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Indiana Fever's Erica Wheeler, of Team Wilson, cries as she holds the MVP trophy after winning the honor at the WNBA All-Star basketball game Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 27, 2019 - 6:55 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erica Wheeler hoped to make her All-Star debut an unforgettable one. She certainly did, walking away with the MVP award. Wheeler, who was the first undrafted player to debut in the league since 2003 to earn an All-Star spot, scored 25 points and led Team Wilson to a 129-126 victory...
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July 27, 2019 - 3:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi want their USA Basketball legacy to be more than just winning medals. The four-time Olympic gold medalists came up with an idea for a training plan for USA Basketball leading up to next year's Tokyo Olympics that would help the Americans go for an...
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Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, center, attends the WNBA All-Star festivities Friday, July 26, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 27, 2019 - 3:02 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Breanna Stewart is hoping to be ready by February to play with USA Basketball in the Olympic qualifying tournament. That would be about 10 months after she ruptured her right Achilles' tendon while playing in the Euroleague Women's championship in April. "I'm trying to be back to...
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Recently acquired Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook answers a question during an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Houston. Westbrook was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 26, 2019 - 6:16 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook knows he's in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. And he's ready to do whatever it takes to make the move work as he prepares to play with James Harden for the first time since 2012. "To be able to win something you...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Lorenzen Wright poses at the team's NBA basketball media day in Independence, Ohio. Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday, July 25, 2019 to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in one of Memphis, Tennessee's biggest murder cases. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
July 25, 2019 - 7:39 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in one of Memphis, Tennessee's biggest murder cases. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to...
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Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti speaks to the media during a news conference in Oklahoma City, after a whirlwind summer that saw the team trade stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
July 25, 2019 - 4:51 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The words rebuilding and tanking don't sit well with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. He prefers the terms repositioning and replenishing. No matter what he calls it, he has quite a task in front of him after trading Oklahoma City's two best players __ All-Stars Paul George...
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Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George , second right, holding their new team jerseys, pose with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, left, head coach Doc Rivers, second left, and team chairman Steve Ballmer during a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
July 24, 2019 - 8:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George laughed and cheered along with the crowd when the multibillionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers waved his arms, stomped his feet and screamed his new players' praises in a cracking voice. "Pretty cool! Pretty cool!" Steve Ballmer shouted with...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 22, 2019 - 6:16 pm
Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday...
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July 22, 2019 - 2:39 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games last season...
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Newly acquired Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker shakes a hand as he leaves an interview at the Celtics' basketball practice facility, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
July 17, 2019 - 6:07 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him. Kemba Walker will try to replace him. Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet to play a minute for the team. On the day...
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