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NBA Finals up over last year, but post 4th-lowest average

Jul. 21, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for the NBA Finals and playoffs posted sizable increases over last year. But that was the only good news for the NBA as far as viewer numbers. According to Nielsen, the NBA and ABC, the six-game series between the Milwaukee Bucks and...

NBA Finals ratings up from 2020 pandemic, down from 2019

Jul. 13, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA Finals has gained some, but not all, of its audience back after last year's trip to the pandemic bubble. The first three games of the championship match between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks averaged just about 9 million viewers, the...

Philip Anschutz completes sale of minority stake in Lakers

Jul. 09, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Anschutz sold his 27% minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers to Los Angeles Dodgers co-owners Mark Walter and Todd Boehly in a deal that closed Friday. The transaction was approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors, according to AEG. ...

The power of 10: Tatum eager to wear Bryant's Olympic number

Jul. 07, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jayson Tatum was 15 when he made his first USA Basketball national team. It was 2013, when he got picked to play in the FIBA Americas U-16 championships at Uruguay. And one of the biggest thrills from that experience was getting his jersey. It bore No....

The NBA Finals: 10 things to know about Bucks vs. Suns

Jul. 06, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

Make way for something new in the NBA Finals. Milwaukee hasn’t been to the NBA Finals since 1974 and Phoenix hasn’t been to the NBA Finals since 1993, two stats that have been repeated so often over the last few days that the Bucks and Suns probably wouldn’t mind if...

Finally! Bucks, Suns set for the NBA Finals after long waits

Jul. 05, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul walked up the stairs and took a seat in front of the NBA Finals logo, a climb that took him 16 years to complete. The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks are used to enduring long waits. They came into the NBA together in 1968...

Report: Anschutz sells stake in Lakers to 2 Dodgers' owners

Jun. 26, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Anschutz has agreed to sell his 27% stake in the Los Angeles Lakers to two owners of the Dodgers, according to a published report. Citing unidentified sources, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the 81-year-old billionaire is selling...

Missing men? Suns, Clips deal with uncertain status of stars

Jun. 19, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers are still playing basketball deep into these NBA playoffs partly because they've learned to persevere in clutch moments without their biggest stars. That ability could be put to the test again for both teams in...

Analysis: The NBA playoffs have entered survivor mode

Jun. 17, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

The NBA champion this season will be the last team standing. Perhaps literally. Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers missed Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with a knee sprain and amid concerns that it could be a far more significant...

Major Payne: Suns guard rebuilds career in the desert

Jun. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Even in today's high-scoring NBA game, the dizzying pace of the Phoenix Suns point guard Cameron Payne stands out. He's just 6-foot-1, but has wiry strength and as soon as he gets the basketball, he's off and sprinting down. It might be a pass. It could...