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From 'bottom of totem pole,' NBA begins its climb in 1950s

Oct. 19, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

A career in the NBA seemed such an uncertainty as the 1950s arrived that Bob Cousy considered driving school a better option than playing for a team he didn’t even know how to find on a map. “Basketball was at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Cousy, one of the...

Lapchick family felt backlash due to Knicks coach's views

Oct. 19, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father, former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick, for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract in 1950. The experience led him to his work today; Richard directs the Institute for...

Hawks agree to 4-year, $65M extension with Kevin Huerter

Oct. 18, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks agreed Monday to a four-year, $65 million contract extension with guard Kevin Huerter, locking up another important player from the team that made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final. Huerter was the last piece in the Hawks'...

Bucks sign guard Grayson Allen to multiyear extension

Oct. 18, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen has signed a multiyear contract extension less than 2 ½ months after the team acquired him from the Memphis Grizzlies. Allen joined the Bucks in an Aug. 7 trade that set guard Sam Merrill and two future second-round...

AP WAS THERE: 1st Black player's contract bought by NBA team

Oct. 18, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton broke the color barrier in the NBA as the league’s first Black players during the 1950-51 season. Clifton was the first Black player to have his contract purchased when the New York Knicks bought his deal from the...

Grizzlies exercise rookie options for Morant, Clarke, Bane

Oct. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the rookie contract options for 2022-23 for point guard Ja Morant, forward Brandon Clarke and guard Desmond Bane on Saturday. The No. 2 pick overall in 2019, Morant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and has started all...

Foligno's late goal gives Wild 2-1 win over Ducks

Oct. 16, 2021 02:07 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Foligno beat Anthony Stolarz between his legs from the slot off a rebound to give the Wild a win in their...

Bruins sign D McAvoy to 8-year, $76 million extension

Oct. 15, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has big plans for his newfound money after signing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension. “I might go get my dog a handful of bones,” he said Friday after agreeing to the deal that could keep him in...

Stars edge Rangers 3-2 on Heiskanen's goal in OT

Oct. 14, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Miro Heiskanen scored 1:38 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night to spoil coach Gerard Gallant's home debut at Madison Square Garden. Heiskanen, who also had an assist, took a lead pass from Jamie Benn,...

Brady Tkachuk signs 7-year, $57.5 million deal with Senators

Oct. 14, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators agreed to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract Thursday. The Senators made the announcement in the morning, hours before Ottawa’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tkachuk arrived at Canadian Tire...