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  • OKC Thunder assistant coach's wife dies after car accident

    February 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday evening at a hospital from injuries suffered in a car crash, police said.The 44-year-old Ingrid Williams was involved in a crash Tuesday night. An oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her SUV just outside of downtown Oklahoma City, said police Capt. Paco Valderrama. That driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Valderrrama said.

  • Cavs' Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder against Lakers

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder.Love, whose shoulder was dislocated in last year's playoffs, left the floor in the final minute of the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Love turned toward Cleveland's bench and said ''it's my shoulder'' before heading straight to the locker room for treatment. Love's left arm hung limply to his side as he exited.

  • Pistons retire Billups' jersey at halftime against Denver

    February 10, 2016

    AUBURN HIILS, Mich. (AP) Moments before his jersey went up to the rafters, Chauncey Billups spoke to the crowd about the night the Detroit Pistons wrapped up the 2004 NBA title by routing the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Finals.''We had one motivation,'' he said. ''We wanted to win it here at home.''

  • Pistons without 3 starters against Denver

    February 10, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit's Reggie Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova are sitting out Wednesday night against Denver, leaving the Pistons without three starters in their final game before the All-Star break.The team said before the game that Jackson and Ilyasova had both been ill. The Pistons are also without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has been recovering from a core muscle strain.

  • Pierce 'thankful' in possibly his final visit to Garden

    February 10, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Paul Pierce started his career in the shadows of Celtics legends.When his career ends - possibly one day soon - his name will surely be among them.As Los Angeles Clippers forward prepared to play what may be his final game in Boston's famed Garden on Wednesday night, 15 years of memories and the idea of it maybe being his final visit here hung over ''The Truth'' as well.

  • Rose back in Bulls' lineup against Hawks after missing game

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose is in the Chicago Bulls' lineup Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks after missing a game because of soreness.The 2011 MVP point guard was a late scratch from Monday's loss at Charlotte because of soreness. Rose is having one of his toughest seasons on the court, averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists. He is shooting just 40.9 percent overall and 24 percent on 3-pointers.

  • Kobe reflects on LeBron before final matchup in Cleveland

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kobe Bryant remembers giving a pair of his sneakers to LeBron James as a gift and offering the teenager some advice.The years in between have passed in a blur.On his final visit to Cleveland to play against James on Wednesday night, Bryant reflected on his relationship with a player who once hung a poster of him on his bedroom wall in Akron, Ohio, and has grown into a valued friend.

  • Sacramento coach Karl says meeting with GM Divac positive

    February 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sacramento Kings coach George Karl said Wednesday he has a positive outlook after meeting with team general manager Vlade Divac amid a losing streak and speculation about his job.Karl said before the Kings-76ers game in Philadelphia that he and Divac are on the same page.

  • Arena League in talks with Leonsis about Washington team

    February 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Commissioner Scott Butera says the Arena Football League is in ''serious negotiations'' with Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment about bringing a team to Washington.Butera confirmed a Washington Post report that the Arena Football League had a strong interest in the Washington area and is in talks with Monumental. Butera said in a phone interview on Wednesday that the goal would be to have a team in place for the 2017 season.

  • US adds Blazers' Lillard to Olympic basketball roster pool

    February 10, 2016

    Portland guard Damian Lillard has been added to the U.S. national basketball team pool, giving the Americans 31 players for 12 spots.Lillard fell just short of a place on the 2014 World Cup of Basketball roster and wasn't among the original 30 candidates for Rio de Janeiro announced last month. But he called USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo recently and said he wanted to remain involved in the program.

  • Impact Hack-a-Someone tactic having on NBA is growing issue

    February 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) San Antonio's first play of the 2008-09 season was designed and executed perfectly. Spurs' center Tim Duncan didn't bother jumping for the opening tap, conceding it to Phoenix's Shaquille O'Neal. Five seconds later, Michael Finley wrapped his arms around O'Neal for an intentional foul.

  • Wall has to work for recognition among top NBA point guards

    February 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Fresh off scoring 51 points against the Washington Wizards, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry praised John Wall, who dropped a quiet 41 against the Warriors.''He's a top-tier point guard,'' Curry said, ''and it's like that - not his caliber every night - but obviously at the point guard position you're going to have some talent on the other side of the ball most nights.''

  • Sacramento coach Karl says meeting with Divac positive

    February 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sacramento Kings coach George Karl said Wednesday he has a positive outlook after meeting with team general manager Vlade Divac amid a losing streak and speculation about his job.Karl said before the Kings-76ers game in Philadelphia that he and Divac are on the same page.

  • Whiteside remains an enigma, and ejection won't help

    February 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside leads the NBA in blocked shots, ranks fifth league-wide in rebounds per game and has all three of Miami's triple-doubles this season.That's a most impressive resume, all sure to help his cause this summer when he's in line for his first enormous contract.

  • Grizzlies Gasol out indefinitely with broken right foot

    February 9, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot after an MRI exam found the fracture earlier Tuesday.The Grizzlies said in a statement that Gasol was examined by team physicians Tuesday morning.

  • NBA to teams: No Hack-a-Shaq on inbounds passer

    February 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA teams need to keep Hack-a-Shaq on the court, not the sideline.The league sent a memo to teams and referees Tuesday clarifying that intentionally fouling a player inbounding the ball will be a delay of game violation - and possibly a technical foul.

  • Clippers suspend Blake Griffin 4 games without pay for punch

    February 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay on Tuesday for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward's pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand.In all, Griffin will lose 9,442 from his season salary of ,907,725.

  • Heat retiring Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey next season

    February 9, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Shaquille O'Neal helped the Miami Heat put up their first championship banner, and soon another banner will sway over the team's home floor in his honor.The Heat announced Tuesday that they will retire O'Neal's No. 32 at the beginning of next season on a still-to-be-determined date. He becomes the third player to get such a designation from the Heat, joining Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway.

  • Bulls guard Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee sprain

    February 9, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a strained left knee and will be replaced in this weekend's All-Star Game by Chicago teammate Pau Gasol.The Bulls said Tuesday that Butler has begun rehabbing his knee and will focus on conditioning over the next few weeks. He was injured during Friday night's game at Denver.

  • George Karl remains the Kings coach - for now

    February 9, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) George Karl remains the coach of the Sacramento Kings - for now.General manager Vlade Divac said in a statement Tuesday that Karl ''is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues.''Sacramento is 21-31 and on a four-game losing streak. The Kings have lost eight of 10 going into Wednesday night's game in Philadelphia.

  • Marv Albert gets contract extension to call NBA on TNT

    February 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with TNT to call NBA games.Albert will no longer work the NCAA Tournament under the new deal announced Tuesday. Turner Sports' NBA broadcasters have been part of the college basketball postseason during the company's partnership with CBS. But Albert says four games a day in the early rounds was too much strain on his voice, forcing him to take off some NBA telecasts to recover.

  • James, Irving lead Cavaliers past Kings 120-100

    February 8, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came close to his 40th career triple-double several times this season.The four-time MVP got there in three quarters Monday night.James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings.

  • Johnson hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Nets beat Nuggets 105-104

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Johnson has been known as a clutch player during his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets and he came through again Monday night.Johnson's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets.''The play wasn't designed for me because we were only down two,'' Johnson said. ''It was designed to try to get Brook (Lopez) the ball in the paint and get a layup or easy deuce and go into overtime.

  • Warriors center Festus Ezeli undergoes left knee surgery

    February 8, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.The defending NBA champions said Ezeli's operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

  • Love returns to Cavaliers' lineup after missing 1 game

    February 8, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will return to the lineup after missing a game because of a bruised left thigh.Cleveland hosts Sacramento on Monday night.Love sat out for the first time this season on Saturday in a win over New Orleans. He was injured in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Boston and didn't return.

  • Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job

    February 8, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1 1/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else.Fisher was fired Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

  • Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis interim head coach

    February 8, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach at least through the rest of the season. Rambis, like Fisher an ex-Laker player, went 56-145 in two seasons as Minnesota's coach.

  • New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher.

  • Parker to play with France despite wife's pregnancy

    February 8, 2016

    PARIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker says he has reached an understanding with his pregnant wife that will allow him to take part in France's Olympic qualifying tournament this summer.Parker had raised the possibility of missing the tournament from July 4-10 and the Olympics - if France qualified - because of the expected birth of his second son in July.

  • Chuck, Shaq, Kenny offer fresh ideas for All-Star weekend

    February 8, 2016

    The Splash Brothers have turned the 3-point contest into must-see TV. Zach LaVine made the dunk contest cool again.When the NBA convenes All-Star weekend in Toronto beginning on Friday, the league's annual ''midseason'' showcase will be as strong top to bottom as it has been in some time. But that doesn't mean there couldn't be ways to add more flavor and different twists to keep things fresh.

  • Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken left hand

    February 7, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.Rivers was hurt during the Clippers' home game against Minnesota on Wednesday, and the injury was originally diagnosed as a bruise. But when the pain persisted, further exams were performed, and the break was found.

  • NBA reviewing if jump-on-back foul should be flagrant

    February 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is reviewing whether the act of jumping on a player's back to intentionally foul him should be interpreted as a flagrant foul.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that a memo from the NBA said that act would now be ruled as a flagrant 1 foul. But a league spokesman says there has been no rule change, only that league officials are discussing how the play should be interpreted.

  • Blakeney's 31 points leads LSU past Miss. St., 88-77

    February 6, 2016

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points, and LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory over struggling Mississippi State on Saturday night.Blakeney, a freshman whose previous single-game high was 22 points, hit 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers. It was easily Blakeney's best outing against a team from a major conference and exactly what LSU (15-8, 8-2) expected when it recruited last season's Florida high school player of the year.

  • Bulls' Butler has strained left knee, no ligament damage

    February 6, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When All-Star guard Jimmy Butler elevated during the second quarter of a game against Denver on Friday night, he heard a pop in his left knee - the last noise any basketball player wants to hear. The Chicago Bulls braced for the worst when Butler went in for an MRI exam.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Love out with bruised left thigh

    February 6, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss his first game of the season because of a bruised left thigh.Cleveland hosts New Orleans on Saturday night. Love is averaging 15.9 points and 10.5 rebounds.Love was injured while boxing out for a rebound in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Boston and didn't return. He was on the floor for several moments before being helped to the locker room.

  • NBA All-Star weekend: A primer on what to watch in Toronto

    February 6, 2016

    Hockey and Toronto are synonymous, with the sport's Hall of Fame being housed there and the Maple Leafs being one of the NHL's ''Original Six'' franchises. And sports like baseball, rugby, yachting and curling all have history in the city going back to the 19th century.

  • Bulls' Butler wheeled off court with knee injury

    February 5, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was wheeled off the court late in the second quarter Friday night at Denver after apparently aggravating a left knee injury.Butler was fouled near the basket by the Nuggets' Joffrey Lauvergne and fell awkwardly to the floor with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter. He was examined by medical personnel before getting to his feet and gingerly making his way to the foul line, where he made one of the two free throws.

  • Postponed Jazz-Wizards game rescheduled for Feb. 18

    February 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards will make up their game postponed by last month's snowstorm on Thursday, Feb. 18.The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 but was cancelled when the Washington area got more than two feet of snow.

  • Reigning dunk champ LaVine: 'I've got tricks up my sleeve'

    February 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine came to All-Star weekend in New York last year as an under-the-radar rookie toiling away for one of the league's worst teams. He left as the Savior of Slam after a scintillating performance breathed new life into the dunk contest.

  • Curry to defend 3-point title, big men in Skills Challenge

    February 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown.Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Draymond Green and Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in that event, which combines dribbling, passing and 3-point shooting and traditionally is made up of guards. Boston All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defending champion Patrick Beverley of Houston, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson and CJ McCollum of Portland round out the field.

  • Detroit's Caldwell-Pope out with groin injury against Knicks

    February 4, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is out for Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks with a right groin strain.Caldwell-Pope left the game in Wednesday's loss at Boston after he appeared to slip on a wet spot on the court late in the second quarter. Coach Stan Van Gundy said he had an MRI and would be evaluated by doctors Thursday night.

  • Spurs star Ginobili out at least a month with groin injury

    February 4, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team's win over New Orleans earlier this week.Ginobili was injured with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night. New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson had his back turned to Ginobili as he was working toward the basket when he spun quickly and struck the 38-year-old guard squarely in the groin with his right knee.

  • Obama salutes NBA champs at White House

    February 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with what he described as a ''small-ball nuclear lineup'' that specializes in great shooting and passing.

  • Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions

    February 4, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix -a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown.The 6ix, referring to the city's six jurisdictions, is just one of several nicknames for Canada's largest city and financial hub, along with T-dot, Toranna and Toronto the Good. And don't forget (hash)WeTheNorth, the marketing slogan promoted by Toronto's basketball team, the Raptors. Whatever you call it, Toronto's multicultural, cosmopolitan vibe is likely to warm you up so fast that you'll be thinking (hash)YouTheNorth before you know it.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

    February 4, 2016

    DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (bit.ly/1TG5igD) that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.

  • Mavs' Williams out against Heat after injuring hip at Hawks

    February 3, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be out against Miami on Wednesday night after injuring his right hip in the previous game at Atlanta.Dallas is also without backup guard Devin Harris, who will miss his sixth straight game with left big toe sprain. It's the same toe that required surgery before the 2013-14 season.

  • Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee

    February 3, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee.According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, Walker's knee problems developed during the Hornets' road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • Clippers waiting on results of NBA's Griffin inquiry

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers will decide whether Blake Griffin joins them for the team's upcoming road trip after the NBA announces the results of its investigation of the star forward's punching of an assistant equipment manager.Griffin broke his shooting hand in the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto between him and Matias Testi. Both men were sent back to Los Angeles, and Griffin hasn't been at Staples Center for the team's recent home games against the Lakers and Bulls.

  • Clippers sign F Jeff Ayres to 2nd 10-day contract

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres to a second 10-day contract.He has had two points and two rebounds in three games with the team.Ayres had been playing with the Idaho Stampede in the NBA's D-League, averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23 games.

  • Suns' T.J. Warren out for season with broken foot

    February 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The fading Phoenix Suns got more bad news Tuesday. T.J. Warren is out for the season with a broken right foot.The 6-foot-8, 22-year-old smooth-scoring forward, the 14th overall pick out of North Carolina State in the 2014 draft, appeared in 47 games, averaging 11 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He was shooting 50 percent from the field and was part of the team's promising young trio that included Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin.

  • Garnett offers endorsement of interim coach Sam Mitchell

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) As the losses keep piling up for the young Minnesota Timberwolves and the scrutiny increases on interim coach Sam Mitchell, franchise star Kevin Garnett is throwing his support behind his longtime friend.Garnett approached reporters at shootaround before the Timberwolves played the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and offered his endorsement of Mitchell as the right coach to lead the building process around 20-year-olds Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

  • Suns GM McDonough says team wasn't responding to Hornacek

    February 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren't responding to him.Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the youngest coach in the NBA.It's a rapid rise for Watson, who retired as a player in 2014 after 13 seasons in the NBA. He spent one season as assistant coach of the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League before Hornacek hired him as an assistant this season.

  • Kings cancel Lunar New Year promo after Cousins complains

    February 2, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings cancelled a Lunar New Year promotional giveaway after DeMarcus Cousins complained it was insensitive on the first day of Black History Month.The Kings were set to give away T-shirts commemorating the Chinese Year of the Monkey, which starts on Feb. 8, at the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The shirts sported the image of a purple monkey.

  • NBA suspends Rockets' Dwight Howard for Miami game

    February 2, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA suspended Rockets center Dwight Howard for Tuesday night's game against Miami for touching an official during a loss over the weekend.The league said the one-game suspension without pay was for ''striking the arm of a game official'' late in Saturday's 123-122 home loss to Washington. Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff was also fined ,000 for public criticism of the officiating after the game.

  • Tony Parker could miss Olympics because of wife's pregnancy

    February 2, 2016

    PARIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker could miss the Olympics because of the expected birth of his second son.Parker told French radio station RMC that his wife is due at the end of July, shortly after France's Olympic qualifying tournament from July 4-10. The Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro will be held from Aug. 6-21.

  • Hayward has 27 points, 12 rebounds as Jazz beat Bulls in OT

    February 2, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Rodney Hood added 19 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 105-96 in overtime on Monday night.Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Utah win its third straight.Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and Pau Gasol added 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Chicago. Derrick Rose chipped in 14 for the Bulls, who lost for the third time in four games.

  • Pelicans guard Evans ruled out vs. Memphis

    February 1, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans has been ruled out for New Orleans' matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, marking the third straight game he has missed because of right knee tendinitis.Earlier Monday, coach Alvin Gentry predicted Evans was ''probably not going to play,'' even as he stressed Evans probably was capable of playing through the pain.

  • McCollum expands his media career while inspiring kids

    February 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) While many athletes figure they'll pursue media careers after their playing days are over, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees no reason why he can't have it all now.McCollum is a media mogul in the making, with a radio show along with a series of articles to his name. He's also mentoring aspiring young journalists through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the NBA.

  • CJ McCollum expands his media career while inspiring kids

    February 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) While many athletes figure they'll pursue media careers after their playing days are over, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees no reason why he can't have it all now.McCollum is a media mogul in the making, with a radio show along with a series of articles to his name. He's also mentoring aspiring young journalists through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the NBA.

  • Stoudemire giving Heat a lift when they've needed it most

    February 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) This is what the Miami Heat envisioned when they got Amare Stoudemire to agree to a free agent deal last summer. In short, they would use him when needed.And right now, he's needed.Miami's season was teetering on the brink a week ago, with losses and injuries piling up. But the Heat have since won four straight games, Stoudemire starting them all in place of injured center Hassan Whiteside and helping Miami get back on track. Stoudemire posted season-highs of 13 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in Miami's most recent win, a 105-87 romp over Atlanta on Sunday night.

  • Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

    February 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns' season has been swirling rapidly down the drain for weeks and Jeff Hornacek must have known his days as coach were numbered.The Suns finally fired him after the team ran its road losing streak to 14 games with a loss at Dallas on Sunday night.

  • AP source: Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

    February 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, with the team mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history.A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Hornacek was dismissed after the team's 91-78 loss at Dallas on Sunday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the firing had not been announced.

  • Warriors roll into February, and Thursday to the White House

    February 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) They feel like the dog days of the NBA season, the January games that are months from the ones teams really want to be playing.Steve Kerr has been part of the some of the league's greatest teams, so he knows how tough January can be.Yet for his Golden State Warriors, it didn't turn out that tough at all.

  • Wade keeps climbing up NBA's career scoring list

    January 31, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade doesn't keep track of his milestones.He does, however, enjoy hearing about them.Wade kept climbing up the NBA's career scoring list Sunday when the Miami Heat star had 17 points to tie Bernard King for 42nd in league history. They both have 19,655 points, though Wade got there in 48 fewer games.

  • Chick Hearn's widow, Marge Hearn, dies at 98

    January 31, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Marge Hearn, the widow of Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, has died. She was 98.The team said in a statement Sunday that she died of natural causes on Saturday.''Marge was like everybody's mom - a Laker mom, as far as I'm concerned,'' said Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played 11 seasons for the Lakers and helped them win three titles.

  • Fournier scores 24, Gordon 22 as Magic rally to beat Celtics

    January 31, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over the Boston Celtics.Rookie Mario Hezonja scored 17 points, Tobias Harris had 16 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic.

  • Mavs' Nowitzki sits to rest vs Suns to start back-to-back

    January 31, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki skipped the game against Phoenix on Sunday night to rest on the front end of a back-to-back and the first of five games in seven nights for Dallas.Coach Rick Carlisle said the decision was based on the schedule, not recent right knee swelling that forced the 37-year-old Nowitzki to miss a game.

  • Wizards coach Wittman to miss 2 games after brother's death

    January 31, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman will miss his team's next two games following his brother's death.Assistant Don Newman will assume head coaching duties in Wittman's absence for games Monday night at Oklahoma City and Wednesday night against defending-champion Golden State.

  • Pelicans' Davis cleared to play vs. Nets after concussion

    January 30, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will play Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets after clearing the NBA's concussion protocol,Davis left the Pelicans' 112-111 loss to Houston on Monday after his head collided with teammate Tyreke Evans' elbow in the second quarter. He was sidelined for just one game, a nine-point win over Sacramento.

  • Hawks' Millsap listed as probable with left ankle sprain

    January 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is listed as probable for Sunday's game at Miami with a left ankle sprain.Millsap hurt his ankle in the second quarter of Thursday's loss at Indiana when he stepped on another player's foot. He did not play in the second half and finished with a season-low four points.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist returns against Trail Blazers

    January 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made his return after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.The team's top defender started against the Trail Blazers in Portland. He played a surprising 33 minutes in his first game back, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds in a 109-91 loss.

  • Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 116-108

    January 29, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook's sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.Westbrook finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the 25th triple-double of his career.

  • Rivers: Griffin 'feels awful' about punching incident

    January 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin's punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA's inquiry, which could come early next week.Griffin wasn't at Friday night's game against the Lakers and neither was assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, whom the star forward punched at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23. Griffin broke his right shooting hand and will be out another four-to-six weeks after not playing since Dec. 26 because of a different injury.

  • Celtics little big man Thomas enjoying All-Star selection

    January 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas didn't come into the NBA with elevated hype.So it shouldn't be a surprise that the first player 5-foot-9 or smaller to earn an All-Star selection since 1979 doesn't mind keeping a low profile.The Celtics point guard says it's just the first of many goals he has set for himself.

  • Yao to help instruct at Basketball without Borders camp

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA great Yao Ming will help provide instruction at the Basketball without Borders camp during All-Star weekend in Toronto.Current players Danilo Gallinari of Denver, Bruno Caboclo and Bismack Biyombo of the hometown Raptors, Greivis Vasquez of Milwaukee and Jeremy Lamb of Charlotte also will work at the Feb. 12-14 camp at Mattamy Athletic Centre.

  • Anthony, Porzingis back in Knicks' lineup; Calderon out

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are back in the lineup for the New York Knicks in their game Friday night against Phoenix.Jose Calderon remains out with a groin injury, so Langston Galloway will start in his place.Anthony has missed two straight games with a sore left knee, and Porzingis joined him on the sidelines Thursday in a loss at Toronto because of an upper respiratory illness.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist to return against Trail Blazers

    January 29, 2016

    Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is set to return after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.The Hornets said their top defender has been cleared to play and will be in uniform Friday night against the Trail Blazers in Portland.

  • Suns sign high-scoring D-League player McRae

    January 29, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed high-scoring NBA Development League player Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract.McRae set a D-League record by scoring 61 points for the Delaware 87ers in a 130-123 overtime victory over the Canton Charge on Tuesday night. He made 21 of 34 shots and 16 of 18 free throws.

  • Green, Thompson picked, giving Warriors 3 NBA All-Stars

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were picked Thursday for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Houston's James Harden, San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge, the Clippers' Chris Paul and New Orleans' Anthony Davis were also chosen for the West squad for the Feb. 14 game in Toronto.

  • Pelicans' Davis, Evans out; Kings coach Karl out sick

    January 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says starting forward Anthony Davis and starting point guard Tyreke Evans will sit out Thursday night's game against Sacramento.The Kings, meanwhile, will be without coach George Karl, who has a stomach illness. Associate head coach Chad Iske is taking over for Karl on the sidelines.

  • New technology to virtually light up 3-point line on ABC

    January 28, 2016

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) The 3-point line will virtually light up during Saturday prime-time NBA broadcasts on ABC this season.ESPN said Thursday that it is using new technology to show viewers when a player attempts a jumper from beyond the 3-point arc. ''ESPN Virtual 3'' will debut for Saturday's matchup between the Cavaliers and Spurs.

  • JPMorgan Chase buys naming rights for future Warriors arena

    January 28, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts says the team has reached a naming-rights deal with JPMorgan Chase for a new arena to be built in San Francisco.The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1JGTR67) Welts said Wednesday the 18,000-seat arena will be called the Chase Center. It is set to open by the 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Dennis Rodman to headline Philadelphia's Wing Bowl

    January 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will appear at Philadelphia's bawdy Wing Bowl eating contest.WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi made the announcement Thursday on his sports radio show, calling Rodman ''politically incorrect like the event itself.''

  • Pistons' owner pledges M to help resolve Flint water woes

    January 28, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Tom Gores, a Flint native and owner of the Detroit Pistons, is pledging to raise million to address the short- and long-term needs of his Michigan hometown, where the drinking water is contaminated with lead.Gores said in a statement Thursday that he's appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify priorities in Flint.

  • Sting to perform halftime show at NBA All-Star Game

    January 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Sting is trading ''Fields of Gold'' for a court of all-stars.The Grammy-winning artist known for hits like ''Roxanne'' and ''Desert Rose'' will perform the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

  • Cavs' Lue clinches All-Star spot after just 3 games

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Just three games in and Tyronn Lue is already an All-Star coach.The new Cleveland coach will lead the Eastern Conference at next month's NBA All-Star Game, clinching the spot following the Cavaliers' 115-93 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday.

  • Clippers' Redick to host weekly podcast

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Maybe J.J. Redick will tell the story of Blake Griffin's fight in Toronto.Redick will become the first active NBA player to host a regular podcast, it was announced Wednesday.''The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick'' will debut Tuesday and publish new episodes each Tuesday.

  • Popovich eager for Spurs to earn 'street cred'

    January 27, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are a boring team, Gregg Popovich acknowledges - though their fiery coach said it's nothing a few bar fights couldn't fix.Popovich made the joke in light of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin breaking a bone in his right hand during a fight at a Toronto restaurant on Saturday. Griffin will be out for four to six weeks after twice punching Clippers assistant manager Matias Testi following a disagreement between the longtime friends.

  • Bulls' Mirotic has appendix out, expected back after break

    January 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls expect forward Nikola Mirotic to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following surgery Wednesday to remove his appendix.The team says Mirotic was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and that the operation at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center ''went as expected.'' Mirotic did not accompany the Bulls to Los Angeles, where they start a seven-game trip against the Lakers on Thursday night. He figures to miss at least eight games, with the All-Star break scheduled for Feb. 12-14.

  • Wolves' Wiggins and Towns, Knicks' Porzingis in Rising Stars

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves will play on opposite teams in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend.New York Knicks rookie star Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia will join Wiggins on the World team for the Feb. 12 game in Toronto - Wiggins' hometown. Wiggins won Rookie of the Year honors last year, and Towns and Porzingis are the leading candidates this season.

  • Spurs' Popovich to coach West in NBA All-Star Game

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) San Antonio's Gregg Popovich will coach the NBA's West All-Stars, even though Golden State has the best record in the conference.With the Warriors' Steve Kerr ineligible because he coached last year and Luke Walton not receiving official credit for the team's early success, Popovich earned the nod as West coach for the fourth time.

  • LeBron says criticism he undermines coaches is unfair

    January 27, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James disdains the notion he's a coach killer.Widely criticized in basketball circles for a perception that he pushed for Cleveland's front office to fire David Blatt last week, James said the criticism that he undercuts coaches is unfair.

  • Short-handed Clippers hold off Pacers comeback for 91-89 win

    January 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Clippers forward Blake Griffin watched his teammates win Tuesday night, then apologized for why he wasn't there to help.Shortly after Los Angeles fended off a late charge for a 91-89 victory at Indiana, Griffin used his Twitter account to say he regretted being sent home after breaking his shooting hand by punching a Clippers staff member during a road trip. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which could keep him out of the Feb. 14 All-Star Game in Toronto if he is to be chosen as backup.

  • Lakers' Scott: Fighting words on Instagram weren't from me

    January 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott claims he didn't post a comment on his Instagram account apparently threatening to fight a fan.Before the Lakers faced Dallas on Tuesday night, Scott said he doesn't know who wrote the comment on the since-deleted post, which showed the coach working out at a boxing gym.

  • Kidd returns to Bucks sideline

    January 26, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Coach Jason Kidd returned to the sideline Tuesday night for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery last month when the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Orlando Magic.The Bucks went 8-9 in Kidd's absence. The surgery was Dec. 21 in New York and assistant coach Joe Prunty served as interim head coach beginning Dec. 23.

  • Spurs-Warriors matchup sets NBA TV viewing record

    January 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's victory over San Antonio in a showdown of the league's top teams was the most-watched telecast ever on NBA TV.The network says the game averaged 1.4 million viewers Monday night, peaking at 1.7 million viewers between 11:15-11:30 p.m. EST.

  • Knicks' Anthony out against Thunder with sore left knee

    January 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is missing the Knicks' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sore left knee.Anthony began feeling pain in his surgically repaired knee last week after New York played a double-overtime and an overtime game. He played just 29 minutes Saturday in a loss at Charlotte, and though both he and the Knicks hoped he would return Tuesday, coach Derek Fisher says the team's leading scorer was still feeling soreness.

  • Old-school Wolves coach tries to reach a new-school roster

    January 26, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In his first three months being coached by Sam Mitchell, Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Zach LaVine has endured it all. Position switches, benching, yelling, pushing, prodding, all methods Mitchell employs to mold a 20-year-old in his second season.

  • Favors returns to Jazz, eyes playoff push

    January 26, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz were relieved to learn Derrick Favors woke up Tuesday without pain. That hasn't been the case for a month.Favors returned to the lineup Monday after a 16-game absence due to pain in his lower back and hip. He scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes. Favors had been the team's best player in the early part of the season, armed with a new midrange jumper to go with an already developed post game.

  • Bulls' Noah expects to make full recovery from surgery

    January 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Joakim Noah expects to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery. Beyond that, the Bulls' veteran center is not sure what the future holds.Noah attended practice Tuesday after returning to Chicago on Monday night following surgery in New York last week to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking hand

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member during a road trip.The star forward underwent a procedure and was treated by an orthopedic surgeon after returning early to Los Angeles from the five-game trip, the team said Tuesday. He has a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

  • Clippers' Griffin out 4-to-6 weeks after breaking hand

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin fractured a bone in his right hand while throwing a punch in an altercation with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers' staff on the road and will be out at least a month.The team said Griffin underwent a procedure on his hand Tuesday after being sent back to Los Angeles from the Clippers' five-game road trip. They are in Indianapolis to play the Pacers on Tuesday night.

  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal has broken nose and concussion

    January 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal sustained a broken noise and a concussion after getting hit in the face by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Smart and will miss Tuesday night's game at the Toronto Raptors.The team listed Beal as day-to-day.

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin injures hand in altercation on road

    January 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Griffin hurt his hand in an altercation with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers' staff on the team's current road trip and will be sidelined just as he was nearing a return from another injury.Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that the team would be releasing a statement about the incident and that it would be addressed more fully before the Clippers' evening game in Indianapolis. A team spokesman confirmed the altercation, but provided no further details.

  • Bulls G Derrick Rose exits with back, hamstring injuries

    January 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose has left Chicago's game against the Miami Heat with lower back and right hamstring injuries.Rose, who scored four points in 13 first-half minutes Monday night, did not start the second half. The Bulls announced early in the third quarter that he would not return.

  • Anthony Davis leaves game with concussion

    January 25, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis suffered a concussion Monday night after he collided with teammate Tyreke Evans late in the first half.Davis and Evans were going for a defensive rebound with about a minute left in the second quarter when Evans unintentionally elbowed Davis, who fell to the floor as Houston picked up the loose ball. Play was stopped after the Rockets scored, and after trainers looked at him for a couple of minutes, Davis walked slowly to the locker room. The team announced in the third quarter that Davis had suffered the concussion.

  • Davis leaves game after taking blow to the head

    January 25, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis left Monday's game against Houston with a minute left in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head in a collision with teammate Tyreke Evans.The Pelicans said he was doubtful to return.

  • Timberwolves' Garnett out with sore knee

    January 25, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett has been ruled out for the Timberwolves' game at Cleveland because of a sore right knee.Garnett left in the first half of Saturday's 106-101 victory over Memphis. Coach Sam Mitchell says he is day to day.

  • Bucks welcoming coach Jason Kidd back from hip surgery

    January 25, 2016

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Jason Kidd figures that he will have a higher cellphone bill after getting stuck at home while recuperating from hip surgery.The Milwaukee Bucks coach would reach out to his staff while the team by sending a lot of text messages.

  • Warriors, Spurs on historic winning paces this season

    January 25, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) There's never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games.Golden State and San Antonio might change that.With the season now past the midway point the Warriors are chasing a repeat title, the Spurs are chasing the Warriors, and they're both chasing history. When the teams meet Monday at Golden State for the first of their four regular-season matchups, the Warriors will enter with a .909 winning percentage - on pace to be the best in NBA history - while the Spurs are at .864.

  • Warriors put 38-game home win streak on line against Spurs

    January 24, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even with that NBA-record 24-0 start, Stephen Curry and Co. can't shake the San Antonio Spurs.Now, the defending champion Golden State Warriors finally get to face the team chasing them in the Western Conference in a Monday night showdown anticipated for months pitting the past two NBA title teams.

  • Houston's Howard out for 2nd straight game with ankle injury

    January 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Dwight Howard was out Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks for a second straight game with a left ankle sprain.Howard was injured in the first minute of Wednesday's game and sat out on Friday.The center had been playing well before the injury and had 10 straight double-doubles entering Wednesday's game.

  • Storm pushes back Sunday's Thunder-Nets game by 4 hours

    January 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has pushed back the starting time of Sunday's game in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder because of the blizzard that walloped much of the East Coast.The league says the game originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center will now be played at 7:30 p.m.

  • Spurs' quiet star Kawhi Leonard ready for Curry, Warriors

    January 24, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) On a team that prides itself on humility, efficiency and selflessness, Kawhi Leonard is the most Spur-like of them all.Tim Duncan's stoicism has been spoofed in commercials and memes, but Leonard makes the veteran seem positively animated in comparison. A big dunk or key play? Leonard might give a small fist pump, maybe a slight clap of his hands.

  • Cousins scores career high 48 as Kings beat Pacers 108-97

    January 24, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) DeMarxus Cousins might finally be becoming the consistent and controlled star player the Sacramento Kings have been hoping he'd be.Cousins had a career high 48 points and 13 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 108-97 Saturday night for their season-high fifth straight win.

  • Cavs coach Lue says fired David Blatt should coach All-Stars

    January 23, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants his former boss to be rewarded for what he did this season.Lue said he would like to see David Blatt, who was fired on Friday by Cleveland despite a 30-11 record this season, coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game next month.

  • Hornets C Zeller out again, could be 'out for a little bit'

    January 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says center Cody Zeller will not play against the New York Knicks and could be ''out for a little bit'' with a strained right shoulder.Clifford said a timetable for Zeller's return might be known later Saturday night. It's the same shoulder Zeller had operated on earlier this year and kept him sidelined for a few months.

  • Clippers sign forward Jeff Ayres to 10-day contract

    January 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres to a 10-day contract.He has been playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA's D-League, averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23 games.Ayres has appeared in 220 career regular-season games with Portland, Indiana and San Antonio during his five-year NBA career, averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was on the Spurs' 2014 NBA championship team.

  • Settlement in Texas dispute over Tom Benson estate trust

    January 23, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A lawsuit in Texas involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly billion family estate trust has been settled.The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1lFwePG ) that the settlement was reached Friday. Terms are confidential. The dispute involved a trust left by Benson's first wife, who died in 1980.

  • Israeli NBA fans turn on Cavs after favorite son Blatt fired

    January 23, 2016

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly have far fewer fans in Israel after the firing of David Blatt.The shock announcement on Friday, despite the second-year coach leading the Cavs to the NBA Finals a year ago and to the top of the Eastern Conference this season, was taken personally by many fans in Israel, where the Boston-born Blatt made his name professionally, met his wife and raised his family.

  • LeBron, Cavs regroup after stunning coaching change

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Both knees wrapped in ice, LeBron James walked in a circle, waiting for his turn to speak with a larger-than-usual media contingent.First, though, it was new coach Tyronn Lue's turn to address the shocking developments of the past 24 hours in Cleveland.

  • LeBron says he was surprised by Cavs coaching change

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says he was as ''surprised and caught off-guard like everybody'' by the firing of Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who took his team to the NBA Finals last season.James says he agrees with general manager David Griffin's assessment that the Cavs aren't as connected as they need to be to chase a championship. James says it's not his concern that there's a perception he was behind the decision to fire Blatt, who was 83-40 in two seasons and has the Cavs atop the Eastern Conference.

  • Turnover: LeBron drops another coach as Cavs fire Blatt

    January 23, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) There's no debating LeBron James' greatness. That's a slam dunk.He's won two NBA titles, a pair of Olympic gold medals, four MVP awards, universal respect of his peers and the adulation of millions of basketball fans worldwide. At 31, and at the peak of his career, James has earned it all.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr wins return Friday against Pacers

    January 23, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had butterflies Friday night for his long-awaited season debut coaching the defending NBA champions.Then, he got right back to winning.Golden State's second-year coach knocked down a half-court shot in Cleveland earlier this week that pointed to him returning to full strength.

  • With Kerr back, NBA reviewing who will coach West All-Stars

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) With Steve Kerr back on the Golden State bench, the NBA is trying to determine who will coach the Western Conference All-Stars.Kerr returned from back surgery Friday, but is ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game after doing so last year. The league is deciding if Warriors assistant Luke Walton would be eligible.

  • East-leading Cavs fire David Blatt as coach in second season

    January 22, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Even after wins, and there were a bunch of them, the Cavaliers didn't celebrate. Everything was too easy for them, way too easy.Loaded with talent, they're lacking chemistry and cohesion. A championship roster without championship heart.

  • Cavs fire coach Blatt; promote top assistant Tyronn Lue

    January 22, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers weren't connected on or off the floor under coach David Blatt.On Friday, he paid the price for that lack of unity.Blatt was fired by general manager David Griffin, who didn't think the title-chasing Cavaliers were handling expectations well or acting like a championship team under the second-year coach. Despite Blatt taking them to the NBA Finals last season and a current 30-11 record, Griffin sensed his team was going in the wrong direction.

  • Column: Bryant's All-Star nod bumps more deserving player

    January 22, 2016

    Kobe Bryant gets to start one more All-Star Game.No complaints here.As one of the greatest players in NBA history, he deserved a proper send-off - especially since he'll have to spend the rest of his farewell season playing for one of the league's most abhorrent teams.

  • AP source: Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt in second season

    January 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) David Blatt's second NBA season seemed to be going better than his first. Now, it's over.Blatt was fired Friday by the title-chasing Cavaliers, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals last season, will be replaced by top assistant Tyronn Lue, according to the person, who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move.

  • AP source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt midway through second season

    January 22, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) AP source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt midway through second season.

  • Josh Smith traded from Clippers to Rockets

    January 22, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Josh Smith is headed back to Houston after the Los Angeles Clippers traded him to the Rockets on Friday.Smith finished last season with the Rockets before signing with the Clippers in the offseason. Houston also received the draft rights to forward/center Sergei Lishouk and cash considerations in the deal that gave Los Angeles draft rights to forward Maarty Leunen.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to return Friday against Pacers

    January 22, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had butterflies Friday night for his long-awaited season debut coaching the defending NBA champions.Sure, Golden State's second-year coach knocked down a half-court shot in Cleveland earlier this week that pointed to him returning to full strength.

  • Capitals, Wizards home games postponed because of blizzard

    January 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The NHL's Capitals and NBA's Wizards each had a home game postponed because of the blizzard hitting the Washington area.Friday night's scheduled game between the Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks was initially moved to an earlier start time, then put off entirely by the NHL. A makeup date was not announced immediately.

  • ABC begins NBA Saturday primetime schedule with Cavs-Bulls

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and ABC have big Saturday night plans.When Cleveland hosts Chicago this weekend, it marks the debut of a new prime-time schedule, packed with marquee matchups right between two days where ESPN already had nationally televised games.

  • Suns' Tucker leaves game with chest contusion

    January 22, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker left early in Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a chest bruise and will not return.Tucker, who started, was hurt when San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard collided with him on a drive and sent Tucker sprawling to the court. Tucker left the game with 5:57 left in the first quarter and didn't return for the rest of the half. He was ruled out at halftime.

  • Bucks' Kidd to resume coaching duties next week

    January 21, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say Jason Kidd is expected to resume his coaching duties next week.Kidd has been recovering from right hip surgery on Dec. 21. He has missed the last 15 games.The Bucks say Thursday that Kidd will be back on the sideline for their game Tuesday against Orlando.

  • Grizzlies sign Ryan Hollins to 10-day contract

    January 21, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed center Ryan Hollins to a 10-day contract on Thursday.Hollins is in his third stint with Memphis this season. He was in training camp but was waived before the start of the season. He re-signed Dec. 29 and played in four games before being waived again Jan. 7.

  • Hack-a-Shaq not pretty and often not effective, either

    January 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Imagine Kobe Bryant, late in his final All-Star Game, going basket for basket with LeBron James, fans in Toronto on their feet as the NBA's best put on a show.Suddenly, nowhere near the action, a Western Conference player wraps his arms around Detroit's Andre Drummond for an intentional foul.

  • Kobe top vote-getter; Leonard, Lowry NBA All-Star starters

    January 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game, and Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry made late moves to join him in the starting lineup.Leonard will start in his first All-Star Game and Lowry will start on his home court in Toronto after both made up ground in the final days of voting on Thursday.

  • Kobe looks back 10 years after his "mystical" 81-point game

    January 21, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant remembers exactly what he had to eat in the 24 hours before he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors 10 years ago Friday.The rest is a beautiful blur in the mind of a 20-year NBA veteran as he looks back on the most prolific, ridiculous individual night of his career.

  • Ex-NBA player Tate George sentenced to 9 years for fraud

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced in a New Jersey federal court Thursday to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme.A federal judge in Trenton also ordered George to pay .5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

  • ACC schedule takes hit because of approaching snowstorm

    January 21, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday moved two games involving No. 13 Virginia back a day because of forecasts for heavy snow.In Washington, the George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been rescheduled for Friday at noon instead of Saturday in hopes of avoiding the heavy storm.

  • Hawks co-owner Hill: Racial healing in Atlanta has started

    January 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) As one of the new faces in the Atlanta Hawks' ownership group, Grant Hill said Thursday he feels a mandate to ''do something amazing'' for the city.Given the circumstances that led to the sale of the team, Hill knows that means more than just trying to bring a championship to Atlanta.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for ex-NBA player George

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is back in a federal courtroom in New Jersey for sentencing.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Warriors Watch: Warriors pound Bulls 125-94, improve to 39-4

    January 21, 2016

    CHASING HISTORYHow the Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 43 games: 39-4.Last result: Beat Chicago 125-94.Next game: Host Indiana on Friday.1995-96 Bulls' record through 43 games: 40-3.

  • Nowitzki out Wednesday night for Mavericks

    January 20, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki is missing Dallas' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night because of fluid on the knee.Coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki would get treatment on the knee and he wasn't sure whether the 17-year veteran would miss more time. Chandler Parsons was scheduled to start at power forward in Nowitzki's place.

  • Heat guard Dwyane Wade out with shoulder soreness

    January 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards because of shoulder soreness.Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Wade, who played 21 minutes and scored two points in the Heat's win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, would test his shoulder before the game.

  • Mark Cuban defends daily fantasy sports industry

    January 20, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is defending the daily fantasy sports industry the Texas attorney general considers illegal.Addressing the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in Dallas on Wednesday, Cuban said Attorney General Ken Paxton's opinion is nonbinding but still ''kind of disappointing.'' He dismissed the contention of Paxton and officials of other states that daily fantasy sports are a game of chance.

  • Fraud sentencing for ex-NBA player George to resume

    January 20, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George could finally learn his sentence Thursday in a New Jersey fraud case.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Pelicans expect Gordon to miss 4-6 weeks

    January 20, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say Eric Gordon is expected to be out for four to six weeks following successful surgery Wednesday morning to repair his fractured right ring finger, which affects his shooting hand.The starting shooting guard was injured during the third quarter of New Orleans' 114-99 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night.

  • Forbes: Knicks worth billion, NBA revenues at record high

    January 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks are worth billion, highest in the NBA, according to Forbes.Forbes said Wednesday in its annual ranking of franchise valuations that the Knicks regained the top spot from the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a 20 percent value increase from 2015. It says the increase was driven by a new cable deal and the highest premium-seating revenue in the league.

  • Curry stays atop NBA jersey list, Porzingis debuts at No. 4

    January 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry is still on top in jersey sales and Kristaps Porzingis is already making a run at him.Curry remained No. 1 on the NBA's most popular jersey list on Wednesday, followed by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who moved up three spots in the final season he will wear his Los Angeles Lakers uniform before retiring.

  • NBA ex-player Tate George back in court for fraud sentencing

    January 20, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is in federal court in New Jersey for a sentencing hearing on fraud charges connected to an alleged Ponzi scheme.Wednesday's hearing in Trenton is a continuation of hearings that began in December.

  • Pacers' Mahinmi, Suns' Morris leave with injuries

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi left a game Tuesday night at Phoenix with a sprained left ankle and Suns forward Markieff Morris exited with a strained right shoulder.Mahinmi departed with 52.9 seconds left in the first half after falling awkwardly on his left leg going for a loose ball under the basket. He was ruled out for the second half after playing 11 minutes and not scoring.

  • NBA Commissioner Silver headlines forum on health, wellness

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will headline a forum next week to discuss solutions for better health and wellness.The ''Total Health Forum'' will be held Jan. 28 in Washington, where former NBA and WNBA players will join Silver, U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.

  • Suns forward Leuer out with back spasms

    January 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Jon Leuer was held out of the Phoenix Suns' game Tuesday night with back spasms.Leuer was injured during pregame warmups before Phoenix hosted the Indiana Pacers, and the team announced his absence at tipoff. He played 21 minutes in a reserve role on Sunday night at Minnesota in the Suns' most recent game.

  • Evans listed back in lineup for Pelicans vs Wolves

    January 19, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tyreke Evans has been listed as a starter for New Orleans' game Tuesday night against Minnesota after sitting out the Pelicans' loss at Memphis on Monday night with right knee soreness.Evans has been dealing with knee soreness for several weeks but has mostly played through it since missing a game at Dallas on Jan. 2.

  • Nuggets extend contract of GM Tim Connelly

    January 19, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed general manager Tim Connelly and assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas to multi-year contract extensions Tuesday.The team announced the deals, which include extensions for the rest of the front office staff.

  • Pistons making progress at midway point of regular season

    January 19, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Palace was packed all the way to its highest seats, and fans were roaring for Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups and the core of Detroit's 2004 championship team.They were cheering for the 2016 Pistons, too, as they upset Golden State in a surprising rout.

  • Bulls' Noah has surgery on ailing left shoulder

    January 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah has undergone surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder.Coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at practice the procedure Tuesday morning was a success.The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Noah is expected to miss four to six months. Barring a quick recovery or deep playoff run, he might have played his last game for the Bulls given his expiring contract.

  • Lin, Curry, Harden in NBA TV spot for Chinese New Year

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a TV spot featuring Jeremy Lin, Stephen Curry and James Harden.The ad is called ''Dining Table'' and shows the stars sharing a New Year meal with a Chinese family. It is being broadcast until Feb. 22 across all of NBA China's television and digital partners' platforms.

  • Cavaliers staggered by blowout loss to champion Warriors

    January 19, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland's locker room finally opened nearly 25 minutes after a seismic loss to the NBA champions. David Blatt turned right and headed down the hallway.''Coach on the move,'' a security officer said into his walkie-talkie.Blatt stopped in a side room to field questions.

  • Hornets F Kidd-Gilchrist cleared for full-contact practice

    January 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice.The team did not release a timetable for when Kidd-Gilchrist will play again.The 6-foot-7 small forward suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct. 3 in a preseason game at Orlando and underwent successful surgery three days later. He has participated in non-contact practice for the past two weeks.

  • Detroit's Caldwell-Pope ejected in 3rd quarter

    January 18, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been ejected from the Pistons' game against the Chicago Bulls after receiving two technical fouls in the third quarter.Caldwell-Pope was called for a foul in the final seconds of the quarter, and then was given a technical, apparently for arguing. He also received a technical earlier in the period.

  • Magic guard Victor Oladipo sidelined by knee sprain

    January 18, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Orlando guard Victor Oladipo has been ruled out for the Magic's game at Atlanta due to a sprained knee.With the Magic uncertain how long Oladipo will be sidelined, rookie guard Keith Appling was signed to a 10-day contract from the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks.

  • Title-winning Bulls assistant Johnny Bach dies at age 91

    January 18, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Johnny Bach, whose defensive expertise as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson helped the Chicago Bulls win three NBA titles from 1991 to 1993, has died. He was 91.The Bulls confirmed the death Monday.Bach was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 1983-86 before joining the Bulls as an assistant. He also worked as an assistant for Charlotte, Detroit and Washington. He returned to the Bulls in 2003 and retired in 2006 after more than a half-century in coaching.

  • NBA commissioner wants to learn more about Pistons, downtown

    January 18, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver is noncommital about the possibility of the Detroit Pistons moving downtown.Silver and Pistons owner Tom Gores were in Detroit on Monday, when the team announced plans for a partnership at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, which supports youth in the Osborn community area. Silver was asked where the NBA stands on the possibility of the Pistons moving from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.

  • Hurting Heat return home - briefly - between long road trips

    January 18, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Miami Heat are home.It's a brief stopover.A six-game trip ended with a blowout defeat at Oklahoma City on Sunday night, and a one-game homestand - the Heat host Milwaukee on Tuesday - is all the Heat get before embarking on another long trip. They'll be in Miami less than 48 hours before heading out again, hardly enough time to solve all the injury and illness problems that are decimating the roster right now.

  • At 27, Durant becoming 1 of the 'old' guys in NBA

    January 18, 2016

    Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant plays the Minnesota Timberwolves three times in January, giving him three opportunities to meet up with Kevin Garnett, one of Durant's idols when he was growing up in the Washington, D.C. area.Durant has often spoke about how he looked up to Garnett as a kid and tried to pattern some of his game after the revolutionary power forward who made the jump straight from high school to the pros in 1995.

  • Harden scores 31 as Rockets rout Lakers 112-95

    January 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Houston Rockets toyed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half before showing what they can do when they are motivated and working on all cylindars.James Harden scored all of his 31 points in the first three quarters, and the Rockets pulled away from the Lakers with a pivotal run in the third en route to a 112-95 victory Sunday night.

  • Bulls' Noah future in doubt following left shoulder injury

    January 17, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Joakim Noah likely has played his last game this season. Now the question is whether the two-time All-Star has played his last game for the Chicago Bulls.Noah dislocated his left shoulder Friday and will undergo surgery. The team estimates the recovery period at four to six months, which means his season is probably over.

  • NBA fines Grizzlies' Barnes K for inappropriate comments

    January 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes ,000 for making ''inappropriate public comments'' condoning violence.The fine was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis beat the Knicks 103-95 in the teams' first meeting since the league suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with New York coach Derek Fisher in October.

  • Inconsistent Hawks showing only glimpses of last year's form

    January 17, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Korver stared at his sneakers, breaking into a slight smile as he thought back to a year ago.The Atlanta Hawks were in the midst of a perfect January and a 19-game winning streak. They were on the way to having four players and their coach claim spots in the All-Star Game. They were setting themselves up for a 60-win season and the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • Celtics' Crowder accuses Wizards coach of cursing

    January 16, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Boston forward Jae Crowder says Washington coach Randy Wittman used profanity toward him, leading to Crowder's technical foul during the Celtics' victory over the Wizards on Saturday night.Crowder made a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining to help Boston to a 119-117 victory.

  • Warriors Watch: Warriors get routed 113-95 by Pistons

    January 16, 2016

    CHASING HISTORYHow the Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 41 games: 37-4Last result: Lost to Detroit Pistons 113-95.Next game: At Cleveland, Monday night.

  • Pistons retire Ben Wallace's jersey, honoring 2004 NBA champ

    January 16, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Ben Wallace, one of the top defensive players in NBA history, had his No. 3 jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons.A clock tower ''DONG'' reverberated at The Palace as a white banner adorned with ''Wallace'' in blue and ''3'' in red rose to the rafters Saturday night at halftime of Detroit's game against the Golden State Warriors.

  • Bulls C Joakim Noah to have left shoulder surgery

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah needs surgery to stabilize his ailing left shoulder and likely will miss the rest of the season.The team said Saturday that the procedure will sideline Noah for four to six months. The details for the surgery and rehabilitation program have not been finalized.

  • Kobe passes torch, drops out of Rio Olympics consideration

    January 16, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant is passing the Olympic torch.Bryant revealed Saturday that he is removing himself from consideration for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, meaning the five-time NBA champion's retirement begins officially when his 20th and final season with the Los Angeles Lakers ends.

  • Bulls recall forward Felicio after Noah separates shoulder

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have recalled forward Cristiano Felicio from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League with Joakim Noah sidelined by a separated left shoulder.Noah was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday. He left in the second quarter Friday night against Dallas, in obvious pain after tangling with the Mavericks' JaVale McGee under the basket. Noah had been playing in his fourth game after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.

  • LeBron James hopes Manziel can turn things around

    January 16, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) LeBron James hopes Johnny Football can get back to the player he was in college.The Cavaliers superstar dropped Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel as a business client earlier this month after his numerous off-the-field issues. But he's still rooting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner to turn things around.

  • Bulls' Noah leaves game vs Mavs with separated left shoulder

    January 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Joakim Noah left the Bulls' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night after separating his left shoulder with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.Noah was in his fourth game back after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.

  • TNT plans special Martin Luther King Jr. Day pregame show

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) TNT will host its pregame show Monday from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, before the network televises the Golden State-Cleveland showdown.Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith will be on site at 7 p.m. EST and the one-hour program will feature interviews with King's children, Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and civil rights activists and politicians.

  • Heat G Wade out against Nuggets with shoulder injuries

    January 15, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was out of the lineup Friday against Denver with injuries to both shoulders.Coach Erik Spoelstra said one shoulder has a ''slight sprain and the other one is a little bit of an impingement issue that he's had.''

  • Suns guard Ronnie Price has surgery on right big toe

    January 15, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns guard Ronnie Price had surgery Friday on his right big toe.The Suns said Dr. Gus Armendariz performed the surgery in Phoenix to remove loose bodies from the toe.Price is averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 14.8 minutes in 34 games this season, his 11th in the NBA. He's expected to return to basketball activities in about a month.

  • Wallace looking forward to jersey retirement with Pistons

    January 15, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Ben Wallace understands the significance of a retired jersey and what it will mean for his legacy.''When that jersey goes up, all fans that come to the arena look up there. ... They want to know how those numbers get up there,'' Wallace said. ''I just feel honored and blessed to be one of those people that 20, 30 years from now, somebody's going to come into an arena and see that jersey and be like, `Who's that guy? What's his story?' I hope somebody remembers that story so they can help that fan out.''

  • Towns acclimates to new league, new life in Minnesota

    January 15, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Karl-Anthony Towns heads out in the Twin Cities, he drives a vehicle with big, red rims on it. He also likes to wear a bright orange winter coat.The No. 1 overall pick isn't much for keeping a low profile and, truth be told, there's not much of a way for a 7-footer to do that even if he wanted to.

  • Oladipo getting noticed for his off-court work as well

    January 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Orlando guard Victor Oladipo just had his highest-scoring game of the season, albeit in an overtime loss to Toronto on Thursday during the NBA's annual game in London.So on the court, seeing his impact is easy.Off the court, that's getting to be the case as well.

  • Kobe Bryant enjoying his farewell tour at every stop

    January 15, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) At every stop, in every road arena, Kobe Bryant is reflecting on 20 years of memories and many great games.He's enjoying every second of this farewell ride despite all the losing, which isn't exactly how he intended to go into retirement.

  • Emmert applauds student-athlete activism

    January 14, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert applauded student-athlete campus activism and said Thursday he's disappointed that member schools aren't hiring more women and minorities as coaches.Emmert's remarks came during his annual speech at the NCAA convention. He pressed member schools to keep improving academics, fairness and the health and safety of student-athletes.

  • LeBron James to produce, appear in new reality TV series

    January 14, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will co-produce and appear in a reality TV series called ''Cleveland Hustles.''James and his close friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, are producing the series that will debut this summer on CNBC. James also will make some cameo appearances.

  • LeBron James enters reality TV fray with 'Cleveland Hustles'

    January 14, 2016

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) LeBron James is getting into reality TV. Think business, not catfights.The NBA superstar is teaming with CNBC for ''Cleveland Hustles,'' scheduled to debut this summer. In the series, set in the city where he plays for the Cavaliers, James will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dreams while helping revitalize a neighborhood.

  • Anthony, Green in position to start in NBA All-Star Game

    January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony has inched past Detroit's Andre Drummond in voting for an Eastern Conference frontcourt spot, while Golden State's Draymond Green continues to hold his slim lead in the Western Conference in the final days of NBA All-Star balloting.

  • Silver says Paris could be future host city for NBA games

    January 14, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says Paris could be the next destination for an international NBA game.Speaking before the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic played in London on Thursday in the sixth regular-season game in the United Kingdom, Silver said he'd just emerged from a meeting with executives of AEG, who had proposed a game in Paris. The sports and entertainment company owns several teams and stadiums, including London's O2 Arena and the newly refurbished AccorHotels Arena in the French capital.

  • Pacers expect Stuckey to miss 2 weeks with injured foot

    January 14, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is expected to miss at least two weeks with an injured right foot.The team said he has been diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.Stuckey was injured during Tuesday's game against Phoenix and missed Wednesday's game at Boston. The Pacers host Washington on Friday.

  • Drake, Kevin Hart to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    January 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Drake is facing off against Kevin Hart on the court.The Canadian actor-rapper and the American actor-comedian will serve as the coaches for the Canada and USA teams at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.The ''Best I Ever Had''" singer's team will include Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Drew and Jonathan Scott of ''Property Brothers,'' tennis player Milos Raonic, actor-singer Kris Wu and NBA TV analyst Rick Fox.

  • Walker scores 23 as Hornets rout Hawks 107-84

    January 13, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Steve Clifford wasn't surprised that the Charlotte Hornets finally broke out of their seven-game losing streak Wednesday night.That it came against the Atlanta Hawks - well, that did catch the Hornets coach by surprise.''We've really struggled against them since I've been here, especially trying to defend them,'' Clifford said after Charlotte's 107-84 victory over the Hawks.

  • Pneumonia ends DeAndre Jordan's streak of 360 straight games

    January 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been scratched Wednesday night against Miami because of pneumonia, ending the NBA's longest active consecutive games streak at 360.Jordan last missed a game on March 23, 2011, after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia.

  • Goran Dragic sent home from Heat road trip with calf injury

    January 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat will miss at least three games with a strained left calf, and has been sent home from the team's road trip.Dragic won't play Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday in Denver and Sunday in Oklahoma City. The earliest he could return to the lineup is Tuesday when Miami hosts Milwaukee.

  • Knicks' Anthony out against Nets with sprained right ankle

    January 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony will miss the Knicks' game against Brooklyn because of a sprained right ankle.The Knicks' leading scorer was hurt Tuesday in a victory over Boston just before halftime. He started the second half but quickly realized he couldn't continue, leaving the game for good in the opening minute of the third quarter.

  • Judge orders Tom Benson to give deposition in family feud

    January 13, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A Texas judge has ordered New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson to give a deposition in a court battle over control of a Benson family estate trust worth almost billion.Bexar (pronounced BEAR) County Probate Judge Rom Rickhoff on Wednesday ordered a Jan. 21 deposition by the 88-year-old billionaire in San Antonio unless an earlier time and place can be agreed to.

  • Pelicans' Davis scratched again with bruised back

    January 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched power forward Anthony Davis from Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a bruised back.The two-time All-Star, who leads the club in scoring and rebounding, was injured when he dove over the first row of seats chasing a loose ball early in the Pelicans' 91-86 home loss to Indiana on Friday night.

  • Anthony leaves Knicks' game with sprained right ankle

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony has left the Knicks' game against Boston early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle and won't return.Anthony was hurt late in the first half when he appeared to roll his ankle after running into a referee while heading up the court. He started the second half but lasted just 20 seconds before leaving again.

  • Cavs trade guard Joe Harris to Magic for 2nd-round pick

    January 12, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers traded guard Joe Harris to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, a deal to save Cleveland money and create roster flexibility.In exchange for Harris, the Cavs will receive a second-round pick in 2017 and a protected second-round pick in 2020. Earlier on Tuesday, Harris underwent surgery on his right foot in Indianapolis and is expected to miss two months.

  • Cavs guard Mo Williams excused by team from game at Mavs

    January 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams was excused by the team from Tuesday night's game in Dallas to tend to a personal matter.Coach David Blatt said before that the game that Williams' absence wasn't basketball-related. The guard has been dealing with a thumb injury and missed his fifth consecutive game.

  • Pelicans F Pondexter to miss the remainder of the season

    January 11, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans general manager Dell Demps says forward Quincy Pondexter needs left knee surgery for the second time in a year, requiring him to miss the entire NBA season.Demps says Pelicans medical staff and additional specialists have concluded it's Pondexter's best ''long-term interest'' to have additional surgery to repair cartilage in his knee.

  • Wizards C Gortat sidelined by sore left knee

    January 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Wizards center Marcin Gortat has a sore left knee and will miss their game against the Chicago Bulls.Injury-riddled Washington also was without forward Kris Humphries, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee. Star guard Bradley Beal remains out with a right leg injury, missing his 16th straight game.

  • Bulls C Noah returns from left shoulder injury

    January 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah returned from a shoulder injury on Monday night against Washington, providing another option for coach Fred Hoiberg heading into a busy stretch.Noah sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter of a 105-102 loss to Brooklyn on Dec. 21. The 6-foot-11 reserve missed nine straight games before he entered with 4:33 left in the first quarter against the Wizards, drawing a big cheer from the crowd at the United Center.

  • Prosecutors won't charge Odom after Nevada brothel weekend

    January 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom won't be charged with any drug counts after the former NBA star was found unconscious last year at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system, prosecutors said Monday.Evidence in the case did not prove that Odom used the drug during his three days in Nye County, so he could not be charged with unlawful use of cocaine or being under the influence of a controlled substance - the felony count recommended by the sheriff's office, District Attorney Angela Bello said.

  • Nets' Prokhorov: easy decision to hit reset button now

    January 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mikhail Prokhorov wanted a championship, and the Nets never got close.Now he wants a reset, and said it was an easy decision to start it now.''If we look at the team for the time being, it's clear we're doing not the best way,'' Prokhorov said Monday.

  • Prokhorov: Easy decision to begin Nets' reset now

    January 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says it was an easy decision to fire coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King in the middle of the season.Prokhorov took the blame for the Nets' poor play and called for a ''small reset.'' He spoke at a news conference Monday, a day after shaking up the organization.

  • As Kidd, Kerr recover, NBA coaches consider their own health

    January 11, 2016

    When Jason Kidd left the bench for the operating table, some NBA coaches understood exactly how he felt.Their bodies hurt, too.The Golden State Warriors have been playing all season without Steve Kerr, who is recovering from back surgery. Kidd joined him on the injured list when he had to step away from the Bucks in December for right hip surgery, an injury that has far more to do with his outstanding 19 years on the court than his 2 1/2 seasons in the coaching box.

  • James scores 37, leads Cavaliers past 76ers 95-85

    January 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James raised the roof, then lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 95-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.James tied a season high with 37 points and pushed both hands up in the air after several powerful dunks, drawing a rise out of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. He had nine assists and seven rebounds in Cleveland's 13th win in the last 15 games.

  • Mudiay returns after missing 14 games with ankle ailment

    January 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the court Sunday night against Charlotte after missing 14 games with a sprained right ankle.Just in time, too, as the Nuggets will be without Jameer Nelson after he strained his left hip flexor in a loss at Memphis on Friday. Denver also will be without forward Kenneth Faried, who's helping out after the birth of his daughter.

  • Nets fire coach Lionel Hollins, reassign GM Billy King

    January 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Billy King's bold moves often seemed made with little regard for the future.Now Brooklyn's future isn't King's concern.The Nets reassigned their general manager and fired coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.

  • Brooklyn Nets part ways with coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King

    January 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets part ways with coach Lionel Hollins and reassign general manager Billy King.

  • Clippers recall guard C.J. Wilcox from NBA's D-League

    January 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have recalled guard C.J. Wilcox from the Canton Charge of the NBA's D-League.Wilcox averaged 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in seven games for the Ohio team in his second D-League stint this season. He was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam in November.

  • Pistons forward Marcus Morris sits out with knee tendinitis

    January 9, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris is sitting out against the Brooklyn Nets with left knee tendinitis.Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson made his first start in place of Morris, who had not missed a game this season.Morris is averaging 14.1 points per game. Detroit acquired him in an offseason trade with Phoenix.

  • Lamar Odom leaves LA hospital for private facility

    January 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former NBA star Lamar Odom has been transferred from a Los Angeles hospital to a private facility. But there's no word on his condition, three months after he was found unconscious and in critical condition at a Nevada brothel.Family spokeswoman Alvina Alston says Friday that Odom was released from the hospital earlier in the week.

  • Leonard has double-double; Spurs hold off Knicks 100-99

    January 9, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs got the test they were expecting all season at home, and it almost proved too much for them to overcome.Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain unbeaten at home.

  • Former NBA player John Johnson dies at 68

    January 8, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) John Johnson, a two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA title, has died. He was 68.Johnson's godson, John Herndon, said Friday that Johnson died Thursday at his San Jose home. The cause of death wasn't known.

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis hurts his back diving into stands

    January 8, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has bruised his lower back diving into the stands during New Orleans' game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.The Pelicans say Davis' return to the game is doubtful.Davis dove into the stands on the defensive end early in the first quarter while pursuing a rebound that had been deflected toward the sideline. Davis was able to prevent the ball from landing out of bounds, but he saved the ball to the Pacers, who wound up with foul shots on the play.

  • Grizzlies' Adams to have surgery, Martin has bone bruise

    January 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams will undergo knee surgery next week and forward Jarell Martin has a bone bruise in his left footThe Grizzlies offered updates on the health status of both players Friday in a team release.Adams is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return.

  • Bulls looking more like contenders with 6 wins in row

    January 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls had just suffered an ugly loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and Jimmy Butler took aim.He called out first-year coach Fred Hoiberg in his postgame interview with reporters, saying players needed to be held more accountable and ''coached a lot harder at times.''

  • Suns sign guard Lorenzo Brown to 10-day contract

    January 8, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract Friday.The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 16.4 points, 6.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 16 games this season for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA Development League.The former North Carolina State player averaged 4.2 points in 29 games last season for Minnesota. He averaged 2.5 points in 26 games for Philadelphia as a rookie in 2013-14.

  • Grizzlies sign guard Elliot Williams to 10-day contract

    January 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies have signed guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract, bringing the Memphis native up from the NBA Development League's Santa Cruz Warriors.Memphis announced the deal Friday.The 6-foot-5, 183-pound Williams currently leads the D-League scoring 28.1 points per game this season and was the D-League's player of the month for November.

  • Warriors' Green moves into position for All-Star spot

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's Draymond Green has moved into third place in voting for the Western Conference frontcourt, putting him in position to start in the NBA All-Star Game.Green is about 1,300 votes ahead of San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard in the closest race for a starting spot. Kobe Bryant, the leading vote-getter with more than 1.2 million votes, and Kevin Durant are ahead of them among West frontcourt players.

