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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, former NBA head coach George Karl talks about his new book,

Healthy George Karl starts podcast, may someday coach again

May. 25, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Truth: George Karl hasn’t felt this healthy in 15, maybe even 20 years. He’s playing plenty of golf, bike riding and finding time for yoga. Basketball: The longtime NBA coach who has fought cancer three times is keeping the door open for getting back into the business, maybe as...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA. Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions like how, where and when remain unanswered. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Analysis: The NBA seems on the cusp of a comeback plan

May. 21, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. Testing, part of the new normal of this coronavirus era, will be a major component to any return-to-play plan that the...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and several others in Calabasas, Calif. Autopsy reports released Friday, May 15, 2020 show that the pilot who flew Bryant show he did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when the helicopter crashed in Southern California in January, killing all nine aboard. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Report: Bryant crash pilot had no drugs, alcohol in system

May. 16, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released...

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. Autopsy reports released Friday, May 15, 2020, show that the pilot who flew Bryant did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when the helicopter crashed in Southern California in January, killing all nine aboard. The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan and the others have been ruled blunt force trauma. Federal authorities are still investigating the crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Autopsy: Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had no alcohol, drugs

May. 15, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The mother of Howard's 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure, the Lakers center says. Howard has spent his hiatus from basketball dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios' death to their son, but also grateful for the chance to heal from the loss outside the daily grind of the NBA schedule. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Lakers' Dwight Howard healing after death of son's mother

May. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of Dwight Howard's 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure, the Los Angeles Lakers center says. Although Howard has spent the NBA's hiatus dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios' death to their son, he is also grateful for the...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2015, file photo, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, winner of the Lapchick Character Award, gets together with former St. John's basketball coach Lou Carnesecca at the organization's annual luncheon, in New York. Krzyzewski and Carnesecca are among those who teamed up with Madison Square Garden for a video posted on social media Wednesday night, May 13, 2020, saluting essential workers leading the fight against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Latest: College hoops coaches salute essential workers

May. 13, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Many of college basketball’s top coaches and biggest rivals have teamed up with Madison Square Garden for a video on social media saluting essential workers leading the fight against the coronavirus. Duke coach Mike...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant listens to a question as he meets with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia.  The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by the late Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash.  The Thousand Oaks-based facility announced Tuesday, May 12, 2020, it would return to its original name of Sports Academy and retire the “Mamba” name to the rafters.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Kobe Bryant's sports academy retires "Mamba" nickname

May. 12, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were...

FILE - In this June 16, 1998, file photo, NBA Champions, from left: Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and coach Phil Jackson are joined on stage by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, second from right, during a city-wide rally in Chicago to celebrate the Chicago Bulls 6th NBA championship. Jordan described his final NBA championship season with the Chicago Bulls as a “trying year.” “We were all trying to enjoy that year knowing it was coming to an end,” Jordan told Good Morning America on Thursday, April 16, 2020.  (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)

Lesson learned: Around Jordan, teammates saw price of fame

May. 4, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

There were obvious perks to being teammates with Michael Jordan. Plenty of his Chicago teammates own multiple championship rings, they appear in some of the most-replayed NBA highlight clips of all time and they’ve got a lifetime of stories to tell about one of the best to ever take the court. B.J....

FILE - This March 9, 2012 file photo shows New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin shooting between Milwaukee Bucks' Shaun Livingston, left, and Larry Sanders during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Linsanity is finally getting another run on MSG Network. In search of content to fill with no games because of the coronavirus, the network is turning to Jeremy Lin’s memorable NBA breakthrough, which was once ratings gold. The network said Friday, April 24, 2020 it will dedicate a week of programming to the 2012 stretch when Lin got his chance with the New York Knicks and took the league by storm.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Linsanity finally gets another run on MSG Network next week

Apr. 25, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Linsanity is finally getting another run on MSG Network. In search of content with no games because of the coronavirus, the network is turning to Jeremy Lin’s memorable NBA breakthrough, which was once ratings gold. The network said Friday it will dedicate a week of programming to...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020 file photo, flowers and photos honor members of the Altobelli family outside Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Coach John Altobelli, 56, far right, his wife, Keri, 43, second from left, and his daughter Alyssa, 13, left, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Calabasas. Family members of four of the people killed in a helicopter crash with Bryant and his daughter are suing the companies that owned and operated the aircraft. The wrongful death lawsuits were filed electronically Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of three members of one family and a woman who helped coach Bryant's daughter in basketball. One suit was filed by two children of Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli,his wife and daughter, who played basketball with Gianna. Another suit was filed by the husband and three children of Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the girls' basketball team. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Families sue helicopter company in deadly Kobe Bryant crash

Apr. 21, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members of four passengers killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter have joined the NBA star's widow in filing wrongful death lawsuits against the companies that owned and operated the aircraft. The suits on behalf of three members of one family, and a woman...