 2, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been ejected in the first quarter against Minnesota and had to be forcibly removed from the court by assistant coaches.Mayo picked up two quick technical fouls Saturday night after arguing about a non-call on a drive to the basket. After his second technical, Mayo tried to rush back onto the court after referee Eli Roe. Assistant coach Eric Hughes yanked Mayo back by the jersey. Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo and a Bucks security official had to step in as well to try to contain the livid Mayo.

  • Lopez has 30 points, 13 rebounds, Nets beat Celtic

    January 2, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Brook Lopez's size was too much for Boston's smaller lineup.The 7-footer scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Celtics on Saturday.''I did my best to make the right play every time, realizing that, and just tried to read the double teams,'' said Lopez, who scored seven of his points in a key 9-2 run when Boston was making its charge with a smaller, trapping lineup.

  • Nets G Jack helped to locker room with sprained right knee

    January 2, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack had to be helped off the court after injuring his right knee in Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics.Jack was on a fast break when he crumbled to the ground and grabbed his leg in pain. A Nets' trainer came over and the rest of his teammates surrounded him before he was helped to the locker room, without putting any weight on the leg.

  • Kobe misses game with sore shoulder

    January 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers scratched Kobe Bryant from Friday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore right shoulder.This was the fifth game the third-leading scorer in NBA history has sat out this season, and the second in two weeks because of shoulder issues. The 20-year veteran, who turned 37 in August, announced on Nov. 29 that this would be his final season.

  • Wade late scratch from Heat lineup, enters off bench

    January 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade did not start Friday night for the Miami Heat against the Dallas Mavericks because of an illness, coming off the bench for just the 10th time in his 13-season career.Wade experienced flu-like symptoms shortly before the game, after going through his usual warmup routine. He was listed in the team's original starting lineup, then was swapped for Tyler Johnson in the opening five.

  • Wade late scratch from Heat starting lineup

    January 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Heat guard Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from Miami's starting lineup against Dallas on Friday night because of what the team said was flu-like symptoms.Wade was on the floor warming up about 45 minutes before game time as usual and was in the team's posted starting lineup. He left the court shortly before the game started, and Tyler Johnson started in his place.

  • Bulls PG Derrick Rose out of lineup with hamstring injury

    January 1, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to right hamstring tendinitis.Rose got treatment before Friday night's matchup with the New York Knicks and was considered a game-time decision. But the Bulls announced shortly before tipoff that Kirk Hinrich would start instead of Rose.

  • Grizzlies' Barnes expresses frustrations about tough 2015

    January 1, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has expressed his frustration on social media about 2015, what he describes as ''the worst year of his life.''Barnes, who is serving a two-game suspension for what the NBA has described as a ''physical altercation'' with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, posted on Instagram: ''Thank God For 2016!''

  • Golden State's Curry out for 2nd straight game

    December 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry is out for the second straight game Thursday night against Houston with a bruised lower left leg.Curry was injured Monday night against Sacramento and sat out Wednesday night at Dallas when the Warriors lost for just the second time this season, 114-91 to the Mavericks.

  • Spurs' Tim Duncan will play Saturday vs Rockets

    December 31, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan will play Saturday when San Antonio hosts the Houston Rockets after missing the previous three games.The team made the announcement on Thursday. Duncan sat out San Antonio's win Monday against Minnesota for rest, but missed the next two home games because of soreness in his right knee.

  • Bulls assign forward FelĂ­cio to Canton of NBA D-League

    December 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have assigned forward Cristiano Felicio to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.The 6-foot-9 Felicio has appeared in two games for the Bulls. He played in Brazil last season.The team announced the move on Thursday.

  • Hornets C Jefferson out 6 weeks with knee injury

    December 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets center Al Jefferson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.The operation will repair a tear in the lateral meniscus of Jefferson's right knee. The team announced the injury after the start of Wednesday night's game against the Clippers.

  • Warriors' Curry to miss game in Dallas with leg bruise

    December 30, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Golden State star Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for Wednesday night's game at Dallas, and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston.As for whether interim coach Luke Walton is relieved that an MRI didn't reveal something more serious, that's not quite accurate.

  • Bulls PG Rose sidelined by hamstring tendinitis

    December 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose will not play against the Indiana Pacers because of right hamstring tendinitis.Rose was scratched about an hour before Wednesday night's game, and coach Fred Hoiberg didn't mention any health issues with the oft-injured guard during his pregame media session.

  • Sentencing hearing continued for former NBA player George

    December 30, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George will have to wait until next month to find out his prison sentence for wire fraud.George was in court Wednesday in Trenton, New Jersey, for the fourth day of his sentencing hearing. The judge ordered the parties to return Jan. 20.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for former NBA player Tate George

    December 30, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player Tate George is back in court in New Jersey to face sentencing on fraud charges.The former University of Connecticut and New Jersey Nets guard has been jailed since his 2013 conviction on four counts of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum 20-year sentence, but George is expected to face considerably less time.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for ex-NBA player Tate George

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is back in a federal courtroom in New Jersey for sentencing.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running a real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Knicks player Cleanthony Early shot in leg outside club

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg by masked robbers who demanded his ''gold'' as he left a strip club Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.Early was leaving CityScapes in Queens with his girlfriend at about 4:30 a.m. in an Uber cab when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars and as many as six men got out, the two officials said. Early handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap, the officials said.

  • Officials: Knicks player shot in the leg outside strip club

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Law enforcement officials say New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early has been shot in the leg during a robbery outside a Queens strip club.The two officials say Early was in a cab at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the club CityScapes when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars.

  • Movement on social media asks LeBron James to get involved

    December 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) LeBron James stuck his feet into the bucket filled with ice water as he talked about his role in social issues.Right after scoring 34 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star was asked about his reaction to a grand jury declining to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun.

  • Injury-ravaged Utah Jazz plan to stay the course

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Injuries have ravaged a Utah Jazz roster that was expected to take a significant step forward in 2015-16.They had the sixth-best win percentage (65.5) in the NBA after the All-Star break last season and there was optimism to see how a young corps would grow together.

  • Fraud sentencing drags on for ex-NBA player Tate George

    December 29, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Another day passed Tuesday without a sentence in the fraud case of a former NBA player convicted of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.Former University of Connecticut and New Jersey Nets guard Tate George appeared in federal court in Trenton on Tuesday for the continuation of a hearing that spanned two days earlier this month. The parties are scheduled to return to court Wednesday morning.

  • Suns say Bledsoe out for season following surgery

    December 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns say leading scorer Eric Bledsoe will not return this season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.The team made the announcement in a brief news release, saying Bledsoe's ''prognosis is for a return to full playing status for the start of training camp next fall.''

  • Utah Jazz confirm Alec Burks will have surgery

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz confirmed that Alec Burks is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday.Burks decided to have the surgery in hopes of an accelerated recovery from a broken left fibula suffered Saturday.The procedure should allow Burks to place weight on his leg after two weeks and begin rehabbing sooner than if he didn't have surgery. The team originally said he would not have surgery.

  • Grizzlies sign center Ryan Hollins, waive guard Russ Smith

    December 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed veteran center Ryan Hollins and waived guard Russ Smith.The Grizzlies announced the moves Tuesday.The 7-foot Hollins has started 67 of his 486 career games over 10 seasons, and Memphis now becomes his ninth team after being in training camp with the Grizzlies earlier this year. Hollins has averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in his career.

  • AP source: Jazz G Alec Burks to have surgery on broken leg

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has chosen to have surgery to help accelerate the healing process from a broken left leg.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because the team had not announced the decision.

  • Spurs mascot catches bat at AT&T Center

    December 28, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Manu Ginobili stayed away from this bat at AT&T Center.Team mascot The Coyote, wearing a batman costume, snared the critter that flew into the arena during pregame warmups Monday before San Antonio faced the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Valanciunas returning to Raptors

    December 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonas Valanciunas is expected to return to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night after missing 17 games with a broken left hand.Valanciunas was injured Nov. 20 against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 14 games, Valanciunas averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. He leads Toronto with five double-doubles.

  • Sputtering Suns fire 2 assistant coaches

    December 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns, losers of 15 of their last 20 games, have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting.Nate Bjorkgren was promoted to take Longabardi's job as defensive coordinator. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position.

  • NBA suspends Matt Barnes 2 games for fight with Knicks coach

    December 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA suspended Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes two games without pay Monday for what the league said was a "physical altercation" with Derek Fisher and for "threatening" the New York Knicks coach in October.The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher - former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.

  • Suns guard Bledsoe leaves game with knee injury

    December 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe left the Suns' game against Philadelphia on Saturday night after spraining his left knee.The Suns said Bledsoe, the team's leading scorer, wouldn't return to the game and would have an MRI.Bledsoe went down with 7:40 left in the second quarter and the Suns trailing 37-25. He appeared to collide with the 76ers' Robert Covington with the Suns on offense. Bledsoe sat on the floor while the Sixers had a possession at the other end, calling for teammates to foul.

  • Sixers' Okafor out for Saturday's game against Suns

    December 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor missed Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns with right knee soreness.Okafor, the third overall pick in last year's NBA draft, is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the Sixers in minutes played and has scored in double figures in 26 of the 29 games he's played this season.

  • Clippers' Griffin out at least 2 weeks with quad tear

    December 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has a partially torn left quad tendon and is expected to miss at least two weeks.The Clippers said Griffin was injured during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night and an MRI on Saturday revealed the tear. He did not travel with the team to Utah for its game and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

  • Start of Bulls-Mavs delayed by severe weather in Dallas area

    December 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The game between the Chicago Bulls and Mavericks has been delayed because of reports of tornadoes in the Dallas area.The start time was pushed back about 30 minutes to 8 p.m. Central time as severe weather moved through downtown Dallas about an hour before the scheduled tip-off.

  • Anthony returns from 1-game absence for sprained ankle

    December 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has returned to the lineup after missing one game with a sprained right ankle.The eight-time All-Star was hurt in Monday's home loss to Orlando. He sat out a seven-point loss Wednesday at Cleveland.New York has dropped 6 of 10. Anthony is averaging 21.5 points and has led the team in scoring 21 times this season.

  • Kyrie Irving to rest as Cavaliers visit Blazers

    December 26, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will not play Saturday night against the Trail Blazers as the team eases him back from injury.Irving made his season debut this week after being sidelined for six months with a broken left kneecap suffered in the NBA Finals. The Cavs are being cautious with Irving, who played 26 minutes in the team's Christmas Day loss at Golden State. Irving isn't ready to play back-to-back games yet.

  • Warriors-Cavs draws nearly 11 million viewers on Christmas

    December 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals rematch between Golden State and Cleveland drew nearly 11 million viewers, making it the most-watched Christmas game in four years.The Warriors' 89-83 victory was watched by 10.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That was a 17 percent increase from the 9.3 million for the Cavaliers-Heat game last year that was LeBron James' return to Miami.

  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry shoots way to AP Male Athlete of Year

    December 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's greatness as a basketball player can be measured by his record-setting shooting numbers that are changing the game.His immense popularity derives from something less tangible.While many NBA greats rely on uncommon height and athletic ability that average fans can only dream of having, Curry's game relies on the traits that every casual player can work on: shoot, dribble and pass.

  • Sporting history: 'Boston is to sports what Paris is to art'

    December 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A vast trove of New England sports artifacts is being preserved by a museum nestled inside Boston's TD Garden.The Sports Museum of New England is moving a large share of the uniforms, trophies, photos, films and other sports artifacts it has amassed over nearly four decades into secure storage, thanks to a partnership with Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company.

  • 76ers acquire Smith from Pelicans for 2 2nd-round picks

    December 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The NBA-worst Philadelphia 76ers have acquired point guard Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans for two second-round draft picks.Smith averaged 8.9 points and 5.7 assists in 27 games. He is the only player this season who has averaged at least 150 assists while committing at 45 or less turnovers.

  • Suns suspend forward Markieff Morris for 2 games

    December 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns suspended forward Markieff Morris two games without pay Thursday for what was termed ''conduct detrimental to the team.''The suspension came a day after Morris threw a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers await Christmas rematch against Warriors

    December 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When LeBron James walks into Oracle Arena for the first time since Game 5 of last season's NBA Finals, he knows it will trigger unpleasant thoughts about how his Cleveland Cavaliers lost the title to the Golden State Warriors.James also knows that winning the rematch on Christmas Day will do little to ease the sting of the finals loss.

  • Knicks forward missing 7,000 in jewelry; 2 women sought

    December 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Police say New York Knicks forward Derrick Williams has reported that 7,000 in jewelry has vanished from his apartment.Police say they are searching for two women in the case. They released surveillance video footage late Wednesday of two well-dressed women leaving a club in Manhattan's meatpacking district early Dec. 19.

  • For Davis and many more, their NBA Christmas debut awaits

    December 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jrue Holiday grew up watching Christmas Day games, with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers almost being an annual fixture in the NBA's holiday lineup.He's never gotten to play on the holiday.That is, until now.He's not alone. Several players will make their debut under the Christmas lights, including New Orleans star Anthony Davis - the reason why the Pelicans are on the Christmas schedule. Then there are some of the top rookies like Miami's Justise Winslow and the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell. And the wait may be over for veterans like the Clippers' Josh Smith, Miami's Gerald Green, the Lakers' duo of Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams, all set to play on Christmas for the first time.

  • Olynyk scores 20 as Celtics hold off Hornets, win

    December 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points, Jae Crowder added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics held off a fourth-quarter rally for a 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley had 18 points each, and David Lee 10 for the Celtics, who scored the game's first six points and never trailed after that in winning their fourth straight over the Hornets.

  • Nowitzki passes Shaq, now 6th on NBA's career scoring list

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki has moved ahead of Shaquille O'Neal into sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list.Nowitzki made a jumper with 9:51 left in the second quarter of Dallas' game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to pass O'Neal. Nowitzki finished with 22 points, making the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds left in overtime in Dallas' 119-118 victory, to push his total to 22,609.

  • Ex-Clippers owner Sterling drops lawsuit against Stiviano

    December 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed Donald Sterling's lawsuit against a former female friend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling's lawsuit against V. Stiviano was dismissed at the billionaire's request, though it wasn't immediately clear why he decided to drop his claims.

  • Deron Williams won't play in Brooklyn with hamstring injury

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dallas guard Deron Williams won't play in his return to Brooklyn because of a strained left hamstring.Williams was hurt in the second half of the Mavericks' 103-99 loss at Toronto on Tuesday night. He says he will get an MRI exam on Thursday when the team returns to Dallas.

  • Knicks' Anthony out with sprained ankle against Cavaliers

    December 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) New York forward Carmelo Anthony sat out the Knicks' game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sprained right ankle.Anthony was injured in the third quarter Monday night in a loss to Orlando. He scored 23 points but took only two shots in the fourth quarter.

  • NBA stars support campaign to end gun violence in new spot

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer.''My daughter Riley is that age,'' he said.That begins a public service announcement that debuts on Christmas and features four NBA stars lending their voices to the campaign to end gun violence.

  • Cavs' Irving vows to never watch knee injury again

    December 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) As he spent six months recovering, Kyrie Irving was drawn to watch replays of an injury that may have cost the Cavaliers an NBA title.He'll never look at it again.Just two days after making his season debut after missing 24 games, Irving said Tuesday he is done reviewing a moment that changed his career.

  • Bulls' Noah to miss at least 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    December 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss at least two weeks because of a sprained left shoulder.Noah exited Monday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter.He was on defense when Brooklyn's Andrea Bargnani, after jumping, came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly. Noah, who was called for a foul on the play, ran around the court in obvious pain with his left shoulder slumped over for a moment before heading off the court and into the tunnel leading to the locker room.

  • Kerr runs practice for Warriors with Walton out sick

    December 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr was back in charge of the Golden State Warriors - for a practice at least.Kerr ran practice Tuesday with interim coach Luke Walton out with an illness. Kerr has been out since training camp as he deals with complications from back surgery he had in the offseason.

  • NBA referee Petraitis becomes naturalized US citizen

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gediminas Petraitis performs before thousands of people as a full-time NBA referee.A much smaller crowd watched him realize another dream Tuesday.The NBA official from Lithuania was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in Maryland, where his road to the hardwood began when he swapped his Sports Authority uniform for a referee's shirt.

  • Cavs' Irving will never watch knee injury again

    December 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has vowed to never watch another replay of his knee injury in last season's NBA Finals.Irving, who made his season debut on Sunday against Philadelphia, said following practice on Tuesday that he looked at the video of him breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 eight times since last June. But the 23-year-old swore he won't look at it again, saying, ''I had to let it go.''

  • Kobe Bryant expected to play Tuesday night against Denver

    December 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott says he expects Kobe Bryant to play Tuesday night against Denver after sitting out the last game with a sore right shoulder.Scott says Bryant will arrive at Pepsi Center a little earlier than normal to ''get some shots up.'' He cautioned Bryant not to take too many shots, though, just enough to ''see how it feels and to gauge where the pain is, if there's any. But he said he's definitely 100 percent ready to go.''

  • Timberwolves recall Tyus Jones from D-League

    December 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled rookie point guard Tyus Jones from their NBA Development League affiliate.The move was made Tuesday, after Jones averaged 24.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 35.2 minutes over six games for the Idaho Stampede. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 42.6 percent from 3-point range.

  • NBA referee Petraitis to be naturalized Tuesday

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Referee Gediminas Petraitis has made the call. He's becoming an American citizen.The NBA official from Lithuania will be naturalized Tuesday in Maryland, where his road to the hardwood began when he swapped his Sports Authority uniform for a referee's one.

  • Bulls' Noah injures shoulder against Nets

    December 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has left their game against Brooklyn with an apparent left shoulder injury.Noah was defending on a play in the final minute of the third quarter on Monday night when Brooklyn's Andrea Bargnani, after jumping, came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly.

  • Portland guards Lillard, McCollum held out with injuries

    December 21, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Leading scorers Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been ruled out for Portland's game at Atlanta on Monday night.Lillard has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. McCollum has two sprained ankles. Lillard said he has been playing with a sore foot for a few weeks.

  • Bulls' Butler says he doesn't regret comments about Hoiberg

    December 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said on Monday that he doesn't regret the critical comments he made of first-year coach Fred Hoiberg following a loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday.''(I was) a little frustrated after a loss, yeah, but then again, I put a lot of it on myself now because I have to lead better,'' Butler said before the Bulls hosted the Brooklyn Nets.

  • Boston without a pair of big men Monday against Timberwolves

    December 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics will be without forwards Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger for their game against Minnesota.Coach Brad Stevens says the 6-foot-9 Johnson will ''continue to rest it.'' He has been struggling with plantar fasciitis.The coach also says Sullinger has ''some back spasms.''

  • Minnesota F Garnett will not play Monday night

    December 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett will not play against his former team when the Timberwolves face the Boston Celtics on Monday night.Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said the 39-year-old Garnett will rest.Garnett was a member of Boston's 2008 NBA champions, the first season after he was traded to the Celtics from the Timberwolves.

  • Bucks prep for life without injured coach Jason Kidd

    December 21, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks are about to experience another unique test.One of the youngest teams in the league will have to play without coach Jason Kidd as he recovers from right hip surgery.It will be up to Joe Prunty, a longtime NBA assistant, to lead the Bucks while Kidd is out. Kidd has said he hopes to return to the office in a couple weeks, though it's unclear when he might be able to coach in a game again.

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    December 21, 2015

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  • Christmas coming, Warriors rolling into NBA Finals rematch

    December 21, 2015

    On Friday, after gifts are given and dinner is digested, somebody might watch an NBA game for the first time this season.Christmas, with five nationally televised games, is when the NBA pops onto the radar for some sports fans.If so, they missed Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors putting together the best start in league history, winning their first 24 games. They are 26-1 and appear even more potent than the team that beat Cleveland in June to win the championship.

  • Bucks coach Kidd out indefinitely for hip surgery

    December 20, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery.Assistant coach Joe Prunty will direct the team in Kidd's absence, general manager John Hammond said Sunday night after the Bucks' 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

  • Pistons recall Brandon Jennings after 1-game D-League stint

    December 20, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have recalled Brandon Jennings.Detroit made the move Sunday after the guard played in one game for the team's NBA D-League team. Jennings had 11 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes for the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday, playing in his first game since rupturing his left Achilles nearly 11 months ago.

  • Kyrie Irving returns with Cavaliers, 1st game since Finals

    December 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving is back on the floor with the Cavaliers.The All-Star point guard broke his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in June. He made his season debut Sunday when the Cavs hosted the Philadelphia 76ers.After months of rehab, Irving was in the starting lineup for Cleveland, which went 17-7 without him. Irving received a rousing ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd when he was introduced before the game and he waved to the crowd.

  • Gasol gets night off in NY after Bulls play 4 OTs on Friday

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pau Gasol is sitting out Chicago's game against the Knicks after the Bulls played a four-overtime game a night earlier.Coach Fred Hoiberg says Derrick Rose will play, though the Bulls will watch the point guard carefully after he played 54 minutes in their 147-144 home loss to Detroit on Friday.

  • Pacers forward Paul George fined ,000 by NBA

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was fined ,000 by the NBA on Saturday for public criticism of officiating and using profanity in a live television interview.George made the comments following the Pacers' 104-97 home victory over Brooklyn on Saturday night.

  • Bryant misses game against Thunder with injured shoulder

    December 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kobe Bryant will sit out the Los Angeles Lakers' game on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sore right shoulder.Los Angeles coach Byron Scott says he doesn't know much more other than that the 37-year-old Bryant told Scott that his shoulder hurts.

  • Cavs star guard Kyrie Irving will make season debut Sunday

    December 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's long road to recovery has reached the end. All the pain, the grueling hours of rehab, the unceasing wait is finally over for the Cavaliers' star point guard.He can play again.''I'm back,'' he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

  • Young Timberwolves going through inevitable growing pains

    December 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell had to catch himself on more than one occasion during games this season with a youthful team.When the game was getting tight, one of his young players would make a mistake. Zach LaVine might rush a pump fake on his way to the basket and get called for traveling. Andrew Wiggins might force a shot in traffic. Shabazz Muhammad might lose track of his man on the weak side and get beat for a layup.

  • Warriors fans mock Bucks record with T-shirts

    December 18, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors fans showed they can get into the T-shirt message game, too.A week after Milwaukee fans predicted Golden State's first loss with ''24-1'' T-shirts, a handful of Warriors fans responded by wearing shirts with ''10-18'' written on the front for the rematch with the Bucks.

  • Hoiberg still optimistic Dunleavy Jr will play for Bulls

    December 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says he still thinks forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. will play this season.Dunleavy is away from the team working with a specialist as he recovers from a back injury.Hoiberg said Friday he is ''optimistic'' the veteran sharpshooter will suit up after being sidelined all season. He also understands the skepticism that Dunleavy will return, saying it's ''fair to question that, talk about it.''

  • 76ers hire Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach

    December 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The one-win Philadelphia 76ers hired veteran NBA coach Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach Friday.D'Antoni's deal follows the team's recent addition of Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations and a decision to extend head coach Brett Brown's contract two years.

  • Column: Recognizing the best - and worst - of sports in 2015

    December 18, 2015

    Let's get a jump on awards season.No need to fret over who you're wearing. We don't have the budget for a drum to roll, much less a red carpet to walk down.But that's not going to stop us from honoring the best - and, of course, worst - in sports for 2015.

  • NBA suspends Ty Lawson 2 games over drunken-driving case

    December 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson for two games without pay for a drunken-driving case in Colorado.Lawson will miss home games Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.The former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation. He faces up to 180 days in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 14.

  • 7-6, 184-pound Romanian teen focusing on health over hoops

    December 18, 2015

    ROME (AP) At 7-foot-6 (2.29 meters), 15-year-old Robert Bobroczkyi is already taller than New York Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis - or any other current NBA player.He's got a nice shooting touch and solid passing skills, too.So it's no wonder that Bobroczkyi is generating buzz among youth league scouts in Europe.

  • James' courtside crash raises concerns for NBA fan safety

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) For years, NBA fans have been willing to pay thousands to sit courtside and watch some of the world's most powerful athletes run and jump.Up close, there is nothing quite like the experience.On Thursday night, that thrill came with a heavy price.

  • Cavs guard Iman Shumpert delivers singer fiancee's baby

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Paging, Dr. Shumpert.Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert showed he has more than basketball skills by calmly delivering a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor.Now that's quite an assist.According to Shumpert's fiancee, R&B singer Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn't initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, ''playing Dr,'' helped deliver the baby with ''his bare hands.''

  • LeBron James plows into crowd, wife of golfer Jason Day hurt

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The wife of PGA champion Jason Day is suffering from concussion symptoms after NBA star LeBron James crashed into her during a Cavaliers game.Day's agent, Bud Martin, issued a statement Friday morning saying Ellie Day ''is resting comfortably and appreciates all of those who have reached out and are concerned about her.'' He added she has ''no hard feelings'' toward James and quotes her as saying, ''He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.''

  • Cavs missing Shumpert, Williams against Thunder

    December 17, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers will be missing two guards - not including All-Star Kyrie Irving - when they host Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, who just returned from a wrist injury sustained during the preseason, will miss Cleveland's game Thursday night game with a strained right groin. Also, starting point guard Mo Williams is down with a sprained right thumb.

  • Detroit's Jennings to play in D-League game as part of rehab

    December 17, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will play for the team's D-League affiliate as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon.Jennings hasn't played since injuring his left leg in a Jan. 24 game at Milwaukee. The Pistons announced Thursday that he had been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive. Grand Rapids faces Iowa on Saturday.

  • Cavs guard Iman Shumpert delivers fiancee's baby

    December 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Paging, Dr. Shumpert.Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert showed he has more than basketball skills by calmly delivering a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor.Now that's quite an assist.According to Shumpert's fiancee, Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn't initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, ''playing Dr,'' helped deliver the baby with ''his bare hands.''

  • Cavs' Shumpert out with groin injury

    December 17, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers could be missing two guards when they host Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, who just returned from a wrist injury sustained during the preseason, will miss Thursday night's game with a strained right groin. Also, starting point guard Mo Williams is listed as questionable with a sprained right thumb.

  • APNewsBreak: Timberwolves looking to trade Kevin Martin

    December 17, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have made veteran scorer Kevin Martin available in trade talks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.With second-year guard Zach LaVine showing promise as a scorer and Andrew Wiggins playing more at the shooting guard position, the Wolves are looking to move Martin to free up more playing time for their youngsters. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly discuss trade discussions.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels better, hopes to return soon

    December 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and hopes to be back on the bench in the coming weeks.Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team's shootaround Wednesday ahead of Golden State's home game against Phoenix.

  • Kings F Eric Moreland breaks bone in left foot

    December 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings forward Eric Moreland will need to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot.The Kings said that Moreland broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during practice Wednesday. There is no timetable for when Moreland will be able to return.

  • Grizzlies forward Wright to have knee surgery

    December 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandan Wright will have surgery on his right knee.The team said the operation is scheduled for Thursday. A timetable for his return has not been set.Wright has not played since Nov. 7, when he left a game against Utah because of soreness in his knee. He is averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in seven games.

  • Cavaliers guard Irving says he's not ready for return

    December 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's return date remains a mystery.The All-Star point guard, who has missed Cleveland's first 23 games recovering from a broken kneecap sustained in the NBA Finals, said Wednesday that he won't be playing Thursday night against Oklahoma City.

  • Heat assistant Keith Smart undergoes skin cancer surgery

    December 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat say assistant coach Keith Smart has undergone successful surgery to remove what the team describes as a very rare type of skin cancer.Smart has not been with the team this week, and is expected back in 2-3 weeks. The team says Smart's prognosis calls for a full recovery.

  • Bucks' Greivis Vasquez out at least 3 months after ankle fix

    December 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez will be out for at least three months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.Coach Jason Kidd announced Vasquez's prognosis after the surgery Tuesday.Vasquez had surgery in New York to remove a bone spur and loose bodies. Kidd says Vasquez's recovery will last 3-4 months, but the coach hasn't ruled out Vasquez's return during the regular season.

  • Blatt: Cavaliers are being cautious with Kyrie Irving

    December 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he is just being cautious with point guard Kyrie Irving.Speaking on Tuesday in Boston, where the Cavaliers were preparing to play the Celtics, Blatt said Irving is not 100 percent. He said there's a lot of the season left and he wanted to make sure Irving and shooting guard Iman Shumpert were ready before they returned.

  • Kings' Rondo issues stronger apology for gay slur toward ref

    December 15, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has offered a stronger apology for directing a gay slur at veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy.Rondo said Monday his actions toward Kennedy on Dec. 3 were out of frustration and not meant to offend anyone.

  • Michael Jordan picks 23 charities for funds from legal tiff

    December 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan has picked 23 Chicago-area charities to receive gifts from his legal settlements with the Jewel-Osco and Dominick's Finer Foods grocery chains.The former Chicago Bulls star announced Tuesday that the groups that will receive the net proceeds from the settlements include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, The Ounce of Prevention Fund and After School Matters, an arts and education program.

  • Heat tip their caps to Golden State's winning streak

    December 14, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The streak is over, and the Miami Heat know exactly what the Golden State Warriors are going through right now.There's the initial disappointment and frustration, followed by some reflection and probably appreciation of what the streak was - a 27-game stretch of consecutive wins for the Heat in 2012-13, and a 24-game run for the Warriors to start this season which would be a 28-game run when factoring in the final four games of the 2014-15 regular season.

  • With streak over, regular season begins for Warriors

    December 13, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Every victory raised the stakes for the Golden State Warriors.Now that their record winning streak is over, the defending NBA champions can return to a bit of normalcy.''I just told the guys that now we can have a regular season,'' forward Draymond Green said in recounting his talk to teammates in the locker room after the loss Saturday night to the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Swaggy P wears Kanye's lifestyle Yeezy shoes in game

    December 13, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Nick Young marked his new deal with Adidas and sent the Internet abuzz on Saturday night by wearing Kanye West-designed Adidas Yeezy 750 Boosts in the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Houston Rockets.The flamboyant star, who goes by the nickname Swaggy P, explained why he wore the lifestyle shoes that aren't really made for basketball.