  • Howard misses Rockets' game with back tightness

    January 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Center Dwight Howard is sitting out the Rockets' game against the Utah Jazz with lower back tightness, the team announced shortly before tipoff.Howard was a game-time decision after leaving practice early Thursday morning to have his back stretched.

  • Celtics' Stevens misses game to visit ailing former player

    January 7, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens missed the Celtics' game Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls to visit ailing former Butler player Andrew Smith.Smith, a center who played in both of the Bulldogs' national championship game appearances when Stevens was their coach, has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant Thursday, according to The Boston Globe.

  • Phoenix Suns waive Bryce Cotton, Cory Jefferson

    January 7, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns waived guard Bryce Cotton and forward Cory Jefferson on Thursday.Cotton signed with the Suns on Nov. 25 and had four points and three assists in three games.Jefferson signed Sept. 16. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds in six games.

  • Grizzlies waive center Ryan Hollins

    January 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Ryan Hollins.The 31-year-old Hollins, averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 7.0 minutes in four games with the Grizzlies. The 7-footer from UCLA signed with Memphis on Dec. 29.Holins has averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 490 games over a 10-year career with Charlotte, Dallas, Minnesota, Cleveland, Boston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, Washington and Memphis.

  • NBA suspends Ty Lawson 3 games over drunken-driving case

    January 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson for three games without pay for a drunken-driving case in California last year, starting with Thursday's home game against Utah.Lawson will miss games against the Pacers and Grizzlies before he can return Jan. 13 against Minnesota.

  • Atlanta's NBA team embraces rap shows after racial remarks

    January 7, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are collaborating with big-name hip-hop artists like T.I., Ludacris and Big Boi in what the team calls an effort to make amends after it was revealed two officials made racially charged remarks in separate incidents.The artists were brought in by the NBA franchise to perform during halftime and after Hawks' home games months since former general manager Danny Ferry's insensitive comment about Sudanese-born Luol Deng came to light in September 2014. Soon after, an internal investigation revealed that former co-owner Bruce Levenson complained in a 2012 email that blacks kept potential white fans away from games. Both came on the heels of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that were a public relations nightmare for the NBA.

  • Orlando looking to bring D-League team to Florida

    January 7, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic are looking to bring an NBA Development League team to Florida.The Magic said Thursday they're targeting two facilities in Orlando, plus others in Daytona Beach, Estero, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Kissimmee and Lakeland as potential homes.

  • LeBron James motivated by 5-year-old friend vs. Wizards

    January 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) LeBron James had a special fan in Washington on Wednesday night watching the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory over the Wizards.Five-year-old Leah Still, whose battle with cancer won her the 2015 ESPY Award for perseverance, attended the game wearing James' No. 23 jersey.

  • Suns hit season-high 19 3s in 11-102 win over Hornets

    January 6, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Mirza Teletovic made five of the Suns' season-high 19 3-pointers as Phoenix ended a nine-game skid with a 111-102 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.Brandon Knight added 18 points and seven assists for Phoenix, rookie Devin Booker had 17 points and 10 rebounds and T.J. Warren scored 17.

  • McCollum inactive by mistake on pregame roster, misses game

    January 7, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Guard CJ McCollum was inadvertently left off the Trail Blazers' active roster that was turned in before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, making Portland's second leading scorer ineligible to play.The Clippers beat the Blazers 109-98.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant to return; Conley out for Grizzlies

    January 6, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant will play Wednesday night against Memphis after sitting out Oklahoma City's game Monday night against Sacramento with a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant was injured when he accidentally kicked someone at Charlotte last Saturday. Without him, the Thunder lost 116-104 to the Kings.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant to return vs. Grizzlies

    January 6, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant will play Wednesday night against Memphis after sitting out Oklahoma City's game Monday night against Sacramento because of a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant was injured when he accidentally kicked someone at Charlotte last Saturday. Without him, the Thunder lost 116-104 to the Kings.

  • Mavs resting Nowitzki, Williams, other starters vs. Pelicans

    January 6, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has decided to rest Dirk Nowitzki and three other starters against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night because of the minutes they logged in a double-overtime game a night earlier.Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Zaza Pachulia and Wesley Matthews all are listed as out, with ''rest'' cited as the reason they've been scratched from the lineup. The four each played more than 40 minutes Tuesday night in a 117-116 victory over Sacramento. The only starter who played fewer than 30 minutes was Chandler Parsons, who is nursing a right hip bruise.

  • LeBron James' marketing group cuts ties with Johnny Manziel

    January 6, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has dropped Johnny Manziel as a business client.A spokesman for James said the NBA star and has ended his marketing agreement with Manziel, the embattled Browns quarterback whose behavior has him on very shaky ground with his team and Cleveland fans.

  • Raptors' Carroll has arthroscopic surgery on right knee

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and the Raptors say his status will be updated when appropriate.Carroll missed nine games last month with a bruised right knee, then played in five in a row before sitting out a loss in Cleveland on Monday with a swollen right knee.

  • Kobe Bryant misses 3rd straight game with sore shoulder

    January 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant is sitting out his third straight game for the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore right shoulder.Lakers coach Byron Scott made the announcement before Los Angeles hosted the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell also missed the game with a sore throat.

  • Kings G Rondo sidelined in 1st Dallas trip since Mavs split

    January 5, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is out of the starting lineup and not expected to play in his first visit to Dallas since an acrimonious split with the Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs last season.Rondo, who had back spasms during a victory at Oklahoma City on Monday, was on the bench during game warmups Tuesday night.

  • Hoiberg: Bulls' Rose expected back in lineup against Bucks

    January 5, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg anticipates Derrick Rose to be back in the lineup on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing three games with a sore right hamstring.Rose is expected to play a day after an MRI revealed no structural damage on his right leg.

  • In midst of 9-game skid, Hornacek takes Suns bowling

    January 5, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek is trying whatever he can think of to get the Suns out of a losing streak that's reached nine games, including ugly losses to some of the NBA's worst teams.So he took them bowling.''We talked over these last few days trying to figure out how do we get these guys back into having energy,'' Hornacek said. ''Going back to the 20 games in 34 days and coaches, when we looked at the tape of these last couple of games, it looks like they're worn out.''

  • Detroit's Jackson, Jennings forming impressive guard duo

    January 5, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) As a comfortable lead turned into a full-scale rout in the fourth quarter, Brandon Jennings was right in the middle of all the action for the Detroit Pistons.And Reggie Jackson was enjoying the show.''We're teammates,'' Jennings said. ''Everybody wants us to get to the playoffs, and that's the main goal.''

  • Jazz waive Elijah Millsap, open up final roster spot

    January 5, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived reserve Elijah Millsap.The team announced the move Tuesday afternoon.The Jazz now have an extra roster spot and the flexibility to make a move to help offset injuries.Millsap played in 67 games over two seasons with the Jazz and averaged 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound wing recently fell out of the rotation despite injuries to Alec Burks, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Reserve Chris Johnson saw his minutes increase as Millsap's decreased.

  • Timberwolves hold 90-minute meeting to clear air, regroup

    January 5, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The day after the Minnesota Timberwolves' most embarrassing performance of the season, the reeling group gathered at their practice facility ready to get back to work.Only they didn't practice at all. Instead, interim coach Sam Mitchell brought the team together at center court for 90 minutes of talk and soul searching, giving each player the opportunity to offer his view on what wasn't working and what had to change going forward.

  • Miami's Winslow keeps impressing in rookie season

    January 5, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) When a player gets lauded for having a huge impact on a win in the NBA, it typically means they put up some big numbers or were playing airtight defense.Not in Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow's case. Not on Monday, anyway.The story of Winslow's first pro season is that his impact goes far deeper than conventional stats, well beyond the advanced metrics that analytics crave. It's simply about an uncanny ability to make the right play at the right time, an almost nightly reminder of the good fortune Miami had on draft night when the 19-year-old out of Duke somehow fell to the Heat with the No. 10 pick.

  • Steve Nash, Suns owner buy Spanish soccer club Mallorca

    January 5, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Former NBA star Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver have bought a controlling share of Spanish soccer team Real Mallorca.The Mediterranean island club announced Monday that Sarver's company, also owned by Nash and Andy Kohlberg, has bought shares worth more than 20 million euros ( million).

  • Lillard back in Trail Blazers' lineup after 7-game absence

    January 4, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has returned to the starting lineup Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing seven games with a sore left foot.Lillard was averaging 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists before he was sidelined with plantar fasciitis. CJ McCollum slid over to point guard during Lillard's absence and the Blazers went 4-3.

  • Pacers-Heat delayed by lighting malfunction

    January 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The start of Monday's Indiana-Miami game was delayed 27 minutes after lights malfunctioned in the arena following the introduction of the Heat starting lineups.The arena was darkened as usual for the playing of Miami's pregame video and introduction of the Heat starters. A malfunction kept the lights from coming back on as usual, just as both teams were ready to play.

  • Aww, dad! 76ers' dads embarrassing Okafor, Marshall

    January 4, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) It might be time for a pair of Philadelphia 76ers to ground their dads.Already slogging away through one of the worst seasons in NBA history, the three-win Sixers have had their share of off-court woes, as well. This time, Jahlil Okafor and Kendall Marshall's dads made headlines for what they said and tweeted during games, leaving the kids a bit embarrassed.

  • Payton sitting out for Magic with ankle injury

    January 4, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton is sitting out Monday night's game at Detroit with a left ankle bruise.Payton had appeared in all 116 games of his pro career with the Magic. He's averaging 11 points a game this season, but he managed only nine points total in the four games prior to Monday's matchup with the Pistons.

  • Durant out vs. Kings with sprained right big toe

    January 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat out Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained right big toe.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Durant injured the toe when he accidentally kicked someone during the game at Charlotte on Saturday. Donovan said before Monday's game that he doesn't consider it serious, and he considers Durant as day to day.

  • Raptors' Carroll out with sore knee

    January 4, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Toronto forward DeMarre Carroll is out against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sore right knee.Raptors coach Dwane Casey made the announcement about an hour before Monday's game. Carroll has played in 23 games, averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds.

  • Bulls say MRI shows no structural damage to Rose's leg

    January 4, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say an MRI shows no structural damage to the right leg of star point guard Derrick Rose.Rose is a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks after sitting out the past three games because of a hamstring problem. He had the MRI on Monday to rule out any issues with his right knee, which he has had surgery on twice to repair his meniscus.

  • Players involved in Pistons, Pacers skirmish fined by NBA

    January 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris on Monday for their roles in a shoving match late in Saturday night's game in Indianapolis.Morris was fined ,000 after initially shoving George. The Pacers two-time All-Star was fined ,000 for retaliating.

  • 76ers sign veteran forward Elton Brand for 2nd time

    January 4, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) His career seemingly over, Elton Brand believed his only veteran leadership would come at home with his kids.The Philadelphia 76ers had other ideas.With a youthful roster sorely in need of mentoring, the Sixers signed the free-agent forward on Monday with the hope Brand can provide some guidance in the locker room.

  • DeAndre Jordan can't miss, and has Chamberlain in his sights

    January 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Wilt Chamberlain, your record is in jeopardy.No, not the 100-point one.DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers - who has made 25 of his last 28 shots from the field - very quietly made a run at Chamberlain's shooting-percentage record last season and is doing it again.

  • LA Clippers assign F Branden Dawson to D-League againptd

    January 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have assigned forward Branden Dawson to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA's D-League.It's his third D-League stint and second with the Michigan team this season. Dawson played in seven games for the Drive last month, averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Nets' Jack out for the season with torn ACL

    January 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.Jack was hurt Saturday in a victory at Boston and the Nets say Sunday he also has a small medial meniscus tear. Jack will have surgery on a date that has not been determined.

  • Faried 'much better' after neck injury against Warriors

    January 3, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried says he's ''doing much better'' after being taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck injury following a loss to Golden State the night before.Faried posted on Instagram on Sunday he's ''a little sore, but I'm the Manimal - I'm not going to (let) this keep me down & out long!''

  • Denver's Faried placed on stretcher, taken to hospital

    January 3, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck brace to stabilize him Saturday night immediately after his team's loss to the Warriors.The Nuggets said Faried was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons while the team flew home to prepare for a game Sunday against Portland.

  • Denver's Kenneth Faried taken off on stretcher after game

    January 3, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was taken off the court on a stretcher with a neck brace to stabilize him.Faried raised his arm for a thumbs up to fans who stuck around after Golden State's 111-108 overtime victory. He left the arena approximately 10 minutes after the game ended and after being attended to by medical personnel.

  • James scores 29, Cavaliers rout Magic 104-79

    January 3, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James isn't sure why the Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the Orlando Magic.''They're a pretty good team,'' he said after scoring 29 points in a 104-79 rout Saturday night, Cleveland's 13th straight win over Orlando. ''They're a well-coached team. They've been playing some good basketball. We've been able to play some good ball against them this year.''

  • Mavericks' Williams sidelined again by hamstring issue

    January 2, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas guard Deron Williams has left the Mavericks' game against New Orleans with left hamstring tightness.Williams was playing for the second straight game Saturday night after missing four with a left hamstring strain. He also missed time in the preseason with hamstring issues.

  • Bucks G O.J. Mayo ejected after going after referee

    January 2, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been ejected in the first quarter against Minnesota and had to be forcibly removed from the court by assistant coaches.Mayo picked up two quick technical fouls Saturday night after arguing about a non-call on a drive to the basket. After his second technical, Mayo tried to rush back onto the court after referee Eli Roe. Assistant coach Eric Hughes yanked Mayo back by the jersey. Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo and a Bucks security official had to step in as well to try to contain the livid Mayo.

  • Lopez has 30 points, 13 rebounds, Nets beat Celtic

    January 2, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Brook Lopez's size was too much for Boston's smaller lineup.The 7-footer scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Celtics on Saturday.''I did my best to make the right play every time, realizing that, and just tried to read the double teams,'' said Lopez, who scored seven of his points in a key 9-2 run when Boston was making its charge with a smaller, trapping lineup.

  • Nets G Jack helped to locker room with sprained right knee

    January 2, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack had to be helped off the court after injuring his right knee in Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics.Jack was on a fast break when he crumbled to the ground and grabbed his leg in pain. A Nets' trainer came over and the rest of his teammates surrounded him before he was helped to the locker room, without putting any weight on the leg.

  • Kobe misses game with sore shoulder

    January 1, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers scratched Kobe Bryant from Friday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore right shoulder.This was the fifth game the third-leading scorer in NBA history has sat out this season, and the second in two weeks because of shoulder issues. The 20-year veteran, who turned 37 in August, announced on Nov. 29 that this would be his final season.

  • Wade late scratch from Heat lineup, enters off bench

    January 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade did not start Friday night for the Miami Heat against the Dallas Mavericks because of an illness, coming off the bench for just the 10th time in his 13-season career.Wade experienced flu-like symptoms shortly before the game, after going through his usual warmup routine. He was listed in the team's original starting lineup, then was swapped for Tyler Johnson in the opening five.

  • Wade late scratch from Heat starting lineup

    January 1, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Heat guard Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from Miami's starting lineup against Dallas on Friday night because of what the team said was flu-like symptoms.Wade was on the floor warming up about 45 minutes before game time as usual and was in the team's posted starting lineup. He left the court shortly before the game started, and Tyler Johnson started in his place.

  • Bulls PG Derrick Rose out of lineup with hamstring injury

    January 1, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to right hamstring tendinitis.Rose got treatment before Friday night's matchup with the New York Knicks and was considered a game-time decision. But the Bulls announced shortly before tipoff that Kirk Hinrich would start instead of Rose.

  • Grizzlies' Barnes expresses frustrations about tough 2015

    January 1, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has expressed his frustration on social media about 2015, what he describes as ''the worst year of his life.''Barnes, who is serving a two-game suspension for what the NBA has described as a ''physical altercation'' with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, posted on Instagram: ''Thank God For 2016!''

  • Golden State's Curry out for 2nd straight game

    December 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry is out for the second straight game Thursday night against Houston with a bruised lower left leg.Curry was injured Monday night against Sacramento and sat out Wednesday night at Dallas when the Warriors lost for just the second time this season, 114-91 to the Mavericks.

  • Spurs' Tim Duncan will play Saturday vs Rockets

    December 31, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan will play Saturday when San Antonio hosts the Houston Rockets after missing the previous three games.The team made the announcement on Thursday. Duncan sat out San Antonio's win Monday against Minnesota for rest, but missed the next two home games because of soreness in his right knee.

  • Bulls assign forward FelĂ­cio to Canton of NBA D-League

    December 31, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have assigned forward Cristiano Felicio to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.The 6-foot-9 Felicio has appeared in two games for the Bulls. He played in Brazil last season.The team announced the move on Thursday.

  • Hornets C Jefferson out 6 weeks with knee injury

    December 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets center Al Jefferson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.The operation will repair a tear in the lateral meniscus of Jefferson's right knee. The team announced the injury after the start of Wednesday night's game against the Clippers.

  • Warriors' Curry to miss game in Dallas with leg bruise

    December 30, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Golden State star Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for Wednesday night's game at Dallas, and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston.As for whether interim coach Luke Walton is relieved that an MRI didn't reveal something more serious, that's not quite accurate.

  • Bulls PG Rose sidelined by hamstring tendinitis

    December 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls guard Derrick Rose will not play against the Indiana Pacers because of right hamstring tendinitis.Rose was scratched about an hour before Wednesday night's game, and coach Fred Hoiberg didn't mention any health issues with the oft-injured guard during his pregame media session.

  • Sentencing hearing continued for former NBA player George

    December 30, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George will have to wait until next month to find out his prison sentence for wire fraud.George was in court Wednesday in Trenton, New Jersey, for the fourth day of his sentencing hearing. The judge ordered the parties to return Jan. 20.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for former NBA player Tate George

    December 30, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player Tate George is back in court in New Jersey to face sentencing on fraud charges.The former University of Connecticut and New Jersey Nets guard has been jailed since his 2013 conviction on four counts of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum 20-year sentence, but George is expected to face considerably less time.

  • Fraud sentencing resumes for ex-NBA player Tate George

    January 21, 2016

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George is back in a federal courtroom in New Jersey for sentencing.George was convicted in 2013 on four wire fraud counts for running a real estate Ponzi scheme. Victims included current and former NBA players and celebrities.

  • Knicks player Cleanthony Early shot in leg outside club

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg by masked robbers who demanded his ''gold'' as he left a strip club Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.Early was leaving CityScapes in Queens with his girlfriend at about 4:30 a.m. in an Uber cab when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars and as many as six men got out, the two officials said. Early handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap, the officials said.

  • Officials: Knicks player shot in the leg outside strip club

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Law enforcement officials say New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early has been shot in the leg during a robbery outside a Queens strip club.The two officials say Early was in a cab at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the club CityScapes when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars.

  • Movement on social media asks LeBron James to get involved

    December 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) LeBron James stuck his feet into the bucket filled with ice water as he talked about his role in social issues.Right after scoring 34 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star was asked about his reaction to a grand jury declining to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun.

  • Injury-ravaged Utah Jazz plan to stay the course

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Injuries have ravaged a Utah Jazz roster that was expected to take a significant step forward in 2015-16.They had the sixth-best win percentage (65.5) in the NBA after the All-Star break last season and there was optimism to see how a young corps would grow together.

  • Fraud sentencing drags on for ex-NBA player Tate George

    December 29, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Another day passed Tuesday without a sentence in the fraud case of a former NBA player convicted of running a real estate Ponzi scheme.Former University of Connecticut and New Jersey Nets guard Tate George appeared in federal court in Trenton on Tuesday for the continuation of a hearing that spanned two days earlier this month. The parties are scheduled to return to court Wednesday morning.

  • Suns say Bledsoe out for season following surgery

    December 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns say leading scorer Eric Bledsoe will not return this season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.The team made the announcement in a brief news release, saying Bledsoe's ''prognosis is for a return to full playing status for the start of training camp next fall.''

  • Utah Jazz confirm Alec Burks will have surgery

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz confirmed that Alec Burks is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday.Burks decided to have the surgery in hopes of an accelerated recovery from a broken left fibula suffered Saturday.The procedure should allow Burks to place weight on his leg after two weeks and begin rehabbing sooner than if he didn't have surgery. The team originally said he would not have surgery.

  • Grizzlies sign center Ryan Hollins, waive guard Russ Smith

    December 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed veteran center Ryan Hollins and waived guard Russ Smith.The Grizzlies announced the moves Tuesday.The 7-foot Hollins has started 67 of his 486 career games over 10 seasons, and Memphis now becomes his ninth team after being in training camp with the Grizzlies earlier this year. Hollins has averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in his career.

  • AP source: Jazz G Alec Burks to have surgery on broken leg

    December 29, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has chosen to have surgery to help accelerate the healing process from a broken left leg.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because the team had not announced the decision.

  • Spurs mascot catches bat at AT&T Center

    December 28, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Manu Ginobili stayed away from this bat at AT&T Center.Team mascot The Coyote, wearing a batman costume, snared the critter that flew into the arena during pregame warmups Monday before San Antonio faced the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Valanciunas returning to Raptors

    December 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonas Valanciunas is expected to return to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night after missing 17 games with a broken left hand.Valanciunas was injured Nov. 20 against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 14 games, Valanciunas averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. He leads Toronto with five double-doubles.

  • Sputtering Suns fire 2 assistant coaches

    December 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns, losers of 15 of their last 20 games, have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting.Nate Bjorkgren was promoted to take Longabardi's job as defensive coordinator. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position.

  • NBA suspends Matt Barnes 2 games for fight with Knicks coach

    December 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA suspended Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes two games without pay Monday for what the league said was a "physical altercation" with Derek Fisher and for "threatening" the New York Knicks coach in October.The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher - former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.

  • Suns guard Bledsoe leaves game with knee injury

    December 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe left the Suns' game against Philadelphia on Saturday night after spraining his left knee.The Suns said Bledsoe, the team's leading scorer, wouldn't return to the game and would have an MRI.Bledsoe went down with 7:40 left in the second quarter and the Suns trailing 37-25. He appeared to collide with the 76ers' Robert Covington with the Suns on offense. Bledsoe sat on the floor while the Sixers had a possession at the other end, calling for teammates to foul.

  • Sixers' Okafor out for Saturday's game against Suns

    December 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor missed Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns with right knee soreness.Okafor, the third overall pick in last year's NBA draft, is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the Sixers in minutes played and has scored in double figures in 26 of the 29 games he's played this season.

  • Clippers' Griffin out at least 2 weeks with quad tear

    December 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has a partially torn left quad tendon and is expected to miss at least two weeks.The Clippers said Griffin was injured during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night and an MRI on Saturday revealed the tear. He did not travel with the team to Utah for its game and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

  • Start of Bulls-Mavs delayed by severe weather in Dallas area

    December 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The game between the Chicago Bulls and Mavericks has been delayed because of reports of tornadoes in the Dallas area.The start time was pushed back about 30 minutes to 8 p.m. Central time as severe weather moved through downtown Dallas about an hour before the scheduled tip-off.

  • Anthony returns from 1-game absence for sprained ankle

    December 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has returned to the lineup after missing one game with a sprained right ankle.The eight-time All-Star was hurt in Monday's home loss to Orlando. He sat out a seven-point loss Wednesday at Cleveland.New York has dropped 6 of 10. Anthony is averaging 21.5 points and has led the team in scoring 21 times this season.

  • Kyrie Irving to rest as Cavaliers visit Blazers

    December 26, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will not play Saturday night against the Trail Blazers as the team eases him back from injury.Irving made his season debut this week after being sidelined for six months with a broken left kneecap suffered in the NBA Finals. The Cavs are being cautious with Irving, who played 26 minutes in the team's Christmas Day loss at Golden State. Irving isn't ready to play back-to-back games yet.

  • Warriors-Cavs draws nearly 11 million viewers on Christmas

    December 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals rematch between Golden State and Cleveland drew nearly 11 million viewers, making it the most-watched Christmas game in four years.The Warriors' 89-83 victory was watched by 10.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That was a 17 percent increase from the 9.3 million for the Cavaliers-Heat game last year that was LeBron James' return to Miami.

  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry shoots way to AP Male Athlete of Year

    December 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry's greatness as a basketball player can be measured by his record-setting shooting numbers that are changing the game.His immense popularity derives from something less tangible.While many NBA greats rely on uncommon height and athletic ability that average fans can only dream of having, Curry's game relies on the traits that every casual player can work on: shoot, dribble and pass.

  • Sporting history: 'Boston is to sports what Paris is to art'

    December 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A vast trove of New England sports artifacts is being preserved by a museum nestled inside Boston's TD Garden.The Sports Museum of New England is moving a large share of the uniforms, trophies, photos, films and other sports artifacts it has amassed over nearly four decades into secure storage, thanks to a partnership with Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company.

  • 76ers acquire Smith from Pelicans for 2 2nd-round picks

    December 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The NBA-worst Philadelphia 76ers have acquired point guard Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans for two second-round draft picks.Smith averaged 8.9 points and 5.7 assists in 27 games. He is the only player this season who has averaged at least 150 assists while committing at 45 or less turnovers.

  • Suns suspend forward Markieff Morris for 2 games

    December 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns suspended forward Markieff Morris two games without pay Thursday for what was termed ''conduct detrimental to the team.''The suspension came a day after Morris threw a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers await Christmas rematch against Warriors

    December 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When LeBron James walks into Oracle Arena for the first time since Game 5 of last season's NBA Finals, he knows it will trigger unpleasant thoughts about how his Cleveland Cavaliers lost the title to the Golden State Warriors.James also knows that winning the rematch on Christmas Day will do little to ease the sting of the finals loss.

  • Knicks forward missing 7,000 in jewelry; 2 women sought

    December 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Police say New York Knicks forward Derrick Williams has reported that 7,000 in jewelry has vanished from his apartment.Police say they are searching for two women in the case. They released surveillance video footage late Wednesday of two well-dressed women leaving a club in Manhattan's meatpacking district early Dec. 19.

  • For Davis and many more, their NBA Christmas debut awaits

    December 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jrue Holiday grew up watching Christmas Day games, with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers almost being an annual fixture in the NBA's holiday lineup.He's never gotten to play on the holiday.That is, until now.He's not alone. Several players will make their debut under the Christmas lights, including New Orleans star Anthony Davis - the reason why the Pelicans are on the Christmas schedule. Then there are some of the top rookies like Miami's Justise Winslow and the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell. And the wait may be over for veterans like the Clippers' Josh Smith, Miami's Gerald Green, the Lakers' duo of Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams, all set to play on Christmas for the first time.

  • Olynyk scores 20 as Celtics hold off Hornets, win

    December 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points, Jae Crowder added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics held off a fourth-quarter rally for a 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley had 18 points each, and David Lee 10 for the Celtics, who scored the game's first six points and never trailed after that in winning their fourth straight over the Hornets.

  • Nowitzki passes Shaq, now 6th on NBA's career scoring list

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki has moved ahead of Shaquille O'Neal into sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list.Nowitzki made a jumper with 9:51 left in the second quarter of Dallas' game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to pass O'Neal. Nowitzki finished with 22 points, making the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds left in overtime in Dallas' 119-118 victory, to push his total to 22,609.

  • Ex-Clippers owner Sterling drops lawsuit against Stiviano

    December 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed Donald Sterling's lawsuit against a former female friend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling's lawsuit against V. Stiviano was dismissed at the billionaire's request, though it wasn't immediately clear why he decided to drop his claims.

  • Deron Williams won't play in Brooklyn with hamstring injury

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dallas guard Deron Williams won't play in his return to Brooklyn because of a strained left hamstring.Williams was hurt in the second half of the Mavericks' 103-99 loss at Toronto on Tuesday night. He says he will get an MRI exam on Thursday when the team returns to Dallas.

  • Knicks' Anthony out with sprained ankle against Cavaliers

    December 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) New York forward Carmelo Anthony sat out the Knicks' game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sprained right ankle.Anthony was injured in the third quarter Monday night in a loss to Orlando. He scored 23 points but took only two shots in the fourth quarter.

  • NBA stars support campaign to end gun violence in new spot

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer.''My daughter Riley is that age,'' he said.That begins a public service announcement that debuts on Christmas and features four NBA stars lending their voices to the campaign to end gun violence.

  • Cavs' Irving vows to never watch knee injury again

    December 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) As he spent six months recovering, Kyrie Irving was drawn to watch replays of an injury that may have cost the Cavaliers an NBA title.He'll never look at it again.Just two days after making his season debut after missing 24 games, Irving said Tuesday he is done reviewing a moment that changed his career.

  • Bulls' Noah to miss at least 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    December 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss at least two weeks because of a sprained left shoulder.Noah exited Monday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the third quarter.He was on defense when Brooklyn's Andrea Bargnani, after jumping, came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly. Noah, who was called for a foul on the play, ran around the court in obvious pain with his left shoulder slumped over for a moment before heading off the court and into the tunnel leading to the locker room.

  • Kerr runs practice for Warriors with Walton out sick

    December 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr was back in charge of the Golden State Warriors - for a practice at least.Kerr ran practice Tuesday with interim coach Luke Walton out with an illness. Kerr has been out since training camp as he deals with complications from back surgery he had in the offseason.

  • NBA referee Petraitis becomes naturalized US citizen

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gediminas Petraitis performs before thousands of people as a full-time NBA referee.A much smaller crowd watched him realize another dream Tuesday.The NBA official from Lithuania was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in Maryland, where his road to the hardwood began when he swapped his Sports Authority uniform for a referee's shirt.

  • Cavs' Irving will never watch knee injury again

    December 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has vowed to never watch another replay of his knee injury in last season's NBA Finals.Irving, who made his season debut on Sunday against Philadelphia, said following practice on Tuesday that he looked at the video of him breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 eight times since last June. But the 23-year-old swore he won't look at it again, saying, ''I had to let it go.''

  • Kobe Bryant expected to play Tuesday night against Denver

    December 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott says he expects Kobe Bryant to play Tuesday night against Denver after sitting out the last game with a sore right shoulder.Scott says Bryant will arrive at Pepsi Center a little earlier than normal to ''get some shots up.'' He cautioned Bryant not to take too many shots, though, just enough to ''see how it feels and to gauge where the pain is, if there's any. But he said he's definitely 100 percent ready to go.''

  • Timberwolves recall Tyus Jones from D-League

    December 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled rookie point guard Tyus Jones from their NBA Development League affiliate.The move was made Tuesday, after Jones averaged 24.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 35.2 minutes over six games for the Idaho Stampede. He shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 42.6 percent from 3-point range.

  • NBA referee Petraitis to be naturalized Tuesday

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Referee Gediminas Petraitis has made the call. He's becoming an American citizen.The NBA official from Lithuania will be naturalized Tuesday in Maryland, where his road to the hardwood began when he swapped his Sports Authority uniform for a referee's one.

  • Bulls' Noah injures shoulder against Nets

    December 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has left their game against Brooklyn with an apparent left shoulder injury.Noah was defending on a play in the final minute of the third quarter on Monday night when Brooklyn's Andrea Bargnani, after jumping, came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly.

  • Portland guards Lillard, McCollum held out with injuries

    December 21, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Leading scorers Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been ruled out for Portland's game at Atlanta on Monday night.Lillard has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. McCollum has two sprained ankles. Lillard said he has been playing with a sore foot for a few weeks.

  • Bulls' Butler says he doesn't regret comments about Hoiberg

    December 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said on Monday that he doesn't regret the critical comments he made of first-year coach Fred Hoiberg following a loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday.''(I was) a little frustrated after a loss, yeah, but then again, I put a lot of it on myself now because I have to lead better,'' Butler said before the Bulls hosted the Brooklyn Nets.

  • Boston without a pair of big men Monday against Timberwolves

    December 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics will be without forwards Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger for their game against Minnesota.Coach Brad Stevens says the 6-foot-9 Johnson will ''continue to rest it.'' He has been struggling with plantar fasciitis.The coach also says Sullinger has ''some back spasms.''

  • Minnesota F Garnett will not play Monday night

    December 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett will not play against his former team when the Timberwolves face the Boston Celtics on Monday night.Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said the 39-year-old Garnett will rest.Garnett was a member of Boston's 2008 NBA champions, the first season after he was traded to the Celtics from the Timberwolves.

  • Bucks prep for life without injured coach Jason Kidd

    December 21, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks are about to experience another unique test.One of the youngest teams in the league will have to play without coach Jason Kidd as he recovers from right hip surgery.It will be up to Joe Prunty, a longtime NBA assistant, to lead the Bucks while Kidd is out. Kidd has said he hopes to return to the office in a couple weeks, though it's unclear when he might be able to coach in a game again.

  • Posiciones en la NBA

    December 21, 2015

    CONFERENCE= G P Pct Dif.Cleveland 18 7 .720 -Indiana 16 10 .615 2 1/2Miami 16 10 .615 2 1/2Chicago 15 10 .600 3Toronto 17 12 .586 3Atlanta 17 12 .586 3

  • Christmas coming, Warriors rolling into NBA Finals rematch

    December 21, 2015

    On Friday, after gifts are given and dinner is digested, somebody might watch an NBA game for the first time this season.Christmas, with five nationally televised games, is when the NBA pops onto the radar for some sports fans.If so, they missed Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors putting together the best start in league history, winning their first 24 games. They are 26-1 and appear even more potent than the team that beat Cleveland in June to win the championship.

  • Bucks coach Kidd out indefinitely for hip surgery

    December 20, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery.Assistant coach Joe Prunty will direct the team in Kidd's absence, general manager John Hammond said Sunday night after the Bucks' 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

  • Pistons recall Brandon Jennings after 1-game D-League stint

    December 20, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have recalled Brandon Jennings.Detroit made the move Sunday after the guard played in one game for the team's NBA D-League team. Jennings had 11 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes for the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday, playing in his first game since rupturing his left Achilles nearly 11 months ago.

  • Kyrie Irving returns with Cavaliers, 1st game since Finals

    December 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving is back on the floor with the Cavaliers.The All-Star point guard broke his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in June. He made his season debut Sunday when the Cavs hosted the Philadelphia 76ers.After months of rehab, Irving was in the starting lineup for Cleveland, which went 17-7 without him. Irving received a rousing ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd when he was introduced before the game and he waved to the crowd.

  • Gasol gets night off in NY after Bulls play 4 OTs on Friday

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pau Gasol is sitting out Chicago's game against the Knicks after the Bulls played a four-overtime game a night earlier.Coach Fred Hoiberg says Derrick Rose will play, though the Bulls will watch the point guard carefully after he played 54 minutes in their 147-144 home loss to Detroit on Friday.

  • Pacers forward Paul George fined ,000 by NBA

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was fined ,000 by the NBA on Saturday for public criticism of officiating and using profanity in a live television interview.George made the comments following the Pacers' 104-97 home victory over Brooklyn on Saturday night.

  • Bryant misses game against Thunder with injured shoulder

    December 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kobe Bryant will sit out the Los Angeles Lakers' game on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sore right shoulder.Los Angeles coach Byron Scott says he doesn't know much more other than that the 37-year-old Bryant told Scott that his shoulder hurts.

  • Cavs star guard Kyrie Irving will make season debut Sunday

    December 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's long road to recovery has reached the end. All the pain, the grueling hours of rehab, the unceasing wait is finally over for the Cavaliers' star point guard.He can play again.''I'm back,'' he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

  • Young Timberwolves going through inevitable growing pains

    December 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell had to catch himself on more than one occasion during games this season with a youthful team.When the game was getting tight, one of his young players would make a mistake. Zach LaVine might rush a pump fake on his way to the basket and get called for traveling. Andrew Wiggins might force a shot in traffic. Shabazz Muhammad might lose track of his man on the weak side and get beat for a layup.

  • Warriors fans mock Bucks record with T-shirts

    December 18, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors fans showed they can get into the T-shirt message game, too.A week after Milwaukee fans predicted Golden State's first loss with ''24-1'' T-shirts, a handful of Warriors fans responded by wearing shirts with ''10-18'' written on the front for the rematch with the Bucks.

  • Hoiberg still optimistic Dunleavy Jr will play for Bulls

    December 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says he still thinks forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. will play this season.Dunleavy is away from the team working with a specialist as he recovers from a back injury.Hoiberg said Friday he is ''optimistic'' the veteran sharpshooter will suit up after being sidelined all season. He also understands the skepticism that Dunleavy will return, saying it's ''fair to question that, talk about it.''

  • 76ers hire Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach

    December 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The one-win Philadelphia 76ers hired veteran NBA coach Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach Friday.D'Antoni's deal follows the team's recent addition of Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations and a decision to extend head coach Brett Brown's contract two years.

  • Column: Recognizing the best - and worst - of sports in 2015

    December 18, 2015

    Let's get a jump on awards season.No need to fret over who you're wearing. We don't have the budget for a drum to roll, much less a red carpet to walk down.But that's not going to stop us from honoring the best - and, of course, worst - in sports for 2015.

  • NBA suspends Ty Lawson 2 games over drunken-driving case

    December 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson for two games without pay for a drunken-driving case in Colorado.Lawson will miss home games Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.The former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation. He faces up to 180 days in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 14.

  • 7-6, 184-pound Romanian teen focusing on health over hoops

    December 18, 2015

    ROME (AP) At 7-foot-6 (2.29 meters), 15-year-old Robert Bobroczkyi is already taller than New York Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis - or any other current NBA player.He's got a nice shooting touch and solid passing skills, too.So it's no wonder that Bobroczkyi is generating buzz among youth league scouts in Europe.

  • James' courtside crash raises concerns for NBA fan safety

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) For years, NBA fans have been willing to pay thousands to sit courtside and watch some of the world's most powerful athletes run and jump.Up close, there is nothing quite like the experience.On Thursday night, that thrill came with a heavy price.

  • Cavs guard Iman Shumpert delivers singer fiancee's baby

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Paging, Dr. Shumpert.Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert showed he has more than basketball skills by calmly delivering a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor.Now that's quite an assist.According to Shumpert's fiancee, R&B singer Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn't initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, ''playing Dr,'' helped deliver the baby with ''his bare hands.''

  • LeBron James plows into crowd, wife of golfer Jason Day hurt

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The wife of PGA champion Jason Day is suffering from concussion symptoms after NBA star LeBron James crashed into her during a Cavaliers game.Day's agent, Bud Martin, issued a statement Friday morning saying Ellie Day ''is resting comfortably and appreciates all of those who have reached out and are concerned about her.'' He added she has ''no hard feelings'' toward James and quotes her as saying, ''He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.''

  • Cavs missing Shumpert, Williams against Thunder

    December 17, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers will be missing two guards - not including All-Star Kyrie Irving - when they host Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, who just returned from a wrist injury sustained during the preseason, will miss Cleveland's game Thursday night game with a strained right groin. Also, starting point guard Mo Williams is down with a sprained right thumb.

  • Detroit's Jennings to play in D-League game as part of rehab

    December 17, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will play for the team's D-League affiliate as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon.Jennings hasn't played since injuring his left leg in a Jan. 24 game at Milwaukee. The Pistons announced Thursday that he had been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive. Grand Rapids faces Iowa on Saturday.

  • Cavs guard Iman Shumpert delivers fiancee's baby

    December 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Paging, Dr. Shumpert.Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert showed he has more than basketball skills by calmly delivering a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor.Now that's quite an assist.According to Shumpert's fiancee, Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn't initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, ''playing Dr,'' helped deliver the baby with ''his bare hands.''

  • Cavs' Shumpert out with groin injury

    December 17, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers could be missing two guards when they host Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, who just returned from a wrist injury sustained during the preseason, will miss Thursday night's game with a strained right groin. Also, starting point guard Mo Williams is listed as questionable with a sprained right thumb.

  • APNewsBreak: Timberwolves looking to trade Kevin Martin

    December 17, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have made veteran scorer Kevin Martin available in trade talks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.With second-year guard Zach LaVine showing promise as a scorer and Andrew Wiggins playing more at the shooting guard position, the Wolves are looking to move Martin to free up more playing time for their youngsters. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly discuss trade discussions.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels better, hopes to return soon

    December 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and hopes to be back on the bench in the coming weeks.Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team's shootaround Wednesday ahead of Golden State's home game against Phoenix.

  • Kings F Eric Moreland breaks bone in left foot

    December 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings forward Eric Moreland will need to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot.The Kings said that Moreland broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during practice Wednesday. There is no timetable for when Moreland will be able to return.

  • Grizzlies forward Wright to have knee surgery

    December 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandan Wright will have surgery on his right knee.The team said the operation is scheduled for Thursday. A timetable for his return has not been set.Wright has not played since Nov. 7, when he left a game against Utah because of soreness in his knee. He is averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in seven games.

  • Cavaliers guard Irving says he's not ready for return

    December 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's return date remains a mystery.The All-Star point guard, who has missed Cleveland's first 23 games recovering from a broken kneecap sustained in the NBA Finals, said Wednesday that he won't be playing Thursday night against Oklahoma City.

  • Heat assistant Keith Smart undergoes skin cancer surgery

    December 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat say assistant coach Keith Smart has undergone successful surgery to remove what the team describes as a very rare type of skin cancer.Smart has not been with the team this week, and is expected back in 2-3 weeks. The team says Smart's prognosis calls for a full recovery.

  • Bucks' Greivis Vasquez out at least 3 months after ankle fix

    December 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez will be out for at least three months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.Coach Jason Kidd announced Vasquez's prognosis after the surgery Tuesday.Vasquez had surgery in New York to remove a bone spur and loose bodies. Kidd says Vasquez's recovery will last 3-4 months, but the coach hasn't ruled out Vasquez's return during the regular season.

  • Blatt: Cavaliers are being cautious with Kyrie Irving

    December 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he is just being cautious with point guard Kyrie Irving.Speaking on Tuesday in Boston, where the Cavaliers were preparing to play the Celtics, Blatt said Irving is not 100 percent. He said there's a lot of the season left and he wanted to make sure Irving and shooting guard Iman Shumpert were ready before they returned.

  • Kings' Rondo issues stronger apology for gay slur toward ref

    December 15, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has offered a stronger apology for directing a gay slur at veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy.Rondo said Monday his actions toward Kennedy on Dec. 3 were out of frustration and not meant to offend anyone.

  • Michael Jordan picks 23 charities for funds from legal tiff

    December 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan has picked 23 Chicago-area charities to receive gifts from his legal settlements with the Jewel-Osco and Dominick's Finer Foods grocery chains.The former Chicago Bulls star announced Tuesday that the groups that will receive the net proceeds from the settlements include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, The Ounce of Prevention Fund and After School Matters, an arts and education program.

  • Heat tip their caps to Golden State's winning streak

    December 14, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The streak is over, and the Miami Heat know exactly what the Golden State Warriors are going through right now.There's the initial disappointment and frustration, followed by some reflection and probably appreciation of what the streak was - a 27-game stretch of consecutive wins for the Heat in 2012-13, and a 24-game run for the Warriors to start this season which would be a 28-game run when factoring in the final four games of the 2014-15 regular season.

  • With streak over, regular season begins for Warriors

    December 13, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Every victory raised the stakes for the Golden State Warriors.Now that their record winning streak is over, the defending NBA champions can return to a bit of normalcy.''I just told the guys that now we can have a regular season,'' forward Draymond Green said in recounting his talk to teammates in the locker room after the loss Saturday night to the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Swaggy P wears Kanye's lifestyle Yeezy shoes in game

    December 13, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Nick Young marked his new deal with Adidas and sent the Internet abuzz on Saturday night by wearing Kanye West-designed Adidas Yeezy 750 Boosts in the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Houston Rockets.The flamboyant star, who goes by the nickname Swaggy P, explained why he wore the lifestyle shoes that aren't really made for basketball.

  • Golden State loses 108-95 at Milwaukee, ending NBA-record 24-0 start

    December 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Golden State loses 108-95 at Milwaukee, ending NBA-record 24-0 start.

  • NBAPA screens retired players for cardio problems

    December 12, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Matt Bullard was undergoing an echocardiogram and the thump of the 6-foot-10 former NBA player's heartbeat was so loud it muffled the booming baritone of his voice.Bullard was one of about 30 retired players who received free cardiovascular screenings on Saturday as part of an initiative started by the NBA Players Association and sponsored by both the NBA and the Retired Players Association in the wake of the recent heart-related deaths of Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone.

  • Warriors' Thompson to return against Milwaukee Bucks

    December 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Golden State guard Klay Thompson will return to the lineup with the Warriors putting their perfect record on the line against the Milwaukee Bucks.Thompson missed Friday's game in Boston after spraining his right ankle on Tuesday against Indiana.

  • Wizards SG Beal sidelined at least 2 weeks with leg injury

    December 12, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a right leg injury.The Wizards announced before their game at Dallas on Saturday night that Beal had ''the beginnings of a stress reaction in his lower right fibula.''

  • Hield leads No. 7 Oklahoma past Oral Roberts 96-73

    December 12, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield had 30 points and a career-high five steals to help No. 7 Oklahoma beat Oral Roberts 96-73 on Saturday.Hield, a preseason All-America who had been in a bit of a shooting slump, was 9 of 15 from the field to fall one point short of his career high.

  • Ellis leads Pacers with 24 points in 96-83 win over Miami

    December 11, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George was struggling, and the Indiana Pacers needed a hero to combat a strong performance from Miami's 1-2 punch of Dwayne Wade and Chris Both.Monta Ellis emphatically asserted himself when the Pacers needed it most.Ellis had his most complete game of the year, leading the Pacers with 24 points, six assists and six steals in a 96-83 win over the Heat that ended a three-game losing streak.

  • BC-BKN--Warriors-Celtics Double Overtime,ADVISORY

    December 11, 2015

    Eds:The Golden State Warriors and Celtics are tied at 110 and going to double overtime in Boston. The Warriors are 23-0 this season.AP Sports

  • NBA: Anthony fouled on last play of 2-point loss to Kings

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Carmelo Anthony was fouled as he took the last shot in the New York Knicks' two-point loss in Sacramento on Thursday night.Anthony's shot from 28 feet that would have won the game bounced off the rim as the Knicks lost 99-97.

  • Perkins returns to Pelicans' lineup

    December 11, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans backup center Kendrick Perkins has returned after being out since Oct. 31 with a pectoral injury.He was in the lineup Friday night against the Washington Wizards, although coach Alvin Gentry said before the game he didn't know how much the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Perkins would play because the Wizards use a lot of small lineups.

  • Thompson sits out for unbeaten Warriors vs Celtics

    December 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Golden State guard Klay Thompson will sit out Friday night's game at Boston as the unbeaten Warriors try to win their 24th straight game this season.Thompson rolled his ankle late in Tuesday night's victory over Indiana. He said this week he was not 100 percent back, and he did not participate in Friday morning's shootaround.

  • Kings guard Rondo suspended 1 game for dispute with official

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game without pay after a dispute with an official during a loss last week in Mexico City.The NBA announced the penalty Friday. The Kings next play on Tuesday night at home against Houston.

  • Hoiberg sees potential in Bulls despite up-and-down start

    December 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman could envision it years ago when he was an assistant coach at Iowa State and Fred Hoiberg was starring for the Cyclones.He saw a player maximizing every ounce of his ability.''He was a big-time worker, was a terrific teammate,'' Forman said. ''Probably one of the best, if not the best, teammates that I coached in the 17 years I coached in college. Was always working on his game, very conscientious, had a high basketball IQ. He wasn't the most talented guy, but got the most out of his talents.''

  • 76ers sign coach Brett Brown to contract extension

    December 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brett Brown has lost about all there is to lose in 2 1/2 years coaching the 76ers.He's on the hook for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports.He's lost a rookie of the year, talented veterans, even a pair of shots at winning the No. 1 overall draft pick.

  • Cavaliers' Shumpert may be active 1st time this season

    December 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert is expected to be activated for the first time this season when the Cavaliers visit the Magic.Shumpert told reporters at Cavaliers morning shoot around Friday in Orlando that though he is active, whether or not he plays would depend on how he feels following the afternoon shooting session.

  • John Williams, popular 6th man with Cavaliers, dies at 53

    December 11, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) John ''Hot Rod'' Williams, who spent 13 years in the NBA and was a popular and tough defensive sixth man on Cleveland Cavaliers playoff teams, has died. He was 53.He died Friday in a Baton Rouge hospital from complications related to prostate cancer, Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said.

  • Sunday slate puts NBA in prime time, not bed time, in Europe

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sundays aren't just for touchdowns and tailgates anymore.While NFL football rules the day in the U.S., European fans are tuning in to the NBA in big numbers for a rare chance to catch live action and still get a good night of sleep.The league expanded its schedule of Sunday afternoon starts this season, with 20 of the 23 games tipping off at 3:30 p.m. ET. That's 9:30 p.m. in Spain, home of the European champions and a devoted fan base.

  • Clippers' Griffin ejected for hard foul on Chicago's Gibson

    December 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin was ejected from Thursday's game against the Bulls following a hard foul against Chicago's Taj Gibson.Griffin knocked him to the floor with a shot to face as Gibson went up for a shot inside with 5:59 left in the third quarter and was called for a foul.

  • NBA: 'Premature' to consider if Walton could coach All-Stars

    December 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Steve Kerr wouldn't be eligible to coach in the All-Star Game. The NBA hasn't determined if Luke Walton would.League spokesman Tim Frank says it's ''premature'' to address whether the interim coach of the undefeated Golden State Warriors could lead the Western Conference if Kerr hasn't returned following back surgery.

  • Former NBA player Tate George's sentencing completes 2nd day

    December 10, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The sentencing hearing for a former NBA player convicted of fraud continued in federal court in New Jersey, but he hasn't yet learned his fate.Thursday was the second day of the hearing for Tate George and a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman says it will not resume Friday, but will be continued at a later date.

  • Kyrie Irving traveling with Cavs, could play on road trip

    December 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving is getting on a plane with the Cavaliers. His next trip could be onto the floor.The All-Star point guard, who hasn't played since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals, could make his much-anticipated 2015-16 debut in the next few days.

  • Dolph Schayes, big man with a guard's flair, dies at 87

    December 10, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star who refined the big man's role in the infancy of the National Basketball Association, has died. He was 87.Schayes was diagnosed with terminal cancer six months ago and died Thursday after being stricken with a severe infection, his son Danny Schayes said.

  • Kyrie Irving close to returning for Cavaliers

    December 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving could make his season debut on the team's upcoming road trip.Coach David Blatt said that Irving, who has been out since breaking his left kneecap in last season's NBA Finals, may play either Friday in Orlando or Tuesday in Boston. Starting guard Iman Shumpert is also close to a return after missing Cleveland's first 21 games with a wrist injury sustained before training camp.

  • Nets' Hollis-Jefferson expected to miss 8-10 weeks

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is expected to miss at least two months after surgery to repair a fractured right ankle.The Nets said the procedure Wednesday in New York was performed by team physician Dr. Martin O'Malley, their foot and ankle specialist. O'Malley says two screws were inserted into the ankle to repair a fracture of the posterior talus and that no other damage was found.

  • Hornets C Jefferson draws 5-game drug suspension from NBA

    December 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets will be without Al Jefferson for an additional five games once he returns from a leg injury after the veteran center was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.Jefferson is currently out with a strained left calf and can't begin serving the five-game suspension until he's healthy, the league announced Wednesday.

  • Rockets F Ariza to miss Wednesday's game with bruised back

    December 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza will miss Wednesday night's game at Washington because of a bruised lower back.Ariza was hurt in Tuesday night's loss at Brooklyn and left after only four minutes.Ariza has averaged 11.6 points while playing in every game for the Rockets this season. He tested the injury in warmups before facing the Wizards, but was eventually ruled out against his most recent former team.

  • Marcin Gortat returns to Wizards after three-game layoff

    December 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards center Marcin Gortat has returned to the team ahead of Wednesday's game against the Rockets.Gortat missed three games for personal reasons. He is averaging 12.0 points and 8.7 rebounds this season, and had three consecutive double-doubles before his absence.

  • Hornets C Jefferson suspended by NBA for 5 games

    December 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets will be without Al Jefferson for an additional five games once he returns from a leg injury after the veteran center was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.Jefferson is currently out with a strained left calf and can't begin serving the five-game suspension until he's healthy, the league announced Wednesday.

  • Former NBA player Tate George faces sentencing in fraud case

    December 9, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A former NBA player convicted of fraud in what federal prosecutors say was a real estate Ponzi scheme that swindled other current and former players acted as his own attorney Wednesday as he sought to make his case for a lighter sentence.

  • Cousins, Gay each score 23, Kings beat Jazz, end 3-game skid

    December 9, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Omri Casspi may be tough to bump from the Sacramento Kings' starting lineup once rookie Willie Cauley-Stein returns from an injury that may keep him sidelined for another month.DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Rudy Gay also scored 23 points as the Kings beat the Utah Jazz 114-106 on Tuesday night.

  • NBA says traveling call was missed late in Wizards-Heat game

    December 8, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A critical 3-pointer that helped the Washington Wizards defeat the Miami Heat should not have counted because of an uncalled traveling violation, the NBA said Tuesday.The league said Bradley Beal traveled on the play where he passed to Gary Neal for a 3-pointer with just over a minute left in Miami on Monday night. Instead of the Heat having the ball down by two, they took over down by five and wound up losing 114-103.

  • NBA, union hold preliminary collective bargaining meeting

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Representatives of the NBA and National Basketball Players Association met Tuesday to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement, about a year before either side could signal its intent to opt out of it.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, and representatives of their staffs took part in the meeting, according to a joint release. The sides said it was a preliminary meeting that included ''constructive dialogue'' and they agreed to continue their discussions.

  • In the East, it's an absolute early season standings logjam

    December 8, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) After six weeks of the season, the Eastern Conference looks better than it did a year ago.Looks messier, too.Out West, it's easy to see who stands out. Golden State's record-setting 22-0 start has the reigning NBA champions as the league's unquestioned favorites, and San Antonio is the only team that hasn't let the Warriors run away and completely hide in the early season standings.

  • Nets' Hollis-Jefferson to have surgery for ankle fracture

    December 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will have surgery later this week to repair a broken ankle.The Nets said Monday that the swingman was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle and that a timetable for his return would be established after the procedure.

  • Raptors F Carroll out with bruised right knee

    December 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll is out indefinitely with a bruised right knee.The 29-year-old Carroll is averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18 games in his first season with Toronto. He had nine points in 26 minutes in Saturday's 112-109 loss to Golden State.

  • Celtics starting Bradley; Lee, Hunter sit out vs. Pelicans

    December 7, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley is starting against the New Orleans Pelicans despite an illness that was bothering him on Sunday.Meanwhile, Boston is without forward David Lee and guard R.J. Hunter.Lee is missing his second straight game with a bruised right heel. Hunter strained a muscle in his left hip area during practice on Sunday.

  • LeBron James signs lifetime contract with Nike

    December 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has a contract with Nike that will last long after he hangs up his sneakers.The NBA megastar has signed a lifetime endorsement deal with the athletic apparel giant, a deal which extends a partnership James began with Nike before he graduated from high school.

  • 76ers hire Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations

    December 7, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Home in Arizona, Jerry Colangelo served as a willing mentor to NBA owners who called for advice.Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris wanted more than an opinion on what was wrong with his failing franchise.Harris asked Colangelo to fix - and save - the Sixers as part of the front office.

  • LeBron James signs lifetime deal with Nike

    December 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has signed a lifetime contract with Nike.James has been partnered with the athletic apparel giant since he signed a million contract just before he graduated high school. The NBA star's new deal will carry into his retirement once he's done playing.

  • The Process is tested in Philadelphia

    December 7, 2015

    On a recent visit to Minneapolis, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown looked across the court at the Timberwolves roster and couldn't help but be a little envious.The Timberwolves and the 76ers are both in the initial rebuilding stages, focused on developing a young core for success down the road much more so than today.

  • Olympics opponents learn from Boston revolt over 2

    December 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The grassroots activists who upended Boston's well-funded and star-studded Olympic bid are exporting their expertise.Leaders of No Boston 2024 and No Boston Olympics are showing opposition groups elsewhere how they helped turn public opinion against the city's bid for the 2024 summer games, forcing organizers to withdraw.

  • George Mikan 1948 rookie card sells for 3,664

    December 6, 2015

    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) George Mikan's 1948 rookie card sold for 3,664 in SCP Auctions' Fall Premier online auction, a record for a basketball card.SCP Auctions said Sunday that the buyer wished to remain anonymous.The card of the Minneapolis Lakers' Hall of Fame center is from the lone Bowman basketball card set ever produced is the only one of its kind to receive a grade of ''Gem Mint 10'' from third-party authenticator PSA Cards. The card previously sold in 2009 for 5,000.

  • Olympics opponents learn from Boston revolt over 2024 games

    December 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The grassroots activists that upended Boston's well-funded and star-studded Olympic bid are exporting their expertise.Leaders of No Boston 2024 and No Boston Olympics are showing opposition groups elsewhere how they helped turn public opinion against the city's bid for the 2024 summer games, forcing organizers to withdraw.

  • LeBron James not playing in Saturday's game at Miami

    December 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) LeBron James' latest return to Miami will only be a night off.James was not in Cleveland's lineup for its game against the Heat on Saturday, with coach David Blatt saying he was responsible for the move.James did not make himself available for comment before the game, though was in the facility. Cleveland went 0-2 in his appearances in Miami last season, his first times back as an opponent after a four-season, two-championship stint with the Heat. James also had said earlier this season that he wanted to play in all 82 games this season, something that now won't happen.

  • Cavs holding James out of Saturday game at Miami

    December 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) LeBron James will not play in Cleveland's game at Miami.Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he made the decision in part because James logged 45 minutes in Cleveland's overtime loss at New Orleans on Friday night. The Cavaliers landed in Miami shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, and didn't arrive at their hotel for about another hour.

  • Clippers assign forward Branden Dawson to D-League

    December 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have assigned forward Branden Dawson to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League.It's the second minor league assignment for Dawson. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games for Bakersfield.The team made the move Friday.

  • Column: Warriors so good, they're turning rivals into fans

    December 4, 2015

    When Byron Scott forgets he's a coach of a rival team, just focuses on the game he loves, he can't help but be impressed with the Golden State Warriors.He's hardly alone.All around the NBA, Steph Curry & Co. are turning the teams they beat night after night into adoring fans.

  • Wizards' Gortat travels home to Poland for family emergency

    December 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat has traveled home to Poland because of a family emergency and will miss at least the next two games.The team says Gortat will miss Friday's game against Phoenix and Sunday's contest with Dallas.

  • Green beats odds, keeps getting better for Golden State

    December 4, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green pounds his chest with his right fist and roars toward the rafters after big plays, mouth agape.Jason Richardson loves every second of it, thrilled to see such emotion from a player he knows beat long odds to reach basketball's highest level.

  • Thomas, Celtics beat Kings 114-97 in Mexico City

    December 4, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Prior to the game, Isaiah Thomas said he was disappointed when he saw Boston's schedule this season showed no visits to Sacramento.He still got to show off for his former team, though, scoring 21 points as the Celtics defeated the Kings 114-97 Thursday night in the NBA*s third regular-season game played in Mexico.

  • Pistons center Baynes has surgery for broken nose

    December 3, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes had surgery to repair a broken nose.The team announced the operation Thursday, saying Baynes received clearance to keep playing after injuring his nose at Oklahoma City on Nov. 27.Baynes has played in three games since then. He missed all five of his shots from the field in Wednesday's win over Phoenix.

  • Hawks send Tim Hardaway Jr. to D-League

    December 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired during the NBA draft for a first-round pick, has been assigned to Canton of the NBA Development LeagueHardaway has played in just four games as he has struggled to earn a role in coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation.

  • Life goes on for Jazz without Rudy Gobert

    December 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are entering life without their defensive anchor for the foreseeable future.A solid timeline hasn't been given for the return of Rudy Gobert, but coach Quin Snyder said he could be out ''the next couple months'' after suffering a MCL sprain in his left knee on Wednesday.

  • Towns named Western Conference rookie of the month

    December 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns' NBA career got off to a historic start, with the No. 1 overall pick putting up the kind of numbers not seen for a rookie since Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal.He was the first teenager to post double-doubles in his first two games in NBA history, posted double-doubles in six of his first eight games and helped the Minnesota Timberwolves get off to a surprisingly successful start with wins on the road against Chicago, Atlanta and Miami.

  • Kyrie Irving nearing return with Cavaliers

    December 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's eyes are pointed forward, and once he's back on the floor the Cavaliers star guard intends to keep looking ahead.''I'm a Ferrari without a rearview mirror,'' he said.Irving, who hasn't played since breaking his left kneecap in the NBA Finals, is finally fully cleared to practice and said Thursday that he's moving toward his return. But Irving would not commit to exactly when he'll make his season debut.

  • Thunder star Westbrook adds to imprint on fashion world

    December 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, the eyewear company Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook co-owns, has added 15 new sunglasses frames to its Gold Series, adding to his growing imprint on the fashion world.The unisex styles, designed and crafted by Westbrook and Selima Optique founder Selima Salaun, are named for locations tied to Westbrook's California roots - Compton, Venice, Gardena, Bel Air and Calabasas. Westbrook Frames co-founder Marc Beckman calls the Gold Series their core assortment.

  • Russell Westbrook's eyewear company adds 15 new frames

    December 3, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, the eyewear company Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook co-owns, has added 15 new sunglasses frames to its Gold Series.The unisex styles are named for locations tied to Westbrook's California roots - Compton, Venice, Gardena, Bel Air and Calabasas. The Compton and Bel Air styles cost 5, while the others are 5.

  • Clippers' Paul out for game against Pacers

    December 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, and is expected to miss more than one game, according to coach Doc Rivers..Paul, who exited the Clippers' game on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter with a strained rib muscle, was examined on Wednesday, but no timetable was established for the point guard's return.

  • Bulls F Nikola Mirotic takes elbow to face, leaves game

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has left the game against the Denver Nuggets after getting hit in the face by an elbow.Mirotic sustained a facial cut in the first quarter Wednesday night and will not return, the team said. He was defending in the lane when he took an inadvertent right elbow from Denver rookie Emmanuel Mudiay, sending Mirotic to the floor. He immediately left the game and went to the locker room, where he received stitches.

  • Jazz center Rudy Gobert out indefinitely with knee injury

    December 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury during practice Wednesday.The team announced he was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee, but no surgery is required.The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Gobert is the centerpiece of the No. 3 defense in the NBA. Gobert is tied with Serge Ibaka for No. 4 in the league with 2.6 blocks per game. He also averages 9.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

  • 76ers suspend center Jahlil Okafor for 2 games after fight

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games Wednesday after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn't revealed to them.Coach Brett Brown said the organization wanted to show ''tough love'' toward Okafor, adding that he was surprised by what he saw in the new video posted by TMZ on Wednesday.

  • Second video surfaces of Okafor fight outside Boston club

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A second video that shows Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor fighting outside a Boston nightclub last week prompted Boston police Wednesday to urge anyone who was assaulted to come forward.In an initial video posted by TMZ last week, Okafor is seen shoving a man.

  • Former Celtic Jim Loscutoff dies at age 85

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Jim Loscutoff, a seven time NBA champion who played his entire nine-year career with the Boston Celtics, has died.The team said in a statement that Loscutoff died Tuesday. He was 85. The team did not disclose a cause.He is the only Celtics player to have his name, and not uniform number, retired ''for his leadership and all-around excellent play.''

  • Warriors' Curry wants to see Carolina win streak continue

    December 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry knows it would be nearly impossible for the Golden State Warriors to pull off an unbeaten season. He's optimistic that his favorite NFL team can accomplish the feat.When asked Wednesday who'll lose first - the Warriors (19-0) or his hometown Carolina Panthers (11-0) - Curry replied, ''My answer to that is us, but not until like February which means the Panthers get their Super Bowl win. And throw Davidson in there, too. They're 5-0.''

  • Wesley Matthews returns to Portland with Mavericks

    December 2, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wesley Matthews didn't know what to expect in his return to Portland.Back in the city Tuesday night with the Dallas Mavericks for the first time since he left the Trail Blazers as a free agent last summer, the popular guard was greeted with a standing ovation.

  • Pelicans' Evans, Cole set to make season debuts vs. Memphis

    December 1, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guards Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole appear ready to make their season debuts in Tuesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.Gentry says he also plans to start Evans, who sat out the first-plus month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

  • Luke Walton wins coach of month despite official 0-0 record

    December 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton has more NBA coach of the month awards than official wins.The Golden State Warriors interim coach was named the top coach in the Western Conference for October and November on Tuesday after leading the team to a record 19-0 start in place of injured Steve Kerr.

  • NBA fines Pistons' Reggie Jackson K for comments to fan

    December 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson ,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during a loss in Oklahoma City last week.The fine was announced Tuesday.Jackson was traded by Oklahoma City last season after saying he wanted to be a starter despite playing behind All-Star Russell Westbrook. Jackson was booed loudly during pregame warmups last Friday and jeered most of the time when he touched the ball. He finished with 15 points on 4-for-16 shooting as the Thunder beat the Pistons, 103-87.

  • LeBron on Kobe: 'I wanted to be just like him'

    December 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) When he was a kid, LeBron James looked up on his bedroom wall where Kobe Bryant hung in reverence.''I wanted to be just like him, man,'' James said Tuesday.Two days after Bryant announced he would retire after this season, James expressed his gratitude and love for the U.S. Olympic teammate who pushed him to greatness and will leave the NBA as one of its most celebrated players.

  • NBA can honor Walton even though record is technically 0-0

    December 1, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So, Luke Walton can be recognized for what he's done in guiding the Golden State Warriors to a historic start even though his record as an interim coach is technically 0-0.The NBA issued a statement Tuesday clarifying rules regarding coaching records. The league said the head coach of record, in this case Steve Kerr, is credited with team wins and losses. That means Kerr is 19-0 even though he's been sidelined since training camp because of complications from offseason back surgery.

  • LeBron on Kobe: "I wanted to be just like him"

    December 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James says Kobe Bryant inspired him to greatness and he was ''kind of sad'' when he learned the Lakers star is retiring.James spent much of his interview session Tuesday praising Bryant, who announced on Sunday that his 20th NBA season will be his last. James, who had posters of Bryant on his wall as a kid, said he was always motivated by his former Olympic teammate.

  • Charges against ex-Spurs player Robertson dismissed

    November 30, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) A judge has dismissed charges against former San Antonio Spurs player Alvin Robertson related to an alleged underage sex ring.The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1LK4EpZ ) reports that state District Judge Jefferson Moore on Monday ruled that Robertson, who played with the Spurs from 1984-1989, was innocent of charges of sexual assault of a child, trafficking an underage child for purposes of sex and forcing a sexual performance by a child.

  • Bulls F Mike Dunleavy Jr has setback with back injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is planning to see two specialists this week after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery.Coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday that Dunleavy is going to stop his on-court work and focus on rehabbing the injury for about two weeks.

  • Hornets C Al Jefferson out 2-3 weeks with strained left calf

    November 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets say center Al Jefferson will miss approximately two to three weeks with a strained left calf.Jefferson underwent an MRI on Monday. He was injured in the first quarter of Charlotte's 87-82 win against Milwaukee on Sunday.

  • Bulls F Mike Dunleavy has setback with back injury

    November 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is planning to see two specialists this week after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery.Coach Fred Hoiberg says Dunleavy experienced some discomfort in his back while the team was on its recent road trip. He says Dunleavy is going to stop his on-court work and focus on rehabbing the injury for about two weeks.

