Latest NBA Central Division News

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

Jun. 14, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 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 that, Silver will be in Toronto on opening night to help the Raptors hand out championship rings and watch...

Cavaliers hire Cal women's coach Gottlieb as assistant

Jun. 12, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have lured away another prominent college coach. This time, from the women's game. Lindsay Gottlieb is leaving California after eight seasons to join John Beilein's staff in Cleveland and become the seventh female assistant in the NBA. Gottlieb led the Golden Bears to seven...

Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach

Jun. 11, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

The Memphis Grizzlies finally filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins. The Grizzlies will introduce Jenkins at news conference on Wednesday. "Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree, and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our...

Bucks sign GM Horst to multiyear contract extension

Jun. 7, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have signed general manager Jon Horst to a multiyear extension, rewarding a key figure behind one of the best seasons in franchise history. The deal was announced Friday. Horst is one of the front-runners for NBA executive of the year, along with Denver's Tim Connelly,...

Martelli, Eisley part of new staff at Michigan

Jun. 7, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli is joining Juwan Howard's staff at Michigan. Michigan announced Friday that Martelli, Howard Eisley and Saddi Washington will be assistant coaches for Howard, who was hired after John Beilein left to become coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers....

NBA to play 2 regular-season games in Mexico City

Jun. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The NBA will play two regular-season games in Mexico City during the upcoming season. The Dallas Mavericks will face the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 12 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, the NBA announced Friday. The Phoenix Suns will face the San Antonio Spurs two days later. The games will be the...

Cavs owner Gilbert's recovery from stroke will 'take time'

Jun. 5, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's recovery from a recent stroke will "take time." That was the update provided by Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner in a statement Wednesday night on the 57-year-old Gilbert, who remains hospitalized after falling ill and suffering a stroke on May 26. "Dan's recovery...

Milwaukee mulls $400K offer to Bucks player to settle suit

May. 31, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police officers have testified under oath in a lawsuit from Bucks player Sterling Brown that they violated his civil rights when they used a stun gun to arrest him over a parking violation last year, Brown's attorney said Friday. The comments from attorney Mark Thomsen came in...

Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace

May. 29, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn't defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. Before he could get it with the Los Angeles Lakers, though, World Peace had to heal his mind. The therapy had to come first if the former Ron Artest was to make it to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals...

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert suffers stroke, remains in hospital

May. 27, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized and is "resting comfortably" after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old was taken to a Detroit-area hospital Sunday by a friend after not feeling well, and he had the stroke while getting medical care, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a...