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Fri Dec 1402:12Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs SunsKobe BryantFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter of a 99-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team."It is good to be back," he said after the game. "Obviously I got a lot of work to do timing-wise, conditioning-wise. I have been running on a treadmill, which is not the same as playing NBA speed against a bunch of 20-year-old athletes."The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of this season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.He made his first appearance in the lineup this season with... [More]
Thu Dec 1323:32Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs SunsKobe BryantFree Agent
Luka DoncicPFMavericksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of this season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.He made his first appearance in the lineup this season with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. A minute later, he banked in his first shot in his six-minute stint on the court.The 2007 MVP said the slow pace of the rehab was to ensure Nowitzki wouldn't be sidelined again once he returns. The 13-time All-Star... [More]
Thu Dec 1321:52Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie agree to contract extensionSpencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
Jeremy LinPGHawksFree Agent
D'Angelo RussellPGNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets gave Spencer Dinwiddie a contract extension Thursday, a day after the best game of his career.The three-year extension will be worth about $34 million for the guard who was playing in the NBA G League before he signed with the Nets on Dec. 8, 2016.He has gone on to become one of their top players and scored a career-high 39 points, the most by any player off the bench in the NBA this season, in a victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday."The journey is just beginning," Dinwiddie wrote on Twitter. "I'm thankful that @brooklynnets believe in me enough to give me a home."Not to mention a nice raise from the $1.7 million he's making this season.Dinwiddie was third in voting for the Most Improved Player last season and could find himself in the race for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season. He is averaging 16.9 points, helping the Nets overcome the loss of scoring leader Caris LeVert to injury."It's just so evident, you can't take him out and he's play... [More]
Thu Dec 1321:52Mavs' Nowitzki set to make debut of 21st season vs SunsKobe BryantFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was active for Dallas' game against Phoenix on Thursday night, prepared to belatedly begin his record-setting 21st season with the Mavericks.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of his record-setting season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.
Thu Dec 1321:02Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie agree to contract extensionSpencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets and guard Spencer Dinwiddie have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $34 million.The deal Thursday came a day after Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points, the most by any player off the bench in the NBA this season, in a victory at Philadelphia.Dinwiddie was third in voting for the Most Improved Player last season and could find himself in the race for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season. He is averaging 16.9 points, helping the Nets overcome the loss of scoring leader Caris LeVert to injury.Dinwiddie became eligible to sign an extension last week but it was unclear if the Nets would offer one, which would cut into the cap space that will be available to them this summer. But Dinwiddie has played well enough on the court and been one of the team's leaders off it, so they decided it was worth it to pay now.The third year of the deal is a player option and all three years are guaranteed.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1318:32Warriors' Curry says he was joking about moon landingStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Stephen Curry didn't mean it.Curry told ESPN this week he was joking when he questioned on a podcast whether astronauts landed on the moon, comments that sent social media into a tizzy.He also said he will accept NASA's invitation to tour the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston."Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast," Curry told ESPN. "(Then) I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, 'Oh my God, he's a fake-moon-landing truther,' whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own."But in terms of the reaction that I've gotten, I am definitely going to take (NASA) up on their offer."___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1314:42Knicks sign rookie Trier to guaranteed NBA deal, waive BakerRon BakerPGKnicksFree Agent
Allonzo TrierSGKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have signed guard Allonzo Trier to a guaranteed deal after the undrafted rookie's strong start to the season.The Knicks say Thursday that Trier became the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. The team acted quickly to make sure Trier wouldn't have to spend time in the NBA G League after he was one of the top contributors to the Knicks.Trier is averaging 11.3 points in 27 games and is shooting 39.1 percent from 3-point range, which ranks third among first-year players.He was signed to a two-way contract on July 3 after the former Arizona guard wasn't taken in the draft despite averaging 18.1 points as a junior.To make room on the roster for Trier's contract, the Knicks waived guard Ron Baker.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1313:32Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a 'tap of endearment'Bismack BiyomboCHornetsFree Agent
