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Bill Russell, NBA star and civil rights pioneer, dies at 88

Jul. 31, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell redefined how basketball is played, and then he changed the way sports are viewed in a racially divided country. The most prolific winner in NBA history, Russell marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with Muhammad Ali and received the Presidential...

Reactions to the death of NBA great Bill Russell

Jul. 31, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of NBA great and 11-time champion Bill Russell: ___ “Bill Russell was the greatest champion in all of team sports. The countless accolades that he earned for his storied career with the Boston Celtics —...

AP source: Jokic, Nuggets agree on record $264M extension

Jun. 30, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic has gone from draft pick No. 41, to two-time MVP, and now the holder of the largest contract in NBA history. Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a $264 supermax extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who...

Lakers get Michigan State's Max Christie with 2nd-round pick

Jun. 24, 2022 01:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers think Max Christie is the next underrated young talent who will grow into a solid NBA contributor after he puts on the purple and gold. The Lakers selected the Michigan State guard with the 35th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday...

Curry, Green, Thompson seek one win to add another title

Jun. 14, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and emotional, do-everything teammate Draymond Green began Golden State’s climb nearly a decade ago, they were still relatively young and each establishing themselves in their careers. At far different stages of their...

Stephen Curry's teammates admire his humility as a superstar

Jun. 07, 2022 02:28 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Poole knocked down a buzzer-beater from almost midcourt when Stephen Curry made a point to catch his gaze, and that celebratory stare down told so much about the veteran guard's pride for his young teammate. Curry expressed as much joy for Poole hitting...

Three Warriors make progress toward NBA Finals returns

May. 29, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gary Payton II is expected to return for the Golden State Warriors at some point during the NBA Finals from a broken left elbow that he injured when Grizzlies star Dillon Brooks committed a hard foul across Payton's head on a layup attempt during the playoffs' second round. ...

Star trio leads Warriors to 6th NBA Finals spot in 8 years

May. 27, 2022 03:18 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson drained the 3-pointers. Draymond Green anchored the defense and even chipped in on the offensive end for a change. Stephen Curry capped off an MVP performance. The trio that led Golden State to so much success in recent years is whole again and...

Warriors beat Mavericks 120-110 to return to NBA Finals

May. 27, 2022 01:16 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the clock ticked down the final seconds, Klay Thompson began dancing on the sideline before nearly being moved to tears during a celebration with his teammates. After two major surgeries and two years of grueling rehabilitation, Thompson is rounding back...

Nuggets big man Jokic rises from 41st pick to 2-time NBA MVP

May. 12, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — To think, Nikola Jokic's entry into the NBA was once overshadowed by the introduction of the “quesarito.” “Hopefully, I’m going to have some percentage from Taco Bell,” joked the Denver Nuggets' newly minted two-time MVP, whose name scrolled across the TV...