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Fri May 1718:27Warriors remain optimistic Durant will return in postseasonAndrew BogutCCavaliersFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Kevon LooneyPFWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play for Golden State at some point this postseason but isn't guessing when that might be."There's definitely some gray area with any injury but with a calf injury like that especially," Kerr said Friday before the team traveled to Portland for Game 3. "It's going to be how he responds to the treatment and how his body recovers over the next days and however long it takes."Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini told Kerr from the time Durant was injured in Game 5 of the conference semifinals against Houston that it would be tough to predict the timetable for the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP's healing, based on the wide range in rehab and recovery for this injury.Durant was re-evaluated before a 114-111 Game 2 win Thursday night and won't play in Games 3 or 4 of the Western Conference finals at Portland, Saturday and Monday. He is likely to miss th... [More]
Fri May 1718:17NBA bans Pacers' Evans for violating league anti-drug policyTyreke EvansSGGrizzliesFree Agent
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league's anti-drug policy.The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. The team said it in a statement it would reach out to Evans to offer our support.A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.Evans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1712:27Not every NBA player will put body on line to take a chargeGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
Patrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Torrey CraigSFNuggetsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him.Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo. These days, not everybody is willing to do what Lowry does in the fast-paced, open-floor NBA game."I think it's kind of a lost art," DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors said of taking a charge.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won't argue that sentiment."It seems so, doesn't it? You can count on one hand how many charges are taken over the course of five or 10 games, in some situations," Popovich said with a chuckle. "You see it a lot more in college than you do in the NBA. Maybe they're protecting their contracts, don't want to get hurt, I don't know. There aren't very many, that's for sure."Successfully taking a charge is difficult and even those who are willing to try wo... [More]
Fri May 1700:07Kevin Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finalsAndrew BogutCCavaliersFree Agent
Quinn CookPGPelicansFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Golden State's 114-111 Game 2 win in of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers that put the Warriors up 2-0. Durant is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.The Warriors said Durant "has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work.""There's no mental adjustment, you just play. You go out there with what you have," coach Steve Kerr said. "This is our third game, 3 ½ games really, without him. We're just trying to... [More]
Thu May 1622:07Kevin Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finalsAndrew BogutCCavaliersFree Agent
Quinn CookPGPelicansFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Game 2 of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers and is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.The Warriors said Durant "has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work."Durant's 34.2 points per game lead all postseason scorers. He strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Rockets last Wednesday and didn't travel to Houston for the Warriors' Game 6 clincher... [More]
Thu May 1621:37Kevin Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finalsAndrew BogutCCavaliersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals for Golden State in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf.Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Game 2 of the best-of-seven series with the Trail Blazers and is not ready for on-court work — a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action. He will be re-examined in another week.The Warriors said Durant "has shown good progress since beginning his rehabilitation program one week ago. At this point, Durant is not ready to advance to on-court work."Durant's 34.2 points per game lead all postseason scorers. He strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Rockets last Wednesday and didn't travel to Houston for the Warriors' Game 6 clincher. He then sat out Game 1 against Portland on Tuesday and again Thursday.Andrew Bogut has started in Durant's place the past three games.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1518:07Pelicans going at own pace after hitting NBA lottery jackpotDeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGPelicansFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the NBA city most familiar with "gris-gris," folks see no small measure of poetic justice in the fact that their team will dictate the fate of a coveted prospect named Zion.Mystical explanations aside, the Pelicans are in the driver's seat now — but say they're in no hurry to disclose their plans for likely pick Zion Williamson or disgruntled All-Star Anthony Davis.A franchise that looked downtrodden for months since Davis requested a mid-season trade has been suddenly buoyed by the leverage that comes with winning the NBA's draft lottery— and the option to pick the Duke star, widely seen as the best pro prospect since Davis entered the league in 2012."What it's doing to the franchise and to the city of New Orleans is probably not even measurable at this point," said David Griffin, hired just weeks ago as New Orleans' top basketball executive. "There's a groundswell of excitement that frankly is palpable."What has to come next is that we have to make it mean... [More]
