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  • Blazers G McCollum faces new challenges

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) CJ McCollum became a starter for the Trail Blazers last season, broke out as the NBA’s Most Improved Player then signed a big contract over the summer. Driving him all along the way was third-year pressure. ”Because I knew that was a make-or-break year for me. I know that going into year […]

  • Warriors, Durant have ‘great’ first day

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Anxious and eager to get started with his new team, Kevin Durant woke up extra early in the 7 o’clock hour and then hit freeway traffic on the way to his first formal work day with the Warriors. ”I wasn’t used to that in Oklahoma City,” he said with a chuckle following […]

  • Lue motivated Cavs in Finals with money

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the champion Cavaliers embarked on a new season, coach Tyronn Lue revealed he used a creative tactic to motivate them in the NBA Finals. Lue used money to inspire them. After the Cavs won Game 5 at Golden State to pull within 3-2 of the Warriors, Lue said Tuesday that he […]

  • Anthony excited about talent on Knicks

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Carmelo Anthony couldn’t wait to get started. Maybe that’s because he looks at the New York Knicks and sees real NBA talent around him for the first time in a few years. Or perhaps it’s because he knows his most successful seasons have come following the Olympics. Whatever the reason, Anthony is […]

  • Heat move on without Wade, Bosh

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Udonis Haslem took a look around the first Miami Heat team meeting of the season after their arrival in the Bahamas and was struck by a sobering realization. He’s the last one left. When the Heat first came to these islands for training camp three years ago, they had a roster […]

  • Hornets’ Walker hoping to be All-Star

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kemba Walker wants to be an NBA All-Star. But the Hornets’ steadily improving 6-foot point guard knows he has to get healthy first, which means resting his surgically repaired knee a little longer. Walker was limited to non-contract drills as the Hornets opened training camp on Tuesday at their downtown arena. ”I […]

  • Barnes, Bogut among latest Mavs changes

    DALLAS (AP) Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut are in, Chandler Parsons and Zaza Pachulia are out and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle has a retooled roster for the sixth consecutive time since winning a championship. ”Well, we love it,” Carlisle said at media day this week as someone chuckled. ”What’s more exciting than getting seven new […]

  • Curry encourages peaceful protests

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry follows every little thing about his hometown of Charlotte. Last week was hard to watch from way out West. He is all for residents back home expressing themselves and their disappointment and heartbreak in the death of a black man at the hands of police. Curry just hopes they can […]

  • Healthy Grizzlies excited for camp

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol’s surgically repaired right foot is healthy, and the Memphis Grizzlies center insists he’s back – perhaps better than ever. Point guard Mike Conley is healthy too, his aching Achilles a distant memory. Jarell Martin’s own left foot is as healthy as it’s been in a long time. Chandler Parsons, the […]

  • Spurs begin life without Duncan

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Life without Tim Duncan has officially begun for the San Antonio Spurs, even if they aren’t quite ready to accept it. For the first time since Bill Clinton was in the White House and ”Men In Black” was a box office hit, the Spurs will open training camp without Duncan. During the […]

  • Williams retires, Cavs offer Smith deal

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Guard Mo Williams has informed the Cavaliers he’s officially retired. Williams has waffled on whether he would return all summer and the 33-year-old told the Cavs about his plans Monday shortly before the NBA champions held their media day. Despite Williams’ retirement and losing Matthew Dellavedova as a free agent, Cavs general […]

  • Hornets’ Batum: We got better, not worse

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Nicolas Batum was asked for his input on the Charlotte Hornets potentially trading for guard Marco Belinelli, his response was swift and definitive. ”Do it right now,” Batum excitedly told his head coach Steve Clifford. Batum believes that with the addition of Belinelli, center Roy Hibbert and guard Ramon Sessions – […]

  • 76ers’ Noel: Big men ‘logjam’ won’t work

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Shortly after Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said he is not actively shopping any of his players, Sixers center Nerlens Noel openly wondered how he, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid can co-exist as the team’s three big men. ”I don’t see a way of it working,” Noel said Monday, […]

  • Raptors prepared after playoff education

    TORONTO (AP) With their run to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last spring, Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry received a detailed education in playoff basketball. En route to gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Toronto’s All-Star teammates got what coach Dwane Casey considers ”the best graduate course they could take.” […]

  • Pacers look to play more up-tempo style

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird spent most of his offseason trying to stitch together a championship contender. He made two trades to create versatility. He added bulk by signing free agent Al Jefferson. He watched the Pacers’ biggest star, Paul George, return from the Olympics with a gold medal around his neck and […]

  • LeBron backs Kaepernick but will stand

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says he plans to stand during the national anthem, but he supports San Francisco quarterback Colin Kapernick’s decision to kneel in protest. James has always been outspoken on social issues. He said Monday he intends to stand while ”The Star-Spangled Banner” is played before games because ”that’s who I am, […]

