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  • Jazz trade Pleiss to 76ers for Marshall, waive Marshall

    August 26, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have traded center Tibor Pleiss to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Kendall Marshall in a cost-cutting move. The Jazz announced the deal Friday morning and then waived Marshall.Two second-round picks were also sent to the 76ers.

  • Ex-NBA player Jacobson, wife charged in Minnesota home sale

    August 24, 2016

    HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) Former NBA player Sam Jacobson and his wife are charged with felonies in the sale of a Minnesota home five years ago.Jacobson and his wife, Traci Jacobson, each were charged Tuesday with theft by false representation and theft by swindle. They're due in court Oct. 24.

  • City officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles

    August 24, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers fans packed Los Angeles City Hall chambers to witness the mayor and other officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the retired NBA superstar.Councilman Jose Huizar said Wednesday's declaration is the city's way of thanking Bryant for his excellence on the court and philanthropic efforts across Los Angeles.

  • LA Lakers sign No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram, vet Yi Jianlian

    August 24, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed top draft pick Brandon Ingram and Chinese NBA veteran Yi Jianlian and re-signed center Tarik Black.Ingram was the No. 2 overall pick in this summer's draft. The Duke product's rookie contract is expected to be worth more than million over four years.

  • Timberwolves' Towns chosen as face of 2K mobile app

    August 24, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been tabbed to be the face of 2K's mobile companion application to NBA 2K17 video game, which is set to launch on Sept. 8.The reigning rookie of the year will be the icon cover athlete for MyNBA2K17, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for Towns. The NBA 2K franchise has been the No. 1 selling NBA video game for the last eight years.

  • Milwaukee Bucks sign free agent guard Jason Terry

    August 22, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Jason Terry.The team announced the signing Monday. Terms were not disclosed.Bucks general manager John Hammond calls the 38-year-old Terry ''a true professional who understands what it takes to be successful'' in the NBA.

  • Ricky Rubio ready to mentor Kris Dunn in Minnesota

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league.

  • Kobe Bryant starts 0 million investment fund

    August 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant is moving to Wall Street, announcing the formation of a 0 million venture capital fund to invest in media, technology and data companies.The fund, known as Bryant Stibel, is being co-managed by investor Jeff Stibel. The two met through mutual friends, Stibel said.

  • NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

    August 19, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.New Orleans, announced Friday as the new location of the game, replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month to move it elsewhere.

  • AP source: NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

    August 19, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn't been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

  • Udrih returning to Miami Heat, agrees to 1-year deal

    August 17, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Beno Udrih is coming back to the Miami Heat on a one-year deal, getting another chance to back up fellow Slovenian Goran Dragic at point guard.The Heat announced Udrih's signing Wednesday. Udrih averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 36 games with the Heat last season before having season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his right foot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder sign veteran guard Ronnie Price

    August 14, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed veteran guard Ronnie Price.Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the signing Sunday. Terms of the contract were not released.The 11-year NBA veteran played last season for Phoenix, averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 assists and 19.5 minutes. He also has played for Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Signed, sealed: LeBron signs 0 million contract with Cavs

    August 12, 2016

    LeBron James didn't waste any time signing his new contract.A day after agreeing to a deal that can pay him 0 million over the next three seasons, the Cavaliers superstar signed it Friday and will make million next season.James, who can become a free agent in the third season, will make million in 2017-18, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. James' 2018-19 option is worth million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Signed, sealed: LeBron signs new contract with Cavaliers

    August 12, 2016

    LeBron James has signed his three-year, 0 million contract with the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.James will make million next season and million in 2017-18, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. James has an option for the third season worth million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Memphis Grizzlies sign Wroten, Williams, Selden, Stephens

    August 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Tony Wroten, forward Troy Williams and guard/forwards Wayne Selden Jr. and D.J. Stephens.The Grizzlies announced each of the four signings Monday. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.Wroten, 23, has appeared in 145 career games with the Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers over the last four seasons. He played eight games for Philadelphia this past season.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Stoudemire opens new chapter in Israel

    August 8, 2016

    JERUSALEM (AP) Recently retired NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire insists he has plenty of basketball left in him.Arriving in what he called ''my favorite city in the world'' for a new chapter as a player for Hapoel Jerusalem, Stoudemire says he came to Israel to win - and to continue a spiritual journal to trace his Hebrew roots.

  • Gov. Christie: NBA move of All-Star Game 'grandstanding'

    August 5, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the NBA's decision to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people was ''grandstanding.''Christie made the remarks while co-hosting the WFAN ''Boomer and Carton'' morning radio show Friday.

  • Knicks sign former Stanford guard Chasson Randle

    August 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed former Stanford guard Chasson Randle.Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.The 6-foot-2 Randle played for CEZ Nymburk in the Czech Republic last season, averaging 12.8 points and 20.6 minutes. He appeared in three games for New York's entry in the Orlando summer league, averaging 18.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 29.7 minutes.

  • AP source: Thunder, Westbrook agree on 3-year deal

    August 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A month after Kevin Durant broke Oklahoma City's heart, Russell Westbrook has reaffirmed his desire to stay with the Thunder.The team confirmed Thursday that Westbrook had signed a contract extension. A person with direct knowledge of the terms said the two sides had agreed on a new three-year deal worth .7 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release terms.

  • Arrest puts plea deal at risk for man who stabbed NBA player

    August 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Prosecutors say a new arrest has put at risk a New York City man's plea deal in the stabbing of a professional basketball player last year outside a nightclub.Shevoy Bleary had pleaded guilty in June to two counts of assault in the April 2015 stabbing of former Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and a woman.

  • Champion Cavs re-sign veteran James Jones

    August 3, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed veteran swingman James Jones for a third season.While Jones hasn't made a huge contribution on the floor, the Cavaliers value his leadership. Jones has been teammates with LeBron James for the past six seasons, winning two titles with Miami and a third in Cleveland.

  • Cavs waive veteran Dahntay Jones

    July 30, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.The team announced the move Saturday.Jones, who was signed on the final day of the regular season, came off the bench in Game 6 and scored five straight points to slow a Golden State rally. He also drew a pair of fouls on Warriors forward Draymond Green.

  • Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose

    July 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.On Wednesday, federal Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said a jury must decide whether to believe Rose's contention that the woman, a former lover, consented to group sex at her home in 2013.

  • Wade excited to join hometown Bulls

    July 30, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) When Dwyane Wade was a free agent in 2010, he got a Chicago Bulls jersey when he met with his hometown team. He took it home, put it on and took a picture. Then he deleted it.He got another Bulls jersey Friday, and there were more pictures. Lots of pictures, and there was no need to erase anything this time around.

  • Bulls sign guard Spencer Dinwiddie

    July 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.

  • Wizards re-sign guard Marcus Thornton

    July 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have re-signed reserve guard Marcus Thornton.General manager Ernie Grunfeld announced the move Thursday, calling Thornton ''a proven veteran who gives us experience and scoring off the bench and will add depth at the two-guard position.''

  • Cavaliers re-sign veteran forward Richard Jefferson

    July 28, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Richard Jefferson's planned retirement didn't last long.The valuable veteran forward, who played a critical role in Cleveland winning an NBA championship this season, re-signed with the Cavaliers on Thursday.Shortly after the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Golden State Warriors in the finals, Jefferson said he would be ending his long playing career on top. However, at the urging of thousands of Cleveland fans who chanted ''One more year'' during the team's victory rally, Jefferson had a change of heart.

  • NBA to send Pacers, Nuggets to London for January game

    July 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NBA has announced that the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets will play in London on Jan. 12.The game will be played at The O2 arena, league officials said Thursday. Denver will be considered the home team and tickets will go on sale at the start of the upcoming season.

  • NBA union to fund health insurance retired players

    July 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The National Basketball Players Association's player representatives have voted unanimously to fund health insurance for all retired NBA players with at least three years of service.''The game has never before been more popular, and all the players in our league today recognize that we're only in this position because of the hard work and dedication of the men who came before us,'' Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, the union president, said in a statement Wednesday. ''It's important that we take care of our entire extended NBA family, and I'm proud of my fellow players for taking this unprecedented step to ensure the health and well-being of our predecessors.''

  • AP source: Mavericks boost Nowitzki's deal to million

    July 27, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki has signed his contract with Dallas, and a person with knowledge of the deal says it's worth more than the original agreement.The 38-year-old star who has spent all 18 of his seasons with the Mavericks signed a two-year, million contract on Wednesday - million more than the deal struck before contracts could be signed. The person with knowledge of the contract provided terms to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't released.

  • Rudolph 'Spider' Edwards, fixture at Boston Garden, dies

    July 27, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Rudolph ''Spider'' Edwards, who with his dust mop and jaunty fedora shared the parquet floor with Celtics stars from Bill Russell to Larry Bird in the old Boston Garden and new, has died. He was 86.Edwards had suffered from cancer, the Celtics said Wednesday.

  • Suns add Jay Triano, Tyrone Corbin to coaching staff

    July 27, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson completed his staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach and Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches.Triano spent the last four seasons as assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, including Watson's final season as a player in 2013-14. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history when he directed Toronto, he also is the coach of Canada's national team.

  • Blazers formally sign CJ McCollum to contract extension

    July 27, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers formally signed guard CJ McCollum to a four-year contract extension Wednesday.The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but a person familiar with it told The Associated Press on Monday that it is worth 6 million.

  • Beal ready to max out for Wizards after 5-year, 8M deal

    July 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's Bradley Beal understands the expectations that come with signing a five-year, 8 million contract.The Wizards' guard rattled off a list of responsibilities during a press conference on Wednesday, one day after officially re-signing with Washington.

  • Butter sculpture offers Cavs fans new way to savor NBA title

    July 27, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers now have a new way to savor the team's NBA title.The Cavs are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opened Wednesday in Columbus.The butter sculpture display includes life-sized Cavaliers' mascots Moondog and Sir C.C., along with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The trophy sculpture is about 4 feet tall, much larger than the actual award.

  • Blazers and forward Harkless agree to four-year deal

    July 26, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a four-year deal with restricted free agent Maurice Harkless.The million deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Harkless confirmed it on Twitter, posting: ''4moe' ..... God is so good. Thank you (hashtag) ripcity.''

  • Amare Stoudemire retires from NBA

    July 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Amare Stoudemire's greatest NBA success was in Phoenix, where as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner he was one of the NBA's most fearsome finishers.But he chose to leave the league as a member of the Knicks, the franchise that was mired in a lengthy playoff drought before he signed in 2010 and revitalized the franchise.

  • Wizards announce re-signing of shooting guard Bradley Beal

    July 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards say they have re-signed shooting guard Bradley Beal.The team did not announce the terms of the deal Tuesday, but the AP reported this month that Beal agreed to a five-year contract worth 8 million.Beal, 23, was a restricted free agent.

  • Champion Cavs give coach Tyronn Lue contract extension

    July 26, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Thrust into an awkward situation in January, Tyronn Lue finished on top in June.On Tuesday, the affable coach was rewarded for the greatest run by a Cleveland team in more than a half-century.Lue was given a multiyear contract extension with the Cavaliers, who promoted him halfway through a season that ended with a historic comeback and NBA championship.

  • Dion Waiters signs .93 million, 2-year contract with Heat

    July 26, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Shooting guard Dion Waiters has signed a .93 million, two-year contract with the Miami Heat, and he'll compete for a starting job as Dwyane Wade's replacement.Waiters was one of the top free agents left on the market. He became an unrestricted free agent when Oklahoma City rescinded a .8 million qualifying offer. The second year of his Miami deal announced Tuesday includes a player option.

  • Cavs give coach Tyronn Lue multiyear contract extension

    July 26, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Coach Tyronn Lue has been rewarded with a multiyear contract extension after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title.Lue took over when David Blatt was fired in January and led the Cavs to the championship, the first Cleveland pro sports team to win it all since 1964. Terms of Lue's extension were not immediately known. The AP and other outlets reported an agreement on the extension Monday.

  • Pistons announce 1-year deal with guard Ray McCallum

    July 26, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons officially announced their one-year deal with guard Ray McCallum on Tuesday.McCallum averaged 3.3 points per game last season in 41 appearances for San Antonio and Memphis. He played the previous two seasons for Sacramento.

  • Hawks sign former Michigan State center Matt Costello

    July 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks' summer league team in Las Vegas.Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school's career record with 146 blocked shots.

  • Thunder PG Cameron Payne has surgery on broken foot

    July 25, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City guard Cameron Payne is recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot.The Thunder announced on Monday that Payne broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot, but is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

  • AP source: Lue, Cavs agree to multiyear contract extension

    July 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Along with a sparkling diamond ring, Tyronn Lue's getting another reward for an NBA title.Cleveland's easygoing coach has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. Lue, who took over when David Blatt was fired in January, agreed to the deal on Monday said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been signed.

  • AP Source: Pistons agree to 1-year deal with McCallum

    July 25, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a one-year contract with guard Ray McCallum.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not been announced. McCallum's deal is for the league minimum, which is about million for a player with his service time.

  • Hornets sign 7-foot center Mike Tobey from Virginia

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have signed 7-foot Virginia center Mike Tobey.Financial terms were not disclosed Monday.Tobey averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes in four seasons at Virginia. He shot 62.2 percent last season, third best in the ACC. He won the ACC's Sixth Man of the Year as a junior.

  • AP source: McCollum agrees to 4-year extension with Blazers

    July 25, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum agreed to a four-year, 6 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers, a person familiar with the deal said.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal hadn't been announced. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Timberwolves new CEO knows exactly what he's getting into

    July 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In the winter of 1998, Ethan Casson started calling professional franchise after professional franchise, begging them to get his foot in the door in any capacity.One night, a human resources employee for the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up the phone and Casson talked his way into a meeting. He flew from the East Coast, met with several Timberwolves executives and, during the third quarter of a game against the Golden State Warriors, was offered an entry-level position on the business side of the operation at ,000 per year.

  • AP source: CJ McCollum agrees to extension with the Blazers

    July 25, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A person familiar with the deal confirms that guard CJ McCollum has agreed to a four-year, 6 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because the deal hadn't been formally announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • AP sources: Dion Waiters to Miami on 1-year deal

    July 25, 2016

    Dion Waiters has been looking for a team that can offer him a prominent scoring role.The Miami Heat could have just the role for him after a disappointing split with franchise star Dwyane Wade.Waiters and the Heat were finalizing a one-year contract worth .9 million, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and announced.

  • Hornets name Noel Gillespie their D-League coach

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets announced that Noel Gillespie has been named coach of their new NBA Development League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.Gillespie has more than 14 years of NBA experience, including the last six as a full-time assistant coach. His hiring was announced Monday.

  • Jordan gives M; looks to build trust between blacks, cops

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner announced he is giving million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.

  • Jordan gives million; looks to build backs, police trust

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement.The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Monday he's giving million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.

  • Athletes using sports platforms to push for social change

    July 25, 2016

    Athletes today are using their platforms as sports celebrities to bring attention to the violence that has erupted across the country and recently Carmelo Anthony has been one of the most outspoken.The New York Knicks All-Star is taking a break from his preparation with the Olympic basketball team Monday to host a meeting in Los Angeles with athletes, politicians and people in the community to advance the conversation about what he's called a broken system.

  • Thunder sign Spanish guard Alex Abrines

    July 23, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Alex Abrines to a multiyear contract.The team announced the move Saturday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.Selected 32nd overall by the Thunder in the 2013 draft, the Spanish player averaged 8.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 37 games last season for FC Barcelona. He shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range in EuroLeague play.

  • US romps over Argentina in first Olympic exhibition

    July 23, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) New team. Same old result.Full of new star power - and dominant on the inside - the U.S. men's basketball team opened its bid for a third straight Olympic gold medal Friday night with a 111-74 exhibition romp over Argentina.A game that was over almost before it began showed the U.S. has to improve its shooting and conditioning. It also showed that there is plenty of talent among a group of players that seem to want to play well for each other and their country despite the absence of Olympic stalwarts Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

  • Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years

    July 22, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier.A person familiar with the negotiations says Jones, a four-year veteran, signed a one-year deal Friday for the NBA minimum of about .14 million, while Frazier has signed a two-year deal worth about .1 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not released contract terms.

  • Crabbe and Leonard discuss new contracts with the Blazers

    July 22, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Allen Crabbe was upset three years ago when he wasn't selected until the second round of the NBA draft. His new contract with the Blazers alleviates some of that disappointment.Crabbe, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, who matched Brooklyn's four-year, million offer for the 6-foot-6 wing.

  • With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star

    July 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.New Orleans is the favorite, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press. The person said the league and city are ''deep in negotiations'' to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced.

  • NCAA to survey potential host cities on discrimination laws

    July 22, 2016

    The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are a hoping to host sanctioned college sports events.The NCAA board of governors' decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

  • Warriors' Draymond Green settles assault case before Rio

    July 22, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay 0 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge in East Lansing, Michigan.David Meyers, an attorney for the city, says the noise violation is not a criminal charge so no guilty plea is required. Green's attorney, James Heos, said Friday it's akin to a parking ticket.

  • Cavs sign free agent Chris "Birdman" Andersen

    July 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have officially signed veteran forward Chris ''Birdman'' Andersen to a one-year contract.The NBA champions needed a backup center after losing Timofey Mozgov in free agency and are hoping the 38-year-old Andersen can fill that role. A 14-year veteran, Andersen, known for his multiple tattoos and toughness on the boards, split last season with Miami and Memphis.

  • Top Massachusetts lawmaker makes play for NBA All-Star Game

    July 22, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) A top Massachusetts lawmaker is making a play for the NBA's 2017 All-Star Game.The league announced Thursday that it's moving the game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

  • Lawyer: Green case could be resolved before Olympics

    July 21, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) An attorney for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus could be resolved before the U.S. basketball team competes in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Satoransky, Wizards finalize deal to bring him from Spain

    July 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Guard Tomas Satoransky has signed with the Washington Wizards.The team announced the deal with their 2012 second-round draft pick Thursday, without revealing the financial terms.Earlier this month, the Wizards and Satoransky agreed to a million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the move who spoke on condition of anonymity at the time because there was an NBA moratorium on such signings.

  • NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law

    July 21, 2016

    The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came less than a month after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.

  • NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, sites LGBT law

    July 21, 2016

    The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte.

  • Attorney: Resolution in Green case could come after Olympics

    July 21, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) An attorney for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanor assault and battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus may be resolved after the U.S. basketball team competes in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Indiana Pacers sign veteran PG Aaron Brooks

    July 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed veteran point guard Aaron Brooks to a one-year deal.The Pacers announced the signing on Thursday. Brooks is entering his ninth season in the league, having previously played for Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver and Chicago. He has averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists in his career and gives the Pacers another experienced ball-handler behind Jeff Teague, who was acquired in a trade with the Hawks earlier this summer.

  • AP source: Pelicans, Gee, agree on 1-year contract

    July 21, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and veteran small forward Alonzo Gee have agreed on a one-year, .4 million contract.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract is not expected to be signed until Friday and the deal not been announced.

  • AP source: Pelicans, 2nd-rounder Diallo agree on 3-year deal

    July 20, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and second-round draft choice Cheick Diallo have agreed to a three-year contract at the NBA minimum, with a team option in the third season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

  • Jeremy Lin brings Linsanity to Brooklyn Nets

    July 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Lin has officially returned to the New York area. He captivated the city in his Linsanity era when he averaged 24 points, nine assists and four rebounds for the Knicks during a 10-game stretch in February 2012.Lin comes to Brooklyn as the starting point guard for the Nets. He's reuniting with coach Kenny Atkinson, the former Knicks assistant coach who helped him develop.

  • Bulls sign Canaan, add long-range shooter

    July 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Isaiah Canaan.A three-year veteran, Canaan spent most of the past two seasons with Philadelphia. He averaged a career-high 11 points last season while shooting 36 percent from the field and just over 36 percent from long range, hitting 176 of 485 3-pointers. Canaan was one of 11 players in the NBA who made four or more 3s in at least 20 games.

  • Timberwolves sign free agent F/C Jordan Hill to 2-year deal

    July 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed veteran big man Jordan Hill to a two-year contract.The Timberwolves announced the signing on Wednesday after first agreeing to terms with him on a deal worth million last week.The 28-year-old Hill averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 73 games for the Indiana Pacers last season. The 6-foot-10 Hill has also played for the Lakers, Rockets and Knicks in his career.

  • Phoenix Suns to play 2 regular-season games in Mexico

    July 20, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns will play two regular-season ''home'' games in Mexico City this season.The team announced games there against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 12 and the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 14.It's the first time the NBA will have two games played in Mexico in the same season. With the two contests, the NBA will have held 24 games in Mexico since the first was held in 1992 and more than any country besides Canada.

  • Nuggets agree to deals with rookie Murray, veteran Miller

    July 19, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have signed first-round pick Jamal Murray and agreed to a deal with veteran Mike Miller.Murray was the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft last month. The shooting guard is expected to play a big part in turning around a franchise that's missed the playoffs the past three seasons. Murray is coming off a freshman season at Kentucky in which he averaged 20 points a game - the highest scoring average for a Wildcats player under coach John Calipari.

  • Clippers sign Brandon Bass in deal reuniting him with Rivers

    July 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed forward Brandon Bass, who joins them after playing last season for the Lakers.Bass averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 66 games off the bench for the other NBA team that shares Staples Center with the Clippers. The deal announced Tuesday reunites him with coach Doc Rivers after they spent two seasons together in Boston.

  • Pistons sign first-round draft pick Ellenson

    July 19, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson.The team announced the multiyear deal on Tuesday without providing specific terms. Ellenson was taken with the No. 18 pick in last month's NBA draft.Ellenson averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season as a freshman at Marquette. He also led the team with 49 blocked shots.

  • Suns officially announce signing of guard Barbosa

    July 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have announced the signing of veteran guard Leandro Barbosa.Barbosa returned from his native Brazil, where he was preparing for the Rio Olympics, to be re-introduced by the Suns on Tuesday.Barbosa played eight of his 13 seasons with the Suns. He spent his first seven NBA seasons with Phoenix and returned for the 2013-14 season. He played the past two seasons for Golden State, helping the Warriors win the NBA title in 2014-15.

  • Judge: Jail for Puerto Rico ex-NBA player Jose Ortiz

    July 19, 2016

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Former NBA player Jose Ortiz has been sentenced to 45 days in jail in Puerto Rico for a probation violation involving community service.Ortiz was accused of not serving all 600 hours of community service after pleading guilty to drug charges. A judge ordered Tuesday that Ortiz serve the remaining 278 hours after his release from jail. He has until May 2017.

  • Magic's Meeks has surgery to stabilize injured foot

    July 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The tenure of Jodie Meeks with the Orlando Magic has hit a snag before getting started.The team announced the recently acquired guard underwent surgery on Tuesday to stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Meeks, acquired in a trade with Detroit on June 29, will be out indefinitely. His return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation.

  • Pistons sign rookie F Ellenson

    July 19, 2016

    The Detroit Pistons signed rookie forward Henry Ellenson to a multi-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday.Ellenson was the 18th pick in last month's NBA draft.The 6-foot-11 Ellenson averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds for Marquette last season. He averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in five summer league games for Detroit.

  • Magic G Meeks out indefinitely after foot surgery

    July 19, 2016

    Recently acquired Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks underwent surgery on Tuesday to stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the team announced.Meeks will be sidelined indefinitely, according to the Magic.Meeks played in just three games with the Detroit Pistons last season after breaking the foot in an Oct. 28 game against the Utah Jazz. Orlando acquired him on June 29 in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.

  • Durant discusses awkward exit from OKC

    July 19, 2016

    Kevin Durant wants to care less about what other people think.It's just not the way he's wired.The sinking feelings he had after the July 4 announcement Durant would join the Golden State Warriors and leave the only NBA team he'd known after nine seasons anchored him to the bed in a rented house in the Hamptons. Durant was not sick, but the ill will he sensed was coming as reaction to his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder prompted him to retreat.

  • NBA plans weekly pregame show on Twitter in expanded deal

    July 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will deliver a free live stream of a weekly pregame show on Twitter next season as part of an expanded content partnership with the social media site.The first of its kind sports programming was announced Tuesday, as well as plans for another show that's still to be determined for next season.

  • J.R. Smith, Cavs far apart in contract talks

    July 19, 2016

    In the bid to get the band back together to defend their 2016 NBA championship, one contract situation appears to be greater than other negotiating challenges this summer, and it's not LeBron James' deal.J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers are far apart in contract talks, per multiple reports, and the 30-year-old might not see a better offer, at least from luxury-tax strapped Cleveland. The 30-year-old played a key role for the Cavaliers under coach Tyronn Lue, and even with the addition of shooting guard Mike Duleavy -- acquired from the Chicago Bulls via trade -- the Cavs don't want to take another hit to their rotation.

  • 76ers believe future could be bright after dismal seasons

    July 19, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Without playing a game, the 76ers will still spend this summer in the cellar.No, not because of their offseason.No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons has created a stir in Philly that has the Sixers stealing lazy summer headlines for the first time in years. Dario Saric's arrival from a Turkish league after two years overseas was greeted with cameras and fans mobbing him at the airport. And Joel Embiid? Well, the oft-injured big man appears finally healthy after sitting out the last two years with foot injuries.

  • Valentine's buzzer beater gives Bulls title at Summer League

    July 18, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Denzel Valentine put a thrilling finish on the NBA Summer League.Valentine hit the tying 3-pointer with the final second of regulation, then made a jumper at the buzzer in overtime to give the Chicago Bulls an 84-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • NBA notebook: James taking his time signing contract

    July 18, 2016

    LeBron James, who has made it clear he does not intend to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers despite opting out of his contract, informed the NBA champions he will re-sign sometime this summer.James still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN on Monday.

  • Bucks, Miles Plumlee agree to four-year deal

    July 18, 2016

    Milwaukee and center Miles Plumlee have agreed to a four-year, million deal that keeps the big man in a Bucks' uniform through the 2019-20 season.Plumlee was a restricted free agent but was vocal in his desire to return to the Bucks.The 6-foot-11 Plumlee appeared in 61 games, starting 14. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds but really showed his value in the second half.

  • Thunder sign Spanish sharpshooter Abrines

    July 18, 2016

    Oklahoma City and budding Spanish star Alex Abrines have agreed on a three-year deal worth a reported million.The 6-foot-6 small guard/shooting forward was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was acquired by Thunder as part of the trade that sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets.

  • Raptors sign G VanVleet

    July 18, 2016

    The Toronto Raptors announced Monday the signing of guard Fred VanVleet to a multiyear contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.VanVleet played four seasons at Wichita State (2012-16), averaging 10.2 points, 4.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 26.8 minutes in 141 career games (102 starts).

  • Bucks re-sign center Miles Plumlee, agrees to 4-year deal

    July 18, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on what agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday is a four-year deal worth million.The 6-foot-11 Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games in 2015-16, his fourth season in the league and first full year in Milwaukee.

  • Some facts and figures about the site of the GOP convention

    July 18, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the Republican National Convention now underway in downtown Cleveland, got a speedy makeover from hallowed basketball arena to political ground zero. Some facts and figures about the facility:MORE THAN LEBRON

  • Jones, Valentine set up T-Wolves-Bulls Summer League final

    July 17, 2016

    A look at the two semifinal games Sunday in the Las Vegas Summer League:TIMBERWOLVES 93, SUNS 83Tyus Jones fought through an injured left wrist and thumb to lead Minnesota to the final of the tournament with 29 points, six assists and three rebounds. Jones had 18 points in the first half, but was injured when he landed hard on the court before halftime. The 2015 No. 24 pick came out of the break heavily bandaged, but continued to play as the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 24-18 in the third quarter to take a 67-66 lead. Jones' floater kicked off a 12-3 run to start the final quarter that effectively put things away.

  • LA Clippers waive F Branden Dawson

    July 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have waived forward Branden Dawson, who played sparingly for them as a rookie last season.The team announced Sunday they were cutting ties with the former Michigan State standout, who became expendable after its reported acquisition of veteran power forward Brandon Bass, which the team has yet to officially announce.

  • Warriors re-sign C Anderson Varejao

    July 17, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have re-signed center Anderson Varejao.Terms of the deal announced Sunday were not released.Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He began the season with Cleveland and averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 31 games before being dealt to Portland in a three-team trade on Feb. 18 and was subsequently waived by the Trail Blazers.

  • LA Clippers waive F Branden Dawson 4 months after arrest

    July 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have waived forward Branden Dawson, four months after he was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse.The team announced they were cutting ties with the former Michigan State standout Sunday. Dawson appeared in six games with the Clippers last season, averaging 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.

  • Ulis hits game winner to highlight competitive quarterfinals

    July 17, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the four quarterfinal games Saturday at the Las Vegas Summer League:ULIS' GAME WINNERTyler Ulis buried a 3-pointer from well behind the arc to give the Suns an 82-81 overtime victory over the Nuggets. Ulis finished with 19 points and four assists in an odd Summer League game. Suns forward and No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender was fouled as time expired in regulation and went to the line needing to hit 1 of 2 to end the game. He missed both, setting up Ulis' heroics, and ended the game with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.

  • A contrite Riley wishes he'd done more to keep Wade in Miami

    July 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) A contrite Pat Riley revealed Saturday that he blames himself for Dwyane Wade's decision to leave the Miami Heat, adding that he wishes he could have done more to keep the three-time champion.Riley, the Heat's president, said if he had the chance, he would have handled Wade's free agency differently. Wade signed a million, two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls earlier this month, leaving Miami without its franchise leader in several categories and sparking a rebuilding project for a franchise that was in the NBA Finals just two years ago.

