Latest National Basketball Association News

Kings' De'Aaron Fox removes himself from World Cup plans

Aug. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster. Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final...

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

Aug. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from...

Lakers' Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

Aug. 15, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

Stephen Curry embraces Warriors' change, praises Durant

Aug. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. They will reflect on the greatness,...

Wizards hire Antwan Jamison as director of pro personnel

Aug. 14, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Wizards are continuing their front office overhaul by hiring Antawn Jamison as director of pro personnel. Jamison returns to Washington, where he played for six seasons as part of his 17-year NBA career. He spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamison will...

Lowry (thumb) withdraws from USA Basketball's World Cup team

Aug. 12, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn't ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month to repair a torn...

NCAA amends agent rules to no longer require college degree

Aug. 12, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor's degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men's basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility. The requirement drew criticism last week when...

An early list of NBA games to watch this season

Aug. 12, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

The NBA released its upcoming schedule Monday and here's some rematches, homecomings and other games to watch during this 2019-20 NBA season : FINALS REMATCHES Toronto at Golden State, March 5 Golden State at Toronto, March 16 It may be a while for the Raptors and Warriors to get back together and recreate...

NBA 2019-20: Some tip-offs earlier, back-to-backs down again

Aug. 12, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at...