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Thu Feb 2718:03NBA fines Timberwolves for violating player resting policyD'Angelo RussellSGNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined the Minnesota Timberwolves $25,000 on Thursday for violating the player resting policy with point guard D'Angelo Russell.Russell was held out Sunday at Denver for a planned rest. Though Russell did not play for Minnesota on Feb. 8 because of a quadriceps injury, two days after he was acquired in a trade, the NBA deemed Russell a healthy player under the policy that was designed in part to minimize star player absences from nationally televised games.The Timberwolves issued a statement of acceptance of the punishment that also spelled out their case for an exception to the rule.“While we respect the league's guidelines and standards, we are a player-centric organization that's focused on learning and optimizing our players' bodies," the team said. “As a new player in our program, we chose to rest D'Angelo in order to learn his body better and to optimize his health during a difficult stretch of games and travel.” ___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2620:44Sixers' star Embiid sprains shoulder against CavaliersJoel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Ante ZizicCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Philadelphia All-Star center Joel Embiid sprained his left shoulder in Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers, adding another worry for the 76ers, who are already without guard Ben Simmons.Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter, but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.The Sixers didn't give any specifics on Embiid other than to say his shoulder was sprained and he would not return.On Monday night, Embiid scored a career-high 49 points against Atlanta. He's averaging 23.8 points and 12 rebounds.His injury comes as the Sixers are preparing to play an indefinite period without Simmons, who missed his second straight game because of a nerve impingement in his lower back. The team hasn't given a timeline on when Simmons will be back.After facing the Cavs and the New York Knicks on Thursday, Philadelphia will begin a four-game road trip in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Sixers have struggled this season away from home, where they are 27-2.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2620:04Sixers' Embiid leaves game with shoulder injury Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Ante ZizicCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid left Wednesday night's game against Cleveland with an injured left shoulder.Embiid appeared to collide with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder when he went to the foul line and was in obvious pain as he missed two free throws.Embiid was removed at the next time stoppage and walked to the locker room. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter, but went back to the locker room.Embiid, who scored a career-high 49 points Monday against Atlanta, is averaging 23.8 points and 12 rebounds.Philadelphia is also playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, who missed his second straight game because of a nerve impingement in his lower back.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2618:04Cavaliers' Drummond sits against 76ers with calf strainAndre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Kevin LoveCCavaliersFree Agent
Larry NancePFCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond has been ruled out for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a strained left calf.Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the calf first bothered Drummond in Saturday's game against Miami and his status is day-to-day. Cleveland plays at New Orleans and rookie sensation Zion Williamson on Friday night.Drummond has averaged 12.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in five games with Cleveland since being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He averages 17.3 points and 15.3 rebounds in 54 games.Cleveland is 3-2 since picking up the 6-foot-11 Drummond, who gives the Cavaliers a deep frontcourt that also includes Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson. Bickerstaff said Thompson will start against Philadelphia and center Joel Embiid, who scored a career-high 49 points Monday night against Atlanta.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2615:05Hornets' Monk suspended indefinitely by the NBAMalik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.The suspension begins with Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks and will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.The third-year reserve from Kentucky is averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game this season. However, he had been playing much better of late, averaging 18.2 points per game in the last seven games.The Hornets were hoping Monk would have a breakout season, but he failed to win a spot in the starting lineup. He has played in 191 games during his career with one start.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2613:55Sixers' Embiid fined for flipping off Hawk, cursing on airJoel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid $25,000 on Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview.In announcing the fine, the NBA noted that the amount “reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum.”The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta's Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized.Embiid scored a career-high 49 points in the game.Afterward, in a postgame walkoff interview, he tried to clarify after calling himself the best player in the world following an excellent performance last week against Brooklyn. His interview included profanity.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
Tue Feb 2521:35Warriors hopeful Stephen Curry can return SundayStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSGTimberwolvesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is aiming to return to the Golden State Warriors lineup on Sunday for the first time sine breaking his left hand in October.Coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that the hope is that Curry will be able to play against Washington. Curry has been practicing in recent weeks and will be re-evaluated on Saturday before a final decision is made."He's had that date in his mind," Kerr said. "He'll continue to work this week and we'll make that determination on Saturday."Curry hasn't played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors (12-45) have the worst record in the NBA this season after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals.Curry has played only four games and Klay Thompson has missed the entire season recovering from a serious knee injury.Kerr said he wants Curry to get time to play with recently acquired forward Andrew Wiggins down the stretch to help make for a smoother transition next season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Feb 2521:35Grizzlies rookie Brandon Clarke out with injured quadricepsBrandon ClarkeFree Agent