  • NBA great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame center, dies at 74

    July 16, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Nate Thurmond, the tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.The Golden State Warriors announced the death of one of the team's most respected players less than a month after they lost the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Both franchises previously retired the Akron, Ohio, native's No. 42.

  • Memphis Grizzlies sign 1st-round pick Wade Baldwin IV

    July 16, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Wade Baldwin IV.The team announced the signing Saturday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.Baldwin, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vanderbilt, was selected with the 17th overall pick in the draft. The 20-year-old averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33 games as a sophomore for Vanderbilt last season.

  • NBA Summer League over for 16 teams in consolation play

    July 16, 2016

    A look at the eight consolation games Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League:76ERS 74, HEAT 66No. 1 pick Ben Simmons returned for his final summer game and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.Simmons had sat out the last two games. Shawn Long led the 76ers (2-4) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

  • NBA Summer League play over for 16 teams in consolation play

    July 15, 2016

    A look at the eight consolation games Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League:76ERS 74, HEAT 66No. 1 pick Ben Simmons returned for his final summer game and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.Simmons had sat out the last two games. Shawn Long led the 76ers (2-4) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Dwyane Wade signs contract with Bulls

    July 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Dwyane Wade has signed his contract with the Chicago Bulls.After spending his entire NBA career in Miami, Wade officially became a former Heat player Friday when he inked the two-year deal with the Bulls that will pay him about million.

  • Nets sign veteran guard Randy Foye

    July 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran guard Randy Foye.Foye split last season between Denver and Oklahoma City, averaging 5.9 points. Foye is a career 37 percent shooter from 3-point range and ranked among the top 10 in 3-pointers made in three straight seasons from 2011-14.

  • AP source: Cavaliers agree to deal with Chris Andersen

    July 15, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal with center Chris Andersen.Andersen will get a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum, the person told The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

  • 76ers sign prospect Saric 2 years after draft-night trade

    July 15, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have signed international prospect Dario Saric two years after they acquired his rights on a draft-night deal.Saric was originally drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft and he was quickly traded to the Sixers for Elfrid Payton.

  • Pistons finalize new 5-year deal with Drummond

    July 15, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Andre Drummond has his huge contract with Detroit, and an extra season of waiting seems to have worked out fine.The Pistons finalized their five-year contract for 0 million with the NBA rebounding leader, and they held a news conference with Drummond on Friday. Stan Van Gundy, Detroit's coach and team president, said Drummond's willingness to wait a little while before receiving this deal gave the team the flexibility needed to acquire other players.

  • Magic acquire guard C.J. Wilcox in trade with Clippers

    July 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have acquired third-year guard C.J. Wilcox and cash from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Devyn Marble and a future second round draft pick.Wilcox, who appeared in 23 games last season for the Clippers, averaged 3.0 points while shooting 39 percent from three-point range during the 2015-16 season. The Magic announced the trade Thursday.

  • Lakers forward Nance has 'probable fracture' in right hand

    July 15, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers say forward Larry Nance Jr. has a ''probable fracture'' is in right hand.Nance played Thursday in an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, getting injured with only seconds remaining.

  • Quarterfinal matchups set at NBA Summer League

    July 15, 2016

    A look at play Thursday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas:CAVALIERS 88, LAKERS 80Jordan McRae had 36 points and nine rebounds, and the Cavaliers used a big second half to knock off the third-seeded Lakers.Kay Felder added 20 points for the No. 14 seed Cavaliers, who outscored the Lakers 52-28 in the second half after trailing by 16 points at halftime. They will face sixth-seeded Brooklyn in the quarterfinals.

  • Quarterfinal matchups being set at NBA Summer League

    July 14, 2016

    A look at play Thursday at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas:SUNS 77, HEAT 74Tyler Ulis scored 20 points as the fifth-seeded Suns moved into the quarterfinals. Dragan Bender, the No. 4 overall pick, shot just 3 for 13 from the field but finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

  • All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan re-signs with Raptors

    July 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan knew he was never going to leave Toronto, his home away from home.The All-Star shooting guard re-signed with the Raptors, agreeing to a reported 9 million, five-year deal Thursday without really testing the free-agent market.

  • Knicks re-sign Vujacic, sign Ndour

    July 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have re-signed guard Sasha Vujacic and signed forward Maurice Ndour.Vujacic started 25 games last season, his first with the Knicks. He averaged 4.9 points overall in 61 games, but contributed 7.8 per game as a starter. He won NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

  • Grizzlies' Conley says big contract won't affect his play

    July 14, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies wanted to keep Mike Conley so much that they gave their veteran point guard the richest contract in NBA history.For Conley, the basketball - and pressure - is in his court after signing a five-year, 3 million deal Thursday.

  • Nets sign former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett

    July 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is getting another chance in the NBA.The Brooklyn Nets signed Bennett on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Bennett averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games last season for Toronto, his third team since Cleveland surprisingly took him with the top pick of the 2013 draft. Bennett, 23, has averaged 4.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 12.8 minutes as a pro.

  • LA Clippers sign draft pick Diamond Stone

    July 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers signed center Diamond Stone, their 40th overall pick in this year's draft, on Thursday.He averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his only season at Maryland, where the 6-foot-11 center set the school freshman record with 39 points against Penn State on Dec. 30, 2015.

  • Pistons announce deal with 2nd-round pick Gbinije

    July 14, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed second-round draft pick Michael Gbinije to a multiyear contract.The team did not announce any more details about the deal Thursday.Gbinije averaged 17.5 points as a senior at Syracuse and helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance last season. After being drafted by the Pistons, the 6-foot-7 guard missed most of summer league because of a sprained right ankle.

  • July 18, 2006: The day that changed sports in Seattle

    July 14, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The day had already tested Jeremy Repanich's patience and resolve. And now he was being hounded by a security guard outside the Seattle SuperSonics' practice facility because he was unable to produce the credential that proved he worked for the team.

  • Report: NBA remains best in hiring people of color

    July 14, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The NBA remains the best among its professional sports peers when it comes diversity hiring.According to the report released Thursday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NBA received an A-plus for the second year in a row for racial hiring and dropped to a B in gendering hiring practices. The league's overall grade of A was its eighth in row as the NBA scored higher than other professional sports league in all three categories.

  • Draymond Green court hearing to be held before Olympics

    July 14, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) A judge has agreed to move a hearing for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in his misdemeanor assault and battery case before he leaves next month for the Olympics.The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/29G3Iha ) that a pre-trial conference originally set for Aug. 4 will be held next Thursday. The former Michigan State basketball player is accused of striking former Spartans football player Jermaine Edmondson in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near the East Lansing campus.

  • Cole Aldrich: 'I've been a Timberwolves fan my whole life.'

    July 14, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cole Aldrich was vacationing with his wife in Italy when a lifelong dream came to fruition.He had sealed a deal to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team he grew up watching in suburban Minneapolis. Because of the time difference, a giddy Aldrich decided to send his father a text message rather than give him a call.

  • Spurs make it official, sign forward Pau Gasol

    July 14, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They brought back guard Manu Ginobili, too.The 7-foot Gasol has won two NBA titles and is a six-time All-Star. Gasol is one of six players in NBA history to reach 19,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Duncan, who retired earlier this week.

  • Australia beats Pac-12 All-Stars for 2nd game in a row

    July 14, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio point guard Patty Mills scored 29 points and Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes added 19 on Thursday to lead Australia to a 93-63 win and a two-game exhibition basketball sweep over the Pac-12 All-Stars.In their last home appearance before heading to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the Boomers led 40-28 at halftime and 68-49 after three quarters two nights after beating the all-star team from the Pac-12 conference 92-83.

  • Several stars sit while 2016 class has strong day

    July 14, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the eight games Wednesday at the Las Vegas Summer League:SITTING OUTSeveral of the biggest names in the Summer League sat out Wednesday. The Heat were without Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. The Timberwolves sat No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn, who missed Monday's game with a concussion. The Spurs didn't play Kyle Anderson and No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was in street clothes on the 76ers' bench with a scheduled rest day. Jazz forward Trey Lyles, who entered the day averaging a Vegas Summer League-high 29 points, also did not play.

  • LeBron James leads call to end gun violence at ESPY Awards

    July 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling.The show honoring the year's best athletes and sports moments opened on a somber note, with James and fellow NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade standing four abreast on stage addressing the recent shootings of blacks by white police officers.

  • NBA stars open ESPYs urging end to profiling, gun violence

    July 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James and fellow NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade opened the ESPY Awards with a plea to address racial profiling and end the nation's spate of gun violence.They stood on stage at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday night and took turns commenting on what Anthony called ''the realities of the current state of America.''

  • NBA's 1st Chinese owner excited to start with Timberwolves

    July 13, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NBA's first Chinese owner said Wednesday that he hopes to use his ties in China to help the Minnesota Timberwolves become a global brand along the lines of the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks.''Since I've been a fan of the NBA for so long, I wondered if I could be part of the sport so that I can establish connections between the NBA and the Chinese market, to do my contribution for the development of both,'' Lizhang Jiang said through an interpreter. ''I not only know the Chinese market, but also know very well about the international sports market.

  • Memphis Grizzlies sign forward James Ennis to multiyear deal

    July 13, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed forward James Ennis to a multiyear contract.The Grizzlies announced the signing Wednesday. Terms weren't disclosed.The 6-foot-7 Ennis played a combined 22 games for the Miami Heat, Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans last season. He averaged 7.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 14.9 minutes per game.

  • Duncan breaks silence: 'When it's not fun anymore, I'm done'

    July 13, 2016

    When Tim Duncan decided to reflect on his outstanding 19-year NBA career, the understated star did it in the most Timmy way possible: seated at a table with a friend from the islands.Two days after the San Antonio Spurs announced his retirement , Duncan told longtime friend Rashidi Clenance that he simply ''started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn't fun as much. When it's not fun anymore, I'm done.''

  • Dwight Howard ready to prove he can be elite player again

    July 13, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Dwight Howard watched Kent Bazemore choke up with emotion and soon did the same.Returning to Atlanta means a lot.''My prayers are answered,'' Howard said. ''I'm home. I'm with my family, so thank you.''Howard has a new team, a new jersey number and a fresh start in his hometown.

  • For Howard and others, summer league is a coaching audition

    July 13, 2016

    For someone like Juwan Howard Jr., summer league is a chance to experience his dream job.Same goes for his dad.Juwan Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA, but this summer he's been a rookie again. Howard, the Miami Heat assistant coach, is serving as the team's head coach for summer league - a job that comes with long hours, little sleep and a chance to learn what it really means to oversee a roster.

  • AP Source: Wolves agree to terms with Hill for 2 years, M

    July 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves keep adding big men to their roster in free agency, fortifying the depth behind their starters and calling into question the futures of a couple of notable names.The Wolves agreed to terms with free agent forward Jordan Hill on a two-year, million contract on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

  • Football player tells cops: I was punched by Draymond Green

    July 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near campus, tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up, according to a police report released Wednesday.

  • Charles Barkley: Black people have 'to do better'

    July 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Charles Barkley says black people have ''got to do better'' in response to last week's shootings of black men by police and the sniper attack that left five officers dead in Dallas.In an interview on ESPN radio's Dan Le Batard show Tuesday, Barkley said that police ''have made some mistakes, that don't give us the right to riot and shoot cops.'' He continued that it bothers him that black people ''never get mad when black people kill each other.'' He added that ''there's a lot of blame to go around.''

  • Kobe Bryant announces new 'Baby Mamba' on the way

    July 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant will be keeping busy with daddy duties in retirement.The former Lakers superstar has announced on Instagram that he and his wife, Vanessa, are expecting their third child, another daughter.Bryant, also known by his self-given nickname ''Black Mamba,'' posted a picture Tuesday of a onesie with ''Baby Mamba'' written on it alongside a baby pair of his signature Nike shoes. In the caption he writes, ''Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!!''

  • Trey Lyles continues to shine for Jazz at Summer L

    July 12, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from Tuesday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:LYLES SHINESUtah Jazz forward Trey Lyles has been a standout in the summer league, and he continued his excellence in a 92-89 loss to Portland. Lyles had 30 points and nine rebounds and hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts. Lyles tipped in a rebound at the buzzer of the first overtime to force a second OT. As a rookie last season, the 6-foot-10 Lyles hit 38 percent from 3-point range.

  • Trey Lyles continues to shine for Jazz at Summer League

    July 12, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from Tuesday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:LYLES SHINESUtah Jazz forward Trey Lyles has been a standout in the summer league, and he continued his excellence in a 92-89 loss to Portland. Lyles had 30 points and nine rebounds and hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts. Lyles tipped in a rebound at the buzzer of the first overtime to force a second OT. As a rookie last season, the 6-foot-10 Lyles hit 38 percent from 3-point range.

  • Silver: No decision on moving All-Star Game from Charlotte

    July 12, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) NBA owners made no decision Tuesday after a lengthy debate about moving next year's All-Star Game from Charlotte because of North Carolina's law limiting protection for LGBT people.Commissioner Adam Silver said no vote was taken at the Board of Governors meeting, but the league realizes a decision has to come fairly quickly. He said he was personally disappointed North Carolina legislators didn't modify the law enough in recent weeks to make the discussion moot.

  • LA Clippers sign free agent C-F Marreese Speights

    July 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free agent Marreese Speights, who played on Golden State's NBA championship team a year ago.The 28-year-old center-forward averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 72 games for the Warriors last season, while hitting a career-high 24 3-pointers. During their title run a year ago, he averaged a career-best 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

  • A thankful Popovich bids farewell to 'irreplaceable' Duncan

    July 12, 2016

    Gregg Popovich spoke for about 15 minutes, sometimes unable to hide his emotions, all the while wearing a T-shirt that had Tim Duncan's face printed on the front. When the last question was answered, the coach turned, put his hands in his pockets and silently walked into a new era for the San Antonio Spurs.

  • An emotional Popovich bids farewell to Duncan, with thanks

    July 12, 2016

    Gregg Popovich bade an emotional farewell to Tim Duncan's playing career Tuesday, the longtime San Antonio coach saying the now-retired Spurs star was the best teammate anyone could have known.Sounding as if he were choking up at times and wearing a T-shirt with Duncan's face printed on the front, Popovich spoke at the Spurs' practice facility in San Antonio. Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons on Monday in a statement released through the Spurs.

  • Haslem set to take on even bigger leadership role with Heat

    July 12, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) There were 376 players that started a game in the NBA last season, including 14 who made at least one start with the Miami Heat.Udonis Haslem wasn't one of them.To say that accurately depicts his worth to the Heat, however, would be most incorrect - especially now. The Heat gave him about a 40 percent raise to stick around for his 14th season, tasking him with becoming even more of a locker-room leader and mentor to a team that is going to be without Dwyane Wade for the first time since 2003.

  • Grizzlies sign Davis, Harrison to multiyear contracts

    July 12, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Andrew Harrison and center Deyonta Davis to multiyear contracts, waived guard Tony Wroten and announced the acquisition of guard Troy Daniels.All four moves were announced Tuesday. Terms of the Harrison and Davis signings weren't disclosed.

  • Pistons sign Boban Marjanovic to million, 3-year deal

    July 12, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons bolstered their collection of big men Tuesday, signing center Boban Marjanovic to a million, three-year contract.Detroit completed the deal with the 7-foot-3, 290-pound Marjanovic after the San Antonio Spurs didn't match Detroit's offer for the restricted free agent.

  • Australia's Boomers beat Pac-12 All-Stars 92-83

    July 12, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills and Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes helped Australia's Boomers begin their fine-tuning for the Olympics with a 92-83 win over the Pac-12 All-Stars on Tuesday.The Boomers team for next month's Rio de Janeiro Games was announced Monday and planned two games against the Pac-12 team before leaving Australia. Matthew Dellavedova missed Tuesday's game after failing to get clearance from the NBA but is expected to play in Thursday's game in Melbourne.

  • Monday's Sports in Brief

    July 12, 2016

    PRO BASKETBALLSAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is finally calling it a career.Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA.

  • Duncan's retirement the latest in a summer full of goodbyes

    July 12, 2016

    Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.Players synonymous with their cities and their franchises are now gone in a summer of upheaval the NBA has rarely seen before, and the teams left behind begin their searches for new identities after saying the hardest of goodbyes.

  • Dunn concussed, and sits out Minnesota's loss to Cavs

    July 12, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from Monday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:---DUNN HURTINGMinnesota guard Kris Dunn, the No. 5 pick in last month's draft, was held out of the Timberwolves' game against Cleveland with a concussion. Dunn has been entered into the NBA's concussion protocol, and his status for the rest of summer league is unclear. The Timberwolves were down 10 at the half, then got outscored 29-9 in the third quarter and wound up falling 99-68 to the Cavaliers.

  • Different exits, same Hall of Fame future for Kobe, Duncan

    July 11, 2016

    First Kobe Bryant, now Tim Duncan. A two-decade chapter of NBA history has closed.Two giants of their generation retired within months of each other, and their exits, just like their personalities and their games, couldn't have been much different.The destination is certainly the same. They will be headed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame together in five years.

  • Hawks, Jack agree to 1-year contract

    July 11, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks and point guard Jarrett Jack have agreed on a one-year contract for next season.Jack will back up starter Dennis Schroder at the position. The Hawks needed an established point guard after trading Jeff Teague before the draft.

  • Tech leaders urge Silver to consider moving NBA All-Star

    July 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Technology industry leaders have urged NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to move the All-Star Game out of Charlotte unless a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is repealed ''in very short order.''

  • 'Say it ain't so!': The NBA reacts to Duncan's retirement

    July 11, 2016

    Chris Quinn remembers the moment vividly. Quinn was with the San Antonio Spurs, and can still see Tim Duncan sacrificing his body and diving out of bounds in a spectacular effort to keep a ball in play.It wasn't in a game.That story was from a practice.

  • Timberwolves hire former 49ers exec to be team CEO

    July 11, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired San Francisco 49ers executive Ethan Casson to be the team's new chief executive officer.The team announced the hiring on Monday. Casson will replace Rob Moor, who stepped down from his post and will start on Aug. 8.

  • Warriors star Draymond Green faces misdemeanor assault claim

    July 11, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery over the weekend near the Michigan State campus, police said Monday.The alleged incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the city where Green played for the Spartans from 2008 to 2012.

  • No Durant, but Wizards have 'very productive offseason'

    July 11, 2016

    While the Washington Wizards couldn't lure Kevin Durant back home, they checked several boxes on their offseason game plan.According to owner Ted Leonsis, the team went into the summer looking to lock up star guard Bradley Beal to a long-term contract; add another player on a max deal; sign a defensive-oriented big man; add skill and scoring at power forward; improve depth in the backcourt; and sign a draft pick playing overseas. Leonsis also said the team wanted to get bigger and younger.

  • Golden State star Draymond Green arrested for assault

    July 11, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was arrested for an alleged assault over the weekend in East Lansing, Michigan, according to online court records.The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the city where Green played for Michigan State from 2008-12.

  • Tim Duncan, by the numbers

    July 11, 2016

    By the numbers, some of the accomplishments of Tim Duncan, who announced his retirement Monday after 19 NBA seasons, all with the San Antonio Spurs.---1 - Duncan was taken No. 1 overall by the Spurs in 1997.2 - NBA MVP awards, 2001-02 and 2002-03. Also the number of other players (John Stockton, Kobe Bryant) to spend at least 19 years with one NBA franchise.

  • 5-time NBA champion Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons

    July 11, 2016

    Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports.With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history. And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career.

  • San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan announces retirement after 19 NBA seasons that included five championships

    July 11, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan announces retirement after 19 NBA seasons that included five championships .

  • Leonard and Crabbe are staying in Portland

    July 10, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Meyers Leonard and Allen Crabbe are staying in Portland.Leonard signed a contract to remain with the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the forward/center said he was excited to stay in Portland for four more years.

  • Dunn scores 21, shines again for Timberwolves

    July 11, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from Sunday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:DUNN SHINES AGAINMinnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn, the No. 5 overall pick in last month's NBA draft, had another impressive performance with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in an 82-80 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

  • Haslem and Tyler Johnson stay with Heat, who add Ellington

    July 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Udonis Haslem is coming back for a 14th season in Miami, Tyler Johnson's move to Brooklyn is cancelled and a Heat roster that had plenty of holes a few days ago suddenly seems revamped.Haslem signed a one-year deal worth million - significantly more than he originally expected - on Sunday, the same day that Miami decided to match a million, four-year offer sheet that Johnson received from the Nets. And in the span of a few hours, the Heat filled plenty of roster spots as they continued their offseason transition following the departure of Dwyane Wade to Chicago.

  • Allen Crabbe is staying in Portland; Meyers Leonard is, too

    July 10, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Meyers Leonard is staying in Portland and it appears Allen Crabbe is, too.Leonard signed a contract to remain with the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the forward/center said he was excited to stay in Portland for four more years.

  • Haslem staying, and Heat add Ellington on a hectic Sunday

    July 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Udonis Haslem is coming back for a 14th season in Miami, Tyler Johnson's move to Brooklyn may be getting cancelled and a Heat roster that had plenty of holes a few days ago suddenly seems revamped.Haslem signed a one-year deal worth million - significantly more than he originally expected - on Sunday, as the Heat made a flurry of moves while facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline to decide if they would match a million, four-year offer that Johnson received from the Nets.

  • Daniels agrees to terms on three-year deal with Grizzlies

    July 10, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Troy Daniels and have agreed to terms with him on a three-year contract, according to tweets from the player and his representatives.Priority Sports tweeted congratulations to Daniels on his three-year deal. Daniels confirmed in a tweet that ''my journey will continue'' with the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • AP Source: Wayne Ellington agrees to 2-year deal with Heat

    July 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Wayne Ellington has enjoyed some big nights against Miami, and now the Heat are hoping he'll have more while wearing their uniform.Ellington has agreed to a million, two-year contract with the Heat, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was in the process of being finalized.

  • Saunders family grapples on Fourth of July with Flip's death

    July 10, 2016

    ANNANDALE, Minn. (AP) In a year of firsts for the Saunders family, this one may have been the toughest.Family members gathered at their cabin for the July Fourth holiday that patriarch Flip Saunders, the late president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, cherished over any other.

  • Lakers defeat Sixers in showdown of top two NBA Draft picks

    July 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) It's July, and it's the NBA Summer League.But Saturday night the Thomas and Mack Center felt more like a playoff game, with a near-capacity crowd taking in the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, as the game featured the top two picks from last month's NBA Draft.

  • Phoenix's young core plays well; Celtics' Brown returns

    July 10, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from Saturday's schedule in the Las Vegas Summer League:YOUNG SUNSThe Phoenix Suns' young core had an impressive game in an 86-73 win over Portland. Second-year guard Devin Booker scored 28 points on 11 of 21 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

  • Kings announce deals with Afflalo, Temple, Barnes, Tolliver

    July 9, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have announced the signings of free agent guards Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple and forwards Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver.The deals were agreed to earlier in the week and officially signed on Saturday.

  • Warriors announce signing of free agent David West

    July 9, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have officially announced that free agent forward David West has signed his one-year contract.West agreed to the deal for the veteran's minimum earlier in the week before signing it on Saturday.The 35-year-old West averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 78 games last season for San Antonio.

  • Harden signs four-year, 8 million extension with Rockets

    July 9, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden wants to leave his mark in Houston and bring the Rockets their first championship since they won back-to-back titles in 1994-95.Now the star will have at least four more seasons to try and do just that.''That's one of the reasons why I wanted to lock in for these next four years, so I could focus on my legacy and focus on winning and doing unbelievable things here that haven't been done in a long time,'' Harden said.

  • Harden signs 4-year, 8 million extension with Rockets

    July 9, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden has signed a four-year, 8 million contract extension with the Houston Rockets.He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.The move Saturday comes after a frustrating season for the Rockets, who were ousted by Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. They fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start, and interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff went 37-34 the rest of the way.

  • Knicks sign Lithuanian forward Kuzminskas on Saturday

    July 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks signed Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas on Saturday.A 6-foot-9, 215-pound player, Kuzminskas has averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 221 career games over seven seasons with Siauliai (Lithuania), Zalgris (Lithuania) and Malaga (Spain). He is a four-time Lithuanian all-star (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and three-time Lithuanian national champion (2011, 2012, 2013).

  • Dwyane Wade speaks out on racial violence, aims for change

    July 9, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) All-Star guard Dwyane Wade said Saturday that he intends to try to find ways to stop racial violence, and that he has friends who are willing to commit to the cause.''I think this is a worldly thing. This is not just an African-American thing,'' said Wade, who will be signing soon with the Chicago Bulls. ''We all believe in one common goal, to stop the violence.''

  • 'I'll always be a Heat': Wade reflects on leaving Miami

    July 9, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade still isn't totally ready to leave Miami.He felt he had no choice.The soon-to-be Chicago Bulls guard offered his side Saturday of the process that led to the end of his 13 years with the Miami Heat and deciding to play for his hometown team. Wade insisted he has ''the utmost respect and admiration'' for Heat President Pat Riley - who drafted him in 2003, coached him to his first title in 2006 and now played a role that led to him leaving a franchise that's clearly in transition.

  • Dwight Powell, Deron Williams re-sign with Mavericks

    July 8, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Free agents Dwight Powell and Deron Williams have re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks.Powell, a restricted free agent, signed a million, four-year deal Friday, hours after Williams completed a million, one-year deal for a second season with his hometown team.

  • Warriors sign free agent G Ian Clark

    July 8, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have re-signed free agent guard Ian Clark.The team announced the move on Friday.Clark played 66 games for Golden State last season, averaging 3.6 points in 8.8 minutes per game. He also has played for Utah and Denver in his three-year career.

  • Lakers announce signing of Russian center Timofey Mozgov

    July 8, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have announced the signing of Russian center Timofey Mozgov.The Lakers confirmed the deal Friday, a week after Mozgov agreed to a million, four-year contract in the opening minutes of free agency.Mozgov won a championship ring last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, although he played little as their backup center. He played much more a year ago when the Cavaliers lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals.

  • Newest Jazz players bring versatile skills to changing NBA

    July 8, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The changing style of play throughout the NBA had an impact on how the Utah Jazz approached free agency and retooled its roster this offseason.The Jazz announced their latest additions Friday - seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson, George Hill and Boris Diaw. All three provide veteran leadership and playoff experience, but are also versatile players that can fill multiple positons with a variety of skills that give coach Quin Snyder plenty of flexibility.

  • Dudley promises to bring veteran leadership to Suns

    July 8, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have made the signing of Jared Dudley official, and the nine-year NBA veteran pronounced himself the ''perfect'' person to bring veteran leadership to the young team.Dudley signed a three-year, million contract and was introduced at a news conference on Friday, although he really didn't need an introduction. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with the Suns, and was part of the latter stages of the franchise's high-energy Steve Nash era.

  • Clippers re-sign Jamal Crawford, other key bench players

    July 8, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers are keeping much of their bench together, including three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford.The team said Friday that it re-signed free agents Crawford, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson.Crawford averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 79 games last season, his fourth in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old guard agreed to a million, three-year contract offer last week.

  • Deron Williams re-signs with hometown Mavs, plus 2 rookies

    July 8, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams is coming back for a second season with his hometown team, signing a million, one-year free-agent deal Friday with the Dallas Mavericks.Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists last season for Dallas. The three-time All-Star had chosen the Nets over the Mavericks in free agency in 2012, but ended up in Dallas last year after accepting a buyout in Brooklyn.

  • Orlando White wins title, Clippers rookie needs time

    July 8, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A look at some of the highlights from the five games on the schedule Friday at the Orlando Summer League:THE REPLACEMENTS WINOn paper, the Orlando Magic White was the secondary team for the Magic in this week's Orlando NBA Summer League. The White unit was the only team out of the 10 that didn't have a legitimate NBA player or first- or second-round draft pick. But it was the White, comprised of D-League and overseas players, that finished the week 5-0 and won the league championship after defeating previously unbeaten Detroit in overtime, 87-84, on Friday at Amway Center.

  • Pacers introduce new frontcourt, including Young, Jefferson

    July 8, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers introduced Al Jefferson, Thaddeus Young and Jeremy Evans on Friday, with the hope that the revamped frontcourt can help push the team closer to the top of the NBA's Eastern Conference.''We feel that we added some players that we think are going to help us contend for the East,'' Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said.

  • Milwaukee Bucks add forward Mirza Teletovic

    July 8, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Mirza Teletovic, adding a four-year veteran coming off his best season in the NBA.The 30-year-old Bosnian averaged career highs in points (12.2), field goal percentage (.427), 3-point percentage (.393) and 3-pointers made (2.3) for the Suns last season over a career-best 79 games. The 6-9 Teletovic signed with the Nets in 2012 and helped the team reach the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team, where he also played under current Bucks coach Jason Kidd in 2013-14.

  • Pistons hope depth is improved after landing Smith, Leuer

    July 8, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) After reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009, the Detroit Pistons had a bit more credibility during free agency.That's Stan Van Gundy's view, at least, after his team signed guard Ish Smith and forward Jon Leuer.

  • Derrick Williams announces that he's signing with Miami Heat

    July 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Free agent forward Derrick Williams announced Friday that he's agreed to sign with the Miami Heat.A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the one-year deal to The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because neither side had announced the terms. The signing was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Knicks' Anthony: He'll lead charge for social change

    July 8, 2016

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said in a social media post that he's willing to take a lead role in demanding change following a wave of racial violence that has rocked the nation.Anthony posted on Friday to Instagram and Twitter that he and others need to take advantage of this moment: ''There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge.''

