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Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker shoots against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics' Walker, Heat's Butler waited years for East finals

Sep. 14, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler entered the NBA on the same night. They’ve paid their dues since the 2011 NBA draft. Butler is a five-time All-Star, Walker a four-time selection. Walker has the better scoring numbers, Butler the better defensive numbers. Butler leads with...

ULM athletics holds Warhawks United for Social Justice forum

Sep. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Jonathan Hodoh could no longer sit silent. The images coming out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, were too painful to ignore. At the urging of his younger Louisiana-Monroe teammates, who expressed their fears and anxieties to the senior wide receiver, he decided now was the time for action. ...

AP source: NBA proceeding with tentative Nov. 18 draft plan

Sep. 11, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA is proceeding with tentative plans for a Nov. 18 draft, though has cautioned teams that the date could move yet again, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. The league told teams earlier in the week that it was working toward that...

NBA officials to meet and consider Nov. 18 date for draft

Sep. 9, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18, according to a memo sent to teams Wednesday. In the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the league told teams that the...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Morant was announced Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award for 2019-20, the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool, File)

Grizzlies' Ja Morant wins NBA's rookie of the year award

Sep. 3, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first three baskets of Memphis’ season set the tone for Ja Morant’s rookie year. All were layups, all by him, the level of difficulty increasing each time. He made them look easy that night. He made plenty look easy all season. Morant was announced Wednesday...

Son of former Syracuse hoops star Billy Owens joins Orange

Sep. 2, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chaz Owens, the son of former Syracuse All-American Billy Owens, has joined the Orange, men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim announced Wednesday. Chaz Owens spent the past year at Scotland Campus, a prep school in south-central Pennsylvania, in a postgraduate program after playing high...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Georgia guard Anthony Edwards (5) drives against Mississippi's Breein Tyree (4) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Edwards is expected to be a contender for the No. 1 draft pick in the NBA draft lottery Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, rights to No. 1 pick

Aug. 20, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

The NBA draft lottery was delayed three months. The Minnesota Timberwolves are certainly feeling like the wait was worthwhile. The Timberwolves won the lottery Thursday night, giving them the No. 1 pick. The lottery was conducted virtually because of the pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in...

Minnesota Timberwolves get top pick in NBA draft lottery, with Golden State to select second and Charlotte third

Aug. 20, 2020 8:57 PM EDT
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves get top pick in NBA draft lottery, with Golden State to select second and Charlotte third.
FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Washington. Without their two All-Stars and far-and-away best players, point guard John Wall and Beal, the Wizards went just 1-7 during the league's coronavirus pandemic restart in Florida, losing their first seven games before closing things with a meaningless victory in the finale. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

After 25-win season, Wizards need Wall, Beal to be 'fun'

Aug. 15, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

Rui Hachimura just wrapped up his rookie year -- and it was a rough one for his Washington Wizards, who yet again missed the playoffs -- but he knows enough to recognize the biggest two reasons to have at least a modicum of hope looking ahead. “When John and Brad return,” said the first Japanese...

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Holiday scores 28; Pelicans top Wizards without Williamson

Aug. 7, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 28 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Washington Wizards 118-107 without star rookie Zion Williamson on Friday night, improving their chances of earning a Western Conference playoff spot. Williamson, the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft,...