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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Adam Silver: China asked for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to be fired

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically …


Luol Deng signs with Bulls, retires

Two-time All-Star forward Luol Deng has signed with the Chicago Bulls and retired as a member of the team that drafted him.


Lakers exercise 4th-year contract option on Kyle Kuzma

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on forward Kyle Kuzma for the 2020-21 season.


Married NBA refs working to make the right calls at home

Lauren Holtkamp and Jonathan Sterling first met a few years ago at a meeting of college basketball referees in Virginia, and when the group when out for some socializing that …


Women impacting NBA in various roles, 11 assistant coaches

Women are having a greater impact than ever on the NBA – as broadcasters, referees, coaches, executives and owners. Many insist the game is better for it and that if …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Wizards sign Bradley Beal to 2-year, $72 million extension

Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out …


Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China. That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the impact …


The NBA’s magic number for victories isn’t 100 anymore

Getting to 100 points in the NBA used to almost certainly guarantee victory. These days, it’s the baseline for even having a chance.


Go for 2: In today’s NBA, a powerful pair beats 3 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 …


Tim Dahlberg: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron James brand

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

With Rui Hachimura, first NBA draft pick from Japan, Wizards make big play for new audience

When the Washington Wizards drafted Rui Hachimura ninth overall four months ago, coaches liked what they were getting: a two-way player with a massive wingspan and a ton of potential.


Lakers’ Anthony Davis grateful thumb injury isn’t serious

Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn’t serious.


2019-20 NBA Eastern Conference preview capsules

Team-by-team preview capsules for the NBA’s Eastern Conference:


2019-20 NBA Western Conference preview capsules

Team-by-team preview capsules for the NBA’s Western Conference:


Blazers want to take next step after playoff success

The Trail Blazers got a taste of playoff success last season and that’s shifted their mindset. Simply making the playoffs is no longer the goal, a championship is.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, LeBron James enters spotlight

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 …


Franchise players? NBA sophomore class full of rising stars

Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Houston Rockets focused on basketball after fallout from GM’s tweet

In their first practice since a trip to Asia overshadowed by the aftermath of a tweet on the protests in China about Hong Kong by general manager Daryl Morey, the …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Charlotte waives former Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins

Former Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins was waived by the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA team announced Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Seen but not heard: Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai

LeBron James raised his arms in appreciation of the cheering crowd in Shanghai shortly after the final buzzer, then removed his headband and flipped it toward some ticketholders clamoring for …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 8:37 a.m.

NBA preseason roundup: Kyrie Irving aggravates injury, Nets hold off Lakers in Shanghai

Kyrie Irving flew halfway around the world to play for 66 seconds. Irving aggravated his facial fracture shortly after tip-off in his preseason debut for the Brooklyn Nets, who beat …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

NBA preseason roundup: Protesters show support for Hong Kong at Wizards game

Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up signs in support of Hong Kong on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards hosted a team from the Chinese Basketball Association.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

NBA postpones media sessions in Shanghai amid China rift

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura looks like a ‘wise veteran’ in first preseason game

The rookie selected ninth overall in this summer’s NBA draft made his exhibition opener Monday night appear like one of many highlights coming in his 2019-20 season reel.


Gregg Popovich lauds Adam Silver’s response to China over tweet rift

Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s longest-tenured coach, lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday for his stance supporting freedom of speech amid the ongoing rift with China.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China’s …


Could Yao Ming mend the fences between the NBA and China?

Yao Ming could be the man in the middle if the NBA and China are going to mend fences. Yao is a former Houston Rockets great and a basketball Hall …


Mystics beat Sun 94-81 to take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals

Elena Delle Donne played through a back injury and helped the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 94-81 and move within a victory of winning the franchise’s first title