  • Timberwolves coach expects Rubio to play Tuesday vs. Magic

    November 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return from a two-game absence when Minnesota plays Orlando on Tuesday night, coach Sam Mitchell said.Rubio missed the previous games at Sacramento and the Clippers with a sore left ankle, the same one that was surgically repaired in the offseason. Rubio practiced fully on Monday and Mitchell said that he will return to the starting lineup provided he suffers no setbacks before game time.

  • Officials: 76ers' Okafor cited for excessive speed on bridge

    November 30, 2015

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Officials have confirmed that Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor was recently cited in New Jersey for driving at ''an excessive rate of speed'' and reckless driving on a major area bridge.The Delaware River Port Authority confirmed Monday that the NBA player was stopped on the Ben Franklin Bridge on Oct. 19. The agency did not disclose how fast Okafor was traveling, but published reports have said it was more than 100 mph.

  • Bryant kicks off hoops goodbye tour in hometown of Philly

    November 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown Tuesday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-18).

  • Bryant kicks off goodbye tour in Philly

    November 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.Bryant will play his first road game since announcing he'll retire after this season in his hometown Tuesday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-18).

  • Wizards waive F Martell Webster, sign C Ryan Hollins

    November 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have waived forward Martell Webster after he had hip surgery and signed center Ryan Hollins.The team announced the moves Monday, when Webster tweeted a thank you to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis ''for giving me another chance in this league.''

  • Raptors' DeMar DeRozan grew up emulating Kobe

    November 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan was 16 when he was invited to Kobe Bryant's camp for the top 25 American high school shooting guards.A friendship grew between the youngster who would become an All-Star for the Toronto Raptors and the player who would become the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

  • Kobe's coming home, so the buzz will be back in Philadelphia

    November 30, 2015

    The buzz is back in Philadelphia, even as the 76ers fall further into NBA infamy every time they play.Kobe Bryant is coming home to play - for the last time.The Los Angeles Lakers' first road game since Bryant announced he would retire after this season is Tuesday night in Philadelphia, and everybody seems excited.

  • The NBA starts paying Bryant his farewell compliments

    November 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The first time Shane Battier was involved in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he intercepted one of Kobe Bryant's passes in the final moments to help seal the victory.When they met a few weeks later, Bryant sure seemed like he remembered.

  • Kobe Bryant: A hero or a villain? Or both?

    November 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant was sitting outside at a posh hotel not long ago, enjoying warm afternoon sun and a soft breeze. He's in the midst of telling a story and stops abruptly mid-sentence.A fan has caught his eye, and he knows what's coming.''Excuse me,'' she begins. ''But I'm a big fan of yours. I just want to wish you luck and is there any way I can get a picture with you?''

  • Anthony sitting out Knicks' game vs Rockets for illness

    November 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is sitting out the Knicks' game against Houston because of an illness.The Knicks said Lance Thomas would start in Anthony's place Sunday night.Anthony has played in all 17 games this season, leading the Knicks with 22.1 points per game. He was held to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a 97-78 loss to Miami on Friday.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

    November 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.That's when Kobe decided he could only wait a few more months to begin his life after the Lakers.

  • Kobe Bryant, by the numbers

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Highlights of Kobe Bryant's NBA career, which he said Sunday will end at the conclusion of the season (all statistics entering Sunday):--Career points: 32,670, third-most in NBA history.High point game: 81, second-most in NBA history.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of 2015-16 season

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season.The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

  • Kobe Bryant says he will retire after this season.

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant says he will retire after this season.

  • 76ers' Okafor apologizes for choices after recent fight

    November 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has apologized through social media for his recent decisions, days after he was involved in a fight in Boston.The 6-foot-11 rookie from Duke is averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds for the winless Sixers, who face the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

  • Hornets C Jefferson out with left calf strain

    November 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson suffered an injury to his left leg in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, with team officials calling his return ''doubtful.''Jefferson suffered a left calf strain with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. He hobbled off the court, favoring his left leg, and was replaced by Cody Zeller.

  • Fredette expected to debut with D-League Knicks on Monday

    November 28, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Jimmer Fredette is expected to make his debut with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League on Monday night.Westchester took the former college player of the year with the No. 2 pick this year, but he was then signed by the New Orleans Pelicans and played four games for them before being waived on Nov. 19.

  • Boston police probing fight involving 76ers center Okafor

    November 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A man has come forward saying Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor assaulted him during a fight in Boston that was recorded on cellphone video and posted online, police said.The man filed a police report Friday saying he was punched and knocked to the ground outside a nightclub early Thursday morning, authorities said. The man said he needed stitches to close a cut above his eye, according to police.

  • Wiggins scores 22 as Timberwolves beat Kings 101-91

    November 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) For a team that has struggled at home this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have fared surprisingly well away from Target Center.It helps having what Andre Miller calls one of the deepest benches in the NBA.Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Zach LaVine added 19 points and eight rebounds, and the Timberwolves got a big game from their reserves in a 101-91 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

  • Warriors Watch

    December 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) CHASING HISTORYHow the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors compare to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who set the NBA single-season record with 72 wins.Warriors' record through 20 games: 20-0.Last result: Def. Charlotte Hornets, 116-99.Next game: At Toronto, Saturday.

  • Milt Newton's odyssey from troubled kid to Timberwolves GM

    November 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kent Amos sat in his Washington, D.C., living room 36 years ago, three lost boys standing before him.Amos and his wife Carmen were embarking on a new mentoring program for wayward children, and 14-year-old Milt Newton was among the first three candidates to receive the family's help.

  • 76ers center Okafor says Boston fight 'dumb on my part'

    November 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline.''It was definitely dumb on my part,'' Okafor said following a shootaround Friday, several hours before the Houston Rockets were scheduled to host the Sixers. ''Something I'm embarrassed about. Still dealing with the league and the team but I'm not happy about it all. We're still going through the process of what we're going to do.''

  • Bucks' Jason Kidd suspended a game for conduct toward ref

    November 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd for one game without pay for his aggressive conduct toward a referee.His actions came during Wednesday night's 129-118 home loss to Sacramento. Kidd is to serve his suspension Friday night when the Bucks play at Orlando.

  • Boston police say no investigation in apparent Okafor fight

    November 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston police say they do not plan to investigate an apparent nightclub scuffle involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor unless someone involved comes forward to say they were the victim of a crime.Officer James Kenneally said Friday that police responded to reports of a fight outside the nightclub hours after the winless Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Kenneally says the participants were gone by the time officers arrived and nobody was arrested or charged.

  • Memphis hands Houston 3rd straight loss, 102-93

    November 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies didn't panic after opening the season 3-6 because they were confident they had the players to turn things around.Now they've done just that, winning six of their last seven games, capped by a 102-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to improve to 9-7.

  • Suns sign G Bryce Cotton out of D-League

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed free-agent guard Bryce Cotton out of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.The Suns announced the signing prior to their game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-1 Cotton is a Providence product and had averaged 22 points per game in four contests with the Austin Spurs this year. The Tucson native played in 15 games for the Utah Jazz as an un-drafted rookie last season and scored double digits in his last four.

  • Suns sign free-agent guard Bryce Cotton

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns signed free-agent guard Bryce Cotton on Wednesday before their home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.The 6-foot-1 Cotton, a former Tucson prep star who played at Providence, averaged 22.0 points in four games for Austin in the NBA Development League. He averaged 5.3 points in 15 games last season as rookie with the Utah Jazz, scoring 21 points in an April 13 game against Dallas.

  • Fan pours drink on Celtics draft pick Thornton during game

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) An elderly basketball fan has been banned for the rest of the Australian season after tipping beer on the head of Boston Celtics 2015 draft pick Marcus Thornton during a domestic league game.Thornton was playing for the Sydney Kings in a National Basketball League game against the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong on Wednesday when he drove to the net in the third quarter and fell to the floor on the edge of the court. That's when a man seated in a private box leaned over and poured his drink on him.

  • Hornets agree to multiyear extension with Steve Clifford

    November 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have entrusted their short-term future to coach Steve Clifford.The Hornets agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday with Clifford, who is in his third season with the franchise. The team did not release financial terms.

  • Warriors want more after making NBA history with 16-0 start

    November 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even though he hasn't been in his usual spot on the bench, ailing coach Steve Kerr has contributed plenty to Golden State's record start.On Tuesday night, his defending champion Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 to become the first team in NBA history to begin a season 16-0. Hours earlier, Kerr offered his thoughts - then spent the game behind the scenes still recovering from a pair of back operations as interim coach Luke Walton led the squad to its latest win.

  • Hawks retire Mutombo's No. 55

    November 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker's Hall of Fame enshrinement.Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams.

  • Pacers G Hill expected to return Tuesday against Wizards

    November 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Pacers guard George Hill is expected to return Tuesday night against Washington after missing three games with an upper respiratory infection.Hill is averaging 14 points and just under 37 minutes in 10 games this season. He was on the bench in case of emergency in Saturday's victory over Milwaukee.

  • Spurs' Parker names cubs at Texas zoo for self, wife, son

    November 24, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Tony Parker had a walk on the wild side this week and has named three African lion cubs at the San Antonio Zoo after his wife, their son and himself.Zoo officials said Tuesday that Parker had decided on Axelle, Josh and T.P. after earlier making the top bid for the naming rights.

  • Review board says cops had no right to arrest NBA player

    November 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1kRkA4M ) says the police watchdog agency also ruled Monday that officers didn't use excessive force when his leg was broken in a struggle.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer fined ,000 for contact with official

    November 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized Monday for bumping an official, an incident that drew a ,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended.The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • LeBron James joins Oscar Robertson on elite NBA list

    November 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Make room, Big O.LeBron James joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the Top 25 in points and assists.With his fifth assist Monday night against Orlando, James pulled into the elite company of Robertson, the legendary ''Big O,'' who finished with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James entered the game needing 21 points to pass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 18th on the career scoring list. Robertson is 11th.

  • Warriors look to follow up NBA title by posting record start

    November 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Anyone who thought the Golden State Warriors would be content after winning one NBA title was sadly mistaken.With Stephen Curry hitting 3-pointers at a record-setting pace and the rest of his teammates playing with a high level of intensity and focus, the Warriors have tied the NBA record with 15 straight wins to open the season.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer fined ,00 for contact with official

    November 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized Monday for bumping an official, an incident that drew a ,000 fine from the NBA and led to a call from the referees' union that he be suspended.The fine, announced by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • LA Clippers dance squad to get reality series

    November 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers' dance squad is getting its own reality series.E! Entertainment said Monday the series that is scheduled to debut early next year will show what it's like to be a member of the squad on and off the court. Eight one-hour episodes of ''L.A. Clippers Dance Squad'' are scheduled to air on the cable network.

  • Heat's Riley says he sees 'dynastic' potential in Warriors

    November 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Pat Riley played alongside Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, the guards whose exploits from the early 1970s still have the Miami Heat president saying they were the best backcourt he ever saw.His rankings might be changing.From Riley, these are ultimate compliments - comparing anyone to West and Goodrich, or one team to that 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship. But that's the level of the praise he's doling out these days to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rolling Golden State Warriors.

  • Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

    November 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain have reached an agreement in a years-long lawsuit that alleged misuse of the basketball star's name in advertising, according to spokespeople for both sides.The case involved Jewel-Osco's use of Jordan's name in a 2009 Sports Illustrated ad that congratulated the six-time NBA champion on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The ad included a large Jewel-Osco logo under the text.

  • Riley says he sees 'dynastic' potential in Warriors

    November 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Pat Riley played alongside Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, the guards whose exploits from the early 1970s still have the Miami Heat president saying they were the best backcourt he ever saw.His rankings might be changing.From Riley, these are ultimate compliments - comparing anyone to West and Goodrich, or one team to that 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship. But that's the level of the praise he's doling out these days to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rolling Golden State Warriors.

  • Celtics' Smart out a couple of weeks with left leg injury

    November 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss at least a couple of weeks with a lower left leg injury.Coach Brad Stevens says Sunday that the second-year guard won't need surgery and the injury isn't considered a long-term problem, but that doctors want to make sure he's fully healed before returning.

  • Timberwolves moving Kevin Martin into starting lineup

    November 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is inserting Kevin Martin into the starting lineup in hopes of jumpstarting a struggling offense.Martin will replace Tayshaun Prince and Andrew Wiggins will slide from shooting guard to small forward in a first five that also includes point guard Ricky Rubio, power forward Kevin Garnett and center Karl-Anthony Towns. The new-look unit will debut on Monday night at home against winless Philadelphia.

  • Wade moves into NBA's top 50 career scorers

    November 21, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is now among the top 50 scorers in NBA history.Wade has passed Dale Ellis for 50th on the league's all-time list. Ellis scored 19,004 points in his career; Wade's free throw with 3:10 left in the second quarter of Miami's game with Philadelphia on Saturday night gave the perennial All-Star guard 19,005 for his career.

  • Gentry: Davis, Asik ready to return for Pelicans vs. Spurs

    November 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says forward Anthony Davis and center Omer Asik are both ready to return to the lineup Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.Davis injured his left shoulder in the first quarter Tuesday night in a loss to Denver and sat out Wednesday night in a loss at Oklahoma City that dropped the Pelicans to 1-11.

  • Wizards' Webster expected to miss season after hip surgery

    November 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster is expected to miss the entire NBA season after having surgery on his right hip.The team says Webster's operation, in Tennessee on Friday, repaired the labrum and damaged cartilage in his hip.

  • Cavs center Timofey Mozgov out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    November 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are down to two healthy starters.The team said Friday that center Timofey Mozgov could miss the next two weeks with a strained shoulder and guard Mo Williams is out for the next two games, another blow to a team that's had more than its share of injuries.

  • Cavs starting center Mozgov out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

    November 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting center Timofey Mozgov could miss two weeks with a strained shoulder.Mozgov was injured in the first half of a win Thursday night over Milwaukee and did not return in the second half. An MRI taken Friday revealed a strained right deltoid, and the team said he will be out at least 10 days.

  • Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay injures shoulder

    November 19, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Sacramento forward Rudy Gay left the Kings' game Thursday night against the Miami Heat after straining his left shoulder.Gay was hurt in the third quarter driving to the basket as Miami's Justise Winslow took a swipe at the ball. Gay immediately grabbed his shoulder and left the game. He finished with 13 points in 25 minutes.

  • LeBron James has high praise for coach David Blatt

    November 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James flattered Cavaliers coach David Blatt with some high praise.''He does his job, as great as any coach can do in this league,'' James said Thursday morning at Cleveland's shootaround before its night game against Milwaukee. ''It's up for us to go out and produce.''

  • Ty Lawson pleads guilty to charges in drunken driving arrest

    November 19, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his drunken driving arrest in Denver.Court records show the former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded guilty Thursday to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation. He faces up to 180 days in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 14.

  • Kings star Cousins suspended 1 game for hitting Horford

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento Kings star forward DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game for hitting Atlanta's Al Horford in the head with a forearm.Cousins will miss Thursday night's game at Miami.The NBA announced the penalty a day after Cousins and Horford tangled late in the first quarter at Atlanta. The 25-year-old Cousins has often been suspended for his conduct on and off the court.

  • Bucks' Parker to return against Cavs following foot sprain

    November 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Forward Jabari Parker will return Thursday night for the Milwaukee Bucks against Cleveland after missing a game because of a sprained right foot.Coach Jason Kidd said in Cleveland that Parker would start against the Cavaliers.Parker didn't play in the Bucks' first four games as the team eased him back from a torn left ACL injury that sidelined him for the last 4 1/2 months of the 2014-15 campaign.

  • Bulls G Derrick Rose sits out against Suns with sore ankle

    November 18, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been ruled out against the Phoenix Suns with a sore left ankle.Rose tested his ankle with balance work before Wednesday night's game, but coach Fred Hoiberg decided to hold him out. The 2011 NBA MVP was injured late in Monday's win over Indiana, when he scored 23 points in a 96-95 victory.

  • Struggling Hawks again without Teague, Bazemore vs Kings

    November 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks were again short-handed Wednesday night, going against the Sacramento Kings without starters Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore.Teague missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Bazemore is sidelined for the second game in a row with a right ankle sprain.

  • Mavs' Charlie Villanueva leaves team for birth of 2nd child

    November 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva has left the team for the birth of his second child.Villanueva missed the team's game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.The 31-yeard-old Villanueva is averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Pistons showing progress behind Drummond, Jackson

    November 18, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Andre Drummond's rebounding numbers are so stratospheric that he hears it from the rest of his team when he finishes a game with only 18.''They were giving him a hard time in the locker room last night,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday. ''He was below his average.''

  • Hornets' Marvin Williams fined ,000

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams was fined ,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for elbowing New York Knicks forward Louis Amundson in the head.Williams was given a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected in the fourth quarter of the Hornets' 102-94 loss at New York on Tuesday night.

  • After big night, Porzingis new toast of the town in New York

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis has long arms and quick feet, an ideal combination for rebounding, defending and distributing towels.A big number on the stat sheet is no match for an `R' on the roster - the letter that stands for rookie. So moments after scoring 29 points Tuesday in the best game of his young career, the 20-year-old forward dutifully fetched towels for his veteran New York Knicks teammates.

  • Spurs' Manu Ginobili out 2 games with hip issue

    November 18, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Veteran Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will miss the next two games with hip tightness.San Antonio (8-2) announced the move before Wednesday night's home game against Denver. He will also miss Friday's game at New Orleans and will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against Memphis.

  • Kevin McHale fired by Houston Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Six months ago, Kevin McHale coached the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years.There are high expectations for the team again this season behind James Harden and Dwight Howard, but McHale won't be around to see where the Rockets end up: Houston fired McHale on Wednesday with the team off to a puzzling 4-7 start.

  • Kevin McHale fired by Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets fired Kevin McHale on Wednesday with the team off to a lackluster 4-7 start just a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals.Assistant J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach in the shake-up announced by general manager Daryl Morey hours before Houston hosted Portland.

  • McHale fired by Rockets after 4-7 start

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale with the team off to a lackluster 4-7 start just a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals, The Associated Press has learned.Assistant J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the move had not yet been announced. The firing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale

    November 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale.

  • Pelicans' Davis hurts left shoulder vs Denver

    November 17, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans forward Anthony Davis has left the court with a left shoulder injury and will not return in the Pelicans' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.Davis could be seen grimacing while playing in the first quarter. He started the game 0 for 3 from the field and had not scored when he left the court during a timeout with 5:39 left in the period.

  • Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing

    November 17, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract.In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years - driving Benson to and from work and doing numerous personal errands for Benson and his wife.

  • Nuggets F Wilson Chandler has hip surgery; out for season

    November 18, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets say forward Wilson Chandler underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.The team says Tuesday the arthroscopic surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.Chandler is out for this season. He's expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

  • Carmelo Anthony executive producer of Lloyd Daniels film

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony is the executive producer of the new documentary about former New York playground star and NBA player Lloyd Daniels.''"The Legend of `Swee' Pea''' debuts Tuesday in New York and tells the story of Daniels, whose rise was sidetracked by drug addiction and violence. He had remnants of bullets still in his body as he embarked on his pro career.

  • Bucks forward Jabari Parker out with sprained right foot

    November 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Jabari Parker will miss the Milwaukee Bucks' upcoming three-game road trip because of a sprained right foot.The second-year forward was scheduled to undergo more tests. Parker had an MRI on Monday morning to follow up on discomfort in the foot.

  • Pacers rookie Myles Turner out 6 weeks after thumb surgery

    November 16, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss six weeks after surgery Monday to repair a chip fracture in his left thumb.The rookie was injured during last week's victory at Boston. Initially, the team said the No. 11 overall pick in the June draft would miss four weeks.

  • Billionaire loses appeal to reverse B sale of LA Clippers

    November 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his appeal Monday to regain the team his estranged wife sold last year for a record billion after he was booted from the NBA for making discriminatory remarks about blacks.The 2nd District Court of Appeal said Shelly Sterling properly removed her husband from a family trust that owned the team and that the sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prevented the trust from an ''extraordinary loss.''

  • Clarification: Pistons-Warriors story

    November 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) In a story Nov. 10 about the Pistons-Warriors game, The Associated Press omitted Golden State center Andrew Bogut's point total for the game. Bogut scored eight points.An updated version of the story is below:On a night Stephen Curry struggled with his shot, Golden State barely missed a beat while extending its unbeaten streak.

  • Towns, Okafor, Porzingis among NBA rookies shining early

    November 16, 2015

    Whether it was because of injury, a lack of talent around them or a lack of talent on their part, last year's rookie class in the NBA was one of the most forgettable in years.It hasn't taken long for this year's crop of rookies to leave that class in the dust.

  • American basketball player unwilling to play game in France

    November 16, 2015

    MADRID (AP) American basketball player Shawn James has not traveled with his Spanish club to play a game in France because of security concerns following the attacks in Paris.Club Dominion Bilbao Basket said Monday James and his family were worried about his safety and the center decided not to make the trip for Tuesday's game in Nanterre, west of Paris. The 32-year-old James was one of the Duquesne players targeted in the 2006 shootings at the university's campus.

  • Rookies shining early across NBA

    November 16, 2015

    Whether it was because of injury, a lack of talent around them or a lack of talent on their part, last year's rookie class in the NBA was one of the most forgettable in years.It hasn't taken long for this year's crop of rookies to leave that class in the dust.

  • Cousins has 36 to lead Kings past Raptors, 107-101

    November 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins stared at the stat sheet Sunday in the Kings' locker room, perusing another night's work where his offensive output was fabulous.Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Kings win their third straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-101.

  • Jazz beat Hawks 97-96 to end 3-game skid

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) France native Rudy Gobert wore his country's flag on his shoes and stood for its national anthem before Sunday night's game.Then he did his best to put aside his emotions regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday long enough to help the Utah Jazz end a losing streak.

  • Jazz get 21 points from Favors, 20 from Hood to beat Hawks

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Derrick Favors scored 23 points, Rodney Hood added 20 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-96 on Sunday night to end a three-game skid.Paul Millsap had a season-high 28 points for the Hawks but failed to hit the rim on a 3-point attempt in the final minute and missed a 12-footer at the buzzer.

  • Coach Budenholzer back with Hawks after 1-game absence

    November 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was back with the team Sunday night after missing one game because of his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.Budenholzer is not publicly discussing Mary Beth Budenholzer's health status.''The support from the players and the staff and everybody has been great,'' he said before Atlanta played Utah. ''I'm just appreciative of that.''

  • Suns' Morris out with knee injury

    November 14, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Markieff Morris missed the Phoenix Suns' game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night due to a sprained left knee.The forward was ruled out about 40 minutes before tipoff. Morris was questionable to play before the decision was made, and the Suns inserted Jon Leuer into the starting lineup in his place.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer still out after wife's medical emergency

    November 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says he will return to the team ''as soon as possible'' but for now will remain with his family following his wife's undisclosed medical emergency.Budenholzer missed Atlanta's game in Boston on Friday night after returning to Atlanta in the morning to attend to the emergency. He said in a team-released statement that he is ''cautiously optimistic'' about his wife's progress, and he thanked the Hawks and the ''NBA family'' for their support.

  • Leonard, Ginobili out for Spurs

    November 14, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio veterans Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili will both miss the Spurs' game Saturday night against the winless Philadelphia 76ers.Leonard leads San Antonio in scoring at 21.9 points but has an upper respiratory infection. Leonard fell on his right elbow following a one-handed dunk in the Spurs' previous game against Portland, but returned to finish with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes Wednesday night.

  • Rubio listed as questionable for Memphis with hamstring

    November 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After Ricky Rubio missed so much time last season due to a severe ankle injury, the Minnesota Timberwolves knew he was susceptible to a few nagging muscle pulls and strains as he started his comeback.That doesn't make it any easier to get through now that it's happened.

  • Gerald Green returns to Heat practice, expresses remorse

    November 14, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Saturday, though what exactly caused his extended absence from the team remains a closely guarded secret.Green expressed remorse for the incident but did not offer any new details on what happened at his apartment building Nov. 4.

  • French players work through heavy hearts after Paris attacks

    November 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca admitted he had a hard time focusing on basketball Friday night.The Saint-Etienne, France native was worried about the safety of his family in Paris, where terrorist attacks killed at least 120 people. He didn't get confirmation they were all safe until after New Orleans' 100-81 loss at Toronto, and he was especially concerned for a cousin who was at the soccer friendly rocked by the sound of nearby explosions.

  • Isaiah Thomas scores 23, Celtics beat Hawks 106-93

    November 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston's early shooting troubles went away after halftime, while its defense and rebounding never faltered.Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and added 10 assists as the Celtics overcame a slow start with a solid finish and beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-93 on Friday night.

  • Hawks coach Budenholzer to miss game for family emergency

    November 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will miss Friday night's game at the Boston Celtics because of a family emergency.Top assistant Kenny Atkinson will coach the Hawks.Atkinson said, ''Our thoughts are with him, obviously, and his family. We're all pretty close.''

  • Steph Curry somehow improves on MVP and championship season

    November 13, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hardly keeps track of how many 3-pointers he's putting up on a given night. His mindset is: See a chance and let it fly.So, how about if he's on a record pace for 3s by season's end?''I always believe 3 is better than 2,'' Curry said with a smile after a recent game. ''If I can knock `em down, I'm sure that will help our team kind of open up games and it's kind of deflating for a defense. I know it is for us when a guy gets hot on the other side.''

  • AP Source: Wolves owner negotiating to sell minority share

    November 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been searching for several years for an investor who would be willing to purchase a minority share of the team and let Taylor continue to run the show for a few more years before eventually taking over as the majority stakeholder.

  • Hawks' Budenholzer missing game due to 'family emergency'

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will miss Friday night's game at Boston because of a family emergency.The team announced that Budenholzer returned to Atlanta early Friday after initially traveling with the team. The Hawks gave no additional details and asked fans and media to ''respect the private nature of the situation.''

  • Clippers without Paul, Redick against Suns

    November 12, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were without their starting backcourt against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Chris Paul has a strained groin and J.J. Redick has lower back spasms. Both were hurt in the team's loss at Dallas on Wednesday night.

  • Wade out for Heat-Jazz with family emergency

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was excused from Miami's home game against Utah on Thursday night because one of his sons was admitted to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.The team did not specify which of Wade's sons had fallen ill, or divulge any other information other than the child is expected to be fine. Wade was expected to release a statement later Thursday.

  • Bulls' Noah on track to return after missing game

    November 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Center Joakim Noah appears to be on track to return to the Chicago Bulls after missing a game because of soreness in his left knee.Coach Fred Hoiberg said Noah went through a full practice Thursday after experiencing some discomfort and will ''hopefully'' play Friday against Charlotte.

  • Injured thumb will keep Pacers' top draft pick out 4 weeks

    November 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers expect rookie center Myles Turner to miss at least four weeks with a chip fracture in his left thumb.He was injured in Wednesday night's victory at Boston. Team officials made the announcement Thursday and said Turner is consulting with the medical staff about what to do next.

  • He gets buckets: Irving's 'Uncle Drew' is back

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) By his own estimate, Kyrie Irving figures about half the people who shout at him in public use his name.The other half yell for Uncle Drew.The character Irving created - the old man who shows up at the playground and, as Drew would say, gets ''buckets'' - is back. Pepsi and Irving released Chapter 4 of the wildly popular Uncle Drew story on Thursday, this episode filmed at a Miami park over the summer and also featuring Ray Allen, Baron Davis and actor J.B. Smoove.

  • Heat helping returning soldiers transition into coaching

    November 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The way Miami Heat President Pat Riley sees it, there are some real similarities between being a soldier and being a coach.And now, some former soldiers are getting a chance to prove him right.The Heat charitable fund has provided 0,000 to a program called Operation Coach, part of an organization called Up2Us Sports that is trying to give returning veterans from the post-Sept. 11 era the opportunity to give back to their communities through involvement in youth sports. A group of those coaches were part of an on-court ceremony at a Heat game this week.

  • Portland's Leonard dislocates shoulder

    November 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland forward Meyers Leonard dislocated his left shoulder Wednesday night during the Trail Blazers' game against the San Antonio Spurs.Leonard was whisked to the locker room after he clutched his left arm on the court midway through the third quarter. The team said he would not return.

  • Aldridge returns to Portland for the 1st time with Spurs

    November 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge made his first appearance in Portland since leaving the Trail Blazers for San Antonio this summer, leading the Spurs to a 113-101 victory Wednesday.The Texas native signed a four-year deal worth million with the Spurs in July. Aldridge met with several teams, but ultimately picked the one that brought him home.

  • Lakers to honor 3 men who helped stop attempted train attack

    November 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The three men who helped stop an attempted terror attack on a train in Europe will be honored by the Los Angeles Lakers this weekend.Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler will be introduced in an on-court ceremony Sunday when the Lakers face Detroit. They also will meet with team president and co-owner Jeanie Buss.

  • Magic's Oladipo leaves game vs Lakers with concussion

    November 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the team's second-leading scorer, left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a concussion.Team officials said Oladipo was taken to the locker room for examination during the first quarter and would not return to the game.

  • Nuggets F Chandler out for the year with hip injury

    November 11, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will undergo surgery on his right hip and is expected to miss the season.Chandler suffered a labral tear during the preseason and did not play in any of Denver's first seven regular-season games. He will endure a six-month rehab process but is expected to make a full recovery.

  • Hawks assigned rookie C Walter 'Edy' Tavares to D-League

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have sent rookie center Walter ''Edy'' Tavares to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.The move was made under the flexible assignment rule, giving the 7-foot-3 Tavares a chance to get some much-needed playing time.

  • Pelicans star Anthony Davis (hip injury) sits out vs Hawks

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New Orleans star Anthony Davis is sitting out Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a bruised right hip.Davis was injured the previous night in the Pelicans' first win of the season, a 120-105 victory over Dallas. He sat out the second half and wasn't cleared to face the Hawks. Omer Asik gets the start at center.

  • Knicks G Afflalo will start against Hornets

    November 11, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher says guard Aaron Afflalo will make his first start of the season against the Charlotte Hornets.Afflalo has been bothered by a strained left hamstring and has missed New York's first eight games.

  • Thunder's Durant out at least a week with hamstring injury

    November 12, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant got annoyed with health questions during the preseason.Just a few weeks into the regular season, he's already facing more of them.The Thunder said Wednesday the star forward will miss at least a week because of a strained left hamstring. Durant was injured during the second quarter of a 125-101 victory at Washington on Tuesday night. He will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.

  • Police: Heat guard Gerald Green punched man, was combative

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat guard Gerald Green punched a man, then was combative with paramedics and eventually needed to be handcuffed just so rescue personnel could transport him to a trauma center last week, according to police.The Miami police incident report, released Wednesday, said the man who was punched by Green did not wish to press charges.

  • Stirling, longtime NBA executive and scout, dies at 86

    November 11, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gordon ''Scotty'' Stirling, the former NBA vice president of operations and longtime team executive and scout, died Wednesday. He was 86.The NBA said Stirling died in Sacramento.''Scotty was a highly regarded league executive who dedicated more than 35 years of his life to our game,'' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. ''He exuded passion for basketball and worked tirelessly in front-office roles with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and the ABA's Oakland Oaks.

  • Rockets guard Beverley briefly arrested on traffic warrant

    November 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was briefly arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor warrant for a Houston-area traffic violation before being released when he paid a 1 fine.The team says Beverley, who missed the Rockets' morning shootaround, has resolved issues related to vehicle registration and an electronic toll road pass.

  • Team owner sorry for chopper preventing youth soccer game

    November 11, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) An owner of the NHL's New Jersey Devils is apologizing to two youth soccer teams after his helicopter landed on the field where they were going to play, forcing the game's cancellation.Officials at a Newark prep school that lets Devils owner Josh Harris and others use its field say an apparent scheduling error was to blame.

  • Rockets guard Beverley arrested on traffic violations

    November 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was briefly arrested Wednesday over some misdemeanor Houston-area traffic violations.The team says Beverley, who missed the Rockets' morning shootaround, has resolved issues related to vehicle registration and an electronic toll road pass.

  • Rookie Winslow quickly works his way into key Heat role

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Justise Winslow is two weeks into his NBA career, and here's just a partial list of some of the players the Miami Heat have already called upon him to guard: LeBron James, Paul George, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan.All big-time scorers.And Winslow hasn't flinched.

  • 'We're just too soft': Wittman rips his Wizards for no 'D'

    November 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The volume of Randy Wittman's voice rose right along with his anger.The coach's Washington Wizards had just lost their third consecutive game, offering up little in the way of defensive resistance each time, and he had a point to make.

  • Kobe Bryant sits out Lakers game at Miami with sore back

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A sore back kept Kobe Bryant out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup on Tuesday for the first game that the 20-year veteran dogged by injuries in recent years missed this season.Bryant was not with the team for its morning shootaround several hours before facing the Miami Heat and knew in the afternoon he wouldn't be able to play. The Lakers started Metta World Peace in Bryant's place and lost 101-88, falling to 1-6 on the season.

  • Thunder's Durant leaves game at Wizards with left leg injury

    November 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder's game at the Washington Wizards at halftime with a strained left hamstring Tuesday night.After getting fouled by Kris Humphries on a drive to the basket with 54.2 seconds left in the second quarter, Durant limped a bit and grabbed at the back of his left leg.

  • Andrew Wiggins out with sore right knee

    November 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins was a late scratch for the game on Tuesday night against Charlotte because of a sore right knee.Wiggins was coming off back-to-back games of at least 30 points for the first time in his young career. That included 33 in a road victory over Atlanta on Monday night that improved the Timberwolves to a surprising 4-2.

  • Kobe Bryant sitting out Lakers game at Miami

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant is not in the Los Angeles Lakers' starting lineup against the Miami Heat, marking the first game the 20-year veteran is missing this season.Metta World Peace was listed in Bryant's starting spot on Tuesday night.Bryant is in Miami with the team and said Monday he anticipated playing against the Heat. Lakers coach Byron Scott did not reveal that Bryant was not playing in his pregame availability, and it wasn't officially known until the team released its starting lineup about 45 minutes before game time.

  • Heat suspend Green for 2 games over detrimental conduct

    November 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green will return to the Miami Heat, but only after the shooting guard serves a two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.The specifics of that conduct, however, remain a mystery.Green was briefly hospitalized last week for still-undisclosed reasons and has not been with the team since. He was a key reserve in Miami's first three games, missed a game on Nov. 3 because of what the team said was an illness, and then needed to be transported by ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital the following morning.

  • Wiz G Bradley Beal out of starting lineup with sore shoulder

    November 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is out of the starting lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sore left shoulder.Beal, Washington's leading scorer, is active Tuesday night, but listed as doubtful. Gary Neal replaces him in the lineup.

  • Heat send Chalmers to Grizzlies in multi-player deal

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Mario Chalmers and Memphis are linked again.Best known in college for helping beat Memphis in the NCAA championship game, Chalmers was traded by Miami to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday in a four-player deal that helps the Heat move closer to escaping would be a very punitive tax bill after the season.

  • 76ers, Phillies look for new ways to rebuild sagging teams

    November 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have more official and unofficial catchphrases attached to their elongated rebuild these days than victories.''Trust the Process.'' ''Tankadelphia.'' ''Since 1776.''No, Philadelphia hasn't been losing since 1776, though the winless Sixers are on a 17-game losing streak dating to last season.

  • Bulls D League team to play in Hoffman Estates

    November 10, 2015

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bulls' new NBA Development League team will play its home games at the Sears Centre Arena in suburban Hoffman Estates.Team officials presented a Bulls jersey to the village on Monday night after the village board voted to allow the team to play in the arena. The lease agreement could be made final next week.

  • Indianapolis board OKs Pacers' plans for practice facility

    November 10, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has given its unanimous approval to a contract allowing the Indiana Pacers to build a million practice facility.Board President Earl Goode said Monday the five-story, 130,000-square-foot St. Vincent Center would be built in downtown Indianapolis across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That venue is the home of the Pacers and the WNBA's Indiana Fever.

  • Kobe says another Olympics 'would mean the world' to him

    November 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Kobe Bryant sounds like someone who wants to play beyond this season - if only for a few months.Bryant said Monday that he still wants to be part of the team that USA Basketball will send to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a tournament that theoretically could mark the end of his competitive basketball career if he retires at the conclusion of this NBA season. Bryant helped the U.S. win gold at the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games.

  • NBA star Duncan says ex-financial adviser cost him millions

    November 9, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed another lawsuit against a former financial adviser he contends has cost him millions of dollars in lost investments.The lawsuit filed last week claims Charles Banks of Atlanta urged Duncan to invest .1 million in a cosmetics company that Banks said was profitable when it was actually about to become bankrupt.

  • Kobe's wish: Treat visits like he did Jordan's last All-Star

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It's off to Florida now for Kobe Bryant, for two more games that will potentially be his last in those cities.The Los Angeles Lakers visit Miami on Tuesday and are in Orlando the next night. Yet even if he thinks these are his last trips, don't count on him squeezing in a stop on South Beach to test a restaurant recommendation, or hop over to Walt Disney World for souvenir shopping.

  • LeBron James to play against Pacers despite quad injury

    November 8, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is playing in the Cavaliers' game against Indiana despite a bruised left quad.James took a knee to the leg driving to the basket Friday against Philadelphia. He was down on the court for a couple of moments but remained in the game, scoring 31 points with 13 assists, both season highs.

  • Byron Scott: Kobe said recently this could be his last year

    November 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lakers coach Byron Scott asked Kobe Bryant recently how he wants to handle his minutes this season.Bryant's response was about next season - there might not be one.Scott said Sunday that was when Bryant first told him this could be his last season in the NBA.

  • Chris Paul out for Los Angeles Clippers with sore groin

    November 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul has been ruled out for the Los Angeles Clippers' game against Houston due to a sore right groin.The All-Star guard got hurt in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 112-108 loss at Golden State. Coach Doc Rivers says he expects Paul to be out one game.

  • Kobe says he's 'Laker for life,' won't play elsewhere

    November 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) If Kobe Bryant plays beyond this season, he says it will only be with the Lakers.Bryant called himself a ''Laker for life'' on Friday, again denying that he would look to play elsewhere if this season isn't his last.Bryant's contract expires in June at the end of his 20th season. The 37-year-old superstar hasn't revealed his future plans.

  • Kobe prepares for his next, and perhaps his last trip to MSG

    November 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kobe Bryant always loved the history at Madison Square Garden, even before he made some of his own.There's so much to soak in, from the famous faces sitting courtside to the jerseys of great players that hang overhead.''I always try to take a look around, always try to kind of embrace the moment and kind of feel the energy a little,'' Bryant said. ''I always try to make it a point to do that. Is it a little different this time around? Yeah.''

  • Celtics end slide with dominating 118-98 win over Wizards

    November 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics ran at a pace even the up-tempo Washington Wizards couldn't match.Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and eight assists and the Celtics ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Wizards 118-98 on Friday night.

  • LeBron James gets 9,000th career field goal

    November 6, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James became the 20th player in NBA history to make 9,000 career field goals in the second quarter Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.James reached the mark in style by taking an alley-oop pass from Mo Williams for a dunk with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter.

  • Nets' NBA D-League team to debut in 2016-17 season

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Nets organization is headed back to its roots.Brooklyn will have its own NBA Development League team, the Long Island Nets.The D-League Nets will begin play next season at Barclays Center, their parent club's home, before moving to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 2017-18 season. That arena is currently being renovated.

  • Heat guard Green still out with undisclosed illness

    November 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami coach Erik Spoelstra offered no new information on the status of Heat guard Gerald Green, who was hospitalized Wednesday morning. Spoelstra spoke to the media before Friday night's game with the Indiana Pacers,The team continues to limit the details released about Green. He did not play in Miami's home loss to Atlanta on Tuesday and sat out with what Miami described as an illness. Miami police and fire were called to Green's condo early Wednesday after a 911 call that described Green as bleeding and passed out in front of his condo building.

  • Heat's Green still out after being hospitalized

    November 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offered no new information Friday on Gerald Green's status after the Heat guard was hospitalized Wednesday morning.Miami has limited the details released about Green. He did not play in Miami's home loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night, sitting out with what Miami described as an illness. Miami police and fire were called to Green's condo early Wednesday after a 911 call described Green as bleeding and passed out in front of his condo building.

  • Inside game lets Hornets coast past Mavericks, 108-94

    November 6, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Hornets fittingly turned to an old-school NBA tactic - the post-up game - to record Charlotte's first NBA victory in Dallas since 1998.Center Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Hornets pulled away in the second half and beat the Mavericks 108-94 on Thursday night.

  • Carlisle re-ups with Mavs, likely to coach post-Nowitzki era

    November 5, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Rick Carlisle now figures to be coach of the Mavericks long after Dirk Nowitzki retires.The franchise leader in victories and architect of Dallas' only championship has what amounts to a seven-year contract after he signed a five-year, million extension that won't kick in until after the 2016-17 season.

  • Mavs sign Carlisle to contract extension through 2021-22

    November 5, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have signed coach Rick Carlisle to a five-year contract extension that could keep the franchise leader in victories in Dallas until at least 2022.A person with knowledge of the deal says Carlisle is getting a five-year, million extension that will kick in after the team option year in 2016-17. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because contract terms weren't released.

  • Pacers honor favorite 'uncle' at Mel Daniels' memorial

    November 5, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mel Daniels' former teammates will always remember him as a fighter.Cindy Simon Skjodt will always treasure his breath-taking bear hugs, and Reggie Miller will always consider Daniels his favorite uncle.On Thursday, Daniels, the former Indiana Pacers star, was remembered as everything from a tough-talking enforcer to a cowboy-loving poet to a gentle giant who captured the hearts of so many fans in this basketball-rich state. He died Friday at age 71, less than 24 hours after attending Indiana's home opener against Memphis.

  • Magic's Vucevic out with bone bruise in right knee

    November 5, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) An MRI shows that Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic has a bone bruise to his right knee.He hurt it in the second half of Orlando's 119-114 overtime loss at Houston on Wednesday night.The team said Thursday his return to the court would depend on how he responds to treatment.

  • Heat: Green 'safe' and 'healthy,' no specifics on condition

    November 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said reserve guard Gerald Green ''is safe and is healthy,'' one day after he was hospitalized for a still-undisclosed reason.Spoelstra declined to offer any further specifics on Green's condition after the team's morning shootaround in preparation for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, but teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade said they have reached out to Green to let him know they are there to support him.

  • Nuggets add Papanikolaou, waive Green

    November 5, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have added forward Kostas Papanikolaou and waived guard Erick Green.Papanikolaou will be available for Denver's game Thursday night against Utah at the Pepsi Center.The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Papanikolaou averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 43 games with Houston last season. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2012, dealt to Portland and then to the Rockets in 2013.

  • Beal hits 3 with 0.3 seconds left, Wizards beat Spurs 102-99

    November 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Even the NBA's reigning defender of the year couldn't stop Bradley Beal on Wednesday night.Beal made a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to punctuate his 25-point performance against Kawhi Leonard and lift the Washington Wizards to a 102-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

  • LeBron tears open sleeves on too-tight jersey

    November 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has intentionally torn the sleeves on the new jerseys being worn by the Cavaliers in their game against the New York Knicks.James has said in the past that he's ''not a fan'' of the body-hugging jerseys because they restrict him when he's shooting. On Wednesday night, an irritated James, in the midst of a 4-of-11 shooting performance in the first half, did some in-game alterations by ripping the seams on the sleeves around his biceps.

  • 76ers get hardship waiver, sign PG Phil Pressey

    November 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have signed point guard Phil Pressey after being granted an additional roster spot from the NBA for hardship relief.Pressey has appeared in 125 games with the Boston Celtics, averaging 3.1 points, and 2.9 assists in 14 minutes per game. Pressey was on the active list for Wednesday night's game in Milwaukee against the Bucks.

  • Forward Jabari Parker starts in first game back for Bucks

    November 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Forward Jabari Parker has returned to the floor for the Milwaukee Bucks for the first time since tearing his left ACL more than 10 months ago.The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft started Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Coach Jason Kidd joked that Parker was so excited that he got a haircut before the game.

  • Heat say G Gerald Green hospitalized, reasons unclear

    November 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Gerald Green of the Miami Heat was hospitalized Wednesday for unknown reasons, and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for its game there Thursday.The Heat have ruled Green out for Thursday's game, citing illness - the same reason given when he sat out Tuesday's home game with Atlanta.

  • Jazz not worried about slow start for Gordon Hayward

    November 3, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward entered the season ready to raise his profile in the league. Things are off to a slower start than expected through three games.Hayward has averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists going into Wednesday's home opener against the Trail Blazers. Those aren't the numbers those around the organization - or Hayward - hoped for, but there's certainly no panic from such a small sample size.

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith out at least 2 games with bruised knee

    November 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least two games with a bruised right knee.The team said an MRI taken Tuesday revealed the bruise as well as right quadriceps tendinitis. Smith will miss Wednesday's home game against New York and Friday's against Philadelphia. He is doubtful for Sunday against Indiana.

  • SG Ross agrees to contract extension with Raptors

    November 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Terrence Ross is staying with the Toronto Raptors.Ross posted on his Twitter account that he had agreed to a multiyear contract. The 24-year-old Ross had until midnight on Monday to sign a deal, or he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

  • Hornets sign G Lamb to 3-year contract extension

    November 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets signed guard Jeremy Lamb to a contract extension on Monday and picked up the fourth-year option on forward Cody Zeller's contract.Lamb's deal is worth million over three seasons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't disclose contract details.

  • Ginobili talks his way into playing, despite Pop's rest plan

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gregg Popovich's plan to rest one of his veterans hit a snag.Chalk it up to Manu Ginobili's persuasion. Or blame the ''bunch of cowards'' Popovich has for assistant coaches.Either way, Ginobili played for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday in their 94-84 victory at New York on the second half of a back-to-back that he was supposed to sit.

  • Lakers rookie Nance's nose broken in practice by Randle

    November 2, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Rookie Larry Nance Jr. had his nose broken by Los Angeles Lakers teammate Julius Randle during practice Monday.Nance is questionable for the Lakers' home game against Denver on Tuesday night.So is Brandon Bass, who injured his eye during the Lakers' loss to Dallas on Sunday.

  • Bucks' Parker, Ennis medically cleared to play against 76ers

    November 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis have been medically cleared to play Wednesday at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has been recovering from surgery in January to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The Bucks have taken a cautious approach with him, which will continue in his return.

  • One week into the season, LeBron closing in on 2 milestones

    November 2, 2015

    LeBron James has often said that being mentioned among the game's all-time greats is humbling to think about now, and that accomplishments will mean more to him after he stops playing.That said, he does savor milestones.And he could reach two of them in his next game.

  • Bulls' Hinrich sidelined by sore toe

    November 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kirk Hinrich will miss the Chicago Bulls' game Sunday night against the Orlando Magic because of a sore toe.Kirk's going to sit out tonight, he's just got a little bit of an issue with his toe,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''I don't think it's anything serious, but he's pretty sore today.''

  • Pelicans' Perkins out indefinitely with pectoral injury

    November 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say there's no timetable for how long veteran center Kendrick Perkins will need to come back from a pectoral injury.Perkins, who started New Orleans' first three games, was hurt in the first quarter Saturday night in a 134-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

  • 10/30/2015 NBA Player of the Day

    October 31, 2015

    Westbrook scored 48 points and added 11 rebounds in Oklahoma City's thrilling 139-136 double-overtime victory at Orlando on Friday. The All-Star point guard sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer from just inside midcourt at the end of regulation and recorded 14 of his points during the two extra periods. He flirted with a triple-double by recording eight assists while matching the third-highest single-game point total of his career.

  • Nash, maestro of frenetic Suns, enters Ring of Honor

    October 31, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Steve Nash was the maestro of a frenetic basketball symphony with the Phoenix Suns.Over a six-year span, from 2004-05 to 2009-10, his Suns reached the Western Conference finals three times and Nash was twice selected league MVP.Those teams never won an NBA title, or even reached the Finals, but they ushered in a high-speed, high-energy style that in many ways transformed the game. The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors can trace their lineage to the desert.

  • NBA Players Association hires Erica McKinley as COO

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Players Association has hired Erica McKinley as its chief operating officer.McKinley has been a practicing attorney for more than 17 years. She previously was the Chief of General Litigation and General Counsel for the Department of Human Services in the Washington office of the Attorney General.

  • Gilbert looks to bring championship to Cleveland

    October 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, following an offseason of big spending, has put his team in a position to win the city of Cleveland's first championship in 51 years.The Cavaliers, who opened their home season Friday night against Miami, are one of the favorites to win the NBA title. Gilbert's spending raised Cleveland's payroll to 0 million, which has given fans hope the Cavaliers will seize the city's first title since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

  • Bulls pick up options on Snell, McDermott for 2016-17

    October 30, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Chicago Bulls have picked up team options for the 2016-17 season on guard Tony Snell and forward Doug McDermott.The Bulls announced the moves Friday before their game at Detroit.Chicago drafted Snell in the first round in 2013, and McDermott went in the first round the following year.

  • Mel Daniels, Hall of Fame center with Pacers, dies at 71

    October 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mel Daniels, the Hall of Fame center who helped the Indiana Pacers win three American Basketball Association titles, died Friday. He was 71.The Pacers said Daniels died in Sheridan, Indiana.''The tremendous outpouring of prayers being sent our way is overwhelming,'' CeCe Daniels, his widow, said in a statement. ''We are so grateful for all the love. His charisma, poise and passion for life - be it horses, basketball or friends - is a template for us all, his family and his fans.''

  • Remembering Flip Saunders: Giver of gifts, eternal optimist

    October 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For those he knew well, and many he didn't, Flip Saunders had a knack coming up with a little gift, a trinket, something simple he would pass along during a quiet moment to make a person feel special.As Minnesota's president of basketball operations, Saunders woke up the morning of the 2014 draft and had a premonition that he would select UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick. He wrote LaVine's name down on a piece of paper that morning. When Saunders' vision came true, he pulled it out of his pocket and gave it to LaVine as his show of faith in their new union.

  • LeBron managing back, intends to play in all '82' games

    October 30, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James didn't bat an eye, didn't flinch.As the NBA keeps an eye on an ongoing issue with his back and wonders if the planet's best player is beginning to show signs of breaking down, James was asked Friday if he had a number in mind of how many games he intends to play in this season.

  • Pistons guard Jodie Meeks out 3-4 months with foot injury

    October 30, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will miss the next three to four months of the NBA season after foot surgery.The Pistons said Friday that the procedure was done to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in Meeks' right foot.

  • LeBron intends to play '82' games this season

    October 30, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Despite a back issue, LeBron James intends to play in every game for the Cavaliers this season.The 30-year-old James recently received the second anti-inflammatory injection in his back in 10 months. He said he ''didn't feel that great'' after playing in back-to-back games to start the season.

  • Saunders family establishes memorial fund for fallen coach

    October 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For those he knew well, and many he didn't, Flip Saunders had a knack coming up with a little gift, a trinket, something simple he would pass along during a quiet moment to make a person feel special.As Minnesota's president of basketball operations, Saunders woke up the morning of the 2014 draft and had a premonition that he would select UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick. He wrote LaVine's name down on a piece of paper that morning. When Saunders' vision came true, he pulled it out of his pocket and gave it to LaVine as his show of faith in their new union.

  • Women's coaches VanDerveer, Gottlieb learn from Warriors

    October 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tara VanDerveer is getting way into the Golden State Warriors, catching as many games as she can on television that don't conflict with her own busy basketball schedule.The Hall of Fame Stanford coach watched the NBA champions practice on campus recently, and she's not the only one taking advantage of having the title team right nearby in the Bay Area.

  • Sefolosha: Lawsuit against NYPD right move, hopes for change

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha thinks about the confrontation with New York police that left him with a broken leg ''almost daily'' and is filing a civil suit because ''they have to be held accountable and be smart about how to interact with people.''

  • Clippers G Austin Rivers fined by NBA

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers was fined ,000 by the NBA on Thursday, following an incident in which he hit a seat cushion that flew into the stands and hit a fan.The accident took place during a play stoppage in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 111-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

  • NBA fines Paul George for criticizing refs after opener

    October 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was fined ,000 by the NBA on Thursday for publicly criticizing the officials.After Wednesday night's season-opening loss at Toronto, the two-time All-Star told reporters that Indiana was frustrated by ''a lot of bad calls.''

  • Luke Walton fills in admirably with Steve Kerr sidelined

    October 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton had everybody fooled that he was completely cool and calm before his debut as an NBA head coach.Even with ailing boss Steve Kerr watching from nearby in the locker room and father Bill Walton in the stands as the Golden State Warriors raised their championship banner before putting together a commanding victory against the Pelicans to open the season.

  • Kobe clears another milestone, begins 20th Lakers season

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Nineteen years ago, Lakers guard Byron Scott arrived at the Fabulous Forum several hours before a game to find his new teenage rookie teammate already shooting with the arena lights off.On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant was in Staples Center several hours before the start of his 20th NBA season, patiently putting up shots with not much more than a ballboy and Los Angeles' championship banners for company.

  • DeRozan scores 25, Lowry has 23, Raptors beat Pacers 106-99

    October 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan felt great about sharing the court with Paul George again. He also enjoyed the solid start for his Toronto Raptors.DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Raptors beat George and the Pacers 106-99 on Wednesday night in the first game of the season for each team.

  • Thomas leads Celtics to 112-95 season-opening win over 76ers

    October 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens talked before the game that he needed be flexible and rely on the team's depth when choosing a lineup.The bench players seemed to be paying attention.Reserve point guard Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and seven assists, and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-95 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team.

  • Timberwolves unveil shooting shirts dedicated to Flip

    October 28, 2015

    Three days after losing their leader to cancer, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure everyone knows that Flip Saunders is still with them.The Timberwolves unveiled a new shooting shirt for pregame warmups in their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The gray shirts have ''WE'' written in big, block letters, with ''FLIP'' written over the heart.

  • Timberwolves unveiling shooting shirts dedicated to Flip

    October 28, 2015

    Three days after losing their leader to cancer, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure everyone knows that Flip Saunders is still with them.The Timberwolves are unveiling a shooting shirt for pregame warmups in their season opener at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. The gray shirts have ''WE'' written in big, block letters. They also have ''FLIP'' written over the heart.

  • Warriors C Bogut sustains concussion in season-opening win

    October 28, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has a concussion after taking an arm to the head in Tuesday night's season-opening win against New Orleans.Bogut had already been wearing a face mask for a broken nose when he sustained a cut above his right eye that required stitches. He left the defending NBA champions' 111-95 win at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter and didn't return.

  • NBA Capsules

    December 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Kyrie Irving sank a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 21.9 seconds to play and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on to hand the Phoenix Suns their fifth loss in a row, 101-97 on Monday night.Brandon Knight's 3-pointer cut Cleveland's lead to 96-95 with 1:27 to go and, after LeBron James missed a jumper, Knight hit another 3 but it was waved off because of an offensive foul against the Suns' Tyson Chandler.

  • Los Angeles Clippers exercise option on G C.J. Wilcox

    October 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have exercised their contract option on guard C.J. Wilcox for the 2016-17 season.The Clippers announced the move Tuesday night on the eve of their season opener at Sacramento.Wilcox's option for next season is worth nearly .21 million.

  • Obama spends a whirlwind day in his hometown, Chicago

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) President Barack Obama spent a whirlwind Tuesday back in his hometown.In less than a full day, he spoke to a gathering of police chiefs, raised money for fellow Democrats at back-to-back-fundraisers, sat courtside at the Chicago Bulls' season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and poked back at those who predicted he'd be a lame duck during his final two years in office.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects to return this season

    October 27, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still experiencing symptoms caused by complications following back surgery this summer and isn't sure when he will resume his duties on the bench.The second-year coach of the defending NBA champions has been on a leave of absence since having issues during the first week of training camp, including headaches and fatigue. He was on hand at Oracle Arena for Tuesday night's championship banner raising and ring ceremony as part of pregame festivities and planned to watch the game from the locker room.

  • Snyder warns against unrealistic expectations for young Jazz

    October 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The buzz around the Utah Jazz is that of an up-and-coming team ready to make a push into the playoffs after a strong finish to the 2014-15 season. The Jazz, however, are the fourth-youngest team in the league and coach Quin Snyder warns against penciling them into the postseason.

  • Jazz promote Linda Luchetti to VP of Basketball Operations

    October 27, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have promoted Linda Luchetti to vice president of basketball operations.The team announced the move Tuesday and she will report to general manager Dennis Lindsey.Luchetti has held several positions for the Jazz's parent company, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, since 2005. Most recently, she was the company's executive vice president of communications in charge of internal and external corporate communications for the company's more than 80 businesses in 46 states.

  • Obama attends Bulls-Cavaliers basketball game in Chicago

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The nation's No. 1 basketball fan is sitting courtside as the Chicago Bulls open the NBA season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.President Barack Obama is a lifelong Bulls fan. He's also a fan of Cavaliers forward LeBron James.Obama was joined by his friend Marty Nesbitt for Tuesday's game at United Center in Chicago.

  • Tolliver misses opener to be with wife for daughter's birth

    October 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Anthony Tolliver of the Detroit Pistons is not playing in the season opener against the Hawks.In fact, he's not even in Atlanta.The 6-foot-8 forward flew back to Detroit early Tuesday after his pregnant wife went into labor. The Tollivers now have a new daughter.

  • Nowitzki, Mavs open against former teammate Chandler at Suns

    October 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki will take the floor in Phoenix for the opener of his 18th season with Dallas and say hello to beloved former teammate Tyson Chandler.The Mavericks superstar has done this before, after winning the franchise's only championship with Chandler in 2011 and watching him move on to the New York Knicks.

  • Grizzlies exercise 3rd-year option on Jordan Adams

    October 27, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have exercised the third-year contract option on guard Jordan Adams, keeping him signed through the 2016-17 season.The Grizzlies announced the move Tuesday.Memphis drafted Adams with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft after his sophomore season at UCLA. The 6-foot-5, 209-pound Adams played in 30 games as a rookie last season and averaged 3.1 points and 0.9 rebounds. He also played 11 games in five assignments with the Grizzlies' NBA Development League team, the Iowa Energy, where he averaged 18.1 points and 7.0 rebounds.

  • Bucks say opening of new arena will be delayed by a year

    October 27, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks say the planned opening of their new downtown arena will be delayed by a year.The team hoped to have the arena ready by the start of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But the Bucks said Tuesday their construction schedule now targets an opening for the 2018-2019 season.

  • Milwaukee Bucks confident about Jabari Parker's return

    October 27, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) As the Milwaukee Bucks wrapped up their final practice ahead of the season-opener against the New York Knicks, coach Jason Kidd expressed confidence that the team will have last year's first-round draft pick Jabari Parker back in the lineup by early November.

  • OKC's Donovan prepares for NBA coaching debut vs. Spurs

    October 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gregg Popovich 1,022, Billy Donovan 0.That's the difference in the number of NBA regular-season coaching victories for Popovich, a five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, and Donovan, who will make his NBA coaching debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

  • Heat's Bosh returns, not looking back at last season's scare

    October 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Getting a reminder that the looming Miami Heat season debut marks the 13th opening night of his professional career made Chris Bosh pretend to cringe a tiny bit.''It's 13?'' Bosh asked. ''Good grief.''Make no mistake, he was feigning the disdain.

  • Timberwolves to wear patch commemorating Flip Saunders

    October 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys during the new season honoring team president and coach Flip Saunders.Saunders died Sunday after battling cancer. The team said Tuesday it will wear the patch for all home and road games starting with Monday's home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. A pregame tribute to Saunders also is planned that night.

  • Lakers to design, build float for 127th Rose Parade

    October 27, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers plan to enter a float in the 127th Rose Parade.The team announced the plan Tuesday and released an artist's rendering of the design of its first Rose Parade float.The Lakers will be the first NBA team to participate in the annual New Year's Day parade in Pasadena before the Rose Bowl.

  • John Stockton joins Montana St as assistant basketball coach

    October 27, 2015

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Hall of Famer John Stockton is joining Montana State as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team for the upcoming season.Among the players the former Utah Jazz point guard will be coaching will be his daughter, Lindsay, who is a senior guard for the Bobcats.

  • Going global: NBA rosters feature 100 international players

    October 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA's 70th season begins with 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.Opening night is Tuesday, and all 30 teams will have at least one international player on the roster for the second consecutive year. Toronto leads the league with seven while Cleveland, Minnesota, San Antonio and Utah have six each.

  • LeBron staring at possible sixth straight trip to NBA Finals

    October 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James understands what it takes to reach the NBA Finals.The route, strewn with obstacles and doubts, has become a personal path. He knows the way as well as anyone.James has been to the league's showcase event five straight years and six times in the past nine. On his most recent visit, the four-time MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist and global icon, reminded everyone he remains the game's biggest, brightest star.

  • Kobe Bryant heads group of aging, 37-plus ex-All-Stars

    October 27, 2015

    Kobe Bryant is still a Los Angeles Laker. NBA fans are anxiously waiting to see what he has left, wondering if this is his last year.Well, probably not wise to count him out just yet - or any of the seven former All-Stars who are at least 37 years old and expected to contribute on the court this year as the NBA tips off the 2015-16 season Tuesday night.

  • Suns exercise 2016-17 options on Len, Warren, Goodwin

    October 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns exercised their 2016-17 options on center Alex Len, forward T.J. Warren and guard Archie Goodwin on Monday.Len, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, averaged 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 22.0 minutes in 69 games last season.

  • Bucks exercise options on Carter-Williams, 3 others

    October 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised third-year contract options on forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis and fourth-year options on guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.General manager John Hammond announced the moves Monday, two days before the Bucks open the season at home against New York.

  • Warriors embracing role of favorite as new season begins

    October 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sure, raising the championship banner and receiving those glittery NBA championship rings will provide a sweet moment leading into a new season of expectations for the Golden State Warriors.Then, as soon as the celebration is over, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Co. will get back to business in a hurry.

  • Kobe Bryant still on track to play in Lakers' opener

    October 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant is still expected to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener after being slowed by a bruised leg for two weeks.Bryant participated in most of the Lakers' practice Monday at their training complex.Coach Byron Scott says he expects Bryant to play against Minnesota on Wednesday. Scott says Bryant ''knocks off the rust pretty quickly.''

  • Utah Jazz announce new arena naming rights partner

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The home arena for the Utah Jazz will now be known as the Vivint Smart Home Arena.The team announced the name for the building previously called EnergySolutions Arena on Monday.The agreement with Vivint is a 10-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • NBA: West is wild, Cavs seem to stand above in East

    October 26, 2015

    Kevin Durant is back in uniform, LaMarcus Aldridge is back home in Texas and the Golden State Warriors are back intact.All over the Western Conference, there are teams who look capable of winning it.In the East, one team appears to stand out - and maybe it's finally Cleveland's time to stand above everybody else in the NBA.

  • Mavs cut rookie Ndour to get roster set for regular season

    October 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have waived rookie forward Maurice Ndour to get their roster down to 15 for the regular season.The 6-foot-9 Ndour signed with Dallas on July 22 and averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23 minutes per game in four preseason games. He was a target for the final cut Monday after missing the final three exhibition games with a stress reaction in his left leg.

  • Pacers waive Douglas, Petteway to reach roster limit

    October 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana waived veteran guard Toney Douglas and rookie forward Terran Petteway on Monday to get down to the NBA's 15-player roster limit.Douglas played in five preseason games with the Pacers and averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 assists.

  • Jazz waive Eric Atkins, Phil Pressey

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived guards Eric Atkins and Phil Pressey.Both were brought in Sunday and released a day later. The roster is now at 15 players.Atkins played last season in Greece while Pressey has played in 125 career NBA games since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Celtics before the 2013-14 season.

  • Bazemore gets the starting nod for Hawks in season opener

    October 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Kent Bazemore was passed over in the NBA draft. He did extensive time in the D-League.Now, he's starting for a team that won 60 games a season ago.Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed what everyone expected: Bazemore will be in the lineup when the Hawks host the Detroit Pistons to open the regular season Tuesday night.

  • Timberwolves return to work after losing Flip Saunders

    October 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders had been hospitalized for more than a month, with complications from Hodgkin's lymphoma leaving him unable to communicate with the Minnesota Timberwolves team he rebuilt from the ground up.Each day that went by without a positive report on their leader raised the concern and the dread. And still, each day, many in the organization expected Saunders to burst through the doors on the shiny new million practice facility he helped design, blow the whistle around his neck and start coaching the roster he assembled with the staff he hired.

  • Metta World Peace makes LA Lakers' roster in his NBA return

    October 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Metta World Peace has already carved out a remarkable 15-year NBA career that took him from the low of an 86-game suspension to the height of a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.And the man formerly known as Ron Artest isn't done yet.

  • Pistons waive Danny Granger, acquired in deal this offseason

    October 26, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Danny Granger.The 32-year-old Granger came to Detroit in the offseason deal in which the Pistons also acquired Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock from the Phoenix Suns. Granger averaged 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game with Miami before being traded to Phoenix last season. He did not play a game for the Suns because of a knee injury.

  • Nets waive Jones, Harper to get roster to 15

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived Dahntay Jones and Justin Harper to get their roster to the 15-man limit.Jones averaged 7.5 points in four preseason games. The veteran swingman has played for seven NBA teams, including 33 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Chicago Bulls open Hoiberg era with Derrick Rose in lineup

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When he took the Chicago Bulls' coaching job last June, Fred Hoiberg saw a chance to compete for a championship.Now, it's time to see if that vision becomes a reality.The Bulls begin a new era under Hoiberg with Rose in the lineup when they host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday's opener.

  • Jazz put faith in Trey Burke, Raul Neto with Dante Exum out

    October 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The loss of Dante Exum to injury sent ripples throughout the Jazz lineup that will be felt on both sides of the ball.The opportunities for Trey Burke and Raul Neto, the only pure point guards left on the roster, have grown exponentially.

  • NBA 2K16 simulation sees Warriors over Cavs again to repeat

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A video game simulation of the NBA season predicts a repeat of last season's finals, only with the Golden State Warriors needing seven games to beat Cleveland this time.The NBA 2K16 simulation actually had the Warriors finishing second to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference during the regular season, with Kevin Durant averaging 30.7 points and winning his second MVP award. But fourth-seeded San Antonio then knocked the Thunder out in the West semifinals before the Warriors ousted the Spurs in the West finals.

  • LeBron: 'I'm ready to go' for opener

    October 27, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) His lower back feeling better, his body refreshed, LeBron James declared himself ready for his 13th NBA season.It's go time.After sitting out nearly two weeks since undergoing an anti-inflammatory injection, James was able to fully participate in Cleveland's practice for the second straight day and said he'll play Tuesday in the season opener at Chicago.

  • Pistons pick up options on Caldwell-Pope, Bullock

    October 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have picked up the 2016-17 team options on guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forward Reggie Bullock.Caldwell-Pope was drafted in 2013 with the eighth pick, and he's been a regular for the Pistons, averaging 12.7 points per game last season. Bullock was acquired by Detroit on July 9 from the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round in 2013.

  • A sampling of reaction to Flip Saunders' death

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Reactions to the death of Minnesota Timberwolves president, coach and minority owner Flip Saunders:''The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders. With more than 40 years around the game, 20 of them in the NBA, Flip's untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of our league. Flip was a beloved figure around the NBA, nowhere more so than in Minnesota, demonstrating a genuine and consistent passion for his players, his team and the game. On behalf of the NBA, we offer our most sincere condolences to Flip's wife, Debbie, their four children and the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization.'' - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders, who rose from the backwaters of basketball's minor leagues to become one of the most powerful men in the NBA as coach, team president and part owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves say head coach Flip Saunders has died

    October 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves say head coach Flip Saunders has died.

