Latest NBA Southwest Division News

Suns extend contract of NBA's Coach of the Year Williams

Jul. 27, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension for Monty Williams, the NBA's Coach of the Year last season after leading the franchise to a team-record 64 wins in the regular season. The team announced the extension Wednesday. No other...

Pelicans rookie Liddell has reconstructive knee surgery

Jul. 26, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans second-round draft choice E.J. Liddell has had surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, the team said Tuesday. The injury to the 6-foot-6 forward from Ohio State occurred during a Summer League game on July 11 against the Atlanta Hawks in Las...

Federal judge again rules in favor of Williamson in lawsuit

Jul. 22, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina has again ruled in favor of NBA All Star Zion Williamson, this time in connection with a lawsuit he filed against a marketing agent two years ago in an attempt to break a contract. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs...

Aspiring female Yao: 6-10 Han Xu making mark in WNBA, China

Jul. 22, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Han Xu understandably grew up idolizing Yao Ming, mesmerized by the giant shadow the 7-foot-6 Hall of Famer cast each time he stepped onto an NBA court. Standing 6-10, Han would like to emulate Yao's impact — including his influence on the sport in China. The New...

Tar Heels' Pete Nance aims to fill void in UNC title chase

Jul. 18, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Pete Nance doesn't have to wonder what a successful season could look like for him at North Carolina. He saw it illustrated perfectly in the spring. The Northwestern transfer watched the Tar Heels blend an outside-shooting big man in transfer Brady Manek...

Clippers use 32-9 4th quarter to beat Jazz at Summer League

Jul. 16, 2022 00:53 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon Boston Jr. had 22 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers used a 32-9 fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 82-65 on Friday in the NBA Summer League. Los Angeles scored just 11 points in the third quarter before opening the fourth on a 24-4...

Becky Hammon thriving in 1st season as WNBA coach of Aces

Jul. 15, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Becky Hammon knew it was time to leave the NBA last winter after being an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for eight seasons, she was faced with a tough choice. She had to choose between the two WNBA franchises she once played for, and both lobbied...

Davison leads Celtics past Grizzlies in Summer League play

Jul. 15, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — JD Davison had 28 points and 10 assists, Juhann Begarin added 19 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-91 on Thursday for their third straight victory in the NBA Summer League. Davison, the 53rd pick in the draft, made 5 of 6 field goals in...

NBA Summer Surprises: 5 players who have stood out in Vegas

Jul. 14, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As NBA summer league winds down in Las Vegas and teams begin making plans to finish up and leave this coming weekend, some players might have done better than most in showing their potential. This list doesn't include the biggest names. Paolo Banchero was stellar...

Pelicans 2nd-rounder Liddell diagnosed with torn right ACL

Jul. 12, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans second-round draft choice E.J. Liddell has been diagnosed with torn knee ligaments that will keep him out indefinitely, the club said Tuesday. The injury to the 6-foot-6 forward from Ohio State occurred in the third quarter of a Summer League...