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NBA offers clarity on tiebreakers with uneven schedule

Jun. 6, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has told teams that playoff seeding will be based on winning percentage, and that any tiebreakers necessary after that will follow the usual procedures. It was an issue that needed clarity because the 22 teams that will be going to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, for the...

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra questions a referee during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, March 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

'Use our platform': NBA coaches saying change must occur

Jun. 6, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA plans to go to Disney World next month to finish a season, with a schedule calling for the 22 remaining teams to play more than 150 more games and for the league to eventually crown a champion. Coaches are seeing potentially a bigger purpose as well. Many players and coaches have...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen cheers on players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chicago. Boylen's future is the biggest issue hanging over the Bulls, who were left out when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to restart the pandemic-interrupted season next month in Orlando. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Bulls not ready to announce decision on Boylen's future

Jun. 6, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls' new top basketball executive wasn't ready to make any announcements about the coaching staff on Saturday. Arturas Karnisovas still has not met in person with head coach Jim Boylen. And that's something he would like to do before going public with any decisions. Boylen's...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talks to Jermaine Couisnard (5) and Alanzo Frink (20) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Martin is joining dozens of college basketball coaches in taking action on racism and diversity. The NABC announced Martin would chair a new committee designed to address issues of race and discrimination and not only within college sports. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

College basketball coaches discuss racism, diversity

Jun. 6, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Frank Martin remembers the day 22 years ago when he was stopped by a police officer in the middle of nowhere, when he was driving across the country from his home in Miami to help coach a youth basketball camp. “An officer walked up to my window and asked, ‘What’s a guy from your neck of the...

Greatest Memphis sports story isn't good enough anymore

Jun. 6, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — What would Larry Finch say right now if he were alive? What would he do? Leonard Draper, the man who convinced Finch to attend Memphis State 50 years ago against the wishes of many in the black community here, and Vickie Finch, the woman Finch loved, were talking about it just the...

Maryland bars pivot as return of sports remains a ways off

Jun. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Greene Turtle CEO Geo Concepcion said the business first felt a hit when they lost March Madness. The three-week slate of college basketball playoffs generates 15 to 20 percent more revenue than normal for sports bars. Losing that draw to bring in patrons would have hurt, regardless...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant: “My season is over.”

Jun. 5, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant won't play for the Brooklyn Nets if the NBA season resumes. “My season is over,” Durant told The Undefeated on Friday. “I don’t plan on playing at all. We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following...

FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas, left, shakes hands with Ryan Saunders, after a news conference in Minneapolis. The season is officially, or mercifully, over for the Minnesota Timberwolves now that the NBA has decided to restart the virus-halted schedule with 22 teams. There was too much disruption to properly assess the job that coach Ryan Saunders did, or the viability of the roster they've settled on for now, but what was clear in 2019-20 was that first-year president Gersson Rosas was capable and willing of making major changes.  (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Another rough season ends with Wolves near bottom of league

Jun. 5, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another season of setback and tumult has mercifully ended for the Minnesota Timberwolves, this time in the strangest of ways after the NBA's decision to resume virus-halted play with 22 teams. The revelation of the makeshift plan immediately put the Timberwolves, who finished 19-45 for...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, former NBA player Michael Jordan reacts while speaking during a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles. Jordan is

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

Jun. 5, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring...