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Hachimura hopes his success helps growth of Japan basketball

Jun. 20, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness. Though Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture two years after the series ended in...

Duke's Williamson set to lead off NBA draft

Jun. 20, 2019 2:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA draft is all about Zion Williamson. The draft begins Thursday night with the Duke freshman projected to go first overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward was the biggest star the college level has seen in years, filling highlight reels with thunderous...

Marketing firm files its own lawsuit against Williamson, CAA

Jun. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There's a second lawsuit in the marketing fight over former Duke star Zion Williamson. Prime Sports Marketing LLC and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a Florida court, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. It cites...

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Jun. 19, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way. Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job. With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade...

With short window after season's end, Warriors turn to draft

Jun. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Late last week, Bob Myers could barely even wrap his mind around the idea he needed to start thinking about the NBA draft. The Golden State general manager just tried to cope, somehow, with the shock and sadness of losing two star players to serious injuries in the last two games of...

Zion's time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft

Jun. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson smiled his way through nearly half an hour of questions, trying to portray himself like any player just hoping to be drafted. Suddenly, a tall, thin newcomer pushed his way to the front of the shoulder-to-shoulder swarm surrounding Williamson and shot down that idea. "What...

AP source: Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz for 3 players

Jun. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Grizzlies swapped Conley for forward Jae Crowder, guard/forward Kyle Korver...

Brazdeikis wrapping up pre-draft whirlwind

Jun. 19, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

With only a few days remaining before the NBA draft, Iggy Brazdeikis enjoyed a reunion of sorts when he worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That meant a chance to catch up with John Beilein. "It was so cool. It honestly kind of felt like home, seeing him there," Brazdeikis said. "It just felt really good,...

White Sox bring up C Collins from Triple-A Charlotte

Jun. 18, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — It was a very special Father's Day for Zack Collins. Collins didn't know what was happening when he was pulled from Triple-A Charlotte's game at Rochester on Sunday, but he got back to the clubhouse and manager Mark Grudzielanek told the catching prospect he was headed to the majors with the...

Raiders sign top draftee Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell

Jun. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram on Tuesday. Ferrell, a defensive end from Clemson, was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in April. A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Ferrell started in all 44 games he...