  • Rose not concerned about rape trial

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Derrick Rose says he isn’t worried about a rape trial that is to start next week because he feels he ”didn’t do anything wrong.” Rose says he is instead focused on his first season with the New York Knicks. His first practice with the team will be Tuesday. A woman sued […]

  • Wall to be limited in camp, no timeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard John Wall will be limited at training camp after undergoing knee surgery over the summer and the team has no timeline for his return. The 26-year-old All-Star says he’s feeling great and has been able to play 1-on-1 and 3-on-3 with teammates. Coach Scott Brooks doesn’t know if Wall will […]

  • Pierce says this will be his last season

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Pierce says this season with the Los Angeles Clippers will be his last as an NBA player. Pierce made the announcement Monday in a posting on The Players Tribune . He turns 39 next month and says ”it’s time to move on from the game of basketball” and says he will […]

  • Riley: Bosh not in Heat’s future plans

    MIAMI (AP) Heat President Pat Riley says he believes Chris Bosh has played his last game for Miami. Riley says the team is ”not working toward his return,” even though Bosh wants to continue playing. Bosh saw his season end in each of the last two seasons at the All-Star break because of blood clots, […]

  • Saunders’ son remains on Wolves’ staff

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves announced a number of additions to their front office and coaching staffs on Sunday night, including assistant general manager Noah Croom and director of player personnel Brian Pauga. Croom comes to the Timberwolves after spending the last 12 years as an agent and legal counsel with Goodwin Sports Management, one […]

  • Saunders’ son on Timberwolves’ staff

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced a number of additions to their front office and coaching staffs, including assistant general manager Noah Croom and director of player personnel Brian Pauga. The Wolves made the announcement on Sunday night, two days before they open their first training camp under new president and coach Tom Thibodeau […]

  • Wade ready for Chicago challenge

    MIAMI (AP) It’s not like Dwyane Wade has never dealt with change before. He played for three head coaches in 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, helped orchestrate one of the most scrutinized free-agent hauls in NBA history when LeBron James and Chris Bosh came to play alongside him, and had 112 teammates along the […]

  • Garnett retires after 21-year career

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) No fire burned hotter, no mouth was fouler, no opponent was in for a longer night than Kevin Garnett’s. In more than two decades in the NBA, Garnett opened the door for a new wave of young talent to enter the league, was partly responsible for a rewriting of the collective bargaining agreement […]

  • Westbrook speaks out on police shootings

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook is a multi-millionaire basketball player, far removed from the rough community he came from in the Los Angeles area. When the Thunder All-Star learned about the recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte, his mind went right back to his old neighborhood. ”Me growing […]

  • Knicks not worried if Rose goes to trial

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Derrick Rose apparently isn’t worried about a potential rape trial, and neither are the New York Knicks. President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson said Friday that the Knicks don’t expect Rose’s season to be affected, but won’t say if he might miss any games because of the trial that would begin in […]

  • Bosh fails physical, NBA future in doubt

    MIAMI (AP) Chris Bosh’s plan to resume playing is now in jeopardy, after medical examinations performed in recent days convinced the Miami Heat that he is not healthy enough to return to the court. And Bosh may have provided a clue why. The Heat announced Friday that they still cannot clear Bosh for a resumption […]

  • Kevin Johnson tackled man who threw pie

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left battered and facing assault charges. The […]

  • Pelicans open camp rife with uncertainty

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans are rife with uncertainty as they prepare to open training camp this weekend. Anthony Davis and Co. believe they are poised to improve substantially over last season’s injury-riddled, 30-52 campaign, but a lot of variables have to work in their favor. It’s unclear when several members of Davis’ […]

  • Teams talking need for social change

    MIAMI (AP) Whatever the Detroit Pistons decide to do when it comes to protests that call for societal change this season, they’ll have the support of coach Stan Van Gundy. He’s urging them to make an impact. As NBA teams began gathering Friday to start training camps – three teams hold their first practices Saturday, […]

  • Lakers re-sign 36-year-old World Peace

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed veteran forward Metta World Peace, who will attempt to win a roster spot for his 17th NBA season. The Lakers announced the deal Friday. The 36-year-old World Peace returned to the Lakers last season after winning a title during his first four years with the […]

  • Rockets’ Harden eyes deep playoff run

    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden was second in the NBA with 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 rebounds were a career high. Still, it was a disappointing year for Harden and the Houston Rockets, who were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by Golden State, and the star knew he had […]

