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Analysis: On Kobe, and the women in this Hall of Fame class

May. 12, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

This long-awaited Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend will be largely about Kobe Bryant. Of course, it won’t be solely about Bryant, nor would he have wanted it that way. If he were here, he’d almost certainly be raving about the women going...

Analysis: Thankfully, hectic final days await in the NBA

May. 11, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

This didn't happen last year. There was no frantic final few days of the NBA regular season, replete with all the jostling for playoff positioning as well a scoring race that might go down to the wire. And there's never been the added layer of eight teams going to a...

NBA ref diagnosed with cancer, will miss rest of season

May. 10, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran referee Tony Brown, who worked his first NBA Finals last season, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will miss the rest of the season. The NBA announced Monday that the 54-year-old has been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis last...

'We can't worry': At No. 7 in West, Lakers may face play-in

May. 08, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers won’t have home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. They need help if they’re going to escape the play-in tournament. Worse yet, their invitation to the postseason isn’t even guaranteed. The defending NBA...

Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West

May. 07, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 on Thursday night, moving into the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The loss kept the...

Varejão returns to Cavs to finish season, celebrate career

May. 04, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Anderson Varejão and his healthy head of hair left Cleveland for a while. His heart remained. “It's home,” he said. “I love the city. I love the fans.” Varejão, who was traded five years ago by the Cavaliers and missed out...

AP source: Cavaliers consider re-signing Anderson Varejao

Apr. 30, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have considered re-signing former center Anderson Varejao for the remainder of the season, a person familiar with the team's thinking told the Associated Press on Friday. Cleveland doesn't currently have a roster spot open and it would...

When Spoelstra and Popovich face off, the respect is clear

Apr. 29, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The postgame routine between San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra is almost always the same. A handshake or embrace near midcourt at the final buzzer. They exchange a few words. They laugh. And then the coaches head off in opposite directions. ...

Chesapeake Energy terminates naming rights deal with Thunder

Apr. 20, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder said Tuesday that Chesapeake Energy Corp. has terminated its arena naming rights agreement. The move was effective immediately, though the team said the name will remain until a new partner is found. The original 12-year...

Curry scores 33, Warriors roll to 119-101 win over Cavaliers

Apr. 15, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 33 points — topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game — and the Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 119-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Curry, who made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over...