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Thu Jan 1715:35Thunder center Nerlens Noel out of concussion protocolNerlens NoelPFMavericksFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder reserve center Nerlens Noel has passed through concussion protocol and was available for Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.A Thunder spokesman made the announcement Thursday.Noel was injured Jan. 8 when he collided with Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins and his head hit the floor. The team said Noel lost consciousness while being knocked to the floor. He was down for several minutes before being taken from the court on a stretcher. Noel was held overnight at the University of Oklahoma's hospital for tests and observations and was released the next day.Noel has been a critical reserve for the Thunder this season, averaging 5.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 14 minutes per contest. The Thunder have lost two of three without him.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 1715:25NBA's Silver backs Kanter's decision to skip London tripEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
LONDON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team's game against the Washington Wizards.Kanter said he feared he could be attacked or killed over his opposition to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he were to travel to London. Istanbul-based newspaper Daily Sabah reported that an arrest warrant was issued for Kanter by Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday.Silver, speaking ahead of Thursday's game, says "it was never a suggestion from the league that (Kanter) was not welcome on this trip.""There are significant issues that he is dealing with, and I recognize that for the NBA, by virtue of the fact that we're a global business, we have to pay a lot of attention to those issues as well," Silver says.Kanter, who has frequently criticized Erdogan, had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 1715:15NBA says All-Star draft will be aired Feb. 7 on TNTGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA's All-Star draft will be Feb. 7, and broadcast on TNT.A pair of captains will select the teams from the pool of players who will be picked as starters and reserves from each conference. The captains will be the leading vote getter in each conference, and through Thursday the NBA says the leaders are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.James and Golden State's Stephen Curry were captains last year, the first under the player-draft format. It was not televised last year.Fan voting continues through Monday. Starters will be announced on Jan. 24, and reserves will be announced on Jan. 31.The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Charlotte.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 1618:45Nuggets regroup after blowout home loss to WarriorsWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Malik BeasleySGNuggetsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets woke up out of first place in the Western Conference for the first time in 2019.Arriving at work on Wednesday, a stark reminder of just why awaited: Watching the footage of Golden State hitting 21 3-pointers.It wasn't fun viewing.The playoff-contending Nuggets learned a hard truth in a 142-111 loss to the Warriors in which they allowed an NBA-record 51-point first quarter and all those 3-pointers: They still have plenty of work to do."This was not a blame day," coach Michael Malone said after a lively practice that followed the film session. "This was not anything of the sort. It was to watch film, to learn from it, to get better."If we want to be the team we all talk about being, we have to learn from this."In a playoff-like atmosphere Tuesday and in front of a capacity crowd at the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets couldn't raise their game .On the other side, the occasion brought out the best in the Warriors."We don't have that level yet," said Malone, who... [More]
Wed Jan 1617:25LeBron cleared to practice after missing next 2 gamesLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has been cleared to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers after they return from their upcoming two-game road trip.The Lakers gave the latest update on James' groin injury Wednesday.James strained his groin on Christmas. He will have missed 13 consecutive games by the time Los Angeles returns from the road this weekend, matching the most games ever missed in one season by the four-time NBA MVP.The Lakers only say James will "progress towards a return to game play" after he rejoins practice next week.He will be sidelined for at least four weeks, the longest stretch he has been out in his 16-season NBA career.The Lakers (24-21) beat Chicago on Tuesday to improve to 4-7 without James.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 1611:35Report: Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes KanterEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment.Kanter, who didn't go with the Knicks this week for their game in London because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded on Twitter that the Turkish government could not present "any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing.""I don't even have a parking ticket in the U.S.," he wrote Wednesday.Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan, and his Turkish passport was revoked in 2017.This time, Sabah says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" citing Kanter's ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a fa... [More]