Jaren JacksonPFGrizzliesFree Agent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis rookie forward Brandon Clarke hurt his right quadriceps and will be re-valuated in two weeks. The Grizzlies updated Clarke's status Tuesday night. Clarke left Monday night's 124-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after playing only three minutes with what was called hip soreness. The Grizzlies said further tests showed an injury to Clarke's right quadriceps. The Grizzlies already are without Jaren Jackson Jr. after he sprained his left knee in Friday night's loss to the Lakers and will be re-evaluated within two weeks. The 6-foot-8 Clarke has appeared in 50 games and is averaging 12 points and 21.7 minutes played. He was the MVP of the 2019 Summer League and the championship game MVP as Memphis won its first Las Vegas summer league title. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Feb 2517:3576ers' Simmons out at least 2 more weeks with back injuryShake MiltonSG76ersFree Agent
Josh RichardsonSGHeatFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss at least two more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back.The All-Star played just a few minutes in Saturday's loss to Milwaukee before leaving with the back injury. He will undergo daily treatment for his nerve impingement and be evaluated in two weeks.The Sixers are 36-22 as they head down the stretch without one of their best players. They are 27-2 but just 9-20 at home — and leave this week for a four-game West Coast trip that starts Sunday.The 23-year-old Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 54 games.Shake Milton started at point guard for Simmons in Monday's victory over Atlanta. Shooting guard Josh Richardson also played the point and both players will be needed again when the Sixers play Wednesday at Cleveland. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
Tue Feb 2503:45Bucks-Raptors, Zion vs LeBron headline rest of NBA's weekGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Reggie JacksonPGPistonsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Markieff MorrisPFWizardsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
Coby WhiteFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonFree Agent
The Toronto Raptors have done it once already, chasing down a Milwaukee Bucks team that seemed to be sprinting to the NBA Finals.Catching them in the standings this season seems unlikely, with the Bucks (49-8) on their way perhaps to one of the best records in league history.But Toronto might get another shot in the postseason, and before then the Raptors will get three more chances to see how they measure up against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.The first comes Tuesday night in Toronto, where the Raptors had the most lopsided win in their franchise history two nights earlier.The Bucks specialize in lopsided victories, beating teams by 12.4 points per game entering the week, on pace to post the largest average margin of victory in league history.“Every game I watch them play it’s 32-12 at the end of one. Every single one. Or, 32-22 like, the closest,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Sunday.The Bucks were the NBA’s best team in the regular season in 2018-19, but the Raptors ... [More]
Mon Feb 2422:24Pistons recall Thomas from G LeagueKhyri ThomasSGPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons recalled guard Khyri Thomas from Grand Rapids of the G League on Monday.Thomas had foot surgery and has played in only two games for the Pistons this season. He last appeared in a game for Detroit on Nov. 6.Thomas is in his second season. He was a second-round draft pick in 2018.The Pistons play at Denver on Tuesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
Mon Feb 2421:14Tears from a comic, a mom and a legend mark Bryant memorialKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorable moments from inside the memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. BEYONCÉ, ALICIA, CHRISTINA AND ‘MARIA’Practically everything about what would happen at Kobe Bryant's memorial was a mystery to nearly everyone watching, and when Beyoncé took the stage to open the celebration of life, a gasp went up among the until-then subdued crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The big screen in the arena soon showed that many major entertainment figures were in the audience along with the expected NBA stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.The memorial's other musical moments would provide their own surprises. A harp and grand piano that a scrambling crew set up on stage between speakers led to speculation about who else would perform. The harp accompanied Christina Aguilera as she sang “Ave Maria,” a nod to the Bryant family's Catholic faith and to Kobe Bryant's Italian upbringing. The piano was for Alicia Keys, who used it... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:14Public memorial service remembers the private Kobe BryantKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife remembered him as a devoted father and husband who arrived early for school pickups and wrote heartfelt cards and letters.Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent and close friend, recalled his final texts from the NBA superstar minutes before he was killed last month in a helicopter crash. Bryant was attempting to secure an internship for the daughter of another friend who was sitting with him in the chopper.Michael Jordan called Bryant “a little brother” and said that when he died, "a piece of me died.”Bryant's athletic achievements were only part of the reason roughly 20,000 people gathered Monday for a public memorial service honoring him at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The event offered another chance to celebrate Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the other seven victims of the crash with tears, memories and laughs.Los Angeles already knew Bryant was much more than a basketball icon. His friends and family told t... [More]
