21 Oct 2016 at 9:14pm
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.
21 Oct 2016 at 6:37pm
Toronto Raptors forward Jared Sullinger could miss some time at the beginning of the season because of a lingering left foot injury, coach Dwane Casey said on Friday. "He may be a little while before he comes back," Casey told reporters before the Raptors' preseason finale against the Washington Wizards. Sullinger's foot was stepped on during the Raptors' 97-93 win over the Golden State Warriors in their preseason opener on Oct. 1.
21 Oct 2016 at 5:53pm
The Chicago Bulls made the big, mad coach go away during the 2015 offseason, as they had to. The relationship between the Bulls front office and former coach Tom Thibodeau, due to massive missteps on the part of both sides, was beyond repair. Thibodeau had to go, and while it would have been just as effective to lose the presidential pairing of personnel chiefs John Paxson and Gar Forman along the way, teams can survive with a good-enough roster, sound coaching, and a front office with a series of screwups in its past.
21 Oct 2016 at 5:15pm
NBA team owners and the players union have made "tremendous progress" toward a new collective bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday, with rich new television deals helping talks. Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan being involved as owner of the Charlotte Hornets has helped build trust between owners and players, either of whom could opt out of their current deal December 15 and potentially set up the first league shutdown since 2011 come next July. "We've made tremendous progress," Silver said.
21 Oct 2016 at 3:00pm
Who is Brandon Jennings to say no to a few extra million dollars? Little about Brandon Jennings? basketball career has been conventional. Jennings started all 82 games, averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds for a Bucks team that won 46 games and nearly upset the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
21 Oct 2016 at 1:24pm
MIAMI (AP) -- Out of the nearly $4 billion worth of new contracts that were signed this offseason, some of them seem fairly certain to benefit the team that's laying out the money.
21 Oct 2016 at 11:42am
The Cleveland Cavaliers might not have been the kind of team likely to suffer from a championship hangover, anyway. ?We?re still pretty much uptight,? James recently said, according to Tom Withers of The Associated Press. As soon as Kevin Durant announced he would join the Golden State Warriors ? the team that had just posted a record-setting 73 wins, and the foe the Cavs had just knocked off to win it all ? Cleveland had a new mountain to climb, a new dragon to slay, a new quest to complete.
20 Oct 2016 at 9:58pm
The New Orleans Pelicans would have been happy just seeing Anthony Davis on the court.
20 Oct 2016 at 9:55pm
LeBron James, who achieved a life dream by bringing home Cleveland's first sports title in 52 years, now draws motivation from wanting to eclipse Michael Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history. James, a native of nearby Akron, will begin his 14th NBA campaign Tuesday as the Cavaliers raise a championship banner at their 2016-17 season opener against New York. It means a lot," James said.
20 Oct 2016 at 6:06pm
Tom Thibodeau has been wide awake for the last eight minutes, waiting for the buzzer to go off. Or so goes the caricature of the NBA's ultimate grinder, a reputation that has morphed from reality to apocryphal over Thibodeau's three decades in the league. The snarling, growling, basketball savant so consumed by the game there seems to be little room for anything else in his life.
20 Oct 2016 at 5:08pm
An outsider would be forgiven for seeing the Indiana Pacers? 2015-16 season as something of a return to normalcy. After narrowly missing out on a postseason berth the previous season as Paul George played only a handful of games, Indiana rebounded with 45 wins, the No. 7 seed in the East, and a top-three ranking in points allowed per 100 possessions. A seven-game elimination at the hands of the Toronto Raptors suggested that the Pacers were not terribly far off from rising back to their former position as top challengers to Whichever Team LeBron James Plays For, albeit with clear needs to become more consistent and add new offensive wrinkles.
20 Oct 2016 at 3:26pm
Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand retired Thursday, calling it quits at age 37 after 17 NBA seasons since being the first overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft. Brand played in 1,058 career games, 868 of them as a starter, for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and 76ers.
20 Oct 2016 at 3:20pm
In their second season under Stan Van Gundy, the Detroit Pistons improved from a 32-win also-ran to a respectable-as-heck 44-38 squad. With Jackson in his first full year at the controls, Detroit took care of the ball, posting the NBA?s eighth-lowest turnover rate and allowing its fifth fewest points off turnovers. With Drummond vacuuming up caroms at a league-best clip, they dominated the boards, posting the NBA?s second-highest rebounding percentage (tops on the defensive glass) and giving up the league?s fewest second-chance points.
20 Oct 2016 at 2:52pm
A franchise that won three NBA championships with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the last decade is now starting over in many respects. Wade now plays for Chicago. Bosh and the Heat are estranged, with no hope of reconciling.
20 Oct 2016 at 2:29pm
Elton Brand received one first place MVP vote in 2005-06. Elton Brand retired from the NBA on Thursday. The two-time All-Star and 1999-00 co-Rookie of the Year was set to begin his 18th season as a pro with the Philadelphia 76ers this fall when he apparently decided that enough was enough.
20 Oct 2016 at 12:46pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has announced his retirement.
20 Oct 2016 at 11:50am
No matter how this season plays out, this much is clear about the Chicago Bulls: They're worth watching. Coming off a flat season that ended with them missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Bulls at least spiced things up in the offseason. The Bulls clearly had to do something after a year that began with high expectations ended with a 42-40 record, a fractured locker room and all sorts of questions about team leadership.
