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Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy out after 1 season at helm

Jun. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin paused several seconds to compose himself while explaining why Stan Van Gundy is out as coach less than nine months after he was hired to develop a young roster featuring budding superstar Zion Williamson. ...

GM Donnie Nelson, who brought Nowitzki, Doncic, leaving Mavs

Jun. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club's acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasons. The Mavericks said Wednesday the club and Nelson agreed to part ways, with owner Mark...

Washington Wizards fire coach Scott Brooks after 5 seasons

Jun. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have another coach next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard decided the organization is better off moving on from coach Scott Brooks. Washington made the playoffs three times under Brooks but...

Clippers' Kawhi Leonard sprains right knee, out for Game 5

Jun. 16, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

Kawhi Leonard's right knee is now a major concern for the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-NBA forward was ruled out of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday with what the Clippers are calling a sprain. A person with knowledge of the matter said Leonard...

Harden available, Irving out for Nets as they try to advance

Jun. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without Kyrie Irving and don’t know exactly what kind of production they will get from James Harden as the star players deal with injuries. None of that might make any difference if Kevin Durant keeps performing...

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

Jun. 16, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns said Wednesday, and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week. The Suns said Paul's status will be evaluated again Saturday....

AP source says Scott Brooks out as Wizards coach after 5 seasons; Washington hasn't won playoff series since 2016-17

Jun. 16, 2021 12:16 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source says Scott Brooks out as Wizards coach after 5 seasons; Washington hasn't won playoff series since 2016-17.

AP source says Stan Van Gundy out as Pelicans coach after team failed to make playoffs in his only season in New Orleans

Jun. 16, 2021 11:23 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — AP source says Stan Van Gundy out as Pelicans coach after team failed to make playoffs in his only season in New Orleans.

Durant's sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 lead

Jun. 16, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has always been one of the NBA's most unstoppable scorers. The Brooklyn Nets needed much more than points Tuesday night, so Durant gave them one of the most spectacular performances in postseason history. Durant had 49...

Harden returns, plays 46 minutes for Nets in Game 5 victory

Jun. 16, 2021 00:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden barely played in the first four games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, then barely sat down in Game 5. Harden played 46 minutes Tuesday night as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. ...