Wed Jan 1610:55Report: Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes KanterEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment.Kanter, who didn't go with the Knicks this week for their game in London because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded on Twitter that the Turkish government could not present "any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing.""I don't even have a parking ticket in the U.S.," he wrote Wednesday.Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan, and his Turkish passport was revoked in 2017.This time, Sabah says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" citing Kanter's ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a fa... [More]
Wed Jan 1608:39Report: Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes KanterEnes KanterCThunderFree Agent
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.Sabah newspaper says the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. Officials at the prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment.Sabah says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" citing Kanter's ties to Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a failed coup in 2016, and accusing him of providing financial support to his group.Earlier this month, Kanter refused to travel to London for a regular-season NBA game, saying he feared he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Kanter's Turkish passport was revoked in 2017.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 1603:393 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBAJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Trae YoungFree Agent
NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference."They made a lot of shots, to be honest," Denver's Nikola Jokic said. "They played really good basketball at a high level."And that wasn't even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia and Atlanta also surpassed 140.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984, when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark."Tonight the shots just kept falling," said Atlanta's Trae Young, who was referring to the Hawks' game but could have been talking about a few of them. "When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling."Philadelphia went for 149... [More]
Wed Jan 1601:293 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBAJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference."They made a lot of shots, to be honest," Denver's Nikola Jokic said. "They played really good basketball at a high level."And that wasn't even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia went for 149, with an 83-point first half, in a 42-point rout of Minnesota in the first meeting between the teams since the Jimmy Butler trade.Also, the Atlanta Hawks beat Oklahoma City 142-126.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984 , when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1522:39Warriors score NBA-record 51 points in 1st quarterStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Golden State Warriors scored an NBA-record 51 points in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.Kevin Durant led the way with 17 points as the Warriors shot 76 percent from the field. The team hit 10 of 14 from 3-point range, with four from Stephen Curry and three each by Klay Thompson and Durant. The Warriors led 51-38 after the quarter.The old mark for an opening quarter was 50 points and accomplished by several teams. The last time it happened was also against Denver, when Phoenix erupted for 50 on Nov. 10, 1990.Golden State and Denver are the top two teams in the Western Conference.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1511:09NBA coaches' new play: tending to health to cope with grindLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.That hasn't always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health."Well, we're trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think we're very good at it, honestly. I know I've tried. It's still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it's just hard to turn off. It's important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it."After a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tiss... [More]
Tue Jan 1503:29Kings' Shumpert stopped by security at Blazers locker roomJusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
Iman ShumpertSGCavaliersFree Agent
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into Portland's locker room by arena and Trail Blazers security after Sacramento's 115-107 victory Monday night.Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half."Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men," Shumpert said. "Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That's it."Nurkic shrugged it off."I'm not going to worry about it," he said. "He's going into retirement soon. I'm not going to worry about a guy who's going into retirement soon."The 28-year-old Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. He later was walked to the bench by a teammate after arguing with someone on Portland's bench.After the game, Shumpert tweeted : "I apologize to the fans if I made a scene. Wasn't my intention but this 2019 stuff is all about a 'story.' Don't let that distract you from this young Scores ball club getting a great victory against a tested Blazers team."___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1502:29NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grindLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.That hasn't always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health."Well, we're trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think we're very good at it, honestly. I know I've tried. It's still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it's just hard to turn off. It's important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it."After a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tiss... [More]
Mon Jan 1418:29Kelly Oubre bringing energy, defense _ and style _ to SunsTrevor ArizaSFRocketsFree Agent