  • Thunder forward Mitch McGary suspended for drug violation

    July 8, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Mitch McGary has been suspended five games without pay for violating the terms of the NBA's anti-drug program.The league made the announcement Friday. McGary's suspension will begin with the next regular-season game that he is eligible and physically able to play.

  • Parsons eager to help Grizzlies win on court, free agency

    July 8, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies have wanted Chandler Parsons since the forward knocked down an NBA-record 10 3-pointers in a half against them in January 2014. Now, they finally have the outside shooter they've tried - and failed - to land for so many years.The Grizzlies also have someone eager to lure more top talent to Tennessee.

  • Thunder F McGary suspended for drug violation

    July 8, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Mitch McGary has been suspended five games without pay for violating the terms of the NBA's anti-drug program.McGary's suspension will begin with the next regular-season game that he is eligible and physically able to play.

  • Spurs send Boris Diaw, pick to Jazz for point guard Hanlan

    July 8, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have traded Boris Diaw and a second-round pick in 2022 to the Utah Jazz for Olivier Hanlan.The teams announced the deal after it became official Friday.Diaw is one of three veterans the Jazz brought in to bolster their roster for a playoff push next season after narrowly missing the postseason in 2016. The Jazz haven't been in the playoffs since 2012.

  • Joakim Noah, newcomers hope to spark a Knicks turnaround

    July 8, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) When the New York Knicks decided they wanted to build a more competitive team, Joakim Noah couldn't wait to sign on.He remembers watching plenty of games at Madison Square Garden and knows better than most what it means to have winning basketball in the city where he was born.

  • Timberwolves announce signing of Brandon Rush

    July 8, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the signing of free agent swingman Brandon Rush.The Wolves announced the deal on Friday, two days after agreeing to terms on a one-year, .5 million contract.The 31-year-old Rush played just under 15 minutes per game for the Golden State Warriors last season. He shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range, a desperately needed skill for the Timberwolves.

  • No. 1 pick Ben Simmons showing his potential already

    July 8, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Ben Simmons showed why he was the No. 1 overall pick by the downtrodden Philadelphia 76ers during his first two games in the Utah Jazz Summer League. It was also clear the former LSU star has plenty of room to grow.Simmons enters the NBA with elite-level vision and passing ability already. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Simmons also has the ball-handling skills of a point guard, which gives him the ability to grab a rebound, push the ball and make plays in transition. There were several highlight-worthy passes during the week, but his best play may have come Thursday against the Jazz.

  • Celtics introduce Horford, their biggest free agent ever

    July 8, 2016

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Al Horford is the biggest free agent ever to sign with the Boston Celtics.And he's going to try to make sure he's not the last.''People around the league, they appreciate, they understand how special it is,'' Horford said Friday at a news conference surrounded by championship banners at the Celtics' practice facility. ''I hope that if I'm coming here, it will definitely open the door to other free agents.''

  • Arrest made in crash that killed top NBA draft pick's cousin

    July 8, 2016

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) Authorities say an arrest has been made in a New Jersey hit-and-run accident that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.Officials plan to announce details Friday at Hoboken Police Headquarters.Authorities say 21-year-old Zachary Simmons died after being struck by an SUV while crossing a street in Hoboken on June 25. The vehicle fled the scene.

  • Blazers sign center Festus Ezeli to 2-year deal

    July 8, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers signed free agent center Festus Ezeli on Thursday.Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press it was worth million over two years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • AP source: Blazers sign center Festus Ezeli to 2-year deal

    July 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent center Festus Ezeli worth million, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Dejounte Murray makes debut, Anderson shines for Spurs

    July 7, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the five games on the schedule Tuesday at the Orlando Summer League and Utah Jazz Summer League:INTRODUCING MR. MURRAYDejounte Murray, the No. 29 overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs, made his Summer League debut and showed why some think he could be the steal of the draft. The athletic Washington product got to the rim repeatedly and finished with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting and added five rebounds.

  • AP source: Blazers sign center Festus Ezeli to 2-year deal.

    July 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A person familiar with the deal confirms that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent center Festus Ezeli worth million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal hadn't been announced by the team. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Suns sign all 3 draft picks; trio will play in Summer League

    July 7, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns say they have signed all three of their draft picks and the trio will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.The three are No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender of Croatia, No. 8 overall pick Marquese Chriss of Washington and second-round pick Tyler Ulis of Kentucky, the 34th choice overall.

  • Mike Dunleavy's move to Cleveland becomes official

    July 7, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The trade sending Mike Dunleavy from Chicago to Cleveland was approved by the NBA on Thursday night.Dunleavy will be slotted into the trade exception that Cleveland created earlier Thursday in a trade with Milwaukee. The Bulls are getting the rights to forward Albert Miralles, a 34-year-old from Spain who was drafted by Toronto 12 years ago.

  • The Latest: Lakers announce signing Deng, Zubac, Clarkson

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):9 p.m.The Los Angeles Lakers have formally announced their signings of veteran Luol Deng and second-round pick Ivica Zubac, along with the re-signing of guard Jordan Clarkson.The Lakers on Thursday also confirmed their acquisition of guard Jose Calderon and two second-round picks from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to forward Ater Majok.

  • Bucks acquire Dellavedova from Cavaliers

    July 7, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Matthew Dellavedova in a sign-and-trade with Cleveland.Dellavedova has career averages of 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 215 games over three seasons with Cleveland. He is coming off a season with career-bests of 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds while helping the Cavaliers win the NBA championship.

  • The Latest: Bucks acquire Dellavedova from Cavaliers

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):7 p.m.The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired guard Matthew Dellavedova in a sign-and-trade with Cleveland.Dellavedova has career averages of 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 215 games over three seasons with Cleveland. He is coming off a season with career-bests of 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds while helping the Cavaliers win the NBA championship.

  • Blazers acquire Napier, sign Layman and Turner

    July 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired guard Shabazz Napier in a trade with the Orlando Magic for cash considerations.Napier was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Connecticut. He was traded to Orlando a year ago, and averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 assists in 55 games last season.

  • Bulls at least appear more interesting with Rondo, Wade

    July 7, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) For all the jokes about loading up for a run at the 2011 championship, give the Chicago Bulls this: Next season won't be a dull one.They got a whole lot more interesting by adding Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade this week.''We didn't want to go into an absolute rebuild, but we did want to get younger and we did want to get more athletic,'' general manager Gar Forman said. ''And at the same time, we want to be able to compete and put as good a team as we can out there on the floor.''

  • The Latest: Orlando Magic unveil overhauled roster

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---6:30 p.m.The Orlando Magic have capped a feverish two weeks with the signing of three new free agents.Center Bismack Biyombo, forward Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin were introduced Thursday after signing free-agent deals with the Magic on the first day the NBA allowed teams to officially bring aboard players. The Magic also announced the re-signing of their own restricted free agent Evan Fournier, who declined more lucrative offers to remain on the team he has been with for the past two seasons.

  • The goodbye begins for Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat

    July 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) For Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, Thursday seemed like a day of business as usual.Of course, that was anything but the case.In New York, Wade was mobbed by autograph-seekers when he left his guest-hosting appearance on the syndicated morning talk show ''Live With Kelly,'' talked to fans on Snapchat alongside wife Gabrielle Union and finalized his plans for this weekend in Miami. Meanwhile, back in the arena that Wade called home for 13 years, the Heat completed the signing of center Hassan Whiteside to a four-year deal.

  • The Latest: Wizards acquire Trey Burke, sign 3 others

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---5:20 p.m.The Washington Wizards have signed center Ian Mahinmi, forward Andrew Nicholson and forward/center Jason Smith and acquired guard Trey Burke from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick.

  • The Latest: Kevin Durant finalizes 2-year deal with Warriors

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---4:30 p.m.Splash: Kevin Durant's big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.The Warriors formally announced the signing of the six-time All-Star on Thursday and introduced him with fanfare at a news conference at the team's downtown Oakland practice facility, where screens read, ''WELCOME KD TO DUB NATION.''

  • Ginobili returning to Spurs on 1-year deal

    July 7, 2016

    Manu Ginobili has ended any doubt, as if there ever was any to begin with: The Argentinian star tweets that he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs on a one-year deal.Ginobili previously posted a message on social media saying he had decided to play another season in the NBA. But he didn't mention the Spurs, which led some to wonder if he would head to another team after spending the first 14 years of his career in San Antonio.

  • The Latest: Manu Ginobili returning to Spurs on 1-year-deal

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---4:30 p.m.Manu Ginobili has ended any doubt, as if there ever was any to begin with: The Argentinian star tweets that he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs on a one-year deal.Ginobili previously posted a message on social media saying he had decided to play another season in the NBA. But he didn't mention the Spurs, which led some to wonder if he would head to another team after spending the first 14 years of his career in San Antonio.

  • Splash! Kevin Durant finalizes two-year deal with Warriors

    July 7, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant wanted to look MVP Stephen Curry in the eye, meet Klay Thompson face to face, and find out for himself whether they truly wanted him as a teammate.The All-Star shooting tandem made it clear during a meeting last weekend that he would be a perfect fit with the Warriors.

  • The Latest: Hornets sign Batum, acquire Belinelli from Kings

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---3:35 p.m.The Charlotte Hornets have announced they've re-signed Nicolas Batum, acquired Marco Belinelli in a trade with the Sacramento Kings and signed free agents Roy Hibbert and Ramon Sessions.The moves were announced Thursday.

  • Spurs sign C Dedmon for 2 years, million

    July 7, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to terms on a two-year, million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. Dedmon is a 26-year-old, 7-foot center who spent the last two-plus seasons in Orlando.

  • Pistons give Spurs C Marjanovic 3-year offer sheet

    July 7, 2016

    The Detroit Pistons have signed San Antonio big man Boban Marjanovic to a million, three-year offer sheet.Misko Raznatovic, Marjanovic's agent, announced the deal Thursday. The Spurs can match the offer within three days, but their salary cap situation makes that seem unlikely.

  • The Latest: Revamped Chicago Bulls sign Rajon Rondo

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---3 p.m.The revamped Chicago Bulls have announced the addition of point guard Rajon Rondo.The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations previously told The Associated Press that the four-time All-Star agreed to a million, two-year deal.

  • The Latest: Presser set after Horford tweets 'Celtic Pride'

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---2:50 p.m.The Boston Celtics have scheduled a Friday morning news conference, at which they're expected to announce the signing of Al Horford.The team agreed to a deal with the former Atlanta Hawks big man on Saturday, hours after the start of free agency. The four-year deal is expected to pay him 3 million.

  • The Latest: Pacers get Evans from Mavs for 2 players' rights

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---2:15 p.m.The Mavericks will get the rights to Croatian center Stanko Barac from Indiana in the salary-dump deal that sent seldom-used forward Jeremy Evans to the Pacers.Dallas is also sending the rights to Bosnian guard-forward Emir Preldzic and cash to the Pacers in the deal announced Thursday. The Mavericks needed to unload Evans, the 2012 NBA slam dunk champion, to have room for Golden State center Andrew Bogut, who came in a trade when the Warriors needed salary cap space for Kevin Durant.

  • The Latest: Pistons sign Spurs' Marjanovic to offer sheet

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---2:10 p.m.The Detroit Pistons have signed San Antonio big man Boban Marjanovic to a million, three-year offer sheet.Misko Raznatovic, Marjanovic's agent, announced the deal Thursday. The Spurs can match the offer within three days, but their salary cap situation makes that seem unlikely.

  • The Latest: Parsons tweets 'Off to Memphis!; presser set

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---1:35 p.m.The Memphis Grizzlies have scheduled a news conference for Friday inside the lobby at the FedExForum for a ''major announcement'' that appears to be the signing of Chandler Parsons.Parsons agreed to a four-year, million deal on the first day of NBA free agency, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press last week. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals could not be signed until Thursday. The agreement is part of a spending spree by Memphis that also included a five-year maximum contract worth 3 million for guard Mike Conley.

  • The Latest: AP source: Spurs add rim protector in Dedmon

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---noonA person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to terms on a two-year, million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. Dedmon is a 26-year-old, 7-foot center who spent the last two-plus seasons in Orlando.

  • Cavaliers gear NBA's top seller; Curry's jersey most popular

    July 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead the league in merchandise sales, but Stephen Curry of the runner-up Golden State Warriors has the NBA's most popular jersey.The NBA says Cavaliers gear tops league rankings of most popular team merchandise for the first time since January of last year. It says LeBron James has the second most popular jersey. The jersey of Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving comes in as the fourth most popular.

  • The Latest: Curry's wife regrets calling NBA 'rigged'

    July 7, 2016

    The Latest on the NBA (all times Eastern):---11:30 a.m.Ayesha Curry says she ''didn't think about the ramifications'' when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

  • Stephen Curry's wife, Ayesha, regrets calling NBA 'rigged'

    July 7, 2016

    Ayesha Curry says she ''didn't think about the ramifications'' when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn't mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn't what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

  • Snoop Dogg gives Kobe Bryant a Lakers-themed convertible

    July 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant has received a one-of-a-kind retirement gift from rapper Snoop Dogg: a Los Angeles Lakers-themed convertible.Bryant retired from the Lakers in April after 20 seasons in L.A. He posted a picture on Twitter of him and Snoop standing by the purple and gold car Wednesday.

  • Wade says decision to leave Miami remains 'surreal'

    July 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade danced onto the stage holding TV host Kelly Ripa's hand Thursday morning, settled into his chair and smiled broadly as the studio audience roared with cheers and applause.Not even a full day after deciding to leave the Miami Heat and join the Chicago Bulls, Wade guest-hosted ''Live With Kelly'' on Thursday in New York - fulfilling a commitment he made several weeks ago. He spent a few minutes at the start of the opening segment talking about the decision and thanking Heat fans.

  • NBA to debut new shot clock, timing system

    July 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Time's up for the old NBA shot clock.The league will debut a new timing system and shot clock this week in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, which will then be integrated into all 29 arenas for the 2016-17 season.The league says Thursday the new clock will feature the game clocks, 24-second and timeout, the first time they have all been in one piece of hardware.

  • Chicago again calls Dwyane Wade, and this time he listens

    July 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade never really planned for this to happen. He wore shirts that called Miami ''My City'' and referred to AmericanAirlines Arena as ''My House.'' He knew where the three boys that he's raising would go to high school. He had plans for what he wanted to do in South Florida whenever his basketball days were complete.

  • AP sources: Pelicans adding former Knicks guard Galloway

    July 7, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans and former New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway have agreed to terms on a two-year contract, three people familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday night.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, although Galloway, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, effectively confirmed his decision on his verified Twitter account, writing: ''I'm coming home (hash)neworleanspelicans.''

  • Mavs add Barnes, with lighthearted poke at last year's drama

    July 7, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks signed free agent forward Harrison Barnes to a four-year, million maximum contract as soon as the rules allowed, with a lighthearted poke at the drama that cost them DeAndre Jordan last year.Dallas owner Mark Cuban tweeted a picture shortly after the NBA's moratorium ended at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday showing the former Golden State player playfully handcuffed to president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, with both smiling.

  • AP source: Suns, Barbosa agree on two-year contract

    July 7, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-year contract with Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa to return to the franchise, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.The deal is for million each year with 0,000 guaranteed for the second year, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been officially announced.

  • AP source: Lakers get Calderon, 2 picks from Chicago Bulls

    July 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Lakers are getting Spanish guard Jose Calderon and two second-round draft picks in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, who are clearing salary cap space to sign Dwyane Wade.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the trade hadn't been announced.

  • AP source: Pelicans adding former Knicks guard Galloway

    July 6, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and former New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, although Galloway, a Louisiana native, effectively confirmed his decision on his verified Twitter account Wednesday night, writing: ''I'm coming home (hash)neworleanspelicans.''

  • AP source: Bulls send Dunleavy to Cavs to make room for Wade

    July 7, 2016

    sptdesk (AP) LeBron James has long been enamored with the idea of playing with veteran forward Mike Dunleavy.After James' buddy Dwyane Wade made the stunning decision to return home to Chicago, LeBron got his wish.The Bulls sent Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers to help make room for the incoming Wade, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • Wade's letter to Miami, after he decides to go to Chicago

    July 6, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The text of Dwyane Wade's letter to Miami, released Wednesday night to The Associated Press:---Dear Miami,This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. After 13 years, I have decided to embark on a new journey with the Chicago Bulls. This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family.

  • Coming home: Dwyane Wade leaving Heat for Bulls

    July 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is going home, making what he called ''an extremely emotional and tough decision'' on Wednesday night to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and sign with the Chicago Bulls.Wade will sign a two-year deal with the Bulls, one that will pay him about million. Miami offered million over two years for Wade to stay in the uniform that he's worn his entire career, the one in which he was an All-Star 12 times, a champion three times and the NBA Finals MVP in 2006 when his rise to superstardom was just truly beginning.

  • Dwyane Wade leaving Heat for Bulls

    July 6, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and going home to Chicago.In letter released to The Associated Press, Wade says Wednesday: ''This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice.''

  • AP source: Dwyane Wade leaving Heat for Bulls

    July 6, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and going home to Chicago after agreeing to terms on a contract with the Bulls on Wednesday night, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized before Thursday, when the NBA's offseason moratorium on player movement is lifted.

  • Warriors hire Mike Brown as assistant to replace Luke Walton

    July 6, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have hired former Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown as an assistant on coach Steve Kerr's staff.The Warriors announced Wednesday that Brown will replace Luke Walton, who left to become the Lakers' coach.

  • Grizzlies rookie Davis has plantar fasciitis in left foot

    July 6, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies rookie center Deyonta Davis has plantar fasciitis in his left foot and is expected to miss the team's first three summer league games in Las Vegas.The Grizzlies announced Davis' injury Wednesday. They said Davis hurt his foot while participating in individual workouts in Memphis.

  • Magic White team remains undefeated, Cameron Payne impresses

    July 6, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A look at the some of the highlights from the three games played Wednesday at the Orlando Summer League.WHITE HOTThe Orlando Magic White continue to be dominant during this week's Orlando Summer League. Orlando's second team improved to 3-0 with Wednesday's 95-90 victory over the New York Knicks at Amway Center.

  • Second-round NBA picks hope to defy odds

    July 6, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Just two weeks into his NBA career, Orlando Magic rookie center Stephen Zimmerman isn't quite sure how he will fit in with his new team.What the 19-year-old, who was taken by the Magic in the second round of last month's draft, knows is he is willing to do whatever is required while sitting behind the veteran lineup of big men that now includes Nikola Vucevic and recent acquisitions Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. It will be a lot more watching and learning early on.

  • AP source: Hornets sign PG Brian Roberts to 1-year deal

    July 6, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to terms on a one-year contact with point guard Brian Roberts.Roberts agreed to a deal worth the league veteran minimum of .05 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • Warriors sign rookie G Patrick McCaw

    July 6, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors signed rookie guard Patrick McCaw to a contract Wednesday.McCaw was selected 38th overall in last month's draft by Milwaukee before the Warriors bought his rights for about .4 million.McCaw averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.98 steals per game in two seasons at UNLV.

  • LA Clippers guard C.J. Wilcox will have hand surgery

    July 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard C.J. Wilcox will have surgery to repair a broken right hand on Friday.He was injured in the first quarter of the team's opening game in the Orlando Pro Summer League last Saturday.The team said Wednesday that Wilcox is expected to return to basketball activities in four to six weeks.

  • Agent: Timberwolves agree with Brandon Rush, 1-year, .5M

    July 6, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The agent for Brandon Rush says he has agreed to a one-year, .5 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports says Rush came to agreement with the Timberwolves on Wednesday. He gives them some much-needed shooting off the bench.

  • AP Source: Rockets, Nene agree on 1-year, .9M deal

    July 6, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with Nene on a one-year, .9 million deal.The Rockets and Nene came to agreement on Wednesday to help the team address the departure of center Dwight Howard. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • AP sources: Mavs sending Evans to Pacers in salary cap dump

    July 6, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks are sending 2012 NBA slam dunk champion Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana as Dallas prepares to wrap up several moves in free agency.Two people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday that the trade was made to clear salary cap space for the Mavericks. One of the people said Dallas is making room to add center Andrew Bogut after agreeing to a trade with Golden State. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because trades can't be official until league business resumes at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The Evans trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Video shows Lakers' Nick Young holding firework that bursts

    July 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It looks like Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hasn't learned much about fireworks safety from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.TMZ Sports has posted a Snapchat video of Young holding up a firework in his hand as it explodes. TMZ says the video was taken at a Fourth of July party, and Young wasn't injured.

  • Lakers' Nick Young holds exploding firework in video

    July 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It looks like Lakers guard Nick Young hasn't learned much about fireworks safety from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.TMZ Sports has posted a Snapchat video of Young holding up a firework in his hand as it explodes. TMZ says the video was taken at a July Fourth party and Young wasn't injured. The Lakers and Young's agent haven't responded to requests for comment.

  • Simmons, Browns sit, Lyles shines in Jazz Summer League

    July 5, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the five games on the schedule Tuesday at the Orlando Summer League and Utah Jazz Summer League:A NIGHT OFFThe 76ers' No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons and Celtics No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown both had the day off. Simmons left Monday's game with cramps in both calves, but the team had already planned to manage his minutes at this stage of Summer League. Brown hyperextended his right knee Monday, but is expected to be available Thursday.

  • Big shoes: Brandon Ingram not daunted by taking Kobe's spot

    July 5, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Until a couple of months ago, Brandon Ingram's new locker at the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex was occupied by Kobe Bryant.The 18-year-old rookie sees the daunting symbolism in literally taking the place of the most prolific scorer in franchise history, and he greets it with a smile.

  • AP source: Spurs trade Boris Diaw to Jazz

    July 5, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have traded Boris Diaw to the Utah Jazz for point guard Olivier Hanlan, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because league deals do not become official until Thursday. TheVertical.com first reported the trade.

  • AP Source: David West headed to Warriors on 1-year deal

    July 5, 2016

    David West's pursuit of that ever-elusive championship came up short in his lone season in San Antonio.Now the proud veteran is heading to Golden State to give it one more try.West agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors for the veteran's minimum on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • Sidney Lowe, Tony Brown join Scott Brooks' Wizards staff

    July 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former NBA head coach Sidney Lowe and interim coach Tony Brown have been hired as assistants to Scott Brooks with the Washington Wizards.The Wizards announced Tuesday that Chad Iske, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh also will be assistants to Brooks.

  • Grizzlies name Keith Smart, Adam Mazarei assistant coaches

    July 5, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Keith Smart and Adam Mazarei as assistants on new coach David Fizdale's staff.The hires were announced Tuesday. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.Smart and Fizdale worked together the last two seasons as assistant coaches with the Miami Heat. Smart previously was a head coach with the Sacramento Kings (2011-13), Golden State Warriors (2010-11) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003). He also spent three seasons as head coach of the Continental Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Fury. He made the winning shot in Indiana's 1987 NCAA Tournament championship game over Syracuse.

  • AP source: 76ers add Henderson for 2 years, million

    July 5, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to terms with guard Gerald Henderson on a two-year deal worth million.The two sides came to agreement on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • AP source: Mavs have deal with Nowitzki, will add Seth Curry

    July 5, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's new contract will give the Dallas forward a chance spend 20 seasons with the only franchise he has ever played for.The Mavericks and Nowitzki have reached agreement on a two-year, million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because contracts can't be signed until late Wednesday night Central time. Nowitzki will have a player option in the second year.

  • AP source: Hornets add depth with Hibbert, Sessions

    July 5, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have added some depth in free agency.Center Roy Hibbert and point guard Ramon Sessions agreed to terms with the Hornets, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.Hibbert will receive one-year deal worth million and Sessions will get a two-year deal worth .3 million with a team option for the second season. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deals cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • Basketball camper drops to floor after meeting Steph Curry

    July 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A surprise chance to meet Golden State Warriors superstar and NBA MVP Stephen Curry has floored one young basketball camper.The team has posted a video on Twitter of Curry knocking on what appears to be a dorm room door. The boy who opens the door falls to the floor when he sees who it is. Curry reacts with a laugh and helps the boy to his feet.

  • At ,000 a second, free agency has been fast and furious

    July 5, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The math is staggering, as everyone knew it would be. In the first 96 hours of free agency, NBA teams committed about billion toward contracts that can start becoming finalized later this week.That's almost ,000 a second. Every second. For four days.

  • No. 1 pick Ben Simmons makes Summer League debut

    July 4, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the five games on the schedule Monday at the Orlando Summer League and Utah Jazz Summer League:NO. 1 DEBUTNo. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons made his NBA debut in Salt Lake City. He finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in just under 24 minutes of play. He left the game in the fourth quarter with the help of two teammates after cramps in both calves forced him off the floor. Simmons said he just needs to drink more fluids and thought not having played 5 on 5 in about four months contributed. Previously, Simmons showed the vision and playmaking ability in his 6-foot-10, 240-pound frame that has placed superstar expectations on his shoulders.

  • Simmons turns heads in NBA debut despite early injury exit

    July 4, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons made his NBA debut at the Utah Jazz Summer League on Monday and showed glimpses of why there are superstar expectations for the LSU product.He also put a scare into 76ers fans when he left the game in the fourth quarter due to cramps in both calves.

  • Durant's move to the Warriors changes the NBA land

    July 4, 2016

    Four All-Stars, two MVPs, a whole new Splash Family in Golden State.Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors on Monday sent tremors through the NBA, and players and executives throughout the league immediately started to contemplate how the newest super team would alter the landscape.

  • AP source: Knicks agree to deal with Brandon Jennings

    July 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Jennings will finally play for the Knicks, seven years after they passed over him in the draft.Jennings agreed to a contract Monday, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press, confirming reports of the point guard's one-year, million deal on condition of anonymity because it can't be signed until Thursday.

  • Durant's move to the Warriors changes the NBA landscape

    July 4, 2016

    Four All-Stars, two MVPs, a whole new Splash Family in Golden State.Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors on Monday sent tremors through the NBA, and players and executives throughout the league immediately started to contemplate how the newest super team would alter the landscape.

  • AP Source: Heat offer Wade 2-year, million deal to stay

    July 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has an offer to consider.Wade has been extended a two-year, million contract offer to stay with the Miami Heat, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.The second year would be at Wade's option, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. The contract, if accepted, would essentially match the career-best million salary Wade made this past season.

  • AP source: Pau Gasol, Spurs set on million, 2-year deal

    July 4, 2016

    The San Antonio Spurs didn't waste any time after losing out in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.The Spurs agreed to a two-year deal with veteran forward Pau Gasol on Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The deal is worth more than million and final terms will be completed after the Spurs make a move or two to create the necessary cap space, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • AP Source: Heat offer Dwyane Wade 2-year, M deal to stay

    July 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says Dwyane Wade has been offered a two-year, million deal to remain with the Miami Heat.The person says the second year would be at Wade's option. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because talks are going. The contract, if accepted, would essentially match the career-best million salary Wade made this past season.

  • AP Source: Spurs agree to terms with Pau Gasol on 2-yr deal

    July 4, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to terms with veteran forward Pau Gasol on a two-year deal worth million.Gasol and the Spurs quickly agreed to a deal Monday, not long after Kevin Durant chose the Golden State Warriors over the Spurs and other teams in free agency. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • AP source: Mavs getting C Andrew Bogut in deal with Warriors

    July 4, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Andrew Bogut is headed to the Dallas Mavericks from Golden State thanks to the Warriors' successful pursuit of Kevin Durant.A person with knowledge of the deal said Monday that the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Bogut with the Warriors trying to clear salary cap space so they can add the four-time scoring champion Durant to the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • Westbrook's future next hurdle for OKC with Durant leaving

    July 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook is no longer sharing the NBA marquee in Oklahoma City after the Thunder lost much of their identity when free agent Kevin Durant chose to join the Golden State Warriors on Monday.The Thunder's focus now has to be primarily on one of the most electrifying players in the NBA who they still have on the roster -- at least for now. Westbrook's future is unclear. He is heading into the final year of his deal, and he could be traded before that.

  • Durant leaves Thunder, giving Warriors look of super team

    July 4, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant decided his best chance for ''growth'' means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the star-studded, record-setting Golden State Warriors and play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • Detroit's Gbinije out of summer league with sprained ankle

    July 4, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije will miss the rest of summer league with a sprained right ankle.Gbinije, a 6-foot-7 guard drafted in the second round last month by the Pistons, was hoping to play in the Olympics for Nigeria. It's not clear how this injury might affect those plans; a spokesman for the Pistons said Monday the only thing that's been determined is that Gbinije will miss the remainder of the Orlando summer league.

  • Kevin Durant announces he will join Golden State Warriors

    July 4, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant decided his best chance for ''growth'' means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the Golden State Warriors to play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.In the most anticipated move of the NBA offseason, Durant announced his decision Monday on The Players' Tribune. His deal can become official Thursday, when free agents can sign their new contracts.

  • Kevin Durant says he will sign with the Golden State Warriors

    July 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant says he will sign with the Golden State Warriors .

  • AP sources: Mavs reach deals to bring back Williams, Powell

    July 4, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams is re-upping with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, who are also bringing back promising young forward Dwight Powell.Two people with knowledge of the deals said Sunday night that Williams has agreed to a one-year, million contract, while Powell is set for a four-year deal worth million. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed before July 7.

  • 76ers sign first-round picks Simmons and Luwawu-Cabarrot

    July 3, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have signed first-round picks Ben Simmons and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.Both players are expected to join Philadelphia's summer league team to play in Las Vegas. Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick. Luwawu-Cabarrot was chosen at No. 24.

  • Heat, Thunder win again in Orlando summer league action

    July 3, 2016

    A look at some of the highlights from the three games on the schedule Sunday at the Orlando Summer League.HOT HEATMiami won in a rout for the second straight day, beating the New York Knicks 74-48 even while resting Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. The Heat opened play by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 71-51 on Saturday.

