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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...

Vandersloot scores 24 points, Sky beat Liberty 91-83

Jun. 19, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot wanted the ball in her hands with the game on the line. She scored 25 points, hitting five of six free throws in the final 37.2 seconds, to help the Chicago Sky beat the New York Liberty 91-83 on Wednesday night. "That's how you win games. Everyone says free...

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...

Dan Hughes set to resume coaching Seattle Storm

Jun. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes is back as the head coach of the team after stepping away for the first month of the season because of cancer. Hughes first game will be Friday against Los Angeles. Seattle plays eight of its next nine games at home. The 64-year-old veteran coach shared his...

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...

Hayes, Montgomery help Dream beat Fever, snap 5-game skid

Jun. 19, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 28 points, Renee Montgomery added 16 points and nine assists, and the Atlanta Dream pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 88-78 on Wednesday to snap a five-game skid. Hayes was 9 of 15 from the field and hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range....