Devin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Austin RiversPGClippersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — In less than a month in Phoenix, Kelly Oubre Jr. is bringing energy, defense and scoring — not to mention style — to the perennial last-place Suns.Teammate Devin Booker said there's no use trying to top Oubre when it comes to the way he dresses away from the game."That's the fashion king, man," Booker said after the Suns practiced Monday. "I just stay out of the way."It's an aspect of life that Oubre takes seriously. He even served as an intern at Esquire magazine two summers ago.When did that sense of style begin?"Out of the womb, man," Oubre said. "I'm from New Orleans. Culture and just swag kind of runs in our blood out there."Oubre was 10 years old when Hurricane Katrina forced his family to make an abrupt move to the Houston area, even though they had nowhere to go."It was really tough," he said. "It was the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life. Homeless, having to sleep in your car, hotels, things like that. But my dad, he pushed us through. H... [More]
Mon Jan 1418:29Timberwolves face Butler, 76ers for 1st time since breakupJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Robert CovingtonSF76ersFree Agent
Taj GibsonPFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Dario SaricPF76ersFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two months after Jimmy Butler initiated their breakup, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to pay him a visit.Just one week after the ouster of basketball boss Tom Thibodeau , the Timberwolves have enough of their own issues to work through. They did their best to downplay the significance of Tuesday's game at Philadelphia that will pit them against Butler for the first time since the trade , but there are sure to be some raw emotions that night. The question is whether they'll stay bottled up."Philly's a really good team, one of the best teams in the East, so I feel like it'll be a great battle," Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins said Monday after practice, adding: "Jimmy, every game he plays hard. So it's not like he's going to play harder."The energy that Butler brought, of course, was never in doubt. The problem was how disruptive his presence became, after he requested a trade.Thibodeau tried to hang on to his hand-picked locker-room leader as long as he coul... [More]
Mon Jan 1416:19NBA clears Cavaliers of wrongdoing in Patrick McCaw signingPatrick McCawSGWarriorsFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA has cleared the Cleveland Cavaliers of any wrongdoing in their brief alliance with forward Patrick McCaw.At the urging of the Golden State Warriors, the league investigated Cleveland's signing of McCaw as a restricted free agent before releasing him. McCaw played two seasons with the defending champions but did not re-sign with them last summer. The Cavs signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet last month the Warriors chose not to match.McCaw played in three games for the Cavs and was waived before his contract became guaranteed. He signed with Toronto last week.The league said Monday it found "no violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement, including the anti-circumvention rules."The Cavs could have forfeited a draft pick had they been found guilty of any offenses.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1415:59Jokic, Nuggets remain on top in West halfway through seasonWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGCelticsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic is happiest when he's simply dribbling the ball up the floor. Or so the Denver Nuggets big man has been told."My godfather," Jokic said , "is always telling me, 'You look so happy when you're dribbling. You don't even need to shoot or pass it. Just punt it into the stands.'"Now that would be something new for Jokic. Or just keep doing what he's doing.Led by Jokic's All-Star-level play, the Nuggets are out front in the Western Conference at the halfway mark of the season. They ride a 12-game home win streak into their showdown Tuesday against Golden State — the team everyone figured would be leading the West."We're doing good right now," Jokic said.At 29-13, the Nuggets are tied for their best NBA start in franchise history with a 1976-77 squad that featured David Thompson and Dan Issel. This also marks the latest in a season the team has led the conference since March 16, 1977.It's a tenuous lead, though, and just a half-game ahead of the Warriors (29-14... [More]
Mon Jan 1412:48Irving to sit out game in Brooklyn because of thigh injuryKyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving will sit out Boston's game against Brooklyn on Monday night because of a right quadriceps injury.Irving says he was hurt Saturday in a loss at Orlando. He adds he expects to return Wednesday against Toronto.The Celtics say guard Marcus Smart also is unavailable because of an illness.Boston has lost two consecutive games.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1403:29Sweet, and unsweet, 16 for Harden on a wild night in OrlandoEvan FournierSGMagicFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had a game for the history books.That's good and bad.Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc."They just didn't go in," Harden shrugged afterward.Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 3s in a game.The NBA's greatest shooters have had awful nights from 3-point range — Dennis Scott once went 2 for 17, Ray Allen once went 1 for 14, Stephen Curry has an 0 for 11 game on his resume. Harden went 0 for 11 from deep in Game 5 of last year's Western Conference finals against Golden State, and has been 0 for 1... [More]
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