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Tue Feb 1802:09Surprise! Raptors, Heat, Grizzlies and Thunder in good placeJaylen BrownFree Agent
Pau GasolPFLakersFree Agent
The oddsmakers in Las Vegas usually know what they’re talking about.But even they get things wrong from time to time, and this season in the NBA there have been a few notable misses from all those preseason prognostications — specifically, ones made in relation to the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.The Grizzlies have already topped most preseason projections for their win total. The sports books had them around 27 wins, and the Ja Morant-led club already has 28 wins and is holding down the Western Conference’s No. 8 playoff spot with 28 games left.“We are just young, very athletic and just get out and run,” said Morant, a clear Rookie of the Year front-runner and probably the favorite at this point. “I feel like we all have something to prove. We just go out with this chip on our shoulder. We keep proving people wrong. But we go out every night and play together.”And the Thunder, who were expected to freefall after losing Paul George, were slotted by most boo... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:49Cavs, coach John Beilein plotting next steps in rough seasonAndre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Darius GarlandFree Agent
Kevin LovePFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Collin SextonFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonPFCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has admitted that losing NBA games has hit him hard. Maybe too hard.The 67-year-old former Michigan coach struggled to get through the season's unofficial first half with the young Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.It's not clear if he'll make it until the end.Beilein and the Cavs have discussed the possibility of him stepping down before the end of the season. And while there has been no decision made about Beilein's future, the team plans to reconvene this week following the All-Star break as players, coaches and executives return from much-needed retreats.ESPN.com first reported the possibility of Beilein leaving the team before the end of the season on Sunday night as the All-Star Game wrapped up in Chicago.It's been a rough transition to the pro game for Beilein, who was wildly successful as a college coach — the past 12 seasons with the Wolverines. Beilein was a surprising hire by the Cavs, who convinced him he was th... [More]
Mon Feb 1701:09Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP awardKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGPacersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record.The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant MVP award winner wasn't so easy.Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis on Sunday night.He was presented the MVP trophy that the league renamed after Bryant on Saturday, three weeks after the Lakers great and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter crashed near Los Angeles. “It's very special,” Leonard said. “Like I said, I had a relationship with him. Words can't explain how happy I am for it. Able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room, and just be able to see Kobe's name on there, it just means a lot to me. He's a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.”Bryant had a huge presence over the first ... [More]
Sun Feb 1623:59All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring KobeKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s host city is honored.When the game was in Los Angeles two years ago, the NBA wanted to honor Kobe Bryant.He declined. He couldn’t attend. His reason: his daughter Gianna Bryant had a game that morning.“That said, to us, everything about his priorities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday as he recalled that conversation with Bryant.This All-Star weekend was Michael Jordan’s longtime home of Chicago, highlighted by a game where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as captains — but it was, predictably and understandably, overshadowed by the mourning of Bryant.Jennifer Hudson, wearing the Lakers' deep purple, performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Kno... [More]
Sun Feb 1623:49Leonard, LeBron, Davis lead Team LeBron over Team GiannisGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGPacersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local):10:35 p.m. Kawhi Leonard scored 30, LeBron James scored 23 and Chicago product Anthony Davis finished with 20 points after hitting the winning free throw to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in the All-Star game.Leonard, who was named the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP, made eight 3-pointers to finish one shy of Paul George's All-Star record in 2016. Davis missed the first attempt, then sank the winning free throw, after Kyle Lowry grabbed him as he attempted to catch a pass in the paint.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 for his team.The winning team needed to reach 157 points after Team Giannis grabbed a 133-124 cumulative lead through the first three quarters. 9:50 p.m.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and Team Giannis leads Team LeBron 133-124 after three quarters even though Kawhi Leonard is closing in on the record for most 3-pointers in an All-Star Game.The teams tied 41-all in th... [More]
Sun Feb 1622:59Team Giannis, Team LeBron play to tie; Giannis leads 133-124Giannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGPacersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local):9:50 p.m.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and Team Giannis leads Team LeBron 133-124 after three quarters even though Kawhi Leonard is closing in on the record for most 3-pointers in an All-Star Game.The teams tied 41-all in the third quarter, after Team LeBron matched an All-Star scoring record while taking the first quarter 53-41 and Team Giannis bounced back in the second 51-30.The first team to reach 157 points will win the game.Rudy Gobert scored 21 points in all and 12 in the quarter, including a a tying alley-oop dunk off a feed from Trae Young in the closing seconds. Russell Westbrook then missed a runner at the buzzer for Team LeBron.Leonard has 28 points and is 8 for 13 on 3-pointers. He needs one from beyond the arc to tie Paul George's All-Star record in 2016.8:50 p.m.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and Team Giannis took the second quarter 51-30 after dropping the opener even thou... [More]
Sun Feb 1622:09All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring KobeKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s host city is honored.When the game was in Los Angeles two years ago, the NBA wanted to honor Kobe Bryant.He declined. He couldn’t attend. His reason: his daughter Gianna Bryant had a game that morning.“That said, to us, everything about his priorities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday as he recalled that conversation with Bryant.This All-Star weekend was Michael Jordan’s longtime home of Chicago, highlighted by a game where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as captains — but it was, predictably and understandably, overshadowed by the mourning of Bryant.Jennifer Hudson, wearing the Lakers' deep purple, performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Kno... [More]
Sun Feb 1621:59Team Giannis rebounds, beats Team LeBron in 2nd quarter, Giannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGPacersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local):8:50 p.m.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and Team Giannis took the second quarter 51-30 after dropping the opener even though Kawhi Leonard closed in on the record for most 3-pointers in an All-Star Game.After Team LeBron matched an All-Star record for scoring while winning the first quarter 53-41, Team Giannis returned the favor in the second.Antetokounmpo, the reigning league MVP, threw down dunk after dunk and ended the half with 20 points in all. And Trae Young nailed a shot from just inside halfcourt as the second quarter ended.Leonard, meanwhile, combined to score 25 and nail 7 of 10 3-pointers in the half. He needs two 3's to tie Paul George's All-Star record in 2016.Team Giannis holds a 92-83 lead over Team LeBron at the half.8:15 p.m.Kawhi Leonard scored 12 points and Team LeBron matched an All-Star Game record for scoring in a quarter, beating Team Giannis 53-41 in the opening period.A fo... [More]
Sun Feb 1621:29Team LeBron set All-Star record for points in quarterGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local):8:15 p.m.Kawhi Leonard scored 12 points and Team LeBron matched an All-Star Game record for scoring in a quarter, beating Team Giannis 53-41 in the opening period.A four-time All-Star, Leonard made all four 3-pointers — the only shots he attempted. Chicago product Anthony Davis scored nine. LeBron James added seven points as his team became the fourth to score 53 in an All-Star quarter.Miami's Bam Adebayo led the team picked by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo with eight points.The league announced major changes to the All-Star format last month, turning quarters into mini-games.The score was reset to 0-0 prior to the second quarterThe game also has a charity component, with the winner of each of the first three quarters earning $100,000 for a Chicago-based community organization. The money gets rolled over if there's a tie, and the overall winner also earns $200,000 for its group.Team LeBron is playin... [More]
Sun Feb 1620:49Magic leads tribute for Kobe, Stern, All-Star Game underwayKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local):7:45 p.m.One more All-Star ovation for Kobe Bryant. And big cheers for David Stern, too.Hall of Famer Magic Johnson led a tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers great and longtime commissioner prior to the All-Star game on Sunday night.Johnson led the crowd — which chanted “Kobe! Kobe!” — in an eight-second moment of silence, a nod to the number Bryant wore the first half of his career.Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson also performed as images of Bryant flashed on a giant screen behind the stage. South Side product Common followed with a rap dedicated to the great players from the city as well as Bryant before leading the introductions of players. Then singer-songwriter Chaka Khan sang the national anthem.The festivities were in Michael Jordan's longtime home of Chicago for the first time since 1988. But Bryant cast a huge shadow over them.The five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star and his 13-year-ol... [More]
Sun Feb 1620:19All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring KobeKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s host city is honored.When the game was in Los Angeles two years ago, the NBA wanted to honor Kobe Bryant.He declined. He couldn’t attend. His reason: his daughter Gianna Bryant had a game that morning.“That said, to us, everything about his priorities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday as he recalled that conversation with Bryant.This All-Star weekend is in Michael Jordan’s longtime home of Chicago, which will be highlighted by a game where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains — but it was, predictably and understandably, overshadowed by Bryant. It’s been three weeks now since he, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash i... [More]
Sun Feb 1616:08All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring KobeKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s host city is honored.When the game was in Los Angeles two years ago, the NBA wanted to honor Kobe Bryant.He declined. He couldn’t attend. His reason: his daughter Gianna Bryant had a game that morning.“That said, to us, everything about his priorities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday as he recalled that conversation with Bryant.This All-Star weekend is in Michael Jordan’s longtime home of Chicago, which will be highlighted by a game where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains — but it was, predictably and understandably, overshadowed by Bryant. It’s been three weeks now since he, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash i... [More]
Sat Feb 1521:18Obama panel celebrates off-court work of NBA starsStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is passionate about helping children in Greece and Africa. Kevin Love is trying to shine the brightest light he can on mental health by sharing his own struggles. Chris Paul is aiming to ensure that technology comes to schools where it hasn’t been affordable.Former President Barack Obama is aware of all those endeavors.And he’s trying to make sure plenty of other people find out as well.That’s why Obama invited that trio of NBA stars to sit alongside him for a panel discussion hosted by his foundation on Saturday, saying he invited that trio of basketball stars to laud what he called their “extraordinary leadership” when it comes to their off-court work.“It’s so much bigger than basketball,” Love said.Obama clearly agrees. The foundation that was created in 2014 has championed causes like the ones that are near and dear to Antetokounmpo, Paul and Love, which is why the 44th President decided to invite them to sit for what was calle... [More]
Sat Feb 1521:08Silver: NBA, USA Basketball still may play in China in 2020Kobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Chris PaulPGClippersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the discussions in both cases — pre-Olympic games for USA Basketball and the preseason games for the NBA — are ongoing, and said the decisions are not necessarily linked. It’s possible the U.S. may play there this summer and the NBA does not send teams this fall, Silver said.“Those are issues that haven’t been decided yet,” Silver said Saturday night at his annual All-Star weekend news conference.Things are not back to normal for the league when it comes to relations with China. The strain started Oct. 4, when Houston general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” referencing several months of ... [More]
