Latest National Basketball Association News

Taking his shot: Jordan, NBA owners, enter tequila business

Sep. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Michael Jordan decided to get into the tequila business, he could have slapped his name on the label, maybe autographed a few bottles and sold out the whole run in hours. No matter what it tasted like. Instead, the basketball hall of famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets teamed up...

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...

Michael Jordan says Hornets add 2 partners

Sep. 15, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan is adding two partners to the Charlotte Hornets' ownership group. Gabe Plotkin, founder and chief investment officer of Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim, founder and chief investment officer of D1 Capital, have joined the Hornets as partners, pending NBA approval....

AP source: NBA set to vote on raising tampering fines

Sep. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the league's plans told The Associated Press on Saturday. Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided...

New Jersey to allow Golden Nugget to take most NBA bets

Sep. 13, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's governor has signed a bill allowing Atlantic City's Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association games. Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino — and also owns the NBA's Houston Rockets. When New Jersey lawmakers...

Livingston retires after 15 NBA seasons and major comeback

Sep. 13, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shaun Livingston's career nearly ended far ahead of his schedule because of a gruesome knee injury. Now, he gets to retire on his own terms — and with three championships after playing a key role during the Golden State Warriors' recent title runs. The 34-year-old Livingston...

AP Source: Pistons reach deal with Joe Johnson

Sep. 12, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Detroit Pistons have reached a deal with 38-year-old swingman Joe Johnson. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not been announced. Johnson's most recent NBA season was 2017-18, when he played for...

ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...