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Doncic debuts with 48 points, Slovenia wins Olympic opener

Jul. 26, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luka Doncic is only a 22-year-old Olympic rookie, a player who might still be a few years away from his best basketball. Sergio Hernandez doesn't need to wait. “For me, I said this two years ago: He is the best player in 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...

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...

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. ...

AP Source: Wizards offering coaching job to Wes Unseld Jr.

Jul. 16, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

The Washington Wizards are offering their coaching job to Wes Unseld Jr. and expect to reach an agreement with him, a person with knowledge of the details said Friday. A deal with the Denver Nuggets associate head coach will bring him back to the organization that his...

Lillard wants Blazers to step up pursuit of championship

Jul. 16, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

Damian Lillard said Friday he has not requested a trade but wants the Portland Trail Blazers to be more urgent in their pursuit of a championship. The All-Star guard added that he expects to be with the Blazers next season, but made clear that he feels it needs to be with...

Jason Kidd, GM Nico Harrison begin Mavericks' 'new chapter'

Jul. 15, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — New Mavericks coach Jason Kidd and general manager Nico Harrison were introduced Thursday by their new boss, who called it “a new chapter” for a franchise that had not changed GMs under his 21-year ownership and has not won a playoff series since winning the 2011 NBA...

Penny Hardaway sees Larry Brown helping make Memphis better

Jul. 12, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Penny Hardaway has wanted Larry Brown to coach with him ever since he took over at his alma mater. Three years later, they have that chance at Memphis. “I've always wanted to be around greatness,” Hardaway said Monday after Brown's first...

'He loves to win': Durant seeking a third Olympic gold medal

Jul. 09, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball didn’t blow up Kevin Durant’s phone with repeated calls to beg and plead for him to play in the Tokyo Olympics. It was a much more dignified process: They asked, then they waited. It was the right move. “They...

Back in NCAA: Larry Brown joins Hardaway's staff at Memphis

Jul. 08, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added Hall of Famer Larry Brown to the Tigers’ staff as an assistant, reuniting the former New York Knicks player and coach. Brown, 80, is the only coach to win championships in both the NCAA (with Kansas in 1988)...