Wed May 1503:06Beilein: Leaving Michigan for Cavs is 'right thing to do'Jordan ClarksonSGLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.PFLakersFree Agent
Collin SextonFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Whether it was the right time to leave Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein wasn't sure.One thing he had no doubt about was this: It was the right move to make.Beilein decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball's biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years."There's never a good time to leave," he said following the draft lottery in Chicago on Tuesday. "You can make a couple choices. You can leave too early or you can leave too late. You never know when to leave. This was an opportunity that has so much potential it was too difficult to pass up. It was the right thing to do."Beilein accepted a big challenge on Monday when he took the Cavaliers' job after 12 seasons at Michigan.The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers won just 19 games in a stormy season following LeBron Jame... [More]
Tue May 1421:36US senator seeks safe passage for Turkish Trail Blazers starEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a Turkish star whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors.The Oregon senator wrote Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking that his government facilitate Kanter's safe passage to and from Canada if the Blazers advance to the title series."I also urge your government to state publicly that it will not comply with any Interpol red notice meant to interfere with Mr. Kanter's livelihood and to intimidate him and his family back in Turkey," Wyden wrote. Wyden is a fan of his hometown team, often attending games, and he appeared in photos alongside the player who helped push the Blazers past the Denver Nuggets to advance to the Western Conference Finals.The Blazers opened the conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesd... [More]
Tue May 1419:36US senator seeks safe passage for Turkish Trail Blazers starEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a Turkish star whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors.The Oregon senator wrote Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking that his government facilitate Kanter's safe passage to and from Canada if the Blazers advance to the title series."I also urge your government to state publicly that it will not comply with any Interpol red notice meant to interfere with Mr. Kanter's livelihood and to intimidate him and his family back in Turkey," Wyden wrote. Wyden is a fan of his hometown team, often attending games, and he appeared in photos alongside the player who helped push the Blazers past the Denver Nuggets to advance to the Western Conference Finals.The Blazers opened the conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesd... [More]
Tue May 1417:36Texas governor, lawmakers honor retired Mav Dirk NowitzkiDirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.Nowitzki was in Austin on Tuesday to visit Abbott, who introduced the German-born athlete as the greatest player in the history of the Mavs and one of the greatest in the league.The 40-year-old Nowitzki, who retired in April, also appeared in the Texas House and the Senate where he was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.Nowitzki, a 14-time All-Star, led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.
Tue May 1416:36Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki honored by Texas governor, lawmakersDirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.Nowitzki was in Austin on Tuesday to visit Abbott, who introduced the German-born star as the greatest player in Mavericks history and one of the greatest in the league.The 40-year-old Nowitzki retired in April. A 14-time All-Star, he led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.Nowitzki also appeared in the Texas House and the Senate, where he was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.
Tue May 1416:06Texas governor, lawmakers honor retired Mav Dirk NowitzkiDirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.Nowitzki was in Austin on Tuesday to visit Abbott, who introduced the German-born athlete as the greatest player in the history of the Mavs and one of the greatest in the league.The 40-year-old Nowitzki, who retired in April, also appeared in the Texas House and the Senate where he was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.Nowitzki, who's a 14-time All-Star, led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.