  • Golden State loses 108-95 at Milwaukee, ending NBA-record 24-0 start

    December 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Golden State loses 108-95 at Milwaukee, ending NBA-record 24-0 start.

  • NBAPA screens retired players for cardio problems

    December 12, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Matt Bullard was undergoing an echocardiogram and the thump of the 6-foot-10 former NBA player's heartbeat was so loud it muffled the booming baritone of his voice.Bullard was one of about 30 retired players who received free cardiovascular screenings on Saturday as part of an initiative started by the NBA Players Association and sponsored by both the NBA and the Retired Players Association in the wake of the recent heart-related deaths of Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone.

  • Warriors' Thompson to return against Milwaukee Bucks

    December 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Golden State guard Klay Thompson will return to the lineup with the Warriors putting their perfect record on the line against the Milwaukee Bucks.Thompson missed Friday's game in Boston after spraining his right ankle on Tuesday against Indiana.

  • Wizards SG Beal sidelined at least 2 weeks with leg injury

    December 12, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a right leg injury.The Wizards announced before their game at Dallas on Saturday night that Beal had ''the beginnings of a stress reaction in his lower right fibula.''

  • Hield leads No. 7 Oklahoma past Oral Roberts 96-73

    December 12, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield had 30 points and a career-high five steals to help No. 7 Oklahoma beat Oral Roberts 96-73 on Saturday.Hield, a preseason All-America who had been in a bit of a shooting slump, was 9 of 15 from the field to fall one point short of his career high.

  • Ellis leads Pacers with 24 points in 96-83 win over Miami

    December 11, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George was struggling, and the Indiana Pacers needed a hero to combat a strong performance from Miami's 1-2 punch of Dwayne Wade and Chris Both.Monta Ellis emphatically asserted himself when the Pacers needed it most.Ellis had his most complete game of the year, leading the Pacers with 24 points, six assists and six steals in a 96-83 win over the Heat that ended a three-game losing streak.

  • BC-BKN--Warriors-Celtics Double Overtime,ADVISORY

    December 11, 2015

    Eds:The Golden State Warriors and Celtics are tied at 110 and going to double overtime in Boston. The Warriors are 23-0 this season.AP Sports

  • NBA: Anthony fouled on last play of 2-point loss to Kings

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Carmelo Anthony was fouled as he took the last shot in the New York Knicks' two-point loss in Sacramento on Thursday night.Anthony's shot from 28 feet that would have won the game bounced off the rim as the Knicks lost 99-97.

  • Perkins returns to Pelicans' lineup

    December 11, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans backup center Kendrick Perkins has returned after being out since Oct. 31 with a pectoral injury.He was in the lineup Friday night against the Washington Wizards, although coach Alvin Gentry said before the game he didn't know how much the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Perkins would play because the Wizards use a lot of small lineups.

  • Thompson sits out for unbeaten Warriors vs Celtics

    December 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Golden State guard Klay Thompson will sit out Friday night's game at Boston as the unbeaten Warriors try to win their 24th straight game this season.Thompson rolled his ankle late in Tuesday night's victory over Indiana. He said this week he was not 100 percent back, and he did not participate in Friday morning's shootaround.

  • Kings guard Rondo suspended 1 game for dispute with official

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game without pay after a dispute with an official during a loss last week in Mexico City.The NBA announced the penalty Friday. The Kings next play on Tuesday night at home against Houston.

  • Hoiberg sees potential in Bulls despite up-and-down start

    December 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman could envision it years ago when he was an assistant coach at Iowa State and Fred Hoiberg was starring for the Cyclones.He saw a player maximizing every ounce of his ability.''He was a big-time worker, was a terrific teammate,'' Forman said. ''Probably one of the best, if not the best, teammates that I coached in the 17 years I coached in college. Was always working on his game, very conscientious, had a high basketball IQ. He wasn't the most talented guy, but got the most out of his talents.''

  • 76ers sign coach Brett Brown to contract extension

    December 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brett Brown has lost about all there is to lose in 2 1/2 years coaching the 76ers.He's on the hook for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports.He's lost a rookie of the year, talented veterans, even a pair of shots at winning the No. 1 overall draft pick.

  • Cavaliers' Shumpert may be active 1st time this season

    December 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert is expected to be activated for the first time this season when the Cavaliers visit the Magic.Shumpert told reporters at Cavaliers morning shoot around Friday in Orlando that though he is active, whether or not he plays would depend on how he feels following the afternoon shooting session.

  • John Williams, popular 6th man with Cavaliers, dies at 53

    December 11, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) John ''Hot Rod'' Williams, who spent 13 years in the NBA and was a popular and tough defensive sixth man on Cleveland Cavaliers playoff teams, has died. He was 53.He died Friday in a Baton Rouge hospital from complications related to prostate cancer, Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said.

  • Sunday slate puts NBA in prime time, not bed time, in Europe

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sundays aren't just for touchdowns and tailgates anymore.While NFL football rules the day in the U.S., European fans are tuning in to the NBA in big numbers for a rare chance to catch live action and still get a good night of sleep.The league expanded its schedule of Sunday afternoon starts this season, with 20 of the 23 games tipping off at 3:30 p.m. ET. That's 9:30 p.m. in Spain, home of the European champions and a devoted fan base.

  • Clippers' Griffin ejected for hard foul on Chicago's Gibson

    December 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin was ejected from Thursday's game against the Bulls following a hard foul against Chicago's Taj Gibson.Griffin knocked him to the floor with a shot to face as Gibson went up for a shot inside with 5:59 left in the third quarter and was called for a foul.

  • NBA: 'Premature' to consider if Walton could coach All-Stars

    December 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Steve Kerr wouldn't be eligible to coach in the All-Star Game. The NBA hasn't determined if Luke Walton would.League spokesman Tim Frank says it's ''premature'' to address whether the interim coach of the undefeated Golden State Warriors could lead the Western Conference if Kerr hasn't returned following back surgery.

  • Former NBA player Tate George's sentencing completes 2nd day

    December 10, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The sentencing hearing for a former NBA player convicted of fraud continued in federal court in New Jersey, but he hasn't yet learned his fate.Thursday was the second day of the hearing for Tate George and a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman says it will not resume Friday, but will be continued at a later date.

  • Kyrie Irving traveling with Cavs, could play on road trip

    December 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving is getting on a plane with the Cavaliers. His next trip could be onto the floor.The All-Star point guard, who hasn't played since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals, could make his much-anticipated 2015-16 debut in the next few days.

  • Dolph Schayes, big man with a guard's flair, dies at 87

    December 10, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star who refined the big man's role in the infancy of the National Basketball Association, has died. He was 87.Schayes was diagnosed with terminal cancer six months ago and died Thursday after being stricken with a severe infection, his son Danny Schayes said.

  • Kyrie Irving close to returning for Cavaliers

    December 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving could make his season debut on the team's upcoming road trip.Coach David Blatt said that Irving, who has been out since breaking his left kneecap in last season's NBA Finals, may play either Friday in Orlando or Tuesday in Boston. Starting guard Iman Shumpert is also close to a return after missing Cleveland's first 21 games with a wrist injury sustained before training camp.

  • Nets' Hollis-Jefferson expected to miss 8-10 weeks

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is expected to miss at least two months after surgery to repair a fractured right ankle.The Nets said the procedure Wednesday in New York was performed by team physician Dr. Martin O'Malley, their foot and ankle specialist. O'Malley says two screws were inserted into the ankle to repair a fracture of the posterior talus and that no other damage was found.

  • Hornets C Jefferson draws 5-game drug suspension from NBA

    December 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets will be without Al Jefferson for an additional five games once he returns from a leg injury after the veteran center was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.Jefferson is currently out with a strained left calf and can't begin serving the five-game suspension until he's healthy, the league announced Wednesday.

  • Rockets F Ariza to miss Wednesday's game with bruised back

    December 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza will miss Wednesday night's game at Washington because of a bruised lower back.Ariza was hurt in Tuesday night's loss at Brooklyn and left after only four minutes.Ariza has averaged 11.6 points while playing in every game for the Rockets this season. He tested the injury in warmups before facing the Wizards, but was eventually ruled out against his most recent former team.

  • Marcin Gortat returns to Wizards after three-game layoff

    December 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards center Marcin Gortat has returned to the team ahead of Wednesday's game against the Rockets.Gortat missed three games for personal reasons. He is averaging 12.0 points and 8.7 rebounds this season, and had three consecutive double-doubles before his absence.

  • Hornets C Jefferson suspended by NBA for 5 games

    December 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets will be without Al Jefferson for an additional five games once he returns from a leg injury after the veteran center was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.Jefferson is currently out with a strained left calf and can't begin serving the five-game suspension until he's healthy, the league announced Wednesday.

  • Former NBA player Tate George faces sentencing in fraud case

    December 9, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A former NBA player convicted of fraud in what federal prosecutors say was a real estate Ponzi scheme that swindled other current and former players acted as his own attorney Wednesday as he sought to make his case for a lighter sentence.

  • Cousins, Gay each score 23, Kings beat Jazz, end 3-game skid

    December 9, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Omri Casspi may be tough to bump from the Sacramento Kings' starting lineup once rookie Willie Cauley-Stein returns from an injury that may keep him sidelined for another month.DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Rudy Gay also scored 23 points as the Kings beat the Utah Jazz 114-106 on Tuesday night.

  • NBA says traveling call was missed late in Wizards-Heat game

    December 8, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A critical 3-pointer that helped the Washington Wizards defeat the Miami Heat should not have counted because of an uncalled traveling violation, the NBA said Tuesday.The league said Bradley Beal traveled on the play where he passed to Gary Neal for a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in Miami on Monday night. Instead of the Heat having the ball down by two, they took over down by five and wound up losing 114-103.

  • NBA, union hold preliminary collective bargaining meeting

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Representatives of the NBA and National Basketball Players Association met Tuesday to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement, about a year before either side could signal its intent to opt out of it.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, and representatives of their staffs took part in the meeting, according to a joint release. The sides said it was a preliminary meeting that included ''constructive dialogue'' and they agreed to continue their discussions.

  • In the East, it's an absolute early season standings logjam

    December 8, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) After six weeks of the season, the Eastern Conference looks better than it did a year ago.Looks messier, too.Out West, it's easy to see who stands out. Golden State's record-setting 22-0 start has the reigning NBA champions as the league's unquestioned favorites, and San Antonio is the only team that hasn't let the Warriors run away and completely hide in the early season standings.

  • Nets' Hollis-Jefferson to have surgery for ankle fracture

    December 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will have surgery later this week to repair a broken ankle.The Nets said Monday that the swingman was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle and that a timetable for his return would be established after the procedure.

  • Raptors F Carroll out with bruised right knee

    December 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll is out indefinitely with a bruised right knee.The 29-year-old Carroll is averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18 games in his first season with Toronto. He had nine points in 26 minutes in Saturday's 112-109 loss to Golden State.

  • Celtics starting Bradley; Lee, Hunter sit out vs. Pelicans

    December 7, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley is starting against the New Orleans Pelicans despite an illness that was bothering him on Sunday.Meanwhile, Boston is without forward David Lee and guard R.J. Hunter.Lee is missing his second straight game with a bruised right heel. Hunter strained a muscle in his left hip area during practice on Sunday.

  • LeBron James signs lifetime contract with Nike

    December 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has a contract with Nike that will last long after he hangs up his sneakers.The NBA megastar has signed a lifetime endorsement deal with the athletic apparel giant, a deal which extends a partnership James began with Nike before he graduated from high school.

  • 76ers hire Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations

    December 7, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Home in Arizona, Jerry Colangelo served as a willing mentor to NBA owners who called for advice.Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris wanted more than an opinion on what was wrong with his failing franchise.Harris asked Colangelo to fix - and save - the Sixers as part of the front office.

  • LeBron James signs lifetime deal with Nike

    December 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has signed a lifetime contract with Nike.James has been partnered with the athletic apparel giant since he signed a million contract just before he graduated high school. The NBA star's new deal will carry into his retirement once he's done playing.

  • The Process is tested in Philadelphia

    December 7, 2015

    On a recent visit to Minneapolis, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown looked across the court at the Timberwolves roster and couldn't help but be a little envious.The Timberwolves and the 76ers are both in the initial rebuilding stages, focused on developing a young core for success down the road much more so than today.

  • Olympics opponents learn from Boston revolt over 2

    December 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The grassroots activists who upended Boston's well-funded and star-studded Olympic bid are exporting their expertise.Leaders of No Boston 2024 and No Boston Olympics are showing opposition groups elsewhere how they helped turn public opinion against the city's bid for the 2024 summer games, forcing organizers to withdraw.

  • George Mikan 1948 rookie card sells for 3,664

    December 6, 2015

    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) George Mikan's 1948 rookie card sold for 3,664 in SCP Auctions' Fall Premier online auction, a record for a basketball card.SCP Auctions said Sunday that the buyer wished to remain anonymous.The card of the Minneapolis Lakers' Hall of Fame center is from the lone Bowman basketball card set ever produced is the only one of its kind to receive a grade of ''Gem Mint 10'' from third-party authenticator PSA Cards. The card previously sold in 2009 for 5,000.

  • Olympics opponents learn from Boston revolt over 2024 games

    December 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The grassroots activists that upended Boston's well-funded and star-studded Olympic bid are exporting their expertise.Leaders of No Boston 2024 and No Boston Olympics are showing opposition groups elsewhere how they helped turn public opinion against the city's bid for the 2024 summer games, forcing organizers to withdraw.

  • LeBron James not playing in Saturday's game at Miami

    December 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) LeBron James' latest return to Miami will only be a night off.James was not in Cleveland's lineup for its game against the Heat on Saturday, with coach David Blatt saying he was responsible for the move.James did not make himself available for comment before the game, though was in the facility. Cleveland went 0-2 in his appearances in Miami last season, his first times back as an opponent after a four-season, two-championship stint with the Heat. James also had said earlier this season that he wanted to play in all 82 games this season, something that now won't happen.

  • Cavs holding James out of Saturday game at Miami

    December 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) LeBron James will not play in Cleveland's game at Miami.Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he made the decision in part because James logged 45 minutes in Cleveland's overtime loss at New Orleans on Friday night. The Cavaliers landed in Miami shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, and didn't arrive at their hotel for about another hour.

  • Clippers assign forward Branden Dawson to D-League

    December 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have assigned forward Branden Dawson to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League.It's the second minor league assignment for Dawson. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games for Bakersfield.The team made the move Friday.

  • Column: Warriors so good, they're turning rivals into fans

    December 4, 2015

    When Byron Scott forgets he's a coach of a rival team, just focuses on the game he loves, he can't help but be impressed with the Golden State Warriors.He's hardly alone.All around the NBA, Steph Curry & Co. are turning the teams they beat night after night into adoring fans.

  • Wizards' Gortat travels home to Poland for family emergency

    December 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat has traveled home to Poland because of a family emergency and will miss at least the next two games.The team says Gortat will miss Friday's game against Phoenix and Sunday's contest with Dallas.

  • Green beats odds, keeps getting better for Golden State

    December 4, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green pounds his chest with his right fist and roars toward the rafters after big plays, mouth agape.Jason Richardson loves every second of it, thrilled to see such emotion from a player he knows beat long odds to reach basketball's highest level.

  • Thomas, Celtics beat Kings 114-97 in Mexico City

    December 4, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Prior to the game, Isaiah Thomas said he was disappointed when he saw Boston's schedule this season showed no visits to Sacramento.He still got to show off for his former team, though, scoring 21 points as the Celtics defeated the Kings 114-97 Thursday night in the NBA*s third regular-season game played in Mexico.

  • Pistons center Baynes has surgery for broken nose

    December 3, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes had surgery to repair a broken nose.The team announced the operation Thursday, saying Baynes received clearance to keep playing after injuring his nose at Oklahoma City on Nov. 27.Baynes has played in three games since then. He missed all five of his shots from the field in Wednesday's win over Phoenix.

  • Hawks send Tim Hardaway Jr. to D-League

    December 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired during the NBA draft for a first-round pick, has been assigned to Canton of the NBA Development LeagueHardaway has played in just four games as he has struggled to earn a role in coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation.

  • Life goes on for Jazz without Rudy Gobert

    December 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are entering life without their defensive anchor for the foreseeable future.A solid timeline hasn't been given for the return of Rudy Gobert, but coach Quin Snyder said he could be out ''the next couple months'' after suffering a MCL sprain in his left knee on Wednesday.

  • Towns named Western Conference rookie of the month

    December 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns' NBA career got off to a historic start, with the No. 1 overall pick putting up the kind of numbers not seen for a rookie since Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal.He was the first teenager to post double-doubles in his first two games in NBA history, posted double-doubles in six of his first eight games and helped the Minnesota Timberwolves get off to a surprisingly successful start with wins on the road against Chicago, Atlanta and Miami.

  • Kyrie Irving nearing return with Cavaliers

    December 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's eyes are pointed forward, and once he's back on the floor the Cavaliers star guard intends to keep looking ahead.''I'm a Ferrari without a rearview mirror,'' he said.Irving, who hasn't played since breaking his left kneecap in the NBA Finals, is finally fully cleared to practice and said Thursday that he's moving toward his return. But Irving would not commit to exactly when he'll make his season debut.

  • Thunder star Westbrook adds to imprint on fashion world

    December 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, the eyewear company Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook co-owns, has added 15 new sunglasses frames to its Gold Series, adding to his growing imprint on the fashion world.The unisex styles, designed and crafted by Westbrook and Selima Optique founder Selima Salaun, are named for locations tied to Westbrook's California roots - Compton, Venice, Gardena, Bel Air and Calabasas. Westbrook Frames co-founder Marc Beckman calls the Gold Series their core assortment.

  • Russell Westbrook's eyewear company adds 15 new frames

    December 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, the eyewear company Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook co-owns, has added 15 new sunglasses frames to its Gold Series.The unisex styles are named for locations tied to Westbrook's California roots - Compton, Venice, Gardena, Bel Air and Calabasas. The Compton and Bel Air styles cost 5, while the others are 5.

  • Clippers' Paul out for game against Pacers

    December 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, and is expected to miss more than one game, according to coach Doc Rivers..Paul, who exited the Clippers' game on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter with a strained rib muscle, was examined on Wednesday, but no timetable was established for the point guard's return.

  • Bulls F Nikola Mirotic takes elbow to face, leaves game

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has left the game against the Denver Nuggets after getting hit in the face by an elbow.Mirotic sustained a facial cut in the first quarter Wednesday night and will not return, the team said. He was defending in the lane when he took an inadvertent right elbow from Denver rookie Emmanuel Mudiay, sending Mirotic to the floor. He immediately left the game and went to the locker room, where he received stitches.

  • Jazz center Rudy Gobert out indefinitely with knee injury

    December 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury during practice Wednesday.The team announced he was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee, but no surgery is required.The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Gobert is the centerpiece of the No. 3 defense in the NBA. Gobert is tied with Serge Ibaka for No. 4 in the league with 2.6 blocks per game. He also averages 9.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

  • 76ers suspend center Jahlil Okafor for 2 games after fight

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games Wednesday after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn't revealed to them.Coach Brett Brown said the organization wanted to show ''tough love'' toward Okafor, adding that he was surprised by what he saw in the new video posted by TMZ on Wednesday.

  • Second video surfaces of Okafor fight outside Boston club

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A second video that shows Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor fighting outside a Boston nightclub last week prompted Boston police Wednesday to urge anyone who was assaulted to come forward.In an initial video posted by TMZ last week, Okafor is seen shoving a man.

  • Former Celtic Jim Loscutoff dies at age 85

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Jim Loscutoff, a seven time NBA champion who played his entire nine-year career with the Boston Celtics, has died.The team said in a statement that Loscutoff died Tuesday. He was 85. The team did not disclose a cause.He is the only Celtics player to have his name, and not uniform number, retired ''for his leadership and all-around excellent play.''

  • Warriors' Curry wants to see Carolina win streak continue

    December 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry knows it would be nearly impossible for the Golden State Warriors to pull off an unbeaten season. He's optimistic that his favorite NFL team can accomplish the feat.When asked Wednesday who'll lose first - the Warriors (19-0) or his hometown Carolina Panthers (11-0) - Curry replied, ''My answer to that is us, but not until like February which means the Panthers get their Super Bowl win. And throw Davidson in there, too. They're 5-0.''

  • Wesley Matthews returns to Portland with Mavericks

    December 2, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wesley Matthews didn't know what to expect in his return to Portland.Back in the city Tuesday night with the Dallas Mavericks for the first time since he left the Trail Blazers as a free agent last summer, the popular guard was greeted with a standing ovation.

  • Pelicans' Evans, Cole set to make season debuts vs. Memphis

    December 1, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guards Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole appear ready to make their season debuts in Tuesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.Gentry says he also plans to start Evans, who sat out the first-plus month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

  • Luke Walton wins coach of month despite official 0-0 record

    December 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton has more NBA coach of the month awards than official wins.The Golden State Warriors interim coach was named the top coach in the Western Conference for October and November on Tuesday after leading the team to a record 19-0 start in place of injured Steve Kerr.

  • NBA fines Pistons' Reggie Jackson K for comments to fan

    December 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson ,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week.The fine was announced Tuesday.Jackson was traded by Oklahoma City last season after saying he wanted to be a starter despite playing behind All-Star Russell Westbrook. Jackson was booed loudly during pregame warmups last Friday and jeered most of the time when he touched the ball. He finished with 15 points on 4-for-16 shooting as the Thunder beat the Pistons, 103-87.

  • LeBron on Kobe: 'I wanted to be just like him'

    December 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) When he was a kid, LeBron James looked up on his bedroom wall where Kobe Bryant hung in reverence.''I wanted to be just like him, man,'' James said Tuesday.Two days after Bryant announced he would retire after this season, James expressed his gratitude and love for the U.S. Olympic teammate who pushed him to greatness and will leave the NBA as one of its most celebrated players.

  • NBA can honor Walton even though record is technically 0-0

    December 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So, Luke Walton can be recognized for what he's done in guiding the Golden State Warriors to a historic start even though his record as an interim coach is technically 0-0.The NBA issued a statement Tuesday clarifying rules regarding coaching records. The league said the head coach of record, in this case Steve Kerr, is credited with team wins and losses. That means Kerr is 19-0 even though he's been sidelined since training camp because of complications from offseason back surgery.

  • LeBron on Kobe: "I wanted to be just like him"

    December 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James says Kobe Bryant inspired him to greatness and he was ''kind of sad'' when he learned the Lakers star is retiring.James spent much of his interview session Tuesday praising Bryant, who announced on Sunday that his 20th NBA season will be his last. James, who had posters of Bryant on his wall as a kid, said he was always motivated by his former Olympic teammate.

  • Charges against ex-Spurs player Robertson dismissed

    November 30, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A judge has dismissed charges against former San Antonio Spurs player Alvin Robertson related to an alleged underage sex ring.The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1LK4EpZ ) reports that state District Judge Jefferson Moore on Monday ruled that Robertson, who played with the Spurs from 1984-1989, was innocent of charges of sexual assault of a child, trafficking an underage child for purposes of sex and forcing a sexual performance by a child.

  • Bulls F Mike Dunleavy Jr has setback with back injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is planning to see two specialists this week after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery.Coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that Dunleavy is going to stop his on-court work and focus on rehabbing the injury for about two weeks.

  • Hornets C Al Jefferson out 2-3 weeks with strained left calf

    November 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets say center Al Jefferson will miss approximately two to three weeks with a strained left calf.Jefferson underwent an MRI on Monday. He was injured in the first quarter of Charlotte's 87-82 win against Milwaukee on Sunday.

  • Bulls F Mike Dunleavy has setback with back injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is planning to see two specialists this week after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery.Coach Fred Hoiberg says Dunleavy experienced some discomfort in his back while the team was on its recent road trip. He says Dunleavy is going to stop his on-court work and focus on rehabbing the injury for about two weeks.

  • Timberwolves coach expects Rubio to play Tuesday vs. Magic

    November 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return from a two-game absence when Minnesota plays Orlando on Tuesday night, coach Sam Mitchell said.Rubio missed the previous games at Sacramento and the Clippers with a sore left ankle, the same one that was surgically repaired in the offseason. Rubio practiced fully on Monday and Mitchell said that he will return to the starting lineup provided he suffers no setbacks before game time.

  • Officials: 76ers' Okafor cited for excessive speed on bridge

    November 30, 2015

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Officials have confirmed that Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor was recently cited in New Jersey for driving at ''an excessive rate of speed'' and reckless driving on a major area bridge.The Delaware River Port Authority confirmed Monday that the NBA player was stopped on the Ben Franklin Bridge on Oct. 19. The agency did not disclose how fast Okafor was traveling, but published reports have said it was more than 100 mph.

  • Bryant kicks off hoops goodbye tour in hometown of Philly

    November 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown Tuesday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-18).

  • Bryant kicks off goodbye tour in Philly

    November 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown Tuesday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-18).

  • Wizards waive F Martell Webster, sign C Ryan Hollins

    November 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have waived forward Martell Webster after he had hip surgery and signed center Ryan Hollins.The team announced the moves Monday, when Webster tweeted a thank you to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis ''for giving me another chance in this league.''

  • Raptors' DeMar DeRozan grew up emulating Kobe

    November 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan was 16 when he was invited to Kobe Bryant's camp for the top 25 American high school shooting guards.A friendship grew between the youngster who would become an All-Star for the Toronto Raptors and the player who would become the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

  • Kobe's coming home, so the buzz will be back in Philadelphia

    November 30, 2015

    The buzz is back in Philadelphia, even as the 76ers fall further into NBA infamy every time they play.Kobe Bryant is coming home to play - for the last time.The Los Angeles Lakers' first road game since Bryant announced he would retire after this season is Tuesday night in Philadelphia, and everybody seems excited.

  • The NBA starts paying Bryant his farewell compliments

    November 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The first time Shane Battier was involved in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he intercepted one of Kobe Bryant's passes in the final moments to help seal the victory.When they met a few weeks later, Bryant sure seemed like he remembered.

  • Kobe Bryant: A hero or a villain? Or both?

    November 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant was sitting outside at a posh hotel not long ago, enjoying warm afternoon sun and a soft breeze. He's in the midst of telling a story and stops abruptly mid-sentence.A fan has caught his eye, and he knows what's coming.''Excuse me,'' she begins. ''But I'm a big fan of yours. I just want to wish you luck and is there any way I can get a picture with you?''

  • Anthony sitting out Knicks' game vs Rockets for illness

    November 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks' game against Houston because of an illness.The Knicks said Lance Thomas would start in Anthony's place Sunday night.Anthony has played in all 17 games this season, leading the Knicks with 22.1 points per game. He was held to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a 97-78 loss to Miami on Friday.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

    November 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.That's when Kobe decided he could only wait a few more months to begin his life after the Lakers.

  • Kobe Bryant, by the numbers

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Highlights of Kobe Bryant's NBA career, which he said Sunday will end at the conclusion of the season (all statistics entering Sunday):--Career points: 32,670, third-most in NBA history.High point game: 81, second-most in NBA history.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of 2015-16 season

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season.The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire after this season.

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant says he will retire after this season.

  • 76ers' Okafor apologizes for choices after recent fight

    November 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has apologized through social media for his recent decisions, days after he was involved in a fight in Boston.The 6-foot-11 rookie from Duke is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds for the winless Sixers, who face the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

  • Hornets C Jefferson out with left calf strain

    November 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson suffered an injury to his left leg in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, with team officials calling his return ''doubtful.''Jefferson suffered a left calf strain with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. He hobbled off the court, favoring his left leg, and was replaced by Cody Zeller.

  • Fredette expected to debut with D-League Knicks on Monday

    November 28, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Jimmer Fredette is expected to make his debut with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League on Monday night.Westchester took the former college player of the year with the No. 2 pick this year, but he was then signed by the New Orleans Pelicans and played four games for them before being waived on Nov. 19.

  • Boston police probing fight involving 76ers center Okafor

    November 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A man has come forward saying Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor assaulted him during a fight in Boston that was recorded on cellphone video and posted online, police said.The man filed a police report Friday saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub early Thursday morning, authorities said. The man said he needed stitches to close a cut above his eye, according to police.

  • Wiggins scores 22 as Timberwolves beat Kings 101-91

    November 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) For a team that has struggled at home this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have fared surprisingly well away from Target Center.It helps having what Andre Miller calls one of the deepest benches in the NBA.Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Zach LaVine added 19 points and eight rebounds, and the Timberwolves got a big game from their reserves in a 101-91 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

  • Warriors Watch

    December 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) CHASING HISTORYHow the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 20 games: 20-0.Last result: Def. Charlotte Hornets, 116-99.Next game: At Toronto, Saturday.

  • Milt Newton's odyssey from troubled kid to Timberwolves GM

    November 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kent Amos sat in his Washington, D.C., living room 36 years ago, three lost boys standing before him.Amos and his wife Carmen were embarking on a new mentoring program for wayward children, and 14-year-old Milt Newton was among the first three candidates to receive the family's help.

  • 76ers center Okafor says Boston fight 'dumb on my part'

    November 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline.''It was definitely dumb on my part,'' Okafor said following a shootaround Friday, several hours before the Houston Rockets were scheduled to host the Sixers. ''Something I'm embarrassed about. Still dealing with the league and the team but I'm not happy about it all. We're still going through the process of what we're going to do.''

  • Bucks' Jason Kidd suspended a game for conduct toward ref

    November 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd for one game without pay for his aggressive conduct toward a referee.His actions came during Wednesday night's 129-118 home loss to Sacramento. Kidd is to serve his suspension Friday night when the Bucks play at Orlando.

  • Boston police say no investigation in apparent Okafor fight

    November 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston police say they do not plan to investigate an apparent nightclub scuffle involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor unless someone involved comes forward to say they were the victim of a crime.Officer James Kenneally said Friday that police responded to reports of a fight outside the nightclub hours after the winless Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Kenneally says the participants were gone by the time officers arrived and nobody was arrested or charged.