  • Garnett retires after 21-year career

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Garnett has posted a video on his Instagram account saying ”farewell” and ”thank you” after 21 seasons in the NBA. Garnett posted the video on Friday, four days before the Minnesota Timberwolves are set to open training camp. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Wolves plan […]

  • Westbrook speaks out on police shootings

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook is a multi-millionaire basketball player, far removed from the rough community he came from in the Los Angeles area. When the Thunder All-Star learned about the recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte, his mind went right back to his old neighborhood. ”Me growing […]

  • Garnett to retire after 21-year career

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Kevin Garnett has informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that he will retire after 21 seasons. The two sides came to agreement on a buyout on Friday, the person said. Garnett will be waived by the Wolves and collect his entire $8 million […]

  • Knicks not worried if Rose goes to trial

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Knicks don’t expect Derrick Rose’s season to be affected because of a potential rape trial, but won’t say if he might miss any games. A woman has accused Rose of rape in California, and the civil trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 4, which would be early in the […]

  • Clippers’ Griffin again sorry for punch

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin is apologizing to Los Angeles Clippers fans for punching the team’s assistant equipment manager last season, an incident he says was ”100 percent my fault.” He was suspended four games and docked nearly $860,000 in pay for the altercation in January at a Toronto restaurant. Griffin broke his right hand […]

  • Bosh fails physical, NBA future in doubt

    MIAMI (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says Chris Bosh has failed his physical, meaning the Miami Heat will not clear him for training camp next week and casting serious doubt on his playing future. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because neither Bosh nor the team has […]

  • Warriors GM encouraged by Kerr’s health

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Myers is encouraged by Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s offseason progress with debilitating, post-surgery back problems that last year sidelined him for the preseason and the first 43 games of the Warriors’ record-setting season. That included an NBA-best 24-0 start. Myers, who this week had the title of president of basketball […]

  • Warriors’ GM encouraged by Kerr’s health

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Myers is encouraged by Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s offseason progress with debilitating, post-surgery back problems that last year sidelined him for the preseason and the first 43 games of the Warriors’ record-setting season. That included an NBA-best 24-0 start. Myers, who this week had the title of president of basketball […]

  • NBA asks players for social change ideas

    MIAMI (AP) NBA players are being urged to reach out to league and union officials to try and come up with ways to create ”positive change” in communities around the country, a move that comes in response to protests in other sports about racial oppression and other social matters. Players received a memo from the […]

  • Hawks’ Millsap has minor knee procedure

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap will be rested for three weeks and will miss the first two preseason games following a procedure to reduce swelling in his right knee. The Hawks say Millsap recently had ”a preventative procedure” and will have ”phases of rest and recovery” for the next three weeks before returning […]

  • Bucks get Beasley from Rockets for Ennis

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Bucks have acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets for backup point guard Tyler Ennis in a deal that beefs up Milwaukee’s frontcourt depth. The 6-foot-9 Beasley averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20 games last season for Houston. He was playing in China before signing with the Rockets, where […]

  • Kevin Johnson tackled man who threw pie

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man took a pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with the creamy dessert at a charity event, witnesses say, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left with stitches and facing […]

  • Traveling, groin hits new ref emphasis

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) NBA referees will be cracking down this season on the kind of hits to the groin area that resulted in Draymond Green’s suspension during the NBA Finals. They also will more closely monitor traveling after complaints from coaches that players are getting away with too many steps on the perimeter. The referees […]

  • Jordan calls for peaceful demonstration

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan has called for peaceful demonstration and conversation in the wake of the violent protests in Charlotte. Jordan expressed condolences to the family of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man who was killed by a black police officer, and to those injured in the ensuing protests in a statement Thursday. The […]

  • NBA gets new stats, player tracking deal

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NBA will have a new distributor for its statistical information and its player tracking data starting in the 2017-18 season. The league announced deals with Sportradar and Second Spectrum on Thursday that it says will expand the distribution of statistics and data across the globe. Sportradar will distribute statistics for the NBA, […]

  • Wolves prepare for life without Garnett

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Less than a week before the Minnesota Timberwolves open training camp, they still have not heard if franchise icon Kevin Garnett wants to follow Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant into retirement. No matter what Garnett chooses to do, it is becoming clear that the franchise that drafted him in 1995, the one that […]

  • Man arrested for Kevin Johnson pie toss

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man smacked Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie at a charity dinner, and an official says the former NBA star went on the defensive. The mayor had given a speech at the Seeds of HOPE dinner at Sacramento Charter High School Wednesday night before the man came […]

  • Ex-Sun Johnson upset over pie incident

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A man hit Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie at a charity dinner Wednesday night, and an official says the former NBA star went on the defensive. The mayor’s Chief of Staff Crystal Strait called the Wednesday night incident at the Sacramento Charter High School a shocking assault, […]