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Sat Mar 602:53At the NBA All-Star Game, HBCUs will take center stageRobert CovingtonPFTrailblazersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Mo Williams played for the Eastern Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, and he fully understands the enormity of the event’s platform. His team lost that game. His current team — and a lot of others — should be big winners this time around. Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta is generating $3 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, through donations to scholarship funds. But the actual value to those schools will far exceed that influx of cash, with almost every All-Star element set to showcase and celebrate HBCU traditions and culture. “Everything’s about exposure,” said Williams, who played 13 NBA seasons and now is a first-year coach at Alabama State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. “Being that the All-Star Game is putting an emphasis on HBCUs, it gives us exposure, and it helps in a lot of different areas, a lot of different ways, a lot of different schools. “It’s no different from Super Bowl commercials. People spend millions of dol... [More]
Fri Mar 521:43Injured Booker won't play in All-Star Game, Conley replacesDevin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGJazzFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker won't play in the NBA All-Star Game this weekend because of a mild sprain in his left knee, opening up space for Utah's Mike Conley to make his first All-Star appearance. The Suns announced Booker's injury on Friday. Conley will be making his first appearance in the NBA showcase in his 13th season. Conley seemed surprised by the announcement that came about 48 hours before Sunday's game. The point guard posted “Lol What just happened” in response to a congratulatory message from teammate Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Conley will all represent the Jazz in the All-Star Game. Booker was hurt in the first quarter of a victory over Golden State on Thursday. He appeared to bump knees with Golden State's Kent Bazemore and fell to the floor with a grimace on his face. He remained in the game and finished with 16 points. Booker was set to play in his second All-Star Game after he was put on the roster as an injury replacement for Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis. Conley's addition to the All-Star roster is a feel-good story for the veteran point guard. The 33-year-old has routinely been in the All-Star discussion for a decade but always was snubbed when rosters were announced. Conley is averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 assists for the Jazz, who have the NBA's best record at 27-9. ___ Follow David Brandt at www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Mar 517:23Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyoutSaddiq BeySFPistonsFree Agent
Jerami GrantSFPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGKnicksFree Agent
Isaiah StewartCPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin's time in Detroit is over, another significant step in a rebuilding process that has the Pistons at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The veteran forward and the Pistons agreed to a contract buyout. “I thank the Pistons organization for working together on an outcome that benefits all involved and I wish the franchise success in the future,” Griffin said Friday in a statement released by the team. The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future, a clear sign that the star forward could be on the way out. The Pistons also traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks last month. Griffin, who turns 32 later this month, came to Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season. The question now is how valuable he might be to a contending team. He had a terrific 2018-19 season for the Pistons, helping them to the playoffs, but his health has been a concern in Detroit, just as it had been when he was w... [More]
Fri Mar 517:13Spud Webb knows a dunk contest can change someone's lifeAnfernee SimonsPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Cassius StanleySGPacersFree Agent
Spud Webb remembers getting on the bus after winning the NBA slam dunk contest 35 years ago and getting a quick piece of advice from his Atlanta teammate at the time, Doc Rivers. The message: Your life just changed forever. “He wasn’t joking,” Webb said. “Everywhere I go, even today, people are talking about it.” That’s what happens when a 5-foot-7 guy — a height that was perhaps generously listed — captures imaginations by winning the dunk contest, which was just in its third year then. Webb returns to the dunk contest on Sunday in Atlanta as one of the judges, when first-time competitors Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers and Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks compete for the title. They are not big NBA names, yet. By Sunday night, that might change. “Hopefully, these guys put on a show for everybody and leave them talking,” Webb said. “I guess that’s really what it’s all about. If people don’t believe in yo... [More]
Fri Mar 516:53Hawks F DeAndre Hunter steps up rehab from knee surgeryBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter has stepped up his rehabilitation from right knee surgery but it will be another two weeks before the team knows how close he is to returning. The Hawks announced Friday that Hunter has been cleared to do unrestricted weight room work and progressive on-court drills. His condition will be reviewed again on March 19. Hunter, who underwent surgery Feb. 8, is among a rash of injuries that have stifled the Hawks' progress and led to the firing Monday of coach Lloyd Pierce. Atlanta has won two straight under interim coach Nate McMillan but it still just 16-20 at the All-Star break, ranking 11th in the Eastern Conference. The team did receive a boost this week when Bogdan Bogdanovic returned from a fractured knee that kept him out for nearly two months. He is third on the team with 17.2 points per game, adding important scoring balance behind Trae Young and John Collins. Hunter was selected to the symbolic Rising Stars team as part of the All-Star weekend. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Mar 515:13Spud Webb knows a dunk contest can change someone's lifeAnfernee SimonsPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Cassius StanleySGPacersFree Agent
