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NBA preview: Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccinated

Oct. 18, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible. Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated. Silver said Monday he hopes Irving — one of...

Timeline of NBA from its start as the BAA through 1950s

Oct. 18, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

Timeline of the National Basketball Association from its founding as the Basketball Association of America through the 1950s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: June 6, 1946: Boston Garden owner Walter...

Mikan, Cousy headline AP's 1950s all-decade NBA team

Oct. 18, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

The 1950s All-Decade Team for the NBA as voted on by AP Sports staffers directly engaged with the season-long NBA At 75 series. The team members are: PAUL ARIZIN A pioneer of the jump shot known as “Pitchin’ Paul,” Arizin won scoring titles in...

Giannis vows to get better, no telling how good he can be

Oct. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo sometimes looks like he might dunk from the foul line. Other times, the Milwaukee Bucks forward struggles just to reach the rim with a shot from it. Even with holes to fill in his game, Antetokounmpo is already among the best...

Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks general manager Jon Horst has signed a multi-year contract extension after helping Milwaukee win its first NBA title in a half-century. The move comes less than two months after the Bucks signed coach Mike Budenholzer to an extension. Milwaukee...

International big men rule NBA with their all-around skills

Oct. 14, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan believes big men entering the league from other countries thrive because they were taught the fundamentals of the game at a young age. That grasp of the all-around game has helped international big men dominate the NBA. ...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

Oct. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of...

East preview: Bucks have the title, 76ers, Nets have drama

Oct. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets look like such a title favorite that James Harden felt the need for a reminder they aren't a title team. “We’re not the target. The defending champions are the targets,” Harden said. “They won last year. We’re trying to catch them.” ...

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith's golf debut

Oct. 13, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina...

Bucks begin their title defense after abbreviated offseason

Oct. 12, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks sure didn’t get much time to celebrate their first NBA championship n a half-century. Just three months after Giannis Antetokoumpo’s 50-point performance secured a title-clinching victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the...