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Wed Sep 915:31Steve Nash eager to get started on new career as Nets coachKyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Nash was a leader, a guy who loved to get the best out of his teammates on the court and build relationships with them off it.Those qualities helped him become a Hall of Fame player.Now he thinks they can make him a successful coach.Nash was introduced Wednesday by the Brooklyn Nets, who picked him to guide Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the rest of a team with high expectations despite him having no coaching experience.“I love to compete. I love to teach, to lead and to be a part of a team. And so to be in a position where I can use all those things on a day-to-day basis and focus all my energy on those tenants is a perfect fit,” Nash said.“So while I hadn’t necessarily publicly stated my desire to coach, privately it’s always been in my mind, it’s always been an opportunity that suited me. When you can’t run up and down the court anymore, what can you do? What can you contribute?”The Nets believe there is plenty. General manager Sean Marks play... [More]
Wed Sep 900:00Billy Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasonsCarmelo AnthonyPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFThunderFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderSGThunderFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Chris PaulPGThunderFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGRocketsFree Agent
Billy Donovan won't return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, the team announced Tuesday night, ending a largely successful run that ought to make him an attractive candidate for jobs around the league.Donovan, who was at the end of his contract, took the Thunder to the playoffs every year and was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City. “I have a great respect and admiration for the players I coached in Oklahoma, and I also want to thank the coaches I worked with, who gave unbelievable time and expertise to our common goal,” Donovan said in a statement.The Thunder and Donovan described his departure as a mutual decision. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said he couldn’t give Donovan the assurances he wanted about the future.“In knowing where he is and the caliber of coach he is... [More]
Wed Sep 900:00Rockets' Covington injured in collision with Lakers' DavisRobert CovingtonPFRocketsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Kyle KuzmaPFLakersFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Houston forward Robert Covington was taken to the locker room after colliding with Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the teams' Western Conference playoff series Tuesday night.Less than five minutes remained in the game when the collision took place.Covington and Los Angeles' Kyle Kuzma were trying to get into rebounding position. A push from Kuzma caused Covington to run into Davis, who was stationed under the basket. The left side of Covington’s face hit Davis’ right arm, while Covington’s left elbow hit Davis’ right side. Covington had a towel on his face as he headed to the locker room.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Sep 823:00Out and over: Giannis misses Game 5 for Bucks with bad ankleGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo wanted to play.The Milwaukee Bucks saved the reigning NBA MVP from himself.Antetokounmpo was held out of Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat Tuesday night because of a sprained right ankle — and the Bucks' season came to an end, falling 103-94.Miami won the series 4-1.“I kind of feel lost, to be honest with you," Antetokounmpo said. “If it’s up to me, I’d play with one leg. I really don’t care. But at the end of the day, we have people on the team ... who have to protect my health no matter what."The Bucks didn't even give Antetokounmpo a chance to be tempted, listing him as inactive.They indicated multiple times Monday and Tuesday that the long-term risks were under serious consideration. If Antetokounmpo played on a bad ankle and hurt it worse, it could have had serious effects — and the Bucks, even with their season on the line, were not willing to take that risk.“We ... [More]
Tue Sep 818:10Giannis out: Bucks say the MVP's ankle not ready for Game 5Giannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was ruled out of Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat because of a sprained right ankle.The Bucks listed Antetokounmpo as inactive, doing so about 45 minutes before Tuesday’s matchup started. They entered the game trailing the best-of-seven series 3-1.Antetokounmpo clearly tried to get himself ready for Game 5. He was on the court about two hours before game time, getting some shots up, then did more strength and flexibility work with a member of the Bucks’ staff. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer watched the on-court session closely, before the team made the final decision.“It’s just always good to see it with your eyes,” Budenholzer said.Antetokounmpo sprained the ankle in the first quarter of Game 3, then played his usual minutes the rest of the way. He turned the same ankle the same way — inward — early in the second quarter of Game 4 and could not return.Th... [More]
Tue Sep 816:10Celtics committing $25 million to address racial injusticeJaylen BrownSGCelticsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics and their charitable arm, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, are committing $25 million over the next 10 years for initiatives to address racial injustice and social inequities in the greater Boston area.The commitment will include $20 million in cash and $5 million in media assets to support the NBA's efforts, as well as local programs focused on six specific areas that were identified in discussions with community leaders and Celtics players. The collective effort will be called Boston Celtics United for Social Change.The six areas the efforts will focus on are equity in education, economic opportunity, equity in health care, criminal and law enforcement, breaking down barriers and building bridges between communities, and voting and civic engagement.“We feel both the urgency of the moment and the weight of the centuries of injustices as we undertake this critically important work,” Steve Pagliuca, Celtics managing partner chairman of the B... [More]
