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Fri Jan 2402:56Analysis: Too many players making mockery of All-Star votingTacko FallCCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGCelticsFree Agent
Justise WinslowPGHeatFree Agent
Once again, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains.Once again, the fans — mostly, anyway — got who they wanted as the game’s starters.And once again, too many NBA players made a mockery of their vote to decide which colleagues should start the league’s showcase exhibition.It’s time for the NBA to take the vote away from the players. It's clear too many don’t want the job.While fan voting pretty much set the tone for who will start Feb. 16 in Chicago, an AP analysis of the numbers shows that 380 players took part in the voting. The players, like the media and fans, voted for three frontcourt players and two guards apiece from the Eastern and Western Conferences.A look inside those numbers reveals a growing concern. Antetokounmpo — the league’s reigning MVP — got the most player votes, with 258. That means 67.9% of players who voted thought he was worthy of an All-Star start. More importantly, that means 32.1% of players who voted thought he shoul... [More]
Thu Jan 2322:46Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains againGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Luka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGCelticsFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis.LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall votegetters from the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.The other starters for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago: Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.“For me, it's always a blessing just being part of All-Star weekend," James told TNT on Thursday night.James, as the leading overall vote-getter, will have the top pick when he and Antetokounmpo pick their teams; Antetokounmpo will pick first in the second round, when the rese... [More]
Thu Jan 2319:46Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains againGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Luka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGCelticsFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis.LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall votegetters from the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.The other starters for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago: Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.James, as the leading overall vote-getter, will have the top pick when he and Antetokounmpo pick their teams; Antetokounmpo will pick first in the second round, when the reserves are chosen.James is a starter for the 16th time, an NBA record. Being a 16-time All-Star also puts h... [More]
Thu Jan 2319:26Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains againGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Luka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGCelticsFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis.LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall votegetters from the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.The other starters for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago: Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.James, as the leading overall vote-getter, will have the top pick when he and Antetokounmpo pick their teams; Antetokounmpo will pick first in the second round, when the reserves are chosen.James is a starter for the 16th time, an NBA record. Being a 16-time All-Star also puts h... [More]
Thu Jan 2317:46In tight race, Suns' Booker pushes into All-Star discussionDevin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Kelly OubreSFSunsFree Agent
Ricky RubioPGSunsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker has produced the kind of all-around numbers for the past few seasons that suggest he should be an NBA All-Star. He usually commands the respect of opposing defenses like an All-Star. His teammates and coach believe there is no doubt that he's an All-Star.Yet the fifth-year Phoenix Suns guard has never been an All-Star.That could change fairly soon. The 23-year-old looks like he'll be caught in quite a battle for the final spots in the Western Conference when the reserves are announced next week. The league's coaches will likely have several good players to choose from, including Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Brandon Ingram.If he makes it, Booker would be the Suns' first All-Star since Steve Nash in 2012. “I've said it for a couple years — my main focus is to turn around this franchise and get to the playoffs,” Booker said. “Obviously, (being an All-Star is) an individual goal of mine. I feel like I've played at... [More]
Thu Jan 2313:06In Paris, Hornets look for ways to stop Antetokounmpo Giannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Nicolas BatumSFHornetsFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
Tony ParkerPGHornetsFree Agent
PARIS (AP) — Different continent, same challenge for the Charlotte Hornets: How to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo?When the Hornets played Milwaukee in December, the league's MVP scored 26 points in just 20 minutes in a blowout win for the Bucks. As they prepare for rematch in Paris on Friday, Charlotte's French forward Nicolas Batum said there is no obvious answer when it comes to preventing Antetokounmpo from dominating again.“It's been two years now that no one has the answer,“ Batum said ahead of the NBA's first regular-season game to be played in France. “He's becoming more reliable with his shooting and he'll become an unstoppable machine soon. For me he's the MVP so far this season.“Antetokounmpo is coming off his fourth triple-double of the season on Monday night against the Chicago Bulls. In that game he also reached a milestone of 10,000 points.According to Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, though, the Greek star hasn't reached his full potential yet. “We feel like he's go... [More]