  • LeBron practices for first time since back injection

    October 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James won't cut any corners to prolong his NBA career.After practicing for the first time since receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in his back, increasing the chances he'll play in Tuesday's season opener in Chicago, James said he would never consider sitting out practices to preserve his body.

  • Suns waive center Henry Sims, reduce roster to 14

    October 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have waived center Henry Sims, reducing their roster to 14.The 6-foot-10 Sims signed with the Suns on Sept. 16. He appeared in all six Phoenix preseason games, scoring 10 points in 28 minutes.The Suns open their season Wednesday night at home against Dallas.

  • Clippers waive Chuck Hayes

    October 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have waived center-power forward Chuck Hayes, who signed with the team nearly two months ago.He averaged 0.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in four preseason games with the team.The roster stands at 15 heading into the Clippers' season opener next week.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to miss opener with bad back

    October 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will miss the season opener as he continues to recover from back surgery.General manager Bob Myers told reporters Saturday that interim coach Luke Walton will coach the team for the season opener against New Orleans on Tuesday night in Oakland. Kerr will be on hand for the banner-raising ceremony but is not ready to take back the coaching duties.

  • Mavericks waive Dalembert, 3 others with season opener near

    October 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have waived center Samuel Dalembert and three others as they trim their roster to get ready for the regular season.The 34-year-old Dalembert spent the 2013-14 season with the Mavericks, who decided to leave him out of the mix as a backup to Zaza Pachulia. Dallas traded for Pachulia after DeAndre Jordan changed his mind in free agency and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Wolves waive PG Lorenzo Brown, 2 others

    October 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived point guard Lorenzo Brown and two others to get down to the roster limit of 15 players.The Wolves also waived forward Nick Wiggins, second-year star Andrew Wiggins' older brother, and center Kleon Penn on Saturday.

  • Hawks waive Barron, Jones to set opening-night roster

    October 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks got down to their 15-man roster for the regular season by waiving center Earl Barron and forward DeQuan Jones.The moves were announced Saturday by coach Mike Budenholzer.Swingman Lamar Patterson, a 2014 second-round pick who played last season in Turkey, claimed the final roster spot.

  • NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year

    October 24, 2015

    The potshots have come at the Golden State Warriors from all directions this offseason. Some rivals have dismissed their breathtaking championship run with a wave of the hand and a snort.The Warriors just got lucky, they said. They were able to stay mostly healthy for the entire grueling season, avoiding the big injuries that plagued so many other contenders, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.

  • Heat's Green fined ,000 by NBA for menacing gestures

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Heat guard Gerald Green was fined ,000 by the NBA on Friday for making menacing gestures in an exhibition game.The incidents occurred with 5:33 and 5:12 left in Miami's 110-105 victory over Washington on Wednesday night. Green scored 28 points in the game.

  • Knicks waive Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 4 other players

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have waived forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo and four other players.Guard Travis Trice and forwards Darion Atkins, DaJuan Summers and Wesley Saunders also were waived Friday, the day after the Knicks completed their preseason schedule.

  • Popovich to coach US Olympic basketball team after Coach K

    October 23, 2015

    When it came time for a pro coach again, the U.S. basketball team turned to the one considered the NBA's best.Gregg Popovich, winner of five NBA championships, will have a chance to lead a team to Olympic gold.The San Antonio Spurs coach was hired Friday to replace Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics, a job he never knew he would get despite his undeniable place in coaching history.

  • Thunder are back and the Western Conference is loaded again

    October 23, 2015

    Last season the Golden State Warriors were invigorated by a new head coach and ran circles around the rest of the NBA, culminating with the franchise's first title.Other Western Conference powers are looking to follow the same script this season.The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs last season largely due to injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Both players are healthy this year and new coach Billy Donovan has come in to inject some rhythm and movement into an offense that too often grew stagnant under Scott Brooks.

  • Phillie Phanatic, 76ers mascot rappel down city skyscraper

    October 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies finished the season in the cellar. But that didn't keep the Phanatic from engaging in some rooftop shenanigans.The beloved team mascot rappelled 31 stories down the face of a skyscraper on Friday. That's a 418-foot drop.

  • LA Lakers waive Jonathan Holmes; roster down to 16

    October 23, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Jonathan Holmes, trimming their roster to 16 players.The Lakers also announced Friday that an MRI exam on guard Jordan Clarkson's injured shoulder shows no significant damage.Holmes was an undrafted rookie from the University of Texas. His departure leaves the Lakers needing to make just one more roster cut before their season opener against Minnesota on Wednesday.

  • Silver sees healthy NBA, expects shorter preseason

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver is optimistic about the NBA's health and relationship with its players, offering hope that the league can avoid another lockout in 2017.Silver also said Friday he expects the league will reduce the number of preseason games, though doesn't know how many would be played. The schedule currently allows for a maximum of eight per team.

  • Cavs still the ones to catch in the Eastern Conference

    October 23, 2015

    It's become an annual tradition: LeBron James enters a season with tons of expectations on his shoulders, challengers coming at him from all sides, then somehow finds his way back to the NBA Finals.When James was in Miami for four years, getting to the title round was practically necessary to keep the critics at bay. In Cleveland last season, a trip to the Finals was surprising to many - maybe even James himself.

  • LeBron still not practicing; status for opener unclear

    October 23, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The season opener is four days away and there are doubts LeBron James will be ready.James still isn't practicing because of a troublesome back and there's no guarantee he'll be on the floor when the Cavs begin their quest for an NBA title on Tuesday in Chicago.

  • Uncertainty and edginess for Thunder star Kevin Durant

    October 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's still the preseason, and Kevin Durant already is tired of answering questions.Well, at least, certain questions.Take this interview session after a preseason win over Denver, for example: Durant missed most of last season for the Thunder with a broken right foot that required three surgeries. After scoring 23 points and playing nine minutes more than his previous preseason high, the 2014 MVP repeatedly was asked how he felt.

  • 10/22/2015 NBA Player of the Day

    October 23, 2015

    Lillard scored 39 points with nine assists in the Trail Blazers' 115-109 loss to the Clippers. The All-Star guard had 14 points and six assists to help stake Portland to a 45-17 lead after one quarter, then tallied 12 points in the fourth while recording three of his four steals. Lillard added five rebounds and finished 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.

  • Miles scores 20 to lead Pacers past Hornets 98-86

    October 22, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) C.J. Miles had 20 points and Paul George added 12, as the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 98-86 on Thursday night.Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and six rebounds for Charlotte, which finished the preseason 7-1.PACERS: George played 14 of his 23 minutes in the first half. ... Monta Ellis (upper respiratory infection) and Jordan Hill (sore lower back) were out. ... Chase Budinger had 17 points.

  • LeBron still not practicing after back injection

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has not practiced since getting an injection in his back, but the Cavaliers remain confident he'll be ready to start the NBA season.James did ''light work'' on the court Thursday, with the Cavs gearing up for Tuesday's opener in Chicago. The four-time MVP has been limited since his anti-inflammatory shot, similar to the one early last season when he was slowed by knee and back issues.

  • Gerald Green looking like a fit for the Miami Heat

    October 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) There was a time when Gerald Green figured he wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore, how the injury that robbed him of a finger would end whatever chance he had by default.He was wrong.And right now, the Miami Heat couldn't be happier about that.

  • Hawks waive swingman Terran Petteway, trim roster to 17

    October 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have trimmed their roster by waiving swingman Terran Petteway.The 6-foot-6 rookie was signed by the Hawks after failing to get drafted out of Nebraska. The team announced the move Thursday, leaving Atlanta with 17 players heading into the final preseason game.

  • Cavaliers sign forward Tristan Thompson to 5-year deal

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers have officially signed power forward Tristan Thompson to a five-year, million contract.The sides ended a sometimes contentious stalemate in negotiations by agreeing in principle to the deal Wednesday. Thompson signed it and is expected to practice with his teammates for the first time since last season on Friday.

  • LeBron limited in Cavs practice by back issue

    October 22, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James didn't take part in all of Cleveland's practice as he remains limited by a back issue.Cavs coach David Blatt says the team is being ''conscientious and cautious'' with James, who received an anti-inflammatory injection last week. James didn't speak to the media following the Cavs' workout at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

  • Giannis going big while Bucks await Parker's return

    October 22, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo can dunk like an explosive wing player. He can handle the ball like a guard. He can provide an instant energy boost like a sixth man off the bench.And for at least the first few weeks of the NBA season, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo will probably be muscling up against power forwards while the Milwaukee Bucks await Jabari Parker's return to the lineup.

  • Bazemore looks like choice to fill vacancy in Hawks lineup

    October 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Coach Mike Budenholzer is still reluctant to provide an answer to the lone question mark in the Atlanta Hawks lineup.From all indications, though, Kent Bazemore will be the starting small forward when the regular season begins next week.

  • Vucevic scores 24 to lead Magic past Pelicans 110-107 in OT

    October 21, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Nik Vucevic scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the New Orleans Pelicans 110-107 in overtime on Wednesday night.Anthony Davis had 33 points and 16 rebounds for New Orleans. Nate Robinson had 18 points.

  • Cavaliers, Thompson reach agreement on long-term contract

    October 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Already an elite rebounder, Tristan Thompson snatched a long-term contract from the Cavaliers.The restricted free-agent forward has agreed in principle with the defending Eastern Conference champions on a five-year, million contract, ending his holdout and giving the Cavs needed frontcourt depth as they enter a new season.

  • NAACP branch: 'Closed-door apology' to NBA player not enough

    October 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP says Bucks player John Henson deserves more than a ''closed-door apology'' from the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where Henson says employees racially profiled him.Henson said Thomas Dixon, owner of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in suburban Whitefish Bay, met with him at the team's training facility and apologized on Tuesday. That's after Henson said employees on Monday refused to let him in the store, then called police.

  • Cavaliers, Thompson reach agreement on contract

    October 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers and free-agent forward Tristan Thompson have agreed in principle on a five-year, million contract, ending his holdout.Thompson, who helped the Cavs get to the NBA Finals last season when he filled in for an injured Kevin Love during the playoffs, had been seeking a maximum deal. The sides had been at a stalemate, but reached a verbal agreement Wednesday, less than a week before the season opener.

  • Spurs waive Jimmer Fredette, 3 others

    October 21, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Jimmer Fredette.The Spurs also waived Youssou Ndoye, Keifer Sykes and Deshaun Thomas on Wednesday.The Spurs gave Fredette a partially guaranteed deal in July to come to training camp and provide some outside shooting to a veteran roster that is priming for another title run this season. But Fredette was underwhelming, scoring four points in 26 minutes in the preseason.

  • Ex-NBA star won't seek re-election as mayor of Sacramento

    October 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third term next year now that the capital city is heading in a positive direction.Johnson, a 49-year-old Democrat, told reporters at a bookstore in the neighborhood where he grew up that he's accomplished what he wanted to do as mayor by stabilizing city finances and building a 0 million arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama promote education

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) They share similar backgrounds, growing up with little money and scant hope.One is from Chicago's south side, the daughter of a city pump operator. The other was raised by a single mother, who bounced around Akron looking for a better life for her talented son.

  • Ex-NBA star won't seek reelection as mayor of Sacramento

    October 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third term next year now that the capital city is heading in a positive direction.Johnson, a 49-year-old Democrat, told reporters at a bookstore in the neighborhood where he grew up that he's accomplished what he wanted to do as mayor by stabilizing city finances and building a 0 million arena for the Sacramento Kings basketball team.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama host education event

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James welcomed a high-profile guest to show kids in his hometown that they can grow up to be anything they want.The NBA star appeared with first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday to celebrate the importance of education and to challenge thousands of children in his family foundation's program to finish college.

  • Bucks waive former Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry

    October 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Marcus Landry's chance to make his hometown team ended after the Milwaukee Bucks waived the forward.Landry averaged 2.5 points in four preseason games. The former Wisconsin forward played his last game with Milwaukee on Tuesday at the Kohl Center, the Badgers' home court in Madison, when the Bucks beat Minnesota 106-88.

  • LeBron, first lady Michelle Obama hosting education event

    October 21, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is teaming up with Michelle Obama to celebrate the importance of secondary education at a private event at the University of Akron.The NBA superstar and first lady will host thousands of children and their parents Wednesday at the school. The kids are from the programs James has started through his family's foundation.

  • Think there are too many NBA preseason games? So do coaches

    October 21, 2015

    Real basketball is almost here.The NBA preseason schedule, with so many games that Gregg Popovich didn't even bother going to San Antonio's opener, is mercifully nearing its end.It's already over for Kobe Bryant, nursing an injury. LeBron James also was done last week.

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Southwest Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Southwest Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:SAN ANTONIO SPURSLAST SEASON: 55-27, lost to Los Angeles Clippers in first round.STARTING FIVE: G Tony Parker (14.4 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.9 rpg), G Danny Green (11.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), F Kawhi Leonard (16.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), F LaMarcus Aldridge (23.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg with Portland), C Tim Duncan (13.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 bpg).

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Pacific Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Pacific Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSLAST SEASON: 67-15, NBA champions.STARTING FIVE: G Stephen Curry (23.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.7 apg), G Klay Thompson (21.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), F Harrison Barnes (10.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), F Draymond Green (11.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.7 apg), C Andrew Bogut (6.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 apg).

  • Utah Jazz waive Bryce Cotton, Treveon Graham

    October 20, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived point guard Bryce Cotton and forward Traveon Graham. The team announced the moves Tuesday.The roster is now down to 15 players.Cotton first joined the Jazz on a 10-day contract in late February and signed a multi-year deal in March. He averaged 5.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15 games last season.

  • Pelicans G Evans has arthroscopic surgery

    October 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans has had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.While the club says Tuesday's operation was ''successful,'' the Pelicans are not immediately providing a timetable for Evans' return.The 6-foot-6 Evans, who is expected to serve as starting point guard this season under new coach Alvin Gentry, averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game last season.

  • Store owner apologizes for NBA player being refused service

    October 20, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson said Tuesday that the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where he says employees racially profiled him apologized for what happened.Henson said Thomas Dixon, owner of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in suburban Whitefish Bay, met with him at the team's training facility. Henson said employees on Monday refused to let him in the store, then called police.

  • Lakers cut Robert Upshaw, Michael Frazier II to trim roster

    October 20, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have waived center Robert Upshaw and guard Michael Frazier II.The moves trimmed the Lakers' roster Tuesday to 17 players, two over the NBA maximum.Upshaw played in four preseason games after showing promise in summer league games. The rangy, undrafted rookie from the University of Washington has ample potential, but apparently couldn't win a backup center job over Tarik Black or Robert Sacre.

  • A capsule look at the NBA's Northwest Division

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Northwest Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski's predicted order of finish:OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERLAST SEASON: 45-37, did not make playoffs.STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (28.1 ppg, 8.6 apg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 spg), G Andre Roberson (3.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.8 spg), F Kevin Durant (25.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.1 apg), F Serge Ibaka (14.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg), C Steven Adams (7.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Atlantic Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Atlantic Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---TORONTO RAPTORSLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to Washington Wizards 4-0 in first round.STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (17.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.8 apg), G DeMar DeRozan (20.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg), F DeMarre Carroll (12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg with Atlanta), F Patrick Patterson (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), C Jonas Valanciunas (12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.19 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Southeast Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Southeast Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---MIAMI HEATLAST SEASON: 37-45, missed playoffs.STARTING FIVE: G Goran Dragic (16.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.4 rpg), G Dwyane Wade (21.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg), F Luol Deng (14.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), F Chris Bosh (21.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 apg), C Hassan Whiteside (11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.6 bpg).

  • 2015-16 NBA Central Division Capsules

    October 20, 2015

    Team capsules for the NBA's Central Division, listed in AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds' predicted order of finish:---CLEVELAND CAVALIERSLAST SEASON: 53-29, lost to Golden State 4-2 in NBA Finals.STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (21.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.2 rpg), G J.R. Smith (12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), F LeBron James (25.3 ppg, 7.4 apg, 6.0 apg), F Kevin Love (16.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), C Timofey Mozgov (10.6 ppg. 6.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

  • Nets waive Boatright, 2 others to get roster to 17

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have waived guard Ryan Boatright and two other players, reducing their roster to 17 players.Forward Quincy Miller and center Chris Daniels were also waived Tuesday, the team says.Boatright, who helped Connecticut win the 2014 NCAA championship, signed with the Nets on July 2 after going undrafted and averaged 4.3 points in four preseason games. He played just 13.9 minutes per game on a team that also has Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan on the roster at point guard.

  • NBA GMs predict James will lead Cavs to title this season

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA general managers believe this is the season LeBron James finally takes Cleveland to the top.The Cavaliers will win their first NBA championship and James will claim his fifth MVP award in the process, according to results of the NBA.com GM survey released Tuesday.

  • Bucks' Henson alleges racial profiling at jewelry store

    October 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson said Monday that he was racially profiled outside a Wisconsin jewelry store, prompting an apology from the store owner, who said the incident was a misunderstanding.Henson posted an account of the encounter on Instagram, saying workers at the Whitefish Bay shop where he'd intended to look at a watch locked the door during normal business hours and told him to leave.

  • Bucks' Henson alleges racial profiling at store

    October 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson says he was racially profiled at a Wisconsin jewelry store in an incident the shop owner says was a misunderstanding.Henson posted an account of the incident Monday on Instagram, saying workers at the Whitefish Bay shop where he'd intended to look at a watch locked the door and told him to leave.

  • Hornets G Lamb leaves game with sprained ankle

    October 19, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb has left Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained right ankle.Lamb's return is doubtful, according to the team.Lamb appeared to step on someone's foot along the baseline and came up limping. He played four minutes and did not have any points.

  • James sits out Cavs' preseason finale, get ready for opener

    October 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James sat out Cleveland's final preseason game against Dallas on Monday night, but Cavaliers coach David Blatt said the four-time MVP will be ready when the regular season opens next week.James, who had an anti-inflammatory injection in his back last week, hasn't played since Oct. 12.

  • James to miss Cavs' preseason finale, get ready for opener

    October 19, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James will sit out Cleveland's final preseason game against Dallas on Monday night, but Cavaliers coach David Blatt said the four-time MVP will be ready when the regular season opens next week.James, who had an anti-inflammatory injection in his back last week, hasn't played since Oct. 12.

  • Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom is alert and improving, his aunt says

    October 19, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom is alert and his condition is improving after the former NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel a week ago, his family said Monday.Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom's aunt JaNean Mercer, said the former reality-TV personality is undergoing testing, but there is no word yet on when he might be released from the hospital. Odom is overcoming ''insurmountable obstacles'' and defying the odds, Mercer said in a statement.

  • Raptors eye tighter defense, with DeMarre Carroll assist

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After the Toronto Raptors got swept out of the first round of the playoffs last spring, coach Dwane Casey knew he needed to stiffen his team's defensive spine.''Guys were trying defensively, but I don't know if we had the skill level,'' Casey said. ''We ended up winning games from the offensive side of the ball, which will get you beat in the playoffs, as it did to us.''

  • Chris Webber to teach master's class at Wake Forest

    October 19, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber has a new job: teacher.Wake Forest University announced Monday that Webber will teach a course in its new master of arts in sports storytelling program.Webber will be a professor of practice in the program that is part of the university's documentary film program. He will teach a class on sports, race and society.

  • MSG's James Dolan says 'I've always understood' Isiah Thomas

    October 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan says he has ''a tremendous amount of respect'' for Isiah Thomas' ''skill and his talent.''Dolan hired Thomas as the president of the WNBA's New York Liberty in May, seven years after the Hall of Famer's unsuccessful stint as Knicks president ended. A lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders alleging that she was sexually harassed by Thomas cost MSG .6 million.

  • Vucevic scores 18, Magic top Brazilian team Flamengo 90-73

    October 17, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points, Shabazz Napier added 14 and the Orlando Magic took command early on the way to beating the Brazilian club Flamengo 90-73 on Saturday night as part of the NBA Global Games.The Magic led 13-2 early and eventually built a 28-point edge. Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Orlando and Evan Fournier added 10 for the Magic.

  • Jazz exercise options on Gobert, Exum, Burke, Hood

    October 17, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have picked up the third-year team option for second-year guards Dante Exum and Rodney Hood. The team also announced Saturday it has picked up the fourth-year team option for guard Trey Burke and center Rudy Gobert - both in their third year.

  • Addition of Monroe adds to Bucks' up-and-coming roster

    October 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Greg Monroe could be a difference-maker this season for the Milwaukee Bucks.Jabari Parker could, too.But in the 6-foot-11 Monroe, the Bucks have a big man who fits into the dynamic of an up-and-coming team. He is the kind of prized free-agent signee that the franchise had trouble getting in the past.

  • Mack's big 2nd half helps Hawks beat Mavericks 91-84

    October 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 91-84 on Friday night.The game was tied 68-68 before Mack hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the third quarter to put Atlanta (4-0) ahead to stay.

  • 9 new players join stalwarts Griffin and Paul on Clippers

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers bulked up their roster with nine new players in a bid to win a championship that has so far eluded the franchise.Coach Doc Rivers is in the process of figuring out how to use everyone while also getting better defensively.

  • Russell, Kobe team up for new future with downtrodden Lakers

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) D'Angelo Russell's first NBA season also might be Kobe Bryant's last. Even before they've played their first real game together, the teenager and the veteran both were grateful their careers intersected with the Los Angeles Lakers.''Just to be around a guy that's done what he's done, you can't help becoming a better player and a better person,'' said Russell, the second overall pick out of Ohio State.

  • Nets' Reed has thumb surgery, could miss 2 months

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets center Willie Reed could miss two months after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.Reed was hurt Wednesday against Boston in his first action of the preseason and had surgery Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Nets said his injury was a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

  • The Latest: Former coach says Odom is in improved condition

    October 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious Tuesday in a Nevada brothel (all times local):4:50 p.m.Former Rhode Island basketball coach Jim Harrick says NBA star Lamar Odom is in ''much improved'' condition at a Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious earlier this week at a Nevada brothel.

  • Pelicans, Davis, embracing Gentry's up-tempo scheme

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis is bigger and expects to be better.He also has a new coach in Alvin Gentry, who believes he can get more out of the New Orleans Pelicans' roster with a faster, free-flowing tempo.''I wanted the team back together,'' said Gentry, who, as an assistant with NBA champion Golden State, coached against the Pelicans in the first round of last season's playoffs. ''I just saw potential.''

  • Adding Aldridge makes loaded Spurs look even better

    October 16, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) No NBA team has more victories over the last 20 years than the San Antonio Spurs. Regular season, postseason, doesn't matter, they're atop the list.And now they're even winning in the offseason.Getting LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with them over the summer was a coup for the Spurs, who for whatever reason typically aren't the team landing the biggest prize on the free-agent market. The former Portland star is coming back to a part of the world with which he's very familiar - he's from Dallas and played his college ball about an hour from San Antonio at Texas.

  • New coach, rookie point guard energize Nuggets

    October 16, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have a completely new look on the floor this season - pick axes across both lanes and a mountain peak logo near half-court.A court redesign to match their revamped roster.After missing the postseason for a second straight year, the Nuggets brought in no-nonsense coach Michael Malone and drafted point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. They traded Ty Lawson to Houston, kept around some savvy veterans and told Kenneth Faried to transform into the ''Manimal'' again, using his high-energy motor to rev up the crowd and his teammates.

  • KG, Prince, Miller mentoring youngsters in Minnesota

    October 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) One of the most interesting roster experiments in the NBA is happening in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves have assembled a mentorship program of sorts for a promising young core of talent.President of basketball operations Flip Saunders and general manager Milt Newton brought in three veterans over the age of 35 to show five pups under the age of 23 how to be pros.

  • LeBron receives back injection as injuries slow Cavaliers

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) After downplaying injuries, LeBron James has accepted reality: the Cavaliers won't start the season looking like potential NBA champions.''I don't think we will immediately be able to play at a high level because we have so many guys out,'' he said. ''I don't think our chemistry is where it needs to be to start the season off. ''

  • BC--BKN--Bucks Preview,ADVISORY

    October 16, 2015

    Editors:The Milwaukee Bucks season preview will not move this cycle. It will be sent Saturday, Oct. 17.AP Sports

  • First lady to join LeBron James at University of Akron event

    October 16, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) First lady Michelle Obama will join Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at an event highlighting the importance of post-secondary education hosted at the University of Akron.Officials say Obama will use the platform to speak about her Reach Higher campaign, which encourages students to aim for more than just a high school diploma.

  • With same core, Chicago Bulls hope new voice is difference

    October 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Same core. New voice.The Chicago Bulls hope that makes all the difference as they take aim again at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Gone is hard-driving former coach Tom Thibodeau after five years. In his place is Fred Hoiberg, bringing his fast-paced offense to a team that returns largely intact from last season.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers start season with same expectations

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) With any new NBA season there are changes to coaching staffs, rosters, lineups and goals. It's a fresh start for everyone, a clean slate from baseline to baseline.Except for LeBron James.''It doesn't change,'' he said. ''The main thing is still the main thing, and that's to win a championship.''

  • Big man Andre Drummond on the spot for young Pistons

    October 16, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) After three seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond has experienced plenty of frustration.He's had enough.''I hate losing. I can't stand it. It's the worst feeling,'' he said recently. ''People laughing at our team, that's not a good feeling. I want to rub it in somebody's face that we're a great team.''

  • Out of playoffs last season, Heat expect to bounce back

    October 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Everyone knows what went wrong for the Miami Heat a year ago. Chris Bosh got sick and missed half the season, Dwyane Wade was sidelined for 20 games with injuries, LeBron James left town and the Heat run of playoff appearances came to a screeching halt.

  • Harden believes Houston Rockets will be better in 2015

    October 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last year for the first time since 1997 despite injuries to several key players.James Harden believes they can do even more this season.''If we stay healthy I think we have a pretty good shot to win it all,'' Harden said.

  • Celtics back on their way up, but how far?

    October 16, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics didn't drop far enough into the NBA draft lottery to land a franchise player to build their next championship team around.Instead, they are climbing back up through the standings behind coach Brad Stevens.Since winning their NBA-record 17th championship in 2008, the Celtics regressed five times in six seasons before returning to the playoffs last season. After winning 40 games in the regular season - 15 more than the previous year - Boston was swept in three games by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • Mavs waiting on health as difficult West challenge looms

    October 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks were jilted by DeAndre Jordan in free agency and aren't sure when all their projected starters will play together for the first time in the difficult Western Conference.It's not exactly the formula Dallas wanted as it tries to win its first playoff series since the franchise's only championship in 2011. It also doesn't do anything to change the 37-year-old Nowitzki's expectations going into his 18th season.

  • Pacers hoping new style will produce another playoff push

    October 16, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Vogel spent his summer plotting a Pacers transition.He scoured the tapes of successful up-tempo teams, consulted with Larry Bird on the new direction and devised a workable strategy. Along the way, Vogel also realized Indiana's new small-ball style will force him to become more flexible as a coach.

  • 76ers set for another dismal season in Year 3 of rebuild

    October 16, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid's latest jam session has the injured Philadelphia 76ers center bobbing his head as he lip syncs to a French rap song.Embiid's caption under the Instagram video says, ''VALIDEE.''Translation: validated.The Sixers hope they soon will be too for drafting the big man with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.

  • Wall, Beal, 'small ball' key to Wizards success this season

    October 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) There is no doubt whose play will dictate how good the Washington Wizards are: John Wall and Bradley Beal.No matter how much ''small ball'' coach Randy Wittman decides to go with, no matter who gets the departed Paul Pierce's minutes and late-game shots, no matter how the offseason additions pan out, it's those two guards who will dictate whether the Wizards return to the playoffs, whether they finally can secure home-court advantage in the first round, whether they finally can get to the conference finals.

  • Pelicans sign G Nate Robinson, waive C Mirza Begic

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran point guard Nate Robinson and have waived center Mirza Begic.The 5-foot-9 Robinson, whose signing was announced by the club Friday, played in 42 games for Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

  • After worst season, rebuilt Knicks look to win now

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) When Phil Jackson went looking for players last summer, the best ones available had the same thoughts about joining the New York Knicks.No thanks. No way.Jackson should know as well as anyone that a team needs multiple stars to win championships, as he did in all of his 11 championship-winning seasons as a coach. Now as a team president, he still has just Carmelo Anthony.

  • Questions abound for Utah Jazz at point guard position

    October 16, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz find themselves in a bit of a predicament on the eve of the 2015-16 NBA season.General manager Dennis Lindsey kept the core of the team together after a strong finish to last season. He stuck to the slow rebuild philosophy and resisted the temptation to spend lavishly in free agency.

  • With younger team, Nets' playoff streak could be in jeopardy

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) They had big names and bigger payrolls, and that's what the Nets felt they needed when they came to Brooklyn.Chasing championships was necessary to build a brand and a fan base, and the Nets gave it a shot. They made the postseason every season since arriving from New Jersey in 2012 with a roster built on blockbuster trades.

  • Lillard expects 2015-16 Blazers to be a collective effort

    October 16, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) It was Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts who first addressed the elephant in the room.General manager Neil Olshey took the stage to face the media at the start of fall camp, and Stotts jokingly lobbed the first question: ''Why didn't you sign LaMarcus?''

  • Pelicans sign G Mate Robinson, waive C Mirza Begic

    October 16, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran point guard Nate Robinson and have waived center Mirza Begic.The 5-foot-9 Robinson, whose signing was announced by the club Friday, played in 42 games for Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging 5.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

  • Kings hope Divac's offseason moves fill numerous holes

    October 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Soon after Vlade Divac took over the front office of the Sacramento Kings, he sat down in coach George Karl's office to figure out what the franchise needed to end a long stretch of ineptitude.Karl had just three names written on a board - DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore - signifying the players he felt were building blocks. Everything else was empty.

  • LeBron James receives injection for back issue

    October 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has received an anti-inflammatory injection to ease discomfort in his back.This would not prohibit James from playing in Cleveland's final two exhibitions next week. But coach David Blatt said Thursday he may rest the four-time MVP until the regular season. James missed a career-high 13 games last season.

  • Warriors' repeat bid faces early test with Kerr's absence

    October 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors couldn't have scripted last season much better.With a fast start that left the rest of the NBA chasing them all season, no significant injuries and a run through the postseason that didn't feature a single Game 7, the Warriors faced little adversity on the way to the franchise's first championship in 40 years.

  • Grizzlies' goal remain same chasing title in crowded West

    October 16, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies may be overlooked after all the offseason scrambling by Western Conference teams amping up their rosters in the NBA's title chase, though Zach Randolph knows exactly Memphis can make people pay attention.Win a ring.

  • Adding Chandler, Suns seek playoff berth in tough West

    October 16, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Two seasons ago, the Phoenix Suns were one of the NBA's surprise teams, winning 48 games and barely missing the playoffs.Last season was a big step backward, and after adding Tyson Chandler as a big presence on the court and inside the locker room, the Suns are an otherwise young bunch aiming to compete for a playoff spot in the tough West.

  • TNT studio show heads to Bay Area for NBA opening night

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) TNT will host its ''Inside the NBA'' studio show from Pier 43 in San Francisco on Oct. 27, part of its opening night coverage that includes the Golden State Warriors' ring ceremony.With the Warriors beginning their title defense against New Orleans at Oracle Arena, the studio crew of Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will travel to the Bay Area for their pregame show and a day of activities that includes a concert.

  • With new coach and attitude Magic eyeing big improvements

    October 16, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic began their latest restoration project three years ago focused on getting younger and building toward the future.This season they're hoping that patience will begin to payoff.Enter new coach Scott Skiles, a former Magic player and veteran NBA coach with a reputation of quickly whipping young rosters into playoff caliber ones. That will again be his task in his first season back in Orlando, this time in charge of a team that hasn't been to postseason since 2012.

  • After memorable season, Hawks look to go ever further

    October 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks messed up their own timeline.In just their second year under coach Mike Budenholzer, they stunningly emerged as one of the best teams in the NBA.How do they top that?''Last year was just a step,'' guard Kyle Korver said. ''It ended up being a lot bigger step than we thought it was going to be. But it was just a step. We weren't there yet. We weren't the champions.''

  • Unselfish Hornets could have more offensive punch in 2015-16

    October 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) If the NBA preseason is any indication, the Charlotte Hornets are going to be a vastly improved offensive team.The concern will be how well they can defend.The Hornets made an effort to upgrade their offense this past offseason by adding Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb and Spencer Hawes, along with first-round draft pick Frank Kaminsky. But none are particularly known as defensive stalwarts and with top defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sidelined for six months with a shoulder injury, third-year coach Steve Clifford will be relying on team defense.

  • Hornets add free agent G/F Damien Wilkins to fill out roster

    October 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets announced they have signed free agent guard/forward Damien Wilkins.Terms of the contract were not released Friday.The nine-year NBA veteran has played in 563 games with 149 starts five different NBA teams, averaging 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. He has shot 42.7 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the foul line.

  • Durant healthy, Thunder back in title hunt

    October 16, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have all the pieces in place to contend for an NBA championship.That is, as long as they stay healthy.Oklahoma City reached the Western Conference Finals three times in four years before the injury bug hit last season. Kevin Durant, the 2013-14 MVP and scoring champion, played just 27 games last season with a broken right foot.

  • Lakers hire NBA veteran Tracy Murray as shooting coach

    October 15, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Tracy Murray as a shooting coach.The Lakers announced the move Thursday night.Murray is a Los Angeles native who played at UCLA and enjoyed a 12-year NBA career largely on the stretch of his exceptional outside shot. He will work with coach Byron Scott to improve technique with the Lakers, who finished last season with the worst record in franchise history at 21-61.

  • Cavaliers' James could sit out rest of preseason

    October 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Thursday that LeBron James might not play for the remainder of Cleveland's exhibition season.James sat out his second straight game against Indiana after not playing Tuesday against Atlanta. The four-time MVP is healthy, but the Cavaliers want to limit his minutes in the preseason. James has played in two of the five preseason games.

  • Authorities retrace Lamar Odom's visit to Nevada brothel

    October 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities are retracing Lamar Odom's ,000 visit to the brothel where he was found unconscious as the former NBA and reality TV star remains hospitalized and the Kardashian team spars with the brothel's owner over media attention surrounding the ordeal.

  • LA Lakers exercise Julius Randle's 3rd-year contract option

    October 15, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Lakers have exercised their .26 million contract option for the 2016-17 season on forward Julius Randle, who has played just one regular-season game for Los Angeles.The Lakers made the move Thursday.Randle was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft from Kentucky, but he broke his right leg during the Lakers' season opener last fall. The power forward missed the rest of the season.

  • Pelicans sign G Bob McCalebb, waive G Corey Webster

    October 15, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Bo McCalebb, who starred for New Orleans in college and has spent seven years playing professionally overseas.In a corresponding move, announced Thursday, the Pelicans have waived guard Corey Webster of New Zealand.

  • Jazz waive forward Grant Jerrett; roster down to 17

    October 15, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have waived Grant Jerrett, a forward who injured his shoulder during summer league and needed surgery.He played three games last year in his first NBA season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.7 minutes.The 6-foot-10 Jerrett was hurt in the first game of summer league in Salt Lake City. He wasn't able to participate in preseason camp, practices or games after his operation. He was acquired as part of the trade that sent Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline last season.

  • Teammates remember Lamar Odom's productive, selfless career

    October 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Lamar Odom's marriage to Khloe Kardashian introduced him to untold millions of fans who don't know a power forward from a paparazzo, reality television notoriety was only a small part of a life largely spent in basketball.Odom won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and an award as the league's top reserve during his 14-year pro career, adding to a trophy case that also includes an Olympic medal and a FIBA world championship medal.

  • Dieng scores 14 to lead Wolves to 89-87 win over Raptors

    October 14, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Gorgui Dieng scored 14 and Tayshaun Prince had 13 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first win of the preseason, coming from behind to beat the Toronto Raptors 89-87 on Wednesday night.Wolves: Three others scored in double digits. Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones each had 12 and Andrew Wiggins had 11.

  • Reggie Jackson scores 20, leads Pistons over Bulls, 114-91

    October 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Reggie Jackson had 20 points and Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock added 17 apiece to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 114-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in a preseason game.Pistons: Jackson was 7 for 15 from the field. Bullock, who was 7 of 8 from the field, had 12 points in the fourth quarter . Andre Drummond had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Celtics beat Nets 109-105 in their 1st US preseason game

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Amir Johnson scored 19 points, Isaiah Thomas had 17 and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-105 on Wednesday night.Evan Turner finished with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in his first action of the preseason. The Celtics played their first game in the U.S. and against an NBA team after opening exhibition play with two victories in Europe.

  • The Latest: Spokesman says Odom was on 1st visit to brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):6:55 p.m.A Nevada brothel is providing details of Lamar Odom's days-long visit that ended when he was found unconscious there.

  • The Latest: 911 caller says Odom was breathing, snoring

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):6:15 p.m.A spokesman for the owner of the brothel where Lamar Odom was found unconscious told a 911 dispatcher that the former NBA star was breathing regularly and sounded like he was snoring.

  • Sefolosha plays 1st game since encounter with police

    October 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) After a win in court, Thabo Sefolosha was back on the court for the Atlanta Hawks.Sefolosha played his first game since an April encounter with New York City police left him with a broken right leg. He scored five points in eight minutes of a 100-86 preseason victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

  • Sefolosha set to play 1st game since encounter with police

    October 14, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Thabo Sefolosha is set to play his first game with the Atlanta Hawks since an encounter with New York police left him with a broken right leg.Sefolosha says he'll probably play less than 15 minutes in Wednesday night's preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs while he continues to work himself back to 100 percent condition.

  • The Latest: Police testing Odom's blood for drugs, alcohol

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):5:10 p.m.Nevada authorities have taken a blood sample from Lamar Odom to find out if he overdosed on drugs or alcohol, but the results could take several weeks.

  • The Latest: Caller said Lamar Odom had been doing cocaine

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):4:15 p.m.A Nevada sheriff says a person who called 911 to report that Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel said the former NBA star had been doing cocaine and had taken sexual performance enhancers.

  • Warriors waive G Ben Gordon

    October 14, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Ben Gordon.Gordon was brought into camp on a tryout basis last month but the Warriors decided to cut ties with him Wednesday.Gordon had two points and two assists in two exhibition games.

  • The Latest: Lamar Odom's dad at hospital, grandmother says

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):2:15 p.m.Lamar Odom's grandmother says his father is with him at a Las Vegas hospital, and family members are praying for the former NBA star after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel.

  • Lamar Odom's spiral leaves ex-NBA star fighting for his life

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom didn't last long at the glittering intersection of championship success and Hollywood celebrity.Cut loose by his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, followed everywhere by reality television crews, the humble kid from Queens who married into the Kardashian clan saw his life spiral out of control, and so did everyone else.

  • The Latest: Friends, athletes show support for Lamar Odom

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The latest on the hospitalization of Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel (all times local):1:15 p.m.Friends and former colleagues are showing their support for Lamar Odom, who remains on life support after being found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel.

  • A timeline of Lamar Odom's personal and professional events

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Lamar Odom became a basketball star in 1999 when the Los Angeles Clippers drafted him. He became a reality-TV star 10 years later when he married Khloe Kardashian in a season-opening episode of ''Keeping Up with the Kardashians.''He continued to appear on the show while he was winning NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Odom and his wife also starred in their own E! reality show, ''Khloe & Lamar,'' for two seasons. Cameras tracked the couple's relationship troubles through 2014.

  • Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Lamar Odom, the former NBA star and reality TV personality embraced by teammates and fans alike for his humble approach to fame, was on life support Wednesday, his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian by his side. Odom had spent four days in a brothel, and authorities sought a warrant for blood evidence of drugs.

  • Hornets rout Clippers 113-71 in 2nd preseason game in China

    October 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Al Jefferson scored 17 points and Nicolas Batum added 14 with 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Los Angeles Clippers 113-71 Wednesday in the second preseason NBA game between the teams in China.The Hornets went on a 36-8 run after halftime and took a 36-point lead with 8:26 remaining.

  • Bryant leaves Lakers' exhibition with bruised left leg

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kobe Bryant has left the Lakers' exhibition game against Sacramento with a bruised left leg and will not return.Bryant appeared to be kneed on a second-half drive to the basket and went to the locker room. The Lakers called his injury a left lower-leg contusion.

  • Former NBA star Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel

    October 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday night and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.

  • Sheriff says former NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel, hospitalized

    October 13, 2015

    PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) Sheriff says former NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel, hospitalized.

  • Wizards F Alan Anderson has surgery on left ankle again

    October 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards forward Alan Anderson had a second operation on his left ankle and no timeframe for his return has been determined.The team announced the latest surgery Tuesday.Anderson initially had surgery in May to remove bone spurs from his left ankle. But he still was in pain from a fragment, so that was removed in the second procedure.

  • Zach Randolph willing to do whatever Grizzlies ask to win

    October 13, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Zach Randolph insists he's ready to do whatever the Memphis Grizzlies need or ask of him in his 15th NBA season.Even play a little less, if that's what it takes for the Grizzlies to win a championship.Just don't mistake that as a concession to age by a 34-year-old power forward.

  • Jazz waive Cooley, O'Brien

    October 13, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley's fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

  • Warriors expect even bigger things on offense this season

    October 13, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With an NBA title, 67 regular season wins and an MVP performance from Stephen Curry, it would seem it would be hard for things to get much better for the Golden State Warriors.Not the case.Despite ranking second in the league in offensive efficiency in what was a dream season, the Warriors maintain they only scratched the surface of what they can do on offense in the first year in coach Steve Kerr's system.

  • Timberwolves announce timeline for arena renovation

    October 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have firmed up a timeline for the long-planned renovation of Target Center.The team said Tuesday that the project will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the NBA season starting in 2017. It has a budget of 9 million and plans to redo the exterior of the 25-year-old building. It will also add new locker rooms and suites, upgrade the bathrooms and bring a new scoreboard.

  • Rose could be cleared for activity within a week

    October 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday.The Bulls haven't ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier.

  • Gallinari ready to take big role in new Nuggets offense

    October 12, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Danilo Gallinari wants everyone to know this: His surgically repaired left knee, the one that took three procedures to fix and nearly two seasons to fully trust, no longer bothers him.The Denver Nuggets forward doesn't need to be on any sort of minutes restriction. He doesn't need days off during the season. And he certainly doesn't need to be coddled.

  • Hornets top Paul-less Clippers 106-94 in China game

    October 11, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double digits as the Hornets topped the Los Angeles Clippers 106-94 on Sunday in the first of two preseason NBA games between the teams in China.

  • Lawsuit alleging assault by ex-Bull Scottie Pippen dropped

    October 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A lawsuit has been dropped that alleged former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen assaulted a man at a sushi restaurant in 2013.Pippen's attorney, Mark Geragos, said Saturday that a countersuit Pippen filed against Camran Shafighi is also being dropped.

  • Hawks rally late for 103-93 win over Pelicans

    October 9, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dennis Schroder scored 11 points as the Atlanta Hawks overcame a slow first half to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-93 Friday night.Atlanta took its first lead at the end of the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth during the preseason game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

  • Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden's final season and later played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62.Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.

  • Durant scores 13 as Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker 111-81

    October 9, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 13 points in his first home game since February, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) 111-81 in preseason action Friday night.Durant, who missed most of last season with a broken right foot, was 6-of-10 shooting with five assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

  • Jazz forward Booker suspended 1 game for hit on Hibbert

    October 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended one game without pay for striking Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert with an open hand to the head.The league announced the fine on Friday.Booker was given two technical fouls and ejected for the hit in the third quarter of Utah's 117-114 preseason win Tuesday over the Lakers in Hawaii.

  • Pelicans C Omer Asik to miss 3 weeks with calf strain

    October 8, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say center Omer Asik is expected to be sidelined about three weeks with a right calf strain.The club says the 7-footer strained his calf in practice on Wednesday.Asik is entering his second season in New Orleans. He appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

  • Durant feels right at home in 1st game action since February

    October 8, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The shoulder shimmy at the free throw line, the one-legged runners in the lane, the silky smooth 3-pointers from the top of the arc.It's been eight long months since Kevin Durant has been able to put those otherworldly skills on display in an NBA game. In his first game back from the fractured right foot that derailed the Oklahoma City Thunder's season last year, it seemed almost as if Durant had never left.

  • Anthony returns, Porzingis debuts, Knicks win opener

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in his first game since left knee surgery, Kristaps Porzingis had seven in his NBA debut and the New York Knicks beat Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil 100-81 on Wednesday night.Anthony hadn't played since the All-Star Game on this court in February. He had surgery on Feb. 19 and missed the final 30 games of the season but looked good as new Wednesday while shooting 8 for 10 in 20 minutes.

  • AP Source: Knicks' Fisher has altercation with Matt Barnes

    October 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said.The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the altercation was because Fisher is dating Barnes' estranged wife. Fisher filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, in March.

  • Wolves coach names Zach LaVine starting shooting guard

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine has gone from slam dunk champion to starting shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.Interim coach Sam Mitchell named LaVine the starter Wednesday, before the Wolves had even played a preseason game. The Wolves opened the preseason on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Mitchell said he was making the decision now with an eye toward the long-term health of the franchise, not the immediate future.

  • Silver: European expansion not likely in near future for NBA

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says it is ''premature'' to talk about an NBA expansion in Europe.Silver says he doesn't think ''it's going to happen in the very near future'' but ''could happen one day.''Silver spoke in Madrid on Wednesday, a day before the Boston Celtics play Real Madrid in NBA's Global Games tour.

  • Lee says Celtics and champion Warriors have plenty in common

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Forward David Lee has played only one game since joining the Boston Celtics and is already seeing some positive similarities with his former team, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.The two-time All-Star reckons the Celtics have what it takes to surprise people this season despite being a young team and lacking a standout figure like Stephen Curry.

  • Hall of Fame basketball player Harry Gallatin dies

    October 7, 2015

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Harry Gallatin, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, died Wednesday. He was 88.The Knicks and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where Gallatin was a former coach and athletic director, confirmed the death through Gallatin's family. He died in Edwardsville.

  • At trial, NBA's Sefolosha describes struggle with NYC police

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A professional basketball player testified Wednesday that he was trying to give money to a beggar after a testy verbal exchange with a police officer when he was kicked in the leg and taken to the ground by the police.The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, whose right leg was fractured in the struggle, said he had been following police orders to clear the area after the stabbing of another NBA player outside a New York City nightclub but was singled out by a particularly confrontational and vulgar officer.

  • Lee says Celtics and champion Warriors have a lot in common

    October 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Forward David Lee has played only one game since joining the Boston Celtics and is already seeing some positive similarities with his former team, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.The two-time All-Star says the Celtics have ''a lot of depth'' and ''unbelievable chemistry,'' and will surprise a lot of people this season despite a young team and the absence of a superstar like Stephen Curry.

  • Thunder's Durant ready for 1st game action since February

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It has been eight months since Kevin Durant played in an NBA game.It has seemed far longer to the Oklahoma City star who suffered through a grueling process to mend his broken right foot.''It seems like years ago,'' Durant said on Wednesday after the Thunder's morning shootaround. ''I'm here now. Try not to think about the past. I know I learned a lot from that situation and just trying to move forward and continue to have confidence in myself.''

  • Kevin Durant ready for 1st game action since February

    October 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As Kevin Durant prepares to play his first NBA game in eight months, the Oklahoma City star says it feels like his absence has been a lot longer than that.Durant will play in the Thunder's preseason opener in Minnesota on Wednesday night. He spoke to reporters after the team's morning shootaround and says that ''it seems like it was years ago.''

  • Ex-teammate: Arrested NBA player was giving cash to homeless

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A professional basketball player was about to give a handout to a man asking for money when police officers took him to the ground and arrested him, a former teammate testified Wednesday.Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic said he was sitting in an Uber car with the door open near a trendy Manhattan nightclub in the early hours of April 8 when he heard officers arguing with guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha as he tried to give a beggar money.

  • Lakers' Russell exits exhibition game with bruised glute

    October 7, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell left their exhibition game against Utah in the first quarter Tuesday night with a bruised glute muscle.Russell, the second overall pick from Ohio State, went down in the paint with 7:42 left in the quarter after stepping in front of Rudy Gobert as Utah's center went to the basket.

  • Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months after surgery

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night.The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.

  • Defense lawyer: White officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

  • Hawks begin preseason vs team that ended last season

    October 6, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks open the preseason against the team they last saw in the Eastern Conference final.Don't expect any big motivational speeches from coach Mike Budenholzer.''I can tell you unequivocally, no,'' he quipped after practice Tuesday.

  • Ben Gordon goes vegan for a stint, notices improved energy

    October 6, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ben Gordon ate avocados any time of day for their healthy fat, and also fueled his workouts with oatmeal and different juices or nutrient-rich smoothies.Gordon went the vegan route - no dairy or meat - for a stretch a few months back.

  • Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

    October 6, 2015

    MILAN (AP) The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.''Our goal is just to get better and improve,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ''We'll be able to look at the film, and see how to do that. The number one thing that pleased me is our energy. I thought we played hard, I thought we made a lot of mistakes but that's to be expected.''

  • Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to have surgery on shoulder

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations while trying to adapt to the loss of forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a right shoulder injury.The team announced that Kidd-Gilchrist was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday night to repair a torn labrum. The team isn't saying how long he'll be out, but an injury of that magnitude could sideline him for the season.

  • Offseason trip builds bond among young Blazers

    October 6, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) With all the upheaval in Portland, guard Damian Lillard thought maybe the best thing for the Trail Blazers would be a vacation. Together.Things had changed dramatically in the offseason for the Blazers, with the departure of starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Portland acquired 11 new players via free agency and trades.

  • Defense lawyer: White NYC officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

  • Lawyer: White New York officer targeted black NBA player

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he's black.Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) on April 8.

  • NYC trial starts for NBA player charged in clash with police

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of a professional basketball player charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April.The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, who suffered a season-ending leg fracture in the struggle, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include misdemeanor obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. He has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors, and his attorney, Alex Spiro, has said Sefolosha is going to trial to clear his name.

  • Turkey's Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory.Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16.

  • Cavaliers return to home court for 1st time since Finals

    October 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June.The Cavs held their annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, and in a callback to the Finals against Golden State, much of James' supporting cast was missing because of injuries, as well as a contract impasse.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely, has torn labrum

    October 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder.The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out.

  • Former Suns center Neal Walk dead at 67

    October 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Neal Walk, a tough center on the early Phoenix Suns teams who became an inspirational speaker after losing the use of his legs, has died at age 67.The Suns confirmed his passing in a statement on Monday.''We were saddened last night to learn of the passing of Neal Walk, an integral member of the most successful Suns teams in our franchise's early years,'' the Suns said in the statement. ''The Suns will always remember and appreciate the many contributions Neal made, both on the court with his scoring ability and tenacious rebounding, and later as a community ambassador and photo archivist with the team.''

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated right shoulder

    October 4, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder.The team announced the news on Sunday but did not speculate on how long he'll be out of action.The injury occurred with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday's preseason contest at Orlando when he hit the floor hard. Kidd-Gilchrist did not play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

  • Pizza and soccer on agenda for Celtics on trip to Italy

    October 4, 2015

    MILAN (AP) After a couple of days in Milan, Isaiah Thomas' Italian experience is still lacking a certain something.''I'm waiting on some pizza,'' said a laughing Thomas, who used to do commercials for a regional pizza franchise when he played for the Sacramento Kings. ''The place we went to last night didn't have no pizza so hopefully tonight we go somewhere I can order some pizza for real.''

  • Jason Kidd and Badgers' Bo Ryan form bond during Bucks camp

    October 4, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A training camp trip to the University of Wisconsin allowed the Milwaukee Bucks' Jason Kidd to form a coaching bond with the Badgers' Bo Ryan.Two former point guards are leading two young teams.''We saw the game a certain way, when we were playing. As coaches, now we try to institute that in our players to get them to see the game the same way. A few tweaks here and there, as all coaches do,'' Ryan said after watching the Bucks practice at the Badgers' facility.

  • LeBron James call Thompson's contract issue 'a distraction'

    October 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James was done talking about Tristan Thompson's contract situation. Then he saw his teammate at a wedding Saturday and changed his mind.In his most candid comments yet, James called Thompson's stalemate with the Cavaliers ''a distraction'' on Sunday and urged both sides to get a deal done.

  • New-look Gordon Hayward ready to take next step for Jazz

    October 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz won't look drastically different when the team plays its first preseason game against the Lakers on Sunday in Honolulu, but their best player might.Gordon Hayward has had a different air about him in training camp. He looks bigger and said Thursday he considers himself ''one of the best in the league'' regardless of position. That statement in itself is very un-Hayward-like, but that's exactly what the Jazz need.

  • LeBron James: 'There's no room for guns'

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting - the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.Aavielle Wakefield's death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.

  • Wiggins headlines NBA's annual preseason Canada Series

    October 2, 2015

    The Toronto Raptors and their passionate fans will kick off the NBA's Canada Series of preseason games in Vancouver on Sunday against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.In some ways, that will just be the undercard.The league has scheduled four preseason games in Canada this year, the largest slate a games in the short four-year history of a series aimed at growing the game the hockey-mad country. Playing a headlining role in the festivities this year is Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins, a Toronto-born sensation who has captivated the Canadian masses like no other player since Vince Carter was dunking all over the league with the Raptors more than a decade ago.

  • Hornets have big expectations for G Nicolas Batum

    October 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach Steve Clifford is intrigued with what he's seen in training camp from guard Nicolas Batum and expects the seven-year NBA veteran to play a major role with the Charlotte Hornets this season.Clifford anticipates that Batum's scoring output will increase noticeably, and expects him to be one of the team's top three scorers along with center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker.

  • LeBron James: "There's no room for guns"

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting - the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.Aavielle Wakefield's death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.

  • Bucks lock up Henson for 4 years, million

    October 2, 2015

    The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up promising young big man John Henson for the long haul.The Bucks announced a contract extension with the Henson on Friday. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is a four-year extension worth million. It could reach million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose contract terms.

  • AP source: Bucks lock up Henson for 4 years, million

    October 2, 2015

    John Henson's statistics from his first three seasons in the NBA don't really jump off the page.The Milwaukee Bucks see so much more from Henson than any stat line, and so much more room for the 24-year-old to grow. And they want to be in position to reap those benefits as Henson continues to develop with the up-and-coming Bucks.

  • Cavs' Thompson declines qualifying offer, still free agent

    October 2, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Tristan Thompson has gone from boxing out to holding out.He's taken his contract standoff with the Cavaliers to another level.The backup power forward declined to sign a one-year, .8 million qualifying offer for this season and didn't report to training camp Friday as the Cavaliers practiced at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

  • Former Joint Chiefs chairman Dempsey joining NBA as adviser

    October 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gen. Martin Dempsey, the recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday.Dempsey, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer the past four years, will participate in NBA functions and serve as chairman of the newly formed Jr. NBA Leadership Council. His position begins Jan. 1.

  • Wizards will play up-tempo game with small and big lineups

    October 1, 2015

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman doesn't like to use the term ''small ball'' to define his team's style of offense.Just because the Wizards intend to use an up-tempo attack, that doesn't mean he can't go with a bigger lineup.''You can play with bigs in the same manner and we're going to do that,'' Wittman said Thursday after a practice session at Towson University. ''We have the ability to play a lot of different ways. We are going to be able to utilize our strength and physicality, as well as being able to play the other way. It's not necessarily small for us, small. It's spread the floor, and get into your spots, penetrate and play off each other.''

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr to take leave of absence

    October 2, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton.The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will need time off for rehabilitation and recovery. Kerr underwent back surgery to repair a ruptured disc in late July and had follow-up surgery in September.

  • Former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader sues team over pay

    October 1, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader has sued the team, saying the flat-rate pay system dancers work under leaves them earning far less than minimum wage.The lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind on behalf of dancers against an NBA franchise, and it comes after several similar filings against NFL teams recently.

  • Nuggets sign Mike Miller to 1-year deal

    September 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed veteran forward Mike Miller to a one-year deal Wednesday.Miller played last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he saw action in 52 games and averaged 13.5 minutes. The 15-year veteran has also played for Memphis, Miami, Washington, Minnesota and Orlando.

  • Refs in replay center will make some rulings on NBA reviews

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says current referees will staff its replay center this season and be able to make decisions in certain situations.All replay reviews will still be triggered by the three reviews on the court. However, they will no longer make all the calls after the reviews, as some will now be done in the Secaucus, New Jersey facility that opened last season.

  • Class in session for No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns

    September 30, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) On one side of Karl-Anthony Towns is Kevin Garnett, the 39-year-old Alpha Wolf who ushered in a new era of teenagers in the NBA when he jumped straight to the pros in 1995.On the other side is Andrew Wiggins, the 20-year-old reigning rookie of the year who knows all too well about the spotlight that comes with being the No. 1 overall pick.

  • Faried can be Manimal again with Nuggets devoted to running

    September 30, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Kenneth Faried instantly perked up when his new coach proclaimed the Denver Nuggets would return to their uptempo roots.The athletic forward nicknamed Manimal can be Manimal again.Faried is at his best when he's free to crash the boards, fly around the court and get the crowd - along with his teammates - revved up by his all-out hustle. He felt a bit muzzled in years past, but not so under coach Michael Malone, who believes he's about to unleash Manimal 2.0.

  • Bulls star Derrick Rose out 2 weeks after eye socket surgery

    September 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot, waiting for Derrick Rose to return from surgery.This time it is his left eye socket on the mend and not one of his troublesome knees. And his time away should be much shorter.Rose had surgery to repair a left orbital fracture Wednesday, one day after he was elbowed in the face by one of his teammates during practice.

  • Grizzlies guard Conley: 'Comfortable' with mask, keeping it

    September 30, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) For Mike Conley, the decision to keep wearing a clear mask is easy, even with his left cheek fully healed from the elbow that inadvertently smashed his face last April.''I'm going to keep it for a little bit,'' the Grizzlies point guard said. ''I feel more comfortable with it on whenever I'm playing because I already know I get hit in my face all the time. I'm a little dude, so I'm around elbows and stuff all the time.

  • Hawks hope getting bigger will address most glaring weakness

    September 30, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Even while emerging as one of the NBA's best teams, the Atlanta Hawks had a very glaring weakness.Rebounding.So, after setting a franchise record with 60 wins and reaching the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks got bigger.A lot bigger.

  • Even as Knicks lose games, Anthony hasn't lost his patience

    September 30, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) The longer Carmelo Anthony plays, the further he's gotten from a championship.A player who had never missed the postseason in his first 10 seasons has been on two straight losing teams, and these New York Knicks aren't expected to compete for a title.

  • Bulls star Derrick Rose has surgery, no timetable on return

    September 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot, waiting for Derrick Rose to return from surgery.This time it is his left eye socket on the mend and not one of his troublesome knees.Rose had surgery to repair a left orbital fracture Wednesday, one day after he was elbowed in the face by one of his teammates during practice. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the operation at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago ''went as expected.'' He would not put a timetable on Rose's return and he did not rule him out for the opener Oct. 27 against Cleveland.

  • Bulls' Mike Dunleavy undergoes back surgery, out 8-10 weeks

    September 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. had lower back surgery Friday and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.The Bulls acknowledge in a statement the timing of the operation was ''unfortunate'' with practices starting next week. They say he experienced occasional discomfort over the summer that worsened recently, and ''conservative measures'' of treatment failed.

  • Jackson to spend more time around Knicks at Fisher's request

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson plans to spend more time around his New York Knicks coaching staff this season at the request of coach Derek Fisher.Jackson said Friday that he wanted to give Fisher his space last season in their new roles, but perhaps gave him too much of it.

  • Clippers sign former UCLA star Mbah a Moute on eve of camp

    September 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free-agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute and forward-center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.

  • Van Gundy hopes Jennings can do on-court drills next month

    September 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says he's hoping guard Brandon Jennings will be able to start doing drills out on the court sometime in mid-October.Jennings is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon in January. Van Gundy says he hopes by mid-November, the 6-foot-1 guard will be able to participate in 5-on-5 drills- although he said Jennings might still have as much as six weeks left in his recovery even at that point.

  • Kerr spends championship summer recovering from back surgery

    September 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr had hoped to be able to spend the offseason savoring the NBA championship he won in his first year as coach of the Golden State Warriors.Instead, Kerr spent most of the abbreviated summer on his back recovering from a pair of back surgeries.

  • Clippers' improved depth gives them added hope

    September 25, 2015

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers once again will begin training camp with championship aspirations. Perhaps if they set their sights lower this time, they might be able to get past the second round of the playoffs - something the franchise has never done.

  • Hornets' Jefferson drops 25 pounds, feels like new man

    September 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson dropped 25 pounds over the summer hoping to take pressure off his knees and ankles and extend his NBA career.Jefferson, who played at 289 pounds last season, said he feels amazing.''It's like somebody took a 25-pound man off my back,'' Jefferson said.

  • Magic enter training camp hoping to build defensive identity

    September 25, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic want to establish a new identity this season.If new coach Scott Skiles has his way, it will be all about defense.Orlando posted its third straight season of 25 or fewer victories last year, and ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in both points allowed and opponent field goal percentage. Skiles said that working to change that will be the Magic's top priority when they officially open training camp Saturday.

  • NBA's global reach to be displayed again in preseason

    September 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries.He's perhaps the best current example of the NBA's international reach.Stevens' itinerary: He was an assistant for the NBA's game in South Africa in August, will take his Celtics to Italy and Spain for preseason matchups in October, and his club will head to Mexico in December for a regular-season contest against Sacramento. So those, combined with the normal locales in the U.S. and Canada, means Stevens will get a real feel for the game's global following.

  • Ainge looking for good competition in Celtics' training camp

    September 25, 2015

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) With 16 players under guaranteed contracts and only 15 roster spots, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge knows he has some decisions to make.''All 16 guys are capable of being in NBA uniforms,'' Ainge said Friday as the team held its media day. ''We have a lot of quality players. We're going to have a lot of competition and I'm excited about that.''

  • Jackson thinks Kobe plays on, but maybe not with Lakers

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant's final season - though thinks it may be Bryant's last in Los Angeles.With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be among the biggest questions around the NBA this season.

  • Jackson thinks Kobe plays on - but maybe not with Lakers

    September 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Phil Jackson doubts this is Kobe Bryant's final season - though thinks it may be Bryant's last in Los Angeles.With Bryant going into the last season of his contract and coming off a couple of injury-shortened seasons, his future will be one of the biggest questions around the NBA this season.

  • Wolves GM: 'We're not talking about trading Ricky'

    September 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Ricky Rubio to a four-year, million contract extension before last season, it was a giant show of faith that the young point guard was going to be an integral part of pulling the long-suffering franchise out of the NBA basement.

  • Los Angeles Lakers re-sign forward Metta World Peace

    September 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are giving Metta World Peace another chance.The veteran forward re-signed with Los Angeles on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal to resume his NBA career.He won a championship ring with the Lakers in 2010 when he was still known as Ron Artest, starting all 23 postseason games in the highlight of his four-year tenure in Los Angeles.

  • NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call

    September 24, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Imagine if Jack Nicholson's character kept his cool on the witness stand in ''A Few Good Men.''It wasn't until he lost it that he admitted ordering the code red, as former NBA referee and current executive Bob Delaney told officials this week.

  • Magic add 4 free agents in advance of training camp

    September 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have signed four free agents to fill out their training camp roster.Orlando added journeyman center Greg Stiemsma, as well as non-drafted free agent guard Keith Appling, center Nnanna Egwu and guard Jordan Sibert. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

  • Pacers' Paul George eager to play, show recovery is complete

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The rebuilt Paul George looks more like his old self. Heck, he might be even better.After a horrifying leg injury cost George most of last season, he said Thursday that he is feeling good, gotten bigger and stronger, and is ready to show everyone that he is back.

  • Bosh says he's off blood-thinners, cleared for Heat camp

    September 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh put on a few pounds this summer, in a good way and for a good reason.And he figures it'll help the next phase of his comeback.The Miami Heat forward said Thursday that he no longer needs to take blood-thinning medication, which means he can participate fully when training camp opens Tuesday. Bosh missed the final 30 games last season after a blood clot was diagnosed on his left lung, and has been back in on-court workouts for about two months but not cleared for any contact until now.

  • NBA adds additional rest days to NBA Finals schedule

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is adding additional days to its NBA Finals schedule, putting two days in between every game where travel is necessary.Continuing one of Commissioner Adam Silver's goals of finding extra time off for players, the 2016 finals will begin June 2 and would end June 19 if a Game 7 is necessary.

  • George eager to show recovery has gone without a hitch

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The rebuilt Paul George is starting to look more his old self.Maybe he's a little bigger and a little stronger than he was before the gruesome leg injury that cost him most of last season. There is little doubt inside the Pacers' organization that George is ready to play at a high level this season.

  • Pacers announce dates for games with Hickory uniforms

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers will debut their new Hickory Huskers uniforms Nov. 6 at home against Miami.Team officials announced Tuesday that they will be worn 10 times this season. Indiana is making the change to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie ''Hoosiers.''

  • Durant to join Players' Tribune as deputy publisher

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant hasn't always seen eye to eye with the media. Now, he'll be a part of it.The Players' Tribune announced Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder star will join the company as deputy publisher.Durant will work closely with founding publisher and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who started the website for athletes to tell their own stories earlier this year.

  • Jason Richardson retires a month after signing with Hawks

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jason Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago.The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury.

  • Wolves add assistant coach, promote Calvin Booth

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have promoted Calvin Booth to director of player personnel and added assistant coach Bryan Gates to the coaching staff.The Timberwolves announced the moves Wednesday. Booth joined the Timberwolves two years ago as director of player programs.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buy out Anthony Bennett for .65M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The deck seemed stacked against Anthony Bennett almost from the moment he entered the NBA.A surprise No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a woeful 2013 draft class thrust expectations on a player still recovering from a major shoulder injury that essentially rendered his rookie season moot. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer, a throw-in to help the Cavs land All-Star forward Kevin Love.

  • Thunder star Kevin Durant cleared to play after foot injury

    September 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant is all the way back.The 2013-14 NBA MVP and scoring champion played just 27 games for the Thunder last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that, after three procedures, Durant is ready to go. Training camp begins next week.

  • Spoelstra offers no excuses for Heat struggles last season

    September 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Erik Spoelstra got to take plenty of trips during the offseason, met with coaches from other sports to discuss philosophies, even had the time to surprise his mom by showing up for Mother's Day.All respect to Mrs. Spoelstra, he'd probably prefer to just send flowers next year.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buyout Anthony Bennett for .65M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The deck seemed stacked against Anthony Bennett almost from the moment he entered the NBA.A surprise No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a woeful 2013 draft class thrust expectations on a player still recovering from a major shoulder injury that essentially rendered his rookie season moot. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last summer, a throw-in to help the Cavs land All-Star forward Kevin Love.

  • Thunder F Kevin Durant cleared to play after foot injury

    September 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been cleared to play without restriction after recovering from a foot injury.General manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday.Durant, the league MVP and scoring champion in 2013-14, played just 27 games last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. He had surgery in October and returned to play in December with some pain. A screw rubbing against another bone was removed this February.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves buyout Anthony Bennett for .6M

    September 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Bennett is on the move again.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached agreement on terms on a .6 million buyout with the former No. 1 overall pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been announced.