  • AP source: Jamal Crawford goes back to Clippers

    July 3, 2016

    Jamal Crawford is showing no signs of slowing down, and the Los Angeles Clippers are paying him accordingly.Crawford agreed to stay with the Clippers on Sunday, accepting a million, three-year contract offer, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed and finalized until at least Thursday, when the NBA's offseason moratorium is lifted.

  • AP Source: Wizards trade for Burke, agree with Satoransky

    July 3, 2016

    By adding Trey Burke and Tomas Satoransky to the backcourt, and Andrew Nicholson and Ian Mahinmi to the frontcourt, all in a span of about 24 hours, the Washington Wizards attempted to improve their roster depth after missing the playoffs last season.

  • AP source: Rajon Rondo goes to Chicago for 2 years, M

    July 3, 2016

    Rajon Rondo has a new beginning in Chicago, and the Bulls have a new starting point guard.The four-time All-Star agreed Sunday on a million, two-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal can be signed until the league's offseason moratorium ends on Thursday.

  • AP Source: Hawks reach 2-year deal with guard Delaney

    July 3, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that guard Malcolm Delaney, a Euroleague star, has agreed to a .49 million, two-year contract offer from the Atlanta Hawks.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because no NBA deal can be finalized before Thursday. The deal is guaranteed.

  • AP source: Garrett Temple getting deal with Sacramento

    July 3, 2016

    Garrett Temple is going back to Sacramento.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday that the combo guard has accepted a million, three-year contract offer from the Kings. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be finalized until Thursday.

  • AP source: Timberwolves add Cole Aldrich for 3 years, M

    July 3, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota Timberwolves brass Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden sat on the sideline through the first two days of free agency as the big money players flew off the market. They dipped their toes into the waters on Day 3 by making a value play for hometown boy Cole Aldrich.

  • AP source: Tyler Johnson agrees to sign M offer with Nets

    July 3, 2016

    Tyler Johnson, who was undrafted two years ago, is about to become a million man.A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Johnson has agreed to sign a million, four-year offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets later this week.

  • Manu Ginobili says he will be back for 15th NBA season

    July 3, 2016

    BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina (AP) Manu Ginobili says he is coming back for a 15th season in the NBA.Ginobili made the announcement on his personal blog Sunday. He turns 39 this month and declared himself a free agent last month after declining a player option for 2016-17 with the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Andrew Nicholson agrees to M, 4-year deal with Wizards

    July 3, 2016

    Power forward Andrew Nicholson agreed to a million, four-year contract on Sunday with the Washington Wizards, who are working to add depth to their roster after missing the playoffs last season.Nicholson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the terms of the deal to The Associated Press.

  • Austin Rivers agrees to stay with Clippers

    July 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Austin Rivers will keep playing for his father with the Clippers.Rivers agreed Saturday to stay in Los Angeles, where Doc Rivers' son was the backup to point guard Chris Paul.Austin Rivers' agency, ASM Sports, sent a tweet congratulating the No. 10 pick in the 2012 draft on a deal that Yahoo Sports reported was for three years and more than million.

  • Former Jazz forward Booker agrees to deal with Nets

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Forward Trevor Booker is leaving Utah for the Brooklyn Nets.Booker's representatives, ASM Sports, announced the deal Saturday in a Twitter post congratulating Booker on it.The deal was first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, which said Booker would get about million over two years.

  • AP sources: Mavs plan max offer sheet for Warriors' Barnes

    July 2, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have informed representatives of Golden State's Harrison Barnes that they intend to sign the restricted free agent to an offer sheet for a four-year, million contract, two people with knowledge of Dallas' plans said Saturday.

  • AP sources: Rockets land shooters Anderson, Gordon

    July 2, 2016

    The Houston Rockets are loading up on shooting for new coach Mike D'Antoni.The Rockets agreed to terms on Saturday with forward Ryan Anderson and guard Eric Gordon to add even more scoring punch around James Harden, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals cannot be signed until July 7.

  • Summer league action for NBA teams opens in Orlando

    July 2, 2016

    While the focus was on business, there was some basketball Saturday.Free agency dominates the news in early July, so the first of three summer leagues for NBA teams began quietly in Orlando with five games.The Orlando Pro Summer League features 10 teams and runs through next Friday, before action moves out to Utah and then Las Vegas.

  • Loss of Horford will leave Hawks with new look in 2016-17

    July 2, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The remaking of the Atlanta Hawks has taken a more dramatic turn than planned.Al Horford's four-year, 3 million agreement with the Boston Celtics on Saturday has left the Hawks without their respected leader, fan favorite and player with most seniority.

  • AP source: Mahinmi agrees to M, 4-year deal with Wizards

    July 2, 2016

    With no roster depth at center, the Washington Wizards agreed Saturday to pay Ian Mahinmi million over four years, according to a person familiar with the deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA free agents are not allowed to sign contracts until next Thursday.

  • AP Source: Center Ian Mahinmi agrees to deal with Wizards

    July 2, 2016

    A person familiar with the deal says center Ian Mahinmi has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards for million over four years.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because NBA free agents are not allowed to sign contracts until Thursday.

  • AP source: Courtney Lee goes to Knicks for M, 4 years

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Lee has accepted a four-year contract offer worth about million from the New York Knicks, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing can be signed or finalized until July 7, when the NBA's offseason moratorium on player movement is lifted.

  • NBA's salary cap set at .1 million

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA's salary cap for the 2016-17 season has been set at .1 million, a huge leap from last season that has led to the enormous deals being given players in free agency.The cap last season was million. The increase was largely because of revenue increases tied to the league's new national TV deals, worth about .5 billion a year, that begin next season.

  • AP source: Al Horford picks Celtics, agreeing to 3M deal

    July 2, 2016

    Al Horford ended the waiting game with a simple tweet: ''Celtic Pride,'' it said, followed by 18 shamrocks.The number might not have been a coincidence.A franchise with 17 NBA championships may have gotten closer to contending for an 18th on Saturday, when Horford decided to accept a four-year, 3 million offer to join the Boston Celtics. Horford made the announcement on Twitter, and the terms of the detail were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

  • AP sources: Kings add Afflalo, Tolliver on 2-year deals

    July 2, 2016

    The Sacramento Kings have added two dependable veterans to the roster as they try to stabilize what has been a chaotic situation on the court and in the front office.The Kings agreed to terms on a two-year, million deal with guard Arron Afflalo and a two-year, million deal for Anthony Tolliver, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP source: Hornets re-sign F Marvin Williams to 4-year deal

    July 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Marvin Williams is staying put.The Charlotte Hornets agreed to terms with the veteran forward on a four-year deal worth million Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP source: Rockets agree to 4-year deal with Anderson

    July 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with power forward Ryan Anderson on a four-year, million contract.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract can't be signed until Thursday.

  • AP source: Magic get Bismack Biyombo for 4 years, million

    July 2, 2016

    Bismack Biyombo is on his way to Orlando to form a menacing new frontcourt with Serge Ibaka.The Magic and Biyombo agreed to a four-year, million deal Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a contract cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • Reports: Durant meets with Spurs

    July 2, 2016

    Kevin Durant's free agency meetings continued this weekend in the Hamptons.Reports say the four-time scoring champion and 2014 NBA MVP for the Oklahoma City Thunder met with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday morning, and he will talk to the Boston Celtics later Saturday.

  • AP source: Kings agree with Afflalo on 2-year, M deal

    July 2, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms with veteran guard Arron Afflalo on a two-year deal worth million.The Kings and Afflalo reached agreement on Saturday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP source: Magic getting 4-year deal with Biyombo

    July 2, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Orlando Magic are landing free agent center Bismack Biyombo with a four-year deal.Biyombo and the Magic were finishing negotiations on Saturday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because a contract cannot be signed until July 7. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

  • Agent: Leuer agrees to 4-year, million deal with Pistons

    July 2, 2016

    The Detroit Pistons and free-agent forward Jon Leuer have agreed on a four-year, million contract.Leuer's agency, Priority Sports headed by Mark Bartelstein, announced the deal Saturday. His addition gives coach Stan Van Gundy another versatile, hard-working forward to bring off the bench.

  • AP source: Lakers get Luol Deng for 4 years, m

    July 2, 2016

    With Kobe Bryant gone and the team in desperate need of mature leadership, the Los Angeles Lakers are turning to Luol Deng for help on the court and in the locker room.The Lakers and Deng agreed to a four-year, million contract Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP source: Lakers get Luol Deng for 4 years, million

    July 2, 2016

    With Kobe Bryant gone and the team in desperate need of mature leadership, the Los Angeles Lakers are turning to Luol Deng for help on the court and in the locker room.The Lakers and Deng agreed to a four-year, million contract Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.

  • AP Source: Utah Jazz get Joe Johnson for 2 years,

    July 2, 2016

    Now that the Utah Jazz believe their young, up-and-coming team is ready to compete in the Western Conference, GM Dennis Lindsey is adding some veteran experience to help steady them in tough moments.Lindsey made his latest move on Friday night, agreeing to terms with Joe Johnson on a two-year deal worth million, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Utah Jazz get Joe Johnson for 2 years, M

    July 2, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Utah Jazz have agreed to terms with Joe Johnson on a two-year deal worth million.The two sides came to agreement on Friday night, just over 24 hours after the free agent market opened. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP source: Hawks adding Dwight Howard, keeping Bazemore

    July 2, 2016

    Dwight Howard is coming home to Atlanta.Howard agreed Friday to join the Hawks, who also re-signed Kent Bazemore during a busy first day of free agency.Howard received a three-year contract worth .5 million, while Bazemore will get million over four years, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person was granted anonymity because contracts can't be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Magic, Fournier agree on a five-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says swingman Evan Fournier has agreed to a five-year contract to remain with the Orlando Magic.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal cannot be finalized until at least July 7, when the NBA's offseason moratorium on player movement ends. Earlier this week, the Magic extended a qualifying offer to Fournier in order to be able to match any offers he received.

  • AP source: Pelicans land former Pacers forward Hill

    July 1, 2016

    The New Orleans Pelicans and former Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill have agreed to a four-year contract worth about million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7, said the contract is worth at least million, with additional incentives of about million.

  • Dudley agrees to 3-year, million deal with Suns

    July 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Jared Dudley is returning to the Phoenix Suns.Dudley and his management company announced agreement Friday night on a three-year, million contract.The 30-year-old forward played for the Suns from the middle of the 2008-09 season, when he was acquired in a trade with Charlotte, through the 2012-13 campaign.

  • AP source: Knicks, Noah agree to 4-year, million deal

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) First Derrick Rose, then Joakim Noah. The New York Knicks are hoping the road to their turnaround starts in Chicago.Noah agreed to a four-year deal worth million on Friday, returning to his hometown and joining his former Bulls teammate in New York, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press.

  • Agent: Jeff Green agrees to terms to join the Orlando Magic

    July 1, 2016

    Jeff Green is on his way to Orlando, giving the Magic another veteran to add to a young core.Green's agent, David Falk, says his client agreed to terms on a deal on Friday. Falk declined to reveal the details of the agreement, but several outlets have reported it's a one-year deal worth million.

  • Nets sign Justin Hamilton to 2-year, million deal

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed center Justin Hamilton to a two-year contract.Agent Mark Bartelstein said Friday the contract is for million.The Nets were in need of size up front to help Brook Lopez after trading Thaddeus Young to Indiana and not re-signing Willie Reed. The 7-foot Hamilton has averaged 5.0 points in 49 career NBA games.

  • Grizzlies land Parsons with 4-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies have landed one of the NBA's best recruiters in free agent forward Chandler Parsons.The Grizzlies agreed to terms with Parsons on a four-year maximum contract worth million on Friday, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Sources: Memphis keeps Conley, gets Parsons in banner day

    July 1, 2016

    Mike Conley isn't going anywhere. Chandler Parsons is coming on board.The Memphis Grizzlies had the most productive free agent day in franchise history on Friday, retaining Conley and landing Parsons with nearly 0 million worth of spending.Conley agreed to terms on a five-year maximum contract worth 3 million and Parsons got four years and million, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Grizzlies, Conley agree on 3M deal

    July 1, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Conley is staying with the Memphis Grizzlies after agreeing to a five-year, 3 million deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal cannot be finalized until at least July 7, when the NBA's offseason moratorium on player movement ends. The person said the agreement is in principle and the two sides were hammering out the final details.

  • AP Source: Kevin Durant meets with Warriors

    July 2, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Golden State Warriors want to lure Kevin Durant and put even more offense on the floor.Durant, the top prize in this year's free-agent class, met with the Warriors on Friday in The Hamptons outside New York. A person close to the situation said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those present. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

  • NBA players cash in as big free agency period opens

    July 2, 2016

    Mike Conley and All-Stars Andre Drummond and DeMar DeRozan are staying put. So are Hassan Whiteside and Nicolas Batum.Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and many more players are on the move - and some are getting paid like they never could have imagined.Howard and Noah both returned to their hometowns Friday, with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks hoping the former Defensive Players of the Year have plenty left to offer.

  • AP Source: Durant meets with Warriors

    July 1, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Free agent Kevin Durant met with the Golden State Warriors on Friday in The Hamptons.A person close to the situation said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were present. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

  • Thunder add Griffin to staff, promote Bhavnani, Ivey

    July 1, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have added Adrian Griffin an assistant coach and also promoted Vin Bhavnani and Royal Ivey as assistant coaches.The team made the announcement on Friday.Griffin joins Donovan's staff after spending last season as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. In 2014, he worked with the USA team that captured gold at the FIBA World Cup.

  • AP source: Pelicans sign former Pacers forward Solomon Hill

    July 1, 2016

    The New Orleans Pelicans and former Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill have agreed to a four-year contract worth about million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7, said the contract is worth at least million, with additional incentives of about million.

  • AP Sources: Memphis lands Parsons with 4-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies have landed one of the NBA's best recruiters in free agent forward Chandler Parsons. They hope they won't need those skills when it comes to Mike Conley.The Grizzlies agreed to terms with Parsons on a four-year maximum contract worth million on Friday, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • Blazers agree to terms with free agent wing Evan Turner

    July 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms with free agent Evan Turner on a four-year, million contract.Turner's agent, Kevin Bradbury, confirmed the deal first reported by Yahoo Sports. The former Ohio State star drew interest from several teams.

  • Agent: Bucks agree with Mirza Teletovic on 3-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks headed into free agency desperately needing to add some shooting to an athletic young core that plays hard-nosed defense and gets to the rim.And when backup point guard was added to the list of needs with Jerryd Bayless's departure to Philadelphia, Bucks GM John Hammond moved quickly to address that issue as well.

  • Blazers agree to terms with free agent forward Evan Turner

    July 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms with free agent Evan Turner on a four-year, million contract.Turner's agent, Kevin Bradbury, confirmed the deal first reported by Yahoo Sports. The former Ohio State star drew interest from several teams.

  • Trail Blazers sign free agent forward Evan Turner

    July 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent Evan Turner to a four-year, million contract.Turner's agent, Kevin Bradbury, confirmed the deal first reported by Yahoo Sports. The former Ohio State star drew interest from several teams.

  • AP Sources: Memphis lands Chandler Parsons for 4 years, M

    July 1, 2016

    Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that free agent forward Chandler Parsons has agreed to terms with the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year deal worth million.The two sides came to agreement on Friday afternoon after meeting in Los Angeles. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • Agent: Bucks agree with Mirza Teletovic on 3-year,M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The agent for free agent forward Mirza Teletovic says his client has agreed to terms on a three-year, million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.Agent Misko Raznatovic announced the agreement on Friday. The contract cannot be officially signed until July 7.

  • Point guards look to shine during Summer League action

    July 1, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The NBA is loaded with top-tier point guards, and talented players at the position will get good looks during Summer League play.Games begin Saturday in Orlando, on Monday in Salt Lake City, and on July 8 in Las Vegas. And though there are about 90 roster spots for point guards in the NBA, a strong pedigree is no longer enough: Players such as Marcus Paige, a McDonalds All-American who led North Carolina to the national championship game, face an uphill climb to make a team.

  • AP source: Jerryd Bayless gets 3 years, M from 76ers

    July 1, 2016

    New Philadelphia 76ers President Bryan Colangelo's biggest priority heading into free agency was to find a veteran point guard to help organize a team full of youngsters.He is turning to a familiar face to help get the job done.The 76ers agreed to terms with veteran guard Jerryd Bayless on a three-year deal worth million, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Jerryd Bayless gets 3 years, million from 76e

    July 1, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to terms with point guard Jerryd Bayless on a three-year deal worth million.The two sides came to agreement on Friday afternoon. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Pacers agree with Jefferson on 3-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    Larry Bird has been trying to mold the Indiana Pacers into a faster, sleeker unit under new coach Nate McMillan.He also knows the value of having a reliable offensive threat in the post to get buckets when the game inevitably slows down, and that's where Al Jefferson comes in.

  • Shaw, Mermuys, Madsen are on Lakers' new coaching staff

    July 1, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brian Shaw, Jesse Mermuys and Mark Madsen will be new coach Luke Walton's assistants with the Los Angeles Lakers.The team formally announced Walton's coaching staff Friday.Shaw will be the Lakers' lead assistant and associate head coach. The former Denver Nuggets head coach returns after winning five championships with the Lakers as a player and an assistant to Phil Jackson.

  • Mayo dismissed, disqualified from NBA for drug violation

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) O.J. Mayo was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA on Friday for violating the terms of the league's anti-drug program, the first player to receive that punishment in a decade.The league said the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft out of USC is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

  • AP Source: Pacers agree with Al Jefferson on 3-year, M

    July 1, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Indiana Pacers have agreed to terms with big man Al Jefferson on a three-year contract worth million.The Pacers and Jefferson came to terms on Friday afternoon, about 12 hours after the free agent frenzy started. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Pistons, Drummond agree to 5-year max

    July 1, 2016

    Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond now has a big contract, too.Drummond agreed to terms on a five-year maximum contract worth 0 million on Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The two sides started negotiating the contract after the market opened at midnight EDT on Friday and quickly found common ground before coming to full agreement in the afternoon, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • Agent: Wizards, Bradley Beal agree on 5-year, 8M contract

    July 1, 2016

    The Washington Wizards wasted no time in locking up shooting guard Bradley Beal, agreeing to a five-year maximum contract worth 8 million not long after the free agent market's opening bell Friday.The sides started talks as soon as possible, just after midnight Eastern, and moved quickly to wrap things up in the morning, agent Mark Bartelstein said. The deal cannot be signed until the free agent moratorium ends on July 7.

  • Agent: Wizards, Beal agree on 5-year, 8M contract

    July 1, 2016

    The Washington Wizards have agreed to terms with shooting guard Bradley Beal on a five-year maximum contract worth 8 million.Agent Mark Bartelstein says the two sides came to agreement on Friday morning. The contract cannot be signed until the free agent moratorium ends on July 7.

  • Jeremy Lin tweets that he's heading to the Brooklyn Nets

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Lin is heading back to the city where ''Linsanity'' was born.Lin agreed to a three-year, million contract Friday with the Brooklyn Nets, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press.Lin tweeted earlier that he was headed to Brooklyn, posting a photo of himself dribbling the ball in a Nets uniform in front of the team's logo and writing: ''The journey continues ... thankful for the next chapter!! (hash)Godisgood.''

  • Hassan Whiteside makes his decision: He's staying in Miami

    July 1, 2016

    Hassan Whiteside has been a basketball nomad since he turned professional, never lasting in one place too long because either he wanted to leave or nobody wanted him to stay.Those days are long gone now.Sticking to his plan to decide quickly, Whiteside's foray into free agency ended early Friday morning - only a few hours after it formally began, with him accepting a four-year offer to stay with the Miami Heat. The deal as structured right now calls for Whiteside to earn million, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be signed and finalized until at least July 7.

  • AP Source: Hornets agree to terms with Batum on 0M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Charlotte Hornets lived up to their word when they said re-signing Nicolas Batum was their top priority in free agency.Batum agreed to terms on a five-year, 0 million contract with the Hornets Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • Whiteside makes his announcement, and he's staying in Miami

    July 1, 2016

    Hassan Whiteside is staying with the Miami Heat.A person familiar with the terms of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Whiteside will be signing a four-year contract worth the maximum amount the Heat could offer, roughly million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized and signed before July 7.

  • AP Source: Pistons, Drummond working on 5-year max

    July 1, 2016

    Stan Van Gundy is working on a deal to keep his big man in the middle.The Detroit Pistons were negotiating a five-year maximum contract offer with All-Star center Andre Drummond early Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

  • AP Source: Pistons, Drummond working on 5-year max contract

    July 1, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons are working on a five-year maximum contract offer with All-Star center Andre Drummond.The two sides started negotiating the contract after the market opened Friday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been completed.

  • AP Source: Clarkson returns to Lakers for 4 years, mill

    July 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity morning because the deal hasn't been signed.

  • AP Source: Hornets agree to terms with Batum on 5/0M deal

    July 1, 2016

    Nicolas Batum found his game again in Charlotte, so he wasn't about to go looking elsewhere once he hit the open market.Batum agreed to terms on a five-year, 0 million contract with the Hornets early Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Magic agree to terms with PG D.J. Augustin

    July 1, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Orlando Magic have agreed on a contract with veteran point guard D.J. Augustin.Terms of the deal agreed to early Friday morning were not immediately available. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: DeMar DeRozan staying with Raptors

    July 1, 2016

    DeMar DeRozan turned the biggest year of his career into a very big contract.The All-Star shooting guard is staying with the Toronto Raptors and agreed early Friday on the basic framework of a five-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. DeRozan and the Raptors still had some financial terms to complete but the sides agreed that he would be staying put, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the talks were ongoing.

  • AP Source: Mozgov agrees with Lakers for 4 years, mill

    July 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Russian center Timofey Mozgov has agreed to a four-year, million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal can't be signed until July 7.

  • Durant meets with Thunder to kick off free agency tour

    July 1, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant started his free agency tour in a familiar place.Durant met with the Thunder on Thursday, hours before he officially hit the market.Video from Fox 25 in Oklahoma City shows Durant arriving at Chesapeake Energy Arena and being greeted by general manager Sam Presti.

  • AP Source: Wizards, Beal closing in on 5-year max

    July 1, 2016

    The Washington Wizards wasted no time engaging with shooting guard Bradley Beal on negotiations for a five-year maximum contract just after the free agent market's opening bell, with expectations that the deal will be completed on Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

  • AP Source: Wizards, Beal closing in on 5-year max contract

    July 1, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Washington Wizards expect to agree to a five-year maximum contract with shooting guard Bradley Beal by Friday morning.The two sides began negotiating immediately after the opening bell for the NBA's free agent season at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

  • AP Source: Bucks GM Hammond extended through 2017-18

    June 30, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks now have a firm timetable on the succession plan that will have general manager John Hammond passing the torch to assistant GM Justin Zanik.Hammond signed a contract extension on Thursday that carries him through the end of the 2017-18 season, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. After that time, Hammond will serve as a consultant to the team as Zanik is elevated to the GM role.

  • Detroit's Hilliard to miss summer league with back problem

    June 30, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Darrun Hilliard will not participate in summer league because of a stress fracture of his lower back.The Pistons announced Hilliard's injury Thursday, saying he'll be evaluated by team physicians, and his timeline for returning to basketball will be determined when his diagnosis is done.

  • Nets waive point guard Jarrett Jack

    June 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Jarrett Jack, who was lost to a torn ACL in January.The Nets will owe Jack just 0,000 by waiving him by a June 30 deadline. He would have been paid .3 million next season if he remained on the roster after Thursday.

  • Lakers extend qualifying offers to Clarkson, Black, Huertas

    June 30, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have extended qualifying offers to Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas, making all three players restricted free agents.The Lakers announced the decision Thursday.Clarkson is averaging 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in two seasons with the Lakers. The former second-round draft pick has emerged as a key rotation player, starting in the backcourt alongside D'Angelo Russell last season.

  • Lawmakers consider boosting funds to defend LGBT rights law

    June 30, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired.Republican lawmakers were mapping out the end of the session, including possible changes to the law known as House Bill 2, which has attracted high-profile critics including the NBA. The session could end this weekend.

  • Cavs extend qualifying offer to guard Matthew Dellavedova

    June 30, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The NBA champion Cavaliers have made a qualifying offer to popular backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, making him a restricted free agent.Dellavedova is expected to draw interest from other teams once free agency begins, and depending on how much he's offered, the Cavs could face a tough decision on whether to re-sign the Australian. The 25-year-old had a solid third season with Cleveland, averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.

  • Ibaka: 'Feels good' to be in Orlando after surprising trade

    June 30, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A week ago after waking up in Paris to flurry of congratulatory text messages, Serge Ibaka wasn't quite sure how to feel about the NBA draft night trade that landed him in Orlando.But one text message in particular helped him feel better about his transition from the Oklahoma City Thunder - a team contending for an NBA championship - to a young team trying to figure out how to make the postseason.

  • Orlando Magic introduce Serge Ibaka

    June 30, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A week after pulling off a surprising trade on NBA draft day, the Orlando Magic have introduced newly-acquired forward Serge Ibaka.The Magic landed the veteran Ibaka in a trade last week that sent Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilaysova and the rights to Domantas Sabonis, who was taken 11th overall in the draft. Ibaka was out of the country at the time of the trade but spoke with reporters Thursday.

  • LA Clippers promote Lawrence Frank to basketball ops role

    June 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have promoted Lawrence Frank to executive vice president of basketball operations under Doc Rivers.Frank has spent the last two seasons as an assistant under Rivers, who coaches the team and serves as president of basketball operations.

  • NBA hires Byron Spruell as president of league operations

    June 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA hired Byron Spruell on Thursday as president of league operations.Spruell, who has spent the last 20 years at Deloitte LLP, will oversee the basketball operations and referee operations departments when he begins his new job on Aug. 1. He will be responsible for the management of rules changes, training and evaluation of referees, discipline and other important NBA operations that were formerly the responsibility of Rod Thorn.

  • Mavs center Salah Mejri undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    June 30, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks center Salah Mejri has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a procedure that isn't expected to sideline the 7-foot-2 Tunisian during the season.Mejri, who had surgery Thursday, emerged as an energetic shot-blocker and rebounder in the second half of his rookie season in Dallas. He turned 30 in June.

  • NBA free agency just hours away and all eyes are on Durant

    June 30, 2016

    Miami President Pat Riley is a big fan of the symbolic 12:01 a.m. phone call to his team's top targets. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says he would rather be sleeping at that moment. And more than billion in deals will likely be hammered out in the next couple of days alone.

  • Lakers selling their future, not history, to free agents

    June 30, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers spent the last few summers attempting to sell the NBA's top free agents on the franchise's glamorous combination of history and Hollywood.From Dwight Howard to LaMarcus Aldridge, that pitch went terribly - even more terribly than the Lakers' last few seasons.

  • Warriors make qualifying offers to Barnes, Ezeli

    June 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have extended qualifying offers to forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli.The moves made Wednesday mean Barnes and Ezeli will be restricted free agents in July and the Warriors will have the right to match any offer sheet they sign with another team.

  • Wolves finalize addition of NBA's 1st Chinese minority owner

    June 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NBA has spent years making in-roads in basketball-loving China, installing offices there, bringing players stateside and playing exhibitions there to increase the league's presence in a country that can't get enough of it.One of the few steps left to be taken was to add a Chinese owner to a team. As the NBA's chairman of the board, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor felt a particular sense of duty to make that happen.

  • Pistons send Meeks to Magic for conditional 2nd-round pick

    June 29, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have traded guard Jodie Meeks to the Orlando Magic for a 2019 conditional second-round draft pick.The 28-year-old Meeks played in only three games in 2015-16 after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the second game of the season. Since signing with the Pistons as a free agent in 2014, he's played 63 games, averaging 10.9 points.

  • Here they go again: Mavs set to chase free agents again

    June 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks again will seek major upgrades in free agency, a year after DeAndre Jordan's jolting change of heart ruined their plans.They're going after another center, too.Miami's Hassan Whiteside is expected to be among the top targets for Dallas, along with Memphis point guard Mike Conley. And those pursuits are likely to jeopardize Chandler Parsons' future in Dallas after knee injuries sidelined the versatile forward during the playoffs in both his seasons after Houston declined to match owner Mark Cuban's offer sheet in 2014.

  • JR Smith sees US Open champion and takes a drive

    June 29, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith showed off a pretty good shot Wednesday - not on the court, but on the practice range at Firestone Country Club.In the presence of the U.S. Open champion, no less. And yes, Smith was wearing a shirt.

  • Hawks exercise option on Mike Muscala's contract for 2016-17

    June 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have exercised forward-center Mike Muscala's contract option for the 2016-17 season.Muscala played in a career-high 60 games last season, his third in the NBA, though he averaged only 3.3 points in 9.4 minutes per game.

  • Blazers give qualifying offers to Harkless, Leonard, Crabbe

    June 29, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have extended qualifying offers to guard Allen Crabbe and forwards Myers Leonard and Maurice Harkless.The qualifying offers, announced Wednesday before the June 30 deadline, make all three restricted free agents. Portland can match any offer that teams extend to the players.

  • Magic's Frank Vogel announces his assistant coaches

    June 29, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) New Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel has finalized his staff.The team announced Wednesday that Vogel has hired Chad Forcier, Corliss Williamson and David Adelman as his assistant coaches, while Jay Hernandez has been retained from Scott Skiles' staff as an assistant and player development coach.