Spud Webb remembers getting on the bus after winning the NBA slam dunk contest 35 years ago and getting a quick piece of advice from his Atlanta teammate at the time, Doc Rivers. The message: Your life just changed forever. “He wasn’t joking,” Webb said. “Everywhere I go, even today, people are talking about it.” That’s what happens when a 5-foot-7 guy — a height that was perhaps generously listed — captures imaginations by winning the dunk contest, which was just in its third year then. Webb returns to the dunk contest on Sunday in Atlanta as one of the judges, when first-time competitors Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers and Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks compete for the title. They are not big NBA names, yet. By Sunday night, that might change. “Hopefully, these guys put on a show for everybody and leave them talking,” Webb said. “I guess that’s really what it’s all about. If people don’t believe in yo... [More]
Fri Mar 513:43AP source: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyoutSaddiq BeySFPistonsFree Agent
Jerami GrantSFPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGKnicksFree Agent
Isaiah StewartCPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin's time in Detroit is over, another significant step in a rebuilding process that has the Pistons at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The veteran forward and the Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the move was not yet official. The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future, a clear sign that the star forward could be on the way out. The Pistons also traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks last month. Griffin, who turns 32 later this month, came to Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season. The question now is how valuable he might be to a contending team. He had a terrific 2018-19 season for the Pistons, helping them to the playoffs, but his health has been a concern in Detroit, just as it had been when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin has averaged 12.3 points... [More]
Fri Mar 513:03AP source: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyoutBlake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGKnicksFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the move was not yet official. The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future, a clear sign that the star forward could be on the way out. His exit is another significant step in a rebuilding process that has Detroit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 10-26 record. The Pistons also traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks last month. Griffin, who turns 32 later this month, came Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season. The question now is how valuable he might be to a contending team. He had a terrific 2018-19 season for the Pistons, helping them to the playoffs, but his health has been a concern in Detroit, just as it had been when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin has averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in the 20 games he's played this season. ESPN first reported the buyout agreement. ___ Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Mar 507:03LeBron James going to All-Star with elections on his mindLeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
LeBron James is going to Georgia this weekend for more than the NBA All-Star Game. He’s thinking about upcoming elections as well. The Los Angeles Lakers’ star, one of the organizers of the More Than A Vote organization that aims to stop Black voter suppression and which played a major role in the outcome of the 2020 elections by encouraging voter turnout, will narrate an ad that will be aired for the first time during Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta — in which he vows that the efforts will continue. “Look what we made happen, what our voices made possible,” James says in the 51-second spot. “And now, look what they’re trying to do to silence us, using every trick in the book and attacking democracy itself. Because they saw what we’re capable of, and they fear it.” With the All-Star Game being relocated to Atlanta because of the pandemic — the original plan was for it to be played in Indianapolis last month — it provided James and the More Than A Vote group th... [More]
Thu Mar 421:13Pelicans' Zion Williamson sits out against Miami HeatJosh HartSFPelicansFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Zion Williamson was scratched from the lineup shortly before the club's game against Miami on Thursday night because of a toe injury. Williamson missed just his second game of the season on the same day he was picked to play for Team Durant in Sunday's All-Star Game. It’s unclear how the injury might affect Williamson’s status for the All-Star Game. Williamson had played in 34 of New Orleans' first 35 games this season, averaging 25.6 points an 7.2 rebounds in a little more than 33 minutes per game. With the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Williamson out, Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy opened the game against the Heat with a smaller, three-guard lineup that included the 6-5, 215-pound Josh Hart on the floor in place of Williamson. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 421:13James, Durant choose their teams for Sunday's All-Star GameGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Devin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Chris PaulPGSunsFree Agent