Jeremy LambSGHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan said it was a "tap of endearment."After watching a bizarre ending to Charlotte's win against Detroit on Wednesday, a bewildered Jordan lightly smacked the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of the game.Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday via text message through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy there was no malicious intent when he playfully smacked Monk on the back of his head."It was like a big brother and little brother tap," Jordan told the AP. "No negative intent. Only love!"Monk and teammate Bismack Biyombo ran from the bench on to the court to celebrate as Jeremy Lamb launched a 22-footer game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds left. Officials gathered at the scorer's table and assessed the Hornets a one-shot technical foul for having six men on the floor."Big, big, big brother," Monk said with a laugh Thursday. "But it was nothing. He was just playing."Monk went on to say, "it's Mike, and whatever h... [More]
Thu Dec 1312:32Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a 'tap of endearment'Bismack BiyomboCHornetsFree Agent
Jeremy LambSGHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan says lightly smacking the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of Wednesday night's win against the Pistons was a "tap of endearment."Monk and teammate Bismack Biyombo ran from the bench on to the court to celebrate as Jeremy Lamb launched a 22-footer game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds left. Officials gathered at the scorer's table and assessed the Hornets a one-shot technical foul for having six men on the floor.Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday there was no malicious intent when he playfully smacked Monk on the back of his head.The Hornets owner, says "It was like a big brother and little brother tap. No negative intent. Only love!"The Pistons made the one technical foul shot, but Lamb's basket was allowed to stand and the Hornets won 108-107.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1312:12Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a 'tap of endearment'Bismack BiyomboCHornetsFree Agent
Jeremy LambSGHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner Michael Jordan says lightly smacking the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of Wednesday night's win against the Pistons was a "tap of endearment."Monk and teammate Bismack Biyombo ran from the bench on to the court to celebrate as Jeremy Lamb launched a 22-footer game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds left. Officials gathered at the scorer's table and assessed the Hornets a one-shot technical foul for having six men on the floor.Jordan told the Associated Press Thursday there was no malicious intent when he playfully smacked Monk on the back of his head.The Hornets owner, says "It was like a big brother and little brother tap. No negative intent. Only love!"The Pistons made the technical, but Lamb's basket was allowed to stand and the Hornets won 108-107.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1302:42Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout WarriorsStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State.Earlier in the day, Leonard was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Toronto coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard's status.The Raptors improved their NBA-best record to 23-7. They beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without Leonard on Tuesday night and then completed a season sweep of the two-time defending champion Warriors.Toronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Dec 1223:02Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors face WarriorsStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard is sitting out Toronto's showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.The star forward is inactive for the second straight game. Earlier in the day, he was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Raptors coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard's status.The Raptors began the night with the best record in the NBA at 22-7. They beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without Leonard on Tuesday night and are seeking a season sweep of the two-time defending champion Warriors.Toronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Dec 1221:22Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoilZach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican fans have waited a lifetime for the opportunity to watch their favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, in their homeland. But hardly anyone envisioned that they'd get to see the current version of the team that will face the Orlando Magic on Thursday night amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.Playing South of the Border for the first time in their history, the Bulls (6-22) are the main attraction in a country where the franchise in considered the second-most popular among local fans. Many of them fell in love with the team when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 90s.But these Bulls arrived in Mexico after losing nine of their last 10 games, and with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA. The terrible start led to the firing of coach Fred Hoiberg, who was replaced by his assistant, Boylen, who is off to a rough start.After a win over Oklahoma City on Friday and a 56-point loss ... [More]
