Latest National Basketball Association News

Right on Cue: NBA finds high-tech option for virus testing

Oct. 15, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

If so inclined, an NBA player could now test himself for the coronavirus and get results on his phone in no more than 20 minutes. And the league is convinced those tests are both fast enough and accurate enough. It’s a high-tech answer to the issue...

Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks general manager Jon Horst has signed a multi-year contract extension after helping Milwaukee win its first NBA title in a half-century. The move comes less than two months after the Bucks signed coach Mike Budenholzer to an extension. Milwaukee...

Pelicans' Williamson out at first week of regular season

Oct. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. “Nothing has gone wrong and there is no...

With fans back, NBA reiterates need for appropriate behavior

Oct. 14, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — At Miami’s first preseason game of the year, something caught Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s attention as he stood in his customary spot between his team’s bench and the scorer’s table. Fans, he noticed, were just a couple feet away again. ...

International big men rule NBA with their all-around skills

Oct. 14, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan believes big men entering the league from other countries thrive because they were taught the fundamentals of the game at a young age. That grasp of the all-around game has helped international big men dominate the NBA. ...

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

Oct. 14, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old. As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the...

Irving: Refusal to get vaccinated about 'what's best for me'

Oct. 14, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he didn't want to lose salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets, but was doing “what's best for me” by refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Nets decided Tuesday that Irving wouldn't be...

Pelicans pick up options on recent 1st-rounders, add Petty

Oct. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans exercised options on four former first-round draft choices, including star forward Zion Williamson, and added undrafted rookie guard John Petty Jr. to their roster. The Pelicans picked up fourth-year options on 2019...

Maple Leafs agree to helmet decal deal with TikTok

Oct. 13, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs sported TikTok decals on their helmets Wednesday night for the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. The team’s parent company announced a deal with TikTok earlier Wednesday for the social media platform’s logo to...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

Oct. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of...