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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks carries the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney. The point guard from California who bypassed college and played overseas is expected to be one of the top picks when the twice-delayed NBA draft is held in November.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

LaMelo Ball's long basketball journey to soon reach the NBA

Sep. 29, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LaMelo Ball has played around the world, from high school in California to pro ball in Australia. At some point, he'll finally play in the NBA. The coronavirus pandemic has completely rearranged the league's schedule, which normally would have teams opening training camp about this time. Instead, the Lakers and...

Ronnie Hogue dies, UGa's 1st Black scholarship hoops player

Sep. 18, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Ronnie Hogue, the first Black scholarship athlete on the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team, died Friday, the school announced. He was 69. Hogue was a native of Washington, D.C., and lived in Maryland. No cause of death was given. Arriving at Georgia in 1969, Hogue averaged 20.5...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker shoots against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics' Walker, Heat's Butler waited years for East finals

Sep. 14, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler entered the NBA on the same night. They’ve paid their dues since the 2011 NBA draft. Butler is a five-time All-Star, Walker a four-time selection. Walker has the better scoring numbers, Butler the better defensive numbers. Butler leads with...

ULM athletics holds Warhawks United for Social Justice forum

Sep. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Jonathan Hodoh could no longer sit silent. The images coming out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, were too painful to ignore. At the urging of his younger Louisiana-Monroe teammates, who expressed their fears and anxieties to the senior wide receiver, he decided now was the time for action. ...

AP source: NBA proceeding with tentative Nov. 18 draft plan

Sep. 11, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA is proceeding with tentative plans for a Nov. 18 draft, though has cautioned teams that the date could move yet again, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. The league told teams earlier in the week that it was working toward that...

NBA officials to meet and consider Nov. 18 date for draft

Sep. 9, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18, according to a memo sent to teams Wednesday. In the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the league told teams that the...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Morant was announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award for 2019-20, the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool, File)

Grizzlies' Ja Morant wins NBA's rookie of the year award

Sep. 3, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first three baskets of Memphis’ season set the tone for Ja Morant’s rookie year. All were layups, all by him, the level of difficulty increasing each time. He made them look easy that night. He made plenty look easy all season. Morant was announced Wednesday...

Son of former Syracuse hoops star Billy Owens joins Orange

Sep. 2, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chaz Owens, the son of former Syracuse All-American Billy Owens, has joined the Orange, men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim announced Wednesday. Chaz Owens spent the past year at Scotland Campus, a prep school in south-central Pennsylvania, in a postgraduate program after playing high...