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The NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award is displayed during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

Feb. 16, 2020 4:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert speaks at a news conference announcing the 2022 NBA All -Star game, in Cleveland. Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. The 58-year-old entrepreneur returned to his Detroit office early this year. In an interview with Crain's Detroit Business, he said he spends one or two days a week in his office, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Quicken Loans founder Gilbert back to work after stroke

Feb. 16, 2020 2:45 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He's there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named Cowboy. He also spends...

Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. heads to the basket during the NBA All-Star slam dunk contest in Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Jones Jr., Adebayo, Hield winners at epic All-Star Saturday

Feb. 15, 2020 11:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches — namely, the top of Tacko Fall’s head. Derrick Jones Jr. finally got his long-awaited dunk contest title as an exclamation point to an scintillating All-Star Saturday Night, both for him and the...

Oklahoma City Thunder's head coach Billy Donovan directs his team against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Thunder won 117-104. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Tearful Donovan back at Florida for court-naming celebration

Feb. 15, 2020 11:29 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida coach Billy Donovan wiped tears from his eyes when he first saw the court that will forever bear his name. Donovan returned to the place he put on the college basketball map for the first time in nearly five years to see the O’Connell Center floor named after...

Florida honors Billy Donovan, hammers Vanderbilt 84-66

Feb. 15, 2020 11:27 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida opened and closed the first half with 3-pointers, a fitting tribute on a night the program honored former coach Billy Donovan. Noah Locke scored 19 points thanks mostly to a season-high six treys, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 15 and the Gators hammered Vanderbilt 84-66 on...

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo celebrates after winning his heat in NBA basketball's All-Star skills challenge Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

The Latest: Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

Feb. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams....

Former president Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Obama panel celebrates off-court work of NBA stars

Feb. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is passionate about helping children in Greece and Africa. Kevin Love is trying to shine the brightest light he can on mental health by sharing his own struggles. Chris Paul is aiming to ensure that technology comes to schools where it hasn’t been affordable....

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Silver: NBA, USA Basketball still may play in China in 2020

Feb. 15, 2020 8:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain. NBA...

LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, talks with the media during the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Bryant casts shadow as NBA's best meet in All-Star Game

Feb. 15, 2020 7:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant always seemed to be in top form when he stepped onto the court for the NBA All-Star Game. The league's current best will try to match his effort when Team LeBron and Team Giannis meet on Sunday. The All-Star festivities returned to Chicago for the first time since 1988 when...

Texas A&M rallies in second half to beat Georgia 74-69

Feb. 15, 2020 7:17 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Georgia freshman guard Anthony Edwards understandably owns all the hype, but Texas A&M’s Emanuel Miller was the top freshman on the court Saturday. Miller scored a career-high 21 points and A&M wiped out a 12-point deficit to defeat Georgia 74-69. The game was...