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Gregg Popovich defends team, U.S. beats Poland for 7th at World Cup

USA Basketball finishes World Cup in 7th place, tops Poland 87-74 in finale – with Gregg Popovich offering a strong defense afterward


Analysis: USA Basketball’s World Cup plan went awry long ago

USA Basketball’s plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally asked to …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

In Basketball Hall of Fame speech, Jack Sikma pleads for NBA’s return to Seattle

Sikma was joined in the Class of 2019 by Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Westphal, Bobby Jones, Al Attles, Teresa Weatherspoon, Chuck Cooper, Carl Braun and Bill Fitch.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Vlade Divac, Jack Sikma are centers of attention at Hall of Fame

Vlade Divac and Jack Sikma were big men who could pass and shoot, helping redefine the post position in the NBA. The pair now await induction to the Naismith Memorial …


Dwight Howard eager to make most of 2nd chance with Lakers

Dwight Howard says he is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers with a new outlook on basketball and his place in it. The veteran center hopes the Lakers fans who …


For Gregg Popovich, leading USA Basketball is a true calling

U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he still recalls the lessons learned there, such as how …


Nets’ Wilson Chandler suspended 25 games for positive drug test

Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler has been suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA for testing positive for a drug that increases the release of a growth hormone. The …


USA rebounds to beat Canada after 78-game win streak was snapped

The United States rebounded from a rare loss two days earlier to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game. At the same arena where the Americans won …


Dwight Howard rejoins Lakers six years after bitter exit

Dwight Howard has rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers six years after his acrimonious departure. Howard led the NBA in rebounding while he spent the 2012-13 season with the Lakers, but …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Report: Dwight Howard to sign with Los Angeles Lakers

A person familiar with the decision says the Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign center Dwight Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis. The person spoke on condition of …


President Trump gives Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy

President Donald Trump presented 91-year-old basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, praising the Boston Celtics star as “one of the all-time greats in the …


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.