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Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, left, and guard George Hill walk through a Milwaukee neighborhood during a voter canvassing effort Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hill and Lasry joined volunteers from the Milwaukee-based Common Ground organization to remind local residents to vote.  (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)

Bucks' George Hill returns to Milwaukee, encourages voting

Oct. 24, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back here this weekend to assist in a local voting drive. Hill, who lives in San Antonio, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organization Common Ground...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) shoots during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Riley talks Heat future, and plans for keeping core intact

Oct. 23, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pat Riley is always looking around for ways to make the Miami Heat better. This offseason has him wondering if that improvement might come from within. The Heat president said Friday that the top offseason priority of the Eastern Conference champions “is to take care of the players that...

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP source: NBA targeting Dec. 22 as start to coming season

Oct. 23, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

The NBA may be back before Christmas and fans could return to games at some point next season, if one plan considered by the league's board of governors becomes reality. The board is targeting a Dec. 22 start to what would be a season of 70 to 72 games, with the NBA Finals ending in June again as has been in the...

Jen Cox poses for a photo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, after voting early at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. The arena, where the NBA's Atlanta Hawks play, is one of many professional sports venues around the country that has opened its doors for voting or other election-related activities. With dozens of voting machines and ample space for social distancing, they provide a safe and efficient way to vote during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

Oct. 22, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into efficient and relatively safe polling places. Featuring rows and rows of voting machines, ample space for...

Home of NBA's Nuggets, NHL's Avalanche renamed Ball Arena

Oct. 22, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The home of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche is being renamed Ball Arena as part of a global partnership with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The arena has been known as the Pepsi Center since it opened on Oct. 1, 1999. It also holds concerts and family...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

AP Interview: Lue wants to follow Rivers as voice for change

Oct. 22, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Tyronn Lue is ready to follow in Doc Rivers’ footsteps. That has nothing to do with coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. He wants to be a voice for change. Rivers has been one of Lue’s most trusted mentors for years, and his teaching point in these times has been clear. Rivers isn’t going to...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Tyronn Lue has agreed in principle to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Final terms were still being worked on, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because no contract had been signed. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

New Clippers coach Tyronn Lue: 'It feels good to be wanted'

Oct. 21, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyronn Lue is stepping into his new job as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers fully aware of the pressure to bring the first NBA championship to the long-suffering franchise. As if Lue needed a reminder, owner Steve Ballmer proclaimed, “My personality is all about winning.”...

FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Two people with knowledge of the situation say Stan Van Gundy has agreed to become the next coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, where he’ll get the chance to work with No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, according to one of the people who spoke Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stan Van Gundy agrees to become New Orleans Pelicans' coach

Oct. 21, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

Stan Van Gundy is headed to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he'll take over a promising team that includes 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson and reigning Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...

FILE  - This Sept. 28, 2015, file photo shows then-Phoenix Suns assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren during the Suns NBA basketball media day in Phoenix. The Indiana Pacers were seeking someone who could communicate with today’s players, who was open to a new offensive philosophy and who could win some postseason games. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard found his man — Nate Bjorkgren. He comes to Indiana after spending two seasons as an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Bjorkgren describes plan to take Pacers in new direction

Oct. 21, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren went right to work Wednesday. Less than 24 hours after accepting the job, the 45-year-old former Toronto Raptors assistant started explaining his plan. He expects the Pacers to move the ball and take more 3-pointers. He wants the defense to be...

AP sources: Stan Van Gundy agrees to become next coach of New Orleans Pelicans

Oct. 21, 2020 2:39 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — AP sources: Stan Van Gundy agrees to become next coach of New Orleans Pelicans.