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Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy out after 1 season at helm

Jun. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin paused several seconds to compose himself while explaining why Stan Van Gundy is out as coach less than nine months after he was hired to develop a young roster featuring budding superstar Zion Williamson. ...

GM Donnie Nelson, who brought Nowitzki, Doncic, leaving Mavs

Jun. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club's acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasons. The Mavericks said Wednesday the club and Nelson agreed to part ways, with owner Mark...

Longtime Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan dies at age 92

Jun. 16, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Jim Phelan, the bow-tied basketball coach who won 830 games during nearly a half-century at Mount St. Mary's, has died. He was 92. The athletic department at Mount St. Mary's said Wednesday that Phelan died overnight at his home in Emmitsburg. ...

Washington Wizards fire coach Scott Brooks after 5 seasons

Jun. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have another coach next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard decided the organization is better off moving on from coach Scott Brooks. Washington made the playoffs three times under Brooks but...

Clippers' Kawhi Leonard sprains right knee, out for Game 5

Jun. 16, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

Kawhi Leonard's right knee is now a major concern for the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-NBA forward was ruled out of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday with what the Clippers are calling a sprain. A person with knowledge of the matter said Leonard...

Harden available, Irving out for Nets as they try to advance

Jun. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without Kyrie Irving and don’t know exactly what kind of production they will get from James Harden as the star players deal with injuries. None of that might make any difference if Kevin Durant keeps performing...

AP source: Lillard tells USA Basketball he's in for Olympics

Jun. 16, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

Portland guard Damian Lillard has told USA Basketball officials that he will play for the national team in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

Jun. 16, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns said Wednesday, and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week. The Suns said Paul's status will be evaluated again Saturday....

Oklahoma signs Eastern Illinois transfer Marvin Johnson

Jun. 16, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma signed Eastern Illinois transfer Marvin Johnson on Wednesday, adding a 6-foot-6 guard who averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals last season. Johnson was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection last year. The Ardmore,...

AP source says Scott Brooks out as Wizards coach after 5 seasons; Washington hasn't won playoff series since 2016-17

Jun. 16, 2021 12:16 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source says Scott Brooks out as Wizards coach after 5 seasons; Washington hasn't won playoff series since 2016-17.