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Bucks, 76ers eye East title with Leonard back in the West

Oct. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers were maybe a couple bounces from doing it a round earlier. Neither team was good enough to finish the job last season, but both think this is their time after Kawhi Leonard went back to the Western...

The NBA's West race should be incredibly good this season

Oct. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

Stephen Curry knew roster change was inevitable. That being said, Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't changing their expectations of themselves. The five-time defending Western Conference champions aren't the popular pick to represent their side of the league in this season's NBA Finals, understandable...

Kawhi back in Canada, NBA GMs think he'll go back to finals

Oct. 18, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

Kawhi Leonard was back in Canada, where last season he won a championship. NBA general managers think he's going to win another one this season. They voted the Los Angeles Clippers as the favorites Thursday in the NBA.com GM survey , believing Leonard and Paul George are the missing pieces for a team that's never...

Michael Jordan opens first of 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

Oct. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the community. The six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael...

After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oct. 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a Thunder player,...

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Oct. 15, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...

MVP Giannis looks to improve as Bucks' leader this season

Oct. 15, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors....

Veterans Curry, Green eager to lead new-look Warriors

Oct. 15, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry knows how different this season will be. He realizes many aren't considering the Golden State Warriors a clear contender even following five straight trips to the NBA Finals. No Kevin Durant. No Andre Iguodala. No Shaun Livingston. And that's just to name a few of the...

NBA slate has some old, something new _ a Simmons 3-pointer

Oct. 9, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

From Chris Paul in Oklahoma City to the Portland Trail Blazers back at Memorial Coliseum, the NBA schedule had the feel of something old on Tuesday. And it had something new, with Ben Simmons making a 3-pointer for the first time as a pro. Simmons' shot just before halftime was celebrated wildly in Philadelphia,...

Agent: Raptors, Lowry agree on $31 million extension

Oct. 7, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season. Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time about this, so...