Julius RandlePFKnicksFree Agent
Domantas SabonisPFPacersFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPG76ersFree Agent
Jayson TatumPFCelticsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron James has faced Giannis Antetokounmpo as an opponent in the last three All-Star Games. The Los Angeles Lakers' star got him as a teammate this year. James used the No. 1 overall pick on Antetokounmpo — the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP from Milwaukee — in the draft for Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta. Kevin Durant, who will not play in the All-Star Game because of injury but still is the captain for Team Durant, took Brooklyn teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick. The other starters for Team LeBron will be Stephen Curry of Golden State, Luka Doncic of Dallas and Nikola Jokic of Denver. The other starters for Team Durant will be Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, 2020 All-Star MVP Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Bradley Beal of Washington and Jayson Tatum of Boston. This is the fourth year of the NBA's playing captain format for the All-Star Game. James is 3-0, beating teams captained by Curry in 2018 and Antetokounmpo in the last two seasons. “I just try to p... [More]
Thu Mar 420:13Cavs' Love honored for mental health advocacy, charity workKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's devotion to raising awareness and advocating for mental health during isolating times has earned him another honor. The Cavaliers forward and five-time All-Star received the first Humanitarian of the Year Award on Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, an annual event that brings out the city's top sports names but was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Love first went public with his own mental health issues in 2018, chronicling those struggles in an essay. His openness and willingness to share his personal story since has helped erase stigmas about mental issues and led to the NBA adopting programs to assist players. During the pandemic, Love, who has been sidelined most of this season with a calf injury, donated $100,000 through his foundation to assist team employees and workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. He's also donated meals to workers at the Cleveland Clinic. “Everybody's going through something,” Love... [More]
Tue Mar 220:42Clippers' Leonard sits out Celtics matchup with back spasmsKawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Clippers say All-Star Kawhi Leonard is sitting out their matchup with the Celtics due to back spasms. Leonard was listed in the starting lineup before the game, but never took the floor during warmups. The team announced late in the first quarter that he had been ruled out. Leonard has missed seven previous games this season, including two for a mouth laceration, two while in the health and safety protocols and three for a bruised leg. Leonard is the Clippers' leading scorer, averaging 26.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Los Angeles is playing in the fourth game of a five-game road trip that ends Thursday at Washington. The Celtics led 35-32 at the end of the first quarter. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Mar 219:52NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participantsDevin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Robert CovingtonPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Buddy HieldSGKingsFree Agent
Derrick JonesSFTrailblazersFree Agent
Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Chris PaulPGSunsFree Agent
Julius RandlePFKnicksFree Agent
Domantas SabonisPFPacersFree Agent
Anfernee SimonsPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Cassius StanleySGPacersFree Agent
Jayson TatumPFCelticsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Phoenix’s Devin Booker have been 3-point champions at All-Star weekend before, and they’ll try to win that trophy again Sunday. The NBA revealed the 15 players Tuesday who will be taking part in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game in Atlanta, with the overwhelming majority of them pulling double-duty between those competitions and the game itself. Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell — all of them All-Stars — will be the six competitors in the 3-point contest. All-Stars Luka Doncic of Dallas, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana, Julius Randle of New York, Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chris Paul of Phoenix will be five of the six entrants in the skills competition. They’ll be joined by Portland’s Robert Covington, the only current NBA player who is a graduate of a historically Black college and university. Covington went to Tennessee State. HBCUs will... [More]
Tue Mar 215:12McMillan only reluctantly agreed to be Hawks' interim coachBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
Kris DunnPGHawksFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Nate McMillan reluctantly agreed to serve as the Atlanta Hawks' interim coach and only accepted the position after conferring with Lloyd Pierce following Pierce's firing on Monday. Even then, McMillan didn't rest easy. He immediately felt the burden of his increased responsibility. “The sleepless nights have already started,” McMillan said Tuesday. “I didn’t get a wink of sleep last night.” McMillan said before his debut as interim coach in Tuesday night's game at Miami that he initially wasn't interested when Hawks president Travis Schlenk extended the offer to serve as interim coach. McMillan, who was fired last year following four seasons as the Indiana Pacers coach, said he wasn't looking for another opportunity to lead a team when he agreed to serve on Pierce's staff. Even as others saw McMillan as the logical successor for Pierce, he had other ideas. He didn't expect Pierce to be fired and wasn't ready to take over the Hawks. “The thought process at first was that wa... [More]
