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Miami Heat's Jae Crowder gestures after being charged with a foul on a shot attempt by the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Full circle: Haslem credits Crowder's dad for NBA career

Sep. 23, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It didn’t take Jae Crowder very long after joining the Miami Heat to figure out who the veteran leader of the team was. “Udonis Haslem,” he said. Correct. But who was the person that taught Haslem how to be that locker-room voice, that sage, “the...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket as Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) and head coach Michael Malone, right rear, look on during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference final Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Murray, Nuggets hang on in Game 3, cut Lakers' lead to 2-1

Sep. 23, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — They had just lost a playoff