Professional basketball

June 24, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The biggest names in pro basketball are gathering for the annual NBA Awards show. Shaquille O'Neal presides over the festivities Monday night from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The finalists for the Most Valuable Player trophy are Giannis Antetokounmpo of...
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Golden State Warriors NBA basketball draft pick Jordan Poole, center, speaks with reporters on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Fellow incoming Warriors Alen Smailagic, left, and Eric Paschall, right, flank Poole. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 24, 2019 - 3:08 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend. "Yes," Myers answered succinctly Monday when asked about sit-downs with both free agents, each injured for the runner-up Warriors...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, June 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
June 23, 2019 - 7:26 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich first met Giannis Antetokounmpo last month in downtown Milwaukee. The encounter happened inside a hallway at Fiserv Forum after Antetokounmpo and the Bucks eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The meeting of the Milwaukee stars...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team president Larry Bird smiles during a news conference in Indianapolis. Larry Bird is the only person in league history to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
June 22, 2019 - 6:39 am
Larry Bird's place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. A Hall of Fame player later became a successful coach and team executive. Along the way, he watched free agency transform from something rarely discussed to practically a year-round conversation — with his own name...
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Washington Wizards basketball team introduce Rui Hachimura, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at Capital One Arena in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 21, 2019 - 10:11 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard and his girlfriend, Kishele Shipley, watch the Toronto Blue Jays play the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 6:34 pm
Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans' Zion Williamson, Memphis' Ja Morant and New York's R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for weeks — is now...
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New Orleans Pelicans first-round NBA draft pick Zion Williamson, right, laughs at his introductory news conference at the team's practice facility in Metairie, La., Friday, June 21, 2019. Head coach Alvin Gentry, left, and executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, center, look on. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 21, 2019 - 5:42 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans' headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with rapper/producer Drake during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 10:36 am
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize...
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Oregon's Bol Bol smiles before the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 20, 2019 - 11:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bol Bol started the night high-fiving children as he walked across the stage as part of the festivities, being introduced with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and others expecting to hear their names called early in the NBA draft. The other players were long gone by the time...
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The draft board displays the picks for the first round in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 20, 2019 - 10:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The trade-filled NBA draft is complete. Sacramento took Serbian guard Vanja Marinkovic with the 60th and final selection. That capped a night that saw Duke and Zion Williamson start off a big draft haul for the Atlantic...
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