  • Nets GM King promises athleticism, but not championships

    September 22, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King reached his goal of reducing the payroll and getting younger players in the offseason.He didn't talk of a championship Tuesday for the first time in several years during his annual media day before training camp.

  • Pistons' draft pick has surgery on broken nose

    September 22, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie guard Darrun Hilliard had surgery after breaking his nose playing pickup basketball last week.The team says Hilliard will be fitted with a mask for the next three weeks and will continue all basketball-related activities. The 6-foot-6 Hilliard was drafted in the second round out of Villanova this year.

  • Jabari Parker expected for camp, but Bucks stay cautious

    September 22, 2015

    MEQUON, Wis. (AP) If Jabari Parker makes it on the floor next week for the start of Milwaukee Bucks training camp, whatever the forward does can be seen as progress.The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft is expected on the court when Bucks camp opens on Sept. 29 in Madison.

  • Milwaukee council adds city money to Bucks new arena

    September 22, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A city council in Milwaukee on Tuesday approved its piece of the 0 million public financing package that will fund half of a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.In a 12-3 vote, members of the Common Council agreed to spend million in city taxpayer money to help build an arena to replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. The state and Milwaukee County have already approved their portions of the 0 million in public financing for the 0 million arena.

  • Council to cast crucial vote on Bucks arena financing

    September 22, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Common Council is set to cast a crucial vote on a new Bucks arena.Council members will decide Tuesday on million in financing for the 0 million arena to replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center. The state and Milwaukee County have already approved their part of the 0 million in public financing.

  • Harden, Davis ready to see if they've closed gap on Curry

    September 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Beard and the Brow checked the same place first when they got a look at the NBA 2K16 video game.''My rating,'' James Harden said.''My rating,'' echoed Anthony Davis, ''and my jump shot. See how far I can shoot. That's the first thing I do, every time.''

  • Spain beats Lithuania 80-63 to take Eurobasket title

    September 20, 2015

    LILLE, France (AP) Tournament MVP Pau Gasol had a double-double as Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title.Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments after having to settle for bronze two years ago. For Lithuania, it was a second straight runner-up finish after losing the final against France in 2013.

  • NBA great Moses Malone's kindness remembered at funeral

    September 20, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Moses Malone has been remembered not only for his rebounds and three MVP trophies, but for making people smile.In a service marked by laughter from many of his NBA peers and hundreds of others at Houston's Lakewood Church, the Hall of Famer on Saturday was lauded as a kind and helpful man.

  • Kander comes to Minnesota to work magic with Wolves

    September 18, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Arnie Kander was retired. The well-respected physical therapist and strength coach had called it a career and was assimilating to his first summer out of the NBA in nearly a quarter century.He helped his son move to Boulder, Colorado, for grad school. He took a trip to New York. He even skipped summer league for the first time in 24 years.

  • Kyrie Irving says he's progressing toward return to court

    September 17, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) If Kyrie Irving knows when he'll be back on the floor with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he's not telling.The All-Star guard will only divulge this much: He's getting closer.Irving spoke Thursday about his ongoing recovery from the knee injury that required surgery and kept him from all but one game of last season's NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers fell to Golden State in six games. The Cavaliers - like all NBA teams - open training camp later this month, and one of the biggest issues facing the reigning Eastern Conference champions revolves around when their point guard will be ready to play.

  • Curry returns to Charlotte, takes NBA trophy to Davidson

    September 17, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry isn't one to forget his roots.The NBA's Most Valuable Player returned to his alma mater Davidson College on Thursday to show off the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy with the small school's close-knit community.

  • Wade goes into Hall of Champions, looking ahead to season

    September 16, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is already thinking big about the Miami Heat's fast-approaching season.And missing the playoffs last season has only energized him.Less than two weeks from the start of his 13th Heat training camp, Wade joined Jack Nicklaus and Chris Evert as enshrinees Wednesday at the 21st Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Champions induction ceremony. And while the night was about looking back and celebrating the past, Wade couldn't help but sound excited what may loom this season.

  • AP Source: Restricted free agent Cole to return to Pelicans

    September 16, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says restricted free agent guard Norris Cole has agreed to return to New Orleans this season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team has not announced the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Malone's funeral on Saturday in Houston

    September 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone will be remembered at a funeral service on Saturday in Houston.Malone, a three-time NBA MVP, died Sunday at age 60.The funeral will be at 1 p.m. CST at Houston megachurch Lakewood. The church is in the same building where the Houston Rockets played during Malone's time with the team from 1976-1982 when it was called The Summit.

  • Suns sign Sims, Jefferson, 3 others

    September 16, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed center Henry Sims, forwards Cory Jefferson and Kyle Casey and guards Deonte Burton and Terrico White.The moves Wednesday increased the team's roster to 18 players.The 6-foot-10 Sims averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 73 games last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The former Georgetown player has averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 121 career games in three seasons with New Orleans, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

  • City panel approves M for new Milwaukee Bucks arena

    September 15, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council has endorsed a million city proposal to help finance a new Milwaukee Bucks downtown arena.The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to recommend approval to the full council, which will review the proposal at its Sept. 22 meeting.

  • Hawks to hold training camp at University of Georgia

    September 15, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will hold training camp at the University of Georgia for the third year in a row.The Hawks, coming off a 60-win season that set a franchise record, will practice at the Stegeman Coliseum training facility from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 before returning to Atlanta.

  • Official: Moses Malone died of natural causes

    September 14, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Virginia medical examiner's office says Hall of Fame basketball player Moses Malone died of natural causes.Malone was found dead in a Norfolk hotel Sunday morning. He was 60.On Monday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Malone's cause of death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

  • Indiana Pacers owner seeks court ruling on team ownership

    September 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The owner of the Indiana Pacers has asked a court to declare that his late brother's estate and widow have no financial stake in the team.That's according to wording in a Hamilton County court document that The Indianapolis Star reported (http://indy.st/1KlKI0A ) was meant to be redacted, but instead was visible.

  • NBA great Moses Malone dies at 60

    September 13, 2015

    Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring.All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great.A few words, and one championship, made him a Philadelphia sports icon.Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, where was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60.

  • Philadelphia 76ers say NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone has died

    September 13, 2015

    AP () - - Philadelphia 76ers say NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone has died .

  • Hornets' Lin says security didn't believe he was NBA player

    September 12, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Hornets guard Jeremy Lin says he had trouble convincing a security guard that he's an NBA player when he showed up at the team's Charlotte arena.The NBA's first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, Lin tweeted about the encounter Saturday afternoon: ''Went to the Hornets arena for 1st time and tried convincing security im a player. She said, `what team?!?'''

  • Russell Westbrook previews True Religion holiday collection

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Attention fellas: NBA star and fashion trendsetter Russell Westbrook wants to help you get dressed for the holidays.The 26-year-old, who was named campaign creative director for True Religion, previewed items from the brand's Men's Holiday 2015 campaign Saturday during New York Fashion Week.

  • Warriors center spends day celebrating title at Vanderbilt

    September 12, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli sure knows how to celebrate in style, taking one of the Larry O'Brien championship trophies back to campus.Ezeli helped the Warriors win the NBA title in June. He was back at Vanderbilt on Saturday as part of the Commodores' festivities surrounding their football game against No. 10 Georgia.

  • Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes class of 11

    September 11, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) John Calipari never could have been a Hall of Famer on his own ability.''I never grabbed a rebound,'' he said. ''I never scored a point. I never had an assist.''But he's had some incredible players.And when he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, he insisted many of them join him.

  • Timberwolves coach Saunders hospitalized in cancer treatment

    September 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders has been hospitalized for testing and treatment following a setback in his fight with cancer, leaving his leadership roles with the Minnesota Timberwolves indefinitely to focus on his health.The Timberwolves confirmed Friday that assistant Sam Mitchell will take over as interim coach for Saunders, who is also the president of basketball operations. General manager Milt Newton's responsibilities will expand, too, with the absence of the 60-year-old Saunders, who was diagnosed this summer with Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Nets sign veteran Dahntay Jones

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran swingman Dahntay Jones.Jones played last season for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the No. 20 pick in the 2003 draft and has also played for Memphis, Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas and Atlanta, averaging 5.4 points in 622 games.

  • Hoop Hall to induct greats of playing, coaching, officiating

    September 10, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) After Dikembe Mutombo wagged that index finger a few more times and Dick Bavetta hugged nearly everyone in sight, Jo Jo White slowly made his way to the podium.The former Boston Celtics star, once so indefatigable that he played 60 minutes in an NBA Finals game, is no longer a speedster after surgery to remove a brain tumor. He received a few assists just to make the short walk to the microphone inside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where he made it clear just how much he loved the game.

  • Draymond Green donates .1 million to alma mater

    September 10, 2015

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Golden State Warriors standout Draymond Green is donating .1 million to Michigan State in support of its men's basketball program.Green played for the Spartans and graduated in 2012. His donation, which is pending approval from the Board of Trustees, is the largest single gift to Michigan State athletics from a former Spartans athlete.

  • NBA's Miller sues to recover money lost in Ponzi scheme

    September 10, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers forward Mike Miller has filed a lawsuit aimed at recovering what remains of .7 million he said he lost in a Ponzi scheme.The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1JZl3cx ) Miller seeks to recover his investment in RAHFCO Hedge Funds.

  • Knicks sign Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks signed forward Darion Atkins and guard/forward Wesley Saunders on Thursday. Terms of the deals with the undrafted free agents weren't disclosed.The 6-foot-8 Atkins averaged 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 23.9 minutes as a senior at the University of Virginia. He led the Portsmouth Invitational in scoring at 20.0 points, and averaged 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.7 minutes in nine Summer League games for San Antonio.

  • AP source: Wolves' Saunders steps aside for cancer treatment

    September 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sam Mitchell will replace Flip Saunders as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves while Saunders continues treatment for cancer, a person with knowledge of the situation told Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because official word had not yet come from the Wolves. The team set a news conference for Friday but did not specify the subject, calling it only for a ''major announcement.''

  • Canada's talented group is aiming at Rio 2016

    September 10, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Canada is in position to secure a berth to its first Olympic basketball tournament since Sydney 2000, with Andrew Wiggins leading a young team that has been too much to handle in the qualifiers and is aiming to be a surprise in Rio 2016.

  • Cavaliers' Miller sues to recover money lost in Ponzi scheme

    September 10, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller has filed a lawsuit aimed at recovering what remains of .7 million he said he lost in a Ponzi scheme.The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1JZl3cx ) Miller seeks to recover his investment in RAHFCO Hedge Funds.

  • NBA player Thabo Sefolosha spurns plea deal, asks for trial

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Prosecutors say professional basketball player Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has declined a plea deal that would have wiped away criminal charges stemming from a confrontation outside of a Manhattan nightclub.The Atlanta Hawks guard-forward was arrested April 8. Police were investigating the stabbing of another NBA player. They say Sefolosha ignored orders to step away from the crime scene and became combative.

  • Mexico beats Argentina, Canada has top seed in FIBA Americas

    September 10, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Gustavo Ayon scored 16 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and Mexico overcame a 15-point deficit to hand Argentina its first loss of the Olympic qualifier, 95-83 on Wednesday night in the last game of the second round.Ayon also grabbed 14 rebounds, while Jorge Gutierrez scored 23 points and Francisco Cruz added 21 for the Mexicans. They earned the No. 2 seed and will face Argentina again Friday night in the FIBA Americas semifinals.

  • 76ers sign point guard Kendall Marshall

    September 9, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers signed point guard Kendall Marshall on Wednesday.Marshall was the 13th overall pick by Phoenix in 2012 and has played for the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee.He has averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 130 games.

  • Lakers sign Brazilian guard, Europe vet Marcelo Huertas

    September 9, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas.The Lakers announced the deal Wednesday.The 32-year-old Huertas has spent nearly his entire professional career in Spain. He played the past four seasons with FC Barcelona in the top Spanish league, winning two national championships.

  • Pacers buy defending D-League runner-up Fort Wayne

    September 9, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) The Indiana Pacers have become the 10th NBA team to buy their D-League affiliate.The Pacers now own the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, last year's runner-up in the NBA Development League. Terms were not disclosed Wednesday.John Zeglis, Julie and Jeff Potter were the majority investors in the Fort Wayne Basketball Group. The team will now be owned by Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which is led by Herb Simon.

  • Milwaukee leaders announce arena land sale to Bucks for

    September 9, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee leaders plan to announce that a chunk of downtown land has been sold to the city's NBA team for as part of the drive to build the Bucks a new arena complex.County Executive Chris Abele said in a statement Wednesday that the sale will transform a vacant space into a development that will create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue.

  • Cavaliers sign center Sasha Kaun

    September 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed backup center Sasha Kaun, who has spent the past six seasons playing in Russia.Cleveland acquired Kaun's contract rights in 2008 in a trade with Seattle (now Oklahoma City). The 6-foot-11 big man played on the bronze-medal winning Russian national team in the London Olympics for Cleveland coach David Blatt in 2012.

  • NBA to seed playoff teams in each conference by record

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will now seed playoff teams solely by their record, throwing out the top-four protection for teams who win their divisions.The expected change was unanimously approved Tuesday by the league's Board of Governors. Teams in each conference will be seeded from one to eight by their won-loss record.

  • NBA fines Markieff Morris ,000 for anti-Suns tweet

    September 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris has been fined ,000 for making ''a public statement detrimental to the NBA.''The fine, announced by the league, did not specify the statement but said it concerned Morris' desire to be traded.

  • Tony Parker becomes Eurobasket's all-time leading scorer

    September 7, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Tony Parker became the all-time leading scorer in European championship history by leading defending champion France to a 69-66 win over Poland on Monday.Parker made France's first basket to break the record and finished with a team-high 16 points, scoring his team's final four points.

  • Tony Parker becomes top scorer in Eurobasket history

    September 7, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Tony Parker became the all-time leading scorer in European championship history when he made France's first basket in the game against Poland on Monday.Parker hit a jumper with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter to make it 2-2 in Montpellier.

  • Germany holds off Iceland, Dutch beat Georgia at Eurobasket

    September 5, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Schroeder scored 15 points each to lead Germany to a surprisingly close 71-65 victory over Iceland at the start of the European Basketball Championship on Saturday.Iceland outscored Germany 22-12 in the final quarter as Jon Steffansson topped all scorers with 23 points for the team considered an outsider in the tough Group B.

  • Canada win its third straight in Olympic qualifier

    September 5, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points to help Canada beat Puerto Rico 112-92 on Friday night for its third straight victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament.Cory Joseph, Nik Stauskas and Kelly Olynik added 15 points each, Brady Heslip had 13, and Philip Scrubb 11 for the Canadian team that that fields nine NBA players and is considered one of the favorites to win one of the two berths to Rio.

  • France hopes to retain title with Tony Parker back in team

    September 3, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Tony Parker is back and France will be looking to retain the title at the European Basketball Championship that starts over the weekend in four cities across the continent.Originally scheduled to be held in Ukraine, the competition was moved because of the unrest in the east European country and will be spread around before the medal round in France.

  • Cavaliers make J.R. Smith signing official

    September 2, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers made the re-signing of guard J.R. Smith official.Smith announced last month that he was returning for a second year with the Cavs, who acquired him last season along with Iman Shumpert in a trade with the New York Knicks. The 11-year veteran made 45 starts for Cleveland, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

  • Grizzlies rookie forward Jarell Martin fractures left foot

    September 2, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin has a fractured left foot.The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the forward from LSU injured his foot while colliding with another player during a workout earlier that day. Martin will undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Assistant convicted of stealing millions from ex-NBA star

    September 2, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A federal jury has convicted a former personal assistant of Gilbert Arenas of stealing more than million from the former NBA basketball player.The jury on Wednesday found 40-year-old John White guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing a false tax-related document.

  • Canada routs Cuba in the Olympic qualifying tournament

    September 2, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nick Stauskas and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points each in limited action and Canada routed Cuba 101-59 on Wednesday for its first victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament.Stauskas, a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, also had six rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes. Wiggins, the NBA rookie of the year for the Minnesota Timberwolves, added six rebounds and two blocks for the Canadian team that fields nine NBA players and is considered one of the favorites to win one of the two berths to Rio.

  • AP Source: Excel severs ties with Lakers' Clarkson

    September 2, 2015

    A person with knowledge of situation tells The Associated Press that Excel Sports Management has severed ties with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has released details of the split, which happened last month.

  • Argentina beats Canada in the men's Olympic qualifiers

    September 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Luis Scola had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Argentina beat Canada 94-87 on Tuesday in the men's Olympic qualifying tournament.Scola, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who just signed with Toronto, was 13 for 26 from the field. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 20 points, and Andres Nocioni finished with 15.

  • Former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. joins Georgetown hoops staff

    September 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr. has returned as director of basketball operations.Coach John Thompson III made the announcement Tuesday. Ewing Jr. is the son of former Georgetown All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

  • Hawks to retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season

    September 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging center, spent five seasons with the Hawks. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says few players matched the impact Mutombo made ''as a player, man and humanitarian.''

  • Alex Morgan featured in series produced by LeBron James

    September 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Soccer star Alex Morgan will be the first athlete profiled on Disney's inspirational ''Becoming'' series produced by LeBron James.Morgan helped the United States win the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer. Her path from childhood to Olympic gold medalist will be told in the Sept. 13 premiere episode.

  • Fans to remember former NBA great Darryl Dawkins

    September 1, 2015

    CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) Fans will get their chance to remember former NBA great Darryl Dawkins.A public viewing is taking place Tuesday between 4 and 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catasauqua.Parking is available at the Catasauqua pool on American Street, and a shuttle bus will run every five minutes to the church.

  • Divac adds title of GM of Kings

    August 31, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac has added the title of general manager of the Sacramento Kings.The Kings announced Monday that Divac will serve as vice president of basketball operations and general manager. Divac was hired in March as vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

  • LA Clippers sign veteran free agent Chuck Hayes

    August 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free agent veteran Chuck Hayes.The center-power forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games for Toronto last season.The 10-year NBA veteran also has played for Houston and Sacramento. He has career averages of 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

  • Milwaukee funding for new Bucks arena goes before public

    August 31, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The public's first opportunity to formally comment on part of a 0 million funding plan to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena attracted an overflow crowd Monday evening, with one group questioning how the city has enough money to help pay for the project but not neighborhood or school investments.

  • Milwaukee funding for new NBA arena goes before public

    August 31, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee's top development official and its chief financial officer will soon present details showing the proposed final piece of a 0 million funding puzzle for a new arena for the NBA's Bucks.Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux is expected Monday to publicly lay out how the city plans to generate its million share of public funding. Comptroller Martin Matson will give his fiscal analysis at the afternoon hearing.

  • Jazz sign rookie forward J.J. O'Brien

    August 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free-agent rookie J.J. O'Brien.The team announced the signing Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 23-year-old forward played one season at the University of Utah and finished his college career at San Diego State. O'Brien averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior.

  • Chris Jent to coach Bakersfield Jam in D-League

    August 27, 2015

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) Chris Jent will coach the Bakersfield Jam, the Phoenix Suns' affiliate in the NBA Development League.The Suns and Jam announced the move Thursday. Jent replaced Nate Bjorkgren, now the Suns' assistant coach/player development coordinator.

  • Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

    August 27, 2015

    Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game.

  • Philadelphia 76ers owner donates .5M to local nonprofit

    August 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers has pledged a .5 million donation to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - the largest amount ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group.The PAL supports disadvantaged youths by pairing them with police officers who volunteer to direct sports, educational and cultural programs.

  • Former Kentucky standout Lou Tsioropoulos dies at 84

    August 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten `53-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84.Tsioropoulos' nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died Saturday in Louisville of natural causes. A memorial service was held there Wednesday. He would have turned 85 on Monday.

  • Pacers, St. Vincent join forces on new training facility

    August 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers and St. Vincent, a local health provider, have released more details plans for a million training facility in downtown Indianapolis.At a news conference Wednesday, team officials showed what the 130,000-square foot St. Vincent Center will look like. The five-story building will be built on a pie-shaped space on Delaware Street, across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers home court, and will include two NBA regulation-sized courts along with office and retail space.

  • Clifford: Hornets play better, win more with Kidd-Gilchrist

    August 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford can rattle off a dozen reasons why the Hornets gave small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a big contract extension.But in Clifford's mind it all came down to one basic fact: ''When he's on the floor we play well; when he's not on the floor we don't.''

  • Iguodala takes NBA championship hardware to tour of Tokyo

    August 25, 2015

    Andre Iguodala has taken his NBA championship hardware to Japan.The Golden State Warriors swingman is on a two-day tour of Tokyo, bringing along the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Bill Russell trophy, which he won as the NBA Finals MVP.Iguodala hadn't started a game in the 2014-15 season until he was inserted into the lineup midway through the finals. He ended up averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists as the Warriors beat Cleveland in six games.

  • NBA fines Clippers 0,000 because of DeAndre Jordan pitch

    August 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were fined 0,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Kirilenko elected head of Russian basketball

    August 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko was elected president of the troubled Russian Basketball Federation on Tuesday.The ex-Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets small forward, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA, was elected unopposed at a conference Tuesday in Moscow - hours after his only rival, Russian national team general manager Dmitry Domani, withdrew from the contest.

  • AP Source: Hornets sign Kidd-Gilchrist to M extension

    August 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced.

  • Utah Jazz sign center Jeff Withey

    August 24, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free agent center Jeff Withey to a multi-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday afternoon. Details of the contract were unavailable, per team policy.The 7-foot, 222-pounder was a second-round pick by the Trail Blazers in 2013 and played two seasons with New Orleans after a trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland. Withey averaged 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 95 games over two seasons. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at Kanas in 2012 and 2013.

  • Rockets re-sign point guard Jason Terry

    August 24, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have re-signed point guard Jason Terry.The 16-year veteran averaged 7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 77 games for the Rockets last season. He joined the starting lineup late in the season after a season-ending injury to Patrick Beverley and appeared in each playoff game for the Rockets, averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game.

  • Stoudemire hoping Heat get to see his All-Star form

    August 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Amare Stoudemire spent some time with Dwyane Wade in New York this summer, sipping wine at a trendy hotspot and talking basketball.He's been texting and talking with Chris Bosh regularly. He's considered himself close with Goran Dragic for years, going back to their time together with the Phoenix Suns.

  • Suns to induct 2-time MVP Nash into team's Ring of Honor

    August 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns will induct Steve Nash into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against Portland on Oct. 30.Nash was twice named NBA MVP while at the controls of the high-octane Suns teams that were the forerunner of the style employed by reigning NBA champion Golden State.

  • Former NBA star Kirilenko hopes to rescue Russian basketball

    August 23, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) After spending more than a decade in the NBA, former All-Star Andrei Kirilenko is taking on what may be his biggest challenge yet - rescuing basketball in his native Russia.Since Kirilenko helped his national team win Olympic bronze in 2012, Russian basketball has gone into a tailspin. The national team is in danger of failing to qualify for next year's Olympics and the sport is losing fans to the likes of soccer and ice hockey. But Kirilenko thinks he can help turn things around.

  • Bucks spent most lobbying Wisconsin lawmakers through June

    August 21, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks spent more money lobbying the Wisconsin Legislature than any other organization during the first half of the year, as the NBA team was pushing for approval of a new basketball arena.A report released Friday by the state elections board, which oversees lobbying, showed the Bucks spent just over 2,000 on lobbying through June. The next highest was the Wisconsin Hospital Association at nearly 9,000.

  • Warriors rookie Kevon Looney has hip surgery

    August 20, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors rookie forward Kevon Looney will miss at least four to six months after undergoing surgery on his right hip.Looney had the operation to repair a torn labrum on Thursday. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and will not be able to resume basketball activity for four to six months.

  • AP Source: J.R. Smith agrees to new contract with Cavs

    August 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith looked around and realized there was no place like Cleveland.The free-wheeling and enigmatic shooter has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday night. Smith, who declined his .8 million player option shortly after the season, considered other options before returning to Cleveland, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.

  • Recovered from stab injuries, Copeland focused on Bucks

    August 20, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) A connection with Bucks coach Jason Kidd lured free-agent Chris Copeland to Milwaukee.He's looking forward to playing for a familiar face in a new home, and not dwelling on the injuries he sustained after getting stabbed outside a New York night club in the spring.

  • Pelicans sign rookie guard Dejean-Jones

    August 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have signed rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones.The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Dejean-Jones played for the Pelicans' Las Vegas summer league team, averaged 12.8 points on 62 percent shooting in six games. He also averaged 1.5 steals in that span.

  • Raptors sign 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas to M extension

    August 20, 2015

    Jonas Valanciunas has been the big man in the middle of the Toronto Raptors' rise for the last three seasons.Now he has the big contract to match.The Raptors and Valanciunas announced his four-year contract extension Thursday. The deal is worth million, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team is not publicly announcing the terms, which were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Raptors sign 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas to extension

    August 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension.Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years.Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri calls the 7-foot, 270-pound Lithuanian ''a significant part of what we are building in Toronto.''

  • Timberwolves announce signing of Tayshaun Prince

    August 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the signing of veteran forward Tayshaun Prince.The Wolves agreed to terms last week with Prince on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. The contract became official on Thursday, giving the Wolves another veteran to mentor a young roster.

  • Closing arguments planned Friday for Michael Jordan trial

    August 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Closing arguments have been delayed a day in a federal civil trial to decide how much money a grocery-store chain owes former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.Court documents filed Thursday show closing arguments will begin Friday. The lawyers and judge are planning to meet Thursday, when they will go through jury instructions. Jurors will begin deliberating after closings are completed.

  • LeBron visits Manila to mentor Filipino street ball talents

    August 20, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) LeBron James hopes his story can inspire young Filipinos to rise from adversity through basketball.The Cleveland Cavaliers star is the country to mentor finalists of ''Rise,'' a Nike-sponsored reality TV program aimed at finding young Filipino basketball players, mostly from the countryside, and to hone their talents.

  • Tim Duncan named NBA's top teammate

    August 19, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan has given up millions in salary to give the San Antonio Spurs the cap space needed to re-sign teammates and add players such as LaMarcus Aldridge.And Duncan has deferred offensively to teammates like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard despite averaging 19.5 points over his 18-year career.

  • Meet the NBA Players' Association's new sports science guru

    August 19, 2015

    Coming off a season in which star after star was lost to serious injury, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players' Association executive director Michele Roberts have made player health one of the top priorities to address this offseason.With that in mind, the union hired Joe Rogowski, a former athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach with the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets, as the director of sports medicine and research. The certified athletic trainer with a master's degree in exercise physiology from Central Florid is tasked with developing programs and coordinating best practices to try to limit the number of games lost to injury.

  • 76ers center Embiid to miss season following foot surgery

    August 19, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid will have to wait at least one more season to start his NBA career.Embiid, the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers center, is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. His recovery should take five to eight months, the same timeframe the center was given following the first surgery last year. The Sixers were cautious with their prized prospect and held him out for the entire season. Team president Sam Hinkie said Wednesday the organization would follow a similar path again.

  • 76ers C Joel Embiid undergoes surgery on right foot

    August 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid underwent surgery for the second time on his right foot on Tuesday, this time a bone graft procedure.Embiid had two existing screws replaced and a bone graft of the site was done using bone from his hip.

  • Veteran wing player Jason Richardson signs with Hawks

    August 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard-forward Jason Richardson.Richardson, a 13-year veteran, played in 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season. He averaged 9.1 points before his season was shortened by a knee injury.When healthy, the 34-year-old Richardson has been an effective scorer. His career average is 17.1 points, including three seasons over 20 points per game. He set a career high with 23.2 points per game with Golden State in the 2005-06 season.

  • VanDeWeghe promoted to NBA executive vice president

    August 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kiki VanDeWeghe has been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA.The league announced the move on Tuesday. VanDeWeghe had been serving as senior vice president of basketball operations. He joined the league office in 2013 after working as general manager with the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets.

  • Michael Jordan tells jury he values his image 'preciously'

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan testified Tuesday that his image is precious to him, which is why he filed a lawsuit against a grocery store chain that used it without permission.''I have the final say-so on everything that involves my likeness and my name,'' Jordan told jurors in Chicago. When his attorney asked him why he brought the case, Jordan said it was ''to protect my likeness, my image ... something I value very preciously.''

  • Michael Jordan expected to testify in misuse of image case

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan is expected to take the stand in his case against a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission.It's been determined Dominick's used Jordan's image without permission in a 2009 ad. A Chicago federal court jury must determine how much Dominick's owner must pay for the transgression.

  • Australia qualifies for Olympics, beats New Zealand 89-79

    August 18, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year's Olympic basketball tournament.Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 Tuesday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero.

  • Broncos host basketball coaches at training camp

    August 17, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Sometimes during the dog days of August, NFL training camp talk turns to hoops and hardwood.That was the case in Denver on Monday when the Broncos welcomed several visitors to their sideline, including Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy and new Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and his staff.

  • Jazz sign free agent Treveon Graham

    August 17, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free agent guard/forward Treveon Graham.The team announced the move Monday, but details were not released, per team policy.Graham completed his fourth season at Virginia Commonwealth in the spring, averaging 16.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was not drafted.

  • Expert: Michael Jordan's income eclipses current stars'

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) An expert in sports economics says Michael Jordan's endorsement income has grown and still eclipses that of current NBA players, including LeBron James.Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist testified Monday in federal court in Chicago. He's an expert witness for Jordan in the former Chicago Bulls player's lawsuit seeking damages from a grocery store chain that used his image without permission.

  • Chicago Bulls hire Toni Kukoc in advisory role

    August 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Toni Kukoc has been hired by the Chicago Bulls as a special adviser to the team president.Kukoc helped the Bulls win three championships. President Michael Reinsdorf says Kukoc's duties will be ''wide-ranging,'' from relating to international players to talking to business partners and fans.

  • Pelicans, like Saints, decide to train at Greenbrier

    August 15, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to hold part of training camp at the Greenbrier resort, which this summer is hosting its second straight New Orleans Saints training camp.The decision, announced Saturday night, comes after a trip Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry made to the West Virginia resort about a week ago.

  • Olympic qualifying: Australia 71, New Zealand 59

    August 15, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills hit two three-pointers in the final four minutes Saturday to help Australia pull away from New Zealand for a 71-59 win in an Oceania qualifying match for next year's Rio Olympics.Before a sellout crowd of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, Australia outscored New Zealand 18-9 in the final six minutes as Mills, a late replacement in the past week for the injured Dante Exum, finished with 17 points, as did France-based David Anderson.

  • Correction: Rookie Transition story

    August 14, 2015

    In a story Aug. 13 about the NBA's transition program, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the league, reported erroneously the program's panelists. Bob Lanier, Ralph Sampson, Rick Mahorn and Malik Rose participated in a panel discussion, not Shane Battier.

  • NBA rookies gather in New Jersey for transition program

    August 13, 2015

    Karl-Anthony Towns left Kentucky for the NBA in April.The No. 1 overall pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves was back in school this week at the league's Rookie Transition Program.First-year players from the U.S. and overseas convened in New Jersey this week to attend four days of classes aimed at helping them make the jump to the pros. The NBA and the players' union collaborated to give them information on everything from financial planning and retirement to ways to handle relationships with women.

  • NBA, referees' union reach deal on 7-year CBA

    August 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association agreed to a seven-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday, brokering the deal a year before the previous contract was set to expire.The referees ratified the agreement at a meeting in Chicago. The deal will begin this season, replace the last year of the previous agreement and run through 2022.

  • LeBron James, Akron making college possible for city kids

    August 13, 2015

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is giving kids from Akron - ones with challenging backgrounds like his - the chance to go to college for free.The NBA star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James' ''I Promise'' program who qualify. The scholarship will cover tuition and the university's general service fee - currently ,500 per year.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves agree on deal with Tayshaun Prince

    August 13, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in another veteran to tutor their young pups.A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Tayshaun Prince has agreed to terms with the Wolves on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. The person requested anonymity because the contract has not been signed.

  • Mavericks sign free agent center McGee

    August 13, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Free agent center JaVale McGee has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.McGee has averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his seven NBA seasons. The 7-footer has played 382 games with Washington, Denver and Philadelphia.The Mavericks announced the signing Thursday.

  • Los Angeles Lakers sign F Jonathan Holmes to multiyear deal

    August 13, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Undrafted rookie forward Jonathan Holmes has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers announced the deal Thursday.Holmes spent the past four seasons at Texas, averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He plays a versatile two-way game, with a solid 3-point shot and strong defensive instincts.

  • LeBron: Health, family will determine 2016 Olympic plans

    August 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James said Wednesday his health and his family will determine whether he tries for a record third basketball Olympic gold medal next summer.James took part in USA Basketball's minicamp, satisfying chairman Jerry Colangelo's mandate that anyone wanting to be considered for the 2016 roster show up this week in Las Vegas.

  • NBA schedule has Christmas finals rematch, more player rest

    August 12, 2015

    The Golden State Warriors will see an old friend on opening night and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas, two of the highlight games of their title defense.The NBA released its schedule Wednesday, a more player-friendly model that addresses Commissioner Adam Silver's directive for additional player rest by slashing the times teams have to play four times in five nights to an average of one per team.

  • Some things to note from the 2015-16 NBA schedule

    August 12, 2015

    Some notes on the 2015-16 NBA schedule, released Wednesday by the league office:---RING NIGHTGolden State gets its championship rings and one more night to revel in last season's accomplishments on Oct. 27, when New Orleans - the team the Warriors swept in the first round of last season's playoffs - visits to complete the NBA's opening-night tripleheader. Detroit at Atlanta and Cleveland at Chicago precede Golden State's banner-raising night, which will be shown on TNT.

  • Horace Balmer, former NBA security head, dies at 76

    August 12, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Horace Balmer, the head of NBA security from 1985 to 2002, has died. He was 76.The NBA said Wednesday that Balmer, known as ''Kitibu,'' died Tuesday in Norfolk. The league didn't provide a cause of death.''Horace Balmer was a great friend and a longtime member of the NBA family,'' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. ''During his 17-year NBA career, he oversaw the security of events in arenas around the world and built life-long relationships with countless players, teams and league executives. Horace also dedicated himself to assisting those in need, particularly in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with Horace's family and friends.''

  • Hawks' Horford in Dominican Basketball without Borders camp

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford of the Dominican Republic will take part when a Basketball without Borders camp goes to his home country for the first time.Run by the NBA and FIBA, the Aug. 16-19 camp in Santo Domingo will include Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva, whose parents are Dominican, former Dominican national team NBA players Felipe Lopez and Francisco Garcia, and Tito Horford - Al's father.

  • Walker signs bill to fund new Milwaukee Bucks arena

    August 12, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a break from the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to commit 0 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.Calling the new NBA stadium a ''dynamic attraction for the entire state of Wisconsin,'' Walker signed the bill at the Wisconsin State Fair Park surrounded by state lawmakers, local officials and Bucks team president Peter Feigin.

  • Pacers add free-agent guard Toney Douglas to roster

    August 11, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers signed free-agent guard Toney Douglas on Tuesday.Terms of the deal weren't immediately available.The 6-foot-2, 190-pound former Florida State player is another addition to a roster that has undergone a major overhaul since the end of last season. Power forward David West and backup point guard C.J. Watson left in free agency. Two-time All-Star center Roy Hibbert was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in July.

  • Jordan in court, not on it, for trial on his brand value

    August 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan was in a federal courtroom Tuesday for the start of a civil trial that will scrutinize the market value of the basketball star's brand and look at whether a grocery-store chain diluted that value by running a steak-coupon advertisement that invoked Jordan's name without permission.

  • Timberwolves' Flip Saunders says he has 'treatable' lymphoma

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders had quite a challenge on his hands when he returned to Minnesota two years ago to take over the moribund Timberwolves.Just as it appeared the franchise was starting to turn the corner, a new challenge has presented itself. And he plans to take this one on with as much determination and confidence as he has any other.

  • Timberwolves' Flip Saunders says he has lymphoma

    August 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders says he is being treated for cancer.Saunders announced on Tuesday that he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says his doctors are calling it ''very treatable and curable.''

  • Patty Mills says he's recovered from shoulder injury

    August 11, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills says his recent shoulder injury won't be an issue when he plays for Australia in its Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand starting this week.Mills made himself unavailable for Australia's warm-up series in Europe while he underwent treatment for the injury in Los Angeles, but he accepted a late call-up to the Australia team when fellow NBA player Dante Exum was forced out with a knee injury.

  • Billionaire sues TMZ, friend over loss of Clippers team

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Billionaire Donald Sterling sued celebrity website TMZ and an ex-girlfriend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling's lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court accused TMZ and V. Stiviano of violating his privacy and causing damage on a ''scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude.''

  • Celtics release guard-forward Zoran Dragic

    August 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have waived Zoran Dragic.The 6-foot-5 guard-forward was acquired this summer in a trade with the Miami Heat for a second-round draft pick and cash.Dragic appeared in 16 games for Miami and the Phoenix Suns last season. He averaged 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes.

  • Nuggets re-sign Nelson, Arthur, Barton

    August 7, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have re-signed Jameer Nelson to primarily serve as a backup and mentor for rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.In addition to signing Nelson to a multiyear deal Friday, Denver also brought back Darrell Arthur and Will Barton, general manager Tim Connelly announced.

  • Knicks sign guards Sasha Vujacic, Thanasis Antetokounmpo

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed guards Sasha Vujacic and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.The terms of the deal were not announced Friday.The 6-foot-7 Vujacic has career averages of 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey and Los Angeles Clippers.

  • LA Clippers sign Argentine veteran Pablo Prigioni

    August 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Pablo Prigioni on Thursday.Prigioni agreed to the deal in principle two weeks ago with the Clippers, who signed the Argentine veteran for the veteran's minimum of 1,000.The 38-year-old Prigioni averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season for the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. He signed with the Knicks in 2012 after a lengthy career in Spain and Argentina.

  • Cavaliers sign F Richard Jefferson for next season

    August 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have made their signing of free-agent forward Richard Jefferson official.Jefferson's deal was agreed upon last month and reported by The Associated Press and several media outlets. The 14-year veteran will give the Cavs another experienced wing player who can spread the floor as well as back up LeBron James.

  • Donald Sterling seeks divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 60 years on Wednesday as he continues to battle her over ownership of the team.Sterling, 81, cited irreconcilable differences in paperwork submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney Bobby Samini said. That paperwork was initially rejected by the court as incomplete, but it was corrected and resubmitted afterward. It lists their date of separation as Aug. 1, 2012.

  • Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his estranged wife of nearly 60 years.His attorney Bobby Samini says Wednesday the papers were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court roughly two weeks before their 60th anniversary.

  • Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife

    August 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling files for divorce from estranged wife.

  • Walker to sign Bucks arena bill next week

    August 5, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill providing 0 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium next week.Walker's office sent an invitation to lawmakers and others saying he plans to sign the bill Aug. 12 at State Fair Park outside Milwaukee.

  • Jazz PG Dante Exum injures left knee playing for Australia

    August 4, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum has injured his left knee while playing for the Australian National team. They were playing the Slovenia National team in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday.Exum was driving into the paint and came to a jump stop in the middle of the lane when his left knee buckled. He was untouched, but went down as he lifted for the shot.

  • Spurs say ankle will keep Marjanovic from playing for Serbia

    August 4, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Boban Marjanovic of the San Antonio Spurs will not play for Serbia in the EuroBasket tournament this summer because of a left ankle injury.The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic signed with the Spurs last month. The Spurs say tests, including an MRI, show he has ''significant bony edema'' that ''compromises Marjanovic's ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health and future injury.''

  • Drake unveils new Raptors uniforms during a Toronto concert

    August 4, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Rapper Drake took the wraps off new uniforms for the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.The Grammy winner, who collaborated with the team on the new look, wore a black and gold version of the uniform while performing the finale of his OVO Fest concert in Toronto.

  • White Sox call up Trayce Thompson, brother of Warriors star

    August 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, from Triple-A Charlotte before the game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

  • Point guard Andre Miller, Timberwolves complete contract

    August 4, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have completed their one-year contract with veteran point guard Andre Miller.The deal was agreed to last week and announced Monday.The 39-year-old Miller gives the Wolves a dependable, experienced player at a position with oft-injured starter Ricky Rubio and 19-year-old rookie Tyus Jones. This is Miller's eighth NBA team in his 17th season in the league.

  • An NBA trailblazer: Becky Hammon breaks a barrier with Spurs

    August 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon believes the possibilities are limitless for women coaching in pro sports.One year ago this week, she broke the gender barrier becoming the first full-time paid female assistant coach in the NBA. Now Hammon's happy to see she's no longer the only woman in the profession.

  • Josh Richardson signs rookie deal with Miami Heat

    August 3, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat have signed guard Josh Richardson to his rookie contract.Richardson agreed to the deal last week and signed it Monday. He could earn just more than .5 million over the next three years, though the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons are currently structured as partially guaranteed.

  • New York Liberty honor Becky Hammon

    August 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon got her WNBA start in New York and never has forgotten where she came from.The New York Liberty honored their former star Sunday, putting the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach in their ring of honor at halftime of their game against the Seattle Storm.

  • Mavericks sign 1st-round pick Justin Anderson

    August 1, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round draft pick Justin Anderson on Saturday.The deal under the rookie wage scale guarantees the former Virginia guard .5 million over two years. There are team options for the third and fourth years on the contract.

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition

    August 1, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday - starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter.

  • Nuggets sign Emmanuel Mudiay to multiyear deal

    July 31, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets signed top pick Emmanuel Mudiay to a multiyear deal Friday.Taken with the seventh overall selection, the 19-year-old point guard will be counted on heavily by the Nuggets after they traded Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.

  • Pacers' Jordan Hill arrested in Georgia for reckless driving

    July 31, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers newcomer Jordan Hill was arrested near Atlanta on charges of reckless driving and speeding after police clocked his car going 107 mph in a 65 mph zone.According to the police report, Hill was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. A police officer from Alpharetta, Georgia, wrote that Hill explained he was ''in a hurry.''

  • Mavs sign free-agent forward Jeremy Evans

    July 31, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent forward Jeremy Evans on Friday.The 2012 slam dunk champion at All-Star weekend averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Utah Jazz. He played in 219 games, making seven starts.The 6-foot-9 Evans was a late second-round pick by Utah in 2010. He's the career blocks leader at Western Kentucky with 224.

  • Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

    July 31, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal.NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations.

  • Lieberman hired by Kings as NBA's second female assistant

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) New Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman recalls a conversation with Pat Riley a couple of years back when she explained to the Miami Heat executive how much she wanted to keep coaching at basketball's highest level.''When I said to him, `You know, I really would like to coach,' and he said, `You would?' and he goes, `Nancy, if you want something you have to tell people what you want,''' she said. ''I didn't want to be that pushy broad. I just normally assumed: `Well, I'm Nancy, I've been around the game my whole life, they should know this. They should have a crystal ball and know what I want. That was absolutely horrible thinking on my side. The most important thing is that I started to share what my aspirations were - `I'd like to do this.'''

  • Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach.''I am very proud to be a Sacramento King and very honored,'' Lieberman said in a phone interview.

  • AP Source: Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach

    July 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has agreed to become an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Friday.

  • NBA in Africa: Visiting Mandela's house and planning safaris

    July 31, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived.Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities.

  • Mavericks sign 7-2 Tunisian center Salah Mejri

    July 30, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have signed Tunisian center Salah Mejri from Real Madrid in the Spanish League.The 7-foot-2 Mejri averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games for Real Madrid last season. Those averages went up to 5.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in eight games as Real Madrid won the Euroleague championship.

  • Hawks F Mike Scott arrested on drug charges in NE Georgia

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges.The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

  • Suns make series of coaching, front-office moves

    July 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have added Nate Bjorkgren and former NBA players Earl Watson and Corey Gaines to Jeff Hornacek's coaching staff and shifted Mark West from the bench back to the front office as vice president of player relations.The Suns said Thursday that Bjorkgren will serve as assistant coach/player development coordinator, and that Watson and Gaines will be assistant coaches.

  • Hawks coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids.The Hawks coach will never say his work is done. That's not his style.But Budenholzer is quite pleased with the team he left behind in Atlanta, believing the Hawks are poised to build on their stunning run to the Eastern Conference final.

  • Jazz PG Trey Burke: "I'm as hungry as I've ever been"

    July 30, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Trey Burke has enjoyed adding stamps to his passport this summer, but that doesn't mean he's been relaxing.The Utah Jazz point guard is currently in Johannesburg working with the NBA's Basketball without Borders and made his first-ever trip out of the country to the Philippines earlier this summer. In the meanwhile, the team added two more point guards to the roster.

  • Iowa Energy hire Nicki Gross as assistant coach

    July 30, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Nicki Gross has been named an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy, making her the only female to fill that role in the NBA D-League.The Memphis Grizzlies and Energy announced Gross' appointment Thursday. The Grizzlies are Iowa's NBA affiliate.

  • Knicks sign 1st-round picks Porzingis, Grant

    July 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant.The team announced the signings Thursday, along with the re-signing of forward Lou Amundson.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the fourth overall selection in the recent draft and played professionally for Cajasol Seville in Spain the past three seasons. At the NBA summer league in Las Vegas this month, the 19-year-old averaged 10.5 points in four games.

  • Commissioner: NBA relationship with players 'best' in sports

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says ''it's a very good time'' for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.The new agreement with ESPN and TNT, worth nearly billion over nine years, will have a ''significant impact on the viability'' of teams, Silver said.

  • NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned' for regular-season game

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come.''Stay tuned,'' Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg - the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. ''This is an experiment of sorts.''

  • NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned,' for regular-season game

    July 30, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says ''stay tuned'' for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.Silver didn't give an exact time frame but said Thursday in South Africa that a pre-season and, ultimately, a league game was the aim, with the NBA on a ''fast track'' to build its brand in soccer-crazy Africa.

  • Russia suspended from basketball by FIBA for infighting

    July 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended Wednesday by FIBA, meaning it could miss the European Championship that doubles as an Olympic qualifier.The suspension comes after two years of infighting at the federation, which culminated last month when a Russian court ordered new elections for all senior federation posts.

  • Agent: Timberwolves agree to terms with Andre Miller

    July 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Professor will be holding office hours in Minnesota next season.Andre Miller agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a one-year deal on Wednesday, his agent Andy Miller told The Associated Press.Adding the 39-year-old Miller gives the young Wolves a quality, veteran point guard to join a rotation featuring starter Ricky Rubio and rookie backup Tyus Jones. Miller visited the Wolves on Wednesday, met with coach Flip Saunders, GM Milt Newton and several team officials and toured the team's new practice facility. Hours later, he agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

  • Steve Kerr announces Warriors coaching staff for next season

    July 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Coach Steve Kerr of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors is bringing back his entire coaching staff except for departed Alvin Gentry, new coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.The Warriors announced Wednesday that Luke Walton would fill Gentry's spot on the bench as he begins his second season as a Warriors assistant.

  • Raptors hire Stackhouse, Kalamian, Greer as assistants

    July 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors hired Jerry Stackhouse, Rex Kalamian and Andy Greer as assistant coaches Wednesday, completing Dwayne Casey's staff.Stackhouse is coaching for the first time in the NBA. He played 18 years in the league.Kalamian joins the Raptors after six seasons with Oklahoma City, including the last two as lead assistant. Greer spent the past five seasons as an assistant with Chicago.

  • Bucks sign Chris Copeland, adding frontcourt depth

    July 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bucks have signed free-agent forward Chris Copeland, adding veteran depth to their young frontcourt.General manager John Hammond did not announce terms of the deal Wednesday.The 6-foot-8 Copeland played the last two seasons in Indiana, averaging 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 50 games in 2014-15.

  • Barnes says he fits Grizzlies' 'Grit & Grind' approach

    July 28, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Matt Barnes believes he epitomizes the ''Grit & Grind'' style that the Memphis Grizzlies have prided themselves on for years.Now that the Grizzlies have acquired him, the veteran forward is eager to continue playing that brand of basketball while winning over a fan base that had grown accustomed to cheering against him.

  • Nuggets sign 2nd-round pick Jokic

    July 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multi-year contract.Jokic, a second-round draft pick, has spent the last three years playing for KK Mega Vizura of the Adriatic League.In five starts for the Nuggets summer league team, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center averaged 8 points. 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 21 minutes per game.

  • Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

    July 29, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend 0 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team President Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

  • Wisconsin Assembly to approve 0 million Bucks arena deal

    July 28, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin state Assembly will back a plan to spend 0 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, Republican and Democratic leaders said Tuesday, casting it as a good deal for the state's taxpayers.At a news conference after posing for pictures with Bucks coach Jason Kidd, leading legislators from both parties said the Assembly would pass the measure later Tuesday, which would then send it for approval to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was pushing for a deal. It passed the state Senate on a bipartisan 21-10 vote on July 15.

  • The Basketball Tournament semifinalists play for million

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A team featuring former NBA lottery picks Michael Sweetney and DerMarr Johnson is among the semifinalists playing for million in The Basketball Tournament.Their team, Baltimore's City of Gods, will face Overseas Elite on Saturday at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym. The other semifinal pits Ants Alumni, featuring members of the 2014 NBA Development League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants, against Arizona-based Team 23.

  • Dragic not expected to play for Slovenia this summer

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat is not expected to play for Slovenia in the EuroBasket tournament in September.Heat President Pat Riley met with Dragic about his invitation to join the team, and it was collectively decided that it would be in the point guard's best interests to spend the rest of the summer preparing for his first full year in Miami.

  • Mavericks sign pair of free agent forwards

    July 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley.They announced the deals on Monday.The 6-foot-7 Wilson averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 41 games last season with Bakersfield of the NBA D-League.

  • Wisconsin Assembly leader: New Bucks arena has votes to pass

    July 27, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A 0 million plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena has enough votes to pass the state Assembly with help from Democrats, Republican Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Monday.If approved without any changes by the Assembly, the bill would then head to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

  • Pacers complete deals with 3 veterans, complete rookie class

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have re-signed forwards Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington.The team on Monday also signed swingman Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal and completed an undisclosed deal with second-round pick Rakeem Christmas.

  • Cavs trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring .5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland. Both teams confirmed the trade on Monday.

  • Cavaliers sign guard Matthew Dellavedova to 1-year contract

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Matthew Dellavedova has hustled his way back to the Cavaliers.Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was injured, signed a .2 million contract for next season on Monday.He had been a restricted free agent, and although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench.

  • Heat trade Napier and Zoran Dragic, waive Walker

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat trimmed roster and payroll Monday, trading Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics and then waiving forward Henry Walker.Napier was a first-round selection after leading Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA title and played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists. Dragic, the brother of Heat guard Goran Dragic, appeared in 16 games. Walker made 24 appearances for the Heat last season.

  • Davis endorses Gentry plan for roster stability, new style

    July 27, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done very little tweaking to their roster since their first-round exit from last season's playoffs.It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, which made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans.

  • Heat trade Napier to Magic, Zoran Dragic to Celtics

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat trimmed roster and payroll Monday, sending Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics.Napier was a first-round selection after leading Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA title and played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists.

  • AP source: Cavaliers, Dellavedova agree to 1-year deal

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the agreement says the Cavaliers will re-sign free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year contract.Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason contributor after All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured, will sign for .2 million for next season, said the person who spoke Monday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.

  • Warriors trade David Lee to Boston for Wallace, Babb

    July 27, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have completed the trade sending two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb, the teams said Monday.They agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before acquiring Lee.

  • AP source: Cavs trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to Portland to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money.The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring .5 million contract deal for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland, said the person who spoke Monday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending league approval.

  • Cavaliers re-sign veteran James Jones

    July 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have re-signed small forward James Jones, who provided leadership and long-range shooting for the Eastern Conference champions last season.Jones will make the veteran's minimum next season. He played in 57 games and made two starts in his first season with Cleveland. He also appeared in 20 postseason games, averaging 4.4 points in 15.6 minutes.

  • Mavericks sign pair of free agents in Jenkins, Famous

    July 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent guard John Jenkins and forward Jarrid Famous.Jenkins was a first-round pick by Atlanta in 2012 and played three seasons with the Hawks, averaging 5.6 points and shooting 45 percent in 14 minutes per game. He played in 98 games with three starts.

  • Blazers sign G Pressey, F Alexander

    July 24, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Phil Pressey and forward Cliff Alexander.Pressey played the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 125 games. The 24-year-old was undrafted after playing at Missouri.

  • Hawks sign G-Fs Patterson, Petteway after summer league

    July 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have signed swingmen Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway after their impressive performances in the Las Vegas Summer League.The signings were announced Friday.The 6-foot-5 Patterson started all seven games in the summer league, averaging team-bests of 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals. The 6-6 Petteway made six starts and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

  • Cavs send Christmas to Pacers for future draft pick

    July 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have traded second-round pick Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers for a second-round selection in 2019.The Cavs selected Christmas, who averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebound as a senior at Syracuse, with the No. 36 overall pick last month. He appeared in four summer league games for the Cavs in Las Vegas, averaging 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 20.9 minutes.

  • Sacramento Kings announce Caron Butler's signing

    July 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have signed veteran forward Caron Butler.The Kings announced Butler's signing Thursday. The deal is for two years and million, with a player option in the second season.Butler averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 20.8 minutes with Detroit last season. The 35-year-old Butler has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in his 13-year career with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Detroit.

  • Mavericks sign rookie free agent Maurice Ndour

    July 23, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent rookie forward Maurice Ndour.The 6-foot-9 Ndour, a native of Senegal, averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in five games for the New York Knicks' summer league team this month.Ndour averaged 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior last season at Ohio University. He spent two seasons with the Bobcats after two years at Monroe College, a junior college in New York. He played high school basketball in Japan.

  • Nuggets banking on big boost from Emmanuel Mudiay

    July 23, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets are banking on a big boost from an explosive 19-year-old point guard with a jumper that's still a work in progress.No pressure there, Emmanuel Mudiay.Ready or not, the spot is all his after the team traded talented but troubled playmaker Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets earlier this week.

  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    July 23, 2015

    NBANEWARK, N.J. (AP) A division title might soon mean a banner but no assurance of a playoff spot in the NBA.Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a postseason berth to a team that wins its division, forcing clubs to finish in the top eight of their conference if they want a shot at the title.

  • Sacramento Kings announce signings of Curry, Acy and Dukan

    July 22, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Seth Curry and forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan (DOO-yay DOOK-in) after reaching contract agreements with them earlier this week.The Kings announced the signings Wednesday night.Curry's deal is for two years and million, with a player option for the second season. Acy's contract is reportedly for two years and a player option in the second season. Terms of Dukan's deal were not immediately known.

  • Pistons sign first-round pick Stanley Johnson

    July 22, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed Stanley Johnson, their first-round draft pick.The Pistons took Johnson with the No. 8 pick last month. The Arizona star is expected to compete for playing time at small forward for Detroit.Johnson played one season at Arizona, averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2014-15. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Johnson was the Pac-12 freshman of the year. That was after an impressive high school career at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California.

  • Spurs sign guard Jimmer Fredette

    July 22, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Jimmer Fredette.Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Wednesday.The former BYU player spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 3.6 points, 1.4 assists and 10.2 minutes. He has career averages of 6.1 points and 1.4 assists in 229 games in four seasons with Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans.

  • Hibbert, Williams, Bass eager for fresh starts with Lakers

    July 22, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Right after Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass received their new gold jerseys Wednesday, they all spoke variations on the same theme.The three veteran NBA players entered the summer looking for a fresh start, and they're all eager to get it with the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • LeBron James' company scores Warner Bros. TV, movie deal

    July 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James is setting his sights beyond the basketball court.The NBA star and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, have signed a content creation deal with Warner Bros. that includes potential projects in film, television and other digital properties.

  • Hornets sign 6-foot-9 free agent forward Tyler Hansbrough

    July 22, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tyler Hansbrough hopes to jumpstart his basketball career in the same state where he first emerged on to the national scene.The former North Carolina Tar Heels star forward signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not announced.

  • Silver has 'no doubt' NBA could see a female head coach

    July 22, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Adam Silver has ''no doubt'' the NBA could see a day when Becky Hammon or another woman is a head coach.The commissioner said Wednesday he had texted and emailed with Hammon while they were in Las Vegas, where she coached the Spurs to the Summer League championship Monday night. He praised the San Antonio organization for hiring her last season as the first full-time female assistant in the NBA and putting her in charge of its entry in the Vegas league.

  • NBA leaning toward no playoff guarantee for division winners

    July 22, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A division title might soon mean a banner but no assurance of a playoff spot in the NBA.Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a postseason berth to a team that wins its division, forcing clubs to finish in the top eight of their conference if they want a shot at the title.

  • Magic to play Raptors in regular-season NBA game in London

    July 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The NBA says the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors will play a regular-season game in London on Jan. 14.It will be the sixth league game played at the O2 Arena in the British capital. Before 2011, games in London were only exhibitions.Magic coach Scott Skiles says ''I remember playing in London with the Magic in 1993 and I am sure our current players will relish this unique opportunity.''

  • AP source: Hornets agree to contract with Tyler Hansbrough

    July 21, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a contract with free-agent power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced.

  • AP sources: Pelicans adding Perkins on 1-year deal

    July 21, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Two people familiar with the negotiations say free-agent center Kendrick Perkins has agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans PelicansThe people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced by the club or Perkins' representatives. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

  • AP Source: Kings, Seth Curry agree to 2-year deal

    July 21, 2015

    Seth Curry is joining his brother in Northern California, after all. Just not together on the Golden State Warriors.Curry and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday night.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been signed yet, said Curry holds a player option for the second year. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

  • Wizards F Dudley sidelined by lower back surgery

    July 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards say forward Jared Dudley will be sidelined for three to four months following lower back surgery.The 30-year-old Dudley had a herniated disk repaired on Tuesday, less than two weeks after he was acquired in a trade with Milwaukee. The Wizards say he will begin a rehab program immediately.

  • Rockets re-sign McDaniels to multiyear deal

    July 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels to a multiyear deal.McDaniels came to Houston in February in a trade with Philadelphia. He appeared in 62 games as a rookie last season for the 76ers and Rockets. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks.

  • DeAndre Jordan happy with Clippers after free agent "fiasco"

    July 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) DeAndre Jordan thought the Dallas Mavericks offered everything he wanted, including a fresh start and a starring role.Then Jordan thought about it some more, and the craziest free-agent recruitment story in recent NBA history ended with him back on the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • AP Source: Cavs, Richard Jefferson agree to 1-year deal

    July 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Richard Jefferson has experience, deep knowledge of the NBA and a deft shooting touch.The Cavaliers plan to lean on all those attributes.The free agent forward has agreed to terms on a one-year deal for next season with Cleveland, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Jefferson has not yet signed his contract.

  • Raptors sign forward Ronald Roberts to multiyear contract

    July 21, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Ronald Roberts to a multiyear contract.Roberts recently played for the Raptors' entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 23.5 minutes in four games. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the opener July 10 against Sacramento.

  • Pacers to wear 'Hoosiers' uniforms in some 2015-16 games

    July 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Hickory Huskers are coming to the NBA next season.The Indiana Pacers will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of ''Hoosiers'' by wearing the maroon and gold uniforms that Jimmy Chitwood and the Huskers made famous in the beloved film.

  • Hammon, Spurs take Las Vegas Summer League championship

    July 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Becky Hammon already made history when she became the first female head coach in NBA summer league.Leading the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship just made the experience that much sweeter.Hammon coached the Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the title game on Monday night.

  • Pistons welcome Reggie Jackson back with new contract

    July 20, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Less than a month ago, Stan Van Gundy said bringing back point guard Reggie Jackson was his top offseason priority.So it made sense that, with a long-term deal done, the Detroit Pistons introduced Jackson in a formal news conference in the west atrium of the Palace - where the team holds many of its biggest announcements these days.

  • Nuggets trade point guard Ty Lawson to Houston

    July 20, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Rockets general manager Daryl Morey knows adding Ty Lawson is a risky move. He believes the possible reward is worth that risk.Lawson was acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, giving the Rockets needed depth at point guard, though he is currently dealing with off-court issues. He entered a 30-day residential treatment program last week after his second DUI arrest.

  • AP Source: Nuggets trade point guard Ty Lawson to Houston

    July 20, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Monday that the Denver Nuggets have agreed to send point guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets.The Nuggets will get a lottery protected first-round pick in 2016 along with Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni and Joey Dorsey in the deal that also sends a future second-round pick to Houston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade.

  • Pelicans bringing back forward Luke Babbitt

    July 20, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed free agent forward Luke Babbitt, who has become one of the club's most accurate long-range shooters.The 6-foot-9 Babbitt played in 63 games with 19 starts last season, averaging 4.1 points in 13.2 minutes per game. He shot 51.3 percent from 3-point range.

  • FIU signs 7-year marketing deal with Van Wagner

    July 20, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Florida International is the first college to sign a multimedia rights contract with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment.The seven-year contract was announced Monday, with cash guarantees of about million for FIU and a total value estimated at .2 million.

  • NBA players gather for awards show, union meeting

    July 19, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) NBA commissioner Adam Silver insists a ''significant number'' of teams are losing money. But several players waking the red carpet Sunday night at the National Basketball Players Association's Players Awards insist they need to see proof before they believe Silver's claim.

  • Summer stars: Seth Curry among standouts in Summer League

    July 19, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) It's only Summer League.It's a mantra that's been uttered over and over in Las Vegas over the last week while the league's highest profile exhibition has been played.It's important context to consider when evaluating the level of play - good or bad - from the youngsters and journeymen participating. Many stars of summers past have been unable to parlay that success into meaningful NBA careers, but the level of competition and the desperation of some players who are trying to get a foot in the door has made for some compelling basketball in Vegas this week.

  • Mudiay shines for Nuggets in Las Vegas Summer League

    July 18, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) As one of the top basketball prospects of his high school class, Emmanuel Mudiay's game was scouted and scrutinized as much as anyone while he played in Texas.And yet when the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League opened, the point guard born in the Democratic Republic of Congo remained one of the league's great mysteries.

  • Raptors sign free agent Bismack Biyombo of Congo

    July 18, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed Bismack Biyombo, a free agent who played last season with the Charlotte Hornets.The Raptors did not disclose terms of the contract Saturday beyond saying it is for more than one year.Biyombo is a center-forward who averaged 4.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 64 games last season with Charlotte. He ranked 17th in the NBA in blocks.

  • Suns announce signing of Knight, 3 others

    July 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have announced the signings of four players, including guard Brandon Knight.Knight, a restricted free agent, signed a five-year, million deal, the same as was given fellow guard Eric Bledsoe last year.The Suns also said Friday they had signed free agent forward Mirza Teletovic, guard-forward Sonny Weems and point guard Ronnie Price.

  • Suns announce signings of Teletovic, Weems, Price

    July 17, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have announced the signings of free agent forward Mirza Teletovic, guard-forward Sonny Weems and point guard Ronnie Price.General manager Ryan McDonough called Teletovic ''one of the best shooting big men in the world'' on Friday and Weems ''one of the best players outside of the NBA the past few years.''

  • LeBron joins Cavaliers at summer league finale

    July 17, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James made an appearance in Las Vegas to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league finale.James sat courtside on Friday for Cleveland's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He sat between Cavs general manager David Griffin and coach David Blatt, with assistant Tyronn Lue in the group as well.

  • David West signs 1-year deal with Spurs

    July 17, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) David West has signed his one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs announced the signing on Friday. West agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of about .4 million last week.West left a payday of more than million with the Indiana Pacers to sign with the Spurs and chase his first title.

  • Nuggets' Ty Lawson to enter private alcohol treatment

    July 18, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won't face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing a 30-day residential treatment program, a Denver judge ruled Friday.The troubled point guard attended a pre-trial hearing Friday in Denver, where his lawyer said Lawson enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues.

  • For most, summer league is a basketball job fair

    July 17, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Think of NBA summer league like this: A job fair where nobody wears a tie.For a few of the 450 or so players on this year's teams at the three respective summer leagues - Orlando, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas - jobs for next season are guaranteed. They'll be in the NBA.

  • Clippers sign free-agent forward Josh Smith

    July 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers signed free-agent forward Josh Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets.He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games last season.

  • ABC to debut Saturday night NBA coverage in January

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) ABC will add to its NBA coverage next season with the debut of a Saturday night game in January.''Saturday Night NBA on ABC'' will begin Jan. 23 and be the first of eight games that will be televised at 8:30 p.m. ET through the end of the season. The network had previously aired Sunday doubleheaders and now will air one game Saturday night and one game Sunday.

  • Mavs President Terdema Ussery taking job with Under Armour

    July 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks President and CEO Terdema Ussery is leaving for a position with sports apparel company Under Armour.Ussery has been with Dallas for 18 years - three years before owner Mark Cuban bought the team. In his first year, Ussery was part of a successful campaign for 0 million in public funding to help build the American Airlines Center. It's been home of the Mavericks since 2001.

  • Kings void Luc Mbah a Moute's contract after failed physical

    July 16, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Thursday after he failed a team physical.The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second unit.

  • Prosecutors want alcohol monitoring for Nuggets' Ty Lawson

    July 16, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado prosecutors want Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson to use an alcohol monitoring device after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for a second time this year.Lawson was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday and is scheduled to stand trial in a Denver DUI case next month.

  • Mavs add Barea for more money after Jordan defection

    July 16, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have re-signed point guard J.J. Barea, who will get significantly more money to provide depth behind newcomer Deron Williams after center DeAndre Jordan backed out on a deal to join Dallas.Barea signed a four-year, million contract after spending last season with the Mavericks. He originally agreed to a two-year deal at less than million, but Dallas had more money under the salary cap without the max contract of four years and million for Jordan, who re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Popovich to coach, Gasols to play in NBA's 1st Africa game

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa with captain Luol Deng, while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa.Popovich, the five-time champion from the San Antonio Spurs, will guide Team Africa in the Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg, the league announced Thursday. He will be assisted on the bench by Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, the NBA Coach of the Year and his former assistant with the Spurs, and Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams.

  • Popovich to coach, Gasols to play in NBA's Africa game

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gregg Popovich will coach the home team while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa.Popovich, the five-time champion from the San Antonio Spurs, will guide Team Africa in the Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg, the league announced Thursday. He will be assisted on the bench by Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, the NBA Coach of the Year and his former assistant with the Spurs, and Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams.

  • Clippers waive guard Lester Hudson

    July 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have waived guard Lester Hudson.After signing with the team in April, Hudson appeared in five regular-season games and seven playoff games. He averaged 2.0 points in 5.4 minutes in the postseason.Hudson has career averages of 4.7 points, 1.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds in stints with Boston, Memphis, Cleveland and the Clippers.

  • Celtics waive guard Phil Pressey

    July 15, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have waived guard Phil Pressey.Pressey averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 12.0 minutes last season, with a season-high of 11 points against Miami on March 25.He also played in 75 games for the Celtics in 2013-14 after he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves introduce European star Bjelica

    July 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Five years after Nemanja Bjelica's rights were acquired by Minnesota, the Timberwolves have finally added him to the roster.The wait was worth it for this 27-year-old rookie-to-be. In his mind, Bjelica believed he was ready for the NBA right away. Now that he's arriving with more experience and a Euroleague MVP award, well, he ought to be all the better for it.

  • Raptors sign 2nd-round pick Norman Powell

    July 15, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed second-round pick Norman Powell.The Raptors announced the signing Wednesday.The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16.4 points last season as a senior at UCLA. He was drafted 46th overall.