Mon Mar 121:05Hawks fire Pierce following high hopes, disappointing startBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
Clint CapelaCHawksFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kris DunnPGHawksFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired less than halfway into a season that began with heightened expectations but was beset by injuries. Hawks president Travis Schlenk announced the move on Monday. The Hawks are 14-20 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, following a 109-99 loss at Miami on Sunday night. It was the Hawks' 11th loss after holding a fourth-quarter lead. The teams play again in Miami on Tuesday. Pierce, 44, gave no indication that he thought he was in trouble after Sunday’s loss. He ran the Hawks’ practice on Monday morning in Miami. Schlenk said he and his staff made the decision to fire Pierce on Monday morning and decided against waiting until the All-Star break to announce the move. “I just felt like we needed a new voice to take the next step," Schlenk said Monday night in a Zoom call with reporters. The Hawks named Nate McMillan interim coach. McMillan, the former Indiana Pacers coach, was added to Pierce’s staff in the offseason. McMilla... [More]
Mon Mar 119:54Hawks fire Pierce following high hopes, disappointing startBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
Clint CapelaCHawksFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kris DunnPGHawksFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired less than halfway into a season that began with heightened expectations but was beset by injuries. Hawks president Travis Schlenk announced the move on Monday in a short statement released by the team. The Hawks are 14-20 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, following a 109-99 loss at Miami on Sunday night. It was the Hawks' 11th loss after holding a fourth-quarter lead. The teams play again in Miami on Tuesday. Pierce, 44, gave no indication that he thought he was in trouble after Sunday’s loss. He ran the Hawks’ practice on Monday morning in Miami. “We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta," Schlenk said in the statement. The Hawks named Nate McMillan interim coach. McMillan, the former Indiana Pacers coach, was added to Pierce’s staff in the offseason. McMillan has a 661-588 record with Seattle, Portland and Indiana. McMillan filled in for Pi... [More]
Mon Mar 118:04Hawks fire Pierce as coach following disappointing startBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
Clint CapelaCHawksFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kris DunnPGHawksFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired on Monday, given the hook less than halfway into a season which carried heightened expectations before being hampered by injuries. Hawks president Travis Schlenk announced the move in a short statement released by the team. The Hawks are 14-20 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, following a 109-99 loss at Miami on Sunday night. It was the Hawks' 11th loss after holding a fourth-quarter lead. The teams play again in Miami on Tuesday. Pierce, 44, gave no indication that he thought he was in trouble after Sunday’s loss. He even ran the Hawks’ practice on Monday morning in Miami. “We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta," Schlenk said in the statement. The Hawks did not immediately name an interim coach. The likely choice is Nate McMillan, the former Indiana coach who was added to Pierce’s staff in the offseason. McMillan filled in for Pierce whe... [More]
Mon Mar 117:34Hawks fire Pierce as coach following disappointing startBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
Clint CapelaCHawksFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kris DunnPGHawksFree Agent
Danilo GallinariPFHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was fired on Monday following a disappointing start to a season of heightened expectations. Hawks president Travis Schlenk announced the move in a short statement released by the team. The Hawks are 14-20 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, following a 109-99 loss at Miami on Sunday night. The teams play again in Miami on Tuesday. “We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta," Schlenk said in the statement. Schlenk said the move, which comes less than a week before Atlanta hosts the All-Star Game, is timed to help the team enjoy a second-half resurgence. “We have high expectations for our team on the court and we believe by making this change now that we can have a strong second half of the season,” Schlenk said. The Hawks last appeared in the playoffs in 2017. The team has rebuilt around point guard Trae Young and forward John Collins and invested heavily in... [More]
Sun Feb 2811:04Hawks' Bogdanovic progresses in recovery from fractured kneeBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has progressed to one-on-one drills with contact as he recovers from a fractured right knee. Bogdanovic, a 28-year-old from Serbia, has been out since a Jan. 9 game against the Charlotte Hornets. The next step in his rehab will be to take part in team practices. The Hawks signed Bogdanovic to a four-year, $72 million contract during a free-agency spending spree designed to upgrade a roster that has undergone a complete overhaul since the team last made the playoffs in 2017. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points in nine games with two starts before his injury. He had hoped to return before the March 5-10 All-Star break, but it appears his recovery will take a bit longer. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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