Professional basketball

October 16, 2019 - 12:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the move hasn't publicly announced. Smith's current contract ends this month...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in front of forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 16, 2019 - 10:02 am
In today's high-stakes NBA, a powerful pair beats three of a kind. Teams who longed to build a Big Three are now striving for a dynamic duo, hoping two premier players are good enough to win a championship when the belief used to be that it required a trio. And with some of the combinations...
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Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 16, 2019 - 3:11 am
LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dribbles during the first half of the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 15, 2019 - 7:14 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious. Davis went through a full practice with the Lakers on Tuesday. The Lakers' superstar newcomer jammed his thumb while playing in an...
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Demonstrators set a Lebron James jersey on fire during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2019 - 6:46 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and...
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan stands on the sideline during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 6:40 pm
No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
October 15, 2019 - 5:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
October 15, 2019 - 5:10 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The featured attraction of this latest fresh start for the Minnesota Timberwolves is Karl-Anthony Towns, the two-time All-Star center who finished in the top 20 in the NBA last season in more than a dozen major statistical categories. After a tumultuous start to 2018-19 that led...
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A championship tab is sewn to the back of the jersey of Toronto Raptors guard Cameron Payne during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 4:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse expects he'll be experimenting with lineups a lot in the early part of the season. That's the challenge when you lose two starters from any team, let alone an NBA champion. Nurse's tinkering became a necessity after free agent forward Kawhi...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) tries to rebound the ball during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
October 15, 2019 - 4:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...
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