Latest Men's basketball News

NBA teams approve stiffer penalties for tampering

Sep. 20, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

The NBA's board of governors was unanimous Friday in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most egregious...

Iowa forward arrested for suspected drunken driving

Sep. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been arrested for suspected drunken driving and suspended from the team. The Hawkeyes say in news release that the team suspended Pemsl indefinitely following his arrest early Friday on a driving under the influence charge. Iowa City authorities say in...

Chattanooga extends coach Lamont Paris' deal by 2 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga has extended coach Lamont Paris' contract by two years through the 2024-25 season going into his third season of his original deal. Athletic director Mark Wharton announced the extension Thursday. Chattanooga won 88 games over four seasons before Paris took over a team...

Pistons sign 17-year NBA veteran with Joe Johnson

Sep. 19, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed 38-year-old swingman Joe Johnson. Detroit announced the move Thursday. The 17-year NBA veteran did not play in the league last season. He was recently named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league. Johnson averaged 6.8 points in 55 games for Houston and Utah...

US keeps top spot in FIBA men's world rankings; Spain No. 2

Sep. 19, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It's now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship. World...

UConn men's coach Hurley back at work after spinal surgery

Sep. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he spent his life believing that when it came to his health, he was bulletproof. But that was before being told by doctors in August that he had a degenerative spinal condition that could have left him paralyzed. Hurley returned to work...

Pitino settles with Louisville, ready for 'new chapter'

Sep. 18, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn't want to fight in one anymore. So the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men's basketball coach's personnel file changing...

Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO

Sep. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both. Tsai's purchase of the Nets was unanimously...

Wizards' Isaiah Thomas out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Sep. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas underwent thumb surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The team says Thomas ruptured the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb during routine workouts Monday and had surgery Wednesday. General manager Tommy Sheppard says it is "an...

Taking his shot: Jordan, NBA owners, enter tequila business

Sep. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Michael Jordan decided to get into the tequila business, he could have slapped his name on the label, maybe autographed a few bottles and sold out the whole run in hours. No matter what it tasted like. Instead, the basketball hall of famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets teamed up...