Latest National Basketball Association News

Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA

Oct. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game. Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse. The numbers show they're right, and if that isn't troubling enough race only...

The gimmick defense is rare in the NBA, but not unheard of

Oct. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

Atlanta guard Kevin Huerter saw gimmick defenses throughout high school and college. Box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos and variations thereof, they weren't exactly uncommon for opponents to try. In the NBA, they're a rarity. And Huerter says the reason is simple. "I honestly just think players are too good," he...

Heat suspend Dion Waiters for season opener over conduct

Oct. 20, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Shooting guard Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Miami Heat for their season opener against Memphis on Wednesday night for what was described as "conduct detrimental to the team." "There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the...

Hong Kong activist stabbed as protesters gird for march

Oct. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A man distributing leaflets near a wall with pro-democracy messages was stabbed and wounded, as Hong Kong anti-government protesters prepared to hold an unauthorized march Sunday to press their demands. Police said they arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday in connection with the knife...

Hawks exercise 2020-21 options on Collins, Young, Huerter

Oct. 19, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team's top young players — forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter. Collins led the...

AP source: Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extension

Oct. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans. The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been...

Not giving up his shot: Ben Simmons' jumper could lift 76ers

Oct. 19, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The crowd screamed for Ben Simmons to shoot as he dribbled near the perimeter in a preseason game against a team from China. Joel Embiid motioned for him to let it fly. Simmons took a couple more steps, stopped and popped. Swish. Fans celebrated Simmons' first career 3-pointer as if the...

Pistons' Rose, Johnson are big names with something to prove

Oct. 19, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin was asked to recall the early stages of Derrick Rose's career, when the dynamic point guard won an MVP for the Chicago Bulls at age 22. "His run in Chicago was special," Griffin said. "I don't want to say it caught us off guard, because it was kind of a nice natural progression...

Bucks, 76ers eye East title with Leonard back in the West

Oct. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers were maybe a couple bounces from doing it a round earlier. Neither team was good enough to finish the job last season, but both think this is their time after Kawhi Leonard went back to the Western...

Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish

Oct. 19, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — James Harden sure seems in midseason form. Russell Westbrook isn't there yet. Harden, the reigning NBA scoring champion, scored 44 points in 35 minutes — 18 of those points coming in the third quarter — and the Houston Rockets ended the preseason with a 144-133 victory over the...