  • Magic make qualifying offers to Fournier, Dedmon

    June 29, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have extended qualifying offers to swingman Evan Fournier and center Dewayne Dedmon.The team announced the expected moves on Wednesday.By extending qualifying offers before Thursday's deadline, the Magic now have the right to match any offer sheet either player may sign with another team. NBA free agency kicks off at midnight on Friday.

  • Title drought over, Cleveland thirsts for more championships

    June 29, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The confetti has been cleaned up. The party hasn't stopped. Always rocking, Cleveland's rolling like never before.Since superstar LeBron James and the Cavaliers clinched the NBA championship with a historic comeback to quench the city's 52-year major title drought, Cleveland has been celebrating - and winning - at a startling rate.

  • Thunder to play 2 preseason games in Spain

    June 29, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Thunder will play two preseason games in Spain as part of the NBA Global Games Europe 2016.The NBA and Euroleague made a joint announcement on Wednesday.The Thunder will play Real Madrid, a nine-time Euroleague Champion and 33-time Spanish League Champion, on Oct. 3. Oklahoma City will then travel to Barcelona to face 18-time Spanish League Champion and two-time Euroleague Champion FC Barcelona Lassa on Oct. 5.

  • LeBron a free agent after declining option on contract

    June 29, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is about to hit the free-agency market and stay right at home.James declined his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers, but the finals MVP has made it clear he has no intention of leaving Cleveland anytime soon. He had until midnight Wednesday to pick up the option, which would have paid him million next season.

  • AP Interview: Wade prepares for another free agent summer

    June 29, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade still has every hope of finishing his NBA career in the same manner that it began, wearing a Miami Heat uniform.That's the good news for Heat fans.Now comes the tough part - Wade and the team figuring out how to make that a reality. It took a million contract this past season to keep the relationship going for a 13th year; it won't come cheap this time either. While it's obvious that being a free agent means Wade will have opportunities with other clubs, and he is more than prepared to listen - as was the case last year - his ideal scenario remains staying put.

  • AP Source: Duncan exercises option, still mulling future

    June 28, 2016

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has exercised his contract option for next season but is still mulling his playing future.Yahoo Sports first reported Duncan's decision on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Spurs have not publicly disclosed Duncan's decision.

  • Hornets F Kaminsky to have 'minor procedure' on chest

    June 28, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets say forward Frank Kaminsky will undergo a ''minor procedure'' on Wednesday to repair a small pocket of air between his lung and chest wall and will not participate in the Pro Summer League in Orlando.The recovery time for the procedure is approximately six weeks, the team sad Tuesday.

  • Iconic LeBron James banner will remain in place

    June 28, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will continue to soar over downtown.Sherwin-Williams announced Tuesday it has changed plans to remove a 10-story banner of James hanging from the side of its headquarters. The paint company had intended to detach the banner and replace it with one celebrating its 150th anniversary.

  • Pacers add Bill Bayno, David McClure to McMillan's staff

    June 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has added Bill Bayno and David McClure to his coaching staff.The Pacers announced McMillan's full staff on Monday. McMillan had said previously that assistants Dan Burke and Popeye Jones would return from the staff that helped out head coach Frank Vogel last season.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves adding NBA's 1st Chinese owner

    June 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is bringing in two new minority partners to his ownership group, including the NBA's first Chinese owner, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.Shanghai investor Lizhang Jiang and New Jersey real estate mogul Meyer Orbach are joining the Timberwolves' ownership group, the person said Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. The person said Orbach has agreed to acquire 9.5 percent of the team while Lizhang will be brought in at 5 percent. The 35-year-old Lizhang works in sports marketing in China.

  • Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer not guilty in DUI case

    June 27, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been found not guilty of DUI charges.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/2938xhW) reports that the jury deliberated for less than three hours on Monday before returning the verdict around 5:20 p.m. He was cleared on a DUI-driving less safe charge. Budenholzer was found guilty of driving with a broken tail light and fined 0.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves adding 1st Chinese minority owner

    June 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is bringing in two new minority partners, including the NBA's first Chinese owner.Shanghai investor Lizhang Jiang and New Jersey real estate mogul Meyer Orbach are joining the Timberwolves' ownership group. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not been finalized.

  • Bulls' Hoiberg insists he can work with All-Star Butler

    June 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Called out by Jimmy Butler last season, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg insisted Monday that he can still work with the two-time All-Star guard.''Absolutely, I can,'' he said.Butler did not exactly embrace Hoiberg's more open and fast-paced offense last season. But the coach insisted they are on the same page as the Bulls try to pick themselves up after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Bulls went 42-40 in a difficult first season under Hoiberg and traded 2011 MVP Derrick Rose to New York last week.

  • Grizzlies release video in attempt to keep Conley in Memphis

    June 27, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies' pitch to keep free-agent guard Mike Conley in the fold includes a short video with an introduction from singer Justin Timberlake.The Grizzlies released the 2 minute, 44 second video Monday.The video is titled ''Our Conductor'' and features an orchestra playing over highlights of Conley in action. The video includes testimonials from Grizzlies teammates Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen. Randolph calls Conley the ''Memphis maestro.''

  • Durant, Anthony lead US Olympic basketball team

    June 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. has selected its 12-player roster, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, that will try to win the Americans' third straight Olympic basketball gold medal.Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including LeBron James, decided to skip Rio.

  • NBA, WNBA first pro leagues with float in NYC pride parade

    June 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA President Lisa Borders marched in New York City's pride parade Sunday.The two leagues became the first pro sports organization to have a float in the parade.Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum both wore ''(hash)OrlandoUnited'' shirts to show their support for victims of the night club attack earlier this month.

  • Whiteside hoping to decide his free-agent future on July 1

    June 26, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside cannot wait to become a free agent.He also cannot wait for the process to end.The Miami Heat center - for now, anyway - becomes a free agent on Friday and if all goes according to his plan, that will also be the day that he decides where he'll be playing next season.

  • Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

    June 26, 2016

    HAVANA (AP) The Shaq show came to Havana on Sunday as NBA great Shaquille O'Neal put on a basketball clinic for local youngsters, becoming the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba.The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and four-time NBA champion led star-struck kids in layup drills and coached scrimmages while onlookers cheered from the sidelines, part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored visit to foster people-to-people exchanges with Cuban citizens.

  • AP source: Irving, Barnes finish US Olympic basketball team

    June 26, 2016

    The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio.Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans' 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday.The decisions come two days before the Americans plan to announce the team in New York. They were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because roster details were to remain private.

  • NBA top draft Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

    June 26, 2016

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.Zachary Simmons, 21, died after being struck early Saturday while crossing a street in Hoboken. Authorities said the SUV that struck the Ramsey man fled the scene.

  • NBA draft pick Ben Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

    June 26, 2016

    HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) Family members say the cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, has died after being struck by a car in a New Jersey neighborhood.Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Simmons died after being struck early Saturday while crossing a street in Hoboken. Authorities say the sport utility vehicle that struck the Ramsey man fled the scene.

  • Wizards' Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

    June 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.Beal said on Twitter that he has decided to dedicate his summer to getting into shape for next season. He called the invitation from USA Basketball ''the ultimate honor.''

  • Hield feeling the heat in New Orleans, and liking it

    June 24, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Buddy Hield flew into south Louisiana on Friday to begin his NBA career, among the first things he noticed was how hot it was - and he had no complaints.''As soon as I came off the plane, it felt hot, it reminded me of home,'' said Hield, who grew up in the Bahamas. ''It's the same feeling, a feeling I'm used to.''

  • Pick 6: Celtics end draft with plenty of 'NBA bodies'

    June 24, 2016

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Boston Celtics had an extra-long table lined up for their post-draft news conference Friday, a day after they picked six players.When it came time for the traditional picture of the rookies wearing Celtics caps, photographers asked them to squeeze together so they could all fit in the frame. Coach Brad Stevens said he would only speak about the draft class in general.

  • Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 draft

    June 24, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Marquese Chriss wanted to play in Phoenix but figured his chance had passed when the Suns used the No. 4 overall pick of the NBA draft on Dragan Bender.Chriss' agent told him the next few teams would likely be taking guards, so the athletic forward turned his focus toward Sacramento. He grew up just north of the California capitol in Pleasant Grove, so his sister was ecstatic when the Kings took him with the No. 8 overall pick.

  • Kris Dunn's harrowing journey takes him to Minnesota

    June 24, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) John Seldon had just finished watching his son, Kris Dunn, finish an introductory press conference as the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.It had been 36 hours of tears, joy and reflection for father and son, who had been through a harrowing journey to get to this point, when Kris was selected fifth overall in the NBA draft.

  • No matter position, Simmons centerpiece of 76ers' offense

    June 24, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) No matter what position he ends up playing, Ben Simmons is going to be the centerpiece of the Philadelphia 76ers' offense.''He's a facilitator, a distributor and he's going to have the ball in his hands a lot,'' said Bryan Colangelo, the team's president of basketball operations. ''He's going to make everyone on the floor better. He's going to make our entire team better.''

  • Rose hoping for 'something special' after trade to New York

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Derrick Rose isn't just leaving his team. He's leaving home.He was born and raised in Chicago, so it hurt when the Bulls traded him to New York. He will miss his friends and family, especially his young son he will be away from more now.

  • Former No. 5 pick Exum, Hill to compete for minutes on Jazz

    June 24, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dante Exum has been consistently called the point guard of the future after being drafted No. 5 overall in 2014 by the Utah Jazz. That doesn't mean he'll be the starter next season.Exum started 41 games as a rookie and was supposed to hold onto that role last season but he tore his ACL in the summer and missed the entire year. The Jazz have maintained his rehab has gone wonderfully, but they still traded the No. 12 pick as part of a three-team deal that brought George Hill from the Indiana Pacers. Hill started 73 games for the Pacers last year and, more notably, was the starter in 2012-13 and 2013-14 when Indiana advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Bucks get 2 important pieces in Maker and Brogdon

    June 24, 2016

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks got two important pieces for the future in Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, whose paths to the NBA were decidedly different.The 7-foot-1 Maker spent two years at a prep school in Ontario, Canada, after his mentor and coach, Edward Smith, thought the hype surrounding him was becoming too much at his high school in Virginia.

  • Olympics could make Michael Gbinije's summer a busy one

    June 24, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Michael Gbinije has already enjoyed his share of excitement in 2016. He played in the Final Four for Syracuse, and now he's been drafted by the Detroit Pistons.Later this summer, he's hoping to add the Olympics to that list of memorable experiences.

  • Ainge isn't worried about fan reaction to Celtics draft

    June 24, 2016

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Celtics general manager Danny Ainge's biggest regret from draft night is that he didn't go out and face the boos from the Boston fans personally.Ainge said he had no regrets about drafting California forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday night. But the fans wanted someone else - like Providence guard Kris Dunn. And they were also hoping that the Celtics would trade some of their record eight picks for an established NBA star.

  • Championship ring: President calls Cavs coach after title

    June 24, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue got a unique championship ring - from the White House.President Obama called Lue to congratulate Lue on winning the NBA title and invited him and the Cavs to visit him in Washington before he leaves office. Lue spent nearly four minutes talking hoops with Obama, who said he had already emailed superstar LeBron James to offer his wishes.

  • Draft over, and now the Summer of Durant has arrived

    June 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons.The summer now belongs to Kevin Durant.With Simmons going No. 1 in the draft to Philadelphia and Brandon Ingram following one pick later to the Los Angeles Lakers, the most predictable part of the NBA offseason is complete.

  • Column: If Ben Simmons is the question, Who's 'The Answer'?

    June 24, 2016

    If Ben Simmons is the question, who's The Answer?Allen Iverson, of course.No. 1 picks are always an expensive roll of the dice. Teams that make those selections are, by design, in need of real help, and fast. Expectations are high and patience is in short supply. Though 20 years separate the 76ers' latest top pick and their last one, Simmons could learn a lot studying the arc of Iverson's career.

  • Grizzlies take Baldwin with 17th pick in 'whirlwind' draft

    June 24, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies hope they have finally found help for their long-range shooting woes.The question is whether Wade Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 guard from Vanderbilt, taken with the 17th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, will be part of a group providing more useful production than previous Memphis drafts.

  • The Latest: Bow ties, international picks dominate NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):1 a.m.There were a lot of trades, a lot of bow ties, and a whole lot of international players. And there was even a shoutout to JCPenney, which isn't exactly an annual occurrence.

  • Blazers trade with Orlando for 47th pick

    June 24, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the rights to Jake Layman out of Maryland, who was selected by the Magic with the 47th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.The Blazers sent a future second-round pick and cash considerations to Orlando in exchange for the 6-foot-9 forward. Yahoo! Sports reported that Orlando received .2 million and a second-round selection in the 2019 draft.

  • Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

    June 24, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft.Orlando selected Gonzaga sophomore Domanta Sabonis with the 11th overall pick then immediately traded his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder for veteran shot-blocker Serge Ibaka. The Magic announced the deal hours after Sabonis said during an ESPN interview that he was heading to OKC. Also in the proposed trade, the Thunder will receive guard Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova in addition to the rights to Sabonis.

  • Cavaliers acquire rights to point guard Kay Felder in draft

    June 24, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers added a point guard to the party.Still celebrating their NBA title, the Cavs bought the No. 54 overall pick in the draft from Atlanta and used it to select Oakland guard Kay Felder, a prolific scorer who led the NCAA in assists last season.

  • Heat make no picks in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) For the second time in four years, the Miami Heat had no picks in the NBA draft.An array of trades made in recent years - including the deal that officially sent LeBron James to Miami in 2010 - left the Heat with no selection.The Heat also had no pick in 1996, 2006 and 2013.

  • The Latest: Crotian 7-footer can't wait to meet Kobe

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):12:35 a.m.Not many projected first-round picks were happy about dropping into the second round, but Croatian 7-footer Ivica Zubac was ecstatic.That's because he landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, his favorite team and the home of his favorite player, Kobe Bryant.

  • The Latest: Tyrone Wallace the final pick of the draft

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):12:25 a.m.The final pick has been made.Tyrone Wallace of California is the 60th and last selection of the draft, announced by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. Wallace was selected by the Utah Jazz.

  • For 1st time in club history, Wizards make no draft picks

    June 24, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards sat out the NBA draft entirely, the first time in the franchise's 55-year history that the team did not make a selection.''The people we were looking at weren't available at the time we were looking at,'' Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said as the draft concluded a little past midnight on Friday. ''And this wasn't one of the stronger drafts in recent memory.''

  • Rockets select Onuaku and Zhou in 2nd round of NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets added a pair of big men in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night in Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Chinese center Zhou Qi.The 6-foot-10 Onuaku was selected 37th overall and Zhou was selected 43rd on a night where Houston didn't have a first-round pick because of a past trade.

  • Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poeltl with No. 9 pick

    June 24, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors have looked West.To be precise, they turned to Utah.Toronto followed it selection of the Utes' Delon Wright with the 20th overall pick last year by taking 7-foot-1 center Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick Thurday night.

  • The Latest: Davis exits Green Room, then hears named called

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):11:55 p.m.Deyonta Davis had left the Green Room at the NBA draft when the first round ended.When the second round started, his time had come.The Michigan State standout was the last of the Green-Room invitees to hear his name called. He and his family had left the room and the draft floor just before the end of the first round, then emerged for the start of the second round.

  • Mavs take 7-foot Purdue center A.J. Hammons with 46th pick

    June 24, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks need a starting center and figure to use free agency to find one.That didn't stop Dallas from taking 7-footer A.J. Hammons from Purdue with the 46th overall pick in the middle of the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

  • Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

    June 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft .Orlando selected Gonzaga sophomore Domanta Sabonis with the 11th overall pick then immediately traded his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder for veteran shot-blocker Serge Ibaka. The Magic announced the deal hours after Sabonis said during an ESPN interview that he was heading to OKC. Also in the proposed trade, the Thunder will receive guard Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova in addition to the rights to Sabonis.

  • Hawks pick DeAndre Bembry still mourning brother's death

    June 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Former St. Joseph's standout DeAndre Bembry will be playing for his late brother as he launches his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks.Bembry, a wing player selected by Atlanta with the No. 21 overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night, fought for words when he talked about his brother Adrian Potts, 20, who was shot and killed in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 11.

  • Suns get Marquese Chriss after trade with Kings

    June 24, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns knew they'd be choosing between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss in the NBA draft.Turns out they got both of them.The Suns took Bender with the No. 4 pick overall Thursday night and got Chriss at No. 8 in a trade with the Sacramento Kings.

  • Trades are part of NBA draft day

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis.The sophomore forward from Gonzaga was chosen 11th in the NBA draft Thursday night by the Orlando Magic and by the time he did his first interview a minute or two later, he let the world know he wouldn't be headed to Florida.

  • Pistons select Marquette forward Henry Ellenson in 1st round

    June 24, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Team executives talk all the time about how shocked they are that somebody fell to them in the draft.Detroit's Stan Van Gundy sounded like he meant it after the Pistons landed Henry Ellenson with the 18th pick Thursday night.

  • Warriors select Vanderbilt's Damian Jones in first round

    June 24, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors got the big man they were looking for and then went looking for a supplemental pick.The Warriors locked in on Damian Jones early, grabbing him with the 30th overall pick of the first round Thursday night. They were a little lucky in obtaining Patrick McCaw, whom they got from the Milwaukee Bucks eight picks later.

  • Thunder send Ibaka to Magic for Oladipo, Sabonis

    June 24, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder might finally have found their shooting guard in Victor Oladipo.Now, they just need to persuade Kevin Durant to stay.Oklahoma City traded power forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and newly drafted forward Domantas Sabonis, the teams announced Thursday. The Thunder may have tweaked their roster to appeal to Durant, who will become a free agent on July 1.

  • Draft more proof basketball truly a global game

    June 23, 2016

    Basketball has truly become a global game, and this NBA draft has only proven that further.We're not just talking No. 1 pick Ben Simmons from Australia, either.The first round spanned the globe, with 14 international players - the most in any round of any draft, ever.

  • Timberwolves draft Friars' Kris Dunn with 5th overall pick

    June 23, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kris Dunn wanted Minnesota and that's exactly what he got.The Minnesota Timberwolves selected the hard-nosed Providence point guard with the fifth overall pick Thursday night. And after several hours of trade rumors and phone calls, it appears that Dunn is staying put to team with Tom Thibodeau just as he had hoped.

  • The Latest: Draft more proof basketball truly a global game

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):11 p.m.Basketball has truly become a global game, and this NBA draft has only proven that further.We're not just talking No. 1 pick Ben Simmons from Australia, either.

  • Kings take Papagiannis, Labissiere, Richardson after 2 deals

    June 24, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) When the point guards the Sacramento Kings were targeting went off the board before they were set to pick at No. 8, general manager Vlade Divac didn't hesitate to trade down and bolster his frontcourt instead.Divac had a busy draft night Thursday, trading the rights to eighth pick Marquese Chriss and backup guard Marco Belinelli in two separate deals that gave the rebuilding Kings three first-round picks.

  • Spurs take Washington guard Dejounte Murray at No. 29

    June 24, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs realized they needed to get younger and more athletic when a historic season ended in a disappointing early exit from the playoffs.Dejounte Murray is ready to help.San Antonio selected Murray, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Washington, with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night as they enter another uncertain offseason.

  • Clippers draft North Carolina's Brice Johnson with 25th pick

    June 24, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers had North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson in mind when the NBA draft began on Thursday.When their pick came up and Johnson was still available, the Clippers quickly pulled the trigger.The Clippers selected Johnson with their first-round pick, No. 25 overall. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward averaged 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels last season.

  • Just a kid from Akron, LeBron James honored in hometown

    June 23, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.''It was 50 years plus that the Cleveland drought was going on,'' James said. ''The last championship was 50-some years ago. Guess what? It took a kid from Akron to end it.''

  • The Latest: Long night for some invited guests at NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):10:20 p.m.It's been a long night for a trio of players invited to the NBA draft.Nearly three hours after the start of the draft, Washington's Dejounte Murray, Michigan State's Deyonta Davis and Kentucky's Skal Labissiere are all still in the Green Room waiting - and hoping - to hear their names called before the end of the first round.

  • Pistons select Marquette forward Henry Ellenson in first

    June 23, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons selected Marquette forward Henry Ellenson with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.Ellenson averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds last season as a freshman. He also led the team with 49 blocked shots.

  • SU's Richardson taken No. 22 overall, will head to Kings

    June 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have selected forward Malachi Richardson from Syracuse with the 22nd overall pick in the NBA draft, but he will be dealt to the Sacramento Kings.Sacramento acquired the rights to the pick after dealing veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli to Charlotte, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the trade won't become official until July 7.

  • Pacers select LeVert for Nets at No. 20 to complete deal

    June 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard couldn't wait for the draft to start remaking the Pacers roster.So they started early.One day after acquiring the natural point guard Indiana has long sought, Bird filled the Pacers' next biggest need with another pre-draft move. He got power forward Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick. Indiana subsequently selected forward Caris LeVert of Michigan to complete the deal that cannot officially be announced till the new salary cap takes effect. The Pacers also drafted forward Georges Niang in the second round.

  • Hawks select St. Joseph's wing player DeAndre Bembry

    June 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks added a wing player who they hope can contribute at more than one position by selecting St. Joseph's DeAndre Bembry with the No. 21 overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.Bembry (6-5, 206) averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a junior last season and was named the Atlantic 10 player of the year. He gives the Hawks an alternative to Kyle Korver or free agent Kent Bazemore at the wing positions.

  • Pacers select LeVert at No. 20 for Nets to complete deal

    June 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers took Michigan forward Caris LeVert with the No. 20 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night and will send him to the Brooklyn Nets to complete a trade for forward Thaddeus Young.The deal was known publicly a few hours before the draft, but won't be officially announced until after the new salary cap takes effect.

  • Nets to get LeVert after dealing Young to Pacers for No. 20

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The draft-pick starved Brooklyn Nets traded their way into the first-round and came away with an oft-injured player whose recovery they know a lot about.The Nets will acquire Michigan shooting guard Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers after Brooklyn traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana earlier in the day for the No. 20 pick.

  • Pistons select Marquette F Henry Ellenson in first round

    June 23, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have selected forward Henry Ellenson of Marquette with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft.Ellenson averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season as a freshman. He also led the team with 49 blocked shots.

  • Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin with 17th pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 guard who played two years for the Commodores, provides Memphis with a young guard, but also hopes of a long-range shooter. Baldwin connected on 40.6 percent of his 3-pointers last season as a sophomore, while averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists.

  • Simmons' former high school coach Down Under lauds No 1 pick

    June 24, 2016

    A long, long way from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, a loud cheer erupted when Australian-born Ben Simmons was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.It was a group of students crowded into the library at Melbourne's Box Hill Senior Secondary College, where Simmons attended ninth and 10th grades when he was 15 and 16 years old.

  • Magic select Domantas Sabonis, who says he is headed to OKC

    June 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Magic have selected Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis with the 11th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, but Sabonis says the Magic will deal him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a proposed trade.Sabonis said on ESPN after he was greeted by Commissioner Adam Silver that he had been informed that he will be traded to Oklahoma City. Neither the Thunder nor the Magic confirmed the trade, which requires NBA approval.

  • Kings take Greek center Papagiannis after trading down

    June 23, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac had a busy draft night Thursday, trading the rights to eighth pick Marquese Chriss and backup guard Marco Belinelli in two separate deals that gave the rebuilding Kings three first-round picks.

  • Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick

    June 24, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday's NBA draft, there was much anticipation surrounding what could happen when the Celtics went on the clock at No. 3.It turned out to be pretty simple.Despite receiving a lot of interest from teams looking to trade into the slot, in the end the offers they received weren't strong enough to take.

  • The Latest: Denzel Valentine waited a bit longer than usual

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):9:25 p.m.The draft was nearly two hours old when Denzel Valentine's name was finally called by Commissioner Adam Silver.The now-former Michigan State star didn't seem to mind.

  • AP Source: Suns get Marquese Chriss after trade with Kings

    June 23, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns reportedly were choosing between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss for their first pick in the NBA draft.Turns out they got both of them.The Suns chose Bender with the No. 4 pick overall and, according to a person familiar with the situation, made a trade with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft - Chriss.

  • Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

    June 24, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose.The Bulls took Michigan State shooting guard and small forward Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, opting for a wing player rather than a point guard after trading former MVP Derrick Rose to New York.

  • The Latest: Wyc Grousbeck hearing some boos in Boston

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):9:05 p.m.The Boston Celtics had 4,000 fans at their draft party on Thursday night, and their first reaction wasn't exactly positive.Some of them actually booed the team's co-owner.

  • Jazz select Baylor F Taurean Prince No. 12 for Hawks

    June 24, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz made their biggest move of the offseason by trading for Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill, leaving the team without a first-round pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.The day was fairly uneventful as the team didn't add a player to the roster until late in the second round.

  • The Latest: Once again, NBA draft is a family affair

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):8:55 p.m.Like father, like son. Again.For the 15th consecutive year, the son of an NBA player has been drafted. Orlando took Domantas Sabonis - the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis - with the No. 11 pick on Thursday night.

  • Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

    June 23, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors have looked West.To be precise, they turned to Utah.Toronto followed it selection of the Utes' Delon Wright with the 20th overall pick last year by taking 7-foot-1 center Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick Thurday night.

  • The Latest: Thon Maker takes the long way to the stage

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):8:45 p.m.Thon Maker, the 10th pick by Milwaukee, was the first player chosen in the NBA draft who wasn't in the Green Room when his name was called.He was sitting in the stands with family and the crowd around him exploded with cheers when his name was called.

  • Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Thon Maker's journey to the NBA has taken him thousands of miles across the globe, from his native South Sudan to Australia to Canada.Next stop: Milwaukee.The Bucks took Maker, a 19-year-old big man, with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

  • AP Source: Suns get No. 8 pick from Kings, select Chriss

    June 23, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Phoenix Suns made a trade with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, Washington forward Marquese Chriss.The person says the Suns are sending the No. 13 and No. 28 picks this year along with the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic to Sacramento. The person asked for anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.

  • AP source: Kings take Chriss 8th before trading him to Suns

    June 23, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings drafted Washington forward Marquese Chriss with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday and immediately sent his rights to Phoenix.A person with knowledge of the deal says the Kings acquired the 13th and 28th picks in this year's draft from the Suns, along with a future second-round pick and the rights to Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

  • Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray can score. The Denver Nuggets desperately needed a scorer.So this was a slam dunk decision, especially since he slipped down the board.Denver selected the Kentucky shooting guard with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night as they try to turn around a franchise that's missed the playoffs the past three seasons.

  • Kings select Washington F Marquese Chriss with 8th pick

    June 23, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings drafted Washington forward Marquese Chriss with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday.General manager Vlade Divac opted for the Sacramento native who is considered a top athlete but still needs to develop.

  • Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.

  • Timberwolves draft Kris Dunn with 5th overall pick

    June 23, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall draft pick Thursday night. Whether he remains in Minnesota remains to be seen.The Wolves were engaged in several trade discussions with teams who were eager to get the defensive stopper.

  • The Latest: Timberwolves' history with No. 5 pick is strong

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):8:15 p.m.With the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kris Dunn of Providence.No pressure, Mr. Dunn. This tends to be a spot for players to shine.

  • Suns get young Croatian forward Dragan Bender with 1st pick

    June 23, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns went international with their first pick in the draft, choosing Croatian forward Dragan Bender with the No. 4 selection overall.The 7-foot-1 ''stretch'' forward is just 18 years old, weighs 220 pounds and is expected to need some time to mature and beef up.

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 overall pick in draft

    June 23, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have selected Jaylen Brown with the third pick in NBA draft.Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward out of California, averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game en route to being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.He also has a reputation as an elite defender, which could be a good fit with Boston's defensive culture under coach Brad Stevens.

  • 76ers take LSU's Simmons with the No. 1 pick in NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.He'll wear a team uniform for real soon enough.With the great hope he can lift one of the worst franchises in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers took Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

  • LA Lakers choose Duke's Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick

    June 23, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram's teenage frame is remarkably skinny. The Los Angeles Lakers still think he can shoulder the burden of being a franchise cornerstone.The Lakers selected the lanky Duke forward with the second overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, adding another major piece to the rebuilding club's young core.

  • 76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

  • Philadelphia 76ers select LSU forward Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia 76ers select LSU forward Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft.

  • AP Source: Hornets get Belinelli from Kings for No. 22 pick

    June 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho said last week the team was thinking of trading out of the NBA draft.That became a reality on Thursday night after the Hornets dealt their only draft pick - the No. 22 selection overall - to the Sacramento Kings for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, a person familiar with the situation said.

  • The Latest: Proud college coaches all smiles at NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):7:25 p.m.There are few proud college coaches at Barclays Center for the NBA draft, and they are all smiles.Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kentucky's John Calipari were among the college coaches in attendance. And each of them had multiple players in the draft.

  • Agent: LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics

    June 23, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has all the gold he needs this summer.Days after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title, James said he will not play in the Rio Olympics.James' agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press that the two-time gold medal winner informed USA Basketball of his decision Thursday.

  • The Latest: Players go with bow ties at the NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):7:10 p.m.All the players invited to New York for the NBA draft got up on stage at Barclays Center for the usual group picture.A quick fashion take: It seems bow ties are the favorite sartorial item this year.

  • The Latest: All eyes on Boston on this draft night

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):6:50 p.m.All eyes will be on long-presumed No. 1 pick Ben Simmons when the NBA Draft gets started, and then it's Brandon Ingram's turn when the Los Angeles Lakers make the No. 2 pick.