Thu Jan 2313:06Antetokounmpo tells Williamson: 'Don’t rush the process'Giannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
PARIS (AP) — The NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player has simple advice for the player many are viewing as a future MVP after his show-stopping debut.“Don’t rush the process,“ was the message that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo sent to Zion Williamson on Thursday from Paris.The 19-year-old Williamson made his highly-anticipated NBA debut for New Orleans Pelicans against San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick had the crowd on their feet and asking for more after scoring 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of a 121-117 loss which took a back seat to Williamson's impact.Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star for the past three years, knows what it's like to be surrounded by hype and urged Williamson to take his time.“You’re going to be a beast, the whole league knows you’re going to be a beast,“ Antetokounmpo said in Paris, where the Bucks will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. “Just take it step by step, day by day.“... [More]
Thu Jan 2311:56Antetokounmpo tells Williamson: 'Don’t rush the process'Giannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
The NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player has simple advice for the player many are viewing as a future MVP after his show-stopping debut.“Don’t rush the process,“ was the message that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo sent to Zion Williamson on Thursday from Paris.The 19-year-old Williamson made his highly-anticipated NBA debut for New Orleans Pelicans against San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick had the crowd on their feet and asking for more after scoring 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of a 121-117 loss which took a back seat to Williamson's impact.Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star for the past three years, knows what it's like to be surrounded by hype and urged Williamson to take his time.“You’re going to be a beast, the whole league knows you’re going to be a beast,“ Antetokounmpo said in Paris, where the Bucks will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. “Just take it step by step, day by day.“Because of the ... [More]
Thu Jan 2304:16Zion Williamson's exceptional debut provides Pelicans hopeLonzo BallPGPelicansFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson’s sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans' pro sports lore — even if the final score won't.For the Pelicans, a narrow loss to a well-coached, savvy San Antonio Spurs team carried far less weight than the burgeoning form of a young superstar in the making.“The way he came out was very poised,” veteran Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said of Williamson. "The way he played ... bringing energy, especially down the stretch, was something that I guess you don’t really see from somebody so young. But even on top of that, we are almost in February and he hadn’t played a game yet, so for him to be able to come out here and do that his first game is pretty elite.” Extraordinary hype, fueled by social media, has followed the affable, 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson since his high school days in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It only increased during his one stellar season at Duke, mak... [More]
Thu Jan 2302:36Dragic says his retirement from international game is finalVlatko CancarSFNuggetsFree Agent
Luka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic is not going to play for Slovenia in this summer’s Olympic qualifying tournament, insisting Thursday that he will not change his stance on being retired from international basketball.The Miami Heat guard has a slew of reasons why he won’t change his mind, including his looming free agency this summer, a desire to spend as much quality time as possible with his family and that at his age — he’ll be 34 in May — another offseason of playing simply wouldn’t be the best thing for his body.Dragic said after leading Slovenia to its best sports moment, a gold medal at the 2017 European championships, that he was done with the international game.“When I was younger I showed my nation that I would always play for my national team, no matter who was there,” Dragic said. “If we had a good team or a bad team, I was there. I feel like I gave everything that I have and at this point in my career, my body isn’t the same and I have to be smart.”Slovenia... [More]
Wed Jan 2219:46Clippers missing 3 starters, Young sitting out for HawksPaul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Terance MannSFClippersFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers were missing three starters for Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Kawhi Leonard wasn't playing because of left knee injury management, while Patrick Beverly was sidelined after leaving the previous night's victory at Dallas with a groin injury. Paul George was out for the seventh straight game with a left hamstring strain. The Hawks also were without their best player. Trae Young, averaging 29.2 points, was sidelined with a right thigh contusion.Lou Williams and Terance Mann started for the Clippers in place of Leonard and Beverly. Recently acquired Jeff Teague got the nod at point guard for the Hawks.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 2219:06Does Lillard's big night signal turnaround for Blazers?Carmelo AnthonyPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Trevor ArizaSFTrailblazersFree Agent