Sat Feb 1516:18All-Star notes: Africa unveils teams, LeBron brings studentsGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Tyler HerroFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Derrick JonesFree Agent
Zach LaVineGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Kendrick NunnFree Agent
Duncan RobinsonFree Agent
Pascal SiakamFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season.The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek (Egypt), Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club (Madagascar), AS Police (Mali), AS Salé (Morocco), Ferroviàrio de Maputo (Mozambique), Rivers Hoopers BC (Nigeria), Patriots BC (Rwanda), AS Douanes (Senegal) and Union Sportive Monastirienne (Tunisia).“It's amazing creating a league in Africa,” said reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, a Greek born to Nigerian parents. “Giving opportunities to African talent and African players to go out there and showcase their talent, I knew it was going to happen.”The teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda earned the right to be in the league through qualifying tournaments. The teams from Angola... [More]
Sat Feb 1515:38Lakers' Davis back in hometown for All-Star GameAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Davis knows smooth. He has been making basketball look easy for years, from his early days in his native Chicago all the way through to NBA stardom.When it comes to his seemingly effortless transition to life with the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis makes it sound as if it's no big deal. After all, smooth is what he does.“(It's been) very natural. I think team chemistry is very good,” Davis told The Associated Press ahead of a special All-Star Game for the 6-foot-10 forward. “We've been able to do some major things in the first half of the year, and it's only going to get better.”Davis has teamed with LeBron James to give Los Angeles one of the best 1-2 punches in the league, leading the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 41-12 record at the break. Davis is averaging a team-high 26.6 points and 9.2 rebounds, shooting almost 52% from the field.In his first seven seasons with New Orleans, just making the playoffs was a big question for Davis this time of year.... [More]
Sat Feb 1502:18Lakers' Davis back in hometown for All-Star GameAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Davis knows smooth. He has been making basketball look easy for years, from his early days in his native Chicago all the way through to NBA stardom.When it comes to his seemingly effortless transition to life with the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis makes it sound as if it's no big deal. After all, smooth is what he does.“(It's been) very natural. I think team chemistry is very good,” Davis told The Associated Press ahead of a special seventh All-Star Game for the 6-foot-10 forward. “We've been able to do some major things in the first half of the year, and it's only going to get better.”Davis has teamed with LeBron James to give Los Angeles one of the best 1-2 punches in the league, leading the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 41-12 record at the break. Davis is averaging a team-high 26.6 points and 9.2 rebounds, shooting almost 52% from the field.In his first seven seasons with New Orleans, just making the playoffs was a big question for Davis this time ... [More]
Fri Feb 1421:18Jordan, Wilkins reflect on memorable '88 dunk contest battleKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
Pat ConnaughtonFree Agent
Jeremy EvansPFJazzFree Agent
Aaron GordonFMagicFree Agent
Dwight HowardCRocketsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFHeatFree Agent
Derrick JonesFree Agent
Vince CarterSFMavericksFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins have never talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest.They might be the only ones.It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured: Two stars, at the peak of their powers, the players who finished first and second in that season’s scoring standings, going head-to-head to decide a winner. Jordan left the old Chicago Stadium that night with the trophy. To this day, many believe Wilkins was the rightful winner. Either way, it was a never-to-be-forgotten show — and now, for the first time since that night 32 years ago, the dunk contest is returning to Chicago on Saturday night.“I did have a homecourt advantage, yes,” Jordan said this week in an interview with The Associated Press.“The fans got their money’s worth,” Wilkins said in a separate interview with AP.This season’s dunk contest entrants — Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr., the Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight How... [More]
Fri Feb 1418:38Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of FameKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual.The voters really didn’t need more this year.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the class of eight finalists announced Friday by the Hall of Fame. Each will still need to collect 18 votes from a 24-person panel before officially becoming Hall of Famers, which is certainly no more than a formality at this point.In recent years, finalist classes have been around 13 people. But the star power at the top forced the Hall to change its thinking this year, a decision that was made before Bryant died unexpectedly in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26.“We did it because of the enormity, even before Kobe’s death, that we think Kobe and Duncan and Garnett bring to it,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’ve never had a class that strong at the top. And then, of... [More]
Fri Feb 1418:08Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of FameKobe BryantSGLakersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced Friday as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility.Joining Bryant as first-time finalists for the Hall: 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan, fellow 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings.The other finalists have all been to this point previously: Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, five-time Division II women’s coach of the year Barbara Stevens of Bentley, and four-time national men’s college coach of the year Eddie Sutton.This year’s enshrinement class will be announced on April 4 at college basketball’s Final Four in Atlanta. The induction ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts is Aug. 29.Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles... [More]
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