  • Memphis hands Houston 3rd straight loss, 102-93

    November 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies didn't panic after opening the season 3-6 because they were confident they had the players to turn things around.Now they've done just that, winning six of their last seven games, capped by a 102-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to improve to 9-7.

  • Suns sign G Bryce Cotton out of D-League

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed free-agent guard Bryce Cotton out of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.The Suns announced the signing prior to their game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-1 Cotton is a Providence product and had averaged 22 points per game in four contests with the Austin Spurs this year. The Tucson native played in 15 games for the Utah Jazz as an un-drafted rookie last season and scored double digits in his last four.

  • Suns sign free-agent guard Bryce Cotton

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed free-agent guard Bryce Cotton on Wednesday before their home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.The 6-foot-1 Cotton, a former Tucson prep star who played at Providence, averaged 22.0 points in four games for Austin in the NBA Development League. He averaged 5.3 points in 15 games last season as rookie with the Utah Jazz, scoring 21 points in an April 13 game against Dallas.

  • Fan pours drink on Celtics draft pick Thornton during game

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) An elderly basketball fan has been banned for the rest of the Australian season after tipping beer on the head of Boston Celtics 2015 draft pick Marcus Thornton during a domestic league game.Thornton was playing for the Sydney Kings in a National Basketball League game against the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong on Wednesday when he drove to the net in the third quarter and fell to the floor on the edge of the court. That's when a man seated in a private box leaned over and poured his drink on him.

  • Hornets agree to multiyear extension with Steve Clifford

    November 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have entrusted their short-term future to coach Steve Clifford.The Hornets agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday with Clifford, who is in his third season with the franchise. The team did not release financial terms.

  • Warriors want more after making NBA history with 16-0 start

    November 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even though he hasn't been in his usual spot on the bench, ailing coach Steve Kerr has contributed plenty to Golden State's record start.On Tuesday night, his defending champion Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 to become the first team in NBA history to begin a season 16-0. Hours earlier, Kerr offered his thoughts - then spent the game behind the scenes still recovering from a pair of back operations as interim coach Luke Walton led the squad to its latest win.

  • Hawks retire Mutombo's No. 55

    November 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker's Hall of Fame enshrinement.Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams.

  • Pacers G Hill expected to return Tuesday against Wizards

    November 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Pacers guard George Hill is expected to return Tuesday night against Washington after missing three games with an upper respiratory infection.Hill is averaging 14 points and just under 37 minutes in 10 games this season. He was on the bench in case of emergency in Saturday's victory over Milwaukee.

  • Spurs' Parker names cubs at Texas zoo for self, wife, son

    November 24, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Tony Parker had a walk on the wild side this week and has named three African lion cubs at the San Antonio Zoo after his wife, their son and himself.Zoo officials said Tuesday that Parker had decided on Axelle, Josh and T.P. after earlier making the top bid for the naming rights.

  • Review board says cops had no right to arrest NBA player

    November 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1kRkA4M ) says the police watchdog agency also ruled Monday that officers didn't use excessive force when his leg was broken in a struggle.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer fined ,000 for contact with official

    November 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized Monday for bumping an official, an incident that drew a ,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended.The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • LeBron James joins Oscar Robertson on elite NBA list

    November 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Make room, Big O.LeBron James joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the Top 25 in points and assists.With his fifth assist Monday night against Orlando, James pulled into the elite company of Robertson, the legendary ''Big O,'' who finished with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James entered the game needing 21 points to pass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 18th on the career scoring list. Robertson is 11th.

  • Warriors look to follow up NBA title by posting record start

    November 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Anyone who thought the Golden State Warriors would be content after winning one NBA title was sadly mistaken.With Stephen Curry hitting 3-pointers at a record-setting pace and the rest of his teammates playing with a high level of intensity and focus, the Warriors have tied the NBA record with 15 straight wins to open the season.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer fined ,00 for contact with official

    November 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized Monday for bumping an official, an incident that drew a ,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended.The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • LA Clippers dance squad to get reality series

    November 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers' dance squad is getting its own reality series.E! Entertainment said Monday the series that is scheduled to debut early next year will show what it's like to be a member of the squad on and off the court. Eight one-hour episodes of ''L.A. Clippers Dance Squad'' are scheduled to air on the cable network.

  • Heat's Riley says he sees 'dynastic' potential in Warriors

    November 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Pat Riley played alongside Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, the guards whose exploits from the early 1970s still have the Miami Heat president saying they were the best backcourt he ever saw.His rankings might be changing.From Riley, these are ultimate compliments - comparing anyone to West and Goodrich, or one team to that 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship. But that's the level of the praise he's doling out these days to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rolling Golden State Warriors.

  • Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

    November 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain have reached an agreement in a years-long lawsuit that alleged misuse of the basketball star's name in advertising, according to spokespeople for both sides.The case involved Jewel-Osco's use of Jordan's name in a 2009 Sports Illustrated ad that congratulated the six-time NBA champion on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The ad included a large Jewel-Osco logo under the text.

  • Riley says he sees 'dynastic' potential in Warriors

    November 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Pat Riley played alongside Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, the guards whose exploits from the early 1970s still have the Miami Heat president saying they were the best backcourt he ever saw.His rankings might be changing.From Riley, these are ultimate compliments - comparing anyone to West and Goodrich, or one team to that 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship. But that's the level of the praise he's doling out these days to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rolling Golden State Warriors.

  • Celtics' Smart out a couple of weeks with left leg injury

    November 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss at least a couple of weeks with a lower left leg injury.Coach Brad Stevens says Sunday that the second-year guard won't need surgery and the injury isn't considered a long-term problem, but that doctors want to make sure he's fully healed before returning.

  • Timberwolves moving Kevin Martin into starting lineup

    November 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is inserting Kevin Martin into the starting lineup in hopes of jumpstarting a struggling offense.Martin will replace Tayshaun Prince and Andrew Wiggins will slide from shooting guard to small forward in a first five that also includes point guard Ricky Rubio, power forward Kevin Garnett and center Karl-Anthony Towns. The new-look unit will debut on Monday night at home against winless Philadelphia.

  • Wade moves into NBA's top 50 career scorers

    November 21, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is now among the top 50 scorers in NBA history.Wade has passed Dale Ellis for 50th on the league's all-time list. Ellis scored 19,004 points in his career; Wade's free throw with 3:10 left in the second quarter of Miami's game with Philadelphia on Saturday night gave the perennial All-Star guard 19,005 for his career.

  • Gentry: Davis, Asik ready to return for Pelicans vs. Spurs

    November 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says forward Anthony Davis and center Omer Asik are both ready to return to the lineup Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.Davis injured his left shoulder in the first quarter Tuesday night in a loss to Denver and sat out Wednesday night in a loss at Oklahoma City that dropped the Pelicans to 1-11.

  • Wizards' Webster expected to miss season after hip surgery

    November 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster is expected to miss the entire NBA season after having surgery on his right hip.The team says Webster's operation, in Tennessee on Friday, repaired the labrum and damaged cartilage in his hip.

  • Cavs center Timofey Mozgov out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    November 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are down to two healthy starters.The team said Friday that center Timofey Mozgov could miss the next two weeks with a strained shoulder and guard Mo Williams is out for the next two games, another blow to a team that's had more than its share of injuries.

  • Cavs starting center Mozgov out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    November 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting center Timofey Mozgov could miss two weeks with a strained shoulder.Mozgov was injured in the first half of a win Thursday night over Milwaukee and did not return in the second half. An MRI taken Friday revealed a strained right deltoid, and the team said he will be out at least 10 days.

  • Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay injures shoulder

    November 19, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Sacramento forward Rudy Gay left the Kings' game Thursday night against the Miami Heat after straining his left shoulder.Gay was hurt in the third quarter driving to the basket as Miami's Justise Winslow took a swipe at the ball. Gay immediately grabbed his shoulder and left the game. He finished with 13 points in 25 minutes.

  • LeBron James has high praise for coach David Blatt

    November 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James flattered Cavaliers coach David Blatt with some high praise.''He does his job, as great as any coach can do in this league,'' James said Thursday morning at Cleveland's shootaround before its night game against Milwaukee. ''It's up for us to go out and produce.''

  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to charges in drunken driving arrest

    November 19, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his drunken driving arrest in Denver.Court records show the former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded guilty Thursday to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation. He faces up to 180 days in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 14.

  • Kings star Cousins suspended 1 game for hitting Horford

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings star forward DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game for hitting Atlanta's Al Horford in the head with a forearm.Cousins will miss Thursday night's game at Miami.The NBA announced the penalty a day after Cousins and Horford tangled late in the first quarter at Atlanta. The 25-year-old Cousins has often been suspended for his conduct on and off the court.

  • Bucks' Parker to return against Cavs following foot sprain

    November 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Forward Jabari Parker will return Thursday night for the Milwaukee Bucks against Cleveland after missing a game because of a sprained right foot.Coach Jason Kidd said in Cleveland that Parker would start against the Cavaliers.Parker didn't play in the Bucks' first four games as the team eased him back from a torn left ACL injury that sidelined him for the last 4 1/2 months of the 2014-15 campaign.

  • Bulls G Derrick Rose sits out against Suns with sore ankle

    November 18, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been ruled out against the Phoenix Suns with a sore left ankle.Rose tested his ankle with balance work before Wednesday night's game, but coach Fred Hoiberg decided to hold him out. The 2011 NBA MVP was injured late in Monday's win over Indiana, when he scored 23 points in a 96-95 victory.

  • Struggling Hawks again without Teague, Bazemore vs Kings

    November 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks were again short-handed Wednesday night, going against the Sacramento Kings without starters Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore.Teague missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Bazemore is sidelined for the second game in a row with a right ankle sprain.

  • Mavs' Charlie Villanueva leaves team for birth of 2nd child

    November 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva has left the team for the birth of his second child.Villanueva missed the team's game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.The 31-yeard-old Villanueva is averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Pistons showing progress behind Drummond, Jackson

    November 18, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Andre Drummond's rebounding numbers are so stratospheric that he hears it from the rest of his team when he finishes a game with only 18.''They were giving him a hard time in the locker room last night,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday. ''He was below his average.''

  • Hornets' Marvin Williams fined ,000

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams was fined ,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for elbowing New York Knicks forward Louis Amundson in the head.Williams was given a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected in the fourth quarter of the Hornets' 102-94 loss at New York on Tuesday night.

  • After big night, Porzingis new toast of the town in New York

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis has long arms and quick feet, an ideal combination for rebounding, defending and distributing towels.A big number on the stat sheet is no match for an `R' on the roster - the letter that stands for rookie. So moments after scoring 29 points Tuesday in the best game of his young career, the 20-year-old forward dutifully fetched towels for his veteran New York Knicks teammates.

  • Spurs' Manu Ginobili out 2 games with hip issue

    November 18, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Veteran Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will miss the next two games with hip tightness.San Antonio (8-2) announced the move before Wednesday night's home game against Denver. He will also miss Friday's game at New Orleans and will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against Memphis.

  • Kevin McHale fired by Houston Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Six months ago, Kevin McHale coached the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years.There are high expectations for the team again this season behind James Harden and Dwight Howard, but McHale won't be around to see where the Rockets end up: Houston fired McHale on Wednesday with the team off to a puzzling 4-7 start.

  • Kevin McHale fired by Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets fired Kevin McHale on Wednesday with the team off to a lackluster 4-7 start just a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals.Assistant J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach in the shake-up announced by general manager Daryl Morey hours before Houston hosted Portland.

  • McHale fired by Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale with the team off to a lackluster 4-7 start just a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals, The Associated Press has learned.Assistant J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the move had not yet been announced. The firing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale.

  • Pelicans' Davis hurts left shoulder vs Denver

    November 17, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans forward Anthony Davis has left the court with a left shoulder injury and will not return in the Pelicans' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.Davis could be seen grimacing while playing in the first quarter. He started the game 0 for 3 from the field and had not scored when he left the court during a timeout with 5:39 left in the period.

  • Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing

    November 17, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract.In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years - driving Benson to and from work and doing numerous personal errands for Benson and his wife.

  • Nuggets F Wilson Chandler has hip surgery; out for season

    November 18, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets say forward Wilson Chandler underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.The team says Tuesday the arthroscopic surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.Chandler is out for this season. He's expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

  • Carmelo Anthony executive producer of Lloyd Daniels film

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony is the executive producer of the new documentary about former New York playground star and NBA player Lloyd Daniels.''"The Legend of `Swee' Pea''' debuts Tuesday in New York and tells the story of Daniels, whose rise was sidetracked by drug addiction and violence. He had remnants of bullets still in his body as he embarked on his pro career.

  • Bucks forward Jabari Parker out with sprained right foot

    November 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Jabari Parker will miss the Milwaukee Bucks' upcoming three-game road trip because of a sprained right foot.The second-year forward was scheduled to undergo more tests. Parker had an MRI on Monday morning to follow up on discomfort in the foot.

  • Pacers rookie Myles Turner out 6 weeks after thumb surgery

    November 16, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss six weeks after surgery Monday to repair a chip fracture in his left thumb.The rookie was injured during last week's victory at Boston. Initially, the team said the No. 11 overall pick in the June draft would miss four weeks.

  • Billionaire loses appeal to reverse B sale of LA Clippers

    November 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his appeal Monday to regain the team his estranged wife sold last year for a record billion after he was booted from the NBA for making discriminatory remarks about blacks.The 2nd District Court of Appeal said Shelly Sterling properly removed her husband from a family trust that owned the team and that the sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prevented the trust from an ''extraordinary loss.''

  • Clarification: Pistons-Warriors story

    November 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) In a story Nov. 10 about the Pistons-Warriors game, The Associated Press omitted Golden State center Andrew Bogut's point total for the game. Bogut scored eight points.An updated version of the story is below:On a night Stephen Curry struggled with his shot, Golden State barely missed a beat while extending its unbeaten streak.

  • Towns, Okafor, Porzingis among NBA rookies shining early

    November 16, 2015

    Whether it was because of injury, a lack of talent around them or a lack of talent on their part, last year's rookie class in the NBA was one of the most forgettable in years.It hasn't taken long for this year's crop of rookies to leave that class in the dust.

  • American basketball player unwilling to play game in France

    November 16, 2015

    MADRID (AP) American basketball player Shawn James has not traveled with his Spanish club to play a game in France because of security concerns following the attacks in Paris.Club Dominion Bilbao Basket said Monday James and his family were worried about his safety and the center decided not to make the trip for Tuesday's game in Nanterre, west of Paris. The 32-year-old James was one of the Duquesne players targeted in the 2006 shootings at the university's campus.

  • Rookies shining early across NBA

    November 16, 2015

    Whether it was because of injury, a lack of talent around them or a lack of talent on their part, last year's rookie class in the NBA was one of the most forgettable in years.It hasn't taken long for this year's crop of rookies to leave that class in the dust.

  • Cousins has 36 to lead Kings past Raptors, 107-101

    November 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins stared at the stat sheet Sunday in the Kings' locker room, perusing another night's work where his offensive output was fabulous.Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Kings win their third straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-101.

  • Jazz beat Hawks 97-96 to end 3-game skid

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) France native Rudy Gobert wore his country's flag on his shoes and stood for its national anthem before Sunday night's game.Then he did his best to put aside his emotions regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday long enough to help the Utah Jazz end a losing streak.

  • Jazz get 21 points from Favors, 20 from Hood to beat Hawks

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Derrick Favors scored 23 points, Rodney Hood added 20 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-96 on Sunday night to end a three-game skid.Paul Millsap had a season-high 28 points for the Hawks but failed to hit the rim on a 3-point attempt in the final minute and missed a 12-footer at the buzzer.

  • Coach Budenholzer back with Hawks after 1-game absence

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was back with the team Sunday night after missing one game because of his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.Budenholzer is not publicly discussing Mary Beth Budenholzer's health status.''The support from the players and the staff and everybody has been great,'' he said before Atlanta played Utah. ''I'm just appreciative of that.''

  • Suns' Morris out with knee injury

    November 14, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Markieff Morris missed the Phoenix Suns' game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night due to a sprained left knee.The forward was ruled out about 40 minutes before tipoff. Morris was questionable to play before the decision was made, and the Suns inserted Jon Leuer into the starting lineup in his place.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer still out after wife's medical emergency

    November 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says he will return to the team ''as soon as possible'' but for now will remain with his family following his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.Budenholzer missed Atlanta's game in Boston on Friday night after returning to Atlanta in the morning to attend to the emergency. He said in a team-released statement that he is ''cautiously optimistic'' about his wife's progress, and he thanked the Hawks and the ''NBA family'' for their support.

  • Leonard, Ginobili out for Spurs

    November 14, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio veterans Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili will both miss the Spurs' game Saturday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers.Leonard leads San Antonio in scoring at 21.9 points but has an upper respiratory infection. Leonard fell on his right elbow following a one-handed dunk in the Spurs' previous game against Portland, but returned to finish with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Wednesday night.

  • Rubio listed as questionable for Memphis with hamstring

    November 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After Ricky Rubio missed so much time last season due to a severe ankle injury, the Minnesota Timberwolves knew he was susceptible to a few nagging muscle pulls and strains as he started his comeback.That doesn't make it any easier to get through now that it's happened.

  • Gerald Green returns to Heat practice, expresses remorse

    November 14, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Saturday, though what exactly caused his extended absence from the team remains a closely guarded secret.Green expressed remorse for the incident but did not offer any new details on what happened at his apartment building Nov. 4.

  • French players work through heavy hearts after Paris attacks

    November 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca admitted he had a hard time focusing on basketball Friday night.The Saint-Etienne, France native was worried about the safety of his family in Paris, where terrorist attacks killed at least 120 people. He didn't get confirmation they were all safe until after New Orleans' 100-81 loss at Toronto, and he was especially concerned for a cousin who was at the soccer friendly rocked by the sound of nearby explosions.

  • Isaiah Thomas scores 23, Celtics beat Hawks 106-93

    November 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston's early shooting troubles went away after halftime, while its defense and rebounding never faltered.Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and added 10 assists as the Celtics overcame a slow start with a solid finish and beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-93 on Friday night.

  • Hawks coach Budenholzer to miss game for family emergency

    November 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will miss Friday night's game at the Boston Celtics because of a family emergency.Top assistant Kenny Atkinson will coach the Hawks.Atkinson said, ''Our thoughts are with him, obviously, and his family. We're all pretty close.''

  • Steph Curry somehow improves on MVP and championship season

    November 13, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hardly keeps track of how many 3-pointers he's putting up on a given night. His mindset is: See a chance and let it fly.So, how about if he's on a record pace for 3s by season's end?''I always believe 3 is better than 2,'' Curry said with a smile after a recent game. ''If I can knock `em down, I'm sure that will help our team kind of open up games and it's kind of deflating for a defense. I know it is for us when a guy gets hot on the other side.''

  • AP Source: Wolves owner negotiating to sell minority share

    November 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been searching for several years for an investor who would be willing to purchase a minority share of the team and let Taylor continue to run the show for a few more years before eventually taking over as the majority stakeholder.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer missing game due to 'family emergency'

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will miss Friday night's game at Boston because of a family emergency.The team announced that Budenholzer returned to Atlanta early Friday after initially traveling with the team. The Hawks gave no additional details and asked fans and media to ''respect the private nature of the situation.''

  • Clippers without Paul, Redick against Suns

    November 12, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were without their starting backcourt against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Chris Paul has a strained groin and J.J. Redick has lower back spasms. Both were hurt in the team's loss at Dallas on Wednesday night.

  • Wade out for Heat-Jazz with family emergency

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was excused from Miami's home game against Utah on Thursday night because one of his sons was admitted to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.The team did not specify which of Wade's sons had fallen ill, or divulge any other information other than the child is expected to be fine. Wade was expected to release a statement later Thursday.

  • Bulls' Noah on track to return after missing game

    November 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Center Joakim Noah appears to be on track to return to the Chicago Bulls after missing a game because of soreness in his left knee.Coach Fred Hoiberg said Noah went through a full practice Thursday after experiencing some discomfort and will ''hopefully'' play Friday against Charlotte.

  • Injured thumb will keep Pacers' top draft pick out 4 weeks

    November 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers expect rookie center Myles Turner to miss at least four weeks with a chip fracture in his left thumb.He was injured in Wednesday night's victory at Boston. Team officials made the announcement Thursday and said Turner is consulting with the medical staff about what to do next.

  • He gets buckets: Irving's 'Uncle Drew' is back

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) By his own estimate, Kyrie Irving figures about half the people who shout at him in public use his name.The other half yell for Uncle Drew.The character Irving created - the old man who shows up at the playground and, as Drew would say, gets ''buckets'' - is back. Pepsi and Irving released Chapter 4 of the wildly popular Uncle Drew story on Thursday, this episode filmed at a Miami park over the summer and also featuring Ray Allen, Baron Davis and actor J.B. Smoove.

  • Heat helping returning soldiers transition into coaching

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The way Miami Heat President Pat Riley sees it, there are some real similarities between being a soldier and being a coach.And now, some former soldiers are getting a chance to prove him right.The Heat charitable fund has provided 0,000 to a program called Operation Coach, part of an organization called Up2Us Sports that is trying to give returning veterans from the post-Sept. 11 era the opportunity to give back to their communities through involvement in youth sports. A group of those coaches were part of an on-court ceremony at a Heat game this week.

  • Portland's Leonard dislocates shoulder

    November 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland forward Meyers Leonard dislocated his left shoulder Wednesday night during the Trail Blazers' game against the San Antonio Spurs.Leonard was whisked to the locker room after he clutched his left arm on the court midway through the third quarter. The team said he would not return.

  • Aldridge returns to Portland for the 1st time with Spurs

    November 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge made his first appearance in Portland since leaving the Trail Blazers for San Antonio this summer, leading the Spurs to a 113-101 victory Wednesday.The Texas native signed a four-year deal worth million with the Spurs in July. Aldridge met with several teams, but ultimately picked the one that brought him home.

  • Lakers to honor 3 men who helped stop attempted train attack

    November 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The three men who helped stop an attempted terror attack on a train in Europe will be honored by the Los Angeles Lakers this weekend.Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler will be introduced in an on-court ceremony Sunday when the Lakers face Detroit. They also will meet with team president and co-owner Jeanie Buss.

  • Magic's Oladipo leaves game vs Lakers with concussion

    November 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the team's second-leading scorer, left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a concussion.Team officials said Oladipo was taken to the locker room for examination during the first quarter and would not return to the game.

  • Nuggets F Chandler out for the year with hip injury

    November 11, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will undergo surgery on his right hip and is expected to miss the season.Chandler suffered a labral tear during the preseason and did not play in any of Denver's first seven regular-season games. He will endure a six-month rehab process but is expected to make a full recovery.

  • Hawks assigned rookie C Walter 'Edy' Tavares to D-League

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have sent rookie center Walter ''Edy'' Tavares to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.The move was made under the flexible assignment rule, giving the 7-foot-3 Tavares a chance to get some much-needed playing time.

  • Pelicans star Anthony Davis (hip injury) sits out vs Hawks

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New Orleans star Anthony Davis is sitting out Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a bruised right hip.Davis was injured the previous night in the Pelicans' first win of the season, a 120-105 victory over Dallas. He sat out the second half and wasn't cleared to face the Hawks. Omer Asik gets the start at center.

  • Knicks G Afflalo will start against Hornets

    November 11, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher says guard Aaron Afflalo will make his first start of the season against the Charlotte Hornets.Afflalo has been bothered by a strained left hamstring and has missed New York's first eight games.

  • Thunder's Durant out at least a week with hamstring injury

    November 12, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant got annoyed with health questions during the preseason.Just a few weeks into the regular season, he's already facing more of them.The Thunder said Wednesday the star forward will miss at least a week because of a strained left hamstring. Durant was injured during the second quarter of a 125-101 victory at Washington on Tuesday night. He will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

  • Police: Heat guard Gerald Green punched man, was combative

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat guard Gerald Green punched a man, then was combative with paramedics and eventually needed to be handcuffed just so rescue personnel could transport him to a trauma center last week, according to police.The Miami police incident report, released Wednesday, said the man who was punched by Green did not wish to press charges.

  • Stirling, longtime NBA executive and scout, dies at 86

    November 11, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gordon ''Scotty'' Stirling, the former NBA vice president of operations and longtime team executive and scout, died Wednesday. He was 86.The NBA said Stirling died in Sacramento.''Scotty was a highly regarded league executive who dedicated more than 35 years of his life to our game,'' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. ''He exuded passion for basketball and worked tirelessly in front-office roles with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and the ABA's Oakland Oaks.

  • Rockets guard Beverley briefly arrested on traffic warrant

    November 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was briefly arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor warrant for a Houston-area traffic violation before being released when he paid a 1 fine.The team says Beverley, who missed the Rockets' morning shootaround, has resolved issues related to vehicle registration and an electronic toll road pass.

  • Team owner sorry for chopper preventing youth soccer game

    November 11, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) An owner of the NHL's New Jersey Devils is apologizing to two youth soccer teams after his helicopter landed on the field where they were going to play, forcing the game's cancellation.Officials at a Newark prep school that lets Devils owner Josh Harris and others use its field say an apparent scheduling error was to blame.

  • Rockets guard Beverley arrested on traffic violations

    November 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was briefly arrested Wednesday over some misdemeanor Houston-area traffic violations.The team says Beverley, who missed the Rockets' morning shootaround, has resolved issues related to vehicle registration and an electronic toll road pass.

  • Rookie Winslow quickly works his way into key Heat role

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Justise Winslow is two weeks into his NBA career, and here's just a partial list of some of the players the Miami Heat have already called upon him to guard: LeBron James, Paul George, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan.All big-time scorers.And Winslow hasn't flinched.

  • 'We're just too soft': Wittman rips his Wizards for no 'D'

    November 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The volume of Randy Wittman's voice rose right along with his anger.The coach's Washington Wizards had just lost their third consecutive game, offering up little in the way of defensive resistance each time, and he had a point to make.

  • Kobe Bryant sits out Lakers game at Miami with sore back

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A sore back kept Kobe Bryant out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup on Tuesday for the first game that the 20-year veteran dogged by injuries in recent years missed this season.Bryant was not with the team for its morning shootaround several hours before facing the Miami Heat and knew in the afternoon he wouldn't be able to play. The Lakers started Metta World Peace in Bryant's place and lost 101-88, falling to 1-6 on the season.

  • Thunder's Durant leaves game at Wizards with left leg injury

    November 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder's game at the Washington Wizards at halftime with a strained left hamstring Tuesday night.After getting fouled by Kris Humphries on a drive to the basket with 54.2 seconds left in the second quarter, Durant limped a bit and grabbed at the back of his left leg.

  • Andrew Wiggins out with sore right knee

    November 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins was a late scratch for the game on Tuesday night against Charlotte because of a sore right knee.Wiggins was coming off back-to-back games of at least 30 points for the first time in his young career. That included 33 in a road victory over Atlanta on Monday night that improved the Timberwolves to a surprising 4-2.

  • Kobe Bryant sitting out Lakers game at Miami

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant is not in the Los Angeles Lakers' starting lineup against the Miami Heat, marking the first game the 20-year veteran is missing this season.Metta World Peace was listed in Bryant's starting spot on Tuesday night.Bryant is in Miami with the team and said Monday he anticipated playing against the Heat. Lakers coach Byron Scott did not reveal that Bryant was not playing in his pregame availability, and it wasn't officially known until the team released its starting lineup about 45 minutes before game time.

  • Heat suspend Green for 2 games over detrimental conduct

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green will return to the Miami Heat, but only after the shooting guard serves a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.The specifics of that conduct, however, remain a mystery.Green was briefly hospitalized last week for still-undisclosed reasons and has not been with the team since. He was a key reserve in Miami's first three games, missed a game on Nov. 3 because of what the team said was an illness, and then needed to be transported by ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital the following morning.

  • Wiz G Bradley Beal out of starting lineup with sore shoulder

    November 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is out of the starting lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sore left shoulder.Beal, Washington's leading scorer, is active Tuesday night, but listed as doubtful. Gary Neal replaces him in the lineup.

  • Heat send Chalmers to Grizzlies in multi-player deal

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Mario Chalmers and Memphis are linked again.Best known in college for helping beat Memphis in the NCAA championship game, Chalmers was traded by Miami to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday in a four-player deal that helps the Heat move closer to escaping would be a very punitive tax bill after the season.

  • 76ers, Phillies look for new ways to rebuild sagging teams

    November 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have more official and unofficial catchphrases attached to their elongated rebuild these days than victories.''Trust the Process.'' ''Tankadelphia.'' ''Since 1776.''No, Philadelphia hasn't been losing since 1776, though the winless Sixers are on a 17-game losing streak dating to last season.

  • Bulls D League team to play in Hoffman Estates

    November 10, 2015

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bulls' new NBA Development League team will play its home games at the Sears Centre Arena in suburban Hoffman Estates.Team officials presented a Bulls jersey to the village on Monday night after the village board voted to allow the team to play in the arena. The lease agreement could be made final next week.

  • Indianapolis board OKs Pacers' plans for practice facility

    November 10, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has given its unanimous approval to a contract allowing the Indiana Pacers to build a million practice facility.Board President Earl Goode said Monday the five-story, 130,000-square-foot St. Vincent Center would be built in downtown Indianapolis across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That venue is the home of the Pacers and the WNBA's Indiana Fever.

  • Kobe says another Olympics 'would mean the world' to him

    November 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant sounds like someone who wants to play beyond this season - if only for a few months.Bryant said Monday that he still wants to be part of the team that USA Basketball will send to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a tournament that theoretically could mark the end of his competitive basketball career if he retires at the conclusion of this NBA season. Bryant helped the U.S. win gold at the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games.

  • NBA star Duncan says ex-financial adviser cost him millions

    November 9, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed another lawsuit against a former financial adviser he contends has cost him millions of dollars in lost investments.The lawsuit filed last week claims Charles Banks of Atlanta urged Duncan to invest .1 million in a cosmetics company that Banks said was profitable when it was actually about to become bankrupt.

