NBA basketball

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) leaps for a layup during the first half of the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 15, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now Bradley Beal finally gets his chance to be the focal point for the Washington Wizards from the get-go, on and off the court. The main issues of interest with this club at the moment are whether Beal's play takes another step up and whether his future with the franchise will be...
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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 15, 2019 - 10:30 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis doesn't raise a brow at the high expectations he's accepting with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 26-year-old superstar engineered his move from New Orleans to Hollywood knowing that championships are the only acceptable result to the Lakers' legions of demanding fans...
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein, left, talks with Kevin Love in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against San Lorenzo, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
October 15, 2019 - 9:53 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein stood at midcourt with his arms folded and watched as the Cavaliers pushed through practice drills that the former Michigan coach developed and perfected during 37 years at the college level. With each bounce of the ball, every pass and shot, Beilein's head bobbed ever...
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In this photo taken Oct. 10, 2019, Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, works against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, left, during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Bagley averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year as a rookie.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 15, 2019 - 9:52 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The winningest season in 13 years only whetted the appetite in Sacramento. Nothing short of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought will be enough to consider the upcoming season a success for the Kings. A roster led by emerging young stars like point guard De'...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco. Curry knows how different this season will be. He realizes how many aren't even considering the Golden State Warriors a for-sure contender following five straight trips to the NBA Finals. No Kevin Durant. No Andre Iguodala. No Shaun Livingston. And that's just to name a few of the departed players who made such key contributions to the franchise's recent runs of success. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File )
October 15, 2019 - 9:49 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry knows how different this season will be. He realizes many aren't considering the Golden State Warriors a clear contender even following five straight trips to the NBA Finals. No Kevin Durant. No Andre Iguodala. No Shaun Livingston. And that's just to name a few of...
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
October 15, 2019 - 8:20 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing rugged defense has helped Utah become a consistent playoff team. Now the Jazz seek to become a bigger postseason threat with a more versatile offense. Utah made a flurry of offseason moves designed to bolster the team's outside shooting and give coach Quin Snyder...
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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 - 7:32 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments...
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Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier III, left, drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
October 15, 2019 - 6:01 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier arrived in Charlotte with a tremendous chip on his shoulder. The 25-year-old point guard is eager to prove he can lead an NBA team after spending four years as a backup with the Boston Celtics. He will get that opportunity this season in Charlotte where he'll...
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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins talks with players in the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game against Maccabi Haifa, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
October 15, 2019 - 6:00 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Veteran center Jonas Valanciunas chuckled at the idea the revamped Memphis Grizzlies are in a rebuilding process that could take a couple of seasons. "We can make it in one year," Valanciunas said. "If we're going to be successful, it's on us now to work, give everything on...
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October 14, 2019 - 10:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers say Anthony Davis is day-to-day with a sprained right thumb. An MRI exam on Davis' injury revealed only a sprain, increasing the chances of the Lakers' new star being ready for the regular season. Davis was injured during a preseason game in China on...
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