  • AP Source: Pacers acquire Thad Young from Nets

    June 23, 2016

    Thaddeus Young is on his way to Indiana, bringing his versatile game to a Pacers team looking to get faster.The Pacers acquired Young from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday for the 20th overall pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

  • LeBron's hometown Akron celebrates his NBA title with Cavs

    June 23, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) One day after a parade fit for a king, LeBron James is being honored where he first bounced a basketball.James' hometown of Akron is holding a rally to celebrate him winning an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who snapped the city's 52-year championship drought by beating Golden State in the Finals. Nearly 1 million people packed downtown Cleveland on Wednesday to cheer for James and his teammates, who were mobbed as their procession inched along the crowded streets.

  • Hammon excited to have jersey retired by San Antonio Stars

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon is having a pretty good week.The San Antonio Spurs assistant coach was honored by the WNBA as one of its 20 greatest players Tuesday and will have her jersey retired by the Stars on Saturday.''It's going to be an emotional day, an accumulation of so many hours of work,'' Hammon said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. ''So many shots made and missed. The people invested in me, the mentors. It's been a heck of a journey.''

  • Feel-good story ends with Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

    June 23, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) It was once the ultimate feel-good story, with the electrifying Derrick Rose leading his hometown Chicago Bulls to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were racking up championships.But instead of parades, there was unfulfilled promise.

  • Simmons, Ingram and intrigue highlight Thursday's NBA draft

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram say they haven't been told who Philadelphia will take with the No. 1 pick, so all they can go on is what they've heard.And Ingram was told not to do that.''When I left the Sixers workout they told me not to listen to everybody, so I'm just listening to them and I don't really read the reports that come out about anything else,'' the Duke forward said.

  • Suns face multiple options with 3 first-round picks

    June 22, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) After a sixth straight season of watching playoff basketball rather than playing it, the Phoenix Suns face a multitude of choices with three first-round picks in Thursday night's draft - No. 4, No. 13 and No. 28.A trade of some sort is a distinct possibility.

  • Workouts used as a strategy to manipulate NBA draft position

    June 22, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Being a lottery pick and getting guaranteed money was not enticement enough for some players to work out for the Utah Jazz.The team sent out invitations, but several players expected to go early in Thursday night's NBA draft declined.

  • Massive crowd engulfs Cleveland, champion Cavs at parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Following a parade choked to a crawl by a massive crowd, after proclamations, speeches and fanfare, Cleveland watched a symbolic passing of the trophy - and the torch.When Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown handed the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, the city's long wait was officially over.

  • The Latest: 1 person shot after Cavs victory celebration

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade and rally for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):6:15 p.m.Cleveland police say a person was shot twice in the leg downtown after the Cleveland Cavaliers victory celebration.

  • Pacers, Jazz swap point guards while Hawks get lotto pick

    June 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers traded one Indianapolis native for another Wednesday, sending George Hill to Utah and acquiring Jeff Teague in a three-team swap that also includes Atlanta.While the deal cannot be announced officially, Hill's agent, Bill Neff, confirmed the details.

  • Pacers, Jazz swap point guards while Hawks get No. 12 pick

    June 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers traded one Indianapolis native for another Wednesday, sending George Hill to Utah and acquiring Jeff Teague in a point guard swap that also includes Atlanta.While the deal cannot be announced officially, Hill's agent, Bill Neff, confirmed the details.

  • 'I think I'm ready:' Simmons hopes to be NBA draft top pick

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons has the sneaker deal and the TV show, so off the court he already has the look of a star.The only questions seem to be about what he can do on the floor.Assuming the Philadelphia 76ers are satisfied, they will make Simmons the No. 1 pick Thursday night in the NBA draft.

  • Crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs title parade, rally

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers paraded and rallied as NBA champs in a once in a generation party for Cleveland.The city's title drought is over. The party - and procession slowed to a crawl by a mass of humanity - is just getting started.

  • The Latest: LeBron says Cleveland title hasn't sunk in yet

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):4:50 p.m.Cavaliers superstar LeBron James says the feeling of winning a title with Cleveland hasn't sunk in yet.

  • Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

    June 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Derrick Rose was once writing a great NBA story, the hometown kid leading the Chicago Bulls to their greatest heights since Michael Jordan.Then injuries set in, and Rose may never again play at that dazzling level.The player he is now could still be an upgrade for the New York Knicks.

  • The Latest: Jefferson having second thoughts about retiring

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):4:30 p.m.Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson is apparently having second thoughts about retiring. When given the microphone Wednesday at his team's NBA title rally, the crowd began chanting: ''One more year.''

  • The drama of NBA draft looks to begin with No. 3 pick

    June 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) While the first two picks in Thursday's NBA draft are essentially locked in, where the drama should start to unfold is pick No. 3.With Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram looking to go No. 1 and No. 2 overall, the Boston Celtics will have a variety of options with the third pick in the draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

  • The Latest: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert thanks James for return

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):4:15 p.m.Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert thanked LeBron James for his leadership and for returning to Cleveland in 2014 after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat.

  • Knicks acquire Derrick Rose from Bulls for 3 players

    June 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have acquired former NBA MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.The Knicks sent center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to Chicago in the deal that was completed Wednesday. New York also received guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

  • AP sources: Knicks acquiring Derrick Rose from Bulls

    June 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Two people with knowledge of the deal say the New York Knicks are acquiring former NBA MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.The Knicks are sending center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to Chicago, the people told The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official.

  • The Latest: Cavs hit stage for rally after delayed parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):3:45 p.m.More than four hours after the scheduled start of a championship parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and company have finally reached the stage for a celebratory rally.

  • Who's No. 1? 76ers have LSU's Simmons in sight in NBA draft

    June 22, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons may as well have walked right into a Philadelphia 76ers pep rally when he took a seat on ''The Tonight Show'' stage.The Philly-born band The Roots serenaded Simmons with the team's catchy anthem they play at every home game, a decades-old tune with a chorus where the fans belt out: ''1-2-3-4-5-Sixers.'' Simmons and host Jimmy Fallon shared some bites Tuesday night of a cheesesteak from Philly's Dalessandro's.

  • The Latest: James tells reporters he plans to stay with Cavs

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):2:15 p.m.Don't expect any offseason drama about whether Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James will stay or go.

  • The Latest: Police urge fans to clear Cavs parade route

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):1:50 p.m.The Cleveland police department is asking people to clear East 9th Street, the longest street on the parade route, that has become so clogged that the parade celebrating the city's first major sports title in 52 years hasn't been able to get through.

  • Massive crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs' NBA title parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.The title drought in Cleveland is over. The party - and a procession slowed to a crawl by a mass of humanity - is just getting started.

  • The Latest: LeBron poses with outstretched arms near banner

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):12:30 p.m.Just feet from where his iconic, 10-stories-tall banner hangs, LeBron James posed with his arms outstretched just as he does on the giant mural - life imitating art.

  • The Latest: Cavs parade at standstill as crowd blocks street

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):11:55 a.m.The Cleveland Cavaliers title parade is at a brief standstill.Enormous crowds on East 9th Street, near Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, have stopped the procession.

  • The Latest: Cavs parade begins with Ohio State coaches, band

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):11:45 a.m.The Cavaliers title parade is underway with a truck spraying confetti into the crowd, Ohio State coaches riding in a convertible and the Ohio State marching band.

  • Massive crowd packs Cleveland for Cavs' NBA title parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.The title drought in Cleveland is over. The party - and a procession slowed to a crawl by a mass of humanity - are just getting started.

  • The Latest: Cavs parade delayed because of large crowd

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):11:20 a.m.Large crowds are delaying the Cavaliers title parade. The crowd is so large near Quicken Loans Arena that the open-air vehicles that are supposed to carry the Cavaliers are having difficulty getting through to the staging area.

  • The Latest: Cavs parade under people delay because of crowd

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):11:20 a.m.The Cavaliers title parade is under a people delay. The crowd is so large near Quicken Loans Arena that the open-air vehicles that are supposed to carry the Cavaliers are having difficulty getting through to the staging area.

  • The Latest: After Cleveland parade, rally for James in Akron

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):10:50 a.m.For LeBron James, the party won't stop anytime soon.The huge parade in Cleveland on Wednesday won't be the last celebration for James and his title with the Cavaliers. He will be honored in his hometown of Akron on Thursday with a community-wide rally.

  • The Latest: Huge LeBron James banner will return this fall

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):10:15 a.m.Cleveland fans upset with the planned removal of the giant LeBron James banner across from Quicken Loans Arena can take some comfort in knowing that Sherwin-Williams Co. will put it back up this fall.

  • The Latest: Fans line Cleveland streets ahead of Cavs parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):9:45 a.m.Fans of all size, shapes, colors and ages are lining downtown Cleveland streets dozens deep hours before a parade celebrating the Cavaliers' improbable NBA championship.

  • Cleveland parties as Cavs' NBA title celebrated with parade

    June 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) A parade held somewhere else for more than a half-century is rolling through Cleveland.No longer the butt of jokes, it's a title town again.Hundreds of thousands of fans, some arriving Tuesday night to camp on the sidewalk for the best view, are lining the downtown streets to cheer superstar LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who made history by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals and end the city's 52-year championship drought.

  • Warriors GM Bob Myers has little time to ponder finals loss

    June 21, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After the heartbreak of a Game 7 defeat and a championship that somehow got away, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers went home late Sunday and had a rare glass of whiskey with his wife and ate a grilled cheese sandwich.

  • AP Source: Knicks' Afflalo, Williams to become free agents

    June 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says New York's Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams have opted to become free agents.Both players declined their options for the second year of their contracts and will be free agents on July 1, the person told The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no announcements were made.

  • Luke Walton finally reports to Lakers, sees bright future

    June 21, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton realizes he is reporting to his dream job a little late.The Los Angeles Lakers' new head coach is determined to catch up quickly as he starts the biggest project of his life.The Lakers formally introduced the 36-year-old Walton on Tuesday, 53 days after they hired the Golden State assistant coach to lead their rebuilding from the worst season in franchise history.

  • 76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

    June 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who could make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.The LSU freshman went through drills Tuesday, two days before the draft in New York.President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo told reporters afterward that by choosing to work out for the 76ers, Simmons ''closed the chapter on any doubt'' that he didn't want to play for Philadelphia. Duke's Brandon Ingram and every other player Colangelo said the team would consider had already worked out.

  • Milwaukee Bucks sign Jason Kidd to 3-year contract extension

    June 21, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed coach Jason Kidd to a three-year contract extension, keeping him in his position through the 2019-20 season, the team said Tuesday.In a news release, Bucks co-owner Wes Edens called Kidd ''the right man for the job'' and said the team thinks there is ''no better fit to lead our young and talented roster.''

  • New Wolves Thibs, Layden expect draft night to be

    June 21, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are expecting their first draft night as leaders of the Minnesota Timberwolves to be a wild one.After taking over an up-and-coming team that has not made the playoffs in 12 years in April, Thibodeau and Layden head into Thursday night's draft with the fifth overall pick and plenty of options available.

  • New Wolves Thibs, Layden expect draft night to be a wild one

    June 21, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are expecting their first draft night as leaders of the Minnesota Timberwolves to be a wild one.After taking over an up-and-coming team that has not made the playoffs in 12 years in April, Thibodeau and Layden head into Thursday night's draft with the fifth overall pick and plenty of options available.

  • Celtics' draft night likely busy thanks to cache of picks

    June 21, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Danny Ainge became a marvel among his fellow league executives in 2007 when he pulled together the megadeal that became Boston's Big Three and led to an NBA title.Nine years later, the Celtics president of basketball operations is again primed to pull off some offseason magic, and he's hoping a cache of draft picks he's collected can serve as both his four-leaf clover and magic wand.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers ready to parade city streets as champions

    June 21, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) While playing in Miami, LeBron James regretted not winning an NBA title in Cleveland.''I wish I could have won one there,'' he told the AP in 2012 before a practice with the U.S. Olympic team at the London Games. `'I could only imagine how the parade would have been down East 9th Street.''

  • Newspaper overwhelmed by demand for Cavs' victory reprints

    June 21, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Overwhelming demand for a piece of history has prompted The Plain Dealer newspaper to print nearly 500,000 copies of its Monday edition proclaiming the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA champions.Newspaper officials said Tuesday that the normal press run for a Monday is around 36,000 copies, but the newspaper printed 180,000 copies to mark one of the biggest sporting events in city history.

  • A look at how freshmen have fared with NBA one-and-done rule

    June 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Last season was the year of the senior in college basketball. Thursday's NBA draft is not.LSU freshman Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram are expected to be the top picks this year, continuing the league's tendency to go with youthful potential over NCAA experience.

  • Cleveland set to hold parade for NBA champion Cavaliers

    June 21, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) A parade that has only been in Clevelanders dreams is a reality.On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line downtown streets to celebrate the Cavaliers winning the NBA title and giving the city its first major professional sports championship since 1964.

  • Heat star Dwyane Wade a cover model for ESPN body issue

    June 21, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has been in the public eye for most of his life.Never like this, though.Wade was announced Tuesday as one of the cover models for this year's ESPN The Magazine's ''Body Issue,'' which will be released online on July 6 and hit newsstands on July 8. The Miami Heat star spent several hours at a shoot for the magazine last month, posing without clothes after turning down invitations to be part of the issue multiple times in recent years.

  • Von Miller, Wade, Arrieta to appear in ESPN 'Body Issue'

    June 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's eighth annual ''Body Issue.''Other athletes photographed include NFL stars Antonio Brown and Vince Wilfork, UFC champion Conor McGregor, WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, swimmer Nathan Adrian, beach volleyball Olympian April Ross, soccer player Christen Press, wrestler Adeline Grey, boxer Claressa Shields, and retired diver Greg Louganis. Duathlete Chris Mosier is the first transgender athlete to appear in the issue.

  • LeBron blasts critics on social media after winning title

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics.One day after ending Cleveland's 52-year pro sports championship drought, James, who refrains from Twitter and other message platforms during the postseason, posted a rant on Instagram aimed at those who have doubted him.

  • Disappointed Warriors vow to get back to NBA Finals stage

    June 20, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green wants to maintain the momentum from a special season that fell short by competing in the Rio Olympics. Klay Thompson plans to take his mind off basketball and missed chances entirely and go watch brother Trayce play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stephen Curry's toddler daughter, Riley, helped the crestfallen MVP begin to put things in perspective by telling him ''It's OK'' to lose.

  • Cleveland rocks after Cavs' win - and it's also on a roll

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) With the city's 52-year-old championship drought finally over, bleary-eyed fans next look forward to a Wednesday parade for the victorious Cavaliers and northeast Ohio's homegrown star, LeBron James.Yes, Cleveland rocks. But it's also on a roll.

  • Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.As promised, James brought home a championship, the one on hold the past 52 years.

  • Game 7 draws top NBA Finals rating since Jordan's last title

    June 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 7 between the Cavaliers and Warriors drew the highest television rating for the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship.Cleveland's tense 93-89 win Sunday night to capture the city's first title in more than a half-century averaged a 15.7 rating and nearly 30.8 million viewers on ABC. Both numbers are the best since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Jordan's Bulls clinched their sixth ring, ESPN said Monday. That game set an NBA record with a 22.3 rating on NBC.

  • From Simmons down, international players will fill NBA draft

    June 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland had one. So did Golden State.Both teams in the NBA Finals featured an Australian-born No. 1 draft pick: the Warriors' Andrew Bogut (2005) and the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2011).Now Ben Simmons might be next to go from Down Under to the very top of the NBA draft.

  • LeBron James brings title home to Cleveland

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came home with the trophy he promised, and the championship Cleveland has coveted for 52 years.The NBA superstar, born and raised in nearby Akron, stepped off a plane Monday and hoisted the shiny Larry O'Brien Trophy as more than 10,000 fans celebrated the city's first title since 1964.

  • Fan falls over railing during fight after Warriors loss

    June 20, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a man fell over a railing inside Oracle Arena following the Golden State Warriors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA finals.KCBS reports (http://cbsloc.al/1YzJ1mQ ) that the name of the man, who is in his 20s, was not released. He is in critical but stable condition at a hospital.

  • Cavs stop for Vegas party on way home to Cleveland

    June 20, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their NBA championship Vegas-style on their way back home.The Cavs stopped in Las Vegas early Monday morning after winning the title on the road over the Warriors in Oakland, California, on Sunday night.

  • Cavs stop for Vegas victory party in Vegas on way home

    June 20, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their NBA championship Vegas-style on their way back home.The Cavs stopped in Las Vegas early Monday morning after winning the title on the road over the Warriors in Oakland, California, on Sunday night.

  • All In: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends with NBA crown

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.Cleveland's championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last.On Father's Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home.

  • Sports stars, celebs react to Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA title

    June 20, 2016

    Quotes from social media following the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory in the NBA Finals---''What a game and what a series for the (at)Cavs. Happy to see (at)KingJames bring it home for Cleveland!'' - President Barack Obama---''A wonderful demonstration of greatness! The (at)CityofCleveland, the (at)cavs organization, the team, the fans, and the great (at)KingJames..!'' - Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown

  • LeBron ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

    June 20, 2016

    The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.Best player in basketball?His name is LeBron James.This is why he went back to Cleveland, to deliver a title, to end the city's epic championship drought and finally give Northeast Ohio what it craved for nearly 52 years.

  • Richard Jefferson says he's retiring as a champion

    June 20, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Richard Jefferson is an NBA champion, and that's how he says his career will end.The Cleveland forward told Fox Sports Ohio after Game 7 of the NBA Finals that he is retiring. Jefferson turns 36 on Tuesday, and just completed his 15th NBA season.

  • Cavaliers announce championship parade on Wednesday

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.The Cavaliers are scheduled to arrive back in Cleveland around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, with a huge crowd of fans expected to greet them as they emerge off the plane with the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

  • Fan critical after falling from deck after NBA Finals

    June 20, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a fan fell from the second to the first deck of Oakland's Oracle Arena after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the man in his early 20s fell over a railing because of a fight with another fan just after the game ended on Sunday night.

  • LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP for 3rd time

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James is a champion again, and the NBA Finals MVP again.By unanimous vote, James was selected as MVP of the title series, accepting his trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Cleveland beat Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday night.

  • The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

    June 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.Cleveland's championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last.On Father's Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home.

  • The Latest: LeBron, Cavs beat Warriors 93-89, capture title

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):7:40 p.m.Cleveland's championship drought is over.LeBron James had a triple-double, Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer with 53 seconds left put Cleveland ahead to stay and the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: Warriors up 85-83 midway through 4th quarter

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):7:15 p.m.Draymond Green and LeBron James are both flirting with triple-doubles. Kyrie Irving is flashing more brilliance, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are starting to heat up from the outside.

  • The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs 76-75 at end of 3rd quarter

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):7 p.m.The final quarter of the NBA season - maybe - is upon us.Andre Iguodala's layup with 3.2 seconds left in the third has given Golden State a 76-75 lead over Cleveland going into the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: It's a game of runs, Warriors, Cavs tied at 71

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):6:50 p.m.Kyrie Irving's three-point play has pushed Cleveland's run of unanswered points to 11, but Warriors have rallied and the game is tied late in the third quarter of Game 7.

  • The Latest: Cavs run off 8-0 run to tie game in 3rd quarter

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):6:35 p.m.Golden State had an eight-point lead early in the third quarter of Game 7.In a flash, it was gone.A pair of 3-pointers from J.R. Smith and a nifty drive by Kyrie Irving added up to an 8-0 run for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and this game is knotted at 54-54 early in the third quarter.

  • The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs 49-42 at halftime of Game 7

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):6:15 p.m.Draymond Green is coming up huge in Game 7.The oft-excitable Golden State forward has 22 points, fueled by 5 for 5 shooting from 3-point range, and the Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 49-42 at halftime of the final game of these NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers get their first 3 at the right time

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):5:55 p.m.Cleveland missed its first eight tries from 3-point range. But when the Cavaliers finally got one to fall, they got four points out of the play.

  • The Latest: Cavs lead Warriors 23-22 at end of 1st quarter

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):5:35 p.m.LeBron James has six points, six rebounds and three assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Golden State Warriors 23-22 after the first quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Cavs, Warriors tied at first break in Game 7

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):5:20 p.m.Cleveland scored the first four points of Game 7, Golden State answered with the next eight, and then the Cavs tied it up - after the first 5:02 of the title game, it's Warriors 8, Cavaliers 8.

  • The Latest: Festus Ezeli starts for Golden State in Game 7

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):5:05 p.m.Festus Ezeli will start at center for Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.Steve Kerr's decision means that Andre Iguodala will come off the bench, and that could help preserve his balky back that bothered him greatly in Game 6.

  • The Latest: Wade expects LeBron to be locked in for Game 7

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):4:30 p.m.Dwyane Wade is at Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and LeBron James' close friend and former Miami Heat teammate says he's as excited as the other fans who will be taking their seats at Oracle Arena.

  • The Latest: LeBron seems to always rise up in Game 7s

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):4:15 p.m.This is the sixth time LeBron James will appear in a Game 7.If the first five are any indication, he'll have a big night in this one.

  • The Latest: Hot yoga helps Kerr get into 'right mindset'

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):3:45 p.m.Steve Kerr stuck to his game-day routine Sunday morning.No need to change anything now heading into Game 7of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trying for a third time to clinch their second straight championship.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers' fans turn out for Game 7 in Cleveland

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):3:10 p.m.52 years.That's how long it's been since a Cleveland team won a championship and thousands of fans, many of them wearing No. 23 LeBron James jerseys, descended upon the city's downtown Sunday evening for possibly the party of a lifetime.

  • The Latest: Bay Area braces for yet another title game

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):2:40 p.m.For the third time in 19 weeks, a championship will be decided in the Bay Are when Golden State takes on Cleveland in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

  • Small plane crashes on San Francisco Bay Area train tracks

    June 19, 2016

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and interrupting train service.Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Denise Gonzalez says the Cessna aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon near the transit system's transfer tracks in Hayward, east of San Francisco. That ignited a fire and interrupted service hours before Game 7 of the NBA Finals in nearby Oakland.

  • Warriors-Cavaliers are the 14th NBA Finals rematch

    June 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) It'll either be repeat or redemption.A rematch will decide.Cleveland and Golden State are about to reunite in the NBA Finals, starting Thursday night in Oakland, California. It's the 14th Finals rematch.A good sign for Cleveland, which lost to Golden State last season: Six of the last seven teams that lost the Finals one year won the rematch encounter.

  • Kings point guard arrested on domestic violence charge

    May 31, 2016

    GRANITE BAY, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence after deputies responded to a report of a woman being assaulted inside a California home, authorities said Tuesday.Collison, 28, was arrested Monday after deputies found the woman visibly injured, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

  • Prominent playoff performers headed toward free agency

    May 31, 2016

    Many free agents this year will be looking for a major payday this offseason. The group possibly headed to free agency in July includes some prominent names from this year's NBA playoffs and here are some factors they could consider in making their decisions.

  • Will OKC's playoff run keep Kevin Durant in Thunder uniform?

    May 31, 2016

    Kevin Durant sat at the press conference table with Russell Westbrook by his side, the two friends and teammates trying to get their minds around letting a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals slip away.It didn't take long for Durant to face a question about his future in Oklahoma City.

  • Healthy again at last, MVP Stephen Curry chases second title

    May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Fresh charcoal gray NBA Finals cap on backward and wearing a wide grin, Stephen Curry summed up his wild, up-and-down postseason so far and reminded everybody he's not close to done.The MVP's got his groove back, all right - looking healthy again at last after dealing with a troublesome ankle, right knee sprain that sidelined him and even a puffy elbow from an awkward dive into the stands.

  • Jason Terry to host weekly show on SiriusXM NBA Radio

    May 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Veteran guard Jason Terry, a confident shooter and talker, will host a weekly show on SiriusXM NBA Radio.''The Runway with Jason `The Jet' Terry will debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT. The 17-year pro and co-host Justin Termine will take calls from listeners and discuss topics around the league.

  • Cavs' challenge in rematch: How to slow, not stop, Curry

    May 31, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has already felt the stinging spray from the Splash Brothers in the NBA Finals.When league MVP Stephen Curry and trigger-happy Golden State teammate Klay Thompson are knocking down 3-pointers from 30 feet, swishing contested jumpers over taller players and destroying defenses designed to stop them, the only option is pray they miss.

  • Did the Kevin Durant Sweepstakes end with OKC's playoff run?

    May 31, 2016

    Kevin Durant sat at the press conference table with Russell Westbrook by his side, the two friends and teammates trying to get their minds around letting a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals slip away.It didn't take long for Durant to face a question about his future in Oklahoma City.

  • Warriors' Game 7 has largest cable TV audience for NBA game

    May 31, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals drew the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.The defending champs' 96-88 come-from-behind victory over the Thunder on Monday night on TNT averaged 15.9 million viewers - more than several NBA Finals games in recent years.

  • BC-BKN--Thunder-Warriors Ratings,1st Ld

    May 31, 2016

    The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals has drawn the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.The defending champs' 96-88 come-from-behind victory over the Thunder on Monday night on TNT averaged 15.9 million viewers. The network said Tuesday that's the most-watched telecast of any kind in TNT's 28-year history.

  • BC-BKN--Thunder-Warriors Ratings

    May 31, 2016

    The Warriors' Game 7 win to complete a comeback from down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals has drawn the largest TV audience for an NBA game on cable.The defending champs' 96-88 come-from-behind victory over the Thunder on Monday night on TNT averaged 15.9 million viewers. The network said Tuesday that's the most-watched telecast of any kind in TNT's 28-year history.

  • Capsule preview of the NBA Finals: Warriors vs Cavaliers

    May 31, 2016

    A look at the NBA Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (with regular-season and playoff records):No. 1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (73-9, 12-5) vs. No. 1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (57-25, 12-2).Season series: Warriors, 2-0. Golden State won 89-83 at home on Christmas, then blew away the Cavaliers in a 132-98 victory nearly a month later, leading by 43 points in one of the final games before Cleveland fired coach David Blatt and replaced him with Tyronn Lue. Stephen Curry scored 35 points with seven 3-pointers in that rout, while Draymond Green averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James shot only 40.5 percent, though that was far better than Kyrie Irving (27 percent) and Kevin Love (28.6 percent), who combined to miss all 11 3-point attempts in the first meeting.

  • Ex-Heat assistant Fizdale introduced as new Grizzlies coach

    May 31, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) David Fizdale left no doubt about his intentions in the longtime assistant's new job as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach.''I'm here to win,'' Fizdale said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. ''That's the best way to put it. I didn't leave Miami and that beautiful beach and all that water and good stuff to come here to lose. I came here to win.''

  • Warriors rally from 3-1 deficit after in-flight meeting

    May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A heart-to-heart was in order.As the Golden State Warriors made the long, frustrating flight home from Oklahoma City last week suddenly facing elimination, Draymond Green gathered with a few fellow starters at a table in the front of the plane to discuss how to get the defending champions back to winning - and fast.

  • NBA Finals rematch set as Warriors, Cavs to meet again

    May 31, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors' historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat.It's the same one they faced in last year's NBA Finals.LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, looking far more formidable than the team Golden State defeated last year, are the opponent again for Stephen Curry and the Warriors beginning Thursday night.

  • After playoff collapse, Durant future is Thunder's question

    May 31, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals, while Durant's future in Oklahoma City is much less certain.

  • All for one: LeBron, Cavs bonding on path toward NBA title

    May 30, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As they jumped around the locker room dousing each other with ice water and howling after earning their second straight trip to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were one.No out-of-control egos. No division. No squabbling. These were basketball brothers bonded by a common goal, ready to take on the world.

  • Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika

    May 30, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus.The Spanish basketball player said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should ''think about'' whether it's worth the risk.

  • Warriors know Game 7 back home for Finals trip won't be easy

    May 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors' goal of getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • Agent: Pelicans' Dejean-Jones in 'wrong place' when shot

    May 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Bryce Dejean-Jones had a bright future in the NBA, the league commissioner said following the death of the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas.

  • Grizzlies announce David Fizdale as their new coach

    May 29, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies have hired another first-time head coach, and general manager Chris Wallace thinks David Fizdale's resume working with the Miami Heat has him primed to continue Memphis' recent successMemphis announced Sunday that Fizdale has been hired as the Grizzlies new coach and will introduce him at a news conference Tuesday.

  • Antetokounmpo brothers, Porzingis play streetball in Athens

    May 29, 2016

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.Played in an open court in Greece's largest public high school, the ''Antetokounbros Streetball Event'' ended 123-123. No overtime was played.

  • Pelicans' Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment

    May 29, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas, a death that rattled the NBA over Memorial Day weekend.

  • Free agency beckoning, DeRozan sounds happy with Raptors

    May 28, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) For a guy about to hit free agency for the first time, DeMar DeRozan doesn't sound as if he's looking for a change of scenery.A day after the deepest playoff run in Toronto Raptors history ended in a Game 6 loss that sent LeBron James and Cleveland to the NBA Finals, DeRozan spoke glowingly about the growth he's witnessed with the only NBA team he's played for.

  • Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

    May 28, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man retrieved a handgun and fired.

  • Aubrey McClendon's Thunder stake at issue in probate court

    May 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The roughly 20 percent ownership stake in the Oklahoma City Thunder held by the late Aubrey McClendon has become a concern of his estate's creditors.The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1WsrUnr ) that transcripts of a probate court hearing say McClendon's widow, Kathleen McClendon, wants to buy the stake that's worth an estimated 0 million.

  • LeBron, Cavs confident, healthy as they return to NBA Finals

    May 28, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) LeBron James isn't just going back to the NBA Finals. He's returning with a team that's healthy and whole, which makes this trip unlike last year.Maybe it will lead to a different result.James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night, winning the series 4-2.