  • Kobe's wish: Treat visits like he did Jordan's last All-Star

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It's off to Florida now for Kobe Bryant, for two more games that will potentially be his last in those cities.The Los Angeles Lakers visit Miami on Tuesday and are in Orlando the next night. Yet even if he thinks these are his last trips, don't count on him squeezing in a stop on South Beach to test a restaurant recommendation, or hop over to Walt Disney World for souvenir shopping.

  • LeBron James to play against Pacers despite quad injury

    November 8, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is playing in the Cavaliers' game against Indiana despite a bruised left quad.James took a knee to the leg driving to the basket Friday against Philadelphia. He was down on the court for a couple of moments but remained in the game, scoring 31 points with 13 assists, both season highs.

  • Byron Scott: Kobe said recently this could be his last year

    November 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott asked Kobe Bryant recently how he wants to handle his minutes this season.Bryant's response was about next season - there might not be one.Scott said Sunday that was when Bryant first told him this could be his last season in the NBA.

  • Chris Paul out for Los Angeles Clippers with sore groin

    November 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul has been ruled out for the Los Angeles Clippers' game against Houston due to a sore right groin.The All-Star guard got hurt in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 112-108 loss at Golden State. Coach Doc Rivers says he expects Paul to be out one game.

  • Kobe says he's 'Laker for life,' won't play elsewhere

    November 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) If Kobe Bryant plays beyond this season, he says it will only be with the Lakers.Bryant called himself a ''Laker for life'' on Friday, again denying that he would look to play elsewhere if this season isn't his last.Bryant's contract expires in June at the end of his 20th season. The 37-year-old superstar hasn't revealed his future plans.

  • Kobe prepares for his next, and perhaps his last trip to MSG

    November 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kobe Bryant always loved the history at Madison Square Garden, even before he made some of his own.There's so much to soak in, from the famous faces sitting courtside to the jerseys of great players that hang overhead.''I always try to take a look around, always try to kind of embrace the moment and kind of feel the energy a little,'' Bryant said. ''I always try to make it a point to do that. Is it a little different this time around? Yeah.''

  • Celtics end slide with dominating 118-98 win over Wizards

    November 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics ran at a pace even the up-tempo Washington Wizards couldn't match.Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and eight assists and the Celtics ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Wizards 118-98 on Friday night.

  • LeBron James gets 9,000th career field goal

    November 6, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James became the 20th player in NBA history to make 9,000 career field goals in the second quarter Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.James reached the mark in style by taking an alley-oop pass from Mo Williams for a dunk with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter.

  • Nets' NBA D-League team to debut in 2016-17 season

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Nets organization is headed back to its roots.Brooklyn will have its own NBA Development League team, the Long Island Nets.The D-League Nets will begin play next season at Barclays Center, their parent club's home, before moving to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 2017-18 season. That arena is currently being renovated.

  • Heat guard Green still out with undisclosed illness

    November 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami coach Erik Spoelstra offered no new information on the status of Heat guard Gerald Green, who was hospitalized Wednesday morning. Spoelstra spoke to the media before Friday night's game with the Indiana Pacers,The team continues to limit the details released about Green. He did not play in Miami's home loss to Atlanta on Tuesday and sat out with what Miami described as an illness. Miami police and fire were called to Green's condo early Wednesday after a 911 call that described Green as bleeding and passed out in front of his condo building.

  • Heat's Green still out after being hospitalized

    November 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offered no new information Friday on Gerald Green's status after the Heat guard was hospitalized Wednesday morning.Miami has limited the details released about Green. He did not play in Miami's home loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night, sitting out with what Miami described as an illness. Miami police and fire were called to Green's condo early Wednesday after a 911 call described Green as bleeding and passed out in front of his condo building.

  • Inside game lets Hornets coast past Mavericks, 108-94

    November 6, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Hornets fittingly turned to an old-school NBA tactic - the post-up game - to record Charlotte's first NBA victory in Dallas since 1998.Center Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Hornets pulled away in the second half and beat the Mavericks 108-94 on Thursday night.

  • Carlisle re-ups with Mavs, likely to coach post-Nowitzki era

    November 5, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Rick Carlisle now figures to be coach of the Mavericks long after Dirk Nowitzki retires.The franchise leader in victories and architect of Dallas' only championship has what amounts to a seven-year contract after he signed a five-year, million extension that won't kick in until after the 2016-17 season.

  • Mavs sign Carlisle to contract extension through 2021-22

    November 5, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have signed coach Rick Carlisle to a five-year contract extension that could keep the franchise leader in victories in Dallas until at least 2022.A person with knowledge of the deal says Carlisle is getting a five-year, million extension that will kick in after the team option year in 2016-17. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because contract terms weren't released.

  • Pacers honor favorite 'uncle' at Mel Daniels' memorial

    November 5, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mel Daniels' former teammates will always remember him as a fighter.Cindy Simon Skjodt will always treasure his breath-taking bear hugs, and Reggie Miller will always consider Daniels his favorite uncle.On Thursday, Daniels, the former Indiana Pacers star, was remembered as everything from a tough-talking enforcer to a cowboy-loving poet to a gentle giant who captured the hearts of so many fans in this basketball-rich state. He died Friday at age 71, less than 24 hours after attending Indiana's home opener against Memphis.

  • Magic's Vucevic out with bone bruise in right knee

    November 5, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) An MRI shows that Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic has a bone bruise to his right knee.He hurt it in the second half of Orlando's 119-114 overtime loss at Houston on Wednesday night.The team said Thursday his return to the court would depend on how he responds to treatment.

  • Heat: Green 'safe' and 'healthy,' no specifics on condition

    November 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said reserve guard Gerald Green ''is safe and is healthy,'' one day after he was hospitalized for a still-undisclosed reason.Spoelstra declined to offer any further specifics on Green's condition after the team's morning shootaround in preparation for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, but teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade said they have reached out to Green to let him know they are there to support him.

  • Nuggets add Papanikolaou, waive Green

    November 5, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have added forward Kostas Papanikolaou and waived guard Erick Green.Papanikolaou will be available for Denver's game Thursday night against Utah at the Pepsi Center.The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Papanikolaou averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 43 games with Houston last season. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2012, dealt to Portland and then to the Rockets in 2013.

  • Beal hits 3 with 0.3 seconds left, Wizards beat Spurs 102-99

    November 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Even the NBA's reigning defender of the year couldn't stop Bradley Beal on Wednesday night.Beal made a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to punctuate his 25-point performance against Kawhi Leonard and lift the Washington Wizards to a 102-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

  • LeBron tears open sleeves on too-tight jersey

    November 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has intentionally torn the sleeves on the new jerseys being worn by the Cavaliers in their game against the New York Knicks.James has said in the past that he's ''not a fan'' of the body-hugging jerseys because they restrict him when he's shooting. On Wednesday night, an irritated James, in the midst of a 4-of-11 shooting performance in the first half, did some in-game alterations by ripping the seams on the sleeves around his biceps.

  • 76ers get hardship waiver, sign PG Phil Pressey

    November 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have signed point guard Phil Pressey after being granted an additional roster spot from the NBA for hardship relief.Pressey has appeared in 125 games with the Boston Celtics, averaging 3.1 points, and 2.9 assists in 14 minutes per game. Pressey was on the active list for Wednesday night's game in Milwaukee against the Bucks.

  • Forward Jabari Parker starts in first game back for Bucks

    November 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Forward Jabari Parker has returned to the floor for the Milwaukee Bucks for the first time since tearing his left ACL more than 10 months ago.The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft started Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Coach Jason Kidd joked that Parker was so excited that he got a haircut before the game.

  • Heat say G Gerald Green hospitalized, reasons unclear

    November 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green of the Miami Heat was hospitalized Wednesday for unknown reasons, and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for its game there Thursday.The Heat have ruled Green out for Thursday's game, citing illness - the same reason given when he sat out Tuesday's home game with Atlanta.

  • Jazz not worried about slow start for Gordon Hayward

    November 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward entered the season ready to raise his profile in the league. Things are off to a slower start than expected through three games.Hayward has averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists going into Wednesday's home opener against the Trail Blazers. Those aren't the numbers those around the organization - or Hayward - hoped for, but there's certainly no panic from such a small sample size.

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith out at least 2 games with bruised knee

    November 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least two games with a bruised right knee.The team said an MRI taken Tuesday revealed the bruise as well as right quadriceps tendinitis. Smith will miss Wednesday's home game against New York and Friday's against Philadelphia. He is doubtful for Sunday against Indiana.

  • SG Ross agrees to contract extension with Raptors

    November 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Terrence Ross is staying with the Toronto Raptors.Ross posted on his Twitter account that he had agreed to a multiyear contract. The 24-year-old Ross had until midnight on Monday to sign a deal, or he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

  • Hornets sign G Lamb to 3-year contract extension

    November 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets signed guard Jeremy Lamb to a contract extension on Monday and picked up the fourth-year option on forward Cody Zeller's contract.Lamb's deal is worth million over three seasons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't disclose contract details.

  • Ginobili talks his way into playing, despite Pop's rest plan

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gregg Popovich's plan to rest one of his veterans hit a snag.Chalk it up to Manu Ginobili's persuasion. Or blame the ''bunch of cowards'' Popovich has for assistant coaches.Either way, Ginobili played for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in their 94-84 victory at New York on the second half of a back-to-back that he was supposed to sit.

  • Lakers rookie Nance's nose broken in practice by Randle

    November 2, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had his nose broken by Los Angeles Lakers teammate Julius Randle during practice Monday.Nance is questionable for the Lakers' home game against Denver on Tuesday night.So is Brandon Bass, who injured his eye during the Lakers' loss to Dallas on Sunday.

  • Bucks' Parker, Ennis medically cleared to play against 76ers

    November 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis have been medically cleared to play Wednesday at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has been recovering from surgery in January to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The Bucks have taken a cautious approach with him, which will continue in his return.

  • One week into the season, LeBron closing in on 2 milestones

    November 2, 2015

    LeBron James has often said that being mentioned among the game's all-time greats is humbling to think about now, and that accomplishments will mean more to him after he stops playing.That said, he does savor milestones.And he could reach two of them in his next game.

  • Bulls' Hinrich sidelined by sore toe

    November 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kirk Hinrich will miss the Chicago Bulls' game Sunday night against the Orlando Magic because of a sore toe.Kirk's going to sit out tonight, he's just got a little bit of an issue with his toe,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''I don't think it's anything serious, but he's pretty sore today.''

  • Pelicans' Perkins out indefinitely with pectoral injury

    November 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say there's no timetable for how long veteran center Kendrick Perkins will need to come back from a pectoral injury.Perkins, who started New Orleans' first three games, was hurt in the first quarter Saturday night in a 134-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

  • 10/30/2015 NBA Player of the Day

    October 31, 2015

    Westbrook scored 48 points and added 11 rebounds in Oklahoma City's thrilling 139-136 double-overtime victory at Orlando on Friday. The All-Star point guard sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer from just inside midcourt at the end of regulation and recorded 14 of his points during the two extra periods. He flirted with a triple-double by recording eight assists while matching the third-highest single-game point total of his career.

  • Nash, maestro of frenetic Suns, enters Ring of Honor

    October 31, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Steve Nash was the maestro of a frenetic basketball symphony with the Phoenix Suns.Over a six-year span, from 2004-05 to 2009-10, his Suns reached the Western Conference finals three times and Nash was twice selected league MVP.Those teams never won an NBA title, or even reached the Finals, but they ushered in a high-speed, high-energy style that in many ways transformed the game. The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors can trace their lineage to the desert.

  • NBA Players Association hires Erica McKinley as COO

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Players Association has hired Erica McKinley as its chief operating officer.McKinley has been a practicing attorney for more than 17 years. She previously was the Chief of General Litigation and General Counsel for the Department of Human Services in the Washington office of the Attorney General.

  • Gilbert looks to bring championship to Cleveland

    October 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, following an offseason of big spending, has put his team in a position to win the city of Cleveland's first championship in 51 years.The Cavaliers, who opened their home season Friday night against Miami, are one of the favorites to win the NBA title. Gilbert's spending raised Cleveland's payroll to 0 million, which has given fans hope the Cavaliers will seize the city's first title since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

  • Bulls pick up options on Snell, McDermott for 2016-17

    October 30, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Chicago Bulls have picked up team options for the 2016-17 season on guard Tony Snell and forward Doug McDermott.The Bulls announced the moves Friday before their game at Detroit.Chicago drafted Snell in the first round in 2013, and McDermott went in the first round the following year.

  • Mel Daniels, Hall of Fame center with Pacers, dies at 71

    October 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mel Daniels, the Hall of Fame center who helped the Indiana Pacers win three American Basketball Association titles, died Friday. He was 71.The Pacers said Daniels died in Sheridan, Indiana.''The tremendous outpouring of prayers being sent our way is overwhelming,'' CeCe Daniels, his widow, said in a statement. ''We are so grateful for all the love. His charisma, poise and passion for life - be it horses, basketball or friends - is a template for us all, his family and his fans.''

  • Remembering Flip Saunders: Giver of gifts, eternal optimist

    October 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For those he knew well, and many he didn't, Flip Saunders had a knack coming up with a little gift, a trinket, something simple he would pass along during a quiet moment to make a person feel special.As Minnesota's president of basketball operations, Saunders woke up the morning of the 2014 draft and had a premonition that he would select UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick. He wrote LaVine's name down on a piece of paper that morning. When Saunders' vision came true, he pulled it out of his pocket and gave it to LaVine as his show of faith in their new union.

  • LeBron managing back, intends to play in all '82' games

    October 30, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James didn't bat an eye, didn't flinch.As the NBA keeps an eye on an ongoing issue with his back and wonders if the planet's best player is beginning to show signs of breaking down, James was asked Friday if he had a number in mind of how many games he intends to play in this season.

  • Pistons guard Jodie Meeks out 3-4 months with foot injury

    October 30, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will miss the next three to four months of the NBA season after foot surgery.The Pistons said Friday that the procedure was done to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in Meeks' right foot.

  • LeBron intends to play '82' games this season

    October 30, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Despite a back issue, LeBron James intends to play in every game for the Cavaliers this season.The 30-year-old James recently received the second anti-inflammatory injection in his back in 10 months. He said he ''didn't feel that great'' after playing in back-to-back games to start the season.

  • Saunders family establishes memorial fund for fallen coach

    October 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For those he knew well, and many he didn't, Flip Saunders had a knack coming up with a little gift, a trinket, something simple he would pass along during a quiet moment to make a person feel special.As Minnesota's president of basketball operations, Saunders woke up the morning of the 2014 draft and had a premonition that he would select UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick. He wrote LaVine's name down on a piece of paper that morning. When Saunders' vision came true, he pulled it out of his pocket and gave it to LaVine as his show of faith in their new union.

  • Women's coaches VanDerveer, Gottlieb learn from Warriors

    October 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tara VanDerveer is getting way into the Golden State Warriors, catching as many games as she can on television that don't conflict with her own busy basketball schedule.The Hall of Fame Stanford coach watched the NBA champions practice on campus recently, and she's not the only one taking advantage of having the title team right nearby in the Bay Area.

  • Sefolosha: Lawsuit against NYPD right move, hopes for change

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha thinks about the confrontation with New York police that left him with a broken leg ''almost daily'' and is filing a civil suit because ''they have to be held accountable and be smart about how to interact with people.''

  • Clippers G Austin Rivers fined by NBA

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers was fined ,000 by the NBA on Thursday, following an incident in which he hit a seat cushion that flew into the stands and hit a fan.The accident took place during a play stoppage in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 111-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

  • NBA fines Paul George for criticizing refs after opener

    October 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was fined ,000 by the NBA on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officials.After Wednesday night's season-opening loss at Toronto, the two-time All-Star told reporters that Indiana was frustrated by ''a lot of bad calls.''

  • Luke Walton fills in admirably with Steve Kerr sidelined

    October 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton had everybody fooled that he was completely cool and calm before his debut as an NBA head coach.Even with ailing boss Steve Kerr watching from nearby in the locker room and father Bill Walton in the stands as the Golden State Warriors raised their championship banner before putting together a commanding victory against the Pelicans to open the season.

  • Kobe clears another milestone, begins 20th Lakers season

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Nineteen years ago, Lakers guard Byron Scott arrived at the Fabulous Forum several hours before a game to find his new teenage rookie teammate already shooting with the arena lights off.On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant was in Staples Center several hours before the start of his 20th NBA season, patiently putting up shots with not much more than a ballboy and Los Angeles' championship banners for company.

  • DeRozan scores 25, Lowry has 23, Raptors beat Pacers 106-99

    October 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan felt great about sharing the court with Paul George again. He also enjoyed the solid start for his Toronto Raptors.DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Raptors beat George and the Pacers 106-99 on Wednesday night in the first game of the season for each team.

  • Thomas leads Celtics to 112-95 season-opening win over 76ers

    October 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens talked before the game that he needed be flexible and rely on the team's depth when choosing a lineup.The bench players seemed to be paying attention.Reserve point guard Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and seven assists, and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-95 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team.

  • Timberwolves unveil shooting shirts dedicated to Flip

    October 28, 2015

    Three days after losing their leader to cancer, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure everyone knows that Flip Saunders is still with them.The Timberwolves unveiled a new shooting shirt for pregame warmups in their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The gray shirts have ''WE'' written in big, block letters, with ''FLIP'' written over the heart.

  • Timberwolves unveiling shooting shirts dedicated to Flip

    October 28, 2015

    Three days after losing their leader to cancer, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure everyone knows that Flip Saunders is still with them.The Timberwolves are unveiling a shooting shirt for pregame warmups in their season opener at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The gray shirts have ''WE'' written in big, block letters. They also have ''FLIP'' written over the heart.

  • Warriors C Bogut sustains concussion in season-opening win

    October 28, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has a concussion after taking an arm to the head in Tuesday night's season-opening win against New Orleans.Bogut had already been wearing a face mask for a broken nose when he sustained a cut above his right eye that required stitches. He left the defending NBA champions' 111-95 win at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter and didn't return.

  • NBA Capsules

    April 14, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it - for 73.Down to their final chance at the record, the Warriors became the first 73-win team Wednesday night by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104, breaking what many considered an unmatchable mark set 20 years ago by Jordan's Chicago Bulls - oh, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr, too.

  • Los Angeles Clippers exercise option on G C.J. Wilcox

    October 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have exercised their contract option on guard C.J. Wilcox for the 2016-17 season.The Clippers announced the move Tuesday night on the eve of their season opener at Sacramento.Wilcox's option for next season is worth nearly .21 million.

  • Obama spends a whirlwind day in his hometown, Chicago

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) President Barack Obama spent a whirlwind Tuesday back in his hometown.In less than a full day, he spoke to a gathering of police chiefs, raised money for fellow Democrats at back-to-back-fundraisers, sat courtside at the Chicago Bulls' season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and poked back at those who predicted he'd be a lame duck during his final two years in office.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects to return this season

    October 27, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still experiencing symptoms caused by complications following back surgery this summer and isn't sure when he will resume his duties on the bench.The second-year coach of the defending NBA champions has been on a leave of absence since having issues during the first week of training camp, including headaches and fatigue. He was on hand at Oracle Arena for Tuesday night's championship banner raising and ring ceremony as part of pregame festivities and planned to watch the game from the locker room.

  • Snyder warns against unrealistic expectations for young Jazz

    October 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The buzz around the Utah Jazz is that of an up-and-coming team ready to make a push into the playoffs after a strong finish to the 2014-15 season. The Jazz, however, are the fourth-youngest team in the league and coach Quin Snyder warns against penciling them into the postseason.

  • Jazz promote Linda Luchetti to VP of Basketball Operations

    October 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have promoted Linda Luchetti to vice president of basketball operations.The team announced the move Tuesday and she will report to general manager Dennis Lindsey.Luchetti has held several positions for the Jazz's parent company, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, since 2005. Most recently, she was the company's executive vice president of communications in charge of internal and external corporate communications for the company's more than 80 businesses in 46 states.

  • Obama attends Bulls-Cavaliers basketball game in Chicago

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The nation's No. 1 basketball fan is sitting courtside as the Chicago Bulls open the NBA season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.President Barack Obama is a lifelong Bulls fan. He's also a fan of Cavaliers forward LeBron James.Obama was joined by his friend Marty Nesbitt for Tuesday's game at United Center in Chicago.

  • Tolliver misses opener to be with wife for daughter's birth

    October 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Anthony Tolliver of the Detroit Pistons is not playing in the season opener against the Hawks.In fact, he's not even in Atlanta.The 6-foot-8 forward flew back to Detroit early Tuesday after his pregnant wife went into labor. The Tollivers now have a new daughter.

  • Nowitzki, Mavs open against former teammate Chandler at Suns

    October 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki will take the floor in Phoenix for the opener of his 18th season with Dallas and say hello to beloved former teammate Tyson Chandler.The Mavericks superstar has done this before, after winning the franchise's only championship with Chandler in 2011 and watching him move on to the New York Knicks.

  • Grizzlies exercise 3rd-year option on Jordan Adams

    October 27, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have exercised the third-year contract option on guard Jordan Adams, keeping him signed through the 2016-17 season.The Grizzlies announced the move Tuesday.Memphis drafted Adams with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft after his sophomore season at UCLA. The 6-foot-5, 209-pound Adams played in 30 games as a rookie last season and averaged 3.1 points and 0.9 rebounds. He also played 11 games in five assignments with the Grizzlies' NBA Development League team, the Iowa Energy, where he averaged 18.1 points and 7.0 rebounds.

  • Bucks say opening of new arena will be delayed by a year

    October 27, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say the planned opening of their new downtown arena will be delayed by a year.The team hoped to have the arena ready by the start of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But the Bucks said Tuesday their construction schedule now targets an opening for the 2018-2019 season.

  • Milwaukee Bucks confident about Jabari Parker's return

    October 27, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) As the Milwaukee Bucks wrapped up their final practice ahead of the season-opener against the New York Knicks, coach Jason Kidd expressed confidence that the team will have last year's first-round draft pick Jabari Parker back in the lineup by early November.

  • OKC's Donovan prepares for NBA coaching debut vs. Spurs

    October 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gregg Popovich 1,022, Billy Donovan 0.That's the difference in the number of NBA regular-season coaching victories for Popovich, a five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, and Donovan, who will make his NBA coaching debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

  • Heat's Bosh returns, not looking back at last season's scare

    October 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Getting a reminder that the looming Miami Heat season debut marks the 13th opening night of his professional career made Chris Bosh pretend to cringe a tiny bit.''It's 13?'' Bosh asked. ''Good grief.''Make no mistake, he was feigning the disdain.

  • Timberwolves to wear patch commemorating Flip Saunders

    October 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys during the new season honoring team president and coach Flip Saunders.Saunders died Sunday after battling cancer. The team said Tuesday it will wear the patch for all home and road games starting with Monday's home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. A pregame tribute to Saunders also is planned that night.

  • Lakers to design, build float for 127th Rose Parade

    October 27, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers plan to enter a float in the 127th Rose Parade.The team announced the plan Tuesday and released an artist's rendering of the design of its first Rose Parade float.The Lakers will be the first NBA team to participate in the annual New Year's Day parade in Pasadena before the Rose Bowl.

  • John Stockton joins Montana St as assistant basketball coach

    October 27, 2015

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Hall of Famer John Stockton is joining Montana State as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team for the upcoming season.Among the players the former Utah Jazz point guard will be coaching will be his daughter, Lindsay, who is a senior guard for the Bobcats.

  • Going global: NBA rosters feature 100 international players

    October 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA's 70th season begins with 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.Opening night is Tuesday, and all 30 teams will have at least one international player on the roster for the second consecutive year. Toronto leads the league with seven while Cleveland, Minnesota, San Antonio and Utah have six each.

  • LeBron staring at possible sixth straight trip to NBA Finals

    October 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James understands what it takes to reach the NBA Finals.The route, strewn with obstacles and doubts, has become a personal path. He knows the way as well as anyone.James has been to the league's showcase event five straight years and six times in the past nine. On his most recent visit, the four-time MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist and global icon, reminded everyone he remains the game's biggest, brightest star.

  • Kobe Bryant heads group of aging, 37-plus ex-All-Stars

    October 27, 2015

    Kobe Bryant is still a Los Angeles Laker. NBA fans are anxiously waiting to see what he has left, wondering if this is his last year.Well, probably not wise to count him out just yet - or any of the seven former All-Stars who are at least 37 years old and expected to contribute on the court this year as the NBA tips off the 2015-16 season Tuesday night.

  • Suns exercise 2016-17 options on Len, Warren, Goodwin

    October 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns exercised their 2016-17 options on center Alex Len, forward T.J. Warren and guard Archie Goodwin on Monday.Len, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, averaged 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 22.0 minutes in 69 games last season.

  • Bucks exercise options on Carter-Williams, 3 others

    October 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised third-year contract options on forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis and fourth-year options on guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.General manager John Hammond announced the moves Monday, two days before the Bucks open the season at home against New York.

  • Warriors embracing role of favorite as new season begins

    October 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sure, raising the championship banner and receiving those glittery NBA championship rings will provide a sweet moment leading into a new season of expectations for the Golden State Warriors.Then, as soon as the celebration is over, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Co. will get back to business in a hurry.

  • Kobe Bryant still on track to play in Lakers' opener

    October 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant is still expected to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener after being slowed by a bruised leg for two weeks.Bryant participated in most of the Lakers' practice Monday at their training complex.Coach Byron Scott says he expects Bryant to play against Minnesota on Wednesday. Scott says Bryant ''knocks off the rust pretty quickly.''

  • Utah Jazz announce new arena naming rights partner

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The home arena for the Utah Jazz will now be known as the Vivint Smart Home Arena.The team announced the name for the building previously called EnergySolutions Arena on Monday.The agreement with Vivint is a 10-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • NBA: West is wild, Cavs seem to stand above in East

    October 26, 2015

    Kevin Durant is back in uniform, LaMarcus Aldridge is back home in Texas and the Golden State Warriors are back intact.All over the Western Conference, there are teams who look capable of winning it.In the East, one team appears to stand out - and maybe it's finally Cleveland's time to stand above everybody else in the NBA.

  • Mavs cut rookie Ndour to get roster set for regular season

    October 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have waived rookie forward Maurice Ndour to get their roster down to 15 for the regular season.The 6-foot-9 Ndour signed with Dallas on July 22 and averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23 minutes per game in four preseason games. He was a target for the final cut Monday after missing the final three exhibition games with a stress reaction in his left leg.

  • Pacers waive Douglas, Petteway to reach roster limit

    October 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana waived veteran guard Toney Douglas and rookie forward Terran Petteway on Monday to get down to the NBA's 15-player roster limit.Douglas played in five preseason games with the Pacers and averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 assists.

  • Jazz waive Eric Atkins, Phil Pressey

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived guards Eric Atkins and Phil Pressey.Both were brought in Sunday and released a day later. The roster is now at 15 players.Atkins played last season in Greece while Pressey has played in 125 career NBA games since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Celtics before the 2013-14 season.

  • Bazemore gets the starting nod for Hawks in season opener

    October 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Kent Bazemore was passed over in the NBA draft. He did extensive time in the D-League.Now, he's starting for a team that won 60 games a season ago.Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed what everyone expected: Bazemore will be in the lineup when the Hawks host the Detroit Pistons to open the regular season Tuesday night.

  • Timberwolves return to work after losing Flip Saunders

    October 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders had been hospitalized for more than a month, with complications from Hodgkin's lymphoma leaving him unable to communicate with the Minnesota Timberwolves team he rebuilt from the ground up.Each day that went by without a positive report on their leader raised the concern and the dread. And still, each day, many in the organization expected Saunders to burst through the doors on the shiny new million practice facility he helped design, blow the whistle around his neck and start coaching the roster he assembled with the staff he hired.

  • Metta World Peace makes LA Lakers' roster in his NBA return

    October 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Metta World Peace has already carved out a remarkable 15-year NBA career that took him from the low of an 86-game suspension to the height of a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.And the man formerly known as Ron Artest isn't done yet.

  • Pistons waive Danny Granger, acquired in deal this offseason

    October 26, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Danny Granger.The 32-year-old Granger came to Detroit in the offseason deal in which the Pistons also acquired Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock from the Phoenix Suns. Granger averaged 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game with Miami before being traded to Phoenix last season. He did not play a game for the Suns because of a knee injury.

  • Nets waive Jones, Harper to get roster to 15

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived Dahntay Jones and Justin Harper to get their roster to the 15-man limit.Jones averaged 7.5 points in four preseason games. The veteran swingman has played for seven NBA teams, including 33 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Chicago Bulls open Hoiberg era with Derrick Rose in lineup

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When he took the Chicago Bulls' coaching job last June, Fred Hoiberg saw a chance to compete for a championship.Now, it's time to see if that vision becomes a reality.The Bulls begin a new era under Hoiberg with Rose in the lineup when they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday's opener.

  • Jazz put faith in Trey Burke, Raul Neto with Dante Exum out

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The loss of Dante Exum to injury sent ripples throughout the Jazz lineup that will be felt on both sides of the ball.The opportunities for Trey Burke and Raul Neto, the only pure point guards left on the roster, have grown exponentially.

  • NBA 2K16 simulation sees Warriors over Cavs again to repeat

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A video game simulation of the NBA season predicts a repeat of last season's finals, only with the Golden State Warriors needing seven games to beat Cleveland this time.The NBA 2K16 simulation actually had the Warriors finishing second to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference during the regular season, with Kevin Durant averaging 30.7 points and winning his second MVP award. But fourth-seeded San Antonio then knocked the Thunder out in the West semifinals before the Warriors ousted the Spurs in the West finals.

  • LeBron: 'I'm ready to go' for opener

    October 27, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) His lower back feeling better, his body refreshed, LeBron James declared himself ready for his 13th NBA season.It's go time.After sitting out nearly two weeks since undergoing an anti-inflammatory injection, James was able to fully participate in Cleveland's practice for the second straight day and said he'll play Tuesday in the season opener at Chicago.

