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Diversity study: NBA has racial-hiring gains in GMs, coaches

Aug. 25, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

A diversity report found the NBA continues to lead men’s professional sports in racial and gender hiring practices, fueled by more general managers and assistant coaches of color in the league. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in...

Paul gets more chances to bring Suns, and himself, a title

Aug. 02, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul proved to be an ageless wonder in his first season with the Phoenix Suns, leading the franchise to the NBA Finals for the first time in nearly three decades. Now he'll get another chance to push the Suns — and himself — to a long-coveted...

Suns take Day’Ron Sharpe, trade rights to Nets

Jul. 30, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns selected Day'Ron Sharpe with the 29th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft but quickly traded the rights to the North Carolina big man to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal to land shooting guard Landry Shamet. The Sharpe trade to the Nets...

New coach Green sees Pelicans primed to ascend as Suns have

Jul. 27, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Pelicans coach Willie Green sees New Orleans as a team on the cusp of contending — a conclusion he explains by referencing his past two years with the Phoenix Suns. “This situation actually reminds me a lot of Phoenix,” Green said during...

Young nucleus intact, Suns wait to see if Chris Paul returns

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In his 16th season, Chris Paul took a risk, deciding that a young, unproven Phoenix Suns team was worth joining in his pursuit of his first NBA championship. To the surprise of just about everyone outside the locker room, it nearly worked. ...

Bucks' 50-year wait ends with a title behind 50 from Giannis

Jul. 21, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O'Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him. All the work it took to lift the Milwaukee Bucks from a team that won 15 games when he was a rookie...

For Suns, Paul's feel-good Finals story ends in frustration

Jul. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

As the final buzzer sounded, a stone-faced Chris Paul slowly walked off the court, down the tunnel and into the locker room. His feel-good story with the Phoenix Suns was denied the happy ending he craved. “Great group of guys, hell of a season,”...

History awaits: Bucks try to focus with championship chance

Jul. 19, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — High atop the outside of Fiserv Forum — way above even a leaping Giannis Antetokounmpo's reach — blares the Bucks' postseason motto. “HISTORY IN THE MAKING” it reads, a sign and a situation that's now impossible to ignore. ...

Suns remain upbeat as they face elimination game on road

Jul. 19, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Phoenix Suns say they aren't feeling sorry for themselves after squandering a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals and moving within one game of elimination. They realize they're still two wins away from capturing the first league title in franchise history....

Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals

Jul. 18, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Jrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA Finals. Took it right out of Devin Booker's hands, actually. Holiday's steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo for a dunk sealed a wild Game 5...