  • Raptors' Biyombo faces Game 7 suspension after flagrant foul

    May 27, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Raptors center Bismack Biyombo faces a suspension for a potential Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after picking up a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 6 on Friday night.Biyombo's flagrant foul 1 for elbowing Cleveland's Kevin Love gave him four flagrant foul points in the postseason, which would trigger a one-game suspension unless it is rescinded by the NBA.

  • Thunder look to close out defending champion Warriors

    May 28, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder won't say they have to win Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday to win the Western Conference finals.The alternative is less than ideal.Win at home on Saturday and Oklahoma City will advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2012. Lose and the Thunder will be forced to play Game 7 in Oakland. The defending champion Warriors have lost three home games all season.

  • Column: NBA commissioner gets it when it comes to betting

    May 27, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Adam Silver gets it, and he's going to keep repeating it until people finally listen.Forget the conspiracy theories about No. 1 picks and why Draymond Green gets to play after a couple well placed kicks. I'll give Silver a pass on that, though his plan to put ads on uniforms crosses a line of no return.

  • AP Source: Rockets, D'Antoni agree on 4-year deal

    May 26, 2016

    Mike D'Antoni is taking his ''Seven Seconds or Less'' offense to Houston, where James Harden is waiting to give his new coach the kind of weapon that could be a perfect fit for his system.D'Antoni reached agreement with the Rockets on a four-year deal on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the hiring, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • AP Source: Wizards' Morris detained at Philadelphia Airport

    May 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then released.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because Morris was not charged. The person did not specify why Morris was detained.

  • Khloe Kardashian files to divorce Lamar Odom - again

    May 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Khloe Kardashian is once again seeking to end her marriage to former NBA player Lamar Odom.Court records in Los Angeles show Kardashian filed for divorce Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences.The reality TV star and Odom married in September 2009, and she filed to divorce him in December 2013, which she still lists as their date of separation. The divorce was never finalized and Kardashian withdrew the petition after Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel last year. She cited Odom's medical condition as one reason to withdraw the divorce.

  • Raptors counting on home court for advantage against Cavs

    May 27, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) To keep their season alive, the Toronto Raptors are counting on a home-court advantage that saved them before.LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of their second straight NBA Finals on Wednesday night by routing Toronto 116-78 in Game 5, the fourth lopsided game in a series where both teams have struggled mightily on the road.

  • Pelicans' Davis not named All-NBA, loses million

    May 26, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is out about million after not being named to the All-NBA first, second or third team.Now his five-year extension is worth 1 million instead of 5 million.A provision in the NBA collective bargaining agreement called the ''Rose rule'' allows players signing maximum money extensions to their rookie contracts to receive additional pay if they've met certain criteria by the end of their fourth season. To qualify, they either must have been named Most Valuable Player once, named to an All-NBA team twice or voted an All-Star starter twice.

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James named first-team All-NBA

    May 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry has knocked down another honor.The dead-eye point guard who led the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 wins in the regular season was named to the All-NBA first team Thursday. The league's MVP was the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters.

  • It's been a blowout-filled NBA postseason so far

    May 26, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) James Jones was taking a shot in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the crew calling the game on television was instead talking about James Evans.As in, the dad on the 1970s sitcom ''Good Times.''They didn't misspeak. They were just out of material.

  • Tough Love: Cavs' Kevin Love bounces back bigtime in Game 5

    May 26, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) As the shots dropped, the score widened and the head-banging Cleveland crowd screamed louder, threatening to rip off the arena's roof, Kevin Love raised his arms and gestured for fans to do more.Usually, it's the other way around.Shaking off two miserable games in Toronto, Love, whose two seasons with the Cavaliers have ebbed and flowed like Lake Erie's tides, scored 25 points in just three quarters of Game 5. Cleveland pummeled the Raptors 116-78 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • AP Source: David Fizdale accepts offer as Grizzlies coach

    May 26, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies have their new coach: David Fizdale.The Miami Heat assistant has accepted the Grizzlies' offer to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Fizdale as accepted the offer after he met with Memphis controlling owner Robert Pera on Wednesday in California, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Grizzlies have not commented on the negotiations.

  • AP Source: Grizzlies offer coaching job to David Fizdale

    May 25, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to make another assistant coach a first-time NBA head coach after offering their job to Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The person says Fizdale met with Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera on Wednesday in California and that the job had been offered. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Grizzlies are not commenting on specific candidates.

  • Coach Steve Kerr: Warriors on brink but ready to rally

    May 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr gave his Golden State players a much-needed mental day off with time to rest their weary bodies, and he got back to work trying to figure out how to save the season against a powerful Thunder team that shows no signs of slowing down.

  • Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio's mom dies at 56 of lung cancer

    May 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio's mother has died after a long battle with lung cancer.Rubio's family announced Wednesday that 56-year-old Tona Vives had died.She was treated all through the last season, seeing doctors in both Spain and Minnesota. Rubio delivered his best NBA season for the Timberwolves last year while trying to help his mother through the treatments.

  • Warriors could join list of teams that flopped in playoffs

    May 25, 2016

    Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves one game away from playoff elimination. Down 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals after a 118-94 road loss Tuesday night, the defending NBA champions will have to win three straight games to advance. Golden State would join a list of dominant regular season teams that were eliminated without reaching the finals. Teams like the undefeated 2007 Patriots, who lost after advancing to the Super Bowl, were not included.

  • Kermit Washington accused of stealing from his charity

    May 25, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things.

  • Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain

    May 25, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson on Wednesday announced a federal indictment against Washington, who is best known for punching Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich during a game in 1977.

  • Warriors facing long odds down 3-1, but it has been done

    May 25, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Here's good news for Golden State: It's not over.Close, but not over.There are nine teams in NBA history who have successfully overcome 3-1 deficits to win a series, which is the task the defending champion Warriors now face in their Western Conference finals matchup with Oklahoma City.

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPYS

    May 24, 2016

    Craig Sager keeps a copy of Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPYS speech on his phone. He would play it back sometimes during those long days in the hospital receiving treatment for leukemia.This summer, Sager will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award as ESPN honors the TNT sideline reporter.

  • Gamers strive to go mainstream in new Turner-backed league

    May 25, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) They stare at their computer screens, eyes transfixed on the bloody spectacle in front of them, trying to figure out if there's an enemy player just around the corner.They go by names such as FalleN, TACO and Spunj - stars of the online world, if not to those who prefer their sports be played on actual fields.

  • Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington arrested in Los Angeles

    May 24, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kermit Washington, a former NBA player who notoriously gave a bone-breaking face punch to the Houston Rockets' Rudy Tomjanovich during a 1977 Lakers game, has been arrested by federal agents.Washington was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in Los Angeles. It's unknown if he has a lawyer.

  • Cavaliers lose series lead, invincible aura to Raptors

    May 25, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Upon their return from Canada, the Cavaliers had nothing to declare at U.S. Customs.Their lead in the Eastern Conference finals had already been confiscated.Cleveland was stripped of its dominance and a 2-0 advantage during a long weekend in Toronto, where the growing-confident-by-the-shot Raptors, propelled by a crowd and city that believes they can make the NBA Finals, won two straight games.

  • ON BASKETBALL: Green's history may have helped him

    May 24, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful.He's a kicker.Only a minute before the overly excitable Golden State forward kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the midsection during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, his leg flailing upward either clumsily or intentionally depending on perspective, he was under the basket as teammate Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer.

  • Draymond Green fined ,000, not suspended for groin kick

    May 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green was fined ,000 but not suspended by the NBA on Monday for kicking Oklahoma City center Steven Adams in the groin.The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened. That moved him closer to an automatic suspension for accumulation of flagrant foul points.

  • Valanciunas active for Game 4 of Conference Finals

    May 23, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is active for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland on Monday night, but will not start against the Cavaliers.Valanciunas has not played since spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of Game 3 against Miami on May 7.

  • Draymond Green fined, not suspended for groin kick

    May 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green has been fined ,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin.The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened.

  • Draymond, Westbrook swap barbs over fouls, kicks

    May 23, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Draymond Green knows who is responsible for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams: Russell Westbrook and the rest of the NBA stars who get to the foul line with a whole lot of salesmanship.Green's kick felled the 7-foot, 255-pound Adams during the second quarter of Golden State's Game 3 loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals on Sunday night. Westbrook later said Green kicked Adams intentionally - and that didn't go over well with the Warriors' standout.

  • Magic formally introduce Frank Vogel as their new coach

    May 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It hasn't been the offseason new Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel was expecting.Just days after his Indiana Pacers were ousted from the first-round of the NBA playoffs by Toronto, Vogel was informed his contract wasn't being renewed after five-plus seasons.

  • Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was denied train seat

    May 23, 2016

    Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger.He wrote in a Friday Facebook post that he asked a woman if he could sit next to her on a crowded train but was told the seat was taken. Thomas, who is black, said a white man inquired about the seat less than two minutes later and the woman obliged.

  • Warriors' Green could face discipline after flagrant foul

    May 23, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder aren't sure whether Draymond Green intentionally targeted Steven Adams' groin area on Sunday night.They just know they don't appreciate it.Green said he was just gathering himself after a foul by Adams when he kicked Oklahoma City's center in the groin, and he feels the Flagrant 1 foul he was called for in Game 3 should be rescinded.

  • Jones suspended, Casey fined by NBA for Game 3 actions

    May 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland's Dahntay Jones has been suspended for one game by the NBA for striking Toronto's Bismack Biyombo in the groin.The league also fined Raptors coach Dwane Casey ,000 on Sunday for his criticisms of the officiating.Biyombo remained on his knees on the court after time expired in Game 3 on Saturday night after Jones hit him with 17.6 seconds remaining. The little-used reserve will miss Game 4 of the series Monday night.

  • Physical intensity picks up between Cavaliers and Raptors

    May 23, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan remembers the angry emotions Raptors teammate Bismack Biyombo once stirred in him as an opponent.''I hated him,'' DeRozan said Sunday.The Cavaliers likely feel a little anger toward Biyombo after his pivotal performance Saturday, when he helped stop Cleveland's 10-0 start to the playoffs in Toronto's 99-84 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 4 is Monday night at Air Canada Centre.

  • Mark Cuban tells 'Meet The Press' Thunder are his title pick

    May 22, 2016

    Mark Cuban is picking the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA's biggest prize.The owner of the Dallas Mavericks gave a wide-ranging interview for NBC's ''Meet The Press,'' and host Chuck Todd ended the sit-down by asking Cuban if he was picking Cleveland, Golden State or Oklahoma City to win the NBA title.

  • The Latest: Cuban: Sure, he'd run with Clinton or Trump

    May 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on Campaign 2016 (all times Eastern Daylight Time):9:03 a.m.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'd ''absolutely'' consider being Republican Donald Trump's running mate. He'd also ''absolutely'' consider being Democrat Hillary Clinton's.

  • NBA's 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball

    May 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Gary Payton believes the United States is behind other nations in organized 3-on-3 basketball.A first step in catching up was Saturday's opening day of Dew NBA 3X, a six-city U.S. tour of 3-on-3 tournaments.Payton is the NBA ambassador for the tour and he was joined Saturday by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams, an Atlanta native. Hall of Famers Dominique Wilkins and Isiah Thomas are scheduled to take part in Sunday's final day in Atlanta.

  • Warriors' big men must come up big in Game 3 against Thunder

    May 21, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Warriors' big men might be just as important as the Splash Brothers right now.''When the shot goes up, you can't be watching, looking for the rebound,'' Golden State forward Draymond Green said.The Thunder won the battle of the boards by eight in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and seized home-court advantage with a 108-102 win. Golden State bounced back in Game 2 and outrebounded Oklahoma City by nine in a 118-91 victory. The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Sunday.

  • Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching

    May 21, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors.

  • Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander

    May 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor decided to hire Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations and Scott Layden as general manager, many in the organization braced for sweeping changes to the front office and coaching staff.

  • New Timberwolves regime will not retain Newton, Kander

    May 20, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota Timberwolves GM Scott Layden has announced sweeping changes to the team's front office and coaching staffs, starting with the departures of former GM Milt Newton and vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander.Layden announced the changes Friday night, a few weeks after he and coach Tom Thibodeau were hired to take over the team's coaching and front office. Vice president of basketball operations Rob Babcock, assistant coach Sidney Lowe and scouts Milt Barnes and Jason Hervey were among the others let go.

  • Thunder will try to bounce back after big loss to Warriors

    May 20, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have valuable experience bouncing back from disaster.In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the San Antonio Spurs rolled past the Thunder by 32 points. Oklahoma City responded by beating the Spurs in San Antonio 98-97 the next game, and the Thunder eventually took the series 4-2.

  • Column: Savor our version of Magic-Bird - Curry vs LeBron

    May 20, 2016

    This is our Magic vs. Bird.Savor it.As the NBA conference finals head into the next-to-last weekend of May, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers look unstoppable in the East, while Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have their hands full out West with Oklahoma City.

  • Raptors need Lowry to step up in Game 3 against Cavaliers

    May 20, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) After two bad games in Cleveland, Kyle Lowry isn't lacking confidence as the Eastern Conference finals shift to Toronto.Still, if Toronto's All-Star guard doesn't step up soon, the Raptors look likely to become the latest victim of a Cleveland sweep.

  • Stephen Curry's sore right elbow not limiting him on court

    May 20, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A black sleeve protecting his sore right elbow, MVP Stephen Curry insists he's fine after yet another postseason injury.Curry banged his right elbow on what he thought was a metal platform after diving into the stands at the 2:54 mark of the first quarter during Wednesday night's 118-91 Game 2 win over the Thunder. That evened the best-of-seven Western Conference finals at one game apiece as the series shifts to Oklahoma City for Sunday night's Game 3.

  • Magic officially announce Frank Vogel as new head coach

    May 20, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) After agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel on Thursday, the Orlando Magic completed a whirlwind eight days by formally announcing their new head coach.The team confirmed reports Friday that Vogel had been hired and will be formally introduced on Monday.

  • Saints owner Tom Benson discusses why he disinherits kin

    May 20, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) In a court deposition, Tom Benson said he ousted his daughter and grandchildren from executive positions in the Saints and Pelicans after a confrontation turned physical between his daughter, Renee, and his wife, Gayle.The deposition, filed in federal court in New Orleans this week, was taken in late March at Benson's offices in suburban New Orleans. It's part of a federal lawsuit over Benson's decision to remove his family members' shares in his NBA and NFL franchises from a trust and substitute other assets.

  • Tyronn Lue has perfect coaching touch for unbeaten Cavaliers

    May 20, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The perfect coach plopped down in his seat at the podium, his face a mixture of exhaustion and exultation.Tyronn Lue has yet to lose a game in his first NBA postseason with the Cavaliers, who are 10-0 and looking invincible, threatening to sweep through the Eastern Conference playoffs on the way to a second straight visit to the finals.

  • Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg

    May 20, 2016

    BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company.One month after retiring from the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers star has a new daily routine. ''I get up early and I train and I work out. Then I go to the office,'' Bryant said in an interview.

  • Gary Payton unimpressed by Stephen Curry's unanimous MVP

    May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Consider Gary Payton unimpressed by Golden State guard Stephen Curry becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.The hall of famer tells Sports Illustrated that the vote just ''happened to go'' Curry's way. He says players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also could have been considered unanimous picks even though the vote didn't go that way.

  • Zhou Qi's potential could lead to much NBA draft intrigue

    May 20, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Zhou Qi needs someone to help him communicate at workouts with NBA teams, simply because he does not speak English well enough to understand most instructions.His game, however, translates just fine.In an NBA draft class that will likely have LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram as the first two picks and then much uncertainty with the remaining 58, Zhou may draw plenty of intrigue. He stands just over 7-foot-2 in sneakers, has a wingspan just shy of 8 feet and can nearly touch the rim while standing flat-footed.

  • AP Source: Orlando Magic hire Frank Vogel as next coach

    May 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic moved quickly to fill their coaching vacancy, agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel just a week after the position suddenly became available.Vogel and Magic officials met during the day Thursday and reached a deal, which will not be final until Friday afternoon, said person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Magic have not announced the hire.

  • Klay Thompson has carried Warriors this postseason

    May 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A far cry from his brash, former basketball-playing father, Klay Thompson is perfectly content to be the soft-spoken, second superstar behind MVP Stephen Curry. He is more than happy to let Draymond Green do the arguing, arm flexing and trash talking.

  • Bucks say IRS, FBI investigating email scam targeting team

    May 19, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say their organization inadvertently provided tax information of employees, including players, to someone who was impersonating the team's president over email.The Bucks said Thursday that the ''security incident'' involving the W-2 forms of all 2015 employees was reported to the IRS and FBI after being discovered earlier this week. The team says it arranged for employees to have access to credit monitoring and identity restoration services.

  • Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team

    May 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis have been unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team.Both players received all 130 first-team votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

  • Snoop Dogg, ex-NBA player Peterson host game to help Flint

    May 19, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Rapper Snoop Dogg and former Toronto Raptors player Morris Peterson are hosting a celebrity basketball game to help Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.''Hoop 4 Water'' is scheduled for Saturday at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint.

  • 24 teams set for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July

    May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Summer League will return to Las Vegas from July 8-18.The league said Wednesday that 24 teams will participate in the event on the campus of UNLV. Each team will play three preliminary games before being seeded in a tournament that leads to the championship game.

  • NBA draft returning to Brooklyn's Barclays Center

    May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says next month's draft will return to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the fourth straight year.The draft will be held June 23 at the home of the Nets, who don't have a first-round pick. They previously traded it to the Boston Celtics, who have the No. 3 selection.

  • AP Source: Knicks working to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach

    May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks want Jeff Hornacek as their next coach.The team is working on a deal to hire Hornacek, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Wednesday.President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson has had discussions with the former Phoenix Suns coach and there is mutual interest, but they have not begun negotiations on a contract, the person said on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are private.

  • Point man: Irving shines in Cavs' demolition of Raptors

    May 18, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving dribbled behind his back and then behind his back again, leaving Toronto's Cory Joseph grasping at air.Irving pulled off a few other dizzying spins and other did-he-just-do-that moves while finishing with 27 points, five assists and two steals. He even got free for a rare breakaway dunk as the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Raptors by 31 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Riley says Whiteside will be top Heat summer priority

    May 18, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside fell into Miami's lap, and the Heat want him to stay there.For good measure, they remain hopeful Chris Bosh can return as well.Retaining Whiteside will be Miami's top priority in free agency this summer, Heat President Pat Riley said in his end-of-season remarks Wednesday. It's not necessarily a surprise, given that Whiteside led the NBA in blocked shots by a wide margin this season and was a key in helping the Heat finish with No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

  • New Zealand fans back Thunder's Adams after 'monkey' comment

    May 18, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams is breaking new ground as a New Zealander succeeding at the top levels of the NBA, and the jubilation of his fans back home seemed little dimmed by his comments that caused a stir in the U.S.

  • Cavs 9-0 in these playoffs, and joining rarefied NBA air

    May 18, 2016

    Starting a postseason 9-0 does not guarantee a championship.Neither does 10-0. Or even 11-0, for that matter. But the Cleveland Cavaliers surely aren't complaining about where they are right now, as their perfect postseason run continues.Cleveland's 115-84 victory over Toronto in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night pushed the Cavaliers' record in these playoffs to 9-0, and they became just the fifth team to start a postseason with that many consecutive wins.

  • TNT sees big ratings for Oklahoma City-Golden State opener

    May 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Western Conference finals opener between Oklahoma City and Golden State was TNT's highest-rated conference finals Game 1 since 2011.The network says the game averaged 8.7 million viewers and peaked at 10.6 million, making it the most viewed show on cable on Monday night. The numbers were up 37 percent from the 2014 Western Conference finals, the last time that series was played on TNT.

  • Mutombo rejects lottery conspiracy after Twitter mistake

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Dikembe Mutombo is rejecting the idea of another NBA draft lottery conspiracy.Mutombo congratulated the Philadelphia 76ers on winning the No. 1 pick with a tweet Tuesday that came about four hours before the lottery. But he tells The Associated Press it was a ''mistake that happened'' and that he had no knowledge that the 76ers would win.

  • 76ers win NBA draft lottery, Lakers stay at No. 2, keep pick

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have lost big for three years, when they appeared to value draft picks more than players.They got a huge victory Tuesday night, and maybe the wins on the court will soon follow.The 76ers won the NBA draft lottery, giving them the No. 1 selection in June.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers win lottery; have No. 1 pick in upcoming NBA draft

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers win lottery; have No. 1 pick in upcoming NBA draft.

  • Thunder discover late-game swagger during postseason

    May 18, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The team that struggled to protect a fourth-quarter lead all season long suddenly has figured out how to stage late comebacks in the postseason - against the toughest teams and in the most hostile environments, no less.Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will look to build on their 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals after rallying down the stretch to hand the defending champion Golden State Warriors their first home loss these playoffs and just their third all season at Oracle Arena.

  • Celtics' Olynyk undergoes successful shoulder surgery

    May 17, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Kelly Olynyk had a promising regular season derailed late in the year by recurring right shoulder issues.After discussions with doctors both he and the Celtics felt offseason surgery was the best option for him.The team announced Tuesday that the 7-footer had arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder Monday. The procedure was for recurrent subluxations, or when the shoulder partially slips in and out of the socket.

  • Warriors take little solace in NBA acknowledging blown call

    May 17, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The fact that the NBA acknowledged missing a late travel call on Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook did little to appease Golden State coach Steve Kerr a day later.When told that NBA senior vice president for replay and referee operations Joe Borgia went on NBA TV after the game and said Westbrook did drag his pivot foot before calling timeout with 17.2 seconds to play and Oklahoma City leading by three, Kerr let out a sarcastic response.

  • We The Ignored: Raptors, mayor upset over team's online snub

    May 17, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) These Raptors want to make it clear they are not extinct.Making their first appearance in the NBA's Eastern Conference final, the Raptors are feeling a little left out after they were slighted in an online poll in advance of their matchup with the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • NBA China to open basketball-themed Playzone in Shanghai

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is opening a basketball-themed entertainment center in China, another effort to connect with fans where it enjoys huge popularity.The league says Tuesday that NBA China will open the NBA Playzone in Shanghai later this summer.Located in the Hubin Dao Shopping Mall at Xin Tian Di, the 1,500-square meter center will feature 10 elements, including an arena measuring about one-third the size of a regulation court, a store, party rooms and a snack bar and a youth obstacle course.

  • Cleveland's passion rubbing off on Cavs guard J.R. Smith

    May 17, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Like one of his 3-pointers, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has fallen for Cleveland.Smith, whose outside shooting and tenacious defense have helped the Cavs sweep their first two series in this year's playoffs, admires the way Cleveland fans stick with their teams - win or lose. The city has waited since 1964 for the Browns, Indians or Cavaliers to win a championship, but Smith said his interactions around town have been all positive.

  • Thunder's Steven Adams apologizes for 'monkeys' comment

    May 17, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oklahoma City center Steven Adams understands that he has to live with the fallout of using a derogatory term to describe Golden State's guards.Adams apologized again Tuesday for describing them as ''quick little monkeys'' in a televised on-court interview after Oklahoma City's 108-102 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Monday night.

  • Plenty of star power remains at point guard in NBA playoffs

    May 17, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) LeBron James is fond of saying that today's NBA is driven by point guards.Looks like he's right.A superstar foursome of All-Star point guards are left in the NBA playoffs. In the Eastern Conference finals, starting Tuesday, it's Toronto's Kyle Lowry versus Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. Out in the Western Conference finals, which started Monday night, it's Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook versus Golden State's Stephen Curry.

  • Blazers coach Terry Stotts agrees to 3-year extension

    May 16, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Terry Stotts, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to the second round of the playoffs, has agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

  • Jim McMillian, forward on '72 Lakers title team, dead at 68

    May 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jim McMillian, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 33-game winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship as a second-year pro playing with Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, died Monday. He was 68.He died from complications of heart failure at a hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after being in failing health in recent months, according to his sister-in-law Denise Sheridan.

  • T-wolves will send Towns with Flip's ring for lottery luck

    May 16, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves will send Karl-Anthony Towns as their representative to the NBA draft lottery, hoping for the same fortune that brought them the NBA Rookie of the Year.The Wolves took Towns with the first pick in 2015 after winning the lottery last spring. This time, they'll have 88 pingpong balls in the hopper out of 1,000 for an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top spot again. The draw will take place Tuesday night in New York.

  • For Heat, a summer of waiting on Bosh now arrives

    May 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Players and coaches will gather Tuesday for the Miami Heat annual end-of-season team meeting, after which the attendees will start scattering in all directions for the summer.Some are certain to be back next season.A few others have decisions to make on their futures.

  • After long overseas career, Nets coach Atkinson back in NY

    May 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Long before playing in Europe or coaching in Mexico, Kenny Atkinson was a ballplayer from New York.And when he looked into a crowd of familiar faces Monday that included his family and high school coach, it finally hit him.He's home.Atkinson was introduced as the Brooklyn Nets' coach, his newest address on a lengthy basketball journey bringing him not far from his original one of Huntington, New York.

  • Experience, LeBron make Cavs huge favorites over Raptors

    May 17, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James once stood in Kyle Lowry's sneakers.Back in 2007, James, with a much thicker hairline and more hops than he has today, made his first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals and carried the Cavaliers past Detroit and into the NBA Finals for the first time. Nine years, five straight Finals appearances, four MVP awards and two championship rings later, James is again on the doorstep of the league's showcase event.

  • Nate McMillan takes over as head coach of the Indiana Pacers

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird found the Indiana Pacers' new voice on his own bench. Now Nate McMillan must show his old-school style will still resonate with today's young players.Bird promoted the 51-year-old McMillan to head coach Monday, hoping he will change the culture inside the locker room. The decision ends the search for Frank Vogel's replacement after less than two weeks.

  • After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in NBA lottery

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers lost plenty the previous two seasons, though never managed to lose the most.This season, they finally fell all the way to the bottom.The potential payoff comes Tuesday, when the 76ers have the best chance to win the NBA draft lottery - and could walk away with two top-four picks if the pingpong balls bounce their way.

  • Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Raptors East finals

    May 16, 2016

    A look at the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors (with regular-season and playoff records):---No. 1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (57-25, 8-0) vs. No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (56-26, 8-6)Season series: Raptors, 2-1. Toronto pulled out two wins at home by a combined six points, including a 99-97 victory on Feb. 26 when Kyle Lowry capped a career-best, 43-point outing with a jumper with 3.9 seconds left. The Cavaliers won 122-100 in the lone meeting in Cleveland. The Cavaliers made 43 3-pointers (14.3 per game), including 17 in their victory, with J.R. Smith going 14 for 25 (56 percent) in the series. LeBron James averaged 23 points - despite sitting out the fourth quarter of Cleveland's victory - and Kevin Love went for 18.3 per game.

  • Raptors center Valanciunas out for Game 1 against Cavaliers

    May 16, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of an injured right ankle.Coach Dwane Casey said Monday that Valanciunas is receiving treatment on the ankle he injured in Game 3 of the second-round against Miami. Casey didn't provide a timetable for the center's return but said ''it's going to be very difficult'' for Valanciunas to play Game 2.

  • Indiana Pacers promote Nate McMillan to head coach

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers promoted assistant Nate McMillan to head coach on Monday, ending the search for Frank Vogel's replacement after less than two weeks.McMillan spent 12 seasons as the head coach in Seattle and Portland, going 478-452 in the regular season and 14-20 in the playoffs.

  • Indiana Pacers promote assistant Nate McMillan to be team's head coach

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers promote assistant Nate McMillan to be team's head coach.

  • Pacers expected to name coach at afternoon news conference

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have called a news conference for Monday afternoon amid reports they will promote assistant coach Nate McMillan to head coach.McMillan spent 12 seasons as an NBA head coach in Seattle and Portland before joining the Pacers' staff in 2013-14. He was 478-452 in the regular season and 14-20 in the playoffs.

  • Timberwolves' Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick

    May 16, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns has the height and agility, plus the intensity and intelligence.Relentlessness might be his most valuable gift of all.The unflappable 7-footer, admittedly unsatisfied with any performance short of perfection, is a unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award, giving the blossoming Minnesota Timberwolves consecutive winners after Andrew Wiggins took the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy last season.

  • 76ers 1st NBA team to land jersey sponsorship with StubHub

    May 16, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have become the first team in the NBA to put a sponsorship logo on player uniforms, striking a deal with StubHub for a spot on one of the hottest pieces of real estate available in sports.StubHub, a website that connects ticket buyers and sellers, will have its logo appear on the front left of the jersey in 2017-18 for the start of a three-year trial period. The patches will appear opposite Nike's logo, and measure about 2 1/2-by-2 1/2 inches.

  • Weekend Sports in Brief

    May 30, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Bryce Dejean-Jones had a bright future in the NBA, the league commissioner said following the death of the New Orleans Pelicans guard who was shot after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend's apartment in Dallas.

  • Lowry leads Raptors into conference final against Cavs

    May 16, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Less than two weeks ago, Kyle Lowry was a struggling so badly that he stayed past midnight to work on his game after a tough playoff loss.Now a red-hot Lowry is carrying the Toronto Raptors into their first ever Eastern Conference finals.

  • Back to business for LeBron and Cavs, who will face Raptors

    May 15, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the score became more and more lopsided in Toronto, LeBron James started to change.And as the final seconds ticked toward all zeroes on the clock, James took one last look at the scoreboard at the bottom of the TV screen and decided it was time to get serious again.

  • AP Source: Karl-Anthony Towns is NBA Rookie of the Year

    May 15, 2016

    Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been voted the NBA's Rookie of the Year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the award.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made. The NBA was scheduled to announce the winner Monday.

