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Dr. J on NBA life in 1980s: Standing on shoulders of giants

Jan. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EST

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, an NBA and ABA champion, is considered one of the greatest basketball players ever and one the greatest ambassadors of the game off the court. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star and league MVP. The player fans know as “Dr. J" shares some of the...

Stern, talent influx led to NBA transformation during 1980's

Jan. 17, 2022 14:21 PM EST

The NBA had enormous problems. Drug abuse among players was believed to be rampant. Many arenas were half-empty or worse on game nights. Most franchises were losing money. Some were on the cusp of folding. And when games were on television, nobody was watching. That was how the 1980s...

AP Was There: Magic plays center, Lakers clinch NBA title

Jan. 17, 2022 11:57 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in and plays center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with his Los Angeles Lakers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, finishes with 42 points, 15...

Timeline of NBA in 1980s as league celebrates 75th season

Jan. 17, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Timeline of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history and key moments off the court as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: Feb. 22, 1980: The U.S. men’s ice hockey team beats the Soviet Union 4-3 in the...

AP Was There: Bird beats Magic in 1st Finals showdown

Jan. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — June 12, 1984: The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102 in Game 7 in the first NBA Finals between Boston’s Larry Bird and Los Angeles’ Magic Johnson. They would meet in the finals two more times, with the Lakers winning both. The Associated Press is republishing...

Rivals Magic, Bird highlight AP's 1980s all-decade NBA team

Jan. 17, 2022 02:08 AM EST

LARRY BIRD “Larry Legend” played his entire 13-year career with the Boston Celtics, and his rivalry with Los Angeles Lakers guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson catapulted the league to new heights. Bird's sharp shooting, pinpoint passing and rugged rebounding helped the Celtics win...

Cavaliers add former NBA guard José Calderón to front office

Jan. 14, 2022 13:19 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are bringing back former guard José Calderón as a special advisor in their front office. Calderón played 14 seasons in the NBA, spending the 2017-18 season in Cleveland as the Cavs made their fourth straight trip to the Finals. The...

Rozier, Ball lead Hornets to back-to-back wins vs. Bucks

Jan. 10, 2022 22:45 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball spent his youth “playing up” against older competition. That's when he learned to shoot floaters. “Playing against bigger people, you can't really get no shot up, so I did all of these little floats,” Ball said. ...

Klay Thompson has 17 points in return, Warriors beat Cavs

Jan. 10, 2022 00:53 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson couldn’t wait to get his first shot up after more than 2 1/2 years away. Thompson’s running layup 40 seconds into Golden State's 96-82 victory over Cleveland on Sunday night was a sign that the five-time All-Star is feeling just fine — even...

Rozier, Hornets hand Bucks 3rd loss in last 4 games, 114-106

Jan. 08, 2022 22:55 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 28 points, Miles Bridges added 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106 on Saturday night, handing the defending NBA champions their third loss in four games. LaMelo Ball chipped in with 19...