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Trump to consider inviting Raptors ‘if they’d like to do it’

President Donald Trump says he’ll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House “if they’d like to do it.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Rui Hachimura signs endorsement deal with Nissin, maker of Cup Noodles, on eve of NBA draft

Japanese tennis players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also Nissin brand ambassadors.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?

The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better draft lead-in than the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade. While the first wave of headlines rightfully belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, the …


With short window after season’s end, Warriors turn to draft

Warriors general manager Bob Myers is still emotionally spent after watching superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down with serious injuries in the last two games of the NBA …


Zion’s time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft

Zion Williamson tried to portray himself as an ordinary player just hoping to be drafted. Actually, he’s perhaps the most-hyped one since LeBron James. Soon he can start showing if …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Even though the lottery didn’t work as they hoped, the Atlanta Hawks are preparing for another intriguing draft. With three first-round picks and six choices overall, the Hawks are poised …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

AP source: Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to Jazz for 3 players

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Study: NBA earns overall A grade in diversity hiring

A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men’s professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors exec has concussion

A lawyer for a deputy involved in an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Police in Canada are looking for a fourth person and haven’t recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that left four people …


Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines list of big men in NBA draft

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Hayes is a lottery prospect after spending one season with the Longhorns. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ …


Pelicans extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through 2021

New Orleans Pelicans new basketball operations chief David Griffin says the club is exercising its option to extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through the 2020-21 season. Gentry has coached four …


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Analysis: Anthony Davis trade a win-win for both sides

The saga is over. When this trade is done, everybody can say they won. For the Pelicans, it’s a new beginning. For the Lakers, it’s about winning now.


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

AP Source: Lakers, Pelicans, agree on Anthony Davis trade

Several people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade disgruntled six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for point guard …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies

The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Toronto Raptors’ NBA title sees Canada set viewing, spending records

The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.


No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer

Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 3:35 p.m.

Nick Nurse’s nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Nick Nurse is a 51-year-old basketball journeyman who has been a coach for no fewer than 13 different teams in four countries over the last 30 years. He is unknown …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Mavs illustrate draft’s international flair with Euro plan

The Dallas Mavericks are building their NBA hopes around a pair of young European stars after 21 years with Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki. A future with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis …


Draft, free agency … and lots of questions await the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to open next week’s draft by announcing that Zion Williamson is the No. 1 overall selection headed to New Orleans. And four months after …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

California police say Raptors president Masai Ujiri shoved, hit deputy

A California police agency will pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the …


Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Coby White top list of point guards in NBA draft

Murray State’s Ja Morant, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and North Carolina’s Coby White headline the list of top point guards in the NBA draft. Morant dominated the mid-major ranks last season …


Analysis: A global NBA now has a truly global champion

The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some …


Klay Thompson sustains torn left ACL in Warriors’ loss

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Thompson was hurt late in the third quarter of their 114-110 loss …


Canada celebrates after Raptors win first NBA championship

Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship. Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, …


The injuries pile up, and the Warriors’ reign ends

In the end, they were just battered and broken. And now, they’re beaten. The Golden State Warriors are champions no more. The reign ended Thursday night in the last game …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

King of the North: Kawhi Leonard wins Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard’s first season with the Toronto Raptors started with his now-infamous laugh. It ended with him getting the last laugh. The best player on the league’s newly crowned best …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured Canada’s first NBA championship with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

AP source: Goran Dragic exercises $19.2 million option

A person with knowledge of the situation says Goran Dragic has told the Miami Heat that he is exercising his $19.2 million option for next season. Dragic was limited to …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

Zion Williamson sues marketing company, alleging state law violation

Former Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to terminate his contract with a sports marketing company. He says the agency violated the state’s sports agent law. A lawsuit filed in …