Kent BazemoreSGKingsFree Agent
Zach CollinsPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Wenyen GabrielPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Rodney HoodSFTrailblazersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
Caleb SwaniganPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Anthony TolliverPFKingsFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With a big night against Golden State, Damian Lillard signaled that he's asserting himself at a crucial point of the Trail Blazers' season. And where Lillard goes, the Blazers tend to follow. “There comes a time in the season where everybody's tired, everybody's worn out, everybody's physically and mentally drained," he said. "The players got to go out there and make their minds up, are we going to do this or not? And I think we're just, as a team, getting closer to that time. We've got to leave it all out there. We've got to go take it.”Lillard had a franchise-best 61 points — including 11 3-pointers — this week in Portland's 129-124 overtime victory over the Warriors.It was the most points for a player in the NBA this season, and it broke Lillard's own franchise record of 60 points set earlier this season against Brooklyn. Afterward, a flood of admirers ranging from reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic to Washington Redskins running back Adrian ... [More]
Wed Jan 2215:35Cavs C Zizic out indefinitely with vertigo-like symptomsDylan WindlerSFCavaliersFree Agent
Ante ZizicCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Ante Zizic is sidelined indefinitely after experiencing dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms.The team said Wednesday that Zizic, who has missed Cleveland's past five games, has been diagnosed with a vestibular condition. The 23-year-old Croatian has been nauseous and dizzy and the Cavs are going to rest him to further evaluate his symptoms. He's averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 games this season, his third with Cleveland.Also, the Cavs said rookie swingman Dylan Windler had successful surgery Tuesday on a lower leg stress reaction. Windler was initially diagnosed with the injury before training camp opened in October. He was close to joining the Cavs after playing for the Canton Charge in the NBA's G League before suffering a setback.The No. 26 overall pick last year from Belmont is out of the remainder of this season.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/NBA
Wed Jan 2215:05Mavs' fears confirmed with season-ending injury for PowellLuka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Tim HardawaySFMavericksFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFMavericksFree Agent
Dwight PowellCMavericksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGLakersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will miss the rest of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon, a blow to a team contending for a playoff spot for the first time in four years.The club confirmed Wednesday the diagnosis it had feared after Powell was injured in the first quarter of a 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Powell is exploring his options on surgery.The 28-year-old Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter Tuesday night. He was helped to the locker room while putting no weight on his right leg. The injury came on the same night 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis returned after missing 10 games because of a sore right knee. Powell averaged 13 points on 71% shooting in the games Porzingis missed and was proving to be an effective sidekick. They usually started together when healthy.Powell, in his sixth season in the NBA, has averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds a game in 39 previous games. He had incr... [More]
Wed Jan 2211:45Backup Nuggets center Mason Plumlee sidelined by foot injuryGary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
Mason PlumleeCNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets will be without backup center Mason Plumlee indefinitely after he suffered a right foot injury.The Nuggets announced Wednesday that Plumlee will be reevaluated in two to four weeks. Plumlee injured a bone in his foot during a game in Minnesota against the Timberwolves on Monday. He rolled his right ankle in the second quarter, but returned in the third. It's a blow to a Nuggets team that's already missing starters Paul Millsap (bruised knee), Gary Harris (strained right adductor muscle) and Jamal Murray (sprained left ankle).Plumlee is averaging 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are near the top of the Western Conference standings.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/NBA
Wed Jan 2200:35Mavericks fear 'severe' Achilles injury for center PowellLuka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFMavericksFree Agent
