Professional basketball

October 09, 2018 - 9:36 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Tuesday as...
Read More
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, left, talks to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, on the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio. Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league: hire more women in positions of power. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)
October 09, 2018 - 3:05 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. "I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant...
Read More
San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) grabs a rebound next to teammate Bryn Forbes, left, and Houston Rockets' Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 08, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he's the right point guard for their team. And then Murray's knee gave out. In an instant, the entire trajectory of the Spurs' season might have changed...
Read More
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant listens to a question from a reporter before the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
October 05, 2018 - 11:26 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. "Definitely a different feeling pulling up into the...
Read More
In a photo provided by NBAE, Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, of Tunisia, lifts a participant during the NBA Cares Special Olympics Basketball Clinic, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. At left is Mavericks guard J.J. Barea. (Randy Belice/NBAE via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 10:57 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — JJ Redick didn't miss a shot. Dirk Nowitzki didn't miss a note. Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games. Redick was 7...
Read More
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, in Miami. Spoelstra's rule for training camp has usually been that there's a strict players-only policy at team events. He even has preferred getting out of Miami for camp, just so the team can be around each other without distraction. But this year, everything changed. Spoelstra and his wife Nikki became parents six months ago, and the Heat coach has new rules. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 03, 2018 - 1:44 pm
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has never been through a training camp like this. Spoelstra's rule for training camp has usually been that there's a strict players-only policy at team events. He even has preferred getting out of Miami for camp, just so the team can be around each other without...
Read More
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts during the first quarter of a preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
October 01, 2018 - 8:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving offered a simple message to science teachers Monday. "I'm sorry," the Boston Celtics star said. And with that, Irving made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. Speaking Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston, the flat-Earth topic that...
Read More
United States coach Dawn Staley gives instructions to her players during the Women's basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
October 01, 2018 - 3:16 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It's gold medal or bust. She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team's head coach. She's been successful in each position, helping the...
Read More
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
October 01, 2018 - 1:27 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago,...
Read More
Brittney Griner of the United States, left, jumps to shoot as Steph Talbot of Australia tries to stop her during the Women's basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 4:44 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 15 points to help the United States beat Australia 73-56 and win the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup on Sunday night. It was the third consecutive World Cup title for the U.S., something the country had never accomplished in its...
Read More

Pages