Mon Feb 2419:24Michael Jordan's poignant Kobe tribute: 'A piece of me died'Kobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jordan says he didn't see Kobe Bryant as his rival for the mythical honor of being recognized as the best basketball player ever.Instead, he came to love Bryant as the little brother he never had, and as a student eager to learn from Jordan's experiences and skills.“He wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be,” Jordan said Monday at Bryant's public memorial service at Staples Center. “And as I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”Jordan broke into tears with those words during a moving speech about his largely unpublicized friendship with Bryant, who died along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” Jordan said. “And as I look (around) this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died, or else you wouldn’t be here. Those are the memories that we have to live with and we learn from. I promise you fro... [More]
Mon Feb 2418:34Public memorial service remembers the private Kobe BryantKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife remembered him as a devoted father and husband who arrived early for school pickups and wrote heartfelt cards and letters.Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent and closest friend, recalled getting a text from the NBA superstar moments before he was killed last month in a helicopter crash. The message asked for help in securing an internship for another friend’s daughter.Michael Jordan called Bryant “a little brother” and said when he died, "a piece of me died.”Bryant's athletic achievements were only part of the reason that 20,000 Lakers fans gathered Monday for a public memorial service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The event offered another chance to honor Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the other seven victims of the crash with tears, memories and laughs.Los Angeles already knew that Bryant was much more than a basketball player. His friends and family told the world.“I couldn't see him as a celebrity, n... [More]
Mon Feb 2418:14Butler out again for Miami against ClevelandJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game against the Cleveland Cavaliers for personal reasons.Butler didn't travel with the team for Monday night's game. He also didn't play Saturday night when the Heat routed the Cavaliers 124-106 in Miami.Butler, who leads the Heat in scoring, played in the All-Star Game and scored 17 points in Miami's first game after the All-Star break against Atlanta.The 6-foot-7 guard/forward averages 20.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 47 games. Miami is 36-20 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat begin a five-game homestand Wednesday against Minnesota. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2418:04Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorialKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife remembered him as a devoted father and husband who arrived early for school pickups and wrote heartfelt cards and letters.Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s longtime agent and closest friend, recalled getting a text from the NBA superstar moments before he was killed last month in a helicopter crash. The message asked for help in securing an internship for another friend’s daughter.Michael Jordan called Bryant “a little brother” and said when he died, "a piece of me died.”Bryant's athletic achievements were only part of the reason that 20,000 Lakers fans gathered Monday for a public memorial service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The event offered another chance to honor Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and the other seven victims of the crash with tears, memories and laughs.Los Angeles already knew that Bryant was much more than a basketball player. His friends and family told the world.“I couldn't see him as a celebrity, n... [More]
Mon Feb 2416:34Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorialKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband's devotion to their family as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center to remember Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna.“God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other,” Vanessa Bryant said. “He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”The service took place at the downtown arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the final 17 seasons of his two-decade NBA career. Thousands of Lakers fans, many wearing Bryant's jersey or team colors, attended the tearful gathering to honor Los Angeles' most popular athlete and a global basketball icon.The ceremony began with Beyonce performing her songs “XO... [More]
Mon Feb 2416:24Pacers lose Jeremy Lamb with season-ending knee injuryJeremy LambSFHornetsFree Agent
Victor OladipoSGPacersFree Agent
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb will miss the rest of this season with a left knee injury.Lamb was injured in the second quarter of the Pacers' 46-point loss Sunday at Toronto. Team officials announced Monday that he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn lateral meniscus and a lateral fracture in the bone. He will undergo surgery but no date has been determined.Lamb started 42 games this season and was averaging 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He joined the team as a free agent last summer and had been the staring guard until two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo returned from his knee injury in late January and reclaimed the job earlier this month.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2416:04Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorialKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband's devotion to their family as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center to remember Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna.“God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other,” Vanessa Bryant said. “He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”The service took place at the downtown arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the final 17 seasons of his two-decade NBA career. Thousands of Lakers fans, many wearing Bryant's jersey or team colors, attended the tearful gathering to honor Los Angeles' most popular athlete and a global basketball icon.The ceremony began with Beyonce performing her songs “XO... [More]
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