Mon Sep 715:50NBA fines Clippers' Beverley $25,000 for verbal abuse of refPatrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA fined Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 on Monday for verbally abusing a game official in Game 2 of his team’s Western Conference semifinal series against the Denver Nuggets.The incident took place Saturday night with 1:04 remaining in what became a 110-101 loss for the Clippers. Beverley was demonstrably upset with a foul call against him four seconds earlier, then unsuccessfully tried to take a charge when play resumed and got called for a blocking foul.Beverley then got two technical fouls as he argued to no avail. It became his second ejection of the season and his first of the playoffs.It’s also his second $25,000 fine of the season; he got the first in October for throwing the ball into the stands after the Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening game of the season for both clubs.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Sep 715:40Bucks hoping to see Antetokounmpo can play Game 5 vs. HeatGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Eric BledsoePGBucksFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFHeatFree Agent
Jae CrowderSFHeatFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Donte DiVincenzoPG/SGBucksFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
George HillPGBucksFree Agent
Dwight HowardCLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Brook LopezCBucksFree Agent
Wesley MatthewsSGBucksFree Agent
JaVale McGeeCLakersFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGLakersFree Agent
Dion WaitersSGLakersFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGRocketsFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks will play another day.They’re waiting to see if reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will join them.It’s still a dire situation for the team that had the league's best regular-season record this season — they’re down 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Miami Heat, with another win-or-go-home test awaiting in Game 5 on Tuesday night. And they don’t know if Antetokounmpo, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3 and then again in Game 4, will be ready.“There’s hope,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We’re not ruling him out, so I guess until he’s ruled out you have hope. He’s going to do everything he can to make himself available.”Also Tuesday: Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, with that matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets tied at a game apiece.Antetokounmpo was with the Bucks for their light practice Monday. He got treatment on the ankle, then left wearing a pr... [More]
Sun Sep 617:00Bucks' Antetokounmpo out of Game 4 with ankle injuryGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was ruled out of Sunday’s Game 4 of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat after aggravating a sprained right ankle.Antetokounmpo was driving to the basket with 10:18 left in the second quarter, trying to get past Miami’s Andre Iguodala. He went down and screamed in pain as he grabbed at the ankle, and it didn't take long for most of those on the Bucks' bench to gather around him in concern.Antetokounmpo eventually went to the bench, then went back onto the court to shoot his free throws. He had to take them to have any chance of being able to return to the game, per NBA rules.In the end, it didn't matter: The Bucks announced at halftime that Antetokounmpo would not return to the game. He finished with 19 points in 12 minutes.The Bucks went into Sunday down 3-0 in the series and facing elimination. Antetokounmpo scored 18 of Milwaukee’s first 26 points in... [More]
Sun Sep 616:40Bucks' Antetokounmpo leaves Game 4 with ankle injuryGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks left Sunday’s Game 4 of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat after appearing to aggravate a sprained right ankle.Antetokounmpo was driving to the basket with 10:18 left in the second quarter, trying to get past Miami’s Andre Iguodala. He went down and screamed in pain as he grabbed at the ankle, and it didn't take long for most of those on the Bucks' bench to gather around him in concern.Antetokounmpo eventually went to the bench, then went back onto the court to shoot his free throws.It was not immediately clear if he would return.He missed the first free throw, made the second and — after the Bucks took an immediate foul to get him out of the game — limped off for additional evaluation. He had to take the free throws in order to remain eligible to return to the game; had he not taken those shots, NBA rules would not have permitted him to return.The ... [More]
Fri Sep 420:49Harrell wins Sixth Man Award to keep it with ClippersMontrezl HarrellCClippersFree Agent
Dennis SchroderPGThunderFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell was close last year. This year, his grandmother told him, he was going to win the Sixth Man Award.The only disappointment was she didn't live to see it.“It just hurts that I can’t take it home to her,” Harrell said, with the trophy sitting beside him.He won it on Friday, keeping the honor for the league’s top reserve with the Los Angeles Clippers for the third straight season.Harrell ended the two-year run of teammate Lou Williams — who finished third — and gave the Clippers four winners in the last five years. Harrell and Williams helped the Clippers have the league’s highest-scoring bench for the second straight season.Harrell received 58 first-place votes from a panel of 100 writers and broadcasters, earning 397 points. Dennis Schroder of Oklahoma City was second with 35 first-place votes and 328 points, while Williams got the other seven first-place votes and 127 points.Voting took account only games through March 11 an... [More]
Fri Sep 418:49Harrell wins Sixth Man Award to keep it with ClippersMontrezl HarrellCClippersFree Agent
Dennis SchroderPGThunderFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell won the NBA's Sixth Man Award on Friday, keeping the honor for the league’s top reserve with the Los Angeles Clippers for the third straight season.Harrell ended the two-year run of teammate Lou Williams — who finished third — and gave the Clippers four winners in the last five years. Harrell and Williams helped the Clippers have the league’s highest-scoring bench for the second straight season.Harrell received 58 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sports writers and broadcasters, earning 397 points. Dennis Schroder of Oklahoma City was second with 35 first-place votes and 328 points, while Williams got the other seven first-place votes and 127 points.The Clippers averaged 51.5 points from their bench, continuing to get strong play from their second unit. Before Williams' consecutive awards, Jamal Crawford won the last of his three awards in 2016.Harrell is a 6-foot-8 force of energy, outworking fellow big men on the boards and outracing them on fast breaks. He averaged a career-best 18.6 points in 63 games, including two starts, through March 11.Voting took account only games through that point and none during the restart. Harrell didn't play during that after leaving the team because of his grandmother's death, but returned to help the Clippers into the second round of the playoffs.
