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Analysis: Gregg Popovich faces tough numbers game for World Cup

It’ll soon be time for Gregg Popovich to pare USA Basketball’s roster from 13 players to 12 in time for the FIBA World Cup this month.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

The co-founder of Alibaba has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. Two people with knowledge of the …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

DeMarcus Cousins is now facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem heading into a season with championship expectations. Cousins was …

As World Cup gets closer, USA Basketball working on bonding

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have many rules for his World Cup team. They’re more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

King’s court: LeBron James dedicates court at his hometown school

LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown. Joined by his former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, …

Stephen Curry embraces Warriors’ change, praises Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce someday about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. For now, Curry is embracing new beginnings as …

Thanks for playing: G Leaguers back in USA Basketball camp

There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament’s qualifying rounds. A …

NBA 2019-20: Some tip-offs earlier, back-to-backs down again

The NBA schedule might be a little easier on players – and a lot easier on bleary-eyed fans at home.

Playing for Gregg Popovich big perk for USA Basketball hopefuls

Seventeen players in consideration for the 12 spots on the USA Basketball team are focused on training camp. They all want to play for new USA coach Gregg Popovich. Most …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

X-rays negative after Kelly Olynyk suffers knee injury while playing for Team Canada

The injury that sidelined Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk during a Wednesday exhibition with the Canadian national team in Toronto turned out to be nothing more than a bruised knee

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss ready to begin NBA journey with Jazz

The former Gonzaga star jogs between five courts Monday at the HUB Sports Center to check on 122 youngsters at his third annual skills camp, leaning over to high-five one …

For Gregg Popovich, finding a team quickly will be a challenge

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich typically has a month of NBA training camp and a half-dozen or so preseason games to endure before he picks a San Antonio team, then …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Former Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins signs with Charlotte

Former Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins has signed another contract with the Charlotte Hornets. The NBA team on Tuesday announced the signing of Perkins and guard Joe Chealey, but didn’t …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Udonis Haslem returning to Heat for a 17th NBA season

Udonis Haslem is returning to the Miami Heat. Haslem announced Tuesday that he is coming back for a 17th NBA season. Haslem has spent his entire career with the Heat, …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies make Niele Ivey NBA’s ninth female assistant coach

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired former Notre Dame women’s associate head coach Niele (knee-L) Ivey among the new assistants on Taylor Jenkins’ staff. There are now nine women coaches in …

Gregg Popovich, finally, gets his turn at leading USA Basketball

Gregg Popovich walked into USA Basketball’s first team meeting in advance of World Cup training camp, and it seemed to some in the room that he was having a little …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

AP source: Vince Carter returning to Hawks for 22nd NBA season

Vince Carter is returning to the Atlanta Hawks for his 22nd season in the NBA. A person told The Associated Press that the 42-year-old Carter has agreed to terms one …

Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins top Frank Vogel’s coaching staff with Lakers

Former NBA head coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins have joined new coach Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers. Phil Handy, Miles Simon, former Lakers guard Mike Penberthy …

CJ McCollum agrees to 3-year extension with Trail Blazers

The 27-year-old McCollum averaged 21.0 points last season, helping Portland make it to the Western Conference finals.

Rookie sensation Zion Williamson signs with 2K, adding to whirlwind summer

The past few weeks have been a blur to Zion Williamson. He was picked No. 1 in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Zion Williamson dabbles in football fun with New Orleans Saints

Saints coach Sean Payton says Zion Williamson’s athleticism and physical stature would make the Pelicans rookie and top NBA draft choice an intriguing NFL prospect at a handful of positions, …

Russell Westbrook all smiles in introduction with Rockets

Russell Westbrook knows he’s in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. And he’s ready to do whatever it takes to …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Clippers unveil images, plans for lavish new Inglewood arena

The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled the first renderings of their proposed 18,500-seat arena and surrounding complex in Inglewood. The Clippers hope to move into the arena in 2024. The …

Trail Blazers sign six-time All-Star Pau Gasol

The Portland Trail Blazers have added six-time All-Star Pau Gasol to their roster. President of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced Gasol’s signing Thursday. The 39-year-old Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Bucks sign veteran guard Kyle Korver

The Milwaukee Bucks have added veteran guard Kyle Korver. The 38-year-old guard was waived July 7 by Phoenix – which acquired him in a trade with Memphis – making him …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Thunder GM Sam Presti shies away from term ‘rebuilding’

The words rebuilding and tanking don’t sit well with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. He prefers the terms repositioning and replenishing. Presti has quite a task in front of him …

USA Basketball updates national team roster for World Cup

USA Basketball’s depth is already getting tested, weeks before the FIBA World Cup even starts. The Americans have released their updated national team roster, adding six players and deleting eight …

Nuggets announce five-year extension for Jamal Murray

The Denver Nuggets and point guard Jamal Murray have signed a five-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season. The sides agreed to the $170 million maximum deal last month. Murray …

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George want to make history for Clippers

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are embracing the chance to chase history by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers. The native Southern California superstars talked about destiny and championships …

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Former Gonzaga analytics coordinator Riccardo Fois settling into new role with Phoenix Suns

A handful of Gonzaga players considered professional options versus returning to school following the 2019 season. So did a member of the Zags’ coaching staff, minus the fanfare and headlines.