  • Pistons pick up options on Caldwell-Pope, Bullock

    October 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have picked up the 2016-17 team options on guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forward Reggie Bullock.Caldwell-Pope was drafted in 2013 with the eighth pick, and he's been a regular for the Pistons, averaging 12.7 points per game last season. Bullock was acquired by Detroit on July 9 from the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round in 2013.

  • A sampling of reaction to Flip Saunders' death

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Reactions to the death of Minnesota Timberwolves president, coach and minority owner Flip Saunders:''The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders. With more than 40 years around the game, 20 of them in the NBA, Flip's untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of our league. Flip was a beloved figure around the NBA, nowhere more so than in Minnesota, demonstrating a genuine and consistent passion for his players, his team and the game. On behalf of the NBA, we offer our most sincere condolences to Flip's wife, Debbie, their four children and the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization.'' - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders, who rose from the backwaters of basketball's minor leagues to become one of the most powerful men in the NBA as coach, team president and part owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves say head coach Flip Saunders has died

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves say head coach Flip Saunders has died.

  • LeBron practices for first time since back injection

    October 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James won't cut any corners to prolong his NBA career.After practicing for the first time since receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in his back, increasing the chances he'll play in Tuesday's season opener in Chicago, James said he would never consider sitting out practices to preserve his body.

  • Suns waive center Henry Sims, reduce roster to 14

    October 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have waived center Henry Sims, reducing their roster to 14.The 6-foot-10 Sims signed with the Suns on Sept. 16. He appeared in all six Phoenix preseason games, scoring 10 points in 28 minutes.The Suns open their season Wednesday night at home against Dallas.

  • Clippers waive Chuck Hayes

    October 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have waived center-power forward Chuck Hayes, who signed with the team nearly two months ago.He averaged 0.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in four preseason games with the team.The roster stands at 15 heading into the Clippers' season opener next week.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to miss opener with bad back

    October 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss the season opener as he continues to recover from back surgery.General manager Bob Myers told reporters Saturday that interim coach Luke Walton will coach the team for the season opener against New Orleans on Tuesday night in Oakland. Kerr will be on hand for the banner-raising ceremony but is not ready to take back the coaching duties.

  • Mavericks waive Dalembert, 3 others with season opener near

    October 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have waived center Samuel Dalembert and three others as they trim their roster to get ready for the regular season.The 34-year-old Dalembert spent the 2013-14 season with the Mavericks, who decided to leave him out of the mix as a backup to Zaza Pachulia. Dallas traded for Pachulia after DeAndre Jordan changed his mind in free agency and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Wolves waive PG Lorenzo Brown, 2 others

    October 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived point guard Lorenzo Brown and two others to get down to the roster limit of 15 players.The Wolves also waived forward Nick Wiggins, second-year star Andrew Wiggins' older brother, and center Kleon Penn on Saturday.

  • Hawks waive Barron, Jones to set opening-night roster

    October 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks got down to their 15-man roster for the regular season by waiving center Earl Barron and forward DeQuan Jones.The moves were announced Saturday by coach Mike Budenholzer.Swingman Lamar Patterson, a 2014 second-round pick who played last season in Turkey, claimed the final roster spot.

  • NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year

    October 24, 2015

    The potshots have come at the Golden State Warriors from all directions this offseason. Some rivals have dismissed their breathtaking championship run with a wave of the hand and a snort.The Warriors just got lucky, they said. They were able to stay mostly healthy for the entire grueling season, avoiding the big injuries that plagued so many other contenders, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.

  • Heat's Green fined ,000 by NBA for menacing gestures

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Heat guard Gerald Green was fined ,000 by the NBA on Friday for making menacing gestures in an exhibition game.The incidents occurred with 5:33 and 5:12 left in Miami's 110-105 victory over Washington on Wednesday night. Green scored 28 points in the game.

  • Knicks waive Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 4 other players

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have waived forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo and four other players.Guard Travis Trice and forwards Darion Atkins, DaJuan Summers and Wesley Saunders also were waived Friday, the day after the Knicks completed their preseason schedule.

  • Popovich to coach US Olympic basketball team after Coach K

    October 23, 2015

    When it came time for a pro coach again, the U.S. basketball team turned to the one considered the NBA's best.Gregg Popovich, winner of five NBA championships, will have a chance to lead a team to Olympic gold.The San Antonio Spurs coach was hired Friday to replace Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics, a job he never knew he would get despite his undeniable place in coaching history.

  • Thunder are back and the Western Conference is loaded again

    October 23, 2015

    Last season the Golden State Warriors were invigorated by a new head coach and ran circles around the rest of the NBA, culminating with the franchise's first title.Other Western Conference powers are looking to follow the same script this season.The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs last season largely due to injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Both players are healthy this year and new coach Billy Donovan has come in to inject some rhythm and movement into an offense that too often grew stagnant under Scott Brooks.

  • Phillie Phanatic, 76ers mascot rappel down city skyscraper

    October 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies finished the season in the cellar. But that didn't keep the Phanatic from engaging in some rooftop shenanigans.The beloved team mascot rappelled 31 stories down the face of a skyscraper on Friday. That's a 418-foot drop.

  • LA Lakers waive Jonathan Holmes; roster down to 16

    October 23, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Jonathan Holmes, trimming their roster to 16 players.The Lakers also announced Friday that an MRI exam on guard Jordan Clarkson's injured shoulder shows no significant damage.Holmes was an undrafted rookie from the University of Texas. His departure leaves the Lakers needing to make just one more roster cut before their season opener against Minnesota on Wednesday.

  • Silver sees healthy NBA, expects shorter preseason

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver is optimistic about the NBA's health and relationship with its players, offering hope that the league can avoid another lockout in 2017.Silver also said Friday he expects the league will reduce the number of preseason games, though doesn't know how many would be played. The schedule currently allows for a maximum of eight per team.

  • Cavs still the ones to catch in the Eastern Conference

    October 23, 2015

    It's become an annual tradition: LeBron James enters a season with tons of expectations on his shoulders, challengers coming at him from all sides, then somehow finds his way back to the NBA Finals.When James was in Miami for four years, getting to the title round was practically necessary to keep the critics at bay. In Cleveland last season, a trip to the Finals was surprising to many - maybe even James himself.

  • LeBron still not practicing; status for opener unclear

    October 23, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The season opener is four days away and there are doubts LeBron James will be ready.James still isn't practicing because of a troublesome back and there's no guarantee he'll be on the floor when the Cavs begin their quest for an NBA title on Tuesday in Chicago.

  • Uncertainty and edginess for Thunder star Kevin Durant

    October 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's still the preseason, and Kevin Durant already is tired of answering questions.Well, at least, certain questions.Take this interview session after a preseason win over Denver, for example: Durant missed most of last season for the Thunder with a broken right foot that required three surgeries. After scoring 23 points and playing nine minutes more than his previous preseason high, the 2014 MVP repeatedly was asked how he felt.

  • 10/22/2015 NBA Player of the Day

    October 23, 2015

    Lillard scored 39 points with nine assists in the Trail Blazers' 115-109 loss to the Clippers. The All-Star guard had 14 points and six assists to help stake Portland to a 45-17 lead after one quarter, then tallied 12 points in the fourth while recording three of his four steals. Lillard added five rebounds and finished 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.

  • Miles scores 20 to lead Pacers past Hornets 98-86

    October 22, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) C.J. Miles had 20 points and Paul George added 12, as the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 98-86 on Thursday night.Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and six rebounds for Charlotte, which finished the preseason 7-1.PACERS: George played 14 of his 23 minutes in the first half. ... Monta Ellis (upper respiratory infection) and Jordan Hill (sore lower back) were out. ... Chase Budinger had 17 points.

  • LeBron still not practicing after back injection

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has not practiced since getting an injection in his back, but the Cavaliers remain confident he'll be ready to start the NBA season.James did ''light work'' on the court Thursday, with the Cavs gearing up for Tuesday's opener in Chicago. The four-time MVP has been limited since his anti-inflammatory shot, similar to the one early last season when he was slowed by knee and back issues.

  • Gerald Green looking like a fit for the Miami Heat

    October 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) There was a time when Gerald Green figured he wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore, how the injury that robbed him of a finger would end whatever chance he had by default.He was wrong.And right now, the Miami Heat couldn't be happier about that.

  • Hawks waive swingman Terran Petteway, trim roster to 17

    October 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have trimmed their roster by waiving swingman Terran Petteway.The 6-foot-6 rookie was signed by the Hawks after failing to get drafted out of Nebraska. The team announced the move Thursday, leaving Atlanta with 17 players heading into the final preseason game.

  • Cavaliers sign forward Tristan Thompson to 5-year deal

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers have officially signed power forward Tristan Thompson to a five-year, million contract.The sides ended a sometimes contentious stalemate in negotiations by agreeing in principle to the deal Wednesday. Thompson signed it and is expected to practice with his teammates for the first time since last season on Friday.

  • LeBron limited in Cavs practice by back issue

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James didn't take part in all of Cleveland's practice as he remains limited by a back issue.Cavs coach David Blatt says the team is being ''conscientious and cautious'' with James, who received an anti-inflammatory injection last week. James didn't speak to the media following the Cavs' workout at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

  • Giannis going big while Bucks await Parker's return

    October 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo can dunk like an explosive wing player. He can handle the ball like a guard. He can provide an instant energy boost like a sixth man off the bench.And for at least the first few weeks of the NBA season, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo will probably be muscling up against power forwards while the Milwaukee Bucks await Jabari Parker's return to the lineup.

  • Bazemore looks like choice to fill vacancy in Hawks lineup

    October 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Coach Mike Budenholzer is still reluctant to provide an answer to the lone question mark in the Atlanta Hawks lineup.From all indications, though, Kent Bazemore will be the starting small forward when the regular season begins next week.

  • Vucevic scores 24 to lead Magic past Pelicans 110-107 in OT

    October 21, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Nik Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the New Orleans Pelicans 110-107 in overtime on Wednesday night.Anthony Davis had 33 points and 16 rebounds for New Orleans. Nate Robinson had 18 points.

  • Cavaliers, Thompson reach agreement on long-term contract

    October 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Already an elite rebounder, Tristan Thompson snatched a long-term contract from the Cavaliers.The restricted free-agent forward has agreed in principle with the defending Eastern Conference champions on a five-year, million contract, ending his holdout and giving the Cavs needed frontcourt depth as they enter a new season.

  • NAACP branch: 'Closed-door apology' to NBA player not enough

    October 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP says Bucks player John Henson deserves more than a ''closed-door apology'' from the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where Henson says employees racially profiled him.Henson said Thomas Dixon, owner of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in suburban Whitefish Bay, met with him at the team's training facility and apologized on Tuesday. That's after Henson said employees on Monday refused to let him in the store, then called police.

  • Cavaliers, Thompson reach agreement on contract

    October 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers and free-agent forward Tristan Thompson have agreed in principle on a five-year, million contract, ending his holdout.Thompson, who helped the Cavs get to the NBA Finals last season when he filled in for an injured Kevin Love during the playoffs, had been seeking a maximum deal. The sides had been at a stalemate, but reached a verbal agreement Wednesday, less than a week before the season opener.

  • Spurs waive Jimmer Fredette, 3 others

    October 21, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Jimmer Fredette.The Spurs also waived Youssou Ndoye, Keifer Sykes and Deshaun Thomas on Wednesday.The Spurs gave Fredette a partially guaranteed deal in July to come to training camp and provide some outside shooting to a veteran roster that is priming for another title run this season. But Fredette was underwhelming, scoring four points in 26 minutes in the preseason.

  • Ex-NBA star won't seek re-election as mayor of Sacramento

    October 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third term next year now that the capital city is heading in a positive direction.Johnson, a 49-year-old Democrat, told reporters at a bookstore in the neighborhood where he grew up that he's accomplished what he wanted to do as mayor by stabilizing city finances and building a 0 million arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama promote education

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) They share similar backgrounds, growing up with little money and scant hope.One is from Chicago's south side, the daughter of a city pump operator. The other was raised by a single mother, who bounced around Akron looking for a better life for her talented son.

  • Ex-NBA star won't seek reelection as mayor of Sacramento

    October 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third term next year now that the capital city is heading in a positive direction.Johnson, a 49-year-old Democrat, told reporters at a bookstore in the neighborhood where he grew up that he's accomplished what he wanted to do as mayor by stabilizing city finances and building a 0 million arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama host education event

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James welcomed a high-profile guest to show kids in his hometown that they can grow up to be anything they want.The NBA star appeared with first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday to celebrate the importance of education and to challenge thousands of children in his family foundation's program to finish college.

  • Bucks waive former Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry

    October 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marcus Landry's chance to make his hometown team ended after the Milwaukee Bucks waived the forward.Landry averaged 2.5 points in four preseason games. The former Wisconsin forward played his last game with Milwaukee on Tuesday at the Kohl Center, the Badgers' home court in Madison, when the Bucks beat Minnesota 106-88.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama hosting education event

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is teaming up with Michelle Obama to celebrate the importance of secondary education at a private event at the University of Akron.The NBA superstar and first lady will host thousands of children and their parents Wednesday at the school. The kids are from the programs James has started through his family's foundation.

  • Think there are too many NBA preseason games? So do coaches

    October 21, 2015

    Real basketball is almost here.The NBA preseason schedule, with so many games that Gregg Popovich didn't even bother going to San Antonio's opener, is mercifully nearing its end.It's already over for Kobe Bryant, nursing an injury. LeBron James also was done last week.

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Southwest Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Southwest Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:SAN ANTONIO SPURSLAST SEASON: 55-27, lost to Los Angeles Clippers in first round.STARTING FIVE: G Tony Parker (14.4 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.9 rpg), G Danny Green (11.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), F Kawhi Leonard (16.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), F LaMarcus Aldridge (23.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg with Portland), C Tim Duncan (13.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 bpg).

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Pacific Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Pacific Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSLAST SEASON: 67-15, NBA champions.STARTING FIVE: G Stephen Curry (23.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.7 apg), G Klay Thompson (21.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), F Harrison Barnes (10.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), F Draymond Green (11.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.7 apg), C Andrew Bogut (6.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 apg).

  • Utah Jazz waive Bryce Cotton, Treveon Graham

    October 20, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived point guard Bryce Cotton and forward Traveon Graham. The team announced the moves Tuesday.The roster is now down to 15 players.Cotton first joined the Jazz on a 10-day contract in late February and signed a multi-year deal in March. He averaged 5.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15 games last season.

  • Pelicans G Evans has arthroscopic surgery

    October 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.While the club says Tuesday's operation was ''successful,'' the Pelicans are not immediately providing a timetable for Evans' return.The 6-foot-6 Evans, who is expected to serve as starting point guard this season under new coach Alvin Gentry, averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game last season.

  • Store owner apologizes for NBA player being refused service

    October 20, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson said Tuesday that the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where he says employees racially profiled him apologized for what happened.Henson said Thomas Dixon, owner of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in suburban Whitefish Bay, met with him at the team's training facility. Henson said employees on Monday refused to let him in the store, then called police.

  • Lakers cut Robert Upshaw, Michael Frazier II to trim roster

    October 20, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived center Robert Upshaw and guard Michael Frazier II.The moves trimmed the Lakers' roster Tuesday to 17 players, two over the NBA maximum.Upshaw played in four preseason games after showing promise in summer league games. The rangy, undrafted rookie from the University of Washington has ample potential, but apparently couldn't win a backup center job over Tarik Black or Robert Sacre.

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Northwest Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Northwest Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERLAST SEASON: 45-37, did not make playoffs.STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (28.1 ppg, 8.6 apg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 spg), G Andre Roberson (3.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.8 spg), F Kevin Durant (25.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.1 apg), F Serge Ibaka (14.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg), C Steven Adams (7.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Atlantic Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Atlantic Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---TORONTO RAPTORSLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to Washington Wizards 4-0 in first round.STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.8 apg), G DeMar DeRozan (20.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg), F DeMarre Carroll (12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg with Atlanta), F Patrick Patterson (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), C Jonas Valanciunas (12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.19 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Southeast Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Southeast Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---MIAMI HEATLAST SEASON: 37-45, missed playoffs.STARTING FIVE: G Goran Dragic (16.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.4 rpg), G Dwyane Wade (21.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg), F Luol Deng (14.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), F Chris Bosh (21.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 apg), C Hassan Whiteside (11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.6 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Central Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Central Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---CLEVELAND CAVALIERSLAST SEASON: 53-29, lost to Golden State 4-2 in NBA Finals.STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (21.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 rpg), G J.R. Smith (12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), F LeBron James (25.3 ppg, 7.4 apg, 6.0 apg), F Kevin Love (16.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), C Timofey Mozgov (10.6 ppg. 6.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

  • Nets waive Boatright, 2 others to get roster to 17

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Ryan Boatright and two other players, reducing their roster to 17 players.Forward Quincy Miller and center Chris Daniels were also waived Tuesday, the team says.Boatright, who helped Connecticut win the 2014 NCAA championship, signed with the Nets on July 2 after going undrafted and averaged 4.3 points in four preseason games. He played just 13.9 minutes per game on a team that also has Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan on the roster at point guard.

  • NBA GMs predict James will lead Cavs to title this season

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA general managers believe this is the season LeBron James finally takes Cleveland to the top.The Cavaliers will win their first NBA championship and James will claim his fifth MVP award in the process, according to results of the NBA.com GM survey released Tuesday.

  • Bucks' Henson alleges racial profiling at jewelry store

    October 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson said Monday that he was racially profiled outside a Wisconsin jewelry store, prompting an apology from the store owner, who said the incident was a misunderstanding.Henson posted an account of the encounter on Instagram, saying workers at the Whitefish Bay shop where he'd intended to look at a watch locked the door during normal business hours and told him to leave.

  • Bucks' Henson alleges racial profiling at store

    October 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson says he was racially profiled at a Wisconsin jewelry store in an incident the shop owner says was a misunderstanding.Henson posted an account of the incident Monday on Instagram, saying workers at the Whitefish Bay shop where he'd intended to look at a watch locked the door and told him to leave.

  • Hornets G Lamb leaves game with sprained ankle

    October 19, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb has left Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.Lamb's return is doubtful, according to the team.Lamb appeared to step on someone's foot along the baseline and came up limping. He played four minutes and did not have any points.

  • James sits out Cavs' preseason finale, get ready for opener

    October 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James sat out Cleveland's final preseason game against Dallas on Monday night, but Cavaliers coach David Blatt said the four-time MVP will be ready when the regular season opens next week.James, who had an anti-inflammatory injection in his back last week, hasn't played since Oct. 12.

  • James to miss Cavs' preseason finale, get ready for opener

    October 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will sit out Cleveland's final preseason game against Dallas on Monday night, but Cavaliers coach David Blatt said the four-time MVP will be ready when the regular season opens next week.James, who had an anti-inflammatory injection in his back last week, hasn't played since Oct. 12.

  • Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom is alert and improving, his aunt says

    October 19, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom is alert and his condition is improving after the former NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel a week ago, his family said Monday.Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom's aunt JaNean Mercer, said the former reality-TV personality is undergoing testing, but there is no word yet on when he might be released from the hospital. Odom is overcoming ''insurmountable obstacles'' and defying the odds, Mercer said in a statement.

  • Raptors eye tighter defense, with DeMarre Carroll assist

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After the Toronto Raptors got swept out of the first round of the playoffs last spring, coach Dwane Casey knew he needed to stiffen his team's defensive spine.''Guys were trying defensively, but I don't know if we had the skill level,'' Casey said. ''We ended up winning games from the offensive side of the ball, which will get you beat in the playoffs, as it did to us.''

  • Chris Webber to teach master's class at Wake Forest

    October 19, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber has a new job: teacher.Wake Forest University announced Monday that Webber will teach a course in its new master of arts in sports storytelling program.Webber will be a professor of practice in the program that is part of the university's documentary film program. He will teach a class on sports, race and society.

  • MSG's James Dolan says 'I've always understood' Isiah Thomas

    October 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan says he has ''a tremendous amount of respect'' for Isiah Thomas' ''skill and his talent.''Dolan hired Thomas as the president of the WNBA's New York Liberty in May, seven years after the Hall of Famer's unsuccessful stint as Knicks president ended. A lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders alleging that she was sexually harassed by Thomas cost MSG .6 million.

  • Vucevic scores 18, Magic top Brazilian team Flamengo 90-73

    October 17, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points, Shabazz Napier added 14 and the Orlando Magic took command early on the way to beating the Brazilian club Flamengo 90-73 on Saturday night as part of the NBA Global Games.The Magic led 13-2 early and eventually built a 28-point edge. Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Orlando and Evan Fournier added 10 for the Magic.

  • Jazz exercise options on Gobert, Exum, Burke, Hood

    October 17, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have picked up the third-year team option for second-year guards Dante Exum and Rodney Hood. The team also announced Saturday it has picked up the fourth-year team option for guard Trey Burke and center Rudy Gobert - both in their third year.

  • Addition of Monroe adds to Bucks' up-and-coming roster

    October 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Greg Monroe could be a difference-maker this season for the Milwaukee Bucks.Jabari Parker could, too.But in the 6-foot-11 Monroe, the Bucks have a big man who fits into the dynamic of an up-and-coming team. He is the kind of prized free-agent signee that the franchise had trouble getting in the past.

  • Mack's big 2nd half helps Hawks beat Mavericks 91-84

    October 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 91-84 on Friday night.The game was tied 68-68 before Mack hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the third quarter to put Atlanta (4-0) ahead to stay.

  • 9 new players join stalwarts Griffin and Paul on Clippers

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers bulked up their roster with nine new players in a bid to win a championship that has so far eluded the franchise.Coach Doc Rivers is in the process of figuring out how to use everyone while also getting better defensively.

  • Russell, Kobe team up for new future with downtrodden Lakers

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) D'Angelo Russell's first NBA season also might be Kobe Bryant's last. Even before they've played their first real game together, the teenager and the veteran both were grateful their careers intersected with the Los Angeles Lakers.''Just to be around a guy that's done what he's done, you can't help becoming a better player and a better person,'' said Russell, the second overall pick out of Ohio State.

  • Nets' Reed has thumb surgery, could miss 2 months

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets center Willie Reed could miss two months after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.Reed was hurt Wednesday against Boston in his first action of the preseason and had surgery Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Nets said his injury was a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

  • The Latest: Former coach says Odom is in improved condition

    October 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious Tuesday in a Nevada brothel (all times local):4:50 p.m.Former Rhode Island basketball coach Jim Harrick says NBA star Lamar Odom is in ''much improved'' condition at a Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious earlier this week at a Nevada brothel.

  • Pelicans, Davis, embracing Gentry's up-tempo scheme

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis is bigger and expects to be better.He also has a new coach in Alvin Gentry, who believes he can get more out of the New Orleans Pelicans' roster with a faster, free-flowing tempo.''I wanted the team back together,'' said Gentry, who, as an assistant with NBA champion Golden State, coached against the Pelicans in the first round of last season's playoffs. ''I just saw potential.''

  • Adding Aldridge makes loaded Spurs look even better

    October 16, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) No NBA team has more victories over the last 20 years than the San Antonio Spurs. Regular season, postseason, doesn't matter, they're atop the list.And now they're even winning in the offseason.Getting LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with them over the summer was a coup for the Spurs, who for whatever reason typically aren't the team landing the biggest prize on the free-agent market. The former Portland star is coming back to a part of the world with which he's very familiar - he's from Dallas and played his college ball about an hour from San Antonio at Texas.

  • New coach, rookie point guard energize Nuggets

    October 16, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have a completely new look on the floor this season - pick axes across both lanes and a mountain peak logo near half-court.A court redesign to match their revamped roster.After missing the postseason for a second straight year, the Nuggets brought in no-nonsense coach Michael Malone and drafted point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. They traded Ty Lawson to Houston, kept around some savvy veterans and told Kenneth Faried to transform into the ''Manimal'' again, using his high-energy motor to rev up the crowd and his teammates.

  • KG, Prince, Miller mentoring youngsters in Minnesota

    October 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) One of the most interesting roster experiments in the NBA is happening in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves have assembled a mentorship program of sorts for a promising young core of talent.President of basketball operations Flip Saunders and general manager Milt Newton brought in three veterans over the age of 35 to show five pups under the age of 23 how to be pros.

  • LeBron receives back injection as injuries slow Cavaliers

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) After downplaying injuries, LeBron James has accepted reality: the Cavaliers won't start the season looking like potential NBA champions.''I don't think we will immediately be able to play at a high level because we have so many guys out,'' he said. ''I don't think our chemistry is where it needs to be to start the season off. ''

  • BC--BKN--Bucks Preview,ADVISORY

    October 16, 2015

    Editors:The Milwaukee Bucks season preview will not move this cycle. It will be sent Saturday, Oct. 17.AP Sports

  • First lady to join LeBron James at University of Akron event

    October 16, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) First lady Michelle Obama will join Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at an event highlighting the importance of post-secondary education hosted at the University of Akron.Officials say Obama will use the platform to speak about her Reach Higher campaign, which encourages students to aim for more than just a high school diploma.

  • With same core, Chicago Bulls hope new voice is difference

    October 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Same core. New voice.The Chicago Bulls hope that makes all the difference as they take aim again at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Gone is hard-driving former coach Tom Thibodeau after five years. In his place is Fred Hoiberg, bringing his fast-paced offense to a team that returns largely intact from last season.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers start season with same expectations

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) With any new NBA season there are changes to coaching staffs, rosters, lineups and goals. It's a fresh start for everyone, a clean slate from baseline to baseline.Except for LeBron James.''It doesn't change,'' he said. ''The main thing is still the main thing, and that's to win a championship.''

  • Big man Andre Drummond on the spot for young Pistons

    October 16, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) After three seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond has experienced plenty of frustration.He's had enough.''I hate losing. I can't stand it. It's the worst feeling,'' he said recently. ''People laughing at our team, that's not a good feeling. I want to rub it in somebody's face that we're a great team.''

  • Out of playoffs last season, Heat expect to bounce back

    October 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Everyone knows what went wrong for the Miami Heat a year ago. Chris Bosh got sick and missed half the season, Dwyane Wade was sidelined for 20 games with injuries, LeBron James left town and the Heat run of playoff appearances came to a screeching halt.

  • Harden believes Houston Rockets will be better in 2015

    October 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last year for the first time since 1997 despite injuries to several key players.James Harden believes they can do even more this season.''If we stay healthy I think we have a pretty good shot to win it all,'' Harden said.

  • Celtics back on their way up, but how far?

    October 16, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics didn't drop far enough into the NBA draft lottery to land a franchise player to build their next championship team around.Instead, they are climbing back up through the standings behind coach Brad Stevens.Since winning their NBA-record 17th championship in 2008, the Celtics regressed five times in six seasons before returning to the playoffs last season. After winning 40 games in the regular season - 15 more than the previous year - Boston was swept in three games by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • Mavs waiting on health as difficult West challenge looms

    October 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks were jilted by DeAndre Jordan in free agency and aren't sure when all their projected starters will play together for the first time in the difficult Western Conference.It's not exactly the formula Dallas wanted as it tries to win its first playoff series since the franchise's only championship in 2011. It also doesn't do anything to change the 37-year-old Nowitzki's expectations going into his 18th season.

  • Pacers hoping new style will produce another playoff push

    October 16, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel spent his summer plotting a Pacers transition.He scoured the tapes of successful up-tempo teams, consulted with Larry Bird on the new direction and devised a workable strategy. Along the way, Vogel also realized Indiana's new small-ball style will force him to become more flexible as a coach.

  • 76ers set for another dismal season in Year 3 of rebuild

    October 16, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid's latest jam session has the injured Philadelphia 76ers center bobbing his head as he lip syncs to a French rap song.Embiid's caption under the Instagram video says, ''VALIDEE.''Translation: validated.The Sixers hope they soon will be too for drafting the big man with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.

  • Wall, Beal, 'small ball' key to Wizards success this season

    October 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) There is no doubt whose play will dictate how good the Washington Wizards are: John Wall and Bradley Beal.No matter how much ''small ball'' coach Randy Wittman decides to go with, no matter who gets the departed Paul Pierce's minutes and late-game shots, no matter how the offseason additions pan out, it's those two guards who will dictate whether the Wizards return to the playoffs, whether they finally can secure home-court advantage in the first round, whether they finally can get to the conference finals.

  • Pelicans sign G Nate Robinson, waive C Mirza Begic

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran point guard Nate Robinson and have waived center Mirza Begic.The 5-foot-9 Robinson, whose signing was announced by the club Friday, played in 42 games for Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

  • After worst season, rebuilt Knicks look to win now

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) When Phil Jackson went looking for players last summer, the best ones available had the same thoughts about joining the New York Knicks.No thanks. No way.Jackson should know as well as anyone that a team needs multiple stars to win championships, as he did in all of his 11 championship-winning seasons as a coach. Now as a team president, he still has just Carmelo Anthony.

  • Questions abound for Utah Jazz at point guard position

    October 16, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz find themselves in a bit of a predicament on the eve of the 2015-16 NBA season.General manager Dennis Lindsey kept the core of the team together after a strong finish to last season. He stuck to the slow rebuild philosophy and resisted the temptation to spend lavishly in free agency.

  • With younger team, Nets' playoff streak could be in jeopardy

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) They had big names and bigger payrolls, and that's what the Nets felt they needed when they came to Brooklyn.Chasing championships was necessary to build a brand and a fan base, and the Nets gave it a shot. They made the postseason every season since arriving from New Jersey in 2012 with a roster built on blockbuster trades.

  • Lillard expects 2015-16 Blazers to be a collective effort

    October 16, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) It was Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts who first addressed the elephant in the room.General manager Neil Olshey took the stage to face the media at the start of fall camp, and Stotts jokingly lobbed the first question: ''Why didn't you sign LaMarcus?''

