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NBA 2021-22: 10 things to follow throughout the season

Oct. 19, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

In the opening seconds of Stephen Curry’s NBA career he got an assist on the first possession, a steal on the second and then tried a 3-pointer for the first time at the professional level. It missed. In that moment, there probably were not very...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

Oct. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of...

Lillard embarking on pivotal season with Blazers

Oct. 12, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For all the handwringing this summer over Damian Lillard's happiness in Portland, the Trail Blazers guard is staying put, hopeful the team's moves will pay off. The biggest, of course, was parting ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons....

NBA releases protocols to teams for virus safety this season

Sep. 29, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

The NBA released tentative health and safety protocols to its teams Tuesday, detailing how players who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccination will be tested far more often than their vaccinated colleagues and face a slew of other restrictions. Among the rules for...

Lillard has faith Blazers will be better this season

Sep. 27, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

If this summer taught Damian Lillard anything, it’s that he's dedicated. The Trail Blazers guard married his longtime girlfriend and the mother of this three kids, played in the Olympics despite withdrawing his name from consideration from the national team a few years...

At NBA media days, COVID and vaccines remain dominant topics

Sep. 27, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway. And Brooklyn guard Kyrie...

For the gold: It's the US and France, again, for Tokyo title

Aug. 06, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — For USA Basketball, some eras will end Saturday. It will be Jerry Colangelo’s last game as managing director of the men’s national team. It’ll mark the end of Gregg Popovich’s commitment as the team’s coach. Some players will likely be wearing the U.S. jersey...

US-Czech game has major Olympic quarterfinal implications

Jul. 30, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There is no aura of invincibility around this U.S. men’s basketball team. It has gone just 3-3 so far this summer, still has work to do just to qualify for the knockout stage at the Tokyo Olympics and seems far from a lock to win its fourth consecutive gold medal. ...

Blazers acquire rights to Texas forward Greg Brown

Jul. 30, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers acquired the rights to Greg Brown, the No. 43 pick in the NBA draft, in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announced that the Blazers sent a future second-round pick...

Simone Biles makes mental health the talk of the Tokyo Games

Jul. 29, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Brittney Griner has long been open about her ongoing battle with depression, an ailment that triggered suicidal thoughts when she was younger and last year drove her out of the WNBA bubble because the isolation was too much to handle. Her own struggles...