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Tue Sep 2913:16Chris Paul enrolls in North Carolina HBCU to encourage voteChris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — NBA star Chris Paul has enrolled in a historically Black college in North Carolina, where he will take a class and encourage students to get to the polls. The Oklahoma City guard has enrolled at Winston-Salem State, across town from Wake Forest, where he played for two seasons before going to the NBA, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. His parents also attended Winston-Salem State. “We are providing transportation to HBCU students to get the polls so we are working on that now,” Paul said recently on ESPN's “First Take,” adding that he's partnered with two other NBA players to help HBCU students get to the polls. During the NBA playoffs, Paul raised awareness of HBCU’s by wearing different shoes representing schools such as Winston-Salem State, North Carolina A&T and N.C. Central.
Mon Sep 2819:16Celtics head into offseason focused on future, not endingJaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Enes KanterCKnicksFree Agent
Semi OjeleyeSFCelticsFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum emerged as a bona fide star, Jaylen Brown showed he can be a consistent presence in the lineup and Kemba Walker helped the Celtics put the failed Kyrie Irving experiment behind them. But following their Eastern Conference finals loss to Miami, it’s clear there is still work to do in Boston after the Celtics squandered their best opportunity yet under coach Brad Stevens to make it to the NBA Finals. Stevens said he heads into the offseason lamenting only the outcome and not the effort by his players during the abnormal season. “My regret is not what we put in. My regret is not how we prepared or worked or how hard our guys worked or how committed they were to playing and staying together,” he said. “You look back at those first couple of games (against Miami) and it put us in a tough spot. I just think that ultimately we had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of it enough.” The Celtics returned from the COVID-19-caused hiatus and emerged as... [More]
Mon Sep 2818:16Doc Rivers announces he's out as Clippers' coachPaul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Doc Rivers says he’s out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, though did not specify if he chose to leave on his own or if he was fired. Rivers announced in a statement posted to Twitter that he is not returning as coach. The move comes about two weeks after the Clippers wasted a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals. Rivers spent seven seasons with the Clippers, making the playoffs in six of them — major success for a once-woebegone franchise. This season's team, with the summer 2019 additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, was expected to compete for a championship. But losing three closeout opportunities to the Nuggets cost the Clippers a chance to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the West finals, and surely played a role in Rivers not remaining as coach. “When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organi... [More]
Mon Sep 2817:46Comeback crew: Nuggets leave bubble with newfound respectCarmelo AnthonyPFHawksFree Agent
Will BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Torrey CraigSFNuggetsFree Agent
Tim DuncanCSpursFree Agent
Jerami GrantSFThunderFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Mason PlumleeCNuggetsFree Agent
Michael PorterPFNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — With bags on his back, Nikola Jokic playfully swerved his way through the crowd of family and friends gathered at the airport terminal. The Denver Nuggets finally returned home after their longer-than-many-anticipated stay inside the NBA bubble. Arriving with them, a new reputation — the comeback crew. The Nuggets overcame a pair of 3-1 series deficits in advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009. Their extended stay at Disney in Florida ended when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers sent them packing after Game 5. Still, they accomplished something historical in becoming only the third team in the U.S. major pro sports to rally from a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs. They joined the 1985 Kansas City Royals and 2003 Minnesota Wild. “People around this country, around the world, who were watching the playoffs, this group of guys, you would be hard-pressed to find a better story coming out of this bubble,” Nuggets coach M... [More]