  • Clippers sign 2nd-round draft pick Branden Dawson

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed forward Branden Dawson, who was acquired in a draft night trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.Dawson was picked 56th overall by the Pelicans last month.The 22-year-old forward averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while playing in four games for the Clippers at the recent Orlando Summer League. He finished second in the standings in rebounding average and had a double-double in three of his games.

  • Dollars and sense: In the NBA, money is exploding

    July 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) To understand how the business model of NBA salaries is unlike ever before, consider the cases of Reggie Jackson, Khris Middleton and DeMarre Carroll.They're not All-Stars.They're not exactly household names, either.Nonetheless, the trio got a combined 0 million in deals this summer: Jackson got million over five years from the Detroit Pistons, Middleton a five-year, million deal to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Carroll a four-year contract worth nearly million to join the Toronto Raptors.

  • Bulls, WNBA's Catchings win Sports Humanitarian awards

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Chicago Bulls and WNBA player Tamika Catchings have been honored at the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards.The Bulls won in the team category and received a ,000 grant to a charity related to their humanitarian efforts.

  • Hornets sign undrafted free agent guard Harrison

    July 14, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets signed undrafted rookie free agent guard Aaron Harrison from Kentucky.Terms of the deal were not released Tuesday night.Harrison, who spent two seasons with the Wildcats, played in five games for the Hornets in the summer league in Orlando. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and team highs of 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals while scoring in double figures in every game.

  • Silver: Playoff changes likely in NBA, moratorium mulled

    July 14, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Changes to the NBA playoffs are almost certainly coming.Changes to the league's much-discussed moratorium and Hack-a-Shaq aren't, at least not now.After meeting with the league's Board of Governors on those and other topics Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that - as expected - the league is leaning toward eliminating any protection for division winners in playoff seeding going forward and instead placing the eight teams on the Eastern and Western Conference brackets based solely by record.

  • Deron Williams joins hometown Mavs on 2-year, M contract

    July 14, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams is joining his hometown Mavericks and will try to help salvage a failed bid in free agency similar to three years ago, when he spurned Dallas to stay with the Brooklyn Nets.Williams, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, signed a two-year, million contract Tuesday. He has a player option in the second year.

  • Sacramento Kings sign Luc Mbah a Moute, Omri Casspi

    July 14, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings have signed forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Omri Casspi as they continue a busy week of finalizing free agent contacts.The team tweeted out the signings Tuesday.Casspi and the Kings reached an agreement on a million, two-year deal last week. Terms of Mbah a Moute's contract were not immediately known.

  • Bulls announce Dunleavy Jr., Brooks signings

    July 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say they have signed forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. and backup guard Aaron Brooks.The deals were announced Tuesday. Both players reached agreements before the league's signing moratorium ended last week.Dunleavy, who turns 35 in September, got a three-year, million contract. He averaged 9.4 points in 63 games - all starts - and shot 41 percent from 3-point range for Chicago last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 10.9 points and shot 48 percent from beyond the arc.

  • Utah Jazz sign center Tibor Pleiss

    July 14, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed German center Tibor Pleiss to a multiyear deal.The Jazz announced the signing Tuesday afternoon. Terms were not disclosed, per team policy.The 25-year-old Pleiss was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in 2010 with the No. 31 pick. The 7-foot-3, 262-pounder was traded to the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but played for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB in Spain last season. He averaged 5.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot 62.3 percent.

  • Stoudemire says he's feeling great, ready to join Heat

    July 14, 2015

    Amare Stoudemire got recruited by the Miami Heat in 2010.It's paying off, five years later.One of the reasons why Stoudemire and the Heat struck a deal this summer was because of what was said when Miami was the first team to visit him during the wild free-agent summer five years ago. Both sides went in opposite directions then, but are finally together now after Stoudemire signed a one-year contract.

  • Magic formally re-sign Harris, free agent center Smith

    July 14, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic began free agency attempting to make a big splash.After missing on their biggest target, they are now doing what they can to ensure their rebuilding process doesn't take a step backward.The Magic formally announced the re-signing of forward Tobias Harris, along with the signing of free agent big man Jason Smith on Tuesday. Additionally, the team announced a minor deal that sent forward Maurice Harkless to Portland in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick.

  • Bird still trying to sell Pacers' George on position switch

    July 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird's sales pitch was good enough to get two free agents to sign with the Pacers.He's still trying to convince Paul George that playing power forward will be a good move, too.After announcing the signings of three players Tuesday, Indiana's president of basketball operations made his most extensive and direct comments yet about playing the 6-foot-9, 220-pound swingman at a new spot.

  • Celtics get Perry Jones III from Thunder

    July 14, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics acquired forward Perry Jones III from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday along with a second-round draft pick and cash.The Celtics will send the Thunder a conditional second-round pick. Boston gets the 2019 second-rounder Oklahoma City had acquired from the Detroit Pistons.

  • Timberwolves sign Euroleague MVP Bjelica

    July 14, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized their contract with Euroleague Most Valuable Player Nemanja Bjelica (nay-MAHN-yah bee-EHL-leets-zah).The signing was announced Tuesday and an introductory news conference was scheduled for Wednesday.

  • Marc Gasol says leaving Memphis was never an option

    July 14, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-Star center Marc Gasol says he's sorry if Grizzlies fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn't leaving Memphis. There was never reason to fret, though.Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn't going anywhere else.

  • Marc Gasol says leaving Memphis not option in free agency

    July 14, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-Star center Marc Gasol says he's sorry if Grizzlies' fans worried over how long it took to learn that he wasn't leaving Memphis, though they never had a reason to fret.Gasol said Tuesday he already knew he wasn't going anywhere else.

  • Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson arrested on DUI allegations

    July 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol - his second DUI arrest this year.California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy says Lawson was driving at a high rate of speed before being pulled over around 2 a.m. Tuesday on state Route 101 in Hollywood.

  • Magic sign free agent center Smith to fortify front court

    July 14, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic began free agency by attempting to make a big splash.After missing on their biggest target, they are now doing what they can to ensure their rebuilding process doesn't take a step backward.The Magic formally announced the addition of free agent big man Jason Smith Tuesday, a consolation prize of sorts after general manager Rob Hennigan was unsuccessful in persuading Atlanta two-time All-Star power forward Paul Millsap to venture farther south.

  • Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

    July 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer.''Sky's the limit,'' Rondo said.This much is clear - they'll be interesting.The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to Las Vegas on Monday, coinciding with the NBA's summer league for an unveiling of sorts. Head coach George Karl and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins shared a handshake, newsworthy in that it's no secret that the relationship between those two has been strained, and not long after that Rondo was talking playoffs.

  • Blatt talks about what he learned in 1st Cleveland season

    July 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) David Blatt learned plenty in his first season as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.Most notably: It's tougher to prepare in the NBA than he expected.Blatt - a wildly successful coach in Europe before getting his long-awaited chance to lead an NBA team for the first time last season - was a panelist on Monday at a scouting school in Las Vegas, part of a group that was discussing some of the ways coaches prepare for games at various levels. And he detailed several differences between the European game and the NBA one.

  • Pistons acquire Blake from Nets for Miller

    July 13, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Steve Blake from the Brooklyn Nets in a trade for forward Quincy Miller.The Pistons announced the deal Monday night.Blake has played in 812 NBA games in 12 seasons with Washington, Portland, Milwaukee, Denver, Golden State and both Los Angeles teams. He averaged 4.3 points last season with Portland.

  • Austin Rivers stays with Clippers; Cole Aldrich signs

    July 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers are keeping things in the family, re-signing backup guard Austin Rivers while adding reserve center Cole Aldrich.Rivers, the 22-year-old son of coach Doc Rivers, averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 41 regular-season games after arriving from Boston in a January trade. He became the first player in NBA history to be coached by his father.

  • Suns sign 1st-round draft pick Devin Booker

    July 13, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round draft pick Devin Booker.The 18-year-old out of Kentucky was the 13th pick overall.The Suns, who made the announcement Monday, are hoping Booker will add some much-needed outside shooting ability. He is participating on the Phoenix entry in the Los Angeles Summer League.

  • Golden State Warriors announce Leandro Barbosa's 1-year deal

    July 13, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The deal struck last week between the Golden State Warriors and veteran guard Leandro Barbosa is complete.The Warriors announced Barbosa's signing Monday. The contract is worth about .5 million.The 32-year-old combo guard is one of coach Steve Kerr's favorites from their time together in Phoenix, where Kerr was the general manager. The Brazilian-born Barbosa averaged 7.1 points and 1.5 assists in 14.9 minutes last season with the NBA champion Warriors.

  • Marc Gasol signs 5-year deal staying with Memphis Grizzlies

    July 13, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed All-Star center Marc Gasol to a multi-year contract, fulfilling the team's top priority this offseason.The team announced Gasol's signing Monday after scheduling a Tuesday news conference for a ''major announcement.'' Although the Grizzlies didn't release terms of the deal, The Associated Press previously reported Gasol had agreed on a five-year maximum contract worth more than 0 million.

  • Indiana Pacers sign 1st-round draft pick Myles Turner

    July 13, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) First-round draft pick Myles Turner has signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers.The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Turner was the No. 11 selection last month. Terms were not disclosed, though he is expected to make about .4 million next season.

  • Guard Jeremy Lin looking to find stability with Hornets

    July 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Point guard Jeremy Lin is in search of some stability with the Charlotte Hornets.Lin said he has no regrets about leaving the New York Knicks after the 2012 season to sign with the Houston Rockets during his introductory press conference Monday. But the 26-year-old, one-year sensation made it pretty clear he's eager to find the right fit.

  • AP source: Magic agree to trade Harkless to Trail Blazers

    July 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says the Orlando Magic have agreed to trade forward Maurice Harkless to the Portland Trail Blazers for a future second-round draft pick.The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been officially announced. The trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Thunder match Portland's offer sheet, will keep Kanter

    July 12, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder will keep Enes Kanter after matching an offer sheet by the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.Oklahoma City acquired the center in a trade with the Utah Jazz last season, and he helped the Thunder while Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka battled injuries. He averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for Utah, but those numbers ballooned to 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds with the Thunder.

  • Nets agree to deal in principle with 2006 top pick Bargnani

    July 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal with former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani.Bargnani remains in New York after spending the last two seasons with the Knicks. He has struggled with injuries and appeared in just 29 games last season, averaging 14.8 points.

  • Alan Anderson signs 1-year deal with Wizards

    July 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent shooting guard Alan Anderson has signed a million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced the deal on Sunday. Anderson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the terms of the contract on Tuesday.

  • Bulls sign forward/center Felicio

    July 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed forward/center Cristiano Felicio.The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Felicio played in Brazil last season. He is on the Bulls' Las Vegas Summer League team.Chicago announced the move Sunday.

  • Pistons introduce Baynes after postponing news conference

    July 12, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Aron Baynes had to delay his official introduction with the Detroit Pistons.The news conference was initially set for Saturday, and then it was rescheduled for Sunday. The reason: Baynes had some sort of reaction after taking medication to help with a stress test.

  • Mavs have big hopes for 'ginormous' Indian-born prospect

    July 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) After making his professional debut in the NBA Summer League, 19-year-old Satnam Singh stepped into a freight elevator with Mark Cuban.The boisterous, outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks looked at his latest project with a wide smile and laughingly asked one question: ''You still growing, man?''

  • Timberwolves trade Budinger to Pacers

    July 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed Saturday to send Chase Budinger to the Indiana Pacers for Damjan Rudez in a swap of small forwards.Budinger was beset by knee trouble for most of his stay in Minnesota and was unable to deliver on what he or the team hoped for after reaching a million, three-year contract prior to the 2013-14 season. Budinger will make million in the last year of his deal, but the Timberwolves found the market rather cool for a player so racked by injuries the last two seasons, despite the lure of an expiring contract.

  • 76ers say Embiid needs more surgery, out for next season

    July 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid may not make his NBA debut until 2016, if at all.Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have determined the center will have a second surgery on his right foot, this time a bone graft procedure. The 76ers confirmed the news Saturday night.

  • Nets waive Deron Williams, who's expected to join Mavericks

    July 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The final chapter of the Deron Williams era in Brooklyn started with a lunch, where Nets general manager Billy King presented the point guard's agent with an idea he thought would help both sides.Williams apparently agreed, and he's almost certainly headed home to Dallas.

  • Hammon makes her summer league coaching debut for Spurs

    July 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Every few minutes, Becky Hammon would check some notes and then stuff the list back into her hip pocket. She huddled with her assistant coaches while scribbling up plays that she would show her team during timeouts. She paced the sidelines at times, maybe burning off a bit of nervous energy.

  • Hammon makers her summer league coaching debut for Spurs

    July 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Every few minutes, Becky Hammon would check some notes and then stuff the list back into her hip pocket. She huddled with her assistant coaches while scribbling up plays that she would show her team during timeouts. She paced the sidelines at times, maybe burning off a bit of nervous energy.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves trade Budinger to Pacers

    July 11, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed Saturday to send Chase Budinger to the Indiana Pacers for Damjan Rudez in a swap of small forwards, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been finalized.

  • AP Source: 76ers' Joel Embiid to have second surgery on foot

    July 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid may not make his NBA debut until 2016, if at all.Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have determined the center will have a second surgery on his right foot, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team has yet to make an announcement. The Philadelphia Inquirer was first to report Embiid will have another operation.

  • Mavs' Cuban apparently rejecting Jordan's Twitter apology

    July 11, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently isn't accepting DeAndre Jordan's apology for reneging on a deal to sign with Dallas in free agency.Cuban, responding a day after Jordan's Twitter apology, wrote on his Cyber Dust messaging app Saturday, ''When's an apology not an apology? When you didn't write it yourself. Next.''

  • Pacers' George eager about new direction with healed leg

    July 11, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George is too busy this summer to reflect much on his gruesome leg injury.Eleven months after the injury ruined his season and derailed the Pacers' title hopes, George has moved on. He's dunking off both feet, following his traditional training regimen and preparing for another NBA season with a new cast of teammates -- all without giving his broken right leg a second thought.

  • Russell gets his first look at the NBA's bright lights

    July 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Welcome to life in the spotlight, D'Angelo Russell.Literally.So here's the scene: A group of reporters were gathered in a semicircle along one side of a cramped hallway after the Los Angeles Lakers played the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer league opener for both teams on Friday night. Russell left the locker room and weaved his way through the maze of bodies and took his spot along the wall. He then made a rookie mistake and looked directly into a superbright light attached to one of the television cameras.

  • Nets sign veteran guard Wayne Ellington

    July 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have signed veteran guard Wayne Ellington.Ellington averaging 10.0 points in 65 games for the Lakers last season, including a career-best 36 starts. He has averaged 7.0 points in 377 games with five teams.Terms of the deal announced Friday were not disclosed.

  • LeBron James hosts co-stars for VIP screening for new movie

    July 10, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James stepped out of the backseat of the luxury sedan to loud screams from his adoring fans.He was on a different stage Friday night, but was still the main attraction.James hosted an invitation-only screening for ''Trainwreck,'' a raunchy romantic comedy in which the NBA star plays a supporting role to co-stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. In his first major film, James, who has acted in numerous TV commercials and once hosted ''Saturday Night Live,'' plays himself in the R-rated film, acting as Hader's best friend and life coach.

  • Towns, Russell debut as Wolves top Lakers in Summer League

    July 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, scored 12 points in his professional debut Friday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 81-68 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell in the NBA Summer League.

  • Knicks introduce 4 new acquisitions to help rebuild

    July 10, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Derrick Williams all were handed their white New York Knicks jerseys for the first time, then posed for dozens of photos inside a hotel ballroom.Smiles all around.It's a good start for the Knicks.

  • Jordan apologizes to Mavericks, Cuban on Twitter

    July 10, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan apologized to the Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban on Friday after backing out of a verbal agreement with them and deciding to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.Jordan wrote Friday on Twitter that he was humbled by the Mavericks' and Cuban's ''kindness and understanding.'' He called Cuban ''one of the best owners in the world.''

  • Kings, 76ers complete multiplayer trade

    July 10, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The multiplayer trade agreed to last week between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers is complete.The teams announced the deal Friday night. Sacramento sent Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson to the 76ers for the draft rights to international players Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic, and future draft considerations.

  • Garnett signs contract with Timberwolves

    July 10, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders spoke with Kevin Garnett this summer, there was no doubt in his mind that the motivation and passion was still there, even at 39 years old.Now that Garnett is returning for a 21st season in the NBA, Saunders says he is counting on the franchise icon to not only be a leader off the court, but a productive player on it as well.

  • Paul Pierce comes home to Los Angeles to play for Clippers

    July 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Pierce has returned home to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, where he is reuniting with coach Doc Rivers.The 10-time All-Star forward formally signed with the team on Friday after spending last season with Washington, where he averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while starting 73 games.

  • Morris moves on to Motown after trade from Phoenix

    July 10, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Marcus Morris had a few choice words for his former team.Morris was introduced Friday by the Detroit Pistons, who acquired the 25-year-old forward from Phoenix in what was basically a salary dump by the Suns. The deal split Morris up from his twin brother Markieff after the two had signed extensions with Phoenix before last season.

  • AP sources: Deron Williams to join Mavs if he clears waivers

    July 10, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams, the hometown kid who turned down the Mavericks in free agency three years ago, is set to soften the blow of Dallas losing center DeAndre Jordan to a last-minute change of heart.The point guard who grew up in a Dallas suburb is lined up to join the Mavericks if he clears waivers after reaching a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, two people with knowledge of the arrangement told The Associated Press on Friday.

  • AP source: Deron Williams to join Mavs if he clears waivers

    July 10, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Two people with knowledge of the arrangement tells The Associated Press that Deron Williams is set to join the Dallas Mavericks if the point guard clears waivers after reaching a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets.Williams will sign with the Mavericks once he clears waivers Monday, the people said Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal can't become official until Williams clears waivers.

  • Wade signs his million deal, and Heat adds Stoudemire

    July 10, 2015

    Dwyane Wade is staying home.Amare Stoudemire is coming home - in a way.Wade signed his million, one-year contract Friday to stay with the Miami Heat, that deal - agreed to last week - getting closed around the same time Stoudemire completed a physical and an interview before signing a one-year deal for around .4 million.

  • Feels like home in San Antonio to LaMarcus Aldridge

    July 10, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs pitch to LaMarcus Aldridge was simple and effective.The Spurs were not going to dazzle Aldridge with glitz and glamour and San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich certainly wasn't going to sweet talk the 6-foot-11 forward, even if he was one of the biggest prizes in free agency. No, the Spurs showed Aldridge he could be comfortable in the selfless culture the five-time NBA champions have created under Popovich.

  • LeBron James hosts VIP screening for his new movie

    July 10, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James is taking his family to see a movie - his movie.The NBA megastar hosted an invitation-only screening Friday night for ''Trainwreck,'' a comedy in which James co-stars with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. James plays himself in the R-rated film, acting as Hader's best friend and life coach.

  • Jared Dudley not surprised by trade to Wizards

    July 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Forward Jared Dudley said the Washington Wizards were one of the teams he considered before he opted in to the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.Dudley ended up a Wizard anyway when Washington acquired him in a trade with the Bucks for a future second-round draft pick. The deal was announced Thursday night.

  • Grizzlies sign first-round draft selection Jarell Martin

    July 10, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Jarell Martin.The team announced the signing Friday without disclosing terms of the deal.Martin, a 6-foot-10 forward from LSU, was the 25th overall selection in last month's draft. He averaged 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game over his two-year college career.

  • Magic sign 5th overall pick Mario Hezonja

    July 10, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have signed first-round draft pick Mario Hezonja.General manager Rob Hennigan announced the deal Friday. Terms were not disclosed.The Magic selected the 20-year-old Croatia-born Hezonja with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft. He averaged 13 points in two appearances for Orlando's summer league team this week, showing off the athleticism and shooting skill that put him on the NBA radar during his time in the Spanish ACB league with FC Barcelona the past two seasons.

  • LeBron signs 2-year contract with Cavaliers

    July 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers can exhale for another year. They've got LeBron James' signature on a contract.The four-time MVP, who brought the Cavs back from irrelevancy to the brink of an NBA championship this season, signed his two-year, million deal on Friday. The commitment allows him to maintain financial flexibility and keeps pressure on Cleveland's front office to keep building.

  • Wright ready to provide missing ingredient to Grizzlies

    July 10, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Brandan Wright remembers beating new Memphis Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol for a Tennessee high school state championship.''I think he thinks about it a little bit more than I think about it,'' Wright said Friday. Now he's hoping the two of them can win a title together.

  • Cavaliers sign guard Mo Williams, returns to team

    July 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed free agent point guard Mo Williams, reuniting him with LeBron James.Williams agreed last week to a two-year, .3 million contract, and the club made his signing official Friday. The 32-year-old will serve as All-Star Kyrie Irving's backup and bring the club postseason experience along with a player James knows well.

  • DeAndre Jordan's short, strange trip ends back in LA

    July 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) DeAndre Jordan's first flirtation with free agency proved a brief affair, with the big man initially enchanted by the lure of a new suitor, only to waffle when confronted with the prospect of leaving the Los Angeles Clippers behind.

  • AP Source: Kanter signs 4 yr, M offer sheet from Blazers

    July 10, 2015

    The Portland Trail Blazers are forcing the Oklahoma City Thunder to make a big decision with center Enes Kanter.The Blazers have signed Kanter to a four-year, million offer sheet, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Trail Blazers did not announce the terms of the offer.

  • AP Source: Suns, Teletovic reach 1-year, .5 million deal

    July 10, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have reached a one-year, .5 million deal with forward Mirza Teletovic, a person with knowledge of the situation said.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has yet to be signed.The acquisition of Teletovic is the latest in a series of moves by the Suns to try to bolster their outside shooting. The 6-foot-9 power forward shot 39 percent from 3-point range for Brooklyn in 2013-14. It dropped to 32 percent last season, which was cut short by blood clots in his lungs.

  • AP Source: Joel Anthony agrees to stay with Pistons

    July 9, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says Joel Anthony has agreed to a two-year, million contract to stay with the Detroit Pistons.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no announcement has been made.The 6-foot-9 Anthony played 49 games last season for Detroit, averaging 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. He hasn't been a regular starter since the 2011-12 season. But Anthony, who turns 33 next month, can provide size off the bench for the Pistons.

  • Mavs get Pachulia from Bucks after missing out on Jordan

    July 9, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks have acquired center Zaza Pachulia from Milwaukee in a move for a potential starter after missing out on DeAndre Jordan in free agency.Dallas sent a future second-round pick to the Bucks on Thursday for the 31-year-old veteran from the Republic of Georgia. Pachulia started 45 of his 73 games for Milwaukee last season, averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

  • Utah Jazz sign Raul Neto to multi-year contract

    July 9, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed point guard Raul Neto to a multi-year contract.The team announced the deal Thursday.The Brazilian was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Atlanta Hawks. The Jazz traded the Brooklyn Nets' 2015 second-round pick for Neto during that draft.

  • Gerald Green signs 1-year deal with Heat

    July 9, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Gerald Green has signed his one-year deal to join the Miami Heat.The team announced the move Thursday night, and Green will make .4 million for the coming season. The Heat would be the eighth NBA team that Green plays for, and that doesn't even include his stints in China and Russia.

  • Lakers acquire C Roy Hibbert from Pacers for 2nd-round pick

    July 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After striking out in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers needed a big man. The Indiana Pacers had one to spare, and he already loves Hollywood.The Lakers acquired Roy Hibbert on Thursday in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, formally ending the two-time All-Star center's seven-year tenure in Indiana.

  • LA Lakers formally sign Williams, Bass, 2nd-round pick Brown

    July 9, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Lou Williams, forward Brandon Bass and second-round draft pick Anthony Brown.The Lakers announced the signings Thursday, the first day to formally sign new NBA contracts.Williams and Bass are both 10-year NBA veterans who should bring stability to the Lakers, who are coming off the worst season in franchise history.

  • Knicks announce signings of 4 free agents

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have signed guard Arron Afflalo, center Robin Lopez and forwards Derrick Williams and Kyle O'Quinn.O'Quinn was acquired from Orlando by a sign-and-trade. The Knicks gave the Magic the right to exchange 2019 second-round draft picks and cash considerations.

  • NBA assistant coaches change roles at Summer Leagues

    July 9, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder was in the hallways of the arena Tuesday night, wrangling his two kids who both wanted to be picked up by daddy. Meanwhile, assistant coach Alex Jensen was meeting with the media after the team's second summer league game in Salt Lake City.

  • Blazers complete Lillard's extension, introduce Aminu, Davis

    July 9, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard believes he's ready to lead the Portland Trail Blazers through a rebuilding project, and the franchise is hoping he can help speed up the process.Lillard and the Blazers on Thursday completed the five-year contract extension worth more than 0 million that they agreed to last week. The team also announced its deals with free agents Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis and held news conferences for all three in Portland.

  • Suns sign Chandler to boost interior play, mentor others

    July 9, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Tyson Chandler is coming to Phoenix, aiming to toughen up the Suns' interior and be the experienced leader the young team sorely needs.The 32-year-old Chandler, a 14-year NBA veteran, signed a four-year, million contract on Thursday.''I think we've just increased our character, our leadership, our professionalism by leaps and bounds,'' Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said.

  • AP source: Garnett's contract with Wolves is 2 years, M

    July 9, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Garnett will get paid million per season over the two-year contract he has agreed to with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Thursday.Garnett and the Timberwolves put the finishing touches on the deal earlier this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been announced.

  • Kings trade Ray McCallum to Spurs for 2nd-round draft pick

    July 9, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have traded guard Ray McCallum to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round pick in next year's draft.The teams announced the deal Thursday.Sacramento selected McCallum in the second round and 36th overall in 2013. McCallum averaged 6.9 points, 2.7 assists and 20.7 minutes per game the past two seasons.

  • Blazers complete Lillard's extension; introduce Aminu, Davis

    July 9, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers and point guard Damian Lillard have completed the five-year contract extension worth more than 0 million they agreed to last week.The Blazers also announced the deals with free agents Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis on Thursday. The team held news conferences for all three in Portland.

  • Jordan's change of heart has some questioning moratorium

    July 9, 2015

    Doc Rivers gave a quick answer when asked about DeAndre Jordan coming back to the Los Angeles Clippers.''He never left,'' the coach said.Technically, that's true.The Dallas Mavericks might disagree as they reel from the fallout of Jordan's Texas two-step, which renewed the debate about when a deal is a deal, and whether change is needed to the NBA's moratorium period.

  • Spurs announce signing of LaMarcus Aldridge

    July 9, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs announced Thursday the addition of forward LaMarcus Aldridge.The 6-11 Aldridge spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. Last year, he averaged a career-high 23.4 points per game along with 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

  • Wizards move on from Pierce; announce signing of Gary Neal

    July 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Once Paul Pierce moved on, so did the Washington Wizards.The Wizards signed Gary Neal, acquired Jared Dudley from Milwaukee and agreed to terms with swingman Alan Anderson, who will help replace what was lost when Pierce decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Matthews sticks with reeling Mavs after Jordan rejection

    July 9, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave free agent guard Wesley Matthews an out after accepting the reality that DeAndre Jordan was spurning Dallas to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.Matthews turned him down, deciding to stand by his agreement to sign with a franchise that could be reeling for a long time after the 6-foot-11 center's stunning reversal.

  • Hawks officially re-sign Millsap, finalize deal for Splitter

    July 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap didn't need long to decide whether he should return to Atlanta or leave for Orlando.He believes the Hawks offer a better chance to win an NBA title and wants to keep building on last season, when Atlanta won a franchise-best 60 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

  • AP Source: Gerald Green agrees to 1-year deal with Heat

    July 9, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the negotiations says shooting guard Gerald Green has agreed a one-year deal to join the Miami Heat.The person says Green will sign for .4 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. It's not expected to be signed before Friday.

  • Clippers sign free-agent forward Wes Johnson

    July 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent forward Wes Johnson, who played for the Lakers last season.He averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 76 games, including 59 starts for the other NBA team that plays in Staples Center.

  • Lopez, Young stay with Nets, Robinson, Larkin join them

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez has been with the Nets his whole career and didn't want to look anywhere else.Thaddeus Young has been here just a few months and felt the same way.Lopez and Young said Thursday they both quickly committed to re-sign with Brooklyn, wanting to stay together after they played well down the stretch in leading the Nets into the playoffs last season.

  • Wizards announce signing of Gary Neal

    July 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have announced the signing of free agent guard Gary Neal on Thursday.Neal, 30, averaged 10.1 points in 54 games last season with Charlotte and Minnesota. He is a 38.1 percent shooter from 3-point range in his career.

  • Warriors, Draymond Green complete 5-year, million deal

    July 9, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green has overcome the odds his entire life, going from a chubby kid from a small Michigan town to Big Ten Player of the Year to NBA champion.The versatile forward has done it all while living by the mantra his mother, Mary Babers-Green, instilled in him at an early age: ''Men that don't work don't eat.''

  • Magic sign Watson, send O'Quinn to Knicks in sign-and-trade

    July 9, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Orlando Magic front office officials promised to be active in free agency this offseason and began the signing period Thursday by acquiring free agent veteran point guard C.J. Watson, and sending big man Kyle O'Quinn to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade

  • Suns announce trade of 3 players to Pistons

    July 9, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have made it official, confirming the trade of forward Marcus Morris, guard Reggie Bullock and forward-guard Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons.The move, reported by The Associated Press and other outlets last week, was a salary dump as the Suns made a strong but ultimately unsuccessful push to sign coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • Butler envisions Bulls contending for title next season

    July 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler envisions the Chicago Bulls contending for a championship next season and he and Derrick Rose forming one of the NBA's best backcourts.Now all they have to do is make it happen.The Bulls took what they believe is a big step, announcing a maximum five-year contract for their All-Star shooting guard on Thursday. They are hoping Butler can build on a breakout season, form a dominant tandem with Rose and help them emerge from the Eastern Conference after they came up short last season.

  • AP sources: James, Cavaliers agree to 2-year contract

    July 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) There was no need for a heartfelt letter this summer. LeBron James isn't going anywhere.This decision was easy.Just shy of the one-year anniversary of his celebrated homecoming, James agreed to terms on a two-year, million contract for next season, two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Thursday.

  • Hawks finalize trade for Spurs center Tiago Splitter

    July 9, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have finalized their trade with San Antonio for Tiago Splitter to add depth to center and power forward.Splitter averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds in his first five NBA seasons with the Spurs.Atlanta sent the draft rights to Georgios Printezis and a future second-round pick to San Antonio.

  • Pelicans formalize contracts with Davis, 3 others

    July 9, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and three of his teammates have formally signed contracts to which they had verbally agreed to during the first week of the NBA's free agency period.The league year began with an eight-day moratorium on signing new contracts, but allowed clubs to negotiate non-binding, verbal agreements which could not become official until Thursday.

  • Hornets sign free agent point guard Jeremy Lin

    July 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets signed free agent point guard Jeremy Lin on Thursday in hopes of improving a sagging offense.Terms of the deal were not released.The 6-foot-3 Lin has played in 291 NBA games for the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets and Lakers in five seasons, averaging 11.7 points, 4.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 26.9 minutes.

  • Goran Dragic signs 5-year deal, officially staying with Heat

    July 9, 2015

    Goran Dragic was still asleep when roused by his ringing cellphone at 6:01 a.m. on July 1, exhausted from spending the previous day at a water park with his son in their native Slovenia.An hour later, the Miami Heat point guard was back in bed.He slept well.

  • Grizzlies announce signing of forward Brandan Wright

    July 9, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Brandan Wright has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies to boost the team's frontcourt depth behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.The Grizzlies announced the addition of the 6-foot-10 forward Thursday as the NBA ended its free-agency moratorium on signing new contracts. Although the Grizzlies didn't release terms of the deal, The Associated Press previously reported Wright had agreed on a three-year contract worth about million.

  • Toronto Raptors sign Carroll, Joseph, Scola

    July 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto signed forward DeMarre Carroll on Thursday, a week after the forward originally announced his deal with the Raptors on Twitter.The team held a press conference for the 28-year-old Carroll, who agreed to a four-year deal worth million.

  • Love had "very honest" talk with LeBron before free agency

    July 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's poolside chat with LeBron James persuaded him to jump back in with the Cavaliers.Love, who announced last week that he will stay in Cleveland, said Thursday that he and James had a ''very honest'' talk before free agency opened and the discussion led him to re-signing with the Cavs, a team he hopes to help win an NBA championship.

  • Mavs owner Mark Cuban speaks out on Jordan's change of heart

    July 9, 2015

    The fallout from DeAndre Jordan's decision to spurn the Dallas Mavericks and stay with the Los Angeles Clippers continued reverberating through the NBA on Thursday, the first day that teams and players could officially do business in the new league year.

  • Toronto announces signing of DeMarre Carroll

    July 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto has signed forward DeMarre Carroll, a week after the forward originally announced his deal with the Raptors on Twitter.The team made the announcement Thursday about the 28-year-old Carroll, who agreed to a four-year deal worth million.

  • Raptors waive Luke Ridnour

    July 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors waived oft-traded guard Luke Ridnour on Thursday.Toronto acquired Ridnour and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30 for the draft rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic.After averaging four points and two assists for Orlando last season, he was dealt to Charlotte last month in a deal involving Memphis and then almost immediately sent to the Thunder along with a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick for guard Jeremy Lamb.

  • Love says deal with Cavaliers 'inked and official'

    July 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Forward Kevin Love says he and superstar LeBron James had a ''very honest'' talk before he decided to re-sign as a free agent with the Cavaliers.Love announced he was returning last week and said Thursday that his new five-year, 3.2 million contract with Cleveland is ''inked and official.'' Love could have signed anywhere, but said in a video posted on The Players' Tribune (https://youtu.be/gX7ZudlthIc ) that not playing in the NBA Finals because of a shoulder injury impacted his decision to return to the Cavs.

  • Heat guard Tyler Johnson has broken jaw

    July 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Heat guard Tyler Johnson has a broken jaw and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.Johnson was injured in Miami's summer-league game at Orlando on Wednesday. He lost a tooth in a midcourt collision while running into a screen. Further evaluation revealed the jaw fracture.

  • New stat-tracking coming to NBA summer league

    July 9, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Diving for loose balls, getting a hand in passing lanes for a deflection, being close enough to contest a shot, or sacrificing the body and taking a charge.For years, they've been called intangibles.The NBA is about to try to make them tangible.

  • Bulls set to announce Butler deal

    July 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls are set to announce a maximum contract for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.The team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday, the first day deals can be announced.A person familiar with the situation said last week Butler agreed to a maximum five-year contract worth about million. The total value came out to .5 million after the salary-cap figure for next season was tabulated. Butler can opt out after four years.

  • Jordan spurns Mavericks for Clippers after teammates' plea

    July 9, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan gave the Dallas Mavericks his word. Then he gave the Los Angeles Clippers his signature.After a Clippers contingent including Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers descended on Jordan's home in Houston on Wednesday night for a last-ditch push to keep their defensive pillar, Jordan backed out of a verbal agreement with the Mavericks to stay with the only NBA home he's ever had.

  • AP sources: Jordan spurns Mavericks for Clippers

    July 9, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan has backed out of a verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.Jordan made the switch after a face-to-face meeting at his Houston home with a contingent of Clippers including Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the NBA's ban on public comments before players can sign contracts, starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday.

  • More than 15,000 show up to watch Timberwolves scrimmage

    July 9, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With a between-the-legs slam dunk and a 3-pointer from the top of the arch, No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns made quite an impression in his first action in front of Minnesota Timberwolves fans.The Timberwolves fans made quite an impression on Towns, too.

  • AP source: Mavs' Cuban abandons hope of Jordan in Dallas

    July 8, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given up hope that free-agent center DeAndre Jordan will come to Dallas.After a Los Angeles Clippers contingent traveled to Houston to try to convince Jordan to stay with his original team, the person said Cuban had begun telling members of his organization that Jordan was reneging on a deal with the Mavericks.

  • AP Source: Free agent Jeremy Lin agrees with Hornets

    July 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a contract with free agent Jeremy Lin, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the move cannot be announced until Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • NBA 2015-16 salary cap rises to all-time high of million

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA salary cap was set Wednesday for next season at million, a higher-than-expected number that paves the way for free agent contracts to be signed.The league said the cap increased by 11 percent from last season's .1 million and the 2015-16 cap will be the highest ever - though it will be shattered next summer. It had been projected to come in closer to million until recently.

  • Suns reach deals with SG Weems, point guard Price

    July 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have reached contract agreements with shooting guard Sonny Weems and point guard Ronnie Price, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.Weems, an all-Euroleague first-team selection in 2013-14, gets a two-year, .8 million deal with the second year a team option. He will make just over .8 million this coming season.

  • Former NBA players fill million basketball tournament

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former NBA players Mike Bibby, Jason Williams and Jamaal Tinsley are among the competitors playing in The Basketball Tournament, with million going to the winning team.The 97-team tournament begins this weekend in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Bibby and Williams, both former Sacramento Kings point guards, will play for the ''Grantland'' team that will start in the West region.

  • NBA, GE Healthcare fund research to benefit player health

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Seeking further ways to prevent injuries, the NBA is joining with GE Healthcare to promote research that could benefit players' health.With Commissioner Adam Silver saying that players' well-being is the league's ''highest priority,'' the league says Wednesday the partnership aims to ''reduce injuries, lengthen careers and improve post-career health for NBA players.''

  • IRS reaches 8 million deal with ex-Pistons owner's estate

    July 8, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The estate of former Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson has agreed to pay the Internal Revenue Service 8 million to settle the agency's original claim for .8 billion.The agreement on the lower claim figure was filed Monday in U.S. Tax Court.

  • Okafor off to good summer league start with assist from Noel

    July 8, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Former Duke center Jahlil Okafor had a mentor parked next to him during his first two NBA games at the Utah Jazz Summer League - albeit one not much older than he is.Center Nerlens Noel was all in Okafor's ear, allaying any concerns that there may be some friction between the two highly drafted players at the same position.

  • AP sources: Clippers making push to keep DeAndre Jordan

    July 8, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers made a last-ditch push Wednesday to keep DeAndre Jordan after the free agent center had second thoughts about his agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

  • Hornets' Hairston finds more trouble after traffic citations

    July 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Mecklenburg County Police records indicate Hornets guard P.J. Hairston was cited June 18 for driving with a revoked license and expired tags, speeding and driving left of the center line.A court date is set for July 27.

  • Pacers coach eager to work with new-look team next season

    July 8, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel is eager to start the rebuild.He needs to find a new starting lineup, figure out how to use his revamped roster effectively and implement a new style of play. After all the expected offseason moves become official, starting Thursday, Vogel's task will be putting all of those pieces back in place.

  • Warriors sign 1st-round pick Kevon Looney to rookie contract

    July 8, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have signed first-round draft pick Kevon Looney to his rookie contract.The Warriors announced the signing late Tuesday night. Looney is expected to play in the team's first summer league game in Las Vegas on Friday.

  • Utah Jazz sign No. 12 draft pick Trey Lyles

    July 8, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Trey Lyles received his first round of applause inside the Utah Jazz arena Monday evening as he sat in the stands watching summer league action.The No. 12 overall pick signed with the team in the afternoon and fans were thrilled to finally see him in Salt Lake City nearly two weeks after the NBA draft.

  • Villanueva returning to Mavs after 1st trip to playoffs

    July 7, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Charlie Villanueva will return for a second season in Dallas after earning a reserve role as a 3-point threat and making the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career.Villanueva announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter. He reportedly will get a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of .5 million after making the roster on a non-guaranteed deal out of training camp last season.

  • Bulls sign 1st-round pick Portis, add 2 assistants

    July 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed first-round draft pick Bobby Portis and added Randy Brown and Charlie Henry as assistants to new coach Fred Hoiberg.They also announced Tuesday they are retaining assistant Mike Wilhelm.Portis, the No. 22 overall pick, was the SEC Player of the Year last season at Arkansas. A 6-foot-11 forward, he ranked second in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game and averaged 8.9 rebounds.

  • Utah Jazz sign top draft pick Trey Lyles

    July 7, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Utah Jazz have signed first-round draft pick Trey Lyles.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. NBA.com first reported the contract.

  • Wizards agree to M, 1-year deal with SG Alan Anderson

    July 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent shooting guard Alan Anderson has agreed to a million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards that should become official later this week.Anderson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the terms of the deal on Tuesday.

  • Not-yet NBA refs also under microscope during summer league

    July 7, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) With his slender build and 6-foot-5 frame, Nate Green blends in at a gym full of up-and-coming players looking to make their mark at Orlando's NBA summer league.But the people Green is trying to impress this week won't be competing for the NBA Finals next season. They could, however, be the ones deciding if he gets to officiate it one day.

  • AP source: Warriors trade David Lee to Celts for Wallace

    July 7, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) David Lee wanted to help turn around the Golden State Warriors when he came to the struggling franchise as a high-priced free agent in 2010.Five years later, Lee is leaving with a championship - and the respect of his teammates and loyal fans.

  • Marc Gasol confirms new 5-year contract with Memphis

    July 7, 2015

    GIRONA, Spain (AP) NBA center Marc Gasol has confirmed that he will sign a new five-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.The 30-year-old free agent tells Spanish media he will stay at Memphis, as The Associated Press reported on Monday.The deal is expected to be worth more than 0 million.

  • NBA fines Mark Cuban for free agency comments

    July 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for commenting about the team's agreements with DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews during the league's free agent moratorium.NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty, which ESPN.com reported Tuesday was for ,000.

  • LeBron James hosting movie screening in Ohio hometown

    July 7, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James is bringing a little Hollywood to his Ohio hometown.The NBA superstar is hosting a private screening of ''Trainwreck,'' a new comedy in which he plays himself in a supporting role as the best friend of star Bill Hader.James is showing the film to family and friends in Akron on Friday, a few days before the movie's premiere in New York. The R-rated film will be released nationally on July 17.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves give Kevin Garnett 2 more years

    July 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Only two players in NBA history have made it to season No. 21 in their careers. Kevin Garnett is about to become the third.Garnett agreed to terms on a two-year deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Young veterans look to summer league to refine skills

    July 7, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The NBA summer leagues were created, in part, for players like Marcus Smart and Dante Exum. The first-round picks from the 2014 draft - Exum at No. 5 and Smart at No. 6 - were both considered talents that would need some refining. They finished their rookie seasons as starters, but combined they barely averaged 10 points.

  • Okafor leads top performers from Day 1 of Utah Summer League

    July 7, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Top performers from Day 1 of Utah Jazz Summer League:---76ers center Jahlil Okafor: The No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 draft started off slow, but finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in his NBA debut. He was fluid in the post during the second half and showed touch on his jumpers.

  • AP source: Warriors, Barbosa agree to 1-year, .5M deal

    July 7, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors and veteran guard Leandro Barbosa have agreed to a .5 million, one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the details said Monday night.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed yet. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement that the team has been engaged in negotiations with Barbosa and intends to re-sign him after the NBA moratorium on free agency ends Thursday.

  • Mo Williams says he's returning to Cleveland

    July 6, 2015

    Mo Williams' best days in what has been a very solid NBA career came in Cleveland as LeBron James' wing man.Williams showed he still had plenty left in the tank last season, and he could provide a lift for James and the Cavaliers once again.Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is headed back to Cleveland to team up with James again, returning to the franchise and the superstar that helped him earn his only All-Star nod.

  • Bucks coach, GM deny any changes coming to front office

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond appeared together Monday and denied a report suggesting changes were coming for the NBA team's front office.The report from onmilwaukee.com said Kidd would take over team operations and Hammond would be reassigned within the Bucks organization, or possibly leave the team. Kidd has two years remaining on a three-year, million contract.

  • West, Ginobili team up to help Spurs reload

    July 7, 2015

    David West desperately wants his first NBA championship. Manu Ginobili couldn't resist going for his fifth.Both proud veterans likely will have to take some pretty big pay cuts to do it. They hope joining together in San Antonio with a Spurs team that has been uncharacteristically busy and aggressive on the free agent market will make it all worthwhile.

  • Utah Jazz agree to terms with free agent Joe Ingles

    July 6, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the Utah Jazz have verbally agreed to a free agent deal with Joe Ingles. Details of the deal were not immediately available.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • OKC's Donovan getting feet wet as Thunder coach

    July 6, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Day by day, Billy Donovan is feeling more and more like an NBA head coach.Just over two months after being tapped as the next man to lead to Oklahoma City Thunder, Donovan is in Orlando this week for summer league. Aside from it being one of his first true public appearances as OKC's new coach, he's also back at the site of his first kind of, sort of NBA stop.

  • AP Source: David West takes minimum to join Spurs

    July 6, 2015

    David West is sacrificing millions to chase that elusive championship.A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the veteran forward is taking a one-year, minimum salary contract worth .4 million to join the San Antonio Spurs. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Bucks coach, GM deny any chances coming to front office

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond appeared together Monday and denied a report suggesting changes were coming for the NBA team's front office.The report from onmilwaukee.com said Kidd would take over team operations and Hammond would be reassigned within the Bucks organization, or possibly leave the team. Kidd has two years remaining on a three-year, million contract.

  • AP source: Barea sticking with Mavs after return last season

    July 6, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) J.J. Barea is returning to Dallas after considering a move to Miami in free agency.A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that Barea has agreed to terms with the Mavericks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because players can't sign contracts until Thursday.

  • Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay turning heads in practice

    July 6, 2015

    DENVER (AP) One practice in and Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is already talking titles.An NBA Summer League crown, anyway. Got to love rookies.New coach Michael Malone certainly does - especially this one. Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in the draft last month, already is forming quite a bond with his coach, who flat-out told Mudiay that this was his team.

  • AP Source: Marc Gasol re-ups with Grizzlies for max deal

    July 6, 2015

    Through seven years in Memphis, Marc Gasol has embodied the Grizzlies' ''Grit-n-Grind'' mantra as much as anyone. So when it finally game time for Gasol to hit the open market, it was no surprise that no other team had a chance.Gasol agreed to terms with the Grizzlies on Monday on a five-year maximum contract worth more than 0 million, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Ginobili announces he will return to Spurs next season

    July 6, 2015

    Manu Ginobili says he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs for a 14th season.Ginobili made the announcement on Twitter on Monday. The Argentinian will turn 38 later this month and is coming off of a season in which he battled several injuries.Ginobili averaged 10.5 points in 70 games, his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. But the Spurs need his experience, versatility and playmaking to bolster the depth on a roster that is a little thin following some big expenditures in free agency.

  • Timberwolves agree to terms with Euro MVP Bjelica

    July 6, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After a quiet start to free agency, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the board with some much-needed experience for their bench.The Timberwolves agreed to terms with Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica, adding their 27-year-old second-round draft pick from 2010 to a promising young roster.

  • Cory Joseph reportedly agrees to deal with Raptors

    July 6, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Guard Cory Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors.The Pickering, Ontario, native agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.Deals can't become official until Thursday, when the NBA's free agency moratorium ends.

  • Milwaukee Bucks president urges public dollars for new arena

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin urged Wisconsin lawmakers on Monday to pass legislation that would put taxpayers on the hook for half the cost of a new 0 million arena, saying the project would be an economic boon and keep the team in the state.

  • Democrats: Public left out of Bucks arena debate

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Democrats aren't happy with the lack of public input during hearings to consider a plan for a new, 0 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.The measure calls for earmarking 0 million in tax dollars to help pay for the project. Current Bucks owners and former owner Herb Kohl have pledged to cover the rest.

  • Democrats on budget committee complain about arena hearing

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Minority Democrats on the Legislature's budget committee aren't happy with a hearing on a bill that would lay out financing for new Milwaukee Bucks arena.The measure calls for earmarking 0 million in tax dollars to help pay for the 0 million project. Current Bucks owners and former owner Herb Kohl have pledged to cover the rest.

  • Proposed Bucks arena goes before budget committee

    July 6, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) A proposed 0 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is back up before Wisconsin lawmakers.The Legislature's budget committee is holding a public hearing Monday on a deal that relies on half the money coming from state and local taxpayers. Current owners and former owner Herb Kohl would contribute another 0 million.

  • Jazz got next: Utah hosts 1st summer league since 2008

    July 6, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) While the Utah Jazz Summer League may not have the recent history of the Orlando version or be the massive undertaking that is the Las Vegas event, it's back - and appears will be around for a while.This year's four-day session that begins Monday features former power Boston going through a rebuild, San Antonio a year from winning the title and a 76ers team stocked with recent lottery picks.

  • Big moves made, but dealing isn't done in NBA free agency

    July 6, 2015

    LeBron James is available. Marc Gasol, too.That's two All-NBA first team members from last season still on the market, in case anybody thinks all the best players are gone.Of course, nobody really believes either is leaving his current club, so teams will have to look at lesser names as they continue filling out their rosters in free agency.

  • AP source: Kings, Casspi agree to 2-year, million deal

    July 6, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and swingman Omri Casspi have reached an agreement on a million, two-year deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because contracts can't be completed until the moratorium on NBA free agency ends Thursday. ESPN first reported the contract discussions.

  • Lakers plan to sign Lou Williams, Brandon Bass

    July 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers say they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, and forward Brandon Bass.Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games in 2014-15, his lone season there. The Lakers have upgraded their guard rotation by adding Williams after drafting Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick.

  • Winslow asked to do a little of everything for Heat

    July 5, 2015

    Before ever seeing him in a Miami uniform, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was already putting a fairly high expectation on the shoulders of rookie forward Justise Winslow.''A Swiss Army knife,'' is how Spoelstra described him.Big praise, considering Spoelstra has used that phrase for certain players before - specifically, former Heat star LeBron James.

  • AP source: Kings, Koufos agree to 4-year, million deal

    July 5, 2015

    A day after locking up a pair of guards, the Sacramento Kings invested in their front court.Center Kosta Koufos agreed to a million, four-year contract with the Kings on Saturday night, a person with knowledge of the deal said.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed until the NBA's moratorium on free agency ends Thursday, said the fourth year is a player option.

  • Suns find another reason to dislike the Spurs

    July 4, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns vaulted from long shots to finalists in the bid to land coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.But finishing as runner-up to the team the Suns' fans love to hate, the San Antonio Spurs, left a hollow ring to the team's concerted efforts to climb from mediocrity to relevance in the tough Western Conference.

  • Durant: 'I can't wait to play the game I love again'

    July 4, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Kevin Durant says next summer can wait.Next season is his only priority at this point.The Oklahoma City star - limited to 27 games last season because of injuries - was at the NBA summer league games in Orlando on Saturday, and said he would be ready for next season and he hasn't thought about the summer of 2016 when he likely will be the biggest domino in a free-agent class that already seems certain to earn incredibly large deals as the league's salary cap skyrockets.

  • AP sources: Pelicans bring back Cunningham on 3-year deal

    July 4, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) People familiar with the negotiations say the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a three-year contract extension worth about million.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Saturday because the free-agent contract, which cannot officially be signed until July 9, has not been announced.

  • Hammon says she's thankful for chance to coach summer Spurs

    July 4, 2015

    Becky Hammon had known for some time that she was going to be coaching San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas.When her phone blew up Friday, she knew the secret was out.Hammon spoke out for the first time Saturday about the history-making move by the Spurs, who have given the former WNBA star player the chance to become the first woman who'll serve as a head coach in an NBA summer league. She'll lead San Antonio's entry in the Las Vegas league - the biggest of the three NBA summer showcases - starting next weekend.

  • AP source: Magic agree to new 4-year deal with Tobias Harris

    July 4, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says Tobias Harris has agreed to sign a new contract to remain with the Orlando Magic.The person says the deal for Harris - a restricted free agent - is for four years and million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because contract can't be officially signed until next week.

  • For NBA rookies, summer league merely first step

    July 4, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Barely a year ago, Justise Winslow and Myles Turner were high school players.Being in the NBA now hasn't seemed to faze either of them.Summer league play started Saturday, and for Winslow and Turner - both still teenagers, neither turning 20 until next March - it might have been considered by some onlookers as a significant first step in their transitions to NBA life. But the rookies who knew plenty of eyes were on them were both trying to make it seem like business as usual.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge chooses the San Antonio Spurs

    July 4, 2015

    LaMarcus Aldridge got the answers he needed from the San Antonio Spurs.And the Spurs apparently got the answer they wanted.Ending a frantic few days of courtship - and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title - Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.

  • NBA summer referees wearing headsets, will use replay

    July 4, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Referees in the NBA summer leagues will be wearing headsets and replay reviews will be used during games.The policies were revealed Saturday when Miami and Indiana met in the first summer league game of the season. Referees will stay in touch with the help of earpieces and microphones.

  • AP source: Derrick Williams agrees to 2 years with Knicks

    July 3, 2015

    Derrick Williams is headed to New York looking for another chance to fulfill the promise he once showed.A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the former No. 2 overall draft pick has agreed to terms with the Knicks on a two-year deal worth million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Rockets bringing back spark plugs Brewer, Beverley

    July 3, 2015

    Daryl Morey didn't let the market dry up while he was waiting to hear from another star free agent about coming to Houston.The Rockets general manager locked up two important role players from last year's team on Friday, reaching agreements with swingman Corey Brewer and point guard Patrick Beverley to keep them in Houston.

  • AP sources: Kings agree to deals with Rondo, Belinelli

    July 3, 2015

    After missing targets at the start of free agency, the Sacramento Kings finally filled out their backcourt Friday.Whether the team can find a way to blend its talent together remains a topic for debate.The Kings reached agreements with point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Marco Belinelli, securing the two positions the team coveted most this summer.

  • AP Sources: Kings, agree to deals with Rondo, Belinelli

    July 3, 2015

    After missing targets at the start of free agency, the Sacramento Kings finally filled out their backcourt Friday.The Kings reached agreements with point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Marco Belinelli, securing the two positions the team coveted most this summer.

  • Wizards agree to .1M, 1-year deal with SG Gary Neal

    July 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent shooting guard Gary Neal has agreed to a .1 million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.Agent David Bauman says Neal wanted to join a playoff team after finishing last season with the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • With Dragic and Wade back, Heat moving forward

    July 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) On the first day of free agency, Goran Dragic committed to return.On the second, Dwyane Wade said he was coming back.On the third, the Miami Heat could finally exhale - a little, anyway.It was back to business for the Heat on Friday, when the team's summer-league club wrapped up a five-session, three-day training camp of sorts in Miami before heading to Orlando and the start of offseason play on Saturday. While team officials - prohibited by league rule from talking about the commitments until the NBA moratorium ends July 9 - remained silent, players said they were thrilled that Miami's primary pieces of free-agent business are complete.

  • Hammon to become 1st female head coach of NBA summer league

    July 3, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Becky Hammon is about to become the first woman to serve as the head coach of an NBA summer league team.San Antonio announced Friday that Hammon will lead the Spurs during summer league play in Las Vegas. She is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Spurs, who will have video coordinator Will Hardy handle the head-coach duties for a summer-league entry in Utah.

  • AP source: Knicks agree to deal with center Robin Lopez

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Robin Lopez is joining the Knicks, turning New York's NBA rivalry into a family affair.Lopez agreed to sign with the Knicks on Friday, a person with knowledge of the details said, and will play just across town from twin brother and Brooklyn Nets center, Brook.

  • AP sources: Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan agree to 4-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center.Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that the NBA rebound leader agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth million over four years. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no deals can be completed and signed until Thursday.

  • NBA transitions from free agency fury to summer league games

    July 3, 2015

    NBA teams are now turning their attention to youngsters and player development with summer leagues set to tip off after executives and owners around the league agreed to shell out millions of dollars to veteran free agents this week in an attempt to improve their immediate lot.

  • AP Source: Kings, Marco Belinelli agree to 3-year, M deal

    July 3, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings and guard Marco Belinelli have agreed to a million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed until the moratorium on free agency ends Thursday. ESPN first reported the agreement.

  • AP source: Matthews, Mavs reach agreement on 4-year contract

    July 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Free agent guard Wesley Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether center DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas.A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing between the Mavericks and his original team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • AP source: Wizards agree to acquire Bucks' Dudley for pick

    July 2, 2015

    Moving on after learning they'll lose Paul Pierce as a free agent, the Washington Wizards agreed to acquire forward Jared Dudley from the Milwaukee Bucks for a future second-round draft pick.A person familiar with the negotiations between the Wizards and Bucks described the deal to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity, because it can't become official until July 9, per NBA rules.

  • AP Interview: Wade chooses to stay with Heat

    July 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much the franchise valued him.Once he found out, any chance of him leaving vanished.Wade accepted a million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about leaving for the first time. A pair of conversations, first with Heat CEO Nick Arison and then another with managing general partner Micky Arison, reminded Wade of what he meant to the team and from there it was a matter of just making numbers work.

  • Vasquez embracing fresh start with Bucks

    July 2, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Greivis Vasquez always thought he might end up in Milwaukee. It just took a little longer than he anticipated.Coming out of the University of Maryland, Vasquez worked out twice for the Milwaukee Bucks prior to the 2010 NBA Draft, but the Bucks used their first-round pick on center Larry Sanders while Vasquez eventually landed in Memphis, which took him 28th overall.

  • Indiana's million deal is perfect fit for Monta Ellis

    July 2, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers got the shooting guard they coveted.Monta Ellis' family found the welcoming community it wanted -- and the 29-year-old got the million he was chasing.After hitting the trifecta Thursday by agreeing to a four-year deal that includes a player option for the final year, Ellis and the Pacers will now work together to bring Indiana that elusive NBA title. League rules prohibit the contract from being signed until July 9, but Ellis just couldn't wait that long to make a decision.

  • Cavs center Mozgov has arthroscopic knee surgery

    July 2, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter.

  • AP Source: Blazers reach 5-year 0M-plus deal with Lillard

    July 3, 2015

    When Damian Lillard agreed to a new maximum contract extension with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, it may have been the beginning of a changing of the guard in Portland.Lillard agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth more than 0 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • AP Source: Wade chooses to stay with Heat

    July 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat.Wade informed the Heat on Thursday that he will accept their one-year offer to re-sign for million for next season, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be finalized this summer until July 9.

  • AP Source: Suns send 3 to Detroit for pick

    July 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have traded Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The move was very likely a bid to clear salary space to sign free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • AP Source: Heat now among clubs meeting with Aldridge

    July 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A person with knowledge of the negotiations says LaMarcus Aldridge and the Miami Heat have spoken about his future plans, and that a formal conversation is scheduled for Thursday night.The person says Heat President Pat Riley is to meet with Aldridge in Los Angeles. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side have publicly announced the meeting.

  • Magic taking slow approach with 5th overall pick Hezonja

    July 2, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) If Orlando Magic draft pick Mario Hezonja had it his way he'd hop headfirst into the NBA fire.The Croatian-born 20-year-old would skip straight from his just a just concluded full season with FC Barcelona in the Euroleague, to playing in every game during Orlando's upcoming summer league, to probably working out every day until training camp.

  • Spurs' Tim Duncan tells paper: 'I'll be back on the court'

    July 2, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season.Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News that ''I'll be on the court next year.'' Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Warriors make moves in front office, new training program

    July 2, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have promoted Larry Harris to director of player personnel and hired Lachlan Penfold as head of physical performance and sports medicine.The Warriors announced the moves Thursday.Harris has served as a scout and consultant for the Warriors the past six seasons, evaluating college and professional players for the draft and free agency. He spent the previous 19 years in various roles with the Milwaukee Bucks, including as general manager from 2003 to 2008.

  • Agent: Ed Davis agrees to 3-year, M deal with Blazers

    July 2, 2015

    Ed Davis is leaving Los Angeles for the Portland Trail Blazers. Now, like most of the rest of the league, he's waiting for LaMarcus Aldridge to make a decision and determine just how big Davis' role will be in his new home.Davis agreed to terms on a three-year, million deal with the Blazers on Thursday, agent David Bauman of Relativity Sports said.

  • AP Source: Pacers give Monta Ellis 4 years, million

    July 2, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers got the shooting guard they wanted.Monta Ellis has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth million, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The deal includes a player option for the final year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The contract cannot be signed until July 9.

  • Bucks land free agent big man Greg Monroe

    July 2, 2015

    As one of the most coveted big men on the free agent market, Greg Monroe had his choice of destinations.The big-market Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks wanted him. So did the Portland Trail Blazers.In the end, Monroe wanted the best chance to reach the playoffs for the first time in his career. For the first time in a long time, the Milwaukee Bucks provided the surest bet on that front.

  • AP Source: Bucks land free agent big man Greg Monroe

    July 2, 2015

    The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man.A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that that free agent center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.

  • AP source: Pelicans, Asik agree on 5-year contract

    July 2, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of million and rising up to million if incentives and benchmarks are met, said a person familiar with the negotiations.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club and Asik have not publicly discussed the contract, which under league rules cannot be signed until July 9. The team will have the option of voiding the final year of the deal.

  • AP source: Arron Afflalo, Knicks agree on 2-year deal

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Arron Afflalo is about to team up with Carmelo Anthony again.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, million offer from the New York Knicks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be completed before July 9.

  • AP Source: Kings trade Stauskas, Thompson, Landry to 76ers

    July 2, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

  • Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, M deal

    July 2, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) No need to seek out an offer sheet in restricted free agency. Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors on his own terms.Green announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website Wednesday night he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press the contract is worth about million.

  • Cavaliers break the bank on Day 1 of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert promised LeBron James he would do whatever it took financially to surround him with a team capable of ending the city's 51-year championship drought.On the first day of free agency, Gilbert spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to back that up. All without addressing James' contract yet.

  • AP Source: Cavs bring back Shumpert for 4 years, million

    July 1, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Iman Shumpert has agreed to terms on a four-year, million contract that will keep him in Cleveland.Shumpert and the Cavaliers came to agreement on Wednesday evening. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. A contract cannot be signed until July 9.

  • AP Source: Paul Pierce going to Clippers on 3-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers are reuniting.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Pierce has agreed to a three-year, million deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because no contracts can be finalized until July 9 per NBA rules.

  • AP source: Hawks reach agreement to re-sign Paul Millsap

    July 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap became an All-Star in his first two years with Atlanta and helped lead the Hawks to their first Eastern Conference finals.He's back for at least two more years on a new contract which doubles his annual pay.The Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign Millsap, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the deal can't be finalized until July 9.

  • AP Source: Grizzlies agree to terms with Brandan Wright

    July 1, 2015

    The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Brandan Wright, a person familiar with the situation said.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal hasn't been formally announced. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

  • Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

    July 1, 2015

    Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than billion worth of deals.

  • AP sources: Suns add Chandler, lock up Knight

    July 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns took care of their top offseason priority by bringing back Brandon Knight and added veteran frontcourt leadership in the form of Tyson Chandler.Knight agreed to a five-year, million deal, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • AP Source: Celtics, Amir Johnson agree to million deal

    July 1, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the details says the Boston Celtics have landed Amir Johnson with a two-year deal worth million.The veteran power forward agreed to leave Toronto and stay within the Atlantic Division on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no deals can be signed yet.

  • AP Source: Bulls reach 5-year, M deal with Jimmy Butler

    July 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler bet on himself and won big.Butler agreed to terms Wednesday on a five-year maximum contract that could be worth million and includes a player option for the final year, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. The total value of the contract could wind up being a little higher depending on the salary cap figure for next season, which will be set on July 9.

  • Kevin Love staying in Cleveland with LeBron and Cavs

    July 1, 2015

    After all the speculation and intrigue surrounding Kevin Love's foray into the free agent market, the star power forward ended up right where he said he would all along - in Cleveland.Love announced in The Players Tribune on Wednesday that after his uneven first season ended with a serious shoulder injury, he is coming back to help LeBron James finish what they started together last season.

  • AP source: Hawks finalizing deal for Spurs' Splitter

    July 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) A person with knowledge of the deals says the Atlanta Hawks are finalizing a trade for San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.The person says the Spurs and Hawks have agreed on the trade but the remainder of the deal is being finalized. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

  • Study: NBA diversity again leads pro sports leagues

    July 1, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The NBA again sets the standard for diversity among major professional sports leagues.According to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NBA received an A-plus grade for racial hiring and B-plus for gender hiring on its annual report card. Its overall grade of A was its seventh in a row.

  • Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca agreed on a four-year, .2 million extension on Wednesday.The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press on the first full day of the NBA's 2015 free-agency period.

  • Kevin Love pens piece saying he's staying in Cleveland

    July 1, 2015

    Kevin Love is staying in Cleveland and it's going to be for the long term.Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than 0 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.

  • DeMarre Carroll says he's heading to the Raptors

    July 1, 2015

    When DeMarre Carroll's left knee buckled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the breakout season that put him on the precipice of a big payday nearly went right down the drain.Like anything else that has gotten in his way, Carroll didn't let that stop him.

  • Thad Young says he's staying in Brooklyn with Nets

    July 1, 2015

    Free agent forward Thaddeus Young says he's staying in Brooklyn with the Nets.Young tweeted Wednesday morning that he is ''extremely happy'' to continue his career with the Nets. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. No NBA contracts can be signed until July 9.

  • AP Source: Guard Goran Dragic, Heat agree on 5-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic plays quickly and decides quickly.The Miami Heat are pleased about both.Dragic wasted little time in accepting a five-year deal that will ultimately be worth between -90 million to remain with the Heat, the sides coming to an agreement in principle only a few hours after the NBA's free agency shopping period opened Wednesday. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized until July 9 per league rules.

  • AP Source: Dunleavy stays with Bulls, agrees to 3-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Mike Dunleavy and the Chicago Bulls have agreed on a new three-year, million contract.The person confirmed the deal Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no contracts can be signed until July 9. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement, and Dunleavy later confirmed it to the Chicago Tribune.

  • AP Source: Spurs, Danny Green agree on 4 years, million

    July 1, 2015

    When the San Antonio Spurs turned their eyes toward prized free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, it seemed to be a signal Danny Green might have to leave the franchise that helped turn him into one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league.Not so fast.

  • AP Source: Bucks give Middleton 5 years, million

    July 1, 2015

    Khris Middleton was a little-known second-round draft pick when he broke into the NBA with the Detroit Pistons in 2012.Three years later, the versatile forward has become an integral part of a Milwaukee Bucks team on the rise in the Eastern Conference.

  • AP Source: Leonard, Spurs agree on parameters of 5-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    Kawhi Leonard is going to be a fixture for the San Antonio Spurs for years to come.Leonard agreed to the basic parameters of a five-year contract to stay with the Spurs early Wednesday, a deal that could be worth million according to a person with direct knowledge of the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be finalized until July 9, per NBA rules.

  • AP Source: Trail Blazers give Aminu 4 years, million

    July 1, 2015

    The Portland Trail Blazers appear to be entering a period of change, so one of general manager Neil Olshey's first calls during free agency went to a familiar face.The Blazers quickly agreed with veteran Al-Farouq Aminu, reuniting the defensive-minded forward with the man who drafted him with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011.

  • AP source: Anthony Davis, Pelicans agree to max extension

    July 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-year extension worth more than 0 million.Davis tweeted: ''NOLA, I am here to stay! Just getting started'' shortly after free agency opened late Tuesday night, and a person with knowledge of the details confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot yet be signed.

  • Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens

    July 1, 2015

    Big names, big bucks and big markets in pursuit.NBA free agency opened with Anthony Davis agreeing and Kawhi Leonard agreeing to max contract extensions to stay where they are, and the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among the teams looking for a dominant inside force of their own.