20 Oct 2016 at 7:54am
Derrick Rose is at a crossroads in his basketball career and one of the biggest moments in what could be a make-or-break year for the former NBA MVP didn't happen on the court. The reticent Rose, who remained stoic most of the trial including during his testimony about intimate sex acts, smiled outside court, thanked jurors and put his arm around some who posed for photos with the hoops star. ''I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me,'' Rose said in a statement.
20 Oct 2016 at 2:25am
The Cleveland Cavaliers know what it feels like to enter the season as Eastern Conference favorites. The rest of the East has spent the last six years unsuccessfully trying to unseat LeBron James from the throne. Whether he has been in Cleveland or Miami, James has led his team to the NBA Finals every year since 2011.
19 Oct 2016 at 7:08pm
NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5 million lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. Jurors in Los Angeles federal court reached the verdict in less than four hours after concluding there was a lack of evidence to support the woman's claims and dismissing her account as unbelievable.
19 Oct 2016 at 6:36pm
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - National Basketball Association star Derrick Rose was cleared by a federal court jury on Wednesday of accusations in a $21.5 million civil lawsuit that he and two friends drugged and gang-raped his former girlfriend in 2013. The predominantly white jury of six women and two men deliberated for about three hours before unanimously rejecting the allegations against the 28-year-old, three-time NBA All-Star guard and his two co-defendants, all of whom are black. "The system worked," Rose's lawyer, Mark Baute, told reporters outside the courthouse, adding that "media reporting in this case was biased against a black man." He did not elaborate.
19 Oct 2016 at 6:31pm
Lead guard Dante Exum looked as skittish and ill-prepared as any teenaged point guard prospect with limited low-end international experience would during his 2014-15 rookie season, but his offseason ACL tear cast a bit of a pall on a Jazz team that was hoping to turn a corner and make the playoffs for just the second time since Jerry Sloan left the franchise. Instead, the Jazz slowed the pace behind a pair of should-be reserves at point guard and weathered the too-critical storm of significant injuries to a point where they didn?t embarrass, yet didn?t contend. Exum missed the entire season, the Jazz fell a win short of hitting the .500 mark, and the payoff was yet another year of Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors? youth wasted, coupled with placement at the bottom of the NBA?s draft lottery.
19 Oct 2016 at 6:01pm
A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought against Derrick Rose by a woman who claimed she had been gang-raped by the NBA New York Knicks star. The woman, 30, had filed her case after claiming that Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, had raped her repeatedly at her apartment after drugging her in 2013. The woman, an ex-girlfriend of Rose, didn't report the alleged incident to police until 2015.
19 Oct 2016 at 3:43pm
The Milwaukee Bucks are entering the 2016-17 NBA season with a potentially still-growing 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo playing point guard, and the basketball world is pretty excited about it. After Michael Carter-Williams, the point guard who Milwaukee just dealt for backup Chicago Bulls wing Tony Snell, suffered a season-ending hip injury in late February ? starting on Leap Day of all days ? Antetokounmpo averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.4 combined blocks and steals over the final 23 games of 2015-16.
18 Oct 2016 at 6:26pm
Before the Golden State Warriors could blow a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder had to go and blow a 3-1 lead of its own in the Western Conference finals against those same Warriors. In a vacuum, noticing the ?Lost NBA Western Conference finals (3-4)? designation next to the 2015-16 Thunder?s name might not seem all that galling. This was the first full (technically, as the 2011-12 turn was lockout-addled) and healthy season that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook paired together as championship contenders while working in their primes, and falling just short of taking that act to the Finals (especially with Game 7 played on the road, against a team that was pining for its 85th win in 99 tries) looks like a worthy, if not slightly disappointing, exercise.
18 Oct 2016 at 6:18pm
The Portland Trail Blazers were undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable surprises of the 2015-16 NBA season. After losing four starters in the summer of 2015, the Blazers reassembled themselves around star point guard Damian Lillard in the hopes that they could rebuild a playoff team without racing to the bottom. Lillard welcomed the pressure of his new role, third-year guard C.J. McCollum thrived as second scorer and playmaker to nab Most Improved Player honors, and additions like Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee contributed consistently at both ends in ways that should cement their reputations for years.
18 Oct 2016 at 3:43pm
The NBA's general managers are expecting a third straight Golden State-Cleveland matchup in this season's NBA Finals, with the Warriors the pick to reclaim the title. The Warriors and Cavaliers each got 97 percent of the votes cast by GMs when asked to pick the Western and Eastern conference champions - meaning, if each team got one ballot, 29 of the 30 teams voted for a rematch. Boston got the other conference-title vote in the East, San Antonio got the other one in the West.
18 Oct 2016 at 2:38pm
As you might expect, European star Milos Teodosic has some pretty sweet hair. The NBA issued its annual GM survey on Tuesday, and the results, for the most part, were what you?d expect: The majority of the league?s decision-makers believe the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the Finals for the third straight season, the Warriors will retake the throne, LeBron James is good at basketball, Stephen Curry can shoot, Kawhi Leonard plays solid defense, etc. The most interesting answer ? outside of some GM tabbing Kevin Durant for ?most likely to have a breakout season,? as if it?s possible for a 28-year-old former MVP to catch us by surprise ? was that a majority of GMs (53.6 percent) dubbed Milos Teodosic as the best international player not in the NBA.
18 Oct 2016 at 10:53am
The former NBA player previews the season and discusses the potential for conflict in Chicago.
18 Oct 2016 at 8:16am
CHICAGO (AP) -- Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky has done his best to bring some bad luck to the Chicago Cubs as they look to continue their playoff run.