Mon Sep 2802:06Jimmy Butler was an easy get for NBA Finals-bound HeatJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Tyler HerroFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was June 30, 2019. The Miami Heat had an evening all planned out for their recruitment of free agent Jimmy Butler, down to every detail. They greeted him with music from Irish singer Dermot Kennedy, one of his favorites. A buffet dinner was set up, tables overlooking the water of Biscayne Bay. They had players-turned-executives Shane Battier and Alonzo Mourning there to talk about what it’s like to be part of the Heat. And then it was time to go inside, break into a smaller group, get down to business and give him the sales pitch. Butler never let Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra even get started. There was no need. He’d already picked Miami. He just hadn’t told them yet. “I was like, ‘I’m home,’” Butler said. The machinations of a sign-and-trade followed before things could be official, but just like that, the Heat had a new star and newfound hope. Season 1 of the Butler era in Miami will end on a stage that he’s ne... [More]
Sun Sep 2714:33Timberwolves' guard Beasley jailed after arrest on 2 chargesMalik BeasleySGNuggetsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was in jail Sunday on charges of drug possession and receiving and concealing stolen property, after his arrest the night before. The Athletic first reported Beasley's arrest Saturday night at his home in Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis. ESPN reported that police obtained a search warrant for Beasley's home after a complaint that he brandished a weapon at a person and officers found marijuana and guns in the home. “We’re aware of the situation involving Malik and in the process of gathering more information,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. Beasley participated in voluntary workouts at the team facility earlier this year. He has not taken part in group workouts that began this week for teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart in Florida after the four-plus-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 23-year-old Beasley will be a restricted free agent when the season ends. The 19th overall pick in the 2016 draft by Denver, Beasley averaged 20.7 points in 14 games for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade with the Nuggets in February. Beasley's attorney, Steve Haney, did not immediately respond to a phone message left Sunday by The Associated Press. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/NBA
Sat Sep 2602:43Heat's Bam Adebayo takes blame for Game 5 loss to CelticsJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo has not wanted much credit for anything this season, always deferring to others in the Miami Heat locker room when things are going well. Things didn’t go well Friday night. And Adebayo wanted — demanded, really — all the blame. His stat line — 13 points, eight rebounds, eight assists on 5-for-11 shooting — certainly didn’t look as abysmal as Adebayo made his effort sound after Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, when Miami fell apart in the third quarter and saw its series lead trimmed to 3-2 after a 121-108 loss to the Boston Celtics. But he didn’t like much of anything about his night and headed back to the hotel following the game vowing that he would find a way to be better in Game 6 on Sunday. “I put that game on me,” Adebayo said. “It’s not my teammates’ fault, it’s not my coaches’ fault. It’s me. I missed too many shots I should have made. Put that one on me.” No matter what the subject matter was ... [More]
Thu Sep 2417:22For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Lauri MarkkanenPFBullsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s always emotional when you leave a place that you enjoyed working with the people you were working with. I was around some terrific people in the organization, tremendous players. You’re just kind of decompressing. So this kind of came out of left field for me.” The Bulls introduced Donovan as their coach on Thursday, two days after they announced they landed arguably the most attractive candidate on the market to help turn around a struggling team with new management. Donovan goes from working with stars such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and Paul George and Chris Paul to trying to lift a franchise with one playoff appearance in five seasons. He was 243-157 with the Thunder and led them to ... [More]
Wed Sep 2319:32Celtics' Gordon Hayward, wife Robyn welcome fourth childGordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward and wife Robyn are parents for a fourth time. Robyn Hayward announced the birth of the couple's first son — Gordon Theodore Hayward — on Wednesday, a couple hours before the Celtics would face the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Hayward had originally planned to leave the bubble for the birth, but remained with the Celtics. He got some unplanned time off earlier in Boston's postseason run because of a sprained ankle, and spent some of that with his wife and daughters before returning to the NBA campus. “I think his ankle’s fine right now," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday after the birth was announced. “I don’t think he’s thought about it all afternoon obviously. ... Very, very happy to hear the news." Robyn Hayward said the baby — who was already wearing Celtics apparel Wednesday with his father's name and number on the back — will go by Theo, despite his father's preference that he go by GT. “Our little man is finally here!" she wrote. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Sep 2317:32New Kings GM McNair commits to Luke Walton as coachMarvin BagleyPFKingsFree Agent