  • Hawks' Korver has 'loose bodies' removed from elbow

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is expected to be ready for the start of training camp following surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow.The Hawks say Tuesday's surgery was performed in New York by Dr. David Altchek.It is the third surgery since March for the 34-year-old Korver, the team's starting shooting guard and 3-point specialist. He had surgery for a broken nose three months ago, and earlier this month surgeons repaired ligament damage in his right ankle.

  • AP source: Jared Dudley staying in Milwaukee next season

    June 30, 2015

    Jared Dudley has decided to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for the final year of his contract.A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the veteran forward exercised his player option for .25 million on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been officially announced.

  • Pero Antic leaving Hawks for return to Europe

    June 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Pero Antic is returning to Europe following two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, most spent as a backup power forward and center.The 6-foot-11 Antic, born in Skopje, Yugoslavia, has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce of the Euroleague. The team announced the signing.

  • Cavs give offers to Thompson, Dellavedova, Shumpert

    June 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers those players get from other clubs this summer.All the moves were expected. The Cavs had indicated they want each to return next season.

  • MSG names CAA partner David "Doc" O'Connor as CEO

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Madison Square Garden named long-time talent agency executive David ''Doc'' O'Connor as its next chief executive.O'Connor, a managing partner at Creative Artists Agency in New York, takes over for Tad Smith, who was hired to lead the auction house Sotheby's.

  • Celtics' Stevens finally gets shot to coach NCAA hero Hunter

    June 30, 2015

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before he hit one of the biggest shots of last season's NCAA Tournament.If Stevens had his way, Hunter would have played for Butler instead of for his father, Ron, at Georgia State. And there would have been no memorable scene of dad tumbling off his stool after his son's 3-pointer clinched a stunning upset of Baylor in March.

  • Thunder deal Luke Ridnour, his 4th trade in less than a week

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Luke Ridnour may be in need of a rest - or a good travel agent - after being traded for the fourth time in less than a week.The Oklahoma City Thunder sent the veteran guard and cash to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in exchange for a trade exception and the rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic.

  • Stephen Curry overtakes LeBron James for NBA's top jersey

    June 30, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the first time Tuesday. With teammates Klay Thompson ranking fifth and Draymond Green at No. 15, the Warriors also led the team-merchandise sales list during the playoffs.

  • Thunder send guard Luke Ridnour to Toronto for Zubcic

    June 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent Luke Ridnour and cash to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a trade exception and the rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic.The Thunder will have one year to exercise the trade exception.Ridnour averaged 4.0 points per game for Orlando last season. He has played for five teams in 12 years, and has a career scoring average of 9.3 points per game.

  • Knicks thinking big, looking for some size in free agency

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks will be thinking big in free agency.As in a big man, that is. The Knicks need plenty of help after their worst season ever, but they know where it needs to start.''I don't think it's any secret we need to get some size up front. I think that'll be a big focus for us,'' Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.

  • Korver to have 3rd surgery since March, this time on elbow

    June 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo his third surgery since March when a specialist removes loose bodies from his right elbow on Tuesday.Korver had surgery for a broken nose three months ago and earlier this month surgeons repaired ligament damage in his right ankle.

  • Newcomers Henderson, Plumlee, Vonleh introduced by Blazers

    June 29, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) On the first day in his new NBA city, Gerald Henderson was asked Monday about his impressions of Portland. Before he was able to answer, Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey mentioned the city's recent naked bicycle race.Henderson's eyes widened.

  • Lakers' Nance was 'terrified' of Kobe's response to tweet

    June 29, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Larry Nance Jr.'s elation at getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers lasted about two minutes before he was reminded of a tweet he sent out in 2012 criticizing Kobe Bryant.Nance was overjoyed when Bryant said he wasn't bothered.

  • Here Mavs go again, pursuing big names in free agency

    June 29, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki is getting to know this drill pretty well: depleted Dallas roster, big names in free agency, no idea how the starting lineup will look in four months.Here the Mavericks go again, trying to sign a cornerstone but now with time running short to build a championship contender around a 37-year-old star who's getting ready for his 18th season. Free agency opens at 11 p.m. Central time Tuesday.

  • Russell ready to restore Lakers glory alongside Nance, Brown

    June 29, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D'Angelo Russell was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, and he chose the No. 1 jersey with the Los Angeles Lakers.The point guard from Ohio State clearly isn't trying to hide from those enormous expectations resting on his 19-year-old shoulders.

  • Budenholzer hopes Hardaway helps Hawks keep Millsap, Carroll

    June 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Now that he's added Tim Hardaway Jr., Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has narrowed his focus on re-signing All-Star forward Paul Millsap and starting guard DeMarre Carroll.NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents at 12 a.m. Wednesday, and Budenholzer believes the acquisition of Hardaway will help convince Millsap and Carroll to stay in Atlanta.

  • Wade elects to become free agent, may leave Heat

    June 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat is about to be tested like never before, and the most accomplished player in franchise history may soon have a new home.Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, electing to pass on a .1 million option for next season and see what he's worth on the open market. His decision was announced Monday afternoon by a spokesperson in a 61-word press release, after both Wade and his agent Henry Thomas did not respond to requests for comment.

  • Magic waive Gordon; draft pick Hezonja completes buyout

    June 29, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have lost one player and will soon pick up another.General manager Rob Hennigan said Monday the team waived guard Ben Gordon and learned draft pick Mario Hezonja had completed a buyout with European club FC Barcelona.

  • Chicago Bulls introduce first round pick Bobby Portis

    June 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Growing up, Bobby Portis got accustomed to being the last player picked. So he prided himself on being the one who out-worked everyone else.Now, the Chicago Bulls first-round draft pick and the reigning SEC Player of the Year is ready to do it again.

  • Veteran guard Hinrich returning to Chicago Bulls

    June 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls say guard Kirk Hinrich has exercised his player option and will return next season.Terms were not disclosed in Monday's announcement.A 12-year NBA veteran, the 34-year old Hinrich has played in 833 regular-season games and averaged 11.4 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.15 steals per game. He also has played in 65 playoff games.

  • Grizzlies' Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot

    June 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin says he has a stress fracture in his foot that will prevent him from playing in any summer league games.Martin and second-round pick Andrew Harrison were introduced Monday. Martin says he ''overworked my body'' throughout the pre-draft process.

  • Warriors exercise Speights' contract option for next season

    June 29, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have begun the process of keeping their championship roster intact.The Warriors exercised their .8 million option Monday on reserve big man Marreese Speights for next season. The team had until Tuesday to pick up the final year on Speights' contract or he would become a free agent.

  • Luol Deng staying with Heat, opts-in for .1 million

    June 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Luol Deng has elected to stay with the Miami Heat next season, using his opt-in clause on a .1 million deal.Deng averaged 14.0 points with the Heat last season, starting all 72 games in which he appeared. He shot 47 percent from the field, his best showing there in seven years, and made 36 percent of his tries from 3-point range.

  • Athletes adjusting to cameras all over arenas, stadiums

    June 29, 2015

    When LeBron James pulls into the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, there are cameras waiting.They follow him into the arena, record him walking down the hall to the locker room. They are there when he's changing into his uniform. They are there in the huddles during timeouts and there during the halftime meetings as coach David Blatt details adjustments for the second half.

  • AP Source: LeBron James bypasses option, becomes free agent

    June 28, 2015

    For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent.The difference this time is he has no plans to move again.The Cleveland star will not exercise a .6 million option on his contract for next season, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither the Cavaliers nor James were publicly discussing the process.

  • Heat decline Beasley's option, making him free agent

    June 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Michael Beasley's third stint with the Miami Heat has ended.The Heat have declined their .3 million option to keep Beasley for next season, and the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft will officially become a free agent on Wednesday.Beasley averaged 8.8 points in 24 games with Miami last season after returning from China. He was also with the Heat from 2008 through 2010, plus was part of the 2013-14 team that went to the NBA Finals.

  • Johnson's suit catches eyes at Pistons' news conference

    June 27, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stanley Johnson had already brought attention to himself when - after being selected by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth pick - he declared himself to be the best player in the draft.Then there was his introductory news conference at the Palace on Saturday, when he showed up wearing a gaudy pink suit.

  • Murray State's Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City seem a good fit

    June 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) In an NBA draft full of stars from the likes of Kentucky, Duke and Wisconsin, Cameron Payne's pedigree enticed the Oklahoma City Thunder.Payne drew little interest out of high school in Memphis, Tenn. He then starred at Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference - a school and league not accustomed to national attention.

  • Paul Pierce opts out of contract with Wizards

    June 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Paul Pierce is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Wizards and will become a free agent Wednesday.The veteran small forward signed a two-year deal with Washington last summer that included a reported .5 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

  • Pierce opts out of contract with Wizards

    June 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards forward Paul Pierce is opting out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent Wednesday.Pierce signed a two-year deal with Washington last summer that included a reported .5 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

  • 76ers' Okafor fan of Curry, but titles go through big men

    June 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jahlil Okafor is a fan of Steph Curry and enjoyed watching the MVP lead the guard-heavy Golden State Warriors to an NBA championship.He still thinks the best road to a title is through the big man.That's what makes the 6-foot-11 center out of Duke glad to join the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that already features young, potential stars Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.

  • Bhamara forces basketball to front page of Indian newspapers

    June 27, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) It is a rare day in India when basketball makes the front page of newspapers, yet Satnam Singh Bhamara achieved that feat when he became the first Indian to be drafted to the NBA this week.The 7'2'' (2.15-meter) 19-year-old was selected by the Dallas Mavericks and local media celebrated.

  • Jazz show off draft picks, but growth must come from within

    June 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The last 48 hours have been all about the draft picks for the Utah Jazz as the team introduced former Kentucky forward Trey Lyles and Boston College Olivier Hanlan during a Friday news conference.The future of the organization and its immediate playoff hopes, however, are all about those already under contract.

  • Suns' Booker sure doesn't talk like an 18-year-old

    June 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker was almost finished with his introductory news conference on Friday, patiently, confidently, concisely answering one question after another, a performance that belied his age.At 18, the youngest player in his draft class, the Kentucky guard impressed the Phoenix Suns with a lot more than his sweet jump shot. And he won't turn 19 until Oct. 30.

  • Chasson Randle to join Warriors' summer league team

    June 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Stanford guard Chasson Randle has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors for the NBA's Las Vegas summer league.Randle was a two-time All-Pac-12 first-team selection in four years at Stanford. He scored a school-record 2,375 points, helping the Cardinal win two NIT championships and reach the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in 2014.

  • Nets' Brook Lopez opts to become free agent

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has opted out of the final year of his contract and will become a free agent.Coming off a strong season in his return from injury, Lopez chose Friday to bypass the .7 million he would have earned next season and will be able to talk to other teams on July 1.

  • Harvey Pollack remembered fondly at funeral

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Hundreds of mourners packed a Philadelphia funeral home Friday to honor Harvey Pollack, the longtime NBA employee and statistics icon who died Tuesday at the age of 93.Friends, family and colleagues described a man who loved basketball, statistics and, most of all, his family. Pollack began his career in 1946 with the Philadelphia Warriors and worked the last 28 years as the 76ers' director of statistical information.

  • Wizards rookie Oubre filled with confidence

    June 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Basketball fans are enamored with the idea of native son Kevin Durant playing for the Washington Wizards starting in 2016. Starting this fall, Kelly Oubre Jr. begins his rookie campaign in Washington as a draft-day trade landed the Kansas product with the Wizards.

  • Embiid's return to 76ers from broken right foot uncertain

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jahlil Okafor's could get a solo turn as the next big man to put the 76ers' fate on his 6-foot-11 frame.Joel Embiid would still like a try to lead them on his own two feet. But his future with the franchise remains very much in doubt.

  • Clifford likes Hornets new look after trades, draft

    June 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets' roster has a vastly different look than it did two weeks ago. And third-year coach Steve Clifford said that's a good thing.''I think we have improved ourselves greatly,'' Clifford said Friday.The Hornets have made three trades, luring Nicolas Batum, Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte and selected 7-foot-1 forward/center Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin with the ninth pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

  • Knicks hope turnaround starts with 7-foot newcomer Porzingis

    June 26, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks were midway through a miserable season when Phil Jackson received a text that started shaping their future.A team official watching a game in Spain delivered a report Jackson couldn't ignore.''I just saw a person we must consider for our first draft pick,'' Jackson said Friday of the message from Clarence Gaines.

  • Nuggets pick Mudiay ready to step into lineup

    June 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Emmanuel Mudiay says he's ready to step into the Denver Nuggets' lineup and help lead the franchise to its first championship.It's not the biggest challenge the 19-year-old has faced in his young life, but it's one that he's ready to tackle.

  • Towns and Tyus arrive, Bjelica coming next to Timberwolves

    June 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jacqueline Cruz-Towns sat on a bench in the Minnesota Timberwolves' sparkling new practice facility, proudly wearing a Wolves hat on her head and a big smile on her face as she recalled a pre-draft visit her son Karl-Anthony made to Minneapolis last week.

  • Big nights for the biggest markets in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets.The Los Angeles Lakers tabbed their next potential superstar in D'Angelo Russell. The New York Knicks landed a pair of players in the first round, selecting Kristaps Porzingis and later acquiring the rights to Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.

  • Suns send 2nd-round pick Andrew Harrison to Grizzlies

    June 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have traded second-round pick Andrew Harrison to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward-center Jon Leuer.For an instant, the Suns appeared to have added a fifth Kentucky guard to their roster on Thursday night. But it was just a quick stop before going on to the Grizzlies. The Suns announced the trade later Thursday.

  • Clippers end up with 56th pick, tab Branden Dawson

    June 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers began the day without a pick in the NBA draft, but they got one anyway. They paid the New Orleans Pelicans for the 56th pick, then selected Michigan State forward Branden Dawson late Thursday night.''One of the things we had talked about for some time was looking to buy in to the second round because we didn't have a pick in this draft,'' general manager Dave Wohl said. ''We focused on a couple of guys, and Dawson was still there in the second round. He was one of the guys we really loved, so we were able to do a deal with New Orleans and buy their pick and draft him.''

  • Cavaliers make draft deal, learn J.R. Smith now a free agent

    June 26, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Not only did the Cavaliers not pick first in the NBA draft, they traded their only first-rounder this year.Amazing what winning - and having LeBron James around - will do.Expected to use the No. 24 overall pick to address their need for a backup point guard, the Cavs took Duke guard Tyus Jones and quickly traded him to Minnesota for two second-round picks - Nos. 31 and 36 - and a second-round selection in 2019.

  • LA Lakers grab D'Angelo Russell with 2nd pick in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are betting D'Angelo Russell is ready for Showtime.The Lakers chose Russell with the second pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, bypassing big man Jahlil Okafor to grab the Ohio State guard with the potential for greatness.

  • Joy in Minnesota after Timberwolves take Towns, Tyus

    June 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) More than 8,000 Minnesota Timberwolves fans filed into Target Center on Thursday night, knowing that Karl-Anthony Towns was coming. They hoped Tyus Jones might be sticking around, too.For once the Timberwolves gave their long-suffering fans exactly what they wanted.

  • Blazers select forward Hollis-Jefferson, trade him

    June 26, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers continued a retooling of their roster Thursday night when they selected Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with the 23rd pick of the NBA draft then sent him to Brooklyn as part of a four-player deal.

  • Hawks draft power forward Agravanis late in 2nd round

    June 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have drafted power forward Dimitrios Agravanis of Greece with the 59th overall pick of the NBA draft.General manager Wes Wilcox said that the 6-foot-10, 229-pound Agravanis will spend next season overseas.Agravanis was the Hawks' second draft pick of the night. Atlanta traded the 15th pick to Washington and the 19th pick to New York and acquired Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

  • Hawks draft shooting guard Eriksson in 2nd round

    June 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have drafted shooting guard Marcus Eriksson of Sweden with the 50th pick of the NBA draft.General manager Wes Wilcox said that Eriksson missed last season with a torn knee ligament and is still under contract with Barcelona.

  • The Latest: Can't wait for history? Winners, losers in draft

    June 26, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):1:01 a.m.History will judge. For those who can't wait, here's the winners and losers from Thursday night's NBA draft.Winners:Team: Minnesota Timberwolves. No, seriously. Last year they fleeced Cleveland to get Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Kevin Love. By taking Karl-Anthony Towns with the top overall pick, they added an equally potent inside threat.

  • Pelicans trade rights to 56th pick Michigan State F Dawson

    June 26, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans traded the rights Thursday night to its only NBA draft pick.The Pelicans selected power forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th pick before they sent his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for cash, team officials said.

  • The Latest: Singh 1st India-born player picked in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):12:40 a.m.Satnam Singh is the first player born in India to be selected in the NBA draft. He's headed to Texas after the Dallas Mavericks took him with the 52nd pick.The 7-foot-2 Singh, who wears a size-22 basketball sneaker, has spent the last five seasons playing at IMG Academy in Florida. He came to the U.S. from India when he was 14.

  • Bucks deal UCLA's Powell, pick to Raptors for Vasquez

    June 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks made a draft-night deal for a veteran point guard, trading UCLA shooting guard Norman Powell and a first-round pick in 2017 to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for backup guard Greivis Vasquez.The Bucks finalized the deal shortly after they made Powell the 46th overall pick in the second round Thursday night.

  • Pelicans sell rights to 56th pick Michigan State F Dawson

    June 26, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans sold the rights Thursday night to its only NBA draft pick.The Pelicans selected power forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th pick before team officials said they moved him to a team they didn't name.

  • Nuggets select PG Radicevic with 57th pick in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets selected point guard Nikola Radicevic with the 57th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.Radicevic, 21, from Serbia, was the second point guard the Nuggets picked in the draft. They selected Emmanuel Mudiay in the first round, with the seventh-overall pick.

  • 76ers select Serbian forward Mitrovic with 60th pick

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have selected international prospect Luka Mitrovic with the 60th pick of the draft.Mitrovic was the last of five second-round picks held by the Sixers. The Sixers drafted international prospect Willy Hernangomez with the 35th pick, took Bowling Green forward Richaun Holmes, international prospect Arturas Gudaitis with the 47th overall pick and North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto at 58.

  • Hornets trade 2nd round pick Juan Vaulet to Nets

    June 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) General manager Rich Cho said the Charlotte Hornets have traded swingman Juan Vaulet from Argentina to the Brooklyn Nets for two future second round picks in 2018 and 2019.Vaulet was the 39th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

  • 76ers draft North Carolina's Tokoto with 58th pick

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have drafted North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto with the 58th pick.Tokoto was the fourth of five scheduled second-round picks held by the Sixers. The Sixers drafted international prospect Willy Hernangomez with the 35th pick, took Bowling Green forward Richaun Holmes and international prospect Arturas Gudaitis with the 47th overall pick.

  • Clippers sit out draft with no picks

    June 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were on the outside looking in on draft day.This was the first time in the 45-year history of the franchise that the Clippers did not have a pick in any round of the NBA draft, and the fifth time they didn't have a first-round selection since relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984.

  • Magic draft scoring swingman in Croatia's Hezonja

    June 26, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic don't believe they made a leap of faith by taking Croatia's Mario Hezonja with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.They've had their eye on him for a while now.''He's been on the radar the last four or five years,'' Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. ''We feel very confident in our evaluation of him.''

  • Celtics take guard Thornton with their fourth pick of draft

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have chosen guard Marcus Thornton of William & Mary with their fourth and final pick of the NBA draft.The 6-foot-4 Thornton averaged 17.2 points per game in his four college seasons, capped by a 20-point average last season. Boston took him with the 45th overall pick.

  • Cavaliers trade with Minnesota, make 3 picks in second round

    June 26, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Not only did the Cavaliers not pick first in the NBA draft, they traded their only first-rounder this year.Amazing what winning - and having LeBron James around - will do.Expected to use the No. 24 overall pick to address their need for a backup point guard, the Cavs took Duke guard Tyus Jones and quickly traded him to Minnesota for two second-round picks - Nos. 31 and 36 - and a future second rounder.

  • Timberwolves acquire hometown kid Jones from Cavs

    June 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired hometown kid Tyus Jones from the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round draft picks this year and another one in 2019.The Cavaliers chose Jones, the Duke point guard, with the 24th overall selection. But they shipped the Apple Valley, Minnesota, native to the Wolves for pick Nos. 31 and 36 and the 2019 second-rounder.

  • AP Source: Bucks deal Powell, pick to Raptors for Vasquez

    June 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have traded UCLA shooting guard Norman Powell and a first-round pick in 2017 to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for backup guard Greivis Vasquez.The person spoke Thursday night on condition of anonymity after the Bucks made Powell the 46th overall pick in the second round.

  • Cavs select St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer in draft

    June 26, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers selected St. John's swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer with the No. 53 pick in the NBA draft, the team's third pick of the second round.Pointer averaged 13.7 points 7.7 rebounds last season and was named the Big East's co-defensive player of the year as a senior. The 6-foot-6 Pointer was also the league's most improved player.

  • Pelicans take F Dawson from Michigan State with 56th pick

    June 26, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry had to wait until late in the second round of Thursday night's NBA draft before putting his initial fingerprint on the franchise.The Pelicans selected forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th overall pick, Gentry's first since being named coach on May 30.

  • AP Source: Suns send 2nd-round pick Harrison to Grizzlies

    June 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Phoenix Suns have traded second-round pick Andrew Harrison to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward-center Jon Leuer.For an instant, the Suns appeared to have added a fifth Kentucky guard to their roster. But it was just a quick stop before going on to the Grizzlies.

  • Magic draft Eastern Washington's Harvey 51st in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have selected Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey with the 51st pick in the NBA draft.It was Orlando's second pick on Thursday night. The Magic selected Croatia's Mario Hezonja with the fifth overall pick in the first round.

  • Celtics take guards Rozier, Hunter in 1st round of NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The price was too steep for the Boston Celtics to trade for a better draft pick. Now it will be an uphill climb for all four of their choices to make the team.Especially at the guard position.The Celtics added three players - Terry Rozier of Louisville, R.J. Hunter of Georgia State and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary - to an already full backcourt. They did add to a position of need by taking shot-blocking forward Jordan Mickey of Louisiana State.

  • The Latest: Harrisons separated at birth, now by the draft

    June 26, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):12:01 a.m.Andrew Harrison, half of Kentucky's starting backcourt the last two seasons and identical twin brother of Aaron - the other half - got to go first.Andrew was the fifth Wildcat taken in Thursday night's NBA draft, by Phoenix with the 44th pick overall. After another teammate, Dakari Johnson, went 48th to the Thunder, his brother was the only one of the seven Wildcats who entered the draft still waiting for a call - and the clock is ticking.

  • Thunder take Dakari Johnson with 48th pick

    June 26, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder selected Kentucky center Dakari Johnson with the 48th pick in the NBA draft Thursday.The 7-footer averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore and helped the Wildcats win their first 38 games. He shot 51 percent from the field and averaged nearly a block in 16 minutes per game.

  • Cavs trade with Minnesota, select 2 forwards in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Not only did the Cavaliers not pick first in the NBA draft, they traded their only first-rounder this year.Amazing what winning - and having LeBron James around - will do.Expected to use the No. 24 overall pick to address their need for a backup point guard, the Cavs took Duke guard Tyus Jones and quickly traded him to Minnesota for two second-round picks - Nos. 31 and 36 - and a future second rounder.

  • Wizards take Iowa's Aaron White in 2nd round of NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards selected Iowa power forward Aaron White with the 49th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.White is 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds and averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior in college.He adds some bulk to the Wizards, who traded up in the first round to get Kansas small forward Kelly Oubre.

  • 76ers draft international prospect Gudaitis in 2nd round

    June 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have selected international prospect Arturas Gudaitis with the 47th overall pick of the NBA draft.Gudaitis was the third of five scheduled second-round picks held by the Sixers. The Sixers drafted international prospect Willy Hernangomez with the 35th pick and took Bowling Green forward Richaun Holmes with the 37th pick of the NBA draft.

  • AP source: Knicks get rights to Hernangomez from 76ers

    June 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A New York Knicks official says the team has acquired draft rights to Spanish center Guillermo Hernangomez from the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade.The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the trade had not been finalized by the NBA. The official says Philadelphia received two future second round picks.

  • Hornets take Juan Vaulet with 39th pick in the NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have selected swingman Juan Vaulet from Argentina with the 39th overall pick in the NBA draft.The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Vaulet is the first player to be drafted from Argentina since Carlos Delfino in 2003.He is the first player to be selected directly from the Argentina League since Jorge Gonzalez, a 7-foot-7, 400-pound center who was taken by the Hawks.

  • Pacers take Oregon guard Joseph Young at No. 43

    June 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have selected Oregon guard Joseph Young with the 43rd overall pick in the NBA draft.Young, who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year last year, averaged 20.7 points and 3.8 assists last season.Young played the last two seasons at Oregon after transferring from Houston in 2013.

  • The Latest: Warriors coach doesn't know 'any of these guys'

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):11:45 p.m.The highlight of Round 2 so far is the multi-colored blazer the appropriately named Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse wore.The first senior taken in the NBA draft this year will wind up in Cleveland. But just keeping track of who's headed where is wearing some folks out, including the coach of the NBA champion Warriors, as this tweet from one of the team's beat writers, Diamond Leung, noted:

  • Pistons draft Villanova's Hilliard in 2nd round

    June 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have drafted Villanova guard Darrun Hilliard in the second round of Thursday night's NBA draft.Hilliard played four seasons at Villanova, and he averaged 14.3 points in each of the last two years. The 6-foot-6 Hilliard shot 39 percent from 3-point range last season.

  • Utah Jazz select Olivier Hanlan with No. 42 pick

    June 25, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have selected Olivier Hanlan with the No. 42 pick of the NBA draft. The team used its first second-round pick on the 6-foot-4, 186-pound guard from Boston College after taking Kentucky forward Trey Lyles with the No. 12 overall pick.

  • Heat take Richardson with 40th pick in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat picked Tennessee shooting guard Josh Richardson with the 40th pick of Thursday night's NBA draft.Richardson was a four-year college player and averaged 16.0 points as a senior for the Volunteers. He shot 36 percent from 3-point range this past season and had some of his best games against ranked teams - averaging 17.5 points in six contests as a senior against teams that were holding down spots in the AP Top 25.

  • Celtics get shot blocker, draft Mickey in 2nd round

    June 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have drafted shot-blocking forward Jordan Mickey of Louisiana State in the second round of the NBA draft.The 6-foot-7 Mickey led the nation with 3.64 blocks per game last season while averaging 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds.

  • 76ers select Richaun Holmes with 37th pick in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have selected Bowling Green forward Richaun Holmes with the 37th pick of the NBA draft.Holmes was the second of five scheduled second-round picks held by the Sixers. The Sixers drafted international prospect Willy Hernangomez with the 35th pick. The Sixers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third pick of the draft.

  • Cavs get rights to Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas in 2nd round

    June 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the rights to Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas following a trade with Minnesota in the NBA draft.With the No. 24 overall pick, the Cavs took Duke point guard Tyus Jones and dealt him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36 picks, a person familiar with the package told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

  • Mavs get Anderson from Virginia, Carlisle alma mater, at 21

    June 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Justin Anderson offered enough of what Dallas wanted for the Mavericks to stay put with their first-round pick in the NBA draft for the first time in nine years.Plus, he's from coach Rick Carlisle's alma mater, Virginia.''Obviously comes from a great institution,'' Carlisle said with a wry smile. ''Well-educated.''

  • LA Lakers pick Stanford shooter Anthony Brown with 34th pick

    June 25, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers selected Stanford's Anthony Brown with their second-round pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.The Lakers added Brown to No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell and No. 27 selection Larry Nance Jr. in a busy draft.

  • The Latest: Lanky commissioner stands tall during NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):11:20 p.m.Adam Silver is that rare commissioner who's actually tall enough (6-foot-3) to look some of his league's future employees in the eye.He handled tributes to the late Harvey Pollock, the NBA's innovative, long-time statistician, and player-turned-general manager-turned league executive Rod Thorn with elan.

  • Rockets select Harrell With the 32nd pick in the draft

    June 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have selected Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell with the 32nd overall pick in the draft.The 6-foot-8 Harrell averaged 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in a three-year career at Louisville. This season he averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds - both career highs.

  • Cavaliers acquire rights to Turkey's Osman

    June 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers will get the rights to Turkish forward Cedi Osman after picking him No. 31 pick in the NBA draft with a selection acquired from Minnesota.Cleveland selected Duke point guard Tyus Jones earlier Thursday night and traded him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36 picks, a person familiar with the move told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

  • Pistons take Stanley Johnson of Arizona with No. 8 pick

    June 26, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) As the NBA draft approached, it became clear to Stan Van Gundy that he might end up taking Arizona's Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick.So he was blunt with Sean Miller, Johnson's college coach.''I talked to him three times about him, the last time, yesterday, to just say, `Hey look, we're going to take your guy. Now, I can't get screwed on this,''' Van Gundy said. ''He just went through it again, same thing. He said, `Look, he's the kind of guy, you're going to practice for two and a half hours, and you're going to end up having to throw him out of the gym at the end. He wants it badly. He's going to be in there all the time.'''

  • Celtics draft shooting guard Hunter with 28th overall pick

    June 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have drafted shooting guard R.J. Hunter of Georgia State with their second pick in the first round of the NBA draft.Hunter is known for his 3-point basket with 2.7 seconds left that gave No. 14 Georgia State a 57-56 win over No. 3 Baylor in this year's NCAA Tournament. His coach and father, Ron Hunter, fell from his stool during the play while coaching with an Achilles tendon injury.

  • Warriors draft UCLA's Kevon Looney

    June 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) There are varying reports about the severity of Kevon Looney's hip injury. None of them were enough to dissuade the Golden State Warriors from selecting the 19-year-old UCLA freshman with their first-round draft pick.Given the tremendous depth on Golden State's roster, Looney will have plenty of time to get his health right while acclimating to the pros.

  • Nets take McCullough at No. 29

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chris McCullough didn't have a chance to showcase his basketball talents as the NBA draft approached. The Brooklyn Nets liked enough of what they saw and heard from the Syracuse freshman to take him with the 29th pick of the first round of the NBA draft.

  • The Latest: Round 1 of draft done, how 'bout those shoes?

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):10:58Sum up Round 1 of the NBA draft this way:Four Kentucky Wildcats, three internationals (if you count Emmanuel Mudiay) and the same number of trades, two Dukies, one mid-major (Cameron Payne of Murray State) and one very sharp pair of shoes (Kelly Oubre's spike-covered white slip-ons).

  • Grizzlies select LSU forward Jarell Martin with 25th pick

    June 26, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is a longtime friend of former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown. Their association played a role in the Grizzlies selecting LSU forward Jarell Martin with their first-round pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

  • LA Lakers select Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. with 27th pick

    June 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers chose Larry Nance Jr. with the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, only to learn the Wyoming forward sent out a critical tweet about Kobe Bryant three years ago.Nance has since deleted the tweet, which was widely shared on social media immediately after the Lakers selected Nance with their second first-round pick.

  • Spurs take Serbian C Milutinov at No. 26 in draft

    June 26, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Eighteen years to the day after selecting Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs chose another former swimmer in the first round of the NBA draft.The Spurs selected 7-footer Nikola Milutinov of Serbia with the 26th selection Thursday night.

  • Knicks trade Hardaway to Hawks for Grant rights

    June 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant.Grant was selected with the 19th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, in a spot the Washington Wizards traded to the Hawks along with two future second-round picks to move up four slots for rights to Kansas guard Kelly Oubre.

  • Cavs select Duke's Jones, trade him to Minnesota for 2 picks

    June 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Not only did the Cavaliers not pick first overall this season in the NBA draft, they even traded their only first-round pick.Amazing what winning will do.The Cavs used the No. 24 overall pick to take Duke point guard Tyus Jones, then traded him to Minnesota for two second-round picks, a person familiar with the move told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

  • Hawks acquire Hardaway Jr. in draft-night trade with Knicks

    June 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) As names started coming off his draft board, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn't see a player who excited him at the 15th or the 19th spot.So the newly minted team president of basketball operations waited for an offer that made sense. When the New York Knicks called to say Tim Hardaway Jr. was available for the 19th overall pick, the Hawks were in.

  • AP Source: Timberwolves acquire hometown kid Jones from Cavs

    June 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired hometown kid Tyus Jones from the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round draft picks.The Cavaliers chose Jones, the Duke point guard, with the 24th overall selection. But they shipped the Apple Valley, Minnesota, native to the Wolves for pick Nos. 31 and 36. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.

  • Blazers used 23rd pick to select forward Hollis-Jefferson

    June 25, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers took another step in what figures to be an extremely busy offseason Thursday night when they selected Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Arizona, with the 23rd pick of the NBA draft.

  • Rockets take Wisconsin's Sam Dekker with 18th pick in draft

    June 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) When Sam Dekker gets back home after his trip to New York for the NBA draft he might throw out some of the winter clothes he's had to wear for most of his life.Dekker, who was born and spent his whole life in Wisconsin, is heading to sunny and snow-free Houston after the Rockets selected the Badgers forward with the 18th overall pick in the draft on Thursday night.

  • Chicago Bulls take Arkansas' Bobby Portis with 22nd pick

    June 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls figured Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis would be gone by the time they picked. Once their turn came, the decision was easy.The Bulls chose Portis with the 22nd overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, adding the SEC Player of the Year to their front court.

  • The Latest: Pint-sized star makes big splash at NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):10:15 p.m.Not all the fashionistas at Barclays Center for the NBA draft are of the very tall variety.Moziah Bridges, 13, provided some style commentary on ESPN. The teen makes and sells bow ties, appearing on ''Shark Tank'' last year in search of investors. He now runs a 0,000 company and was especially pleased that No. 6 pick Willie Cauley-Stein donned one of his creations for the draft.

  • Raptors select Utah guard Delon Wright with 20th pick

    June 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah guard Delon Wright with the 20th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.The Raptors traded backup guard Greivis Vasquez to Milwaukee for UCLA shooting guard Norman Powell - selected 46th overall by the Bucks - and a first-round pick in 2017, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity after the Bucks drafted Powell.

  • Bulls take Arkansas' Portis with 22nd pick

    June 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have taken Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft.The Bull are adding the SEC Player of the Year to a front line with a banged up Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah along with the aging Pau Gasol.

  • AP sources: Knicks trade Hardaway to Hawks for Grant rights

    June 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Two team officials familiar with the deal say The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant.Grant was selected with the 19th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, in a spot the Washington Wizards traded to the Hawks along with two future second-round picks to move up four slots for rights to Kansas guard Kelly Oubre.

  • Mavs select Virginia's Justin Anderson No. 21 overall

    June 25, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks took Virginia's Justin Anderson with the 21st pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, trying to bolster their perimeter shooting and defense with a player from Dallas coach Rick Carlisle's alma mater.The 6-foot-6 Anderson projects as a shooting guard or small forward, putting him a similar mold of Chandler Parsons, one of just two returning starters for the Mavericks along with aging star Dirk Nowitzki.

  • The Latest: Oubre and his shoes traded on NBA draft night

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):9:55 p.m.Gotta be the shoes!Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre showed off some original, spike-covered, white slip-ons after he was taken with the 15th overall pick in the draft.

  • The Latest: Hornets' pick Kaminsky has some 'splainin' to do

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):9:45 p.m.Frank Kaminsky, the Hornets' top pick in the NBA draft, may have some `splainin' to do.In May, 2014, while announcing he'd return to Wisconsin for his senior season, Kaminsky cited attendance at Charlotte games - they were still the ''Bobcats'' at the time - as an example why he was in no rush to reach the NBA.

  • Rockets select Wisconsin's Dekker with 18th pick in draft

    June 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have selected Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker with the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 Dekker averaged 12.1 points and 5 rebounds in a three-year career at Wisconsin where the team reached the NCAA Final Four twice, including the title game this season. He's a good outside shooter and made 142 3-pointers in his college career.

  • Bucks take UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn at No. 17 in draft

    June 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) While the Milwaukee Bucks are much improved, they are far from a finished product.General manager John Hammond knew outside shooting was one of the main pieces he was missing, so he made a move Thursday night to address it by taking UNLV shooting guard Rashad Vaughn with the No. 17 overall pick in the NBA draft.

  • The Latest: Kentucky coach Calipari all smiles at NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):9:35 p.m.Kentucky coach John Calipari is one of the busiest men at the NBA draft, and he says it's all about the kids.When Devin Booker went to Phoenix at No. 13, it marked four Wildcats taken in the lottery during a single draft. It tied the record set by North Carolina 10 years ago.

  • Celtics take Louisville guard Rozier in 1st rd of NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics made a surprise pick in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday night when they took guard Terry Rozier from Louisville with the 16th pick.At 6-feet-1 and 190 pounds, Rozier lacks bulk like several of Boston's other guards, including 6-3 Avery Bradley and 5-9 Isaiah Thomas. Rozier averaged 17.1 points per game as a sophomore last season but hit only 41 percent of his shots.

  • Wizards get Kansas SF Oubre in draft-day trade with Hawks

    June 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) From his spike-covered shoes to his initial interviews as an NBA draftee, Kelly Oubre sure made quite a first impression.On the basketball court, the Washington Wizards are willing to be patient with the 19-year-old Oubre.Washington moved up four spots in the first round to get the Kansas freshman in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected Oubre with the 15th overall pick Thursday night.

  • Thunder take Cameron Payne with No. 14 pick in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Cameron Payne can't wait to challenge Russell Westbrook.The Thunder selected Payne with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. The Murray State point guard will get to test himself in practice against Westbrook, the reigning NBA scoring champion and one of the league's best athletes.

  • Thunder take Cameron Payne with No. 14 pick

    June 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder selected Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.Payne averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists per game as a sophomore last season. He shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. He'll back up Russell Westbrook.

  • The Latest: Top pick Towns says Minnesota headed to playoffs

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):9:07 p.m.An estimated 10,000 people filed into Target Center to watch the long-suffering Timberwolves make the first overall pick in the NBA draft, and they didn't go home disappointed.

  • Suns select Kentucky guard Booker at No. 13 overall

    June 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns turned to an 18-year-old sharpshooter with the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft.Devin Booker came off the bench for national champion Kentucky as something of a designated shooter.''We just feel that he's the best shooter in the draft,'' Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, ''and that's obviously something we need.''

  • Joy and optimism in Minnesota after Timberwolves take Towns

    June 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves started their draft night with a bang, grabbing Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns with the first No. 1 overall pick in the history of the long-suffering franchise.The night only got better from there for their success-starved fans as Minnesota traded back up into the first round to nab hometown high school legend Tyus Jones at No. 24, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

  • The Latest: MJ good picking uniforms. Players? Not so much.

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):9 p.m.If you're counting, Frank Kaminski is the eighth player that owner Michael Jordan has a hand in selecting. To say it's an undistinguished group is an understatement.

  • Utah Jazz select Kentucky forward Trey Lyles

    June 26, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Trey Lyles certainly wasn't a ''sexy'' pick for the Utah Jazz at No. 12.He's not a knock-down shooter like former Kentucky teammate Devin Booker, who went No. 13 to the Suns. He wasn't the college player of the year like Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (No. 9) or a high-risk, high-reward player like Kelly Oubre (No. 15).

  • Pacers go big, take Myles Turner 11th in the NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers granted Myles Turner's wish to play in the basketball-crazed Hoosier state.The Pacers selected the Texas big man with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night and he needed time to compose himself at the draft site in New York before giving Commissioner Adam Silver a big hug on stage.

  • Justise Winslow snared by Miami Heat with No. 10 pick

    June 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Justise Winslow won a national championship in his lone season at Duke. He's helped USA Basketball win international gold medals in each of the last three years. He scored more than 3,000 points in high school.The Miami Heat think his winning track will continue at the next level.

  • Hornets take Wisconsin's Kaminsky with 9th pick

    June 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Frank Kaminsky grew up in the Chicago area, the walls of his bedroom decorated with posters of Michael Jordan.He wanted to be like Mike.Now he'll get a chance to play basketball for the NBA legend.The Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets selected Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, marking the third straight year the team has selected a Big Ten power forward with its first pick.

  • The Latest: Knicks' Phil Jackson goes foreign instead of Zen

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):8:38 p.m.Phil Jackson's philosophy as a coach was to under promise and over deliver. As the Knicks mastermind, he's taken the opposite tack.Getting picked No. 4 pick in the NBA draft already made Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-1 Latvian by way of Spain's pro league, a marked man. The locals let him know about that.

  • Pistons take Arizona's Johnson with No. 8 pick in draft

    June 25, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons selected Arizona forward Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.Johnson played one season for the Wildcats, averaging 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2014-15. He could fill a need for the Pistons, who have said the only opening in their starting lineup is at small forward.

  • Nuggets select guard Mudiay 7th in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly failed in several attempts to watch Emmanuel Mudiay play in person.That didn't stop him from picking the young point guard in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday.The Nuggets selected Mudiay with the seventh overall pick, giving Connelly a player he coveted from afar.

  • Kings take Cauley-Stein with 6th overall pick in draft

    June 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings hope they found their defensive stopper when they drafted Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Tranquility in the organization could still be a work in progress.The Kings capped a tumultuous week filled with reports about the status of coach George Karl and star player DeMarcus Cousins by using the sixth pick on one of the top defenders in the draft Thursday night.

  • Magic take Croatia's Hezonja with 5th pick in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic don't believe they made a leap of faith by taking Croatia's Mario Hezonja with the fifth overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.They've had their eye on him for a while now.''He's been on the radar the last four or five years,'' Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. ''We feel very confident in our evaluation of him.''

  • The Latest: NBA draft starts big, goes small, then big again

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):8:10 p.m.Well, that didn't take long.The Lakers pulled off the first surprise, albeit a somewhat mild one, and went small with D'Angelo Russell out of Ohio State, arguably the most dynamic player available. He's not short on wattage, either. Good thing, since he'll be cast as the understudy to LA's current star, 37-year-old Kobe Bryant.

  • Knicks select Latvian forward Porzingis 4th in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) In his first offseason leading the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson came up short trying to land Pau Gasol. Jackson may have landed his multifaceted forward a year later with Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia.The Knicks selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the fourth pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

  • 76ers take Duke's Okafor with 3rd pick in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers were thinking big yet again on draft night, selecting Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third pick on Thursday night.Okafor, 6-foot-11, 270-pounds, joins a frontcourt already stocked with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Embiid was the No. 3 pick last year and missed the entire season with a broken right foot.

  • LA Lakers pick D'Angelo Russell 2nd overall in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are betting D'Angelo Russell is ready for Showtime.The Lakers chose Russell with the second pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, bypassing big man Jahlil Okafor to grab the Ohio State guard with the potential for greatness.

  • The Latest: It's On! Fashion Fight at the NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):7:46 p.m.The NBA draft does not have a real catwalk. It's hard to make a fashion statement while strolling across the stage to shake Commissioner Adam Silver's hand and put on a ball cap.

  • Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant.Knicks fans just got mad - though not for long.Minnesota selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, the first of three straight freshmen chosen before New York chose Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, triggering loud, long boos from their fans inside Barclays Center.

  • The Latest: Minnesota takes Towns No. 1 in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):7:37 p.m.The Timberwolves surprised exactly no one by making Karl-Anthony Towns the No. 1 pick. They were the only team he worked out for.Towns was asked about the club so many times on TV shows last week it seemed like he was promoting a sitcom.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves select Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns with first pick in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves select Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns with first pick in NBA draft.

  • The Latest: Color clash with too much red in green room

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):7:15 p.m.Red, or some shade of it, appears to be the ''in'' color this year.So much so that the green room at the NBA draft is starting to look like a Vegas card table. There was Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell in Buckeye red ... er crimson. Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis went with maroon.

  • 'An old soul': Towns' family thinks he'll adjust to NBA

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With only hours to go before Thursday's NBA draft, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns slid on a brand new pair of black stilettos, smoothed out her loose, fancy pantsuit in the lucky shade of Kentucky Blue and spoke confidently of her youngest child's ability to navigate what's to come in the big time.

  • The Latest: Bigs might go 1st, guards next in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local):6:30 p.m.New Magic coach Scott Skiles is already working the media, with an assist from his wife, Kim.When members of the media arrived for the draft night they found a tray with homemade cookies from the Skiles.

  • Grant Hill hoping to help bring success to Hawks

    June 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Grant Hill always wondered why the Atlanta Hawks struggled to attract big-name free agents.Now the seven-time NBA All-Star faces a challenge to help make that happen.Hill was introduced as vice chair of the Hawks on Thursday, one day after the franchise and arena rights were purchased for 0 million. Hill has a stake in the new ownership group, led by billionaire Tony Ressler, which hopes to make the Hawks a consistent winner.

  • Chicago Bulls hire Pete Myers as assistant

    June 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have hired Pete Myers for a second stint as an assistant coach.Myers played for the Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s and spent 12 seasons with Chicago as an assistant coach and scout. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Golden State (2011-14).

  • Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets

    June 25, 2015

    The Memphis Grizzlies acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour, who later was sent to Oklahoma City.The Grizzlies announced the trade Thursday, and the Thunder said shortly after they had acquired Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick from Charlotte for guard Jeremy Lamb.

  • AP source: Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Hornets

    June 25, 2015

    A person familiar with the situation says the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade hasn't been announced. The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • Okafor, others get their answers Thursday in NBA draft

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jahlil Okafor's wait is almost over.The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the Duke big man will be one of the top picks. He said Wednesday he wished he already knew his destination.''I'd be able to sleep better at night if I did. I have no idea,'' he said. ''It's been a long process, a lot of fun, but I'm ready for it to be over with so I'll know where I'm going to be playing.''

  • Hornets to send Henderson, Vonleh to Blazers for Batum

    June 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets continue to revamp their roster after a disappointing season in which they didn't shoot the ball well and failed to make the playoffs.The Hornets acquired wing Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night in exchange for guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh.

  • AP Source: Hornets to send Henderson to Blazers for Batum

    June 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a trade that will send guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh to the Portland Trail Blazers for small forward Nicolas Batum, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.

  • Benson's daughter, grandchildren appeal competency ruling

    June 24, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The daughter and grandchildren of Tom Benson are appealing last week's ruling that found the Saints and Pelicans owner mentally competent to make his own business decisions.The appeal from daughter Renee Benson and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc, was filed Wednesday.

  • Hawks show off new uniforms as new ownership group moves in

    June 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Hawks are coming off their best season in Atlanta - and that's not all.Guard Kyle Korver thinks it's about to get even better now that the team has new owners, a new front office and new uniforms.With coach Mike Budenholzer the new president of basketball operations, Korver believes the Hawks have a good chance to move past the Eastern Conference finals next season.

  • Towns, Okafor and good lesser-known players top NBA draft

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk.Next up for Towns might be trying to help lift the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Do Spurs finally need help from the NBA draft?

    June 24, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs could use some help from the NBA draft.That's big news for a team that has essentially made minor tweaks to its roster each offseason for the better part of the past decade.The Spurs enter Thursday's draft with only five players under contract and a number of unanswered questions for coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford.

  • Pistons need small forward but want to be flexible in draft

    June 24, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy wants to keep expectations reasonable as the Detroit Pistons prepare to make yet another mid-level lottery pick.''I've looked at it all the way as: We're going to fill the starting positions for next year via trades and free agency. We weren't looking at the draft,'' Van Gundy said. ''If you pick the guy at (number) eight and he comes in and wins the job, more power to him. But we're not putting that kind of pressure on that guy or on ourselves.''

  • Magic trade Ridnour to Grizzlies for rights to Timma

    June 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have agreed to send reserve point guard Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to forward Janis Timma.Both teams announced the deal Wednesday. The trade was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

  • Tony Ressler announced as Hawks' main owner

    June 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The NBA board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Hawks to an ownership group led by billionaire Tony Ressler.Along with the operating rights to Philips Arena, the Hawks were sold for 0 million. The NBA announced Wednesday's sale closing.

  • For Mavs, draft again shaping up as prelude to free agency

    June 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Once again, draft night is shaping up as a prelude to free agency for the Mavericks.Dallas has the 21st pick in the second round Thursday night, and three openings in the starting lineup after finding out for sure on the eve of the draft that guard Monta Ellis will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent.

  • LA Lakers' history says they'll find a great with No. 2 pick

    June 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) With 16 championships and a decades-long history of winning, the Los Angeles Lakers hardly ever get a shot at the NBA draft's elite talent.Yet whenever they do, they've made an extraordinary choice.The Lakers have the No. 2 overall selection Thursday, sitting behind only Minnesota with their highest pick in 33 years. After winning 21 games in the franchise's worst season, Los Angeles survived the possibility of losing the pick in the lottery and secured the right to choose a foundation player for its rebuilding effort.

  • Saunders, Timberwolves ready to shine on NBA draft night

    June 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Flip Saunders was in the Minnesota Timberwolves front office in 1995 when they drafted a teenager named Kevin Garnett, ushering in an era of respectability for the franchise.He was the coach a year later when a draft-night trade brought Stephon Marbury to the team, forming a dynamic tandem with Garnett that finally pushed the Wolves into the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's eight years in the league.

  • Point of draft: For Bulls, could be finding Rose's backup

    June 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls own the 22nd pick in Thursday's draft. And with a deep pool of guards, adding a backup for Derrick Rose could be the way to go.Then again, they could use a shooter. And a big man isn't out of the question, either.About the only certainty right now for the Bulls is this: It's already been a noteworthy offseason.

  • AP source: Kevin Love opts out of contract with Cavs

    June 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love is about to find out how much the league values him, and how much the Cavaliers want him.The power forward opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent on July 1, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. Love, who had a deal worth .7 million next season, informed the Cavs on Wednesday, said the person who spoke on condition because the team is not commenting on its free agency plans.

  • Rebounding big man, shooter among Bucks' draft needs

    June 24, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The only certainty for Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond going into Thursday's NBA draft is that there will be a lot uncertainty.''Yeah, I have no idea what's going to happen leading up to the draft,'' Hammond said this week.

  • Donovan adds unique perspective to Thunder draft prep

    June 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder franchise has compiled an impressive list of draft-night success stories under general manager Sam Presti. Now, Oklahoma City has an additional weapon heading into Thursday's event: new coach Billy Donovan's extensive knowledge of college players.

  • Ellis declining option with Mavs, will become free agent

    June 24, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Monta Ellis is declining the player option for the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and will become an unrestricted free agent.The guard's agent, Jeff Fried, said Wednesday the decision ''wasn't about Dallas as much as it was about what's best for Monta.''

  • AP source: Magic trade Ridnour for Grizzlies' Timma rights

    June 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the deal says The Orlando Magic have agreed to send reserve point guard Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to forward Janis Timma.The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not officially been announced. The trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

  • 76ers seek cornerstone player with No. 3 pick in NBA draft

    June 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have scanned the scouting reports, conducted their interviews and watched all the film.They have found the one bond that links all the top players available for Thursday's draft: D'Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns and others all appear healthy.

  • List of Kentucky players taken in NBA draft under Calipari

    June 24, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari's Kentucky teams have featured 19 NBA draft picks in his six seasons at the university and could have seven more taken on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.Below is a list of Kentucky players selected in the NBA draft picks during Calipari's tenure:

  • Biggest Kentucky group to date preparing for NBA draft

    June 24, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari and his Kentucky pipeline to the NBA will have yet another major impact on the league's annual draft.It's nothing new, but Thursday night could be record-setting - even for the Wildcats.Calipari's first Kentucky team in 2010 featured five first-round NBA draft picks, including No. 1 overall selection John Wall. Six Wildcats turned pro after their 2012 NCAA championship, with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going 1-2 in a parade of four first-rounders.

  • Pollack, last original employee of NBA's 1st season, dies

    June 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Harvey Pollack, the last original employee of the NBA's inaugural season to still be working in the league, has died. He was 93.Pollack died on Tuesday. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team's director of statistical information.

  • Cavs pick up 2016 option for Mozgov, other decisions ahead

    June 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers made their first move of the summer, the easiest one.As expected, the team picked up the million option on center Timofey Mozgov's contract for next season on Tuesday.There was never a doubt the Cavs would bring back the 7-foot-1 center, acquired in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

  • No. 4 pick, cap space, give Jackson tools to rebuild Knicks

    June 23, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Had Phil Jackson been discussing his six championships with Chicago, nobody would argue.If he meant the five more he won coaching the Lakers, he'd have been correct.But when he said Tuesday he did a ''great job,'' he was referring to last season, his first as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks.

  • Grizzlies' draft options center around Marc Gasol's decision

    June 23, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Not knowing what All-Star center Marc Gasol will do as a free agent leaves the Memphis Grizzlies facing a variety of options of what they could do in the NBA Draft.Their ongoing search for a long-range shooter continues and now they might be in the market for their first center in years with Gasol determined to explore free agency and backup Kosta Koufos also hitting the market July 1.

  • Cavs pick up M 2016 option for center Timofey Mozgov

    June 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have picked up center Timofey Mozgov's million contract option for next season.Mozgov was acquired by Cleveland in a trade from Denver for two first-round draft picks in January. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 starts for the Cavs, who were desperate for a rim-protecting big man after losing Anderson Varejao to a season-ending Achilles injury.

  • Charlotte Hornets to host NBA All-Star game in 2017

    June 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan vowed to restore interest in the Charlotte Hornets when he took over as the franchise's majority owner in 2010.That has included bringing the team's name back to the city and now he has the NBA bringing its All-Star game back to Charlotte.

  • NBA pipeline from Europe getting bigger, deeper and stronger

    June 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Pacers forward Damjan Rudez returned to the Basketball Without Borders camp earlier this month, there were some noticeable changes.The long, gangly European kids he competed with and against in 2003 had been replaced by bigger, stronger, more polished teenagers.

  • Gentry aims to bring Pelicans victory parade down Canal St.

    June 22, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Alvin Gentry apologized for a raspy voice during his introductory news conference Monday as coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.It has been, after all, just a few days since he spent nearly three weeks coaching in the NBA Finals, where he was an assistant for the champion Golden State Warriors.

  • With Parker on mend, Bucks could add to frontcourt in draft

    June 22, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The most important first-round draft pick to suit up for the Bucks this fall will be the lottery selection that played a little more than a quarter of a season in Milwaukee.Forward Jabari Parker is on the mend from a left knee injury that ended his rookie year after 25 games.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns says there is 'no promise' from T-Wolves

    June 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns has heard his name connected to the Timberwolves for the upcoming NBA draft for more than a month now, with the Kentucky big man seemingly destined to land in Minnesota on Thursday night.Even after a report surfaced Monday that the Timberwolves have already informed Towns that he will be the No. 1 overall pick, he wasn't taking anything for granted.

  • AP Sources: Hornets to host NBA All-Star game in 2017

    June 22, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets won the bid to host the NBA All-Star game in 2017, people familiar with the situation said Monday.The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. The Hornets have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday that will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, team owner Michael Jordan and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

  • Van Gundy says Pistons not optimistic about keeping Monroe

    June 22, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy concedes the Detroit Pistons are ''not entirely optimistic'' about bringing Greg Monroe back this offseason.Van Gundy, Detroit's coach and team president, says the door isn't closed, but Monroe can test the open market this offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

  • Nets' Young opts out; GM King says he wants to keep him

    June 22, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Thaddeus Young has informed the Brooklyn Nets he will become a free agent, and general manager Billy King says they want to keep the forward and center Brook Lopez.Young told the Nets on Monday, bypassing the .2 million he would have made next season in the final year of his contract. King says the Nets were expecting the decision.

  • Atlanta Hawks announce GM Danny Ferry 'stepping down'

    June 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Danny Ferry officially stepped down as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and said having to watch the team's most successful season from a distance was ''bittersweet.''Ferry, 48, spoke publicly Monday for the first time since going on indefinite leave in August following racially inflammatory comments about then-free agent Luol Deng.

  • Investigation finds no evidence of bias by Ferry

    June 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) An independent investigation has found former Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was not motivated by racial bias in making statements which ultimately ended his time with the team.A letter summarizing the investigation by the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird was obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, as was a letter from Hawks co-owner Todd Foreman to Ferry.

  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers' mother dies in Illinois

    June 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The mother of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has died in Illinois.The Clippers say Bettye Rivers died Friday. The team didn't release a cause of death or Bettye Rivers' age.Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who is Doc's son and Bettye's grandson, posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram account.

  • Potential top pick Karl-Anthony Towns works out for Wolves

    June 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, less than a week before the Wolves pick first in the NBA draft.Towns arrived in the Twin Cities on Friday night. He took a tour of the Wolves' new million practice facility and dined with owner Glen Taylor, President Flip Saunders and several other team officials.

  • AP source: Hawks reach buyout agreement with GM Danny Ferry

    February 10, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a buyout of the final two years of general manager Danny Ferry's contract, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. The person said the buyout will be paid by the current ownership group, which has a deal to sell the team for 0 million to a group led by billionaire businessman Antony Ressler.

  • Charles Barkley's mother, Charcey Glenn, dies in Alabama

    February 10, 2016

    LEEDS, Ala. (AP) The mother of NBA great Charles Barkley, Charcey Glenn, has died at her home in Alabama.The Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office says Glenn died Friday in her hometown of Leeds, east of Birmingham. She was 73.Deputy medical examiner Derrick Perryman says a report lists the cause of death as kidney failure, and Barkley as the next of kin.

  • Parade, large rally celebrate NBA champion Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.In a rare moment of glory, Oakland - a city that usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence- shined in the national spotlight.

  • 3 shot blocks away from Golden State Warriors celebration

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Three people shot five blocks from the NBA championship celebration for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland are in stable condition.Police say they received a call shortly after noon Friday and found three male victims with gunshot wounds.

  • Utah Jazz work out Dekker, miss out on Hollis-Jefferson

    February 10, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Sam Dekker was a little disappointed after his workout with the Utah Jazz on Friday. Vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin was, too.All those feelings had nothing to do with the way Dekker performed. The disappointment centered on a lost opportunity.

  • Parade celebrating NBA champion Warriors winding down

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The streets of Oakland are awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watch and cheer the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.In a rare moment of glory, Oakland - a city that usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence- shined in the national spotlight.

  • Parade celebrating NBA champion Warriors kicks off

    February 10, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The streets of Oakland, California, are awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans continue to watch and cheer the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.In a rare moment of glory, Oakland - a city that usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence- shined in the national spotlight.

  • Bulls' Taj Gibson has ankle surgery

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson has had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.The Bulls said Friday he will need about four months to resume full basketball activities. That puts in question his status for training camp and even the start of the season.

  • NBA champion Warriors and their fans get ready to rally

    February 10, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy.Oakland usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence. But on Friday, thousands of blue-and-gold-clad fans will flood downtown to see Warriors players, fresh from beating LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, aloft six floats heading down a 2-mile parade route.

  • Hornets won't pass over talent to get a shooter in NBA draft

    February 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) General manager Rich Cho said while the Charlotte Hornets need a perimeter shooter, it doesn't necessarily guarantee they'll take one with the ninth pick in next week's NBA draft.The Hornets plan to draft the best player available, regardless of whether that is a point guard, power forward or center.

  • Warriors and fans gear up for victory parade in Oakland

    February 10, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight Friday as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy.Oakland usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and violence.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson - and the current power structure he has set up - have cleared a crucial legal hurdle in a struggle for control of the NFL and NBA teams.A judge ruled Thursday that the 87-year-old Benson remains competent to run his nearly billion business empire as he sees fit. The ruling means Benson's decision to oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the sports franchises will stand.

  • Warriors believe more titles could be in their future

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The parade is not until Friday. The Golden State Warriors are already looking ahead to what could be a promising future.And with their young core under contract and MVP Stephen Curry just entering his prime, the Warriors believe their first NBA championship in 40 years could be the start of many more.

  • Pelicans' Gordon exercises final year option of contract

    February 10, 2016

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has exercised the final-year option in his contract, which will pay him about .5 million next season.The 26-year-old Gordon, whose decision was announced by the Pelicans on Thursday, could have become a free agent next month under the terms of a four-year, million contract he signed in 2012.

  • Cavs coach says bond with LeBron 'more than meets the eye'

    February 10, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Even after guiding a team wrecked by injuries to the NBA Finals in his first season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt can't escape a narrative that's shadowed him for months.His relationship with superstar LeBron James remains a trendy, touchy topic.

  • NBA sees retail, digital records from NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals, which produced record viewership for ABC, also gave the league its best results in retail and digital categories.The league says that Wednesday, the day after Golden State's title-winning victory over Cleveland in Game 6, was the highest-selling day in NBAStore.com history, with a triple-digit increase over the record set in 2010 during the Lakers-Celtics finals.

  • Grizzlies' Jeff Green exercises option for 15-16 season

    February 10, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised his player option keeping him with Memphis for the 2015-16 season.General manager Chris Wallace announced Green's decision Thursday.The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Green averaged 16 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 78 games this season with Boston and Memphis. The Grizzlies acquired him in a three-team trade Jan. 12, and he averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 45 games with Memphis. Green shot a team-best 39.8 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break.

  • LA Clippers unveil new logos during daylong publicity blitz

    February 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Coach Doc Rivers shook every hand and smiled for every selfie while he worked the huge line of Los Angeles Clippers fans stretching down the block outside Pink's, the beloved Hollywood hot dog stand, on a sizzling summer Thursday.''Thanks for the support, really!'' Rivers shouted at the fans holding aloft red T-shirts bearing the Clippers' new logos.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire, a civil judge ruled Thursday as he dismissed accusations by Benson's estranged heirs who've been ousted from ownership positions with the clubs.

  • Danny Granger exercises .17 million option with Suns

    February 10, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Danny Granger has exercised his one-year, .17 million option with the Phoenix Suns.The 32-year-old forward came to the Suns in the trade that sent Goran Dragic to Miami but he never played a game for Phoenix because of a knee injury.Granger, a 10-year NBA veteran, played in 30 games last season with the Heat, averaging 6.3 points per game.

  • Timberwolves open shiny new downtown practice center

    February 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor stood at the podium and used the words ''gold standard'' and ''radical departure from the norm'' to describe the team's glimmering new practice facility, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver nodded his head in agreement.

  • With draft approaching, Kidd likes Bucks' possibilities

    February 10, 2016

    KOHLER, Wis. (AP) Posing for pictures with Rory McIlroy, smiling Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd looked as if he was eagerly awaiting a chance to go 18 holes with one of the world's best golfers.Basketball, though, is always a hot topic with Kidd, even in a fieldstone barn overlooking a picturesque golf course along Lake Michigan.

  • Warriors return to Bay Area as NBA champions

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry came off the plane, lifted the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he walked down the mobile staircase and let the gold award shine in the California sun.For the first time in 40 years, the NBA champions are back in the Bay Area.

  • Obama phones coaches of Warriors, Blackhawks with congrats

    February 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has phoned the coaches of the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks to congratulate the teams on winning the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup.The White House says Obama told Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr it was exciting to see the team's perseverance in winning in its first title in 40 years. He singled out Stephen Curry and Andre Igoudala for praise.

  • NBA Finals draw best TV rating since series moved to ABC

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) This year's NBA Finals have drawn their highest TV rating since the series moved to ABC in 2003.The Golden State Warriors' six-game win over the Cleveland Cavaliers averaged an 11.6 rating. ESPN said Wednesday that the more than 19.9 million viewers were up 30 percent from last year's five-game series between the Spurs and Heat.

  • Timberwolves open shiny new downtown practice facility

    February 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves held a grand opening for their shiny new downtown practice facility on Wednesday, hoping that it can help end a decade of futility in the NBA.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA President Laurel Richie attended the ceremony. The Wolves partnered with the Mayo Clinic to build the million facility just across the street from Target Center. It was paid for entirely with private funding.

  • Bulls hire Boylen as Hoiberg's top assistant

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have hired Jim Boylen as new coach Fred Hoiberg's top assistant.Boylen has 29 years of coaching experience - 17 in the NBA. He will serve as Chicago's associate head coach.He spent the past two seasons on Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio and was the coach at the University of Utah for four years, leading the Utes to a 69-60 record and the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Boylen was also an assistant with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and Michigan State.

  • Guard Gerald Henderson picks up option, remains with Hornets

    February 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Guard Gerald Henderson has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season and will remain with the Charlotte Hornets.Henderson is set to make million in the final year of his contract.The news comes two days after the team traded guard Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes.

  • Plenty of changes could come to the NBA, and quickly

    February 10, 2016

    Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will get their championship rings. LeBron James will try yet again to end Cleveland's epic title drought. And barring a most unlikely change of heart, Kobe Bryant's illustrious NBA career will end.That's just a smidge of what awaits next season.

  • Deep and versatile, Warriors show how to build a champion

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Andre Iguodala was more than just a key player on a team that beat LeBron James and Cleveland.Turns out he used to beat up on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.''We beat the first unit more times than they beat us, and I think it was by a landslide,'' Iguodala said.

  • Warriors fans celebrate NBA title with street party

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors' fans honked their horns and danced in streets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate their team's first NBA title in 40 years.The party began as soon as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim the title in six games Tuesday night.

  • Cavs fans must wait again for next year after finals loss

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Frustration and disappointment could be heard in the murmurs and shouts from Cleveland Cavaliers fans who watched the decisive Game 6 of the NBA finals until the bitter end in a plaza outside the city's downtown arena.But even as their long-held hopes for a title in any major professional sport once again slipped away Tuesday night, this time to the ultra-talented Golden State Warriors, fans clung to the belief that with the Cavaliers' LeBron James leading the way, next year - next season - that a shiny championship trophy might find a home in Cleveland after five decades of futility.

  • LeBron can't deliver title to Cleveland despite great effort

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James pulled off his sunglasses, and there was no hiding the hurt in his eyes.He had given everything he had, the best player turning into a better teammate, and it wasn't enough.''If I could have gave more, I would have done it, but I gave everything I had,'' he said Tuesday after Cleveland's 105-97 loss to Golden State in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Warriors' Iguodala voted MVP of NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):12:12 a.m.Golden State's Andre Iguodala has been voted NBA Finals MVP.Iguodala didn't start a game all season until Steve Kerr inserted him into the lineup in Game 4 after the Warriors trailed 2-1.

  • The Latest: Warriors win NBA title, beat Cavaliers 105-97

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):11:59 p.m.The Golden State Warriors have won their first NBA championship since 1975, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6.Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had 25 points for the Warriors, who won the final three games after Cleveland had taken a 2-1 lead.

  • Golden State Warriors win 1st NBA championship since 1975, beat Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State Warriors win 1st NBA championship since 1975, beat Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97.

  • The Latest: Curry, Warriors holding off Cavaliers' rally

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):11:31 p.m.The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to come back and the MVP won't let them.Stephen Curry has delivered two timely 3-pointers to keep Cleveland from building momentum as it tries to force a Game 7.

  • The Latest: LeBron James, Cavaliers cut into Warriors' lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):11:17 p.m.Cavs coach David Blatt set the stage for what it will take for his team to make an amazing comeback and force a Game 7.He tells ABC's Doris Burke they need to ''play a great quarter on defense, make our free throws and hope our shots go down.''

  • The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs 73-61 heading to 4th quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):---11:12 p.m.Time for the fourth quarter, the one that has belonged to the Warriors in this series.And unless Cleveland flips that script in a big way, its season is over.Golden State has a 73-61 lead, forcing the Cavs to do what the Warriors have done in the last few games.

  • The Latest: Warriors in control, moving closer to title

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):11:07 p.m.Cavaliers coach David Blatt can sense the Warriors ceasing control.In the last timeout, all Blatt was prodding and urging his worn-out team to make one last run.Blatt kept saying, ''There's a lot of game left. Don't put your heads down.''

