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Fans of NBA could feel impact of China trade wars

Sep. 16, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — That LeBron James jersey could get a little more expensive. Companies that make clothing and shoes for the National Basketball Association players are in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump's escalating China trade wars. So, the question is, will American fans of sports stars like Los...

Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options

Sep. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town. Basketball...

Gasol completes historic double, Spain wins World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He's getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second time in...

FIBA will look to ease travel burdens at 2023 World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — FIBA will look at adjusting travel demands on teams at the next World Cup, after this tournament in China led to many complaints about the distances that nations participating in the knockout stages had to cover without much time to prepare for games. Some teams faced major travel challenges...

Popovich defends team, US beats Poland for 7th at World Cup

Sep. 14, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Their final game at the World Cup had been over for several minutes, and every member of the U.S. team and coaching staff were still lingering together on the court. They were ready to go home. They just weren't ready to go their separate ways. For USA Basketball, summer ended Saturday with...

Gasol, Spain to meet Argentina in World Cup final

Sep. 14, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those are the only five players to win an NBA title and a gold medal in the same year, whether it was in FIBA or Olympic competition, with Pippen doing it twice. It is an exclusive club — one that Marc Gasol is...

Staley preps for USA national team camp, FIBA tournament

Sep. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley is ready to coach the game's best, just not yet. Staley, the U.S. national women's coach and head coach at South Carolina, will leave Monday for Miami for a quick mini-cap before the Americans head to Puerto Rico for the FIBA AmeriCup. It's a 10-team, weeklong event among...

Argentina moves to World Cup final, tops France 80-66

Sep. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn't hesitate with the answer. "Everything," he said. The veteran Argentinian forward didn't need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the trophy....

Spain beats Australia 95-88 in 2OT to reach World Cup final

Sep. 13, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — No one on Spain's basketball team is looking past Sunday's World Cup final. Certainly not Marc Gasol, who scored 33 points to lead the Spanish over Australia 95-88 in double overtime on Friday in the semifinals. Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and Sergio Llull added 17. Spain will next face...

Kobe Bryant: Easy days for USA Basketball are over

Sep. 13, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. The five-time NBA...