Bogdan BogdanovicSGKingsFree Agent
Buddy HieldSGKingsFree Agent
New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. McNair was hired last week after a long tenure as an executive in Houston to replace Vlade Divac. He backed Walton publicly during his introductory news conference Wednesday. “I’ve got to know him the last few days, we’ve had some good conversations,” McNair said. “I’ve heard great things. So far I think we’ve had a great rapport. Luke’s going to be our coach next year. I’m really excited to work with him. I think we’re aligned with our vision and we’re gonna start implementing it.” Walton is the team’s 10th coach since the Kings last made the playoffs in Rick Adelman’s final season in 2005-06. Sacramento went 31-41 in Walton's first season at the helm. McNair and Walton will work together to end the 14-year playoff drought that is one year off the longest one in NBA hist... [More]
Wed Sep 2303:02Full circle: Haslem credits Crowder's dad for NBA careerJae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Udonis HaslemPFHeatFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It didn’t take Jae Crowder very long after joining the Miami Heat to figure out who the veteran leader of the team was. “Udonis Haslem,” he said. Correct. But who was the person that taught Haslem how to be that locker-room voice, that sage, “the O.G.” as the Heat call him? That would be Corey Crowder. Jae Crowder’s father. Haslem and Jae Crowder are now Heat teammates, competing in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. Corey Crowder is living in Fort Myers, Florida, a couple hours west of Miami, a couple hours southwest of Lake Buena Vista — the site of the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. And nearly two decades ago in France, Corey Crowder took a young rookie under his wing to show him the ropes. That rookie was Udonis Haslem. “It’s an awesome story, when you think about it,” Corey Crowder said. This tale of things going full circle starts 18 years ago in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, about 200 miles southeast... [More]
Tue Sep 2202:31Crowder, Olynyk see parallels between Spoelstra, StevensJae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Kelly OlynykPFHeatFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jae Crowder will tell anybody who asks that the Miami Heat are extremely well-prepared for whatever comes their way in the Eastern Conference finals. He can say the same about the Boston Celtics, too. Crowder and fellow Heat teammate Kelly Olynyk are both in the East title series for the second time. Their first time was in 2017 — when they were Boston teammates under coach Brad Stevens. And it isn’t hard for Crowder to see the similarities between Stevens and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “Oh, the No. 1 thing that sticks out to me is the attention to detail,” Crowder said. “Both coaches have preached that and pushed that with their teams, respectively. You need that at this level. You need that at this time of the year, because both teams really know exactly what they’re trying to get to. It’s just about the level of detail that you’re doing it and how much you’re imposing your will.” The Celtics lost that 2017 series to the Cleveland C... [More]
Sun Sep 2010:21Leonard, once a starter, now helping Heat from the sidelineWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Avery BradleySGClippersFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Solomon HillSFPelicansFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFWarriorsFree Agent
Meyers LeonardPFTrailblazersFree Agent
Kendrick NunnFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Meyers Leonard was bent forward at the waist, standing a few feet away from Miami coach Erik Spoelstra on the Heat sideline, screaming with every bit of the volume that his deep and booming voice can generate. This is his role right now for the Heat. His only role. Leonard is in a tough spot these days; a full-time starter during the regular season, he is now out of the rotation as the Heat have made their run to the Eastern Conference finals. It is a bitter pill for him to swallow — yet to his credit, he hasn’t acted the least bit bitter about his current reality. “My team knows this, and our coaching staff knows this,” Leonard told The Associated Press. “I would do anything to be out there. And I’d be lying if I said that I’m not competitive as hell. I wish I was impacting the game on the floor. I’m not, but as a person and as a player, I want what’s best for everybody.” So for now, the 7-foot, 260-pound, chiseled center is the tall... [More]
Fri Sep 1811:30AP source: Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks is NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2nd consecutive seasonGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — AP source: Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks is NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2nd consecutive season.