  • The Latest: Warriors build another double-digit lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):10:55 p.m.It took them falling behind, but the Warriors have finally started playing as they did in the first quarter.Golden State has responded quickly after Cleveland took the lead by scoring nine straight points, and was back up by double digits with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter.

  • The Latest: Mozgov, Cavs battle back to take lead in Game 6

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):10:40Cavaliers coach David Blatt decided to stick with Timofey Mozgov in Game 6 and it's paying off for Cleveland.When Mozgov made the first basket of the second half, Cleveland had come all the way back to tie it at 45. Tristan Thompson followed with a basket to put the Cavaliers in the lead.

  • The Latest: Warriors cling to 45-43 halftime lead vs. Cavs

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):10:28 p.m.Where's Delly?Matthew Dellavedova was the darling of the finals in the first three games, stepping in for the injured Kyrie Irving and hounding Stephen Curry.But he seems to have hit a wall over the past couple of games, and David Blatt only played him 13 minutes in the first half. Dellavedova was scoreless on 0-for-1 shooting.

  • The Latest: Warriors still holding off surging Cavaliers

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):10:15 p.m.LeBron James has surpassed the 5,000-point milestone in playoff scoring.With his 12th point Tuesday, James became just the sixth player to reach that number. It came when his 3-pointer with 2:04 left in the first half gave him 14 points for the night.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers cut into Warriors' lead in 2nd quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):9:53 p.m.Cavaliers fans were told between quarters that there was no reason to panic, that this was no time to be quiet.Then they were given reason to cheer.A good start to the second quarter got Cleveland back into the game after Golden State built a double-digit lead. The Cavaliers went back to a big lineup and were beating up the Warriors on the backboards.

  • The Latest: Warriors jump on Cavs early in 1st quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):9:40 p.m.Small-ball is winning big again so far for the Warriors.Getting open looks all over the floor with its quickness and ball movement, Golden State has built a 28-15 lead after one quarter of Game 6.

  • The Latest: LeBron tells Cavs: 'There ain't no tomorrow'

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):9:26 p.m.LeBron James had a simple message for his Cavaliers before Game 6. As his teammates gathered around him, the man who carried him there tried to capture the desperation they needed to have.

  • The Latest: Warriors, Cavs tip off Game 6 of NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):9:10 p.m.Timofey Mozgov remains in the starting lineup for the Cavaliers. Let's see how long he gets to stay on the floor now that Game 6 has tipped off.The 7-foot-1 center spent almost all of Game 5 on the bench as Cavaliers coach David Blatt went with a small lineup to match up with the one the Warriors were using. Mozgov started but was pulled early and limited to just 9 minutes in that one.

  • The Latest: Kerr would like to see games start earlier

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):9:01 p.m.Just passing 9 p.m., a late time to start a game.Steve Kerr knows it.His pregame press conference included a plea to NBA officials to begin the games earlier and cut down on all the waiting time the teams have to endure.

  • The Latest: Kevin Love spotted ducking into weight room

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):8:50 p.m.About 20 minutes before game time, the Cavaliers' in-arena host urged fans to put on their wine jerseys.The Cavaliers' official colors are wine and gold, so the giveaway T-shirts hanging over the seats in the arena were a maroon color.

  • The Latest: Warriors, Cavs putting in work during playoffs

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):8:05 p.m.The Warriors and Cavaliers are paying the price to try and win the NBA title.NBA teams that didn't make the playoffs have been on vacation for exactly two months.Tuesday's Game 6 will be the Cavaliers 20th game since their regular-season finale on April 15. The 102nd game of the season will tie the franchise record set in 2006-07, when they were swept by San Antonio in their only other NBA Finals appearance.

  • The Latest: LeBron not interested in MVP, wants to win title

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):7:43 p.m.Only one trophy matters to LeBron James.After posting historic statistics through the first five games of the NBA Finals, there is a growing sense that James could be named the series MVP even if the Cavaliers don't beat Golden State for the championship. Jerry West is the only player to win MVP honors in the finals with a losing team, doing it with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1969.

  • New game, team options next season on NBA League Pass

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBA fans can purchase single games and individual team packages next season as expanded NBA League Pass options.The league says Tuesday the current full season plan will still be available, but the new options will provide new alternatives.

  • Trades, draft crucial for building Detroit Pistons

    February 10, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy is now entering season two of his attempt to bring the Detroit Pistons back to prominence, and at this point the easiest way to acquire help may be by targeting players who aren't on the open market.''I think free agency is a little bit of a crapshoot. Guys, they're out there picking a team. A lot of teams are chasing them,'' Van Gundy said. ''You never know what's going to happen, and so, we said coming in that as much as we would go out and try to be players in free agency, great path for us to building a team is through ... the draft and trades.''

  • Michael Malone plans to run uptempo offense with Nuggets

    February 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Michael Malone wants his team to run. The front office wants his team to run. His players certainly want his team to run.So, the Denver Nuggets are going to run.Now here come the conditions: The uptempo pace has to be with efficiency and only as a reward for doing all the little things first, such as rebounding and playing stingy defense.

  • Top 2 picks could meet in NBA Summer League opener

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The top two picks in the draft could meet on the opening day of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, who own the first two choices, will play July 10 when the Summer League tips off.The start of the 11-day schedule also includes a matchup between Golden State and Cleveland, the teams playing in the NBA Finals.

  • Sacramento Kings' future arena to be called Golden 1 Center

    February 10, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Credit Union have reached an agreement on a naming rights deal for the NBA team's future arena.Under a 20-year partnership announced Tuesday, the arena in downtown Sacramento will be called the Golden 1 Center. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Kerr knows what the Warriors face in Game 6 of NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Steve Kerr's players had never been to the NBA Finals, so only he knows what the Golden State Warriors face in Game 6.They can win a championship, the franchise's first since 1975, with a victory in Cleveland. But that means containing LeBron James, which the Warriors have hardly done, and beating a Cavaliers team that will be desperate to make the series go the distance.

  • Hornets trade Stephenson to Clippers for Hawes, Barnes

    February 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Lance Stephenson experiment is over in Charlotte.The Hornets gave up on the struggling guard Monday, trading him to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes.The Hornets gave Stephenson a three-year, million contract last summer figuring he would bring some needed playoff experience, but he never produced as the team hoped he would.

  • Nuggets hire Michael Malone as next head coach

    February 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets took 105 days to find their new head coach. Now that they've agreed to a deal with Michael Malone, they're off and running.Or are they?Malone is a no-nonsense, defensive-minded coach, not exactly the fast-paced tactician many expected them to go after to capitalize on the mile-high altitude.

  • LeBron confident Cavs can hold off Warriors, force Game 7

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Wearing a leather Cavaliers cap and a steely look, LeBron James used his postgame platform to proclaim that he's ''the best player in the world.''It's not as if his greatness was in dispute after five dominant games of these NBA Finals. James has shown no one challenges his on-court supremacy. However, while his game and confidence soar, James knows he must do even more, if possible, to stop Cleveland's inspiring postseason from crashing.

  • AP sources: Michael Malone agrees to coach Nuggets

    February 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets took 105 days to find their new head coach. Now that they've agreed to a deal with Michael Malone, they're off and running.Or are they?Malone is a no-nonsense, defensive-minded coach, not exactly the fast-paced tactician many expected them to go after to capitalize on the mile-high altitude.

  • With Heat future uncertain, Wade studying up on business

    February 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has a tough business decision to make in the next couple weeks, a choice between remaining under contract with the Miami Heat or declaring free agency and possibly changing teams for the first time in his professional life.Time will tell if a few days studying at Harvard will help with that decision.

  • Al Jefferson exercises contract option, staying with Hornets

    February 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets have announced center Al Jefferson has exercised the third-year option on his contract and will remain with the team next season.The 11-year NBA veteran will make .5 million in the final year of his deal.The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson said after the regular season he planned to remain with the Hornets because there was ''unfinished business'' to attend to after the Charlotte failed to make the playoffs.

  • NBA Finals Game 5 draws best rating since 2004

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals' Game 5 has drawn its highest television rating in more than a decade.The Golden State Warriors' 104-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night to take a 3-2 series lead averaged an 11.6 rating on ABC. That's the best since the Pistons-Lakers Game 5 in 2004; that was a clincher, which traditionally draws larger audiences.

  • AP source: Michael Malone agrees to coach Nuggets

    February 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement to make Michael Malone their new coach.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the hiring has yet to be announced.

  • Up 3-2 in NBA Finals, Warriors expect Cavs' punch in Game 6

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry received treatment for dehydration following Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a little worn out after carrying Golden State to the brink of its first championship in 40 years.The Warriors will need him at his best Tuesday, knowing what's coming from LeBron James in Cleveland.

  • Cavs waste James' stellar Game 5 in 104-91 loss to Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James soaked his tired feet in an ice bath, had ice wrapped around both knees and his back as he sat smiling in Cleveland's locker room after a second straight loss in the NBA Finals.While the Cavaliers' chances at winning it all are dwindling, James' confidence is not.

  • The Latest: Curry leads Warriors to 104-91 win against Cavs

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:8:05 p.m.The yellow confetti has finished falling, but fans are lingering in their seats long after the end of Game 5, aware they may not see another game at Oracle Arena this season.The Warriors have a 3-2 lead after their 104-91 victory behind 37 points from Stephen Curry. They can win the title with a victory Tuesday in Cleveland, and if not, they will get another chance Friday night in Game 7.

  • The Latest: Stephen Curry coming up big again for Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:7:35 p.m. PDTThere's very few prettier sights than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer - and few louder sounds than when it goes in at rocking Oracle Arena.And when Curry made one to give Golden State a 96-86 lead with 2:43 to play, the deafening crowd reaction lasted well into the timeout that it forced Cleveland to take.

  • The Latest: LeBron has triple-double, Warriors still leading

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:7:25 p.m. PDTLeBron James is once again doing it all for the Cavaliers.The King has another triple-double, in what appears will be another close finish in the NBA Finals.Cleveland tied Golden State at 75-all after James assisted on Iman Shumpert's 3-pointer from the corner. James had made a 3-pointer on the Cavaliers' previous basket as they quickly wiped out a six-point deficit.

  • The Latest: Cavs battle back to tie Game 5 in 4th quarter

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:7:15 p.m. PDTWarriors coach Steve Kerr says defending the Cavaliers in Game 5 is a dual challenge - the combination of LeBron James being great again and Cleveland's shooters still being a concern.

  • The Latest: Curry, Warriors regain lead in small-ball finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:7;10 p.m. PDTThe Cavaliers hung in OK without LeBron James this time, and Golden State's lead is just 73-67 headed to the fourth quarter.James went to the bench for a rest late in the period, and the game got away from the Cavs when he sat in the second half last game. He was on the bench to start the fourth quarter in Game 4 and the Warriors quickly pushed their lead into double digits en route to a 103-82 victory.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers go small, start Smith in 2nd half

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:6:40 p.m. PDTThe Cavaliers are starting the second half with J.R. Smith and center Timofey Mozgov on the bench.Mozgov started the game but played just 5 minutes in the first half as Cleveland went to its bench to counter the small lineup used by the Warriors.

  • The Latest: Warriors lead Cavaliers 51-50 at halftime

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:6:21 p.m. PDTNow that's good basketball.It's hard to get much better than the first half of Game 5.Golden State leads Cleveland 51-50 after Harrison Barnes' three-point play with 3.2 seconds left. He slammed down a follow dunk of Stephen Curry's miss while getting fouled by LeBron James.

  • The Latest: Curry, LeBron both taking, making tough shots

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:6 p.m. PDTStephen Curry is hitting from behind arc. LeBron James is scoring from just about everywhere.The NBA Finals' biggest stars are both playing well for one of the few times in the series. James had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists at the midway point of the second quarter. He has scored or assisted on the Cavs' last 13 baskets.

  • The Latest: JR Smith off to great start with 14 points

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:5:45 p.m. PDTDavid Blatt offered a simple answer when asked by ABC's Doris Burke after the first quarter what J.R. Smith making shots means to the general mood of the Cavaliers.''Makes everybody happy,'' Blatt said, after Smith made a pair of 3-pointers in the opening quarter.

  • The Latest: Cavs, Warriors tied at 22 after 1st quarter

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:5:40 p.m. PDTAt center for the Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James.With small-ball making a big impact at the NBA Finals, James ended up as Cleveland's de facto man in the middle after center Timofey Mozgov and power forward Tristan Thompson went to the bench early.

  • The Latest: JR Smith off to eventful start vs. Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:5:30 p.m. PDTTwo 3-pointers and one flagrant foul in an eventful first few minutes for J.R. Smith.Ice cold in the NBA Finals, Smith came off the bench and hit two quick 3-point attempts after going 0 for 8 from behind the arc in Game 4.

  • The Latest: Warriors, Cavaliers tip off Game 5 of the finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:5:12 p.m. PDTThe Cavaliers sure look ready to get started.A couple of players were even walking back to the bench area and taking off their warmup tops before the national anthem was even finished. LeBron James was dancing from side to side, unable to stand still.

  • The Latest: Warriors sticking with small lineup for Game 5

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:5 p.m. PDTNo changes in the starting lineups from Game 4.The Warriors are sticking with Andre Iguodala starting in a small lineup after he started for the first time all season in their 103-82 victory Thursday in Cleveland.

  • The Latest: LeBron on verge of passing another Jordan record

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:4:50 p.m. PDTLeBron James will surpass Michael Jordan tonight - at least in one postseason category.James will move past Jordan into 10th place on the career list in postseason minutes played once he plays 5 minutes. Jordan, a six-time champion, played 7,474 minutes in the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Steve Kerr mum on Warriors' starting lineup

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:---4:15 p.m.Before Game 4, he lied. Before Game 5, Steve Kerr didn't say much at all.In a practically Popovich-ian pregame press conference, Kerr had two one-word answers, and another that lasted all of four words - and that's only because he repeated the same two words.

  • The Latest: Curry off to bad start, misses 'hallway' shots

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the NBA Finals:---4:05 p.m. PDTStephen Curry is off to a rough start - he missed all five of his pregame ''hallway'' shots.Curry airballed his first attempt, twice hit the front of the rim, then the side of the backboard and the back rim on last try. Curry stayed to sign autographs for fans crowding the stands around the tunnel before heading to Golden State's locker room.

  • Warriors expect better play at home in Game 5 of NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When the NBA returned to a 2-2-1-1-1 format for the NBA Finals, it swung the advantage in Game 5 back to the higher-seeded team.Under the system that was used for about three decades, the middle three games were hosted by the team with the worse record. Had that not been changed before the 2013-14 season, Sunday's game would have been in Cleveland.

  • Warriors believe they've found formula to beat James, Cavs

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The media crush that descended upon the Golden State Warriors' practice facility Saturday forced Stephen Curry to shoot on the far court, where a billboard that honors the 1974-75 championship team hangs on the wall.As if Curry and the Warriors needed a reminder, the giant yellow sign served as a symbolic notice: Never has another title been so close.

  • In a tied NBA Finals, James ready for whatever Cavs need

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James casually swished a jumper from the corner, an otherwise ordinary shot with a higher degree of difficulty given the backpack hanging over his shoulders.In the NBA Finals, James might have to carry something much heavier than a backpack.

  • Jazz work out Myles Turner, Trey Lyles

    February 10, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting and front-court depth. Myles Turner and Trey Lyles think they can help.The Jazz worked out Turner and Lyles on Saturday in preparation for the upcoming NBA draft. The pair was part of the second of two groups.

  • Nuggets officially bring on board D'Alessandro

    February 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets officially announced the hiring of Pete D'Alessandro as the senior vice president of business and team operations.President Josh Kroenke said in a release Friday that he looks forward to D'Alessandro's assistance in ''creating additional synergy between our business and team operations to help take our organization to another level on and off the playing floor.''

  • Draft prospect Rashad Vaughn returns to Minn. for 2 workouts

    February 10, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rashad Vaughn has been crisscrossing the country over the last month, joining dozens of NBA draft prospects at workout after workout while hoping to solidify his status as a first-round selection.The schedule has been so dizzying that there are days when it takes some time for him to remember what city he is in, let alone where he was the night before. But when Vaughn finally got the chance to come home to Minneapolis for a few days, he made sure to include a stop at the Ronald McDonald House to spend some time on the court with children who are facing serious illnesses.

  • NBA Finals Game 4 draws best rating since 2004

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals' Game 4 has drawn its highest television rating in more than a decade.The Golden State Warriors' 103-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night to even the series at 2-2 averaged an 11.7 rating on ABC. That's the best since the Pistons-Lakers series in 2004.

  • Some extra exposure for LeBron James

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) His team getting clobbered in the NBA Finals and his head bloodied in a collision with a camera was bad enough for LeBron James. Now he's trapped in the endless online loop of the moment he got caught with his pants down on national television.

  • Trial of Saints, Pelicans owner ends, ruling pending

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson emerged from an eight-day trial on Friday predicting he would maintain control of his teams, despite arguments by his recently estranged heirs that he is unfit to do so.''I already know the decision,'' Benson said, basing his assessment on state Civil District Judge Kern Reese's countenance as Reese informed both sides he would rule within a week. ''I could tell by his face.''

  • After 40 years, Warriors fans believe title wait almost over

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Gary Liss still has the ticket from Game 2 of the 1975 NBA Finals in his wallet. The seat cost just , but watching the Golden State Warriors win the title remains a priceless memory.''World champions? That's a hard thing to do,'' said Liss, who has been a season-ticket holder since the Warriors moved from Philadelphia in 1962.

  • Warriors get mad, get even with Cavaliers in NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Weaving his way toward Golden State's locker room, where the Warriors were packing for home, Stephen Curry had to handle one last double-team.Two Cavaliers fans wanted a photo with him.''Gotta be quick,'' Curry said, pausing and smiling for the group selfie.

  • LeBron's 'slight' headache a big deal in the NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James called it a ''slight'' headache, though nothing involving the game's best player is ever minor.So when James got a cut on his head after falling into a TV camera during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, it led to questions about everything from how the NBA treats head injuries to whether someone taking pictures should be close enough to cause one.

  • After Warriors tie up NBA Finals, Cavs look in need of rest

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Golden State Warriors looked like the NBA's best team. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a tired one.Game 4 was the first blowout of the NBA Finals, with Golden State pulling away for a 103-82 victory Thursday that tied the series at 2-2.

  • Bloodied and beaten, LeBron has off night in Game 4 loss

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James was bloodied and later beaten.When he pulled on his warmup jersey to signal the end of his night, there were still about three minutes remaining.He had nothing going in the fourth quarter, anyway.James was shut out in the period and slowed for the first time in the NBA Finals, as Golden State beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 on Thursday to even the series 2-2.

  • Warriors even NBA Finals, beat Cavaliers 103-82 in Game 4

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry shook off Iman Shumpert with a dribble, stepped back behind the line and splashed a 3-pointer that seemed to submerge a mute button on rocking and rolling Quicken Loans Arena.Curry clenched both fists, slapped his chest and yelled, ''C'mon!''

  • Cameras inadvertently show more of LeBron than anyone wants

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James may need to call Janet Jackson to get some advice on how to handle wardrobe malfunctions.Moments before Game 4 of the NBA Finals began on Thursday night, James inadvertently exposed himself to millions watching on live television. As James was getting ready to take the court, an ABC camera moved in for a close-up.

  • The Latest: Warriors rebound, rout Cavs 103-82, even finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---11:55Andre Iguodala will get a lot of attention for battling LeBron James.But that's nothing new for the Warriors' forward.''We've been going against each other for a decade,'' he told ABC's Doris Burke after helping the Warriors rout the Cavaliers 1023-82 and even the NBA Finals at 2-2. ''We've had some really good battles. He's the best player in the world for a reason.

  • The Latest: Iguodala more than holding his own vs. LeBron

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---11:40 p.m.Andre Iguodala's biggest role for Golden State has been defending LeBron James.On Thursday, he was outscoring him. And, ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said, even outplaying him.James called it a night with 3:06 left after not scoring in the fourth quarter, leaving him with 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting. At that point, Iguodala had 22 points.

  • The Latest: Iguodala getting it done, Warriors extend lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---11:31 p.m.LeBron James had to rest at some point, and Golden State capitalized when he did.The Warriors made the first two baskets of the fourth quarter while James was sitting, pushing their lead back into double digits after the Cavaliers had cut it to six after three.

  • The Latest: Cavs rally, but Warriors lead after 3 quarters

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---11:10 p.m.With 10 points in the third quarter, LeBron James helped Cleveland cut Golden State's lead to 76-70 entering the final period.The Warriors led by 15 early in the quarter but Cleveland had it down to three before Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer for the last basket.

  • The Latest: LeBron sparks Cavs, cut into Warriors' big lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---11:03 p.m.The short-handed Cavaliers are asking quite a lot from LeBron James and Matthew Dellavedova during the series, with each of them piling up the minutes.Dellavedova spent time in the hospital after Game 3 due to the serious cramping and James has a history of cramping up as well.

  • The Latest: Warriors still in control early in 3rd quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---10:45 p.m.Matthew Dellavedova has shaken off his rough first half.Then he asked to take a seat.The point guard made 3-pointers for Cleveland's first two baskets of the second half, providing some sorely needed offense as the Cavaliers tried to stay close in Game 4.

  • The Latest: Warriors leading Cavaliers 54-42 at halftime

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---10:35When LeBron James cut his head while tumbling into a courtside television camera, questions immediately came up about the NBA's concussion protocol. The standards require players who suffer head injuries to be taken back to the locker room and evaluated to try to determine if he suffered a concussion.

  • The Latest: James has cut on his head, falls on photographer

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---10:01 p.m.LeBron James took a bad tumble in the second quarter, cutting his head after crashing into photographers behind the baseline.James was fouled by Andrew Bogut on a baseline drive and fell backward, with his head hitting a camera. He remained down for a couple of minutes before getting up holding a towel over his head to stop the bleeding coming from the cut in the back.

  • The Latest: Warriors still leading early in the 2nd quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:44 p.m.Warriors coach Steve Ker's decision to switch his starting lineup with Andre Iguodala replacing Andrew Bogut is paying off.''It was faster. We got the pace going and we got the floor spread,'' Kerr told ABC's Doris Burke. ''But we gotta rebound. We know we're at a disadvantage size-wise. We have to scrap.''

  • The Latest: Warriors leading 31-24 after 1st quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:38 p.m.That's two straight 30-plus point quarters for the Warriors after they were struggling to crack 20.Golden State leads 31-24 after closing the period with a 14-4 spurt. Andre Iguolada, a late addition to the starting lineup, provided nine points.

  • The Latest: Warriors able to take 1st lead since Game 2

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:27 p.m.The Golden State Warriors have succeeded in speeding up the game.By going to a smaller lineup with Andre Iguodala starting and center Andrew Bogut sitting, the Warriors have more ball handling and shooting on the floor.

  • The Latest: LeBron: Cavs have no room for error vs. Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:20 p.m.LeBron James had a simple message for his teammates before their biggest game yet.Stay desperate,'' ABC's cameras showed James telling his team in the huddle before taking the court. ''Every game for us is a Game 7. We have zero room for error.''

  • The Latest: Game 4 tips off, Warriors go to small lineup

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:15 p.m.Game 4 of the NBA Finals has started, with the Warriors trying to avoid a 3-1 hole that no team has overcome in this round.Coach Steve Kerr said earlier Thursday that it wasn't a do-or-die game until you have three losses. But since teams with a 3-1 lead are 32-0 in the NBA Finals, this felt pretty close to one.

  • The Latest: Dellavedova must-see TV in native Australia

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---9:03 p.m.Walk around Quicken Loans Arena - or just about anywhere in Cleveland - and it won't be long before you find someone in a LeBron James jersey.Matthew Dellavedova's No. 8 is much harder to find. But fans are apparently looking for it in a big way.

  • The Latest: Kerr makes late lineup change: Iguodala starting

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---8:57 p.m.Steve Kerr changed his mind - and his starting lineup.Shortly after saying the Golden State Warriors would stick with their same starting five, the Warriors decided to insert Andre Iguodala as a forward, move Draymond Green to center and put Andrew Bogut on the bench.

  • The Latest: Warriors sticking with same starting lineup

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---8:50 p.m.Same starting lineup for the Warriors, but watch for changes in rotation and tactics.Coach Steve Kerr was tightlipped about his plans, but struggling Andrew Bogut is still the starting center but David Lee will get additional playing time after his strong finish to Game 4.

  • The Latest: WWE stars at Game 4 hoping Cavs can pin Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---8:34 p.m.WWE in the house!With the Warriors on the ropes, WWE stars The Miz and Dolph Ziggler were hanging out courtside before Game 4, taking pictures with fans before posing for more at halfcourt and filming promo spots in the hallways for wrestling federation's live TV show, Raw.

  • The Latest: Smith rolls in on hands-free motorized vehicle

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---8:15 p.m.Respect.LeBron James has it, and he knows Jim Brown has earned it.Brown led the Browns to the 1964 NFL title - the last championship for one of the city's three major sports franchises - and he was in the stands for Game 3.

  • The Latest: Joey Crawford officiating his 50th finals game

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the NBA Finals:---7:55 p.m.One of the most recognizable faces on the court tonight to many NBA fans won't be wearing a Warriors or Cavaliers uniform.It will Joey Crawford, officiating his 50th NBA Finals game - most among active referees.

  • Estate lawyer, psychiatrist testify in Benson trial

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The estate lawyer who helped Tom Benson oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans concluded his testimony Thursday in a trial examining Benson's mental soundness.The closed trial, which could decide who ultimately takes control of New Orleans' NFL and NBA teams long-term, is expected to conclude Friday after what will be the eighth day of testimony. A ruling, however, is not expected from the bench, a civil court spokesman said. Rather, state Civil District Judge Kern Reese is expected to issue a written ruling for which there is no definite timeline.

  • NBA star Anthony brings new pro soccer team to Puerto Rico

    February 10, 2016

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) NBA star Carmelo Anthony announced Thursday that he is bringing a professional soccer team to Puerto Rico for the first time in three years.The new club, called Puerto Rico FC, will begin playing in the Division II North American Soccer League in fall 2016.

  • Pistons acquire veteran forward Ilyasova from Bucks

    February 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Detroit Pistons have acquired veteran Ersan Ilyasova from the Milwaukee Bucks, adding a long-range shooter to their frontcourt.Detroit sent forwards Caron Butler and Shawne Williams to Milwaukee in the trade announced Thursday.Butler returns to the Bucks for a second time in his career, after having been traded to Milwaukee from Phoenix before the 2013-14 season. But Butler and Williams might be most valuable to Milwaukee now for their expiring contracts.

  • Cavs guard Dellavedova set for Game 4 after hospitalization

    February 10, 2016

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova says he's recovered after being hospitalized for dehydration and will not have his minutes restricted in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.Dellavedova has been stretching, adding fluids, eating properly and getting massages since being admitted to Cleveland Clinic following Game 3. Dellavedova scored 20 points in 38 minutes and played to exhaustion in Cleveland's win over Golden State on Tuesday night.

  • Down 2-1 to Cavs, Warriors face 'urgent' NBA Finals Game 4

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Golden State Warriors haven't lost three straight games all season, and doing so now would force them to make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.Teams with a 3-1 lead are 32-0 in the finals, according to information provided to the league by Elias. So the Warriors don't have to be reminded of the importance of Game 4 against Cleveland on Thursday night.

  • NBA Finals Game 3 draws best rating since move to ABC

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals' Game 3 has drawn its highest television rating since the series moved to ABC in 2003.The Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night averaged an 11.1 rating.ESPN said Wednesday that the nearly 18.8 million viewers were up 29 percent from the almost 14.6 million for last year's Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

  • Wife of Saints, Pelicans owner testifies in competency trial

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Gayle Benson, a former interior decorator now first in line to inherit New Orleans' NFL and NBA franchises, was called Wednesday to testify in a trial examining husband Tom Benson's mentally competency.Benson chose his wife as his primary successor and disowned relatives who'd previously been in line to take over his business empire.

  • LeBron, Cavs fighting fatigue, injuries in NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) His eyes were slits, barely open. LeBron James looked as if he could nod off at any second, drop his head on the table and take a much-deserved nap.Carrying a team, along with the hopes of a city desperate for a championship is exhausting.

  • Nike to become NBA's uniform provider in 2017-18

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Nike will become the league's official uniform provider beginning with the 2017-18 season.The league said Wednesday it had agreed on an eight-year deal with Nike, which will become the first apparel partner to have its logo appear on NBA uniforms.

  • Warriors confident of another comeback in the NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) All things considered, the Golden State Warriors would rather have been golfing.That's what some players did the last time they found themselves in this situation, when they were getting outmuscled and even outhustled, banged and beaten by a bigger team.

  • Philadelphia 76ers stop using corporate name of home arena

    February 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have 86ed the corporate name to their home arena.The Sixers have decided to stop referring to the Wells Fargo Center by name in all news releases and on the team website because the financial institution chose not to become a business partner with the basketball franchise.

  • Suns' Lon Babby moves to senior adviser's role

    February 10, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Lon Babby is leaving his position as president for basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns to become a senior adviser for the organization.The Suns said in a news release that Ryan McDonough would head the basketball operations department from his current position of general manager.

  • Cavs point guard Irving calls kneecap injury 'a freak play'

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving doesn't regret a single move. Not playing on a sore knee, and not the one that ended his season.Wearing a cast and using crutches, Irving spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since breaking his left kneecap last week in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, an injury that seemed to doom the Cavaliers' title hopes.

  • Cavs' Dellavedova out of hospital, ready for Game 4

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Matthew Dellavedova walked into the interview room double-fisted - with two cups of water.After being hospitalized with dehydration after exhausting himself during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the hustling guard was upright - a good sign for the Cavaliers.

  • Warriors' Green has back spasms, expected to play in Game 4

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State forward Draymond Green is battling back spasms but is expected to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.Coach Steve Kerr says Green is getting treatment Wednesday and will be evaluated each day, but ''should be OK'' for Thursday's game.

  • AP Source: Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro returning to Nuggets

    February 10, 2016

    Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro has accepted a front-office position in Denver, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not formally announced the move. D'Alessandro is expected to work in a support role under Josh Kroenke, the president of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.

  • Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova out of hospital

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova has been released from the hospital after being treated for dehydration following Game 3 of the NBA Finals.The scrappy guard, who has emerged as an unlikely star during this postseason, was sent to the Cleveland Clinic after experiencing severe cramping following the Cavs' 96-91 win over Golden State on Tuesday night.

  • Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova hospitalized with cramps

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The banged-up Cavaliers have yet another bruise - or two.Scrappy guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has emerged as an unlikely star during this postseason, was hospitalized early Wednesday after suffering from severe cramps after Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

  • Cavaliers have the lead but work to do in the NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The lead in the NBA Finals belongs to Cleveland, though some momentum may be with the Warriors.So LeBron James celebrated the victory but fretted the finish after Golden State finally looked like the NBA's best team in a fourth-quarter flurry, before the Cavaliers held on for a 96-91 victory and a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

  • Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova hospitalized with cramps

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The banged-up Cavaliers have yet another bruise - or two.Scrappy guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has emerged as an unlikely star during this postseason, was hospitalized early Wednesday after suffering from severe cramps after Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Kobe: Cavs playing like 'life is on the line'

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---12:30 a.m.Kobe Bryant has weighed in on the NBA Finals.''Cavs playing as if their life is on the line,'' Bryant wrote on Twitter after Game 3, getting retweeted more than 10,000 times within the first six minutes of its posting. ''G.S playing as if they have more (NBA Finals) down the line.''

  • LeBron, Cavaliurs survive Warriors comeback win Game 3 96-91

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came home last summer to win a championship - one like no other.He's two wins away.Pushed by a crowd howling to see Cleveland's 51-year title drought end, James scored 40 points, his new sidekick Matthew Dellavedova added 20 and the Cavaliers survived Golden State's furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Stephen Curry for a 96-91 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers survive Warriors comeback win Game 3 96-91

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came home last summer to win a championship - one like no other.He's two wins away.Pushed by a crowd howling to see Cleveland's 51-year title drought end, James scored 40 points, his new sidekick Matthew Dellavedova added 20 and the Cavaliers survived Golden State's furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Stephen Curry for a 96-91 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Cavs beat Warriors 96-91, take 2-1 series lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---11:58 p.m.LeBron James had another huge game, and addressed what many Cleveland fans are wondering: Can he keep it up.''I don't know if I can continue to put up these type of numbers but I know I'll continue to lead these guys every single night,'' James said after the game.

  • The Latest: Explosive Warriors cut into Cavs' lead

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---11:15 p.m.Steve Kerr told his team they were too good to hang their heads. And they didn't.With a big surge to open the fourth quarter, the Warriors are back in the game.Down 20 points late in the third, the Warriors opened the fourth with eight straight to trim Cleveland's lead into single digits, and had it down to a three-point deficit with more than 5 minutes to play.

  • The Latest: Warriors in trouble, Cavaliers in control

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---11 p.m.Cavs coach David Blatt has no secrets about what his team is doing to frustrate Golden State's high-powered offense.''There's no need to get too complex about it,'' Blatt told ABC's Doris Burke as Game 3 was getting ready to go into the fourth quarter. ''We're just up-and-in guys, making every shot a tough one, a contested one. Making them work.''

  • The Latest: Cavaliers extend lead early in 3rd quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---10:34 p.m.If Stephen Curry is worried about his shot, you couldn't tell from his halftime itinerary.Rather than come out early for some extra work, Curry didn't come back onto the floor until there were under 2 minutes remaining in the break. He then attempted just two shots before heading to the Warriors' bench.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers leads Warriors 44-37 in Game 3

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---10:23 p.m.Thirty-seven points.That's a season-low in first-half scoring for Golden State, which averages 56 first-half points per game .But the concerns probably run deeper than that for the Warriors - the first three games of the finals are the first time all season that Golden State has been under 50 points at the break in back-to-back-to-back games.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert returns to the game

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:58 p.m.Iman Shumpert has returned to the game with 5:31 to play in the first half wearing black sleeves under his jersey.Shumpert went to the locker room in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, hit in the same shoulder that he had dislocated earlier this season, causing him to miss six weeks.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers' JR Smith gets off to quick start

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:50 p.m.J.R. Smith can get hot as quickly as anyone, and maybe this is the night it happens.Smith made two jumpers early in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer, and his first three shots of the game to give him seven points in his first 9 minutes.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers holding onto lead in the 2nd quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:45 p.m.Golden State coach Steve Kerr thought his team ''weathered the storm'' in the first quarter of Game 3.''We knew the crowd would be loud and we're in a good spot right now,'' Kerr told ABC's Doris Burke in the televised between-quarters interview.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers lead 24-20 at the end of 1st quarter

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:38The Cavaliers have the lead but potentially another injury after the first quarter.Cleveland leads 24-20 behind six points apiece from LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. But Iman Shumpert went to the locker room with a few minutes left in the period with an injured left shoulder after running into Draymond Green on a pick.

  • The Latest: Shumpert appears to have injured his shoulder

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:32 p.m.Iman Shumpert has gone to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury for the already short-handed Cavaliers.Shumpert was hurt after running into a pick set by Golden State's Draymond Green in the first quarter. Shumpert arrived in Cleveland in January still rehabbing a shoulder injury from his time with the Knicks.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers controlling things early in Game 3

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---Stephen Curry made his first 3-point attempt after a miserable Game 2, but otherwise everything was going Cleveland's way early in Game 3.LeBron James was attacking the rim and Matthew Dellavedova followed his strong finish with a good start in this one, his second basket of the game sending the Warriors into a timeout with chants of ''Delly! Delly!'' once again filling parts of Quicken Loans Arena.

  • The Latest: King James bows to Cleveland great Jim Brown

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:20 p.m.Even the King pays homage to other royalty.Just before tip-off of Game 3, what did LeBron James do? Bowed in respect toward a fan in the jam-packed stands.That fan just happened to be Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown.

  • The Latest: Game time: LeBron scores first points of Game 3

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:11 p.m.After eight long years, an NBA Finals game has tipped off again in Cleveland.LeBron James challenged his home fans to be loud and they are delivering. Every James appearance on huge overhead videoboard draws a louder roar than the last, culminated by his introduction at the end of the starting lineups.

  • The Latest: LeBron's display of emotion new even for Wade

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---9:05 p.m.This crowd is delirious, and Game 3 hasn't started.When the Cavaliers took the floor, 20,000 fans inside Quicken Loans Arena, most of them wearing wine-colored T-shirts, erupted in cheers.

  • The Latest: NBA Finals star in the building: Riley Curry

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---8:35 p.m.Golden State's biggest star, well its cutest one, has arrived.Riley Curry, the adorable 2-year-old daughter of Warriors guard Stephen Curry, walked into Quicken Loans Arena along with her grandparents about an hour before Game 3 started.

  • The Latest: Steve Kerr smiling, laughing but wants to win

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the NBA Finals:---8:30 p.m.Steve Kerr smiles a lot during NBA Finals press conferences. Even laughs a few times. Quite unlike Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach who usually can't wait to get his media duties over.

  • The Latest: Cleveland fans 'confident' heading into Game 3

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Biggest game since 1997.That was the consensus among Cleveland fans, who have waited 51 years for either the Cavaliers, Indians or Browns to win a championship.The streets outside Quicken Loans Arena were packed with fans in the hours leading up to tip-off for Game 3 as the Cavs hosted their first NBA Finals matchup since 2007, when Cleveland was swept in four games by San Antonio.

  • Westbrook Frames, NBA team up for new luxury glasses series

    February 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, a company that Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook co-owns, has partnered with the NBA to launch a new series.The initial release includes frames for seven teams - Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami, New York, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. They are available on the Westbrook Frames website for 5.

  • Curry's popularity prompts Davidson SID to change number

    February 10, 2016

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Stephen Curry is one of the most popular players in the NBA.You don't have to remind Davidson College sports information director Joey Beeler, who has been forced to change his office phone number after being besieged in recent weeks by calls from young children wanting to meet the NBA's Most Valuable Player and his daughter Riley.

  • Son of Danny Ainge to play basketball at Utah State

    February 10, 2016

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) The son of Boston Celtics executive and former BYU star Danny Ainge has committed to play at Utah State.Coach Tim Duryea said Tuesday that Utah State has signed Crew Ainge to its 2015-16 basketball class.The 5-foot-11 Ainge played point guard at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. He will not play this season due to an LDS Church mission, but is scheduled to return for the 2017-18 season. Ainge is planning to go through the Utah State summer program with the team before leaving for his mission in August.

  • Cavaliers-Warriors matchup draws big audience for ABC

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A strong start to the NBA Finals - at least from a television viewer's standpoint - is working to ABC's advantage.The Cleveland Cavaliers' series-tying win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday reached more than 19 million viewers, easily the most-watched television event of the week. The Nielsen company said the opening game of the series earlier in the week drew 17.8 million TV viewers.

  • Bucks hoping season's momentum carries over to a new arena

    February 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Jabari Parker just got to town, and he doesn't want to leave.It's now up to legislators to determine just how much they want the young forward and the rest of the Bucks to stick around in Milwaukee.Following a surprisingly successful season, the team is one step closer to getting a new home after political leaders last week announced a 0 million financing deal for a downtown arena. The next hurdle could be more momentous than making the playoffs: getting approval from the state Legislature and Milwaukee Common Council.

  • Beal, Faried, Ibaka to play in NBA's Africa game

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and forward Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets will play in the NBA's exhibition game in South Africa this summer.Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves also will take part in the Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg, the league says Tuesday.

  • Westbrook Frames, NBA team up for new luxury frames series

    February 10, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Westbrook Frames, a company that Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook co-owns, has partnered with the NBA to launch a new series.The initial release includes frames for seven teams - Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami, New York, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. They are available on the Westbrook Frames website for 5.

  • With series tied, what to watch in Game 3 of the NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) For the sixth consecutive year, the NBA Finals are tied after two games.Sometimes that means a long series is coming, such as when Miami and San Antonio went the distance before LeBron James' magnificent Game 7 gave the Heat the title in 2013.

  • Kobe Bryant to offer Game 3 analysis for livestream in China

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kobe Bryant, who has won five NBA championships, will be part of Sina's pregame and postgame livestream of Game 3 of the NBA Finals in China.The Lakers superstar will provide analysis before and after Tuesday night's game, joining host Huang Shuo remotely from Los Angeles.

  • NBA Finals Game 2 draws best rating since 2004

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals' Game 2 has drawn its highest television rating in more than a decade.The short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers' overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night to even the series at 1-1 averaged a 10.5 rating on ABC. That's the best since the Pistons-Lakers series in 2004.

  • LeBron, Cavs recover after beating Warriors, tying Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Once LeBron James tied up the NBA Finals with another one of his virtuoso postseason performances, his legs were in knots.He needed ice, treatment and rest. He wasn't the only one.After a pair of entertaining, exhausting, drama-filled overtime games at Golden State, everyone - players, fans, even the refs - needed a day to take a breather and recover before the Cavaliers and Warriors resume a series getting stellar TV ratings and shifting to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

  • LeBron has Cleveland believing a championship is near

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) High above downtown, there's no visible evidence of a painful 51-year professional sports championship drought - the longest for any major U.S. city.Atop Terminal Tower, 42 stories over revitalized Cleveland, heartbreak and curses don't exist. Just a spectacular view.

  • Rascal Flatts, Usher to perform NBA Finals national anthems

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Country group Rascal Flatts and eight-time Grammy winner Usher will perform the national anthem before the NBA Finals games in Cleveland.Rascal Flatts will have the honors before Game 3 on Tuesday night. Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, members of the trio that has sold nearly 23 million albums and had 15 No. 1 songs, are from Ohio. Joe Don Rooney is the third member.

  • After Game 2 win in NBA Finals, LeBron looks forward to home

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James is headed back home to Ohio. And if that seemed like a big deal last July, he can't wait to hear how it sounds in June.Shortly after helping Cleveland pull out a 95-93 overtime victory over Golden State on Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, James challenged the fans in Cleveland to be as noisy as the ones at Oracle Arena.

  • Curry's shot goes missing for Warriors in Game 2 loss

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland wasn't the only team missing a crucial component in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. While Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was back in Ohio recovering from knee surgery, the Golden State Warriors have no idea where Stephen Curry's shot went.

  • The Latest: Cavs even NBA Finals, beat Warriors 95-93 in OT

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---8:20 p.m. PDTLeBron James had 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece with a 95-93 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.

  • The Latest: Warriors-Cavaliers heading to overtime - again

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---8:01 p.m. PDTNever.That was the last time LeBron James took 69 shots in a two-game span.James' 31st shot Sunday night bounced off the rim as time expired, the Cavs and Warriors are in overtime for the second straight game - a first for the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: LeBron James closing in on triple-double

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---7:20 p.m. PDTLeBron James needed to be special in this game, and he is. He's doing a little of everything and is is on the verge of another postseason triple-double.With about 7 minutes to play in Game 2, he was up to 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. He has one triple-double in these playoffs and 12 in his career.

  • The Latest: Cavs lead, both teams struggling offensively

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---7:13 p.m. PDTThe Warriors have 59 points after three quarters, which isn't very Warriors-like at all. In fact, it's a season-low - at the worst time, too.''We're trying. We're trying to get the pace going a little bit,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ABC's Doris Burke in the televised interview entering the fourth quarter. ''Haven't had much flow tonight at all.''

  • The Latest: Cavaliers clinging to 2-point lead in 2nd half

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---6:40 p.m. PDTLeBron James got the first basket, and the second half has started.The Cavaliers' lead actually grew by a point during the break. A basket by Klay Thompson was changed from a 3-pointer to a 2 after a video review, taking what was a 47-46 lead on the scoreboard to 47-45.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers lead Warriors 47-45 at halftime

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---6:27 p.m. PDTWith no Kyrie Irving, LeBron James knows he has do more for the Cavaliers to win.And he is.For just the second time in his NBA career, the four-time MVP finished a first half with at least 20 points, six assists and six rebounds. He also did it against Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 2009.

  • The Latest: Cavaliers making Warriors pay for going small

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---6:05 p.m. PDTThe Cavaliers are making the Warriors pay for playing small-ball.On their first possession after Golden State removed center Andrew Bogut and left forwards Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green as their biggest players, LeBron James threw the ball inside to 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov, who was fouled.

  • The Latest: Klay Thompson returns, still in good groove

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---5:55 p.m. PDTKlay Thompson is back on the floor and back in a groove in the second quarter.After having to go to the bench because of fouls following his quick start, he returned to open the second and made his first three shots, including a 3-pointer. That gave him 16 points in just about 10 minutes of playing time.

  • The Latest: James, Cavs battle back, Game 2 tied at 20

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---5:45 p.m. PDTLeBron James took 10 shots and scored half of Cleveland's 20 points, which shouldn't be surprising given the decimated state of the Cavaliers' roster.''We know we need a big game from him,'' Cavs coach David Blatt told ABC's Doris Burke in a televised interview after the first quarter. ''And he's up to the task.''

  • The Latest: Barbosa sparks Warriors but Cavaliers respond

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---5:40 p.m. PDTLeandro Barbosa picked up right where Klay Thompson left off.Entering the game early because of Thompson's foul trouble, Barbosa made his first two shots, including a 3-pointer from the corner after a behind-the-back pass from Stephen Curry.

  • The Latest: Klay Thompson gets off early, then has to sit

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---5:25 p.m. PDTA quick start, and then a quick exit for Klay Thompson.The Warriors All-Star guard scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first 5 minutes, but then had to go to bench after picking up a second foul.

  • The Latest: Carlos Santana gets Game 2 started

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---5:10 p.m. PDTForget the Warriors and Cavaliers. The best teamwork at Game 2 of the NBA Finals might come from the Santanas.Ten-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana and his wife, drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana, performed a rocking national anthem together before the game.

  • The Latest: Kerr takes inspiration from American Pharoah

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---4:55 p.m. PDTHorse racing's 37-year championship drought ended Saturday. Can a 40-year one in the NBA be next?Steve Kerr sure hopes so.He said he took some inspiration from American Pharoah's victory in the Belmont Stakes, which made him the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

  • The Latest: Cavs' Dellavedova starting in place of Irving

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---7:50 p.m. PDTMatthew Dellavedova is getting the start in place on injured Kyrie Irving as expected for the Cleveland Cavaliers.Cavs coach David Blatt went with the same lineup that won Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when Irving was out with an injured knee with Dellavedova starting in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert.

  • The Latest: LeBron: Irving's absence tough blow for Cavs

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---7:35 p.m. PDTABC's opening to ''NBA Countdown'' on Sunday night had some powerful sound from LeBron James, who missed a potentially game-winning shot in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Warriors' fans start early with some tailgating

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the NBA Finals:---4:20 p.m. PDTAll was quiet in the Warriors locker room before Game 2.Most players were in the trainer's room getting tapped up or on the floor warming up. A replay of the series opener was showing on the big TV at the center of the room for those who passed through.

  • Mike Breen sets announcing record in calling 10th NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Breen recalls the riveting Game 7s, still marvels at some memorable performances.It's a lot of NBA Finals basketball to think about - more than anyone else who has sat in his center court seat.While Stephen Curry and LeBron James are squaring off for the title, the guy describing the action on ABC is making history of his own.

  • Bucks unveil new uniforms, capping busy week for franchise

    February 10, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bucks are giving their uniforms a cleaner look while adding a blue stripe on the inside of the collar to emphasize what the franchise calls the workmanlike mindset of the team and region.The uniform incorporates Milwaukee team colors updated earlier this year. Red is out while cream is in, joining green as a base color.

  • NBA Finals go on, with Warriors seeming even bigger favorite

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The NBA Finals hyped as LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry now seems like James against the Golden State Warriors.The Cavaliers are down another important player, with Kyrie Irving having surgery Saturday back in Cleveland to repair his fractured left kneecap.

  • Iguodala's willingness to come off bench helps key Warriors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Andre Iguodala's impressive resume heading into this season featured an Olympic gold medal, All-Star appearance and first-team All-NBA defensive team honors.One of the few things Iguodala hadn't done since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 2004 was come into the game off the bench.

  • Cavs guard Irving has surgery on broken kneecap

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving didn't waste a moment in starting his recovery for next season, rushing back from the NBA Finals to have surgery on his left knee.The Cavaliers' All-Star guard was in the operating room on Saturday to repair the broken kneecap he suffered in Game 1, an injury that will make it even tougher for Cleveland to try and win a title.

  • Cavs guard Irving undergoes surgery on broken kneecap

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair his broken kneecap, an injury sustained in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.The team says Irving had the operation on Saturday at the Cleveland Clinic. The surgery was performed by team physician, Dr. Richard Parker with two other doctors assisting. The team says Irving will need 3-to-4 months before he can resume ''basketball activity,''

  • Carlos Santana, wife to perform NBA Finals national anthem

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ten-time Grammy Award winner Carlos Santana and his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, will perform the national anthem Sunday before Game 2 of the NBA Finals.With the Golden State Warriors leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 1-0, the Santanas have ties to both local regions.

  • Saints, Pelicans president testifies in Benson trial

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Attorneys for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson began calling their witnesses Friday in the 87-year-old billionaire's mental competency trial, starting with a top sports executive.Dennis Lauscha, who serves as president of New Orleans' NFL and NBA clubs, politely declined to make any comments as he emerged from the closed courtroom following about four hours of testimony.

  • Cavs' Irving has fractured kneecap, out for 3-4 months

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers finished off Chicago and swept past Atlanta, even when Kyrie Irving wasn't available.Now they have to find their way past the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals without him.Irving has a fractured left kneecap and will have surgery that could sideline him for three to four months, the Cavaliers said Friday.

  • Warriors content to let LeBron James try to carry Cavaliers

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, who has designed defenses for more than four decades, looks at defending LeBron James as an equation.Finding a solution goes beyond points, assists or any common metric. Instead, the 67-year-old Adams approaches the problem like this: add up what the Warriors are willing to give up to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a whole - forget about what James does individually - and subtract it from the number of points Golden State expects to produce.

  • Mark Cuban's gift to provide Hoosiers with new video center

    February 10, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) As Mark Cuban looked for ways to help the Dallas Mavericks gain a competitive advantage in the NBA, the Indiana University graduate thought his alma mater should get in on the ground floor.On Friday, the school announced that Cuban had made a million donation for a state-of-the-art technology center that will benefit students, fans and, of course, his beloved Hoosiers.

  • NBA Finals Game 1 draws best rating since move to ABC

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA Finals' Game 1 has drawn its highest television rating since the series moved to ABC in 2003.The Golden State Warriors' overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night averaged a 10.6 rating.ESPN said Friday that the nearly 17.8 million viewers were up 21 percent from the almost 14.7 million for last year's opener between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

  • Cavs' Irving has fractured knee cap, out for 3-4 months

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has a fractured left knee cap and will have surgery that will end his season.The Cavaliers said Friday that an MRI exam at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic revealed the injury and that Irving's projected recovery time was three to four months.

  • Cavs' Irving being evaluated, no word on NBA Finals Game 2

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is being evaluated and there is no word yet on his availability for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.Irving limped off the court with an injured left knee during overtime of Cleveland's 108-100 loss to Golden State on Thursday night. He left the arena on crutches, and Cavs coach David Blatt says he heard Irving was still on crutches Friday morning.

  • Hoiberg praises Otzelberger in last Iowa State presser

    February 10, 2016

    AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg on Friday dismissed the idea that he recently rehired top assistant T.J. Otzelberger to be his eventual successor.But Hoiberg thinks Otzelberger will make a great coach someday.Whether that opportunity comes with the Cyclones next season should be known soon.

  • Sports agent Tellem joining business that includes Pistons

    February 10, 2016

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Sports agent Arn Tellem is joining the company that includes the Detroit Pistons as vice chairman.The hiring was announced Friday by Tom Gores, who owns the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. Gores says in a statement that Tellem ''can be a catalyst for change in the community'' and described his move to Palace is ''a big win for Detroit.''

  • Heat star Dwyane Wade surprises South Florida graduate

    February 10, 2016

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Basketball star Dwyane Wade made a surprise appearance at a South Florida high school's graduation, thanks to some persistent work on social media by one of the graduates.Wade took a selfie with Western High School senior Negeen Fallahzedeh during the ceremony and posted it to Instagram on Thursday night.

  • 'Next man up' for Cavs, but do they have enough next men?

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kyrie Irving left Oracle Arena on crutches, with tests coming Friday to determine the severity of his left knee injury.If he can't go in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to figure out how to replace one of the best point guards in the NBA.

  • Cavs lose Game 1 of finals, Kyrie Irving to injury

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The frustration on Kyrie Irving's face was evident as he spoke to the media and then buried his head in his hands.After using the eight-day break to heal his ailing body, Irving looked like his usual self again before limping off the court with yet another injury to his left knee in overtime of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Cavs' Irving being evaluated by team doctors

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---9:25 p.m. PDTKyrie Irving is being evaluated by Cavaliers team doctors after limping off the floor with 2 minutes left in overtime.Coach David Blatt said right now he can't provide any specifics on Irving's injury because the team doesn't know yet. He added he didn't think the injury was caused by any contact.

  • Cavs get 44 from James, lose Irving to injury in Game 1 loss

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even LeBron James' highest-scoring game in his NBA Finals career wasn't enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the NBA's top team.James scored 44 points but missed a potential winner at the end of regulation and the Cavaliers lost Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors 108-100 on Thursday night.

  • The Latest: Warriors win Game 1 of NBA Finals, 108-100

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---9 p.m. PDTStephen Curry scored 26 points, including the first four of overtime, and the Golden State Warriors overcame LeBron James' 44 points for a 108-100 victory Thursday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  • The Latest: Warriors closing in on taking Game 1

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---8:50 p.m. PDTWarriors fans are starting to sense a victory.Golden State raced to a 7-0 start to overtime, getting four free throws from Stephen Curry before Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer with 2:02 left.

  • The Latest: LeBron, Curry battle going down to the wire

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---8:37 p.m. PDTOvertime!LeBron James missed a late jumper, Iman Shumpert was just off before the buzzer, and Cleveland and Golden State went to overtime tied at 98 in Game 1.James had 42 points, his most ever in the NBA Finals. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had combined for 43 on the other side.

  • The Latest: Kerr more focused on Warriors, not LeBron

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---8:10 p.m. PDTLeBron James' ability to knock down jumpers has turned him into a nightmare for Warriors coach Steve Kerr. He acknowledged what everyone in the league knows in his interview with Doris Burke before the fourth quarter began: There isn't a whole anyone can do when James' shot is falling.

  • The Latest: LeBron could be headed for 14-point game

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---8:02 p.m. PDTAnother 40-point game against the Warriors may be in reach for LeBron James. It might be necessary, too.He's up to 31 after three quarters, though his turnover at the end of the period led to Andre Iguodala's fast-break dunk that tied it at 73-all going to the fourth.

  • The Latest: Irving not bothered by foot, knee injuries

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---7:40 p.m. PDTWhatever concerns Cavaliers fans had about Kyrie Irving's health should be eased with the way he's playing.Irving's foot and knee injuries haven't slowed him at all so far, as he's been able to attack the basket and essentially match fellow All-Star point guard Stephen Curry.

  • The Latest: An emotional tribute to the late Stuart Scott

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---7:30 PDTThe celebration of basketball that is the NBA Finals broadcast grew somber toward the end of ABC's halftime show with an emotional tribute to Stuart Scott, ESPN's extremely popular sportscaster who lost a long battle with cancer about five months ago.

  • The Latest: Stephen Curry comes alive, Warriors rally

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---7:15 p.m. PDTStephen Curry is showing why he is this year's MVP.With a pair of his trademark long-range jumpers, he sparked a Warriors rally that helped Golden State battle back from a 14-poimt deficit and take the lead - and turn the game around.

  • The Latest: LeBron's fast start gives Cavs' 'confidence'

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---9:50 p.m.The Cavaliers have plenty of finals rookies on this squad, including coach David Blatt.LeBron James, of course, has been here plenty before, playing in his fifth straight finals. In his interview with ABC's Doris Burke after James scored 12 points to get the Cavaliers off to a fast start, Blatt said his aggressiveness helped the newbies ease into the game.

  • The Latest: LeBron off to good start, Cavs lead 29-19

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---6:43 p.m. PDTLeBron James had his highest-scoring opening quarter ever in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.James scored 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting as he came out aggressively against Harrison Barnes and the Warriors defense. That surpassed the eight he scored in the first quarter of the 2011 finals against Dallas and marked his most shots ever in the first quarter of Game 1 in six trips to the finals.

  • The Latest: Barnes gets 1st shot at defending LeBron

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---6:30 p.m. PDTHarrison Barnes got the first crack at defending LeBron James, and it may not be long before the Warriors have to try someone else.James has started 3 of 5 from the field, making a couple of long jumpers before adding another basket inside.

  • The Latest: NBA Finals underway, LeBron picks up 1st foul

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---6:10 p.m. PDTThe NBA Finals are underway.After an eight-day break from basketball, the Warriors and Cavaliers tipped off Game 1 in front of a raucous sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. Fans turned the arena into a sea of golden-yellow shirts again as they watched the Warriors play in the finals for the first time since winning the title in 1975.

  • Silver: No suggestion of corruption in world basketball

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday there has been ''absolutely no suggestion'' of any wrongdoing with basketball's international governing body like the scandal that has rocked soccer.Speaking before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Silver expressed his confidence in FIBA, noting that the NBA has a seat on its board.

  • The Latest: Quiet locker room: Warriors get 'minds right'

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---5:55 p.m. PDTThere was a calm in the Warriors' locker room as the players were getting ready for Game 1. It was relatively quiet. Players were getting dressed or getting taped up in the trainer's room.

  • The Latest: Iman Shumpert's pregame meal: Chicken fingers

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---5:40 p.m. PDTThe Cavaliers weren't exactly on a health kick in the minutes leading up to Game 1 of the finals.Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert's pregame meal of choice was a plate of chicken fingers and fries from a concession stand. As he ate his meal, assistant coach Tyronn Lue walked into the coaches office with a large tray of nachos.

  • The Latest: A sign? Curry nails pregame 'tunnel shot'

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---5:30 p.m. PDTThings got off to a good start for Stephen Curry and the Warriors.Curry connected on his pregame ''tunnel shot'' on the third try. Fans surrounding the tunnel behind the Warriors' bench erupted in cheers, and Curry signed a few autographs before heading to the locker room.

  • The Latest: There's Strength in Numbers of those T-shirts

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the NBA Finals:---5::20 p.m. PDTThere's been a little confusion over the color of those T-shirts fans wear at every Warriors home game during the playoffs.Well, they're not quite gold, and not quite yellow. Officially, the shirts are ''California golden yellow.''

  • As recovery continues, George starting to feel like old self

    February 10, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George was ready to play Thursday night - and not just in another charity softball game.He was ready for the biggest challenge of all. A little more than 10 months after a horrific leg injury and just hours after impressing his coach with an hour-long workout, the Indiana Pacers' two-time All-Star proclaimed he felt like his old self and was ready to face his biggest rival.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints, Pelicans owner

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson spent more than five hours testifying about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.And he's not done.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints and Pelicans owner

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is the latest witness to testify about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Wisconsin governor announces deal for new 0M Bucks arena

    February 10, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Taxpayers would pick up half the cost of a 0 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday.Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has argued for months that it will cost the state more in lost income-tax revenue if the NBA team leaves Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena.

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces deal to build new 0 million arena for Milwaukee Bucks

    February 10, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces deal to build new 0 million arena for Milwaukee Bucks.

  • AP sources: Half of 0M Bucks arena to come from taxpayers

    February 10, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Gov. Scott Walker was set to announce terms of a deal to pay for a new 0 million arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin, with half the financing coming from taxpayers and the rest coming from current and former team owners, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  • Ohio, California senators make beverage bets on NBA finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Ohio's two U.S. senators are betting beers brewed in the state against their California counterparts' wine, beer and coffee as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has wagered a six-pack of beer from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co. against California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bottles of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

  • Walker to announce terms of Bucks arena deal

    February 10, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Gov. Scott Walker is set to announce terms of a deal to pay for a new 0 million arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin amid concerns from Republican lawmakers about how much of the bill taxpayers will foot.Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has been arguing for months that it will cost the state more in lost income tax revenue if the NBA pulls the Bucks from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena.

  • Walker to announce Bucks arena deal

    February 10, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Gov. Scott Walker is set to announce terms of a deal to pay for a new 0 million arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin amid concerns from Republican lawmakers about how much of the bill taxpayers will foot.Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has been arguing for months that it will cost the state more in lost income tax revenue if the NBA pulls the Bucks from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena.

  • Ohio, California senators make beverage bet on NBA finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Ohio's Republican senator is hoping to toast a Cleveland Cavaliers NBA title with some California wine from a Democratic counterpart.U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has wagered a six-pack of Sharpshooter Wheat IPA from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co. California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has put up Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Golden State Warriors' home state of California.

  • Spike Lee talks drafting story for 'NBA 2K16' video game

    February 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) ''NBA 2K16'' will be a Spike Lee joint.2K Games announced Thursday that it recruited the acclaimed filmmaker - and die-hard New York Knicks fan - to write and direct the single-player campaign for the interactive basketball franchise's next edition.

  • Five things to know from NBA Finals practices

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) They talked about ending championship droughts, starting new traditions and building legacies.The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors met with the media Wednesday in their final practices before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

  • Curry set for his NBA Finals moment against LeBron, Cavs

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry was early in his career, a long way from even thinking about the NBA Finals.His Golden State Warriors were in Cleveland, where LeBron James powered one of the best teams in the league. Curry thinks the Warriors lost the game (they did, one of their 56 losses his rookie season) but certainly remembers the chat.

  • Granddaughter of Saints, Pelicans owner concludes testimony

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rita LeBlanc once expected to spend many years running the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, which would have made her one of the most powerful women in pro sports.This week, the disowned granddaughter has spent many hours on a witness stand, trying to persuade a judge that her 87-year-old grandfather, Tom Benson, was not of sound mind when he ousted her, her mother and her brother from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs, and changed his succession plan to place his third wife in line to control his business empire.

  • LeBron a favorite in Vegas even if Cavaliers are not

    February 10, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) LeBron James will do more than just make a lot of people in Cleveland happy if he can find a way to lead the Cavaliers over Golden State in the NBA Finals.He'll also make a lot of people a pretty good return on their investment.Bettors in this gambling city are taking a chance on the Cavaliers to win the NBA title, lured by odds that are roughly 2-1 against that happening. They're counting on the best player of his generation and his teammates to overcome the odds and beat the heavily favored Warriors.

  • Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson calls team's games in finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As awkward as it might appear, Mark Jackson believes his job analyzing his former Golden State Warriors team is really quite simple.''To me, it's an assignment, and my job is to tell the story,'' Jackson said. ''Sometimes people don't like the stories, but it is what it is. So to me, I absolutely feel like no matter, if I'm calling a game between my brothers or my parents, the facts are the facts. The story dictates itself to me, and I relay the message to the viewers as good as I possibly can. That's going to be my job whether it's the Warriors or anybody else.''

  • NBA plans "The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort"

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is going to Disney World.The league says Wednesday it is developing ''The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort,'' which will be located at Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.It will include NBA video productions, interactive experiences for fans, plus a restaurant and retail store.

  • NBA's Gasol brothers win Spanish sports prize

    February 10, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias prize for sports for their ''brilliant record'' playing basketball for Spain and their NBA teams.The pair was recognized for their ''sporting standards'' as well as being ambassadors for ''the Spanish brand,'' the award foundation said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • LeBron on his game: 'This is probably the best I've been'

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James listened to a question he's been asked in the past and began processing.On the eve of his fifth consecutive NBA Finals, the four-time league MVP who has carried the Cavaliers within four wins of a championship in his homecoming season, James appears to be playing the best ball of his life.

  • Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A lawyer for the estranged heirs of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson described the tone in the courtroom as ''somber'' and ''emotional'' as his clients began testifying about their patriarch's mental state.Taking the witness stand on Tuesday were Benson's daughter, Renee, and his granddaughter, Rita LeBlanc. The pair, along with Renee Benson's son, Ryan LeBlanc, claim in a lawsuit filed in January that Tom Benson was not of sound mind when he ousted them from ownership positions five months ago, instead leaving his third wife in position to take over.

  • Kings F Carl Landry has surgery on right wrist

    February 10, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.The Kings said Landry underwent the operation on Tuesday in New York and will miss approximately four to five months.Landry dealt with a sore wrist this past season, missing five games in January. An initial evaluation indicated surgery was not necessary. But when the pain persisted in the offseason, Landry underwent an MRI that revealed that surgery was necessary.

  • Warriors All-Star G Klay Thompson cleared to play in finals

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been cleared to return after his concussion and play in the NBA Finals.The Warriors announced after practice on Tuesday that Thompson completed the NBA's concussion protocol and will be ready to play Game 1 on Thursday night against Cleveland.

  • Cavs coach Blatt takes shots, battles his way to NBA Finals

    February 10, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) For any NBA rookie, the first year is challenging. There's the adjustment to travel, the pressure to perform and all that comes with being a professional.It can be overwhelming - even for a seasoned coach. No, nothing has come easy for David Blatt, who has had a tumultuous journey with the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals.

  • Chicago Bulls introduce Fred Hoiberg as new coach

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Fred Hoiberg looked at Chicago and saw a deep and talented roster with a chance to contend for a championship - an opportunity that was too good to pass up.The long-rumored pairing of Hoiberg and the Chicago Bulls became official on Tuesday when the former NBA guard and executive left Iowa State to become the 19th coach in franchise history, replacing the fired Tom Thibodeau.

  • Warriors will rely on versatility, depth to defend LeBron

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James believes there is nobody in the world that can stop him. He is too strong, too fast, too skilled.A bully with a basketball and beast above the rim.For the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title, they will need to get past James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals starting Thursday night. And not just once - but four times in seven games.

  • Rapper Iggy Azalea, NBA player Nick Young are engaged

    February 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Iggy Azalea recently canceled her fall tour, so she has time to plan for a big moment in her life: her wedding.Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers proposed to the rapper late Monday as they celebrated Young's 30th birthday. A short video of Azalea saying yes as Young proposed on bended knee was posted on the blog site Karen Civil. The site confirmed its authenticity via email.

  • So long, Mayor: Hoiberg leaves Iowa State stocked for future

    February 10, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's beloved ''Mayor'' is gone, lured to the riches and challenges of the NBA.At least Fred Hoiberg left his alma mater stocked with talent.The 42-year-old Hoiberg grew up in Ames, served as a ball boy for the Cyclones and later starred for legendary coach Johnny Orr. As a coach, he brought back the ''Hilton Magic'' to a success-starved fan base.

  • NBA union to investigate league's concussion protocol

    February 10, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When NBA union chief Michele Roberts watched Stephen Curry return to a game after his head slammed against the floor and he walked woozily to the locker room, she immediately took a closer look the league's concussion protocols.

  • Wade to join ABC for NBA Finals coverage

    February 10, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is going back to the NBA Finals - as an analyst.The three-time NBA champion will join ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.

  • AP Source: Bulls plan to introduce Hoiberg as coach

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Mayor is moving to Chicago.The Bulls plan to introduce Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago. The person spoke to the AP on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

  • AP source: Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as coach

    February 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) AP source: Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as coach.

  • Benson in good spirits as trial vs. estranged heirs starts

    February 10, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson walked slowly toward a court room where a struggle for control of his pro sports teams is playing out.Using a cane with his left hand while a young lawyer held the 87-year-old's right arm for support, Benson paused near