Dwight PowellCMavericksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGLakersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas center Dwight Powell sustained what the Mavericks fear is a “severe” injury to his right Achilles tendon in a 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.Coach Rick Carlisle said the club would wait on an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury, but said the injury was “feared to be severe.”Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. He was helped to the locker room while putting no weight on his right leg. Teammate J.J. Barea — who tore his right Achilles tendon last season — was distraught as Powell was taken off the court.“It doesn’t get much tougher than this, if it ends up being what we fear it might,” Carlisle said. “But he will be back, regardless. There’s just some guys you just know, they have a level of resourcefulness, a level of fight in them. Barea’s one of them. Powell’s another. He’ll be back.” Teammate Luka Doncic summed up a somber Mavericks' locker room in tal... [More]
Wed Jan 2200:05Mavericks fear 'severe' Achilles injury for center PowellKristaps PorzingisPFMavericksFree Agent
Dwight PowellCMavericksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGLakersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas center Dwight Powell sustained what the Mavericks fear is a “severe” injury to his right Achilles tendon in a 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.Coach Rick Carlisle said the club would wait on an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury, but said the injury was “feared to be severe.”Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. He was helped to the locker room while putting no weight on his right leg. Teammate J.J. Barea — who tore his right Achilles tendon last season — was distraught as Powell was taken off the court.“It doesn’t get much tougher than this, if it ends up being what we fear it might,” Carlisle said. “But he will be back, regardless. There’s just some guys you just know, they have a level of resourcefulness, a level of fight in them. Barea’s one of them. Powell’s another. He’ll be back.” The injury came on the same night 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis... [More]
Tue Jan 2121:35Mavericks center Powell injures right Achilles tendonDwight PowellCMavericksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGLakersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks lost starting center Dwight Powell to a right Achilles tendon injury in the first quarter of their game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. He was helped to the locker room putting no weight on his right leg. The team later announced Powell had an Achilles tendon injury and he was out for the game.Powell’s teammate J.J. Barea – who tore his right Achilles tendon last season – was distraught as Powell was taken off the court.Powell, in his sixth season in the NBA, has averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds a game in 39 previous games. He had increased his scoring average over each of his first five seasons. Powell has played all but five of his 371 career games for the Mavericks, arriving from Boston in a five-player trade in December 2014 that also brought point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo’s style clashed with coach Rick Carlisle, but Powell’s energy and productivity in the paint has made him a Carlisle favorite.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2120:55Porzingis rejoins Mavs after missing 10 games with sore kneeLuka DoncicSGMavericksFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFMavericksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis was back in the lineup for Dallas against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night after missing 10 games with right knee soreness.The 7-foot-3 forward was expected to return almost a week ago in Sacramento, but was a late scratch when knee soreness returned during warm-ups. Porzingis missed another game because he was also dealing with an illness.The 24-year-old Latvian has paired with fellow European Luka Doncic to get the Mavericks back in playoff contention after Dallas missed the postseason the past three years. It's the longest playoff drought for the franchise in 20 years.Porzingis entered the game against the Clippers second on the team to Doncic in scoring and rebounding at 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.Porzingis is in his first season with Dallas after getting traded by the New York Knicks almost a year ago while still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Porzingis sustained that injury in February 2018, just after he was named to the All-Star team.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2116:55Zion Williamson rejoining Pelicans lineup at pivotal timeRudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson opened with a joke — about himself.A monthslong recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is finally behind the New Orleans Pelicans rookie and top overall draft choice. And when Williamson discussed the long wait for his highly anticipated NBA regular-season debut on Wednesday night against San Antonio, he poked fun at himself for apparently dozing off while sitting on the bench during a couple of recent games.“If ya’ll saw me meditating on the sidelines, it’s been very difficult,” Williamson said with a grin. “But it’s finally here. I finally get to go back out there.”The whole league and basketball fans around the world seem to be as excited as he is.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has been an internet sensation since video clips were posted of his imposing frame barreling downcourt and soaring to the hoop for rim-rattling dunks as a high school player in Spartanburg, South Carolina.The hype surrounding him only accelerated whe... [More]
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