Latest National Basketball Association News

The Latest: Georgia men schedule another makeup hoops game

Nov. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Georgia Bulldogs have hastily scheduled another men’s basketball game, announcing they’ll host Division II North Georgia on Wednesday night. The game is a make-up for last Wednesday’s scheduled season...

Hornets acquire Gordon Hayward, 2 draft picks from Celtics

Nov. 29, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have acquired forward Gordon Hayward and unprotected 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a heavily protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade transaction. The Celtics will only get...

Bias leads 6 players, 2 coaches into college hoops Hall

Nov. 29, 2020 5:27 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Maryland basketball star Len Bias, who was chosen No. 2 by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft before dying days later of a drug overdose, was chosen for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Bias leads a group of six players and two coaches...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, center, goes up to shoot as Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant, left, and Paul Millsap, right, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mitchell agreed Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, to a five-year, $163 million extension to remain with the Jazz. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Amid pandemic, NBA gives teams health protocols for season

Nov. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EST

NBA players who test positive for the coronavirus this season may have to miss nearly two weeks in some instances before being allowed to return to the court, the league told its teams Saturday. That revelation was one of many in a 63,000-word document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, that...

In this image provided by Vanderbilt Athletics, Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller, right, slaps hands with a teammate during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Fuller, a goalkeeper on the Commodores' women's soccer team, will don a football uniform on Vanderbilt's sideline and she is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores take on Missouri.  (Vanderbilt Athletics via AP)

Column: Sports hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar

Nov. 27, 2020 7:40 PM EST

The games will go on, hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar. Even as the coronavirus rages out of control over wide swaths of the country, and some facets of society are beginning to shut down again in hopes of stemming the deadly tide, there are no plans to shutter sports like they did back in March. Too...

Traynor's late FTs help Louisville edge Seton Hall 71-70

Nov. 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Carlik Jones scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, J.J. Traynor made a pair of free throws with 5.1 seconds left and Louisville held off Seton Hall 71-70 on Friday. Traynor's free throws gave Louisville (2-0) a 71-68 lead, but Quinn Slazinski fouled Seton Hall's Takal Molson on his...

Cavs acquire another second-round pick in trade with Jazz

Nov. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are loading up for the future. Cleveland acquired another second-round pick Friday — this one in 2027 — from the Utah Jazz, who also sent the Cavs shooting guard Rayjon Tucker in exchange for cash considerations. It's the third second-round selection added by...

Golden State Warriors draft pick James Wiseman speaks at a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Warriors sign top pick Wiseman and second-rounder Mannion

Nov. 27, 2020 6:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors signed top draft pick James Wiseman, the team's No. 2 overall selection out of Memphis. The center averaged 34.2 points in three games as a freshman for the Tigers before a 12-game suspension by the NCAA because his family received money during the...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) pushes past Ohio's forward Dwight Wilson III (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

Nov. 27, 2020 4:40 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois (3-0). Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1). Ben Vander Plas added 20...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nigeria's Ike Diogu, right, drives to the basket ahead of Spain's Pau Gasol during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In the 2005 NBA Draft Ike Diogu was the only Nigerian-American, but now fifteen years later, Nigerians are setting records in last week's Draft with two players from Nigeria as first-rounders, and another six who have at least one Nigerian parent were also picked. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

Nov. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties. “I saw the...