  • Pelicans sign G Mate Robinson, waive C Mirza Begic

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran point guard Nate Robinson and have waived center Mirza Begic.The 5-foot-9 Robinson, whose signing was announced by the club Friday, played in 42 games for Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

  • Kings hope Divac's offseason moves fill numerous holes

    October 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Soon after Vlade Divac took over the front office of the Sacramento Kings, he sat down in coach George Karl's office to figure out what the franchise needed to end a long stretch of ineptitude.Karl had just three names written on a board - DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore - signifying the players he felt were building blocks. Everything else was empty.

  • LeBron James receives injection for back issue

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has received an anti-inflammatory injection to ease discomfort in his back.This would not prohibit James from playing in Cleveland's final two exhibitions next week. But coach David Blatt said Thursday he may rest the four-time MVP until the regular season. James missed a career-high 13 games last season.

  • Warriors' repeat bid faces early test with Kerr's absence

    October 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors couldn't have scripted last season much better.With a fast start that left the rest of the NBA chasing them all season, no significant injuries and a run through the postseason that didn't feature a single Game 7, the Warriors faced little adversity on the way to the franchise's first championship in 40 years.

  • Grizzlies' goal remain same chasing title in crowded West

    October 16, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies may be overlooked after all the offseason scrambling by Western Conference teams amping up their rosters in the NBA's title chase, though Zach Randolph knows exactly Memphis can make people pay attention.Win a ring.

  • Adding Chandler, Suns seek playoff berth in tough West

    October 16, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Two seasons ago, the Phoenix Suns were one of the NBA's surprise teams, winning 48 games and barely missing the playoffs.Last season was a big step backward, and after adding Tyson Chandler as a big presence on the court and inside the locker room, the Suns are an otherwise young bunch aiming to compete for a playoff spot in the tough West.

  • TNT studio show heads to Bay Area for NBA opening night

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) TNT will host its ''Inside the NBA'' studio show from Pier 43 in San Francisco on Oct. 27, part of its opening night coverage that includes the Golden State Warriors' ring ceremony.With the Warriors beginning their title defense against New Orleans at Oracle Arena, the studio crew of Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will travel to the Bay Area for their pregame show and a day of activities that includes a concert.

  • With new coach and attitude Magic eyeing big improvements

    October 16, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic began their latest restoration project three years ago focused on getting younger and building toward the future.This season they're hoping that patience will begin to payoff.Enter new coach Scott Skiles, a former Magic player and veteran NBA coach with a reputation of quickly whipping young rosters into playoff caliber ones. That will again be his task in his first season back in Orlando, this time in charge of a team that hasn't been to postseason since 2012.

  • After memorable season, Hawks look to go ever further

    October 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks messed up their own timeline.In just their second year under coach Mike Budenholzer, they stunningly emerged as one of the best teams in the NBA.How do they top that?''Last year was just a step,'' guard Kyle Korver said. ''It ended up being a lot bigger step than we thought it was going to be. But it was just a step. We weren't there yet. We weren't the champions.''

  • Unselfish Hornets could have more offensive punch in 2015-16

    October 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) If the NBA preseason is any indication, the Charlotte Hornets are going to be a vastly improved offensive team.The concern will be how well they can defend.The Hornets made an effort to upgrade their offense this past offseason by adding Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb and Spencer Hawes, along with first-round draft pick Frank Kaminsky. But none are particularly known as defensive stalwarts and with top defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sidelined for six months with a shoulder injury, third-year coach Steve Clifford will be relying on team defense.

  • Hornets add free agent G/F Damien Wilkins to fill out roster

    October 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets announced they have signed free agent guard/forward Damien Wilkins.Terms of the contract were not released Friday.The nine-year NBA veteran has played in 563 games with 149 starts five different NBA teams, averaging 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. He has shot 42.7 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the foul line.

  • Durant healthy, Thunder back in title hunt

    October 16, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have all the pieces in place to contend for an NBA championship.That is, as long as they stay healthy.Oklahoma City reached the Western Conference Finals three times in four years before the injury bug hit last season. Kevin Durant, the 2013-14 MVP and scoring champion, played just 27 games last season with a broken right foot.

  • Lakers hire NBA veteran Tracy Murray as shooting coach

    October 15, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Tracy Murray as a shooting coach.The Lakers announced the move Thursday night.Murray is a Los Angeles native who played at UCLA and enjoyed a 12-year NBA career largely on the stretch of his exceptional outside shot. He will work with coach Byron Scott to improve technique with the Lakers, who finished last season with the worst record in franchise history at 21-61.

  • Cavaliers' James could sit out rest of preseason

    October 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Thursday that LeBron James might not play for the remainder of Cleveland's exhibition season.James sat out his second straight game against Indiana after not playing Tuesday against Atlanta. The four-time MVP is healthy, but the Cavaliers want to limit his minutes in the preseason. James has played in two of the five preseason games.

  • Authorities retrace Lamar Odom's visit to Nevada brothel

    October 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities are retracing Lamar Odom's ,000 visit to the brothel where he was found unconscious as the former NBA and reality TV star remains hospitalized and the Kardashian team spars with the brothel's owner over media attention surrounding the ordeal.

  • LA Lakers exercise Julius Randle's 3rd-year contract option

    October 15, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Lakers have exercised their .26 million contract option for the 2016-17 season on forward Julius Randle, who has played just one regular-season game for Los Angeles.The Lakers made the move Thursday.Randle was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft from Kentucky, but he broke his right leg during the Lakers' season opener last fall. The power forward missed the rest of the season.

  • Pelicans sign G Bob McCalebb, waive G Corey Webster

    October 15, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Bo McCalebb, who starred for New Orleans in college and has spent seven years playing professionally overseas.In a corresponding move, announced Thursday, the Pelicans have waived guard Corey Webster of New Zealand.

  • Jazz waive forward Grant Jerrett; roster down to 17

    October 15, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived Grant Jerrett, a forward who injured his shoulder during summer league and needed surgery.He played three games last year in his first NBA season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.7 minutes.The 6-foot-10 Jerrett was hurt in the first game of summer league in Salt Lake City. He wasn't able to participate in preseason camp, practices or games after his operation. He was acquired as part of the trade that sent Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline last season.

  • Teammates remember Lamar Odom's productive, selfless career

    October 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Lamar Odom's marriage to Khloe Kardashian introduced him to untold millions of fans who don't know a power forward from a paparazzo, reality television notoriety was only a small part of a life largely spent in basketball.Odom won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and an award as the league's top reserve during his 14-year pro career, adding to a trophy case that also includes an Olympic medal and a FIBA world championship medal.

  • Dieng scores 14 to lead Wolves to 89-87 win over Raptors

    October 14, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Gorgui Dieng scored 14 and Tayshaun Prince had 13 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first win of the preseason, coming from behind to beat the Toronto Raptors 89-87 on Wednesday night.Wolves: Three others scored in double digits. Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones each had 12 and Andrew Wiggins had 11.

  • Reggie Jackson scores 20, leads Pistons over Bulls, 114-91

    October 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Reggie Jackson had 20 points and Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock added 17 apiece to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 114-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in a preseason game.Pistons: Jackson was 7 for 15 from the field. Bullock, who was 7 of 8 from the field, had 12 points in the fourth quarter . Andre Drummond had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Celtics beat Nets 109-105 in their 1st US preseason game

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Amir Johnson scored 19 points, Isaiah Thomas had 17 and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-105 on Wednesday night.Evan Turner finished with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in his first action of the preseason. The Celtics played their first game in the U.S. and against an NBA team after opening exhibition play with two victories in Europe.

  • The Latest: Spokesman says Odom was on 1st visit to brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):6:55 p.m.A Nevada brothel is providing details of Lamar Odom's days-long visit that ended when he was found unconscious there.

  • The Latest: 911 caller says Odom was breathing, snoring

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):6:15 p.m.A spokesman for the owner of the brothel where Lamar Odom was found unconscious told a 911 dispatcher that the former NBA star was breathing regularly and sounded like he was snoring.

  • Sefolosha plays 1st game since encounter with police

    October 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) After a win in court, Thabo Sefolosha was back on the court for the Atlanta Hawks.Sefolosha played his first game since an April encounter with New York City police left him with a broken right leg. He scored five points in eight minutes of a 100-86 preseason victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

  • Sefolosha set to play 1st game since encounter with police

    October 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Thabo Sefolosha is set to play his first game with the Atlanta Hawks since an encounter with New York police left him with a broken right leg.Sefolosha says he'll probably play less than 15 minutes in Wednesday night's preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs while he continues to work himself back to 100 percent condition.

  • The Latest: Police testing Odom's blood for drugs, alcohol

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):5:10 p.m.Nevada authorities have taken a blood sample from Lamar Odom to find out if he overdosed on drugs or alcohol, but the results could take several weeks.

  • The Latest: Caller said Lamar Odom had been doing cocaine

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):4:15 p.m.A Nevada sheriff says a person who called 911 to report that Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel said the former NBA star had been doing cocaine and had taken sexual performance enhancers.

  • Warriors waive G Ben Gordon

    October 14, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Ben Gordon.Gordon was brought into camp on a tryout basis last month but the Warriors decided to cut ties with him Wednesday.Gordon had two points and two assists in two exhibition games.

  • The Latest: Lamar Odom's dad at hospital, grandmother says

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):2:15 p.m.Lamar Odom's grandmother says his father is with him at a Las Vegas hospital, and family members are praying for the former NBA star after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel.

  • Lamar Odom's spiral leaves ex-NBA star fighting for his life

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom didn't last long at the glittering intersection of championship success and Hollywood celebrity.Cut loose by his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, followed everywhere by reality television crews, the humble kid from Queens who married into the Kardashian clan saw his life spiral out of control, and so did everyone else.

  • The Latest: Friends, athletes show support for Lamar Odom

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):1:15 p.m.Friends and former colleagues are showing their support for Lamar Odom, who remains on life support after being found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel.

  • A timeline of Lamar Odom's personal and professional events

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lamar Odom became a basketball star in 1999 when the Los Angeles Clippers drafted him. He became a reality-TV star 10 years later when he married Khloe Kardashian in a season-opening episode of ''Keeping Up with the Kardashians.''He continued to appear on the show while he was winning NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Odom and his wife also starred in their own E! reality show, ''Khloe & Lamar,'' for two seasons. Cameras tracked the couple's relationship troubles through 2014.

  • Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom, the former NBA star and reality TV personality embraced by teammates and fans alike for his humble approach to fame, was on life support Wednesday, his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian by his side. Odom had spent four days in a brothel, and authorities sought a warrant for blood evidence of drugs.

  • Hornets rout Clippers 113-71 in 2nd preseason game in China

    October 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Al Jefferson scored 17 points and Nicolas Batum added 14 with 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Los Angeles Clippers 113-71 Wednesday in the second preseason NBA game between the teams in China.The Hornets went on a 36-8 run after halftime and took a 36-point lead with 8:26 remaining.

  • Bryant leaves Lakers' exhibition with bruised left leg

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kobe Bryant has left the Lakers' exhibition game against Sacramento with a bruised left leg and will not return.Bryant appeared to be kneed on a second-half drive to the basket and went to the locker room. The Lakers called his injury a left lower-leg contusion.

  • Former NBA star Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday night and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.

  • Sheriff says former NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel, hospitalized

    October 13, 2015

    PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) Sheriff says former NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel, hospitalized.

  • Wizards F Alan Anderson has surgery on left ankle again

    October 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards forward Alan Anderson had a second operation on his left ankle and no timeframe for his return has been determined.The team announced the latest surgery Tuesday.Anderson initially had surgery in May to remove bone spurs from his left ankle. But he still was in pain from a fragment, so that was removed in the second procedure.

  • Zach Randolph willing to do whatever Grizzlies ask to win

    October 13, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Zach Randolph insists he's ready to do whatever the Memphis Grizzlies need or ask of him in his 15th NBA season.Even play a little less, if that's what it takes for the Grizzlies to win a championship.Just don't mistake that as a concession to age by a 34-year-old power forward.

  • Jazz waive Cooley, O'Brien

    October 13, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley's fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

  • Warriors expect even bigger things on offense this season

    October 13, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With an NBA title, 67 regular season wins and an MVP performance from Stephen Curry, it would seem it would be hard for things to get much better for the Golden State Warriors.Not the case.Despite ranking second in the league in offensive efficiency in what was a dream season, the Warriors maintain they only scratched the surface of what they can do on offense in the first year in coach Steve Kerr's system.

  • Timberwolves announce timeline for arena renovation

    October 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have firmed up a timeline for the long-planned renovation of Target Center.The team said Tuesday that the project will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the NBA season starting in 2017. It has a budget of 9 million and plans to redo the exterior of the 25-year-old building. It will also add new locker rooms and suites, upgrade the bathrooms and bring a new scoreboard.

  • Rose could be cleared for activity within a week

    October 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday.The Bulls haven't ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier.

  • Gallinari ready to take big role in new Nuggets offense

    October 12, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Danilo Gallinari wants everyone to know this: His surgically repaired left knee, the one that took three procedures to fix and nearly two seasons to fully trust, no longer bothers him.The Denver Nuggets forward doesn't need to be on any sort of minutes restriction. He doesn't need days off during the season. And he certainly doesn't need to be coddled.

  • Hornets top Paul-less Clippers 106-94 in China game

    October 11, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double digits as the Hornets topped the Los Angeles Clippers 106-94 on Sunday in the first of two preseason NBA games between the teams in China.

  • Lawsuit alleging assault by ex-Bull Scottie Pippen dropped

    October 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A lawsuit has been dropped that alleged former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen assaulted a man at a sushi restaurant in 2013.Pippen's attorney, Mark Geragos, said Saturday that a countersuit Pippen filed against Camran Shafighi is also being dropped.

  • Hawks rally late for 103-93 win over Pelicans

    October 9, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dennis Schroder scored 11 points as the Atlanta Hawks overcame a slow first half to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-93 Friday night.Atlanta took its first lead at the end of the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth during the preseason game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

  • Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62.Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.

  • Durant scores 13 as Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker 111-81

    October 9, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 13 points in his first home game since February, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) 111-81 in preseason action Friday night.Durant, who missed most of last season with a broken right foot, was 6-of-10 shooting with five assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

  • Jazz forward Booker suspended 1 game for hit on Hibbert

    October 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended one game without pay for striking Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert with an open hand to the head.The league announced the fine on Friday.Booker was given two technical fouls and ejected for the hit in the third quarter of Utah's 117-114 preseason win Tuesday over the Lakers in Hawaii.

  • Pelicans C Omer Asik to miss 3 weeks with calf strain

    October 8, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say center Omer Asik is expected to be sidelined about three weeks with a right calf strain.The club says the 7-footer strained his calf in practice on Wednesday.Asik is entering his second season in New Orleans. He appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

  • Durant feels right at home in 1st game action since February

    October 8, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The shoulder shimmy at the free throw line, the one-legged runners in the lane, the silky smooth 3-pointers from the top of the arc.It's been eight long months since Kevin Durant has been able to put those otherworldly skills on display in an NBA game. In his first game back from the fractured right foot that derailed the Oklahoma City Thunder's season last year, it seemed almost as if Durant had never left.

  • Anthony returns, Porzingis debuts, Knicks win opener

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in his first game since left knee surgery, Kristaps Porzingis had seven in his NBA debut and the New York Knicks beat Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil 100-81 on Wednesday night.Anthony hadn't played since the All-Star Game on this court in February. He had surgery on Feb. 19 and missed the final 30 games of the season but looked good as new Wednesday while shooting 8 for 10 in 20 minutes.

  • AP Source: Knicks' Fisher has altercation with Matt Barnes

    October 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said.The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the altercation was because Fisher is dating Barnes' estranged wife. Fisher filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, in March.

  • Wolves coach names Zach LaVine starting shooting guard

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine has gone from slam dunk champion to starting shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.Interim coach Sam Mitchell named LaVine the starter Wednesday, before the Wolves had even played a preseason game. The Wolves opened the preseason on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Mitchell said he was making the decision now with an eye toward the long-term health of the franchise, not the immediate future.

  • Silver: European expansion not likely in near future for NBA

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says it is ''premature'' to talk about an NBA expansion in Europe.Silver says he doesn't think ''it's going to happen in the very near future'' but ''could happen one day.''Silver spoke in Madrid on Wednesday, a day before the Boston Celtics play Real Madrid in NBA's Global Games tour.

  • Lee says Celtics and champion Warriors have plenty in common

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Forward David Lee has played only one game since joining the Boston Celtics and is already seeing some positive similarities with his former team, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.The two-time All-Star reckons the Celtics have what it takes to surprise people this season despite being a young team and lacking a standout figure like Stephen Curry.

  • Hall of Fame basketball player Harry Gallatin dies

    October 7, 2015

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Harry Gallatin, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, died Wednesday. He was 88.The Knicks and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where Gallatin was a former coach and athletic director, confirmed the death through Gallatin's family. He died in Edwardsville.

  • At trial, NBA's Sefolosha describes struggle with NYC police

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A professional basketball player testified Wednesday that he was trying to give money to a beggar after a testy verbal exchange with a police officer when he was kicked in the leg and taken to the ground by the police.The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, whose right leg was fractured in the struggle, said he had been following police orders to clear the area after the stabbing of another NBA player outside a New York City nightclub but was singled out by a particularly confrontational and vulgar officer.

  • Lee says Celtics and champion Warriors have a lot in common

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Forward David Lee has played only one game since joining the Boston Celtics and is already seeing some positive similarities with his former team, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.The two-time All-Star says the Celtics have ''a lot of depth'' and ''unbelievable chemistry,'' and will surprise a lot of people this season despite a young team and the absence of a superstar like Stephen Curry.

  • Thunder's Durant ready for 1st game action since February

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It has been eight months since Kevin Durant played in an NBA game.It has seemed far longer to the Oklahoma City star who suffered through a grueling process to mend his broken right foot.''It seems like years ago,'' Durant said on Wednesday after the Thunder's morning shootaround. ''I'm here now. Try not to think about the past. I know I learned a lot from that situation and just trying to move forward and continue to have confidence in myself.''

  • Kevin Durant ready for 1st game action since February

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As Kevin Durant prepares to play his first NBA game in eight months, the Oklahoma City star says it feels like his absence has been a lot longer than that.Durant will play in the Thunder's preseason opener in Minnesota on Wednesday night. He spoke to reporters after the team's morning shootaround and says that ''it seems like it was years ago.''

  • Ex-teammate: Arrested NBA player was giving cash to homeless

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A professional basketball player was about to give a handout to a man asking for money when police officers took him to the ground and arrested him, a former teammate testified Wednesday.Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic said he was sitting in an Uber car with the door open near a trendy Manhattan nightclub in the early hours of April 8 when he heard officers arguing with guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha as he tried to give a beggar money.

  • Lakers' Russell exits exhibition game with bruised glute

    October 7, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell left their exhibition game against Utah in the first quarter Tuesday night with a bruised glute muscle.Russell, the second overall pick from Ohio State, went down in the paint with 7:42 left in the quarter after stepping in front of Rudy Gobert as Utah's center went to the basket.

  • Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months after surgery

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night.The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.

  • Defense lawyer: White officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

  • Hawks begin preseason vs team that ended last season

    October 6, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks open the preseason against the team they last saw in the Eastern Conference final.Don't expect any big motivational speeches from coach Mike Budenholzer.''I can tell you unequivocally, no,'' he quipped after practice Tuesday.

  • Ben Gordon goes vegan for a stint, notices improved energy

    October 6, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ben Gordon ate avocados any time of day for their healthy fat, and also fueled his workouts with oatmeal and different juices or nutrient-rich smoothies.Gordon went the vegan route - no dairy or meat - for a stretch a few months back.

  • Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

    October 6, 2015

    MILAN (AP) The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.''Our goal is just to get better and improve,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ''We'll be able to look at the film, and see how to do that. The number one thing that pleased me is our energy. I thought we played hard, I thought we made a lot of mistakes but that's to be expected.''

  • Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to have surgery on shoulder

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations while trying to adapt to the loss of forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a right shoulder injury.The team announced that Kidd-Gilchrist was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday night to repair a torn labrum. The team isn't saying how long he'll be out, but an injury of that magnitude could sideline him for the season.

  • Offseason trip builds bond among young Blazers

    October 6, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) With all the upheaval in Portland, guard Damian Lillard thought maybe the best thing for the Trail Blazers would be a vacation. Together.Things had changed dramatically in the offseason for the Blazers, with the departure of starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Portland acquired 11 new players via free agency and trades.

  • Defense lawyer: White NYC officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

  • Lawyer: White New York officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he's black.Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) on April 8.

  • NYC trial starts for NBA player charged in clash with police

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of a professional basketball player charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April.The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, who suffered a season-ending leg fracture in the struggle, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include misdemeanor obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. He has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors, and his attorney, Alex Spiro, has said Sefolosha is going to trial to clear his name.

  • Turkey's Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory.Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16.

  • Cavaliers return to home court for 1st time since Finals

    October 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June.The Cavs held their annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, and in a callback to the Finals against Golden State, much of James' supporting cast was missing because of injuries, as well as a contract impasse.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely, has torn labrum

    October 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder.The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out.

  • Former Suns center Neal Walk dead at 67

    October 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Neal Walk, a tough center on the early Phoenix Suns teams who became an inspirational speaker after losing the use of his legs, has died at age 67.The Suns confirmed his passing in a statement on Monday.''We were saddened last night to learn of the passing of Neal Walk, an integral member of the most successful Suns teams in our franchise's early years,'' the Suns said in the statement. ''The Suns will always remember and appreciate the many contributions Neal made, both on the court with his scoring ability and tenacious rebounding, and later as a community ambassador and photo archivist with the team.''

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated right shoulder

    October 4, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder.The team announced the news on Sunday but did not speculate on how long he'll be out of action.The injury occurred with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday's preseason contest at Orlando when he hit the floor hard. Kidd-Gilchrist did not play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

  • Pizza and soccer on agenda for Celtics on trip to Italy

    October 4, 2015

    MILAN (AP) After a couple of days in Milan, Isaiah Thomas' Italian experience is still lacking a certain something.''I'm waiting on some pizza,'' said a laughing Thomas, who used to do commercials for a regional pizza franchise when he played for the Sacramento Kings. ''The place we went to last night didn't have no pizza so hopefully tonight we go somewhere I can order some pizza for real.''

  • Jason Kidd and Badgers' Bo Ryan form bond during Bucks camp

    October 4, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A training camp trip to the University of Wisconsin allowed the Milwaukee Bucks' Jason Kidd to form a coaching bond with the Badgers' Bo Ryan.Two former point guards are leading two young teams.''We saw the game a certain way, when we were playing. As coaches, now we try to institute that in our players to get them to see the game the same way. A few tweaks here and there, as all coaches do,'' Ryan said after watching the Bucks practice at the Badgers' facility.

  • LeBron James call Thompson's contract issue 'a distraction'

    October 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James was done talking about Tristan Thompson's contract situation. Then he saw his teammate at a wedding Saturday and changed his mind.In his most candid comments yet, James called Thompson's stalemate with the Cavaliers ''a distraction'' on Sunday and urged both sides to get a deal done.

  • New-look Gordon Hayward ready to take next step for Jazz

    October 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz won't look drastically different when the team plays its first preseason game against the Lakers on Sunday in Honolulu, but their best player might.Gordon Hayward has had a different air about him in training camp. He looks bigger and said Thursday he considers himself ''one of the best in the league'' regardless of position. That statement in itself is very un-Hayward-like, but that's exactly what the Jazz need.

  • LeBron James: 'There's no room for guns'

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting - the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.Aavielle Wakefield's death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.

  • Wiggins headlines NBA's annual preseason Canada Series

    October 2, 2015

    The Toronto Raptors and their passionate fans will kick off the NBA's Canada Series of preseason games in Vancouver on Sunday against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.In some ways, that will just be the undercard.The league has scheduled four preseason games in Canada this year, the largest slate a games in the short four-year history of a series aimed at growing the game the hockey-mad country. Playing a headlining role in the festivities this year is Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins, a Toronto-born sensation who has captivated the Canadian masses like no other player since Vince Carter was dunking all over the league with the Raptors more than a decade ago.

  • Hornets have big expectations for G Nicolas Batum

    October 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach Steve Clifford is intrigued with what he's seen in training camp from guard Nicolas Batum and expects the seven-year NBA veteran to play a major role with the Charlotte Hornets this season.Clifford anticipates that Batum's scoring output will increase noticeably, and expects him to be one of the team's top three scorers along with center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker.

  • LeBron James: "There's no room for guns"

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting - the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.Aavielle Wakefield's death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.

  • Bucks lock up Henson for 4 years, million

    October 2, 2015

    The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up promising young big man John Henson for the long haul.The Bucks announced a contract extension with the Henson on Friday. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is a four-year extension worth million. It could reach million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose contract terms.

  • AP source: Bucks lock up Henson for 4 years, million

    October 2, 2015

    John Henson's statistics from his first three seasons in the NBA don't really jump off the page.The Milwaukee Bucks see so much more from Henson than any stat line, and so much more room for the 24-year-old to grow. And they want to be in position to reap those benefits as Henson continues to develop with the up-and-coming Bucks.

  • Cavs' Thompson declines qualifying offer, still free agent

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Tristan Thompson has gone from boxing out to holding out.He's taken his contract standoff with the Cavaliers to another level.The backup power forward declined to sign a one-year, .8 million qualifying offer for this season and didn't report to training camp Friday as the Cavaliers practiced at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

  • Former Joint Chiefs chairman Dempsey joining NBA as adviser

    October 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gen. Martin Dempsey, the recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday.Dempsey, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer the past four years, will participate in NBA functions and serve as chairman of the newly formed Jr. NBA Leadership Council. His position begins Jan. 1.

  • Wizards will play up-tempo game with small and big lineups

    October 1, 2015

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman doesn't like to use the term ''small ball'' to define his team's style of offense.Just because the Wizards intend to use an up-tempo attack, that doesn't mean he can't go with a bigger lineup.''You can play with bigs in the same manner and we're going to do that,'' Wittman said Thursday after a practice session at Towson University. ''We have the ability to play a lot of different ways. We are going to be able to utilize our strength and physicality, as well as being able to play the other way. It's not necessarily small for us, small. It's spread the floor, and get into your spots, penetrate and play off each other.''

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to take leave of absence

    October 2, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton.The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will need time off for rehabilitation and recovery. Kerr underwent back surgery to repair a ruptured disc in late July and had follow-up surgery in September.

  • Former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader sues team over pay

    October 1, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader has sued the team, saying the flat-rate pay system dancers work under leaves them earning far less than minimum wage.The lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind on behalf of dancers against an NBA franchise, and it comes after several similar filings against NFL teams recently.

  • Nuggets sign Mike Miller to 1-year deal

    September 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed veteran forward Mike Miller to a one-year deal Wednesday.Miller played last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he saw action in 52 games and averaged 13.5 minutes. The 15-year veteran has also played for Memphis, Miami, Washington, Minnesota and Orlando.

  • Refs in replay center will make some rulings on NBA reviews

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says current referees will staff its replay center this season and be able to make decisions in certain situations.All replay reviews will still be triggered by the three reviews on the court. However, they will no longer make all the calls after the reviews, as some will now be done in the Secaucus, New Jersey facility that opened last season.

  • Class in session for No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns

    September 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) On one side of Karl-Anthony Towns is Kevin Garnett, the 39-year-old Alpha Wolf who ushered in a new era of teenagers in the NBA when he jumped straight to the pros in 1995.On the other side is Andrew Wiggins, the 20-year-old reigning rookie of the year who knows all too well about the spotlight that comes with being the No. 1 overall pick.

  • Faried can be Manimal again with Nuggets devoted to running

    September 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Kenneth Faried instantly perked up when his new coach proclaimed the Denver Nuggets would return to their uptempo roots.The athletic forward nicknamed Manimal can be Manimal again.Faried is at his best when he's free to crash the boards, fly around the court and get the crowd - along with his teammates - revved up by his all-out hustle. He felt a bit muzzled in years past, but not so under coach Michael Malone, who believes he's about to unleash Manimal 2.0.

  • Bulls star Derrick Rose out 2 weeks after eye socket surgery

    September 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot, waiting for Derrick Rose to return from surgery.This time it is his left eye socket on the mend and not one of his troublesome knees. And his time away should be much shorter.Rose had surgery to repair a left orbital fracture Wednesday, one day after he was elbowed in the face by one of his teammates during practice.

  • Grizzlies guard Conley: 'Comfortable' with mask, keeping it

    September 30, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) For Mike Conley, the decision to keep wearing a clear mask is easy, even with his left cheek fully healed from the elbow that inadvertently smashed his face last April.''I'm going to keep it for a little bit,'' the Grizzlies point guard said. ''I feel more comfortable with it on whenever I'm playing because I already know I get hit in my face all the time. I'm a little dude, so I'm around elbows and stuff all the time.

  • Hawks hope getting bigger will address most glaring weakness

    September 30, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Even while emerging as one of the NBA's best teams, the Atlanta Hawks had a very glaring weakness.Rebounding.So, after setting a franchise record with 60 wins and reaching the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks got bigger.A lot bigger.

  • Even as Knicks lose games, Anthony hasn't lost his patience

    September 30, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) The longer Carmelo Anthony plays, the further he's gotten from a championship.A player who had never missed the postseason in his first 10 seasons has been on two straight losing teams, and these New York Knicks aren't expected to compete for a title.

  • Bulls star Derrick Rose has surgery, no timetable on return

    September 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot, waiting for Derrick Rose to return from surgery.This time it is his left eye socket on the mend and not one of his troublesome knees.Rose had surgery to repair a left orbital fracture Wednesday, one day after he was elbowed in the face by one of his teammates during practice. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the operation at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago ''went as expected.'' He would not put a timetable on Rose's return and he did not rule him out for the opener Oct. 27 against Cleveland.

  • Bulls' Mike Dunleavy undergoes back surgery, out 8-10 weeks

    September 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. had lower back surgery Friday and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.The Bulls acknowledge in a statement the timing of the operation was ''unfortunate'' with practices starting next week. They say he experienced occasional discomfort over the summer that worsened recently, and ''conservative measures'' of treatment failed.