Tue May 1412:16Brown's hot seat actually quite cool as 76ers stand patElton BrandC76ersFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Tobias HarrisSFPistonsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Harris is a billionaire and he if wants to shuttle between New York and the Philadelphia 76ers headquarters in New Jersey on a helicopter, the team owner can do it with ease. If Harris wants to pay $45 million for his luxury home, he can spend pocket change on a new pad, too. And he if really wanted to silence speculation that Brett Brown was coaching for his Sixers career during the playoffs, well, all Harris had to say was that he had his guy.Harris instead settled for a milquetoast endorsement before the Brooklyn series, saying Brown was a "great coach" but offering no assurance he would return for another season if the Sixers failed to make a deep run in the playoffs."We think he's the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs," Harris said. "I'm focused on the Brooklyn Nets."Harris let Brown twist through the Brooklyn and Toronto series, the sixth-year coach's fate seemingly hinging on the outcome of four bounces of Kawhi Leonard's jump... [More]
Tue May 1410:26Correction: Curry Family Playoff Run storySeth CurryPGMavericksFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
In a story May 13 about the Curry family, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Seth Curry's fiance. Her name is Callie Rivers, not Callie Rogers.A corrected version of the story is below:Steph or Seth? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad representSteph or Seth? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad will represent each game of the Western Conference finalBy STEVE REEDAP Sports WriterDell Curry was standing near the loading dock at the Pepsi Center in Denver when Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum approached, gave him a big hug and asked, "Which shirt are you wearing?" for the Western Conference final."Got to flip a coin," Curry responded.Literally.With sons Stephen and Seth Curry becoming the first siblings to face each other in an NBA conference final, it's a dilemma most any parent would love.Dell and his wife, Sonya, decided wearing a split jersey with the Warriors and Blazers would be "too easy." Instead, they'll flip a coin before each game in the best-of-seven series to determine whic... [More]
Mon May 1323:4676ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with BrownElton BrandC76ersFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Tobias HarrisSFPistonsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He'll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase.The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand where they'll discuss their plans for the offseason, and how Brown fits in for the future. ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season.Brown could have his most talented team yet.But first, the agony of a postseason lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.The Sixers — who rebuilt their roster with two blockbuster trades — were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season.Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 ... [More]
Mon May 1321:36Lakers officially announce Vogel's hiring as next coachLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeSGLakersFree Agent
Tyson ChandlerCSunsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
JaVale McGeeCWarriorsFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGPelicansFree Agent
Lance StephensonSGPacersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach, two days after the sides agreed to terms.The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at its facility. The Lakers said in a release that Vogel has signed a multiyear contract but a person familiar with the hiring said it was a three-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because they weren't allowed to publicly discuss terms."I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired," Vogel said in a statement. "I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team."Vogel flew to Los Angeles on May 9 and met with a group that included owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis after discussions with Tyronn Lue fell apart.The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organization before... [More]
Mon May 1321:06Lakers officially announce Vogel's hiring as next coachLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach.The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at their facility.Vogel flew to Los Angeles on May 9 to interview and was hired two days later. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. He arrived in Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and '14.Vogel replaces Luke Walton, who was dismissed following three seasons as coach on April 12. The Lakers have missed the playoffs six straight seasons. The drought was expected to end this season, but injuries to LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as internal discord, resulted in a 37-45 recordVogel will be the Lakers' sixth coach since Phil Jackson stepped down after the 2010-11 season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon May 1320:16Warriors Durant, Cousins may miss Western Conference FinalsAndrew BogutCCavaliersFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Rodney HoodSGJazzFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Enes KanterCThunderFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins won't necessarily return from injuries in time to play for the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.Durant is likely to miss at least the first two games of the best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Coach Steve Kerr said after practice Monday a more extensive update on Durant's status would come Thursday once his calf injury is re-evaluated.Reserve Portland guard Rodney Hood was listed as questionable for Game 1. The team said Monday an MRI exam showed a bone bruise from the third quarter of a 100-96 Game 7 win Sunday at Denver to clinch the West semifinals. Hood, who had to be helped off the court, has contributed key minutes off the bench to help Portland reach its first conference final since 2000.Durant, the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP leading all postseason scorers, strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 against the Ro... [More]
Mon May 1319:46Warriors' Durant likely out for Games 1 and 2 vs BlazersKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsPFPelicansFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Enes KanterCThunderFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road.The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has a bit more cheerleading to do before he gets back on the court.Durant is likely to miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers while he recovers from a strained right calf. Durant was injured in Game 5 against Houston."Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff. He hasn't even stepped on the floor yet," coach Steve Kerr said Monday, a day before Game 1, noting a more extensive update would come Thursday.Golden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.Curry and Splash Brother Klay Thompson will look to build off strong performances in that final game against the Rockets to lead the top-seeded Warriors. The two... [More]
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