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Trio of NBA Finals players finally arrives at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 24, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team is finally together. Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday — the trio of U.S. Olympians who were in the NBA Finals and therefore have not been around their Tokyo Games teammates — arrived in Japan on...

Mind the gap: The basketball world is catching up to the US

Jul. 24, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — When the Dream Team era started in 1992, most of the NBA players in the Olympics represented the United States. David Stern knew what would happen from there. “In time,” the former NBA commissioner predicted in 1995,...

Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to C Jarrett Allen

Jul. 23, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer Friday to center Jarrett Allen, making him a restricted free agent. The team had until Aug. 1 to make the offer to Allen, a 23-year-old acquired last season in a trade from Brooklyn and viewed as one of...

Green headlines list of shooting guards in NBA draft

Jul. 23, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

Jalen Green bypassed college to get the jump on his professional career. The next step comes in Thursday’s NBA draft. Green is among the shooting guards in this year’s draft and looks set to be a top-four pick. He leads a position that includes a pair of top prospects...

US players learning differences between Olympic hoops, NBA

Jul. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team was about to start playing its final warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago in Las Vegas, and Spain’s Ricky Rubio found himself in a pregame conversation with American guard Zach LaVine. Rubio has well over a decade...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

Milwaukee Bucks' fans celebrate NBA championship with parade

Jul. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the...

Cunningham, Suggs headline list of point guards in NBA draft

Jul. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

Cade Cunningham arrived at Oklahoma State as the expected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and did nothing to change that in one season as the Cowboys’ floor leader. He’s the headliner in this draft among the point guards and overall among all prospects, while Gonzaga...

Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

Jul. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years — first with...

Bill Russell to auction most of his prized NBA memorabilia

Jul. 22, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The most decorated man in NBA history will be giving the public a chance to own some of the prized memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. Bill Russell announced Thursday he is offering hundreds of items from his personal collection, including trophies,...