  • Wait over for LeBron, Cavaliers as Raptors advance in East

    May 15, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James watched the final seconds turns to zeroes in Toronto, walked onto the practice floor and got real serious.The Cavaliers finally have an opponent in the Eastern Conference finals.After waiting a week since their last playoff win, the Cavs learned Sunday that they'll face the Raptors, who advanced to the conference finals for the first time by beating the Miami Heat 116-89 in Game 7. The Cavs will host Game 1 on Tuesday night.

  • Defending champion Warriors expect tough task from Thunder

    May 16, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's near half-court shot to win it in overtime at Oklahoma City in late February became one of the defining moments in his record-shattering MVP season.Now, with four more victories against Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the Western Conference finals, Curry and Co. will move one step closer to the Warriors' ultimate goal: A repeat championship.

  • Capsule preview of the Warriors-Thunder West finals

    May 15, 2016

    A look at the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder (with regular-season and playoff records):---No. 1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (73-9, 8-2) vs. No. 3 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (55-27, 8-3)Season series: Warriors, 3-0. Golden State won twice at home, and its lone trip to Oklahoma City in the regular season delivered a spectacular finish. The Thunder were up by 11 with less than 5 minutes left in regulation, up by four with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth, and up four with 1:41 left in overtime - before Stephen Curry's 3-pointer that dropped with 0.6 seconds left gave the Warriors a 121-118 victory. He made 12 3s that night. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to average 61.3 points in the three games, and it still wasn't enough. Curry averaged 35 points in the series for Golden State, and Klay Thompson averaged 23.7.

  • Draymond Green committed to cutting down his technicals

    May 14, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stunningly, Draymond Green kept his mouth shut on the court for a full practice Saturday.Golden State's outspoken swingman is striving to cut down on his arguing and technical fouls for the rest of the postseason - which could be as challenging a task in the Western Conference finals as slowing down the explosive Thunder tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

  • Wary of rust, Cavs sweat in gym while awaiting next round

    May 14, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Even coach Tyronn Lue came off the floor sweating on Saturday.Don't think for a second the unbeaten Cavaliers have been lounging around the past week as they've waited for their next opponent.''Guys have been really busting their butt in the gym,'' forward Channing Frye said as beads of perspiration streaked the sides of his face.

  • Game 7 to finally decide Raptors-Heat winner, Cavs' opponent

    May 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) History is going to happen.Either Toronto or Miami will become the 15th NBA team to win two Game 7s in the same postseason. The Raptors could go to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time. The Heat have a shot at being the first team ever to erase 3-2 deficits in consecutive playoff series.

  • Clarification: Stars fuel hope for mid-major prospects

    May 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) In a story May 12 about the NBA Draft Combine, The Associated Press failed to clarify that Klay Thompson played at Washington State instead of a mid-major.A clarified version of the story is below:As he watched Golden State take out Portland, A.J. English felt some mid-major pride, not to mention hope for his own future.

  • After long road, Maker adds intrigue to next month's draft

    May 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The picture of the Larry O'Brien Trophy that is his phone's wallpaper could be Thon Maker's reminder to maintain his focus and not lose sight of his ultimate goal.Or, maybe it just looks good.''I've had this for two years,'' Maker said Friday at the NBA Draft Combine. ''I love trophies. I collect them in my room. It's beautiful. It makes my phone look good.''

  • Warriors rest up and gear up to face Thunder in West finals

    May 13, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry surprised coach Steve Kerr with how quickly he found his groove the past two games after returning from a right knee injury, even with a few more misses than usual for the MVP.Now, Curry and the Golden State Warriors push into the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City counting on their superstar to be fully healthy for an entire round for the first time this postseason.

  • Spurs unsure if Duncan or Ginobili will return

    May 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio's unexpected and abrupt end to the season brings on another stressful summer that begins with what has become an annual quandary.Will Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili return?''I really don't know what they're going to do,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Friday, a day after the Spurs' season-ending loss at Oklahoma City. ''But when they do decide to move on, sometime between now and the next five years - that's a little bit of a joke - it will feel a little differently walking into the gym.''

  • Russia bans 24 basketball players in gambling case

    May 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Basketball Federation says it has banned 24 players from 11 clubs as part of an investigation into gambling.The punishments follow an anti-corruption campaign under federation president Andrei Kirilenko, who played 13 seasons in the NBA with teams including the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets.

  • Thursday's Sports in Brief

    May 13, 2016

    OLYMPICSMONTREAL (AP) The powerhouse track teams from Russia and Kenya are in serious jeopardy of missing this summer's Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency delivered stinging rebukes to attempts to clean up drug-addled programs in both countries.

  • Durant, Thunder beat Spurs and return to conference finals

    May 13, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Now that Kevin Durant is back, the Thunder have returned to a familiar place.Oklahoma City beat San Antonio in six games to advance to the Western Conference finals for the fourth time in six years - and the fourth time in the past five seasons that Durant has been healthy.

  • Stars' success fuels hope for mid-major prospects at Combine

    May 12, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) As he watched Golden State take out Portland, A.J. English felt some mid-major pride, not to mention hope for his own future.The guard from Iona saw two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson leading the Warriors back to the Western Conference finals, and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum leading the rebuilt Trail Blazers to a place few would have anticipated at the start of the season.

  • Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers look to bright future

    May 12, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard's thoughts were already turned toward next season on the flight back to Portland following the Blazers' final playoff loss to the Warriors. He pondered how the team's surprising success would impact the tightknit group.

  • New Jazz uniforms include sleeved alternate jersey

    May 12, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz unveiled new uniforms that include an alternate jersey with sleeves and thick horizontal stripes across the front.Jazz officials said in a news release Thursday that the sleeved jersey is a nod to the team's history. The jersey is designed to resemble warmups used by the Jazz several decades ago and worn by Karl Malone, John Stockton and Adrian Dantley.

  • Raptors have Heat on the brink, look to clinch in Game 6

    May 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The centers are hobbled and sidelined. The starting point guards have seen their faces bloodied. Both teams have key forwards dealing with wrist injuries, and Toronto's leading scorer needs his super-tender thumb wrapped in something resembling a shoelace so he can play.

  • Scott Skiles resigns as coach of Magic after just 1 season

    May 12, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scott Skiles surprisingly resigned as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one season and team executives insist they never saw it coming.The Magic were busy Thursday trying to play spin control while also trying to make sense of the seemingly sudden decision by Skiles. He left after a sometimes turbulent season that ended on a positive note. The Magic improved by 10 wins under Skiles, finishing 35-47 but again missing the playoffs.

  • LeBron says his retirement from NBA is 'up to my kids'

    May 12, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will soon face a triple-team he can't beat.The NBA superstar, who is making another run toward a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, said Thursday that he will extend his playing career only as long as his three children will let him.

  • How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era?

    May 12, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Coaching changes are constant in the NBA, except in San Antonio.Since Gregg Popovich became coach of the Spurs on Dec. 10, 1996, there have been 233 coaching changes throughout the rest of the league. The most recent of those came Thursday when Scott Skiles resigned in Orlando.

  • Sports Arena closing after hosting huge 20th century moments

    May 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The dump will jump no more.The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the building that Bruce Springsteen affectionately dubbed ''the dump that jumps,'' will have a closing ceremony with city leaders on Thursday.In recent decades it has lived in the shadow of the younger, sexier Forum and Staples Center.

  • Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

    May 12, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season.Skiles was 35-47 this season, his lone year leading the Magic - the team that he spent five seasons with as a player as well. The Magic started 19-13 this season, then after the calendar flipped to 2016 they lost 34 of their final 50 games and missed the playoffs.

  • MVP Curry and his Warriors teammates move closer to goal

    May 12, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry stopped just before leaving his postgame press conference with one final, important thought.A much-deserved acknowledgment of fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson for all of his tireless work on both ends of the court to get Golden State back to the Western Conference finals, much of it with Curry sidelined nursing a knee injury.

  • Spurs' Duncan competing with Thunder, Father Time

    May 12, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Father Time can be awfully sneaky.San Antonio forward Tim Duncan turned 40 last month, and the basketball world marveled at his accomplishments. Sure, his minutes were scaled back this season, but he played a significant role in helping the Spurs to their best regular-season results.

  • Heat"s Goran Dragic assessed technical after NBA review

    May 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Miami guard Goran Dragic has been assessed a technical foul and fined ,000 for swinging at Toronto guard Cory Joseph under the basket late in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.The NBA announced the ruling Wednesday after a review.

  • LeBron says Curry deserves MVP, debates meaning of award

    May 11, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James won't debate whether Golden State's Stephen Curry should be the NBA's MVP this season. That's an indisputable slam dunk.However, James might argue about the award's meaning.One day after Curry was voted the first unanimous winner in 61 years, James, who finished third behind Curry and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, said the honor can be interpreted in different ways.

  • Love's Return: Cavs' big man thriving in second postseason

    May 11, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) When the so-far-perfect Cavaliers held on in Game 4 and finished their sweep of overmatched Atlanta, LeBron James threw both arms around Kevin Love and hugged his teammate tightly, appearing almost afraid to let him go.James knows he can't lose Love again.

  • Mavericks guard Harris has surgeries on left toe, thumb

    May 10, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Devin Harris has had his left big toe and left thumb surgically repaired.Harris had both surgeries Tuesday in New York. They were performed by different doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery.The toe bothered Harris for much of the season, and he missed 10 consecutive games into early March. He had a bone problem fixed in the same foot three years ago.

  • Stephen Curry is first unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again

    May 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) From the jaw-dropping half-court heaves that somehow sink through the net to the dazzling drives and zippy passes from every which way, Stephen Curry's desire to keep getting better while always trying to entertain at every stop has the Golden State superstar being mentioned right along with the best ever, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

  • Warriors look to clinch, Heat-Raptors face pivotal Game 5

    May 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Stephen Curry will lift another MVP trophy. Dwyane Wade will try to keep lifting the Miami Heat.And by night's end, the NBA's Final Four may be in more focus.Curry and Golden State will host Portland in Game 5 of their second-round series on Wednesday night, the Warriors leading 3-1 and one win from another trip to the Western Conference finals. That game will be preceded by Wade and the Heat in Toronto, with their East matchup knotted at two games apiece after four extremely close - though not always aesthetically pleasing - matchups.

  • Kings' methodical coaching search ended with Dave Joerger

    May 10, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac's first coaching search as general manager of the Sacramento Kings was methodical. He talked to about a dozen candidates over several weeks and was ready to bring in three finalists for a second interview before settling on a pick.

  • An NBA MVP vote is finally unanimous, and Steph stands alone

    May 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Here's Stephen Curry's year in a nutshell. A record 402 3-pointers, all 131 MVP first-place votes, and zero doubt.The only intrigue surrounding the voting for this year's NBA MVP wasn't if the Golden State guard would win again - but if he would get every first-place vote. And he did, becoming the first unanimous winner. LeBron James was one vote from achieving that in 2013, and Shaquille O'Neal was also one vote short in the 2000 balloting.

  • Whiteside not flying with Heat to Toronto for Game 5

    May 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat will not accompany his team to Toronto for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series there on Wednesday night.The Heat were flying north on Tuesday. Before departing, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside will remain home to continue getting therapy on his injured right knee.

  • Stephen Curry is 1st unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again

    May 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season Tuesday after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season.The Golden State superstar is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons and the first guard to do so since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Curry received 1,310 points from the 130 media voters from the U.S. and Canada.

  • Warriors' Stephen Curry wins second straight NBA MVP award and is first unanimous choice

    May 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors' Stephen Curry wins second straight NBA MVP award and is first unanimous choice.

  • Warriors' Livingston ejected in the 2nd Q against Blazers

    May 10, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Golden State's Shaun Livingston was ejected in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Warriors' playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.Livingston argued a no-call under the basket before he was tossed by referee Scott Foster for getting two technical fouls with 1:36 left before halftime.

  • Wade apologizes for anthem flap in Miami-Toronto series

    May 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was the first Miami Heat player to line up for the playing of ''O Canada'' on Monday night.Lesson learned.The Heat guard apologized Monday to anyone who was offended by his actions before Saturday's Toronto-Miami matchup, when he took a few extra warm-up shots at the beginning of the singing of ''O Canada.'' Video showed Wade continued his pregame routine for about 20 seconds before he took his spot in line with the rest of his teammates.

  • Golden State's Curry returns in Game 4 against the Blazers

    May 9, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry returned from a right knee sprain for Game 4 of Golden State's playoff series against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.Curry did not start but came in with 5:58 left in the first quarter. He scored on a pair of jumpers before going back to the bench at the end of the period.

  • The 'D' in 'KD' stands for Defense: Durant's D big in Gm 4

    May 9, 2016

    Kevin Durant was at his shot-making best in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against San Antonio, knocking down contested jumpers, scoring in transition and willing the Oklahoma City Thunder to a series-evening victory.He made all six of his field goal attempts to finish with 41 points, and yet his biggest impact may have come on the other end of the floor.

  • After fallback season, Hawks look to rise again in East

    May 9, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap tossed and turned much of the night.He didn't expect the summer to begin this soon.Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, capping a season that fell short of expectations from start to finish.

  • Kings hire coach Dave Joerger 2 days after firing in Memphis

    May 9, 2016

    Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings' decade-long playoff drought.Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings' ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman.

  • AP Source: Warriors G Stephen Curry wins 2nd straight MVP

    May 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.A person with knowledge of the award says Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner.

  • AP Source: Kings agree to terms with coach Dave Joerger

    May 9, 2016

    Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento.The Kings agreed to terms with Joerger on a three-year contract worth million per season, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday. The deal includes a team option for the fourth season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the agreement.

  • A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms with Dave Joerger on a three-year deal to make him their new coach

    May 9, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms with Dave Joerger on a three-year deal to make him their new coach.

  • NBA, Mountain Dew launch national 3-on-3 competition tour

    May 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and Mountain Dew are launching a 3-on-3 competition tour that will award the winning teams spots in next year's USA Basketball 3-on-3 tournament.Dew NBA 3X will make stops in six NBA markets, beginning May 21-22 in Atlanta and culminating in Los Angeles on Oct. 22-23 with the Dew NBA 3X National Finals.

  • Whiteside ruled out of Game 4 of Miami-Toronto series

    May 9, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Heat center Hassan Whiteside was ruled out of Monday's Game 4 of Miami's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors because of a sprained ligament in his right knee.The decision was not a surprise, though the Heat had been listing Whiteside as questionable even after an MRI performed on Sunday showed damage to his medial collateral ligament. Whiteside was hurt Saturday in Miami's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

  • San Antonio's RC Buford named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 9, 2016

    R.C. Buford is the last person to take a victory lap, especially when the San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of a second-round playoff fight with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The Spurs GM won't be extolling his virtues or patting himself on the back for the remarkable job he did in helping the franchise embark on an uncharacteristic path last summer.

  • Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April

    May 9, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine's work with a school for the deaf is bringing an added benefit he never saw coming - the chance to help a new charity dedicated to his fallen coach.LaVine was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of April on Monday, an honor earned through LaVine's work with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul. LaVine makes periodic trips to the school throughout the year and donated a portion of his winnings from the Slam Dunk contest to build a new kitchen.

  • Hornets PG Kemba Walker has another surgery on left knee

    May 9, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets point guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.The procedure performed Monday is expected to sideline Walker from all basketball activities until early July, the team announced.

  • Big Three leads Cavaliers back to Eastern Conference finals

    May 9, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Big Three yucked it up after their latest playoff sweep, a far cry from the uneasiness that prevailed at the beginning of their relationship.It may have taken a while to find their groove, but the Cavaliers are sure enjoying how it all worked out.

  • Blazers, Heat look to even series up at home in Game 4s

    May 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) By definition, Portland and Miami are not yet facing must-win games.It may seem otherwise.Down 2-1 in their respective series, the last thing either the Trail Blazers or the Heat will want is to head out on the road later this week facing elimination. So in a pair of Game 4s on Monday - Portland plays host to Golden State as their Western Conference semifinal resumes, while Miami will entertain the Toronto Raptors in their back-and-forth East semis matchup - the home teams will face plenty of pressure.

  • Whiteside-Valanciunas matchup comes to an end after injuries

    May 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami's Hassan Whiteside and Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas won't square off anymore in this Heat-Raptors Eastern Conference semifinal series.And as the games get bigger, the lineups will be smaller.Whiteside is day-to-day with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and Valanciunas will miss the rest of the series with a sprained right ankle. Both starting centers were injured in Game 3 of the series Saturday, and both got the news about their immediate futures in MRI exams that were performed Sunday.

  • Wade's shots during Canadian anthem spark some outrage

    May 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident, with some Canadians saying Sunday that he disrespected their national anthem.The Miami Heat star was the subject of much scorn after video showed him taking a few extra warm-up shots as ''O Canada'' was performed before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

  • Raptors' Valanciunas out for rest of East semifinal series

    May 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will miss the rest of his team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat with a sprained right ankle.Valanciunas was injured in the third quarter of Toronto's win in Game 3.X-rays did not show any fractures, but the team ruled him out for the rest of the series after more evaluation Sunday.

  • Whiteside has sprained MCL, will be listed as day-to-day

    May 8, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the same injury that has sidelined Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry for the past couple weeks.Whiteside will be listed as day-to-day, the Heat announced Sunday after the results of an MRI exam were reviewed.

  • Golden State's Curry out for Game 3 against the Blazers

    May 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said star guard Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.Curry has been sidelined since he sprained his right knee in Game 4 of the first round against Houston.

  • Heat lose Whiteside, Raptors lose Valanciunas in Game 3

    May 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside left Saturday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter with a right knee injury, and Toronto lost center Jonas Valanciunas in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle.

  • Heat lose Hassan Whiteside to knee injury in Game 3

    May 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside left Saturday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter with a right knee injury.The team quickly said the NBA's leading shot-blocker this season wouldn't return, though there was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.

  • Cavs looks unstoppable as they eye another playoff sweep

    May 7, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) This is what LeBron James envisioned when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Everyone healthy.Players all around capable of sharing the load.A team that looks very much like a potential NBA champion, even though the 73-win Golden State Warriors could be lurking at the end.

  • Durant's mother, the 'Real MVP,' subject of Lifetime movie

    May 7, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With a single sentence uttered by her world-famous son Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt's life changed forever.''You the real MVP.''The Oklahoma City Thunder star said those now-famous words during his emotional acceptance speech for the 2014 NBA MVP award before Mother's Day. Pratt became the central figure of one of the most memorable speeches in sports history.

  • Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger after 3 playoff seasons

    May 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies already faced a lot of decisions that could reshape their roster this offseason - now add a coaching search to the list.The Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger on Saturday in a surprising move after three seasons and three straight playoff appearances. A team battered by injuries finished the regular season at 42-40 before being swept in the first round by San Antonio.

  • Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger

    May 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have fired Dave Joerger after three seasons and three straight playoff appearances.The Grizzlies announced the decision Saturday morning.General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement the Grizzlies needed a change to ''foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success.''

  • Memphis Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger

    May 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger.

  • Durant's mother, the "Real MVP," subject of Lifetime movie

    May 7, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) With a single sentence uttered by her world-famous son, Wanda Pratt's life changed forever.''You the real MVP.''Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said those now-famous words during his emotional acceptance speech for the 2014 NBA MVP award. Right before Mother's Day, Pratt suddenly was the central figure of one of the most memorable speeches in sports history.

  • Griffin out for Team USA duty after quad tendon procedure

    May 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin won't play for the U.S. basketball team this summer at its training camp, likely knocking him out of the Olympics for the second straight time.Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27, the Los Angeles Clippers said Friday. The forward has already begun rehabilitation and the team says he is expected to be ready for next season.

  • NBA, GE Healthcare award injury prevention research funding

    May 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and GE Healthcare have awarded more than .5 million in funding to six groups researching injury prevention.The winners were chosen from a group of nearly 70 proposals focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tendinopathy - pain in and around tendons - specifically the patellar tendon.

  • No Olympics for Blake Griffin after quad tendon procedure

    May 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin won't play for the U.S. Olympic team this summer after a recent procedure on his left quad tendon.Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on April 27, the Los Angeles Clippers said Friday. The forward has already begun rehabilitation and the team says he is expected to be ready for next season.

  • Hawks lineup change: Sefolosha for Korver in Game 3 vs Cavs

    May 6, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) After losing the first two games in Cleveland, the Atlanta Hawks made a lineup change for Game 3 on Friday night against the Cavaliers.Thabo Sefolosha is taking over as a starter on place of slumping Kyle Korver.Korver has only 10 points in the series, so the Hawks decided to change things up. Sefolosha is a better defensive player, no small consideration after the Cavaliers set an NBA record with 25 3-pointers in a Game 2 blowout.

  • Coaching search Q and A with headhunter Jed Hughes

    May 6, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It's coaching change season in the NBA, and that means teams are conducting searches for new leadership in all sorts of different ways.Some teams employ a search firm to streamline the process. One of the more prominent names in the business is Korn Ferry, led by Jed Hughes, the vice chairman and global sector leader of its sports division. He's helped put Masai Ujiri with the Toronto Raptors, Hue Jackson with the Cleveland Browns and Jim Harbaugh with the Michigan Wolverines, among many others.

  • Curry returns to practice, still unlikely to play Game 3

    May 6, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State superstar Stephen Curry zipped around the court bouncing from spot to spot during his typical extensive post-practice shooting routine, driving to the basket past his regular practice coach Bruce Fraser.Curry looked much like his healthy self except for a brace covering his injured right knee.

  • Heat, Blazers head home, stung by Game 2 disappointments

    May 6, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Game 2 became a big missed opportunity for Miami. Same goes for Portland, which now has minimal room for error.Going home could help ease their disappointments.Either Toronto or Miami will move within two wins of a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday, when the Heat host Game 3 of their knotted-up series. And Golden State will be aiming for a 3-0 lead over Portland, when the defending NBA champions visit the Trail Blazers in another Game 3 later Saturday night.

  • Utah Jazz extend contract of coach Quin Snyder

    May 6, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have extended coach Quin Snyder's contract.The team announced a long-term extension Friday morning, but did not release other details of the deal.The 2016-17 season would have been the third year of the initial three-year deal Snyder signed when he was hired. The team has gone 78-86 in two years under Snyder and narrowly missed the playoffs this season.

  • Festus Ezeli makes big impact down the stretch in Game 2

    May 6, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As his teammates wrapped up their practice day, Festus Ezeli worked some post moves with coach Theo Robertson and shot a few more hook shots from each side of the key, then a series of free throws as assistant coach Ron Adams observed.

  • Carroll scores 21, Raptors beat Heat in OT to tie series

    May 6, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) This time, overtime went the way of the Toronto Raptors.Jonas Valanciunas made sure of it.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

  • After court setback, estranged Benson heirs not giving up

    May 5, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The estranged daughter and grandchildren of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson say they won't abandon their effort to prove their patriarch has been manipulated into appointing his third wife the sole heir to his sports empire.

  • Damian Lillard gets tested by Warriors, looks for rebound

    May 5, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) First it was a chest cold, then it was a fourth-quarter dry spell. The start of Damian Lillard's playoff series against the Golden State Warriors has been rough.And as Lillard goes, often the rest of the Trail Blazers follow.Portland is down 2-0 in its Western Conference semifinal series against the defending NBA champions. And it certainly won't get much easier when the series shifts north Saturday - even though presumptive league MVP Stephen Curry is unlikely to return from a knee injury.

  • Hawks look for answers after getting embarrassed by Cavs

    May 5, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Thoroughly embarrassed by Cleveland's record-setting performance, the Atlanta Hawks spent part of Thursday watching film from their Game 2 debacle.Not the whole game, mind you.No need to relive that nightmare.''We watched parts of the tape,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said Thursday, still sounding a bit shell-shocked. ''To watch all of it was probably not needed.''

  • Seattle mayor decries sexist attacks to sports arena vote

    May 5, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle's mayor and an investor have condemned sports fans' sexist attacks against the mostly female City Council after its vote sidetracked a proposed arena project aimed at luring the NBA back to the city.All five women on the nine-member council voted this week against selling a street to investor Chris Hansen, complicating his plan to build an arena to house a professional basketball or hockey team. The four men backed the proposal.

  • Will the real Thunder and Hawks please stand up?

    May 5, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Thunder responded to their Game 1 thumping. The Atlanta Hawks? Not so much.How each team shows up for Game 3 of their respective series on Friday night will likely go a long way toward defining just how long these matchups will last. The Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs four days after they evened the series with a tense 98-97 win in San Antonio in Game 2.

  • Stephen Curry unlikely to return for Warriors on Saturday

    May 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is unlikely to play Saturday for Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Portland since he still hasn't practiced on his sprained right knee.Curry did work on the side while the Warriors practiced Thursday but couldn't yet do any of the scrimmaging that the medical staff and coaches want to see before he is cleared to return.

  • 76ers add 2 executives to front office, promote key exec

    May 5, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have named Marc Eversley as vice president of player personnel and Ned Cohen as associate vice president.The Sixers also promoted Brandon Williams to vice president of basketball administration.Eversley spent the last three seasons with the Washington Wizards as vice president of player personnel. He will manage the Sixers' scouting department and play an integral role in roster management and talent evaluation.

  • Pacers seeking new voice after parting ways with Frank Vogel

    May 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win.So on Thursday, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations announced he would not re-sign Frank Vogel to a new contract despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. Instead, the Pacers will search for a coach who can do Vogel couldn't: win an NBA title.

  • Kobe Bryant's animated short gets assist from John Williams

    May 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell poem to basketball is getting the short film treatment with some high profile talent behind it.Entitled ''Dear Basketball,'' the animated short film will be scored by acclaimed composer John Williams and directed by longtime Disney animator Glen Keane, best known for his work on ''The Little Mermaid'' and ''Aladdin.'' Bryant will narrate.

  • Frank Vogel out in Indiana after 5-plus seasons

    May 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.Pacers President Larry Bird said Thursday that the team will not renew Vogel's contract for next season, cutting ties with a respected name in the coaching ranks. Bird said he believes it's time for a new voice to lead the Pacers, keeping with his long-held philosophy on short shelf lives for coaches.

  • Wizards All-Star guard John Wall undergoes knee surgery

    May 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall underwent left knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.The team said Wall had a procedure done to remove calcium deposits in his left knee to eliminate pain and help him heal more effectively. He also had surgery on his right knee, undergoing an arthroscopic lavage procedure to clean out the knee.

  • Larry Bird says Frank Vogel is out in Indiana

    May 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.Pacers President Larry Bird says the team will not renew Vogel's contract for next season. Bird says he believes it's time for a new voice to lead the Pacers, keeping with his long-held philosophy on short shelf lives for coaches.

  • Indiana Pacers not renewing contract of coach Frank Vogel

    May 5, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers not renewing contract of coach Frank Vogel.

  • Former Lakers coach Byron Scott 'shocked' over firing

    May 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week.Scott tells ESPN he was ''surprised'' and ''shocked'' by the move even though he led the Lakers to the two worst seasons in their history, including this season's franchise-worst 17-65 mark.

  • Big shots: Cavaliers set NBA record by making 25 3-pointers

    May 5, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Wearing headphones and sweats, J.R. Smith, the one Cleveland player without any restrictions on where or when he can shoot, finished his pregame warmup by stopping near half-court and launching a shot.Swish.At the time, inside the quickly filling arena, it didn't seem significant. Later, it became symbolic.

  • Cavaliers set NBA playoff record for 3-pointers

    May 4, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have set an NBA playoff record by making 22 3-pointers in Game 2 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.With Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer with 5:06 left in the third, the Cavs surpassed the previous postseason record of 21 set by the Golden State Warriors on April 24.

  • Cavaliers set NBA record with 18 3-pointers in half

    May 4, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have set an NBA record by making 18 3-pointers in the first half of Game 2 against Atlanta on Wednesday night.Led by J.R. Smith's six 3-pointers, the Cavs went 18 of 27 in a dizzying first 24 minutes. The Cavs broke the postseason record of 12 3-pointers in a half set by Golden State on April 26.

  • With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead

    May 4, 2016

    It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better.The Raptors need Lowry to play the way Goran Dragic is.''I know the pressure I put on myself. I know we won't advance if I don't play better,'' Lowry said Wednesday. ''I have to play better for us to be a good team and win games.''

  • Celtics' president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer

    May 4, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities.He will forever be tethered to the coup he pulled off in the summer of 2007 to assemble the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen just three years into the tenure of then-coach Doc Rivers.

  • Bosh officially declared out for remainder of Heat season

    May 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh's season is now officially over, regardless of how far the Miami Heat advance in the postseason.The Heat and Bosh made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after the team practiced in Toronto, ending the recent speculation that Bosh would try to return to the court during the playoffs.

  • Miami Heat announce All-Star forward Chris Bosh will not return to play this season.

    May 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat announce All-Star forward Chris Bosh will not return to play this season.

  • Draymond Green's fire drives Warriors in pursuit of title

    May 4, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry might be the face of the Warriors with the breathtaking long-range shots and ball-handling that makes Golden State so appealing to watch.Draymond Green is the heart.The loud, sometimes brash and amazingly versatile Green was the driving force behind the team's commitment to chase a record 73 wins in the regular season, the key to the team's dominant small-ball lineup and perhaps Golden State's most indispensable player.

  • LeBron has thought about playoffs matchup with Wade, Heat

    May 4, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James isn't looking too far forward in the NBA playoffs. He's taken a peek, however.James has considered the possibility of playing the Miami Heat - his former team and good friend Dwyane Wade - in the next round, a dramatic matchup that already has fans salivating at its potential. If Cleveland can advance past Atlanta, and if Miami takes care of Toronto, it will be the Cavaliers and Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • 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.

  • AP NewsAlert

    June 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cavaliers win Cleveland's first major title since 1964, beating Golden State 93-89 in Game 7.

  • 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