Wed Dec 1221:12Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoilZach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican fans have waited a lifetime for the opportunity to watch their favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, in their homeland. But hardly anyone envisioned that they'd get to see the current version of the team that will face the Orlando Magic on Thursday night amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.Playing South of the Border for the first time in their history, the Bulls (6-22) are the main attraction in a country where the franchise in considered the second-most popular among local fans. Many of them fell in love with the team when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 90s.But these Bulls arrived in Mexico after losing nine of their last 10 games, and with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA. The terrible start led to the firing of coach Fred Hoiberg, who was replaced by his assistant, Boylen, who is off to a rough start.After a win over Oklahoma City on Friday and a 56-point loss ... [More]
Wed Dec 1214:32NBA fines Suns forward Warren $15K for comment to refTJ WarrenSFSunsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language toward an official following his ejection from a game.The fine was handed down Wednesday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.The incident occurred with 1:44 remaining in the second quarter of the Suns' 123-119 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.In his first game back after missing five with an ankle injury, Warren had just been ejected for drawing back-to-back technical fouls.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 1121:31Toronto's Leonard out against Clippers with right hip bruiseKawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto's Kawhi Leonard won't play against the Los Angeles Clippers because a bruised right hip.Raptors coach Nick Nurse announced the injury shortly before Tuesday night's game at Staples Center.He says Leonard got hurt in a loss against Milwaukee on Sunday and the forward is listed as day-to-day."He did go through shootaround," Nurse said. "We were hoping he would pass the test and go, but it was a little too sore."Leonard is averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Raptors, whose 21-7 record leads the NBA.Toronto came into Tuesday's game having lost three of four. The Raptors move on to face Golden State on Wednesday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 1116:21Cavaliers' Thompson could miss month with sprained left footMalcolm BrogdonSGBucksFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.CCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson's strong season has stalled.Cleveland's starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few bright spots for the struggling Cavaliers, who are 6-21 and already missing star forward Kevin Love.Thompson got hurt in the third quarter when he twisted his foot while landing on the foot of Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon. Thompson tried to stay in the game before signaling to Cleveland's bench that he needed to come out. He did not return.Afterward, Thompson didn't think his injury was too serious."I just fell forward on it, it'll be all right," he said. "It happens when you're rebounding and the little guys are down there. It's part of the game. I'm just glad I was able to walk off on my own two feet."Thompson underwent further tests on Tuesday, which confirmed the sprain. The Cavaliers said he will be out a minimum of two weeks,... [More]
Tue Dec 1113:21Cavaliers' Thompson could miss month with sprained left footKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson could miss a month with a sprained left foot.Thompson got hurt during Monday night's 108-92 loss in Milwaukee. He made 6 of 7 shots and added six rebounds in 18 minutes before he twisted his foot in the third quarter.The team says Thompson will be out for a minimum of two weeks, and his status will updated "as appropriate."He's averaging 12 points and a career-high 11.6 rebounds in 27 games.Thompson's injury is the latest setback for the struggling Cavaliers, who are still without All-Star forward Kevin Love. He's been out most of the season following toe surgery and is not expected back until sometime in January.Cleveland is 6-21 heading into Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 1105:02Wade, James embrace final chance to compete on courtLeBron JamesPFLakersFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade will be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles while he settles into retirement next year. He already has a house here, and his wife's acting career would undoubtedly benefit from more time in Hollywood.LeBron James is a newly minted Southern Californian himself, and he's already hatching schemes to occupy his former teammate, longtime rival and permanent friend."I told him, 'No one likes to work out by themselves,'" James said with a grin. "So he can come to Staples. He can come to the practice facility anytime he wants to get workouts in. He can come help me with the young guys as well. He'll be around a lot more personally for me, so I'll love that."Wade still has 56 regular-season games left in his self-declared final NBA season with the Miami Heat, but he passed a major milestone in that procession when he lined up against James for the final time Monday night in the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-105 victory.The result wasn't the most important part of th... [More]
Tue Dec 1103:32Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developerDevin BookerPGSunsFree Agent
Quinn CookPGWarriorsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Damian JonesCWarriorsFree Agent
Damion LeeSGWarriorsFree Agent
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker's hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix.Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris' absence.Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment's notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA.Or, as is the case for Santa Cruz this week, send one of the NBA's best big men out on rehab assignment.Miles will have the chance to work alongside DeMarcus Cousins, assigned to Santa Cruz on Monday as he continues his rehab from left Achilles tendon surgery. Cousins' younger brother, Jaleel, is on the team, too.One moment, Miles might be setting a screen or boun... [More]
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