Fri Sep 1802:20To Bam Adebayo, Heat game days are always Mother's DayJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Tyler HerroFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami center Bam Adebayo went into the locker room at halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals knowing that he wasn’t doing enough. He didn’t need to see video. Or talk to Heat teammates. Or check the stats. He only needed to think of his mother. “That first half wasn’t me and I had to reboot myself, man,” Adebayo said. “So, you ask yourself: Where do you come from and what’s your why? What’s your why? And for me, that’s my mom.” Marilyn Blount, this was for you. Adebayo nearly outscored the Boston Celtics by himself in the third quarter, the Heat turned the game around and went on to win 106-101 Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals — putting the kid who grew up in a single-wide trailer with a mom making something like $15,000 a year two wins away from the NBA Finals. Adebayo had four points at the half, and the Heat were down by 13. He had 17 in the second half, when Miami outscored Boston b... [More]
Thu Sep 1718:30Raptors president Ujiri calls VanVleet a "big-time priority"Fred VanVleetPGRaptorsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri says re-signing point guard Fred VanVleet is a “big-time priority.” VanVleet, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, averaged 18 points and seven assists this season for the defending NBA champions. Ujiri, who has one year left on his contract, says he hasn’t had any discussions with team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment since the club’s season ended last week. He spoke to reporters Thursday in his season-ending news conference. Ujiri said feelings were still raw coming out of the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort last week, where the Raptors lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinal. The Raptors executive said his priority since then has been taking care of his leadership team. Earlier this week, the Raptors signed coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year extension. Nurse’s contract also was due to run out after next season. Ujiri said the team also is close to... [More]
Thu Sep 1712:59Kings hire former Rockets executive Monte McNair as new GMMarvin BagleyPFKingsFree Agent
The Sacramento Kings have hired former Houston Rockets executive Monte McNair as their new general manager. The team announced the move to replace Vlade Divac on Thursday, making McNair the team’s top basketball executive reporting to owner Vivek Ranadivé. “Monte is one of the NBA’s top basketball minds who has played an instrumental role in building several winning teams in Houston,” Ranadivé said. “I am excited to bring his extensive experience and vision onboard to lead our basketball operations department, and it is my pleasure to welcome Monte and his family to Sacramento.” McNair has a tough task ahead with the Kings having missed the playoffs for 14 straight seasons. That’s the longest active drought and one shy of the NBA record. The Kings went 31-41 this season in the first year under coach Luke Walton. McNair is a Southern California native who spent 13 years working for the Rockets. He has been the assistant general manager since 2018 and also was integral in... [More]
Wed Sep 1621:33LeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th timeGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Bradley BealSGWizardsFree Agent
Kobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Tim DuncanCSpursFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously.James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season.Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA — becoming the first player to get there in either his first or second season since Duncan did for San Antonio. Duncan was first-team in each of his first eight NBA seasons, starting in 1997-98 and going through 2004-05.The 21-year-old Doncic is the sixth player to make All-NBA at that age or younger, joining Kevin Durant, James, Duncan, Rick Barry and Max Zaslofsky.James is a first-team pick for the 1... [More]
Wed Sep 1618:13Even with Leonard and George, Clippers stall in playoffsPatrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Montrezl HarrellPFClippersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The more things changed for the Los Angeles Clippers, the more they stayed the same.They shocked the league by adding superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a proven cast, immediately creating major expectations for the franchise to win its first NBA championship.In the end, the Clippers reverted to their old selves. They blew a 3-2 series lead and double-digit leads in multiple games against the Denver Nuggets, and got sent packing from the NBA playoff bubble. The franchise once mocked as the laughingstock of the NBA couldn't erase a big part of its ignominious history: 0-8 all time in games in which it could clinch a spot in the conference finals.“We did have championship expectations. We had the talent to do it,” Lou Williams said. "I don’t think we had the chemistry to do it and it showed."George missed time to start the season while recovering from two offseason shoulder surgeries. Playing for his third team in three years, Leonard followed a load m... [More]
Wed Sep 1617:33Even with Leonard and George, Clippers stall in playoffsPatrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Montrezl HarrellPFClippersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The more things changed for the Los Angeles Clippers, the more they stayed the same.They shocked the league by adding superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a proven cast, immediately creating major expectations for the franchise to win its first NBA championship.In the end, the Clippers reverted to their old selves. They blew a 3-2 series lead and double-digit leads in multiple games against the Denver Nuggets, and got sent packing from the NBA playoff bubble. The franchise once mocked as the laughingstock of the NBA couldn't erase a big part of its ignominious history: 0-8 all time in games in which it could clinch a spot in the conference finals.“We did have championship expectations. We had the talent to do it,” Lou Williams said. "I don’t think we had the chemistry to do it and it showed."George missed time to start the season while recovering from two offseason shoulder surgeries. Playing for his third team in three years, Leonard followed a load m... [More]
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