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Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, left, and guard George Hill walk through a Milwaukee neighborhood during a voter canvassing effort Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hill and Lasry joined volunteers from the Milwaukee-based Common Ground organization to remind local residents to vote.  (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)

Bucks' George Hill returns to Milwaukee, encourages voting

Oct. 24, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back here this weekend to assist in a local voting drive. Hill, who lives in San Antonio, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organization Common Ground...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

AP Interview: Lue wants to follow Rivers as voice for change

Oct. 22, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Tyronn Lue is ready to follow in Doc Rivers’ footsteps. That has nothing to do with coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. He wants to be a voice for change. Rivers has been one of Lue’s most trusted mentors for years, and his teaching point in these times has been clear. Rivers isn’t going to...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

New Clippers coach Tyronn Lue: 'It feels good to be wanted'

Oct. 21, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyronn Lue is stepping into his new job as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers fully aware of the pressure to bring the first NBA championship to the long-suffering franchise. As if Lue needed a reminder, owner Steve Ballmer proclaimed, “My personality is all about winning.”...

FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Two people with knowledge of the situation say Stan Van Gundy has agreed to become the next coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, where he’ll get the chance to work with No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, according to one of the people who spoke Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stan Van Gundy agrees to become New Orleans Pelicans' coach

Oct. 21, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

Stan Van Gundy is headed to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he'll take over a promising team that includes 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson and reigning Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...

FILE  - This Sept. 28, 2015, file photo shows then-Phoenix Suns assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren during the Suns NBA basketball media day in Phoenix. The Indiana Pacers were seeking someone who could communicate with today’s players, who was open to a new offensive philosophy and who could win some postseason games. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard found his man — Nate Bjorkgren. He comes to Indiana after spending two seasons as an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Indiana Pacers tab Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as coach

Oct. 20, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana wanted its next coach to take the franchise in a new direction. The Pacers were seeking someone who could communicate with today’s players, who was open to a new offensive philosophy and who could win some postseason games. On Tuesday, president of basketball operations...

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

Oct. 12, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. The season’s last big development came with the Lakers on a longer road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. From China to...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Miami Heat Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Analysis: LeBron James has done it again, and did it his way

Oct. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — He went to Miami and became a champion. He went back to Cleveland and won another title. He went to Los Angeles and now the Lakers are back atop the basketball world. LeBron James, love him or hate him, is in his own category now. He has led three franchises to NBA titles,...

Mavs' Porzingis has knee surgery after injury in playoffs

Oct. 9, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis had surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his right knee, and the team said Friday there was no timetable for a return. The 7-foot-3 Latvian injured the knee in the opener of a first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers looks on during the second quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Philadelphia 76ers introduced Rivers as their head coach on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Rivers takes over as the 25th head coach in 76ers history after a seven-season run as head coach of the Clippers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Rivers runs through it? 76ers count on championship with Doc

Oct. 5, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got backhanded compliments from NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday night for supposedly not knowing the 76ers had hired Doc Rivers as their coach. Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who knows how to win a championship in Philly,...

ARCHIVO.- El domingo 13 de septiembre de 2020, El coach de los Clippers de Los Ángeles, Doc Rivers, da instrucciones durante un partido de las semifinales de la Conferencia Oeste de la NBA ante los Nuggets de Denver, en Lake Buena Vista, Florida. El 3 de octubre del 2020 los Sixers de Filadelfia esperan que Rivers los ayude a ganar su primer título desde 1983. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill)

House Call: 76ers expect Doc Rivers to lead on, off court

Oct. 3, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers used his voice as one of five Black coaches in the NBA to make some of his strongest statements condemning racial injustice. With playoff games postponed in the NBA bubble as teams grappled with how to deal with issues far more grave than basketball, it was Rivers who...