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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith dribbles to the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland. J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push. The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the first day allowed under the rules of the NBA's summer restart. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File)

Lakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship push

Jul. 1, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push. The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player Wednesday, the first day allowed under the rules of the NBA's summer restart. Smith is the Lakers' roster...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Splash Mountain ride at Disney parks in California and Florida is being recast. Disney officials said the ride would no longer be tied to the 1946 movie,

The NBA is coming back, and here's 10 things to know

Jun. 27, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about the restarted season: THE RACE FOR 8 There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — Memphis, Portland, New...

Lakers' Avery Bradley to sit out NBA's restart in Florida

Jun. 23, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida. He told ESPN on Tuesday night that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By...

Lakers' director of racial equity will help educate staff

Jun. 19, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for new ways to understand racism as an organization, and Karida Brown has joined them to help. The 16-time NBA champions hired Brown this week as the Lakers' first director of racial equity and action. Brown, an assistant professor of sociology and...

FILE - In a Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, Vanderbilt players and coaches celebrate with the trophy after Vanderbilt defeated Michigan to win Game 3 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in seven decades, there is no college baseball in Omaha this summer. The eight-team College World Series would have started with opening-round games next weekend. The event has been a summer staple in Omaha since 1950. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)

What Would Have Been: London Calling and CWS opening weekend

Jun. 8, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

There will be no Major League Baseball in London and no College World Series in Omaha because of the coronavirus pandemic. While the PGA Tour resumes its season this week without spectators at Colonial Country Club in Texas, after IndyCar joined NASCAR in getting back on the track, The Associated Press looks at...

FILE - In this May 7, 2010, file photo, Boston Celtics fans try to distract Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) while he shoots foul shots during the first quarter of Game 3 in the second round of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston. When the virus wanes enough to allow the games to begin again, the very essence of these events will likely be missing. Playing in empty buildings would require a significant recalibration. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

What's next for the NBA? A plan for testing is the big key

Jun. 5, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

For the NBA, it is not officially time to play. It’s getting closer, but the league isn’t there yet. The move to agree on a 22-team format for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season is a major step forward, but it was just the first of many major decisions that has to be completed before...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, former NBA head coach George Karl talks about his new book,

Healthy George Karl starts podcast, may someday coach again

May. 25, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Truth: George Karl hasn’t felt this healthy in 15, maybe even 20 years. He’s playing plenty of golf, bike riding and finding time for yoga. Basketball: The longtime NBA coach who has fought cancer three times is keeping the door open for getting back into the business, maybe as...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James appears during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. Though the coronavirus pandemic has upended graduation season, James is putting together an all-star event to honor and celebrate the Class of 2020. The one-hour special,

LeBron: "Definitely not giving up on the season"

May. 18, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play. The Los Angeles Lakers star, speaking on the Uninterrupted platform’s “WRTS: After Party” show that was...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The mother of Howard's 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure, the Lakers center says. Howard has spent his hiatus from basketball dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios' death to their son, but also grateful for the chance to heal from the loss outside the daily grind of the NBA schedule. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Lakers' Dwight Howard healing after death of son's mother

May. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of Dwight Howard's 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure, the Los Angeles Lakers center says. Although Howard has spent the NBA's hiatus dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios' death to their son, he is also grateful for the...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) knocks down Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. One of Antetokounmpo’s brothers says the Bucks star’s social media was hacked, causing a series of bizarre and offensive tweets to come from that account. The Bucks and Octagon, the agency that represents the reigning MVP, confirmed the hacking. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Bucks, relatives say Antetokounmpo's social media was hacked

May. 7, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo's brother and the player's representatives. More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo's feed in...