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FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

Apr. 4, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

The Class of 2020: A look at basketball's new Hall of Famers

Apr. 4, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced on Saturday: KOBE BRYANT Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class

Apr. 3, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections at college...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 1998, file photo, Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich signals his team during the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. The votes are in, and word is about to come if this finally is the year that former Rockets coach Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He's got support from many within the NBA, and his resume has far more than two NBA titles won as coach of the Rockets. The Hall will announce this year's enshrinement class on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)

Analysis: It's time for Tomjanovich to get the Hall's call

Apr. 3, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

The votes are in, and word is about to come if this, finally, is the year that former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He's due. “Long overdue,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. The opinions that matter are held by the 24 people who...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Mar. 31, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero....

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 file photo, Steve Ballmer, founder of USA Facts, talks during an interview in New York. Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million, clearing the way for the billionaire to build a new arena down the street in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Ballmer to buy Forum, clearing way for new Clippers arena

Mar. 24, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million, ending the billionaire's legal fight with the Madison Square Garden Company and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer announced his cash...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs coach Bill Belichick after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career. The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, that he is leaving the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Column: Glorious era comes to a close for Brady and Patriots

Mar. 17, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

It didn’t have to come to this, and for that both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady deserve some blame. Patriots owner Robert Kraft does, too, but he’s been blamed for so many things that maybe we should give him a pass. The greatest quarterback of our time — OK, make that all time — is...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Anthony Davis scores 37, leads Lakers past Sixers 120-107

Mar. 4, 2020 1:59 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shortly before halftime, 6-foot-10 Anthony Davis coolly dropped a crossover dribble and a Eurostep layup on the 76ers. And then shortly after halftime, 35-year-old LeBron James walked the ball upcourt and casually drilled a 3-pointer from the “R” inside the Lakers'...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, investigators, top, work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others as Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies patrol in an all-terrain vehicle on a hillside in Calabasas, Calif. Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the crash scene, according to a Los Angeles Times report quoting an unnamed source. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Lucero told The Associated Press on Friday, Feb. 28 that

LA County sheriff says 8 deputies took Bryant crash photos

Mar. 2, 2020 10:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight deputies allegedly took or shared graphic photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene, but he ordered them deleted. "That was my No. 1 priority, was to make sure those photos no longer exist," Villanueva told NBC News for a story...

Former player agent and new New York Knicks president Leon Rose, center, takes a phone call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New York, Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Knicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as president

Mar. 2, 2020 8:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Rose has spent years as one of the NBA's most powerful agents. Now he will try to turn around one of its weakest franchises. The New York Knicks hired Rose as their president Monday, hoping he can sign and draft the kind of dominant players he's been representing. Rose is taking over...