  • Jackson to spend more time around Knicks at Fisher's request

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson plans to spend more time around his New York Knicks coaching staff this season at the request of coach Derek Fisher.Jackson said Friday that he wanted to give Fisher his space last season in their new roles, but perhaps gave him too much of it.

  • Clippers sign former UCLA star Mbah a Moute on eve of camp

    September 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free-agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute and forward-center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.

  • Van Gundy hopes Jennings can do on-court drills next month

    September 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says he's hoping guard Brandon Jennings will be able to start doing drills out on the court sometime in mid-October.Jennings is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon in January. Van Gundy says he hopes by mid-November, the 6-foot-1 guard will be able to participate in 5-on-5 drills- although he said Jennings might still have as much as six weeks left in his recovery even at that point.

  • Kerr spends championship summer recovering from back surgery

    September 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had hoped to be able to spend the offseason savoring the NBA championship he won in his first year as coach of the Golden State Warriors.Instead, Kerr spent most of the abbreviated summer on his back recovering from a pair of back surgeries.

  • Clippers' improved depth gives them added hope

    September 25, 2015

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers once again will begin training camp with championship aspirations. Perhaps if they set their sights lower this time, they might be able to get past the second round of the playoffs - something the franchise has never done.

  • Hornets' Jefferson drops 25 pounds, feels like new man

    September 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson dropped 25 pounds over the summer hoping to take pressure off his knees and ankles and extend his NBA career.Jefferson, who played at 289 pounds last season, said he feels amazing.''It's like somebody took a 25-pound man off my back,'' Jefferson said.

  • Magic enter training camp hoping to build defensive identity

    September 25, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic want to establish a new identity this season.If new coach Scott Skiles has his way, it will be all about defense.Orlando posted its third straight season of 25 or fewer victories last year, and ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in both points allowed and opponent field goal percentage. Skiles said that working to change that will be the Magic's top priority when they officially open training camp Saturday.

  • NBA's global reach to be displayed again in preseason

    September 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries.He's perhaps the best current example of the NBA's international reach.Stevens' itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA's game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy and Spain for preseason matchups in October, and his club will head to Mexico in December for a regular-season contest against Sacramento. So those, combined with the normal locales in the U.S. and Canada, means Stevens will get a real feel for the game's global following.

  • Ainge looking for good competition in Celtics' training camp

    September 25, 2015

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) With 16 players under guaranteed contracts and only 15 roster spots, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge knows he has some decisions to make.''All 16 guys are capable of being in NBA uniforms,'' Ainge said Friday as the team held its media day. ''We have a lot of quality players. We're going to have a lot of competition and I'm excited about that.''

  • Jackson thinks Kobe plays on, but maybe not with Lakers

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant's final season - though thinks it may be Bryant's last in Los Angeles.With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be among the biggest questions around the NBA this season.

  • Jackson thinks Kobe plays on - but maybe not with Lakers

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant's final season - though thinks it may be Bryant's last in Los Angeles.With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be one of the biggest questions around the NBA this season.

  • Wolves GM: 'We're not talking about trading Ricky'

    September 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Ricky Rubio to a four-year, million contract extension before last season, it was a giant show of faith that the young point guard was going to be an integral part of pulling the long-suffering franchise out of the NBA basement.

  • Los Angeles Lakers re-sign forward Metta World Peace

    September 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are giving Metta World Peace another chance.The veteran forward re-signed with Los Angeles on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal to resume his NBA career.He won a championship ring with the Lakers in 2010 when he was still known as Ron Artest, starting all 23 postseason games in the highlight of his four-year tenure in Los Angeles.

  • NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call

    September 24, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Imagine if Jack Nicholson's character kept his cool on the witness stand in ''A Few Good Men.''It wasn't until he lost it that he admitted ordering the code red, as former NBA referee and current executive Bob Delaney told officials this week.

  • Magic add 4 free agents in advance of training camp

    September 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have signed four free agents to fill out their training camp roster.Orlando added journeyman center Greg Stiemsma, as well as non-drafted free agent guard Keith Appling, center Nnanna Egwu and guard Jordan Sibert. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

  • Pacers' Paul George eager to play, show recovery is complete

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The rebuilt Paul George looks more like his old self. Heck, he might be even better.After a horrifying leg injury cost George most of last season, he said Thursday that he is feeling good, gotten bigger and stronger, and is ready to show everyone that he is back.

  • Bosh says he's off blood-thinners, cleared for Heat camp

    September 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh put on a few pounds this summer, in a good way and for a good reason.And he figures it'll help the next phase of his comeback.The Miami Heat forward said Thursday that he no longer needs to take blood-thinning medication, which means he can participate fully when training camp opens Tuesday. Bosh missed the final 30 games last season after a blood clot was diagnosed on his left lung, and has been back in on-court workouts for about two months but not cleared for any contact until now.

  • NBA adds additional rest days to NBA Finals schedule

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is adding additional days to its NBA Finals schedule, putting two days in between every game where travel is necessary.Continuing one of Commissioner Adam Silver's goals of finding extra time off for players, the 2016 finals will begin June 2 and would end June 19 if a Game 7 is necessary.

  • George eager to show recovery has gone without a hitch

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The rebuilt Paul George is starting to look more his old self.Maybe he's a little bigger and a little stronger than he was before the gruesome leg injury that cost him most of last season. There is little doubt inside the Pacers' organization that George is ready to play at a high level this season.

  • Pacers announce dates for games with Hickory uniforms

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers will debut their new Hickory Huskers uniforms Nov. 6 at home against Miami.Team officials announced Tuesday that they will be worn 10 times this season. Indiana is making the change to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie ''Hoosiers.''

  • Durant to join Players' Tribune as deputy publisher

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant hasn't always seen eye to eye with the media. Now, he'll be a part of it.The Players' Tribune announced Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder star will join the company as deputy publisher.Durant will work closely with founding publisher and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who started the website for athletes to tell their own stories earlier this year.

  • Jason Richardson retires a month after signing with Hawks

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jason Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago.The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury.

  • Wolves add assistant coach, promote Calvin Booth

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have promoted Calvin Booth to director of player personnel and added assistant coach Bryan Gates to the coaching staff.The Timberwolves announced the moves Wednesday. Booth joined the Timberwolves two years ago as director of player programs.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buy out Anthony Bennett for .65M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The deck seemed stacked against Anthony Bennett almost from the moment he entered the NBA.A surprise No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a woeful 2013 draft class thrust expectations on a player still recovering from a major shoulder injury that essentially rendered his rookie season moot. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer, a throw-in to help the Cavs land All-Star forward Kevin Love.

  • Thunder star Kevin Durant cleared to play after foot injury

    September 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant is all the way back.The 2013-14 NBA MVP and scoring champion played just 27 games for the Thunder last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that, after three procedures, Durant is ready to go. Training camp begins next week.

  • Spoelstra offers no excuses for Heat struggles last season

    September 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Erik Spoelstra got to take plenty of trips during the offseason, met with coaches from other sports to discuss philosophies, even had the time to surprise his mom by showing up for Mother's Day.All respect to Mrs. Spoelstra, he'd probably prefer to just send flowers next year.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buyout Anthony Bennett for .65M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The deck seemed stacked against Anthony Bennett almost from the moment he entered the NBA.A surprise No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a woeful 2013 draft class thrust expectations on a player still recovering from a major shoulder injury that essentially rendered his rookie season moot. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer, a throw-in to help the Cavs land All-Star forward Kevin Love.

  • Thunder F Kevin Durant cleared to play after foot injury

    September 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been cleared to play without restriction after recovering from a foot injury.General manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday.Durant, the league MVP and scoring champion in 2013-14, played just 27 games last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. He had surgery in October and returned to play in December with some pain. A screw rubbing against another bone was removed this February.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buyout Anthony Bennett for .6M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Bennett is on the move again.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached agreement on terms on a .6 million buyout with the former No. 1 overall pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been announced.

  • Nets GM King promises athleticism, but not championships

    September 22, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King reached his goal of reducing the payroll and getting younger players in the offseason.He didn't talk of a championship Tuesday for the first time in several years during his annual media day before training camp.

  • Pistons' draft pick has surgery on broken nose

    September 22, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie guard Darrun Hilliard had surgery after breaking his nose playing pickup basketball last week.The team says Hilliard will be fitted with a mask for the next three weeks and will continue all basketball-related activities. The 6-foot-6 Hilliard was drafted in the second round out of Villanova this year.

  • Jabari Parker expected for camp, but Bucks stay cautious

    September 22, 2015

    MEQUON, Wis. (AP) If Jabari Parker makes it on the floor next week for the start of Milwaukee Bucks training camp, whatever the forward does can be seen as progress.The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft is expected on the court when Bucks camp opens on Sept. 29 in Madison.

  • Milwaukee council adds city money to Bucks new arena

    September 22, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A city council in Milwaukee on Tuesday approved its piece of the 0 million public financing package that will fund half of a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.In a 12-3 vote, members of the Common Council agreed to spend million in city taxpayer money to help build an arena to replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. The state and Milwaukee County have already approved their portions of the 0 million in public financing for the 0 million arena.

  • Council to cast crucial vote on Bucks arena financing

    September 22, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Common Council is set to cast a crucial vote on a new Bucks arena.Council members will decide Tuesday on million in financing for the 0 million arena to replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center. The state and Milwaukee County have already approved their part of the 0 million in public financing.

  • Harden, Davis ready to see if they've closed gap on Curry

    September 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Beard and the Brow checked the same place first when they got a look at the NBA 2K16 video game.''My rating,'' James Harden said.''My rating,'' echoed Anthony Davis, ''and my jump shot. See how far I can shoot. That's the first thing I do, every time.''

  • Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

    September 20, 2015

    LILLE, France (AP) Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title.Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments after having to settle for bronze two years ago. For Lithuania, it was a second straight runner-up finish after losing the final against France in 2013.

  • NBA great Moses Malone's kindness remembered at funeral

    September 20, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Moses Malone has been remembered not only for his rebounds and three MVP trophies, but for making people smile.In a service marked by laughter from many of his NBA peers and hundreds of others at Houston's Lakewood Church, the Hall of Famer on Saturday was lauded as a kind and helpful man.

  • Kander comes to Minnesota to work magic with Wolves

    September 18, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Arnie Kander was retired. The well-respected physical therapist and strength coach had called it a career and was assimilating to his first summer out of the NBA in nearly a quarter century.He helped his son move to Boulder, Colorado, for grad school. He took a trip to New York. He even skipped summer league for the first time in 24 years.

  • Kyrie Irving says he's progressing toward return to court

    September 17, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) If Kyrie Irving knows when he'll be back on the floor with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he's not telling.The All-Star guard will only divulge this much: He's getting closer.Irving spoke Thursday about his ongoing recovery from the knee injury that required surgery and kept him from all but one game of last season's NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers fell to Golden State in six games. The Cavaliers - like all NBA teams - open training camp later this month, and one of the biggest issues facing the reigning Eastern Conference champions revolves around when their point guard will be ready to play.

  • Curry returns to Charlotte, takes NBA trophy to Davidson

    September 17, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry isn't one to forget his roots.The NBA's Most Valuable Player returned to his alma mater Davidson College on Thursday to show off the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy with the small school's close-knit community.

  • Wade goes into Hall of Champions, looking ahead to season

    September 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is already thinking big about the Miami Heat's fast-approaching season.And missing the playoffs last season has only energized him.Less than two weeks from the start of his 13th Heat training camp, Wade joined Jack Nicklaus and Chris Evert as enshrinees Wednesday at the 21st Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Champions induction ceremony. And while the night was about looking back and celebrating the past, Wade couldn't help but sound excited what may loom this season.

  • AP Source: Restricted free agent Cole to return to Pelicans

    September 16, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says restricted free agent guard Norris Cole has agreed to return to New Orleans this season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team has not announced the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Malone's funeral on Saturday in Houston

    September 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone will be remembered at a funeral service on Saturday in Houston.Malone, a three-time NBA MVP, died Sunday at age 60.The funeral will be at 1 p.m. CST at Houston megachurch Lakewood. The church is in the same building where the Houston Rockets played during Malone's time with the team from 1976-1982 when it was called The Summit.

  • Suns sign Sims, Jefferson, 3 others

    September 16, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed center Henry Sims, forwards Cory Jefferson and Kyle Casey and guards Deonte Burton and Terrico White.The moves Wednesday increased the team's roster to 18 players.The 6-foot-10 Sims averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 73 games last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The former Georgetown player has averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 121 career games in three seasons with New Orleans, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

  • City panel approves M for new Milwaukee Bucks arena

    September 15, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council has endorsed a million city proposal to help finance a new Milwaukee Bucks downtown arena.The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to recommend approval to the full council, which will review the proposal at its Sept. 22 meeting.

  • Hawks to hold training camp at University of Georgia

    September 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will hold training camp at the University of Georgia for the third year in a row.The Hawks, coming off a 60-win season that set a franchise record, will practice at the Stegeman Coliseum training facility from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 before returning to Atlanta.

  • Official: Moses Malone died of natural causes

    September 14, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Virginia medical examiner's office says Hall of Fame basketball player Moses Malone died of natural causes.Malone was found dead in a Norfolk hotel Sunday morning. He was 60.On Monday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Malone's cause of death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

  • Indiana Pacers owner seeks court ruling on team ownership

    September 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The owner of the Indiana Pacers has asked a court to declare that his late brother's estate and widow have no financial stake in the team.That's according to wording in a Hamilton County court document that The Indianapolis Star reported (http://indy.st/1KlKI0A ) was meant to be redacted, but instead was visible.

  • NBA great Moses Malone dies at 60

    September 13, 2015

    Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring.All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great.A few words, and one championship, made him a Philadelphia sports icon.Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, where was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60.

  • Philadelphia 76ers say NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone has died

    September 13, 2015

    AP () - - Philadelphia 76ers say NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone has died .

  • Hornets' Lin says security didn't believe he was NBA player

    September 12, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Hornets guard Jeremy Lin says he had trouble convincing a security guard that he's an NBA player when he showed up at the team's Charlotte arena.The NBA's first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Lin tweeted about the encounter Saturday afternoon: ''Went to the Hornets arena for 1st time and tried convincing security im a player. She said, `what team?!?'''

  • Russell Westbrook previews True Religion holiday collection

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Attention fellas: NBA star and fashion trendsetter Russell Westbrook wants to help you get dressed for the holidays.The 26-year-old, who was named campaign creative director for True Religion, previewed items from the brand's Men's Holiday 2015 campaign Saturday during New York Fashion Week.

  • Warriors center spends day celebrating title at Vanderbilt

    September 12, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli sure knows how to celebrate in style, taking one of the Larry O'Brien championship trophies back to campus.Ezeli helped the Warriors win the NBA title in June. He was back at Vanderbilt on Saturday as part of the Commodores' festivities surrounding their football game against No. 10 Georgia.

  • Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes class of 11

    September 11, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) John Calipari never could have been a Hall of Famer on his own ability.''I never grabbed a rebound,'' he said. ''I never scored a point. I never had an assist.''But he's had some incredible players.And when he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, he insisted many of them join him.

  • Timberwolves coach Saunders hospitalized in cancer treatment

    September 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders has been hospitalized for testing and treatment following a setback in his fight with cancer, leaving his leadership roles with the Minnesota Timberwolves indefinitely to focus on his health.The Timberwolves confirmed Friday that assistant Sam Mitchell will take over as interim coach for Saunders, who is also the president of basketball operations. General manager Milt Newton's responsibilities will expand, too, with the absence of the 60-year-old Saunders, who was diagnosed this summer with Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Nets sign veteran Dahntay Jones

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran swingman Dahntay Jones.Jones played last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the No. 20 pick in the 2003 draft and has also played for Memphis, Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas and Atlanta, averaging 5.4 points in 622 games.

  • Hoop Hall to induct greats of playing, coaching, officiating

    September 10, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) After Dikembe Mutombo wagged that index finger a few more times and Dick Bavetta hugged nearly everyone in sight, Jo Jo White slowly made his way to the podium.The former Boston Celtics star, once so indefatigable that he played 60 minutes in an NBA Finals game, is no longer a speedster after surgery to remove a brain tumor. He received a few assists just to make the short walk to the microphone inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where he made it clear just how much he loved the game.

  • Draymond Green donates .1 million to alma mater

    September 10, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Golden State Warriors standout Draymond Green is donating .1 million to Michigan State in support of its men's basketball program.Green played for the Spartans and graduated in 2012. His donation, which is pending approval from the Board of Trustees, is the largest single gift to Michigan State athletics from a former Spartans athlete.

  • NBA's Miller sues to recover money lost in Ponzi scheme

    September 10, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers forward Mike Miller has filed a lawsuit aimed at recovering what remains of .7 million he said he lost in a Ponzi scheme.The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1JZl3cx ) Miller seeks to recover his investment in RAHFCO Hedge Funds.

  • Knicks sign Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks signed forward Darion Atkins and guard/forward Wesley Saunders on Thursday. Terms of the deals with the undrafted free agents weren't disclosed.The 6-foot-8 Atkins averaged 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 23.9 minutes as a senior at the University of Virginia. He led the Portsmouth Invitational in scoring at 20.0 points, and averaged 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.7 minutes in nine Summer League games for San Antonio.

  • AP source: Wolves' Saunders steps aside for cancer treatment

    September 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sam Mitchell will replace Flip Saunders as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves while Saunders continues treatment for cancer, a person with knowledge of the situation told Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because official word had not yet come from the Wolves. The team set a news conference for Friday but did not specify the subject, calling it only for a ''major announcement.''

  • Canada's talented group is aiming at Rio 2016

    September 10, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Canada is in position to secure a berth to its first Olympic basketball tournament since Sydney 2000, with Andrew Wiggins leading a young team that has been too much to handle in the qualifiers and is aiming to be a surprise in Rio 2016.

  • Cavaliers' Miller sues to recover money lost in Ponzi scheme

    September 10, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller has filed a lawsuit aimed at recovering what remains of .7 million he said he lost in a Ponzi scheme.The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1JZl3cx ) Miller seeks to recover his investment in RAHFCO Hedge Funds.

  • NBA player Thabo Sefolosha spurns plea deal, asks for trial

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Prosecutors say professional basketball player Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has declined a plea deal that would have wiped away criminal charges stemming from a confrontation outside of a Manhattan nightclub.The Atlanta Hawks guard-forward was arrested April 8. Police were investigating the stabbing of another NBA player. They say Sefolosha ignored orders to step away from the crime scene and became combative.

  • Mexico beats Argentina, Canada has top seed in FIBA Americas

    September 10, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Gustavo Ayon scored 16 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and Mexico overcame a 15-point deficit to hand Argentina its first loss of the Olympic qualifier, 95-83 on Wednesday night in the last game of the second round.Ayon also grabbed 14 rebounds, while Jorge Gutierrez scored 23 points and Francisco Cruz added 21 for the Mexicans. They earned the No. 2 seed and will face Argentina again Friday night in the FIBA Americas semifinals.

  • 76ers sign point guard Kendall Marshall

    September 9, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers signed point guard Kendall Marshall on Wednesday.Marshall was the 13th overall pick by Phoenix in 2012 and has played for the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee.He has averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 130 games.

  • Lakers sign Brazilian guard, Europe vet Marcelo Huertas

    September 9, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas.The Lakers announced the deal Wednesday.The 32-year-old Huertas has spent nearly his entire professional career in Spain. He played the past four seasons with FC Barcelona in the top Spanish league, winning two national championships.

  • Pacers buy defending D-League runner-up Fort Wayne

    September 9, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) The Indiana Pacers have become the 10th NBA team to buy their D-League affiliate.The Pacers now own the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, last year's runner-up in the NBA Development League. Terms were not disclosed Wednesday.John Zeglis, Julie and Jeff Potter were the majority investors in the Fort Wayne Basketball Group. The team will now be owned by Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which is led by Herb Simon.

  • Milwaukee leaders announce arena land sale to Bucks for

    September 9, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee leaders plan to announce that a chunk of downtown land has been sold to the city's NBA team for as part of the drive to build the Bucks a new arena complex.County Executive Chris Abele said in a statement Wednesday that the sale will transform a vacant space into a development that will create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue.

  • Cavaliers sign center Sasha Kaun

    September 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed backup center Sasha Kaun, who has spent the past six seasons playing in Russia.Cleveland acquired Kaun's contract rights in 2008 in a trade with Seattle (now Oklahoma City). The 6-foot-11 big man played on the bronze-medal winning Russian national team in the London Olympics for Cleveland coach David Blatt in 2012.

  • NBA to seed playoff teams in each conference by record

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will now seed playoff teams solely by their record, throwing out the top-four protection for teams who win their divisions.The expected change was unanimously approved Tuesday by the league's Board of Governors. Teams in each conference will be seeded from one to eight by their won-loss record.

  • NBA fines Markieff Morris ,000 for anti-Suns tweet

    September 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris has been fined ,000 for making ''a public statement detrimental to the NBA.''The fine, announced by the league, did not specify the statement but said it concerned Morris' desire to be traded.

  • Tony Parker becomes Eurobasket's all-time leading scorer

    September 7, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Tony Parker became the all-time leading scorer in European championship history by leading defending champion France to a 69-66 win over Poland on Monday.Parker made France's first basket to break the record and finished with a team-high 16 points, scoring his team's final four points.

  • Tony Parker becomes top scorer in Eurobasket history

    September 7, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Tony Parker became the all-time leading scorer in European championship history when he made France's first basket in the game against Poland on Monday.Parker hit a jumper with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter to make it 2-2 in Montpellier.

  • Germany holds off Iceland, Dutch beat Georgia at Eurobasket

    September 5, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Schroeder scored 15 points each to lead Germany to a surprisingly close 71-65 victory over Iceland at the start of the European Basketball Championship on Saturday.Iceland outscored Germany 22-12 in the final quarter as Jon Steffansson topped all scorers with 23 points for the team considered an outsider in the tough Group B.

  • Canada win its third straight in Olympic qualifier

    September 5, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points to help Canada beat Puerto Rico 112-92 on Friday night for its third straight victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament.Cory Joseph, Nik Stauskas and Kelly Olynik added 15 points each, Brady Heslip had 13, and Philip Scrubb 11 for the Canadian team that that fields nine NBA players and is considered one of the favorites to win one of the two berths to Rio.

  • France hopes to retain title with Tony Parker back in team

    September 3, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Tony Parker is back and France will be looking to retain the title at the European Basketball Championship that starts over the weekend in four cities across the continent.Originally scheduled to be held in Ukraine, the competition was moved because of the unrest in the east European country and will be spread around before the medal round in France.

  • Cavaliers make J.R. Smith signing official

    September 2, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers made the re-signing of guard J.R. Smith official.Smith announced last month that he was returning for a second year with the Cavs, who acquired him last season along with Iman Shumpert in a trade with the New York Knicks. The 11-year veteran made 45 starts for Cleveland, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

  • Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin fractures left foot

    September 2, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin has a fractured left foot.The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the forward from LSU injured his foot while colliding with another player during a workout earlier that day. Martin will undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Assistant convicted of stealing millions from ex-NBA star

    September 2, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A federal jury has convicted a former personal assistant of Gilbert Arenas of stealing more than million from the former NBA basketball player.The jury on Wednesday found 40-year-old John White guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing a false tax-related document.

  • Canada routs Cuba in the Olympic qualifying tournament

    September 2, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nick Stauskas and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points each in limited action and Canada routed Cuba 101-59 on Wednesday for its first victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament.Stauskas, a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, also had six rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes. Wiggins, the NBA rookie of the year for the Minnesota Timberwolves, added six rebounds and two blocks for the Canadian team that fields nine NBA players and is considered one of the favorites to win one of the two berths to Rio.

  • AP Source: Excel severs ties with Lakers' Clarkson

    September 2, 2015

    A person with knowledge of situation tells The Associated Press that Excel Sports Management has severed ties with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has released details of the split, which happened last month.

  • Argentina beats Canada in the men's Olympic qualifiers

    September 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Luis Scola had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Argentina beat Canada 94-87 on Tuesday in the men's Olympic qualifying tournament.Scola, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who just signed with Toronto, was 13 for 26 from the field. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 20 points, and Andres Nocioni finished with 15.

  • Former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. joins Georgetown hoops staff

    September 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr. has returned as director of basketball operations.Coach John Thompson III made the announcement Tuesday. Ewing Jr. is the son of former Georgetown All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

  • Hawks to retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season

    September 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging center, spent five seasons with the Hawks. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says few players matched the impact Mutombo made ''as a player, man and humanitarian.''

  • Alex Morgan featured in series produced by LeBron James

    September 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Soccer star Alex Morgan will be the first athlete profiled on Disney's inspirational ''Becoming'' series produced by LeBron James.Morgan helped the United States win the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer. Her path from childhood to Olympic gold medalist will be told in the Sept. 13 premiere episode.

  • Fans to remember former NBA great Darryl Dawkins

    September 1, 2015

    CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) Fans will get their chance to remember former NBA great Darryl Dawkins.A public viewing is taking place Tuesday between 4 and 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua.Parking is available at the Catasauqua pool on American Street, and a shuttle bus will run every five minutes to the church.

  • Divac adds title of GM of Kings

    August 31, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac has added the title of general manager of the Sacramento Kings.The Kings announced Monday that Divac will serve as vice president of basketball operations and general manager. Divac was hired in March as vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

  • LA Clippers sign veteran free agent Chuck Hayes

    August 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free agent veteran Chuck Hayes.The center-power forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games for Toronto last season.The 10-year NBA veteran also has played for Houston and Sacramento. He has career averages of 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

  • Milwaukee funding for new Bucks arena goes before public

    August 31, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The public's first opportunity to formally comment on part of a 0 million funding plan to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena attracted an overflow crowd Monday evening, with one group questioning how the city has enough money to help pay for the project but not neighborhood or school investments.

  • Milwaukee funding for new NBA arena goes before public

    August 31, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee's top development official and its chief financial officer will soon present details showing the proposed final piece of a 0 million funding puzzle for a new arena for the NBA's Bucks.Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux is expected Monday to publicly lay out how the city plans to generate its million share of public funding. Comptroller Martin Matson will give his fiscal analysis at the afternoon hearing.

  • Jazz sign rookie forward J.J. O'Brien

    August 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free-agent rookie J.J. O'Brien.The team announced the signing Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 23-year-old forward played one season at the University of Utah and finished his college career at San Diego State. O'Brien averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior.

  • Chris Jent to coach Bakersfield Jam in D-League

    August 27, 2015

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) Chris Jent will coach the Bakersfield Jam, the Phoenix Suns' affiliate in the NBA Development League.The Suns and Jam announced the move Thursday. Jent replaced Nate Bjorkgren, now the Suns' assistant coach/player development coordinator.

  • Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

    August 27, 2015

    Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game.

  • Philadelphia 76ers owner donates .5M to local nonprofit

    August 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers has pledged a .5 million donation to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - the largest amount ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group.The PAL supports disadvantaged youths by pairing them with police officers who volunteer to direct sports, educational and cultural programs.

  • Former Kentucky standout Lou Tsioropoulos dies at 84

    August 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten `53-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84.Tsioropoulos' nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died Saturday in Louisville of natural causes. A memorial service was held there Wednesday. He would have turned 85 on Monday.

  • Pacers, St. Vincent join forces on new training facility

    August 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers and St. Vincent, a local health provider, have released more details plans for a million training facility in downtown Indianapolis.At a news conference Wednesday, team officials showed what the 130,000-square foot St. Vincent Center will look like. The five-story building will be built on a pie-shaped space on Delaware Street, across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers home court, and will include two NBA regulation-sized courts along with office and retail space.

  • Clifford: Hornets play better, win more with Kidd-Gilchrist

    August 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford can rattle off a dozen reasons why the Hornets gave small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a big contract extension.But in Clifford's mind it all came down to one basic fact: ''When he's on the floor we play well; when he's not on the floor we don't.''

  • Iguodala takes NBA championship hardware to tour of Tokyo

    August 25, 2015

    Andre Iguodala has taken his NBA championship hardware to Japan.The Golden State Warriors swingman is on a two-day tour of Tokyo, bringing along the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Bill Russell trophy, which he won as the NBA Finals MVP.Iguodala hadn't started a game in the 2014-15 season until he was inserted into the lineup midway through the finals. He ended up averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists as the Warriors beat Cleveland in six games.

  • NBA fines Clippers 0,000 because of DeAndre Jordan pitch

    August 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were fined 0,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Kirilenko elected head of Russian basketball

    August 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko was elected president of the troubled Russian Basketball Federation on Tuesday.The ex-Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets small forward, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA, was elected unopposed at a conference Tuesday in Moscow - hours after his only rival, Russian national team general manager Dmitry Domani, withdrew from the contest.

  • AP Source: Hornets sign Kidd-Gilchrist to M extension

    August 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced.

  • Utah Jazz sign center Jeff Withey

    August 24, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free agent center Jeff Withey to a multi-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday afternoon. Details of the contract were unavailable, per team policy.The 7-foot, 222-pounder was a second-round pick by the Trail Blazers in 2013 and played two seasons with New Orleans after a trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland. Withey averaged 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 95 games over two seasons. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at Kanas in 2012 and 2013.

  • Rockets re-sign point guard Jason Terry

    August 24, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have re-signed point guard Jason Terry.The 16-year veteran averaged 7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 77 games for the Rockets last season. He joined the starting lineup late in the season after a season-ending injury to Patrick Beverley and appeared in each playoff game for the Rockets, averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game.

  • Stoudemire hoping Heat get to see his All-Star form

    August 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Amare Stoudemire spent some time with Dwyane Wade in New York this summer, sipping wine at a trendy hotspot and talking basketball.He's been texting and talking with Chris Bosh regularly. He's considered himself close with Goran Dragic for years, going back to their time together with the Phoenix Suns.

