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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...

Title rewards Antetokounmpo's decision to commit to Bucks

Jul. 22, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — This could have been the offseason in which Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the free-agent market and perhaps teamed up with another superstar to try winning multiple NBA titles together. Antetokounmpo instead will spend the summer celebrating a...

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...

Keller, Royals complete season sweep of Brewers with 6-3 win

Jul. 21, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brad Keller is doing his part to make sure the Kansas City Royals withstand the injuries that have decimated their starting rotation. Keller earned his first win in over six weeks Wednesday to help the Royals complete a season sweep of the Milwaukee...

Shootings during Milwaukee NBA Finals celebrations wound 3

Jul. 21, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two shootings left three people wounded in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks' first NBA championship in 50 years, police said. The shootings happened about 12:42 a.m. at two locations near Water Street, police...

Young nucleus intact, Suns wait to see if Chris Paul returns

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In his 16th season, Chris Paul took a risk, deciding that a young, unproven Phoenix Suns team was worth joining in his pursuit of his first NBA championship. To the surprise of just about everyone outside the locker room, it nearly worked. ...

Giannis’ biggest fans watch, celebrate title a world away

Jul. 21, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

SEPOLIA, Greece (AP) — With less than a minute remaining in the game, Yiannis Tzikas was already setting out plastic cups to fill with champagne. “It’s over. No one can turn this game now,” he said, his hands trembling slightly as he popped the cork. ...

LaVine cleared, USA Basketball awaits 3 NBA Finals players

Jul. 21, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s matchup against France, the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related...

Bucks' 50-year wait ends with a title behind 50 from Giannis

Jul. 21, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O'Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him. All the work it took to lift the Milwaukee Bucks from a team that won 15 games when he was a rookie...

For Suns, Paul's feel-good Finals story ends in frustration

Jul. 21, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

As the final buzzer sounded, a stone-faced Chris Paul slowly walked off the court, down the tunnel and into the locker room. His feel-good story with the Phoenix Suns was denied the happy ending he craved. “Great group of guys, hell of a season,”...