Fri Sep 414:29Raptors-Celtics prep for Game 4, Nuggets-Clippers for Game 2Patrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSGCelticsFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A year ago, Toronto had The Shot.This time, the Raptors have The Pass.Despite Kyle Lowry’s attempts to take attention off the pass that he threw to OG Anunoby to set up the gamewinning, probably season-saving 3-pointer at the buzzer for Toronto in what became its 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday, he’s probably going to have to accept that it will be a memorable moment — especially if the Raptors go on to win this Eastern Conference semifinal series.Game 4 of Celtics-Raptors is Saturday night, followed by Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers got an easy 120-97 win in Game 1 behind 29 points from Kawhi Leonard, who last year made what Raptors fans will forever know as The Shot — the epic four-bounce-off-the-rim jumper at the buzzer of Game 7 to give Toronto a win over Philadelphia in the East semifinals.Leonard’s shot became iconic because the Rapto... [More]
Thu Sep 318:48Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coachSpencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Joe HarrisSFNetsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach.The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn,” Nash said in a statement.Nash, two-time MVP as the playmaker of the Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D'Antoni that piled up points and 3-pointers long before they became the norm in the NBA, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.D'Antoni, now coaching Houston, said he texted Nash when he heard the news.“Jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” D'Antoni said. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the gener... [More]
Thu Sep 318:18Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coachSpencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Joe HarrisSFNetsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach.The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn,” Nash said in a statement.Nash, two-time MVP as the playmaker of the Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D'Antoni that piled up points and 3-pointers long before they became the norm in the NBA, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.D'Antoni, now coaching Houston, said he texted Nash when he heard the news.“Jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” D'Antoni said. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the gener... [More]
Thu Sep 317:59Heat have Bucks in serious trouble going into Game 3Giannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFHeatFree Agent
Pat ConnaughtonSFBucksFree Agent
Jae CrowderSFHeatFree Agent
Donte DiVincenzoPG/SGBucksFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFHeatFree Agent
Brook LopezCBucksFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
Kelly OlynykPFHeatFree Agent
Marvin WilliamsPFBucksFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Having the NBA's best record during the regular season shows the obvious potential of the Milwaukee Bucks.It also means they haven't dealt with major on-court adversity often.They are now, facing a pivotal Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the rolling Miami Heat on Friday night. The top-seeded Bucks have dropped the first two games to the fifth-seeded Heat, marking just the fifth time this season that they've had a multi-game losing streak.“We've said it many times," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think your character really comes through when you face adversity, when you're tested. I think the character of this group is off the charts."They are being tested now, so that theory better ring true for Milwaukee — or else.The ending of Game 2 was bizarre, a close call looking like it would take a win away from Miami — Goran Dragic’s foul of Khris Middleton with the Heat up by three in the final seconds, a play where... [More]
Thu Sep 312:38Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coachSpencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Joe HarrisSFNetsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
Steve Nash was one of the NBA's most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball. Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach.The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn,” Nash said in a statement.Nash, two-time MVP as the playmaker of the Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D'Antoni that piled up points and 3-pointers long before they became the norm in the NBA, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the general manager in Phoenix for part of Nash's time and took elements of the Suns' system in winning three NBA titles. He thanked and congratulat... [More]
Thu Sep 310:28Nets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coachKyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash, two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D'Antoni, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn," Nash said in a statement.The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who they said would remain on staff as Nash's lead assistant.The Nets reached the postseason despite having Irving for only 20 games and Durant for none, but the two stars who came to Brooklyn together last summer are expected to be ready for the 2020-21 season.That made the Nets vacancy an attractive position, and general manager Sean Marks said he met with a num... [More]
Thu Sep 310:08Nets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coachKyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFNetsFree Agent
The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash, two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D'Antoni, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn," Nash said in a statement.”The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who they said would remain on the staff as Nash's lead assistant.The Nets reached the postseason despite having Irving for only 20 games and Durant for none, but the two stars who came to Brooklyn together last summer are expected to be ready for the 2020-21 season.
Wed Sep 219:08Blazers' Ariza denies allegations he abused 12-year-old sonTrevor ArizaSFTrailblazersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order keeping the Portland Trail Blazers' Trevor Ariza away from his 12-year-old son after the boy's mother alleged Ariza had physically abused him. Ariza strongly denied the abuse allegations, saying the boy's mother, his former girlfriend Lana Allen, had engaged in a long campaign to hurt his relationship with his son and to take away his visitation rights, according to court papers obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Allen alleges in documents filed Aug. 27 that Ariza punched his son in the arm and shoulder and put him in a choke hold on July 25 during a month-long visit at Ariza's Los Angeles-area home. The court filings allege Ariza engaged in similar abuse on previous visits, and has violated a court order against using corporal punishment. Allen sent the police to Ariza's home during the visit, but their investigation was inconclusive, the documents said. The filing called Ariza's actions “i... [More]
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