  • Suns to induct 2-time MVP Nash into team's Ring of Honor

    August 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns will induct Steve Nash into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against Portland on Oct. 30.Nash was twice named NBA MVP while at the controls of the high-octane Suns teams that were the forerunner of the style employed by reigning NBA champion Golden State.

  • Former NBA star Kirilenko hopes to rescue Russian basketball

    August 23, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) After spending more than a decade in the NBA, former All-Star Andrei Kirilenko is taking on what may be his biggest challenge yet - rescuing basketball in his native Russia.Since Kirilenko helped his national team win Olympic bronze in 2012, Russian basketball has gone into a tailspin. The national team is in danger of failing to qualify for next year's Olympics and the sport is losing fans to the likes of soccer and ice hockey. But Kirilenko thinks he can help turn things around.

  • Bucks spent most lobbying Wisconsin lawmakers through June

    August 21, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks spent more money lobbying the Wisconsin Legislature than any other organization during the first half of the year, as the NBA team was pushing for approval of a new basketball arena.A report released Friday by the state elections board, which oversees lobbying, showed the Bucks spent just over 2,000 on lobbying through June. The next highest was the Wisconsin Hospital Association at nearly 9,000.

  • Warriors rookie Kevon Looney has hip surgery

    August 20, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney will miss at least four to six months after undergoing surgery on his right hip.Looney had the operation to repair a torn labrum on Thursday. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and will not be able to resume basketball activity for four to six months.

  • AP Source: J.R. Smith agrees to new contract with Cavs

    August 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith looked around and realized there was no place like Cleveland.The free-wheeling and enigmatic shooter has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday night. Smith, who declined his .8 million player option shortly after the season, considered other options before returning to Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.

  • Recovered from stab injuries, Copeland focused on Bucks

    August 20, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) A connection with Bucks coach Jason Kidd lured free-agent Chris Copeland to Milwaukee.He's looking forward to playing for a familiar face in a new home, and not dwelling on the injuries he sustained after getting stabbed outside a New York night club in the spring.

  • Pelicans sign rookie guard Dejean-Jones

    August 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones.The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Dejean-Jones played for the Pelicans' Las Vegas summer league team, averaged 12.8 points on 62 percent shooting in six games. He also averaged 1.5 steals in that span.

  • Raptors sign 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas to M extension

    August 20, 2015

    Jonas Valanciunas has been the big man in the middle of the Toronto Raptors' rise for the last three seasons.Now he has the big contract to match.The Raptors and Valanciunas announced his four-year contract extension Thursday. The deal is worth million, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team is not publicly announcing the terms, which were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Raptors sign 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas to extension

    August 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension.Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years.Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri calls the 7-foot, 270-pound Lithuanian ''a significant part of what we are building in Toronto.''

  • Timberwolves announce signing of Tayshaun Prince

    August 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the signing of veteran forward Tayshaun Prince.The Wolves agreed to terms last week with Prince on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. The contract became official on Thursday, giving the Wolves another veteran to mentor a young roster.

  • Closing arguments planned Friday for Michael Jordan trial

    August 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Closing arguments have been delayed a day in a federal civil trial to decide how much money a grocery-store chain owes former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.Court documents filed Thursday show closing arguments will begin Friday. The lawyers and judge are planning to meet Thursday, when they will go through jury instructions. Jurors will begin deliberating after closings are completed.

  • LeBron visits Manila to mentor Filipino street ball talents

    August 20, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) LeBron James hopes his story can inspire young Filipinos to rise from adversity through basketball.The Cleveland Cavaliers star is the country to mentor finalists of ''Rise,'' a Nike-sponsored reality TV program aimed at finding young Filipino basketball players, mostly from the countryside, and to hone their talents.

  • Tim Duncan named NBA's top teammate

    August 19, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan has given up millions in salary to give the San Antonio Spurs the cap space needed to re-sign teammates and add players such as LaMarcus Aldridge.And Duncan has deferred offensively to teammates like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard despite averaging 19.5 points over his 18-year career.

  • Meet the NBA Players' Association's new sports science guru

    August 19, 2015

    Coming off a season in which star after star was lost to serious injury, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players' Association executive director Michele Roberts have made player health one of the top priorities to address this offseason.With that in mind, the union hired Joe Rogowski, a former athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach with the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets, as the director of sports medicine and research. The certified athletic trainer with a master's degree in exercise physiology from Central Florid is tasked with developing programs and coordinating best practices to try to limit the number of games lost to injury.

  • 76ers center Embiid to miss season following foot surgery

    August 19, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid will have to wait at least one more season to start his NBA career.Embiid, the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers center, is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. His recovery should take five to eight months, the same timeframe the center was given following the first surgery last year. The Sixers were cautious with their prized prospect and held him out for the entire season. Team president Sam Hinkie said Wednesday the organization would follow a similar path again.

  • 76ers C Joel Embiid undergoes surgery on right foot

    August 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid underwent surgery for the second time on his right foot on Tuesday, this time a bone graft procedure.Embiid had two existing screws replaced and a bone graft of the site was done using bone from his hip.

  • Veteran wing player Jason Richardson signs with Hawks

    August 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard-forward Jason Richardson.Richardson, a 13-year veteran, played in 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season. He averaged 9.1 points before his season was shortened by a knee injury.When healthy, the 34-year-old Richardson has been an effective scorer. His career average is 17.1 points, including three seasons over 20 points per game. He set a career high with 23.2 points per game with Golden State in the 2005-06 season.

  • VanDeWeghe promoted to NBA executive vice president

    August 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kiki VanDeWeghe has been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA.The league announced the move on Tuesday. VanDeWeghe had been serving as senior vice president of basketball operations. He joined the league office in 2013 after working as general manager with the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets.

  • Michael Jordan tells jury he values his image 'preciously'

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan testified Tuesday that his image is precious to him, which is why he filed a lawsuit against a grocery store chain that used it without permission.''I have the final say-so on everything that involves my likeness and my name,'' Jordan told jurors in Chicago. When his attorney asked him why he brought the case, Jordan said it was ''to protect my likeness, my image ... something I value very preciously.''

  • Michael Jordan expected to testify in misuse of image case

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan is expected to take the stand in his case against a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission.It's been determined Dominick's used Jordan's image without permission in a 2009 ad. A Chicago federal court jury must determine how much Dominick's owner must pay for the transgression.

  • Australia qualifies for Olympics, beats New Zealand 89-79

    August 18, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year's Olympic basketball tournament.Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 Tuesday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero.

  • Broncos host basketball coaches at training camp

    August 17, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Sometimes during the dog days of August, NFL training camp talk turns to hoops and hardwood.That was the case in Denver on Monday when the Broncos welcomed several visitors to their sideline, including Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy and new Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and his staff.

  • Jazz sign free agent Treveon Graham

    August 17, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free agent guard/forward Treveon Graham.The team announced the move Monday, but details were not released, per team policy.Graham completed his fourth season at Virginia Commonwealth in the spring, averaging 16.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was not drafted.

  • Expert: Michael Jordan's income eclipses current stars'

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) An expert in sports economics says Michael Jordan's endorsement income has grown and still eclipses that of current NBA players, including LeBron James.Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist testified Monday in federal court in Chicago. He's an expert witness for Jordan in the former Chicago Bulls player's lawsuit seeking damages from a grocery store chain that used his image without permission.

  • Chicago Bulls hire Toni Kukoc in advisory role

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Toni Kukoc has been hired by the Chicago Bulls as a special adviser to the team president.Kukoc helped the Bulls win three championships. President Michael Reinsdorf says Kukoc's duties will be ''wide-ranging,'' from relating to international players to talking to business partners and fans.

  • Pelicans, like Saints, decide to train at Greenbrier

    August 15, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to hold part of training camp at the Greenbrier resort, which this summer is hosting its second straight New Orleans Saints training camp.The decision, announced Saturday night, comes after a trip Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry made to the West Virginia resort about a week ago.

  • Olympic qualifying: Australia 71, New Zealand 59

    August 15, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills hit two three-pointers in the final four minutes Saturday to help Australia pull away from New Zealand for a 71-59 win in an Oceania qualifying match for next year's Rio Olympics.Before a sellout crowd of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, Australia outscored New Zealand 18-9 in the final six minutes as Mills, a late replacement in the past week for the injured Dante Exum, finished with 17 points, as did France-based David Anderson.

  • Correction: Rookie Transition story

    August 14, 2015

    In a story Aug. 13 about the NBA's transition program, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the league, reported erroneously the program's panelists. Bob Lanier, Ralph Sampson, Rick Mahorn and Malik Rose participated in a panel discussion, not Shane Battier.

  • NBA rookies gather in New Jersey for transition program

    August 13, 2015

    Karl-Anthony Towns left Kentucky for the NBA in April.The No. 1 overall pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves was back in school this week at the league's Rookie Transition Program.First-year players from the U.S. and overseas convened in New Jersey this week to attend four days of classes aimed at helping them make the jump to the pros. The NBA and the players' union collaborated to give them information on everything from financial planning and retirement to ways to handle relationships with women.

  • NBA, referees' union reach deal on 7-year CBA

    August 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association agreed to a seven-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday, brokering the deal a year before the previous contract was set to expire.The referees ratified the agreement at a meeting in Chicago. The deal will begin this season, replace the last year of the previous agreement and run through 2022.

  • LeBron James, Akron making college possible for city kids

    August 13, 2015

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is giving kids from Akron - ones with challenging backgrounds like his - the chance to go to college for free.The NBA star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James' ''I Promise'' program who qualify. The scholarship will cover tuition and the university's general service fee - currently ,500 per year.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves agree on deal with Tayshaun Prince

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in another veteran to tutor their young pups.A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Tayshaun Prince has agreed to terms with the Wolves on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. The person requested anonymity because the contract has not been signed.

  • Mavericks sign free agent center McGee

    August 13, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Free agent center JaVale McGee has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.McGee has averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his seven NBA seasons. The 7-footer has played 382 games with Washington, Denver and Philadelphia.The Mavericks announced the signing Thursday.

  • Los Angeles Lakers sign F Jonathan Holmes to multiyear deal

    August 13, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Undrafted rookie forward Jonathan Holmes has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers announced the deal Thursday.Holmes spent the past four seasons at Texas, averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He plays a versatile two-way game, with a solid 3-point shot and strong defensive instincts.

  • LeBron: Health, family will determine 2016 Olympic plans

    August 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James said Wednesday his health and his family will determine whether he tries for a record third basketball Olympic gold medal next summer.James took part in USA Basketball's minicamp, satisfying chairman Jerry Colangelo's mandate that anyone wanting to be considered for the 2016 roster show up this week in Las Vegas.

  • NBA schedule has Christmas finals rematch, more player rest

    August 12, 2015

    The Golden State Warriors will see an old friend on opening night and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas, two of the highlight games of their title defense.The NBA released its schedule Wednesday, a more player-friendly model that addresses Commissioner Adam Silver's directive for additional player rest by slashing the times teams have to play four times in five nights to an average of one per team.

  • Some things to note from the 2015-16 NBA schedule

    August 12, 2015

    Some notes on the 2015-16 NBA schedule, released Wednesday by the league office:---RING NIGHTGolden State gets its championship rings and one more night to revel in last season's accomplishments on Oct. 27, when New Orleans - the team the Warriors swept in the first round of last season's playoffs - visits to complete the NBA's opening-night tripleheader. Detroit at Atlanta and Cleveland at Chicago precede Golden State's banner-raising night, which will be shown on TNT.

  • Horace Balmer, former NBA security head, dies at 76

    August 12, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Horace Balmer, the head of NBA security from 1985 to 2002, has died. He was 76.The NBA said Wednesday that Balmer, known as ''Kitibu,'' died Tuesday in Norfolk. The league didn't provide a cause of death.''Horace Balmer was a great friend and a longtime member of the NBA family,'' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. ''During his 17-year NBA career, he oversaw the security of events in arenas around the world and built life-long relationships with countless players, teams and league executives. Horace also dedicated himself to assisting those in need, particularly in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with Horace's family and friends.''

  • Hawks' Horford in Dominican Basketball without Borders camp

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford of the Dominican Republic will take part when a Basketball without Borders camp goes to his home country for the first time.Run by the NBA and FIBA, the Aug. 16-19 camp in Santo Domingo will include Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva, whose parents are Dominican, former Dominican national team NBA players Felipe Lopez and Francisco Garcia, and Tito Horford - Al's father.

  • Walker signs bill to fund new Milwaukee Bucks arena

    August 12, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a break from the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to commit 0 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.Calling the new NBA stadium a ''dynamic attraction for the entire state of Wisconsin,'' Walker signed the bill at the Wisconsin State Fair Park surrounded by state lawmakers, local officials and Bucks team president Peter Feigin.

  • Pacers add free-agent guard Toney Douglas to roster

    August 11, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers signed free-agent guard Toney Douglas on Tuesday.Terms of the deal weren't immediately available.The 6-foot-2, 190-pound former Florida State player is another addition to a roster that has undergone a major overhaul since the end of last season. Power forward David West and backup point guard C.J. Watson left in free agency. Two-time All-Star center Roy Hibbert was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in July.

  • Jordan in court, not on it, for trial on his brand value

    August 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan was in a federal courtroom Tuesday for the start of a civil trial that will scrutinize the market value of the basketball star's brand and look at whether a grocery-store chain diluted that value by running a steak-coupon advertisement that invoked Jordan's name without permission.

  • Timberwolves' Flip Saunders says he has 'treatable' lymphoma

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders had quite a challenge on his hands when he returned to Minnesota two years ago to take over the moribund Timberwolves.Just as it appeared the franchise was starting to turn the corner, a new challenge has presented itself. And he plans to take this one on with as much determination and confidence as he has any other.

  • Timberwolves' Flip Saunders says he has lymphoma

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders says he is being treated for cancer.Saunders announced on Tuesday that he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says his doctors are calling it ''very treatable and curable.''

  • Patty Mills says he's recovered from shoulder injury

    August 11, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills says his recent shoulder injury won't be an issue when he plays for Australia in its Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand starting this week.Mills made himself unavailable for Australia's warm-up series in Europe while he underwent treatment for the injury in Los Angeles, but he accepted a late call-up to the Australia team when fellow NBA player Dante Exum was forced out with a knee injury.

  • Billionaire sues TMZ, friend over loss of Clippers team

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Billionaire Donald Sterling sued celebrity website TMZ and an ex-girlfriend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling's lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court accused TMZ and V. Stiviano of violating his privacy and causing damage on a ''scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude.''

  • Celtics release guard-forward Zoran Dragic

    August 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have waived Zoran Dragic.The 6-foot-5 guard-forward was acquired this summer in a trade with the Miami Heat for a second-round draft pick and cash.Dragic appeared in 16 games for Miami and the Phoenix Suns last season. He averaged 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes.

  • Nuggets re-sign Nelson, Arthur, Barton

    August 7, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have re-signed Jameer Nelson to primarily serve as a backup and mentor for rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.In addition to signing Nelson to a multiyear deal Friday, Denver also brought back Darrell Arthur and Will Barton, general manager Tim Connelly announced.

  • Knicks sign guards Sasha Vujacic, Thanasis Antetokounmpo

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed guards Sasha Vujacic and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.The terms of the deal were not announced Friday.The 6-foot-7 Vujacic has career averages of 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey and Los Angeles Clippers.

  • LA Clippers sign Argentine veteran Pablo Prigioni

    August 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Pablo Prigioni on Thursday.Prigioni agreed to the deal in principle two weeks ago with the Clippers, who signed the Argentine veteran for the veteran's minimum of 1,000.The 38-year-old Prigioni averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season for the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. He signed with the Knicks in 2012 after a lengthy career in Spain and Argentina.

  • Cavaliers sign F Richard Jefferson for next season

    August 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have made their signing of free-agent forward Richard Jefferson official.Jefferson's deal was agreed upon last month and reported by The Associated Press and several media outlets. The 14-year veteran will give the Cavs another experienced wing player who can spread the floor as well as back up LeBron James.

  • Donald Sterling seeks divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 60 years on Wednesday as he continues to battle her over ownership of the team.Sterling, 81, cited irreconcilable differences in paperwork submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney Bobby Samini said. That paperwork was initially rejected by the court as incomplete, but it was corrected and resubmitted afterward. It lists their date of separation as Aug. 1, 2012.

  • Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his estranged wife of nearly 60 years.His attorney Bobby Samini says Wednesday the papers were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court roughly two weeks before their 60th anniversary.

  • Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife.

  • Walker to sign Bucks arena bill next week

    August 5, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill providing 0 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium next week.Walker's office sent an invitation to lawmakers and others saying he plans to sign the bill Aug. 12 at State Fair Park outside Milwaukee.

  • Jazz PG Dante Exum injures left knee playing for Australia

    August 4, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum has injured his left knee while playing for the Australian National team. They were playing the Slovenia National team in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday.Exum was driving into the paint and came to a jump stop in the middle of the lane when his left knee buckled. He was untouched, but went down as he lifted for the shot.

  • Spurs say ankle will keep Marjanovic from playing for Serbia

    August 4, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Boban Marjanovic of the San Antonio Spurs will not play for Serbia in the EuroBasket tournament this summer because of a left ankle injury.The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic signed with the Spurs last month. The Spurs say tests, including an MRI, show he has ''significant bony edema'' that ''compromises Marjanovic's ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health and future injury.''

  • Drake unveils new Raptors uniforms during a Toronto concert

    August 4, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Rapper Drake took the wraps off new uniforms for the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.The Grammy winner, who collaborated with the team on the new look, wore a black and gold version of the uniform while performing the finale of his OVO Fest concert in Toronto.

  • White Sox call up Trayce Thompson, brother of Warriors star

    August 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, from Triple-A Charlotte before the game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

  • Point guard Andre Miller, Timberwolves complete contract

    August 4, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have completed their one-year contract with veteran point guard Andre Miller.The deal was agreed to last week and announced Monday.The 39-year-old Miller gives the Wolves a dependable, experienced player at a position with oft-injured starter Ricky Rubio and 19-year-old rookie Tyus Jones. This is Miller's eighth NBA team in his 17th season in the league.

  • An NBA trailblazer: Becky Hammon breaks a barrier with Spurs

    August 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon believes the possibilities are limitless for women coaching in pro sports.One year ago this week, she broke the gender barrier becoming the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA. Now Hammon's happy to see she's no longer the only woman in the profession.

  • Josh Richardson signs rookie deal with Miami Heat

    August 3, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat have signed guard Josh Richardson to his rookie contract.Richardson agreed to the deal last week and signed it Monday. He could earn just more than .5 million over the next three years, though the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons are currently structured as partially guaranteed.

  • New York Liberty honor Becky Hammon

    August 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon got her WNBA start in New York and never has forgotten where she came from.The New York Liberty honored their former star Sunday, putting the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach in their ring of honor at halftime of their game against the Seattle Storm.

  • Mavericks sign 1st-round pick Justin Anderson

    August 1, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round draft pick Justin Anderson on Saturday.The deal under the rookie wage scale guarantees the former Virginia guard .5 million over two years. There are team options for the third and fourth years on the contract.

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition

    August 1, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday - starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter.

  • Nuggets sign Emmanuel Mudiay to multiyear deal

    July 31, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay to a multiyear deal Friday.Taken with the seventh overall selection, the 19-year-old point guard will be counted on heavily by the Nuggets after they traded Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.

  • Pacers' Jordan Hill arrested in Georgia for reckless driving

    July 31, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers newcomer Jordan Hill was arrested near Atlanta on charges of reckless driving and speeding after police clocked his car going 107 mph in a 65 mph zone.According to the police report, Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. A police officer from Alpharetta, Georgia, wrote that Hill explained he was ''in a hurry.''

  • Mavs sign free-agent forward Jeremy Evans

    July 31, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent forward Jeremy Evans on Friday.The 2012 slam dunk champion at All-Star weekend averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Utah Jazz. He played in 219 games, making seven starts.The 6-foot-9 Evans was a late second-round pick by Utah in 2010. He's the career blocks leader at Western Kentucky with 224.

  • Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

    July 31, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal.NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations.

  • Lieberman hired by Kings as NBA's second female assistant

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) New Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman recalls a conversation with Pat Riley a couple of years back when she explained to the Miami Heat executive how much she wanted to keep coaching at basketball's highest level.''When I said to him, `You know, I really would like to coach,' and he said, `You would?' and he goes, `Nancy, if you want something you have to tell people what you want,''' she said. ''I didn't want to be that pushy broad. I just normally assumed: `Well, I'm Nancy, I've been around the game my whole life, they should know this. They should have a crystal ball and know what I want. That was absolutely horrible thinking on my side. The most important thing is that I started to share what my aspirations were - `I'd like to do this.'''

  • Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach.''I am very proud to be a Sacramento King and very honored,'' Lieberman said in a phone interview.

  • AP Source: Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has agreed to become an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Friday.

  • NBA in Africa: Visiting Mandela's house and planning safaris

    July 31, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived.Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities.

  • Mavericks sign 7-2 Tunisian center Salah Mejri

    July 30, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have signed Tunisian center Salah Mejri from Real Madrid in the Spanish League.The 7-foot-2 Mejri averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games for Real Madrid last season. Those averages went up to 5.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in eight games as Real Madrid won the Euroleague championship.

  • Hawks F Mike Scott arrested on drug charges in NE Georgia

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges.The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

  • Suns make series of coaching, front-office moves

    July 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have added Nate Bjorkgren and former NBA players Earl Watson and Corey Gaines to Jeff Hornacek's coaching staff and shifted Mark West from the bench back to the front office as vice president of player relations.The Suns said Thursday that Bjorkgren will serve as assistant coach/player development coordinator, and that Watson and Gaines will be assistant coaches.

  • Hawks coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids.The Hawks coach will never say his work is done. That's not his style.But Budenholzer is quite pleased with the team he left behind in Atlanta, believing the Hawks are poised to build on their stunning run to the Eastern Conference final.

  • Jazz PG Trey Burke: "I'm as hungry as I've ever been"

    July 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Trey Burke has enjoyed adding stamps to his passport this summer, but that doesn't mean he's been relaxing.The Utah Jazz point guard is currently in Johannesburg working with the NBA's Basketball without Borders and made his first-ever trip out of the country to the Philippines earlier this summer. In the meanwhile, the team added two more point guards to the roster.

  • Iowa Energy hire Nicki Gross as assistant coach

    July 30, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Nicki Gross has been named an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy, making her the only female to fill that role in the NBA D-League.The Memphis Grizzlies and Energy announced Gross' appointment Thursday. The Grizzlies are Iowa's NBA affiliate.

  • Knicks sign 1st-round picks Porzingis, Grant

    July 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant.The team announced the signings Thursday, along with the re-signing of forward Lou Amundson.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the fourth overall selection in the recent draft and played professionally for Cajasol Seville in Spain the past three seasons. At the NBA summer league in Las Vegas this month, the 19-year-old averaged 10.5 points in four games.

  • Commissioner: NBA relationship with players 'best' in sports

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says ''it's a very good time'' for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.The new agreement with ESPN and TNT, worth nearly billion over nine years, will have a ''significant impact on the viability'' of teams, Silver said.

  • NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned' for regular-season game

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come.''Stay tuned,'' Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg - the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. ''This is an experiment of sorts.''

  • NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned,' for regular-season game

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says ''stay tuned'' for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.Silver didn't give an exact time frame but said Thursday in South Africa that a pre-season and, ultimately, a league game was the aim, with the NBA on a ''fast track'' to build its brand in soccer-crazy Africa.

  • Russia suspended from basketball by FIBA for infighting

    July 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended Wednesday by FIBA, meaning it could miss the European Championship that doubles as an Olympic qualifier.The suspension comes after two years of infighting at the federation, which culminated last month when a Russian court ordered new elections for all senior federation posts.

  • Agent: Timberwolves agree to terms with Andre Miller

    July 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Professor will be holding office hours in Minnesota next season.Andre Miller agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a one-year deal on Wednesday, his agent Andy Miller told The Associated Press.Adding the 39-year-old Miller gives the young Wolves a quality, veteran point guard to join a rotation featuring starter Ricky Rubio and rookie backup Tyus Jones. Miller visited the Wolves on Wednesday, met with coach Flip Saunders, GM Milt Newton and several team officials and toured the team's new practice facility. Hours later, he agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

  • Steve Kerr announces Warriors coaching staff for next season

    July 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Coach Steve Kerr of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors is bringing back his entire coaching staff except for departed Alvin Gentry, new coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.The Warriors announced Wednesday that Luke Walton would fill Gentry's spot on the bench as he begins his second season as a Warriors assistant.

  • Raptors hire Stackhouse, Kalamian, Greer as assistants

    July 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors hired Jerry Stackhouse, Rex Kalamian and Andy Greer as assistant coaches Wednesday, completing Dwayne Casey's staff.Stackhouse is coaching for the first time in the NBA. He played 18 years in the league.Kalamian joins the Raptors after six seasons with Oklahoma City, including the last two as lead assistant. Greer spent the past five seasons as an assistant with Chicago.

  • Bucks sign Chris Copeland, adding frontcourt depth

    July 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bucks have signed free-agent forward Chris Copeland, adding veteran depth to their young frontcourt.General manager John Hammond did not announce terms of the deal Wednesday.The 6-foot-8 Copeland played the last two seasons in Indiana, averaging 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 50 games in 2014-15.

  • Barnes says he fits Grizzlies' 'Grit & Grind' approach

    July 28, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Matt Barnes believes he epitomizes the ''Grit & Grind'' style that the Memphis Grizzlies have prided themselves on for years.Now that the Grizzlies have acquired him, the veteran forward is eager to continue playing that brand of basketball while winning over a fan base that had grown accustomed to cheering against him.

  • Nuggets sign 2nd-round pick Jokic

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multi-year contract.Jokic, a second-round draft pick, has spent the last three years playing for KK Mega Vizura of the Adriatic League.In five starts for the Nuggets summer league team, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center averaged 8 points. 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 21 minutes per game.

  • Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

    July 29, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend 0 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team President Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

  • Wisconsin Assembly to approve 0 million Bucks arena deal

    July 28, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin state Assembly will back a plan to spend 0 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, Republican and Democratic leaders said Tuesday, casting it as a good deal for the state's taxpayers.At a news conference after posing for pictures with Bucks coach Jason Kidd, leading legislators from both parties said the Assembly would pass the measure later Tuesday, which would then send it for approval to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was pushing for a deal. It passed the state Senate on a bipartisan 21-10 vote on July 15.

  • The Basketball Tournament semifinalists play for million

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A team featuring former NBA lottery picks Michael Sweetney and DerMarr Johnson is among the semifinalists playing for million in The Basketball Tournament.Their team, Baltimore's City of Gods, will face Overseas Elite on Saturday at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym. The other semifinal pits Ants Alumni, featuring members of the 2014 NBA Development League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants, against Arizona-based Team 23.

  • Dragic not expected to play for Slovenia this summer

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat is not expected to play for Slovenia in the EuroBasket tournament in September.Heat President Pat Riley met with Dragic about his invitation to join the team, and it was collectively decided that it would be in the point guard's best interests to spend the rest of the summer preparing for his first full year in Miami.

  • Mavericks sign pair of free agent forwards

    July 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley.They announced the deals on Monday.The 6-foot-7 Wilson averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 41 games last season with Bakersfield of the NBA D-League.

  • Wisconsin Assembly leader: New Bucks arena has votes to pass

    July 27, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A 0 million plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena has enough votes to pass the state Assembly with help from Democrats, Republican Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Monday.If approved without any changes by the Assembly, the bill would then head to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

  • Pacers complete deals with 3 veterans, complete rookie class

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have re-signed forwards Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington.The team on Monday also signed swingman Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal and completed an undisclosed deal with second-round pick Rakeem Christmas.

  • Cavs trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring .5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland. Both teams confirmed the trade on Monday.

  • Cavaliers sign guard Matthew Dellavedova to 1-year contract

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Matthew Dellavedova has hustled his way back to the Cavaliers.Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was injured, signed a .2 million contract for next season on Monday.He had been a restricted free agent, and although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench.

  • Heat trade Napier and Zoran Dragic, waive Walker

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat trimmed roster and payroll Monday, trading Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics and then waiving forward Henry Walker.Napier was a first-round selection after leading Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA title and played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists. Dragic, the brother of Heat guard Goran Dragic, appeared in 16 games. Walker made 24 appearances for the Heat last season.

  • Davis endorses Gentry plan for roster stability, new style

    July 27, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done very little tweaking to their roster since their first-round exit from last season's playoffs.It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, which made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans.

  • Heat trade Napier to Magic, Zoran Dragic to Celtics

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat trimmed roster and payroll Monday, sending Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics.Napier was a first-round selection after leading Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA title and played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists.

  • AP source: Cavaliers, Dellavedova agree to 1-year deal

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the agreement says the Cavaliers will re-sign free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year contract.Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason contributor after All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured, will sign for .2 million for next season, said the person who spoke Monday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.

  • Warriors trade David Lee to Boston for Wallace, Babb

    July 27, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have completed the trade sending two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb, the teams said Monday.They agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before acquiring Lee.

  • AP source: Cavs trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to Portland to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring .5 million contract deal for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland, said the person who spoke Monday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending league approval.

  • Cavaliers re-sign veteran James Jones

    July 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have re-signed small forward James Jones, who provided leadership and long-range shooting for the Eastern Conference champions last season.Jones will make the veteran's minimum next season. He played in 57 games and made two starts in his first season with Cleveland. He also appeared in 20 postseason games, averaging 4.4 points in 15.6 minutes.

  • Mavericks sign pair of free agents in Jenkins, Famous

    July 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent guard John Jenkins and forward Jarrid Famous.Jenkins was a first-round pick by Atlanta in 2012 and played three seasons with the Hawks, averaging 5.6 points and shooting 45 percent in 14 minutes per game. He played in 98 games with three starts.

  • Blazers sign G Pressey, F Alexander

    July 24, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Phil Pressey and forward Cliff Alexander.Pressey played the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 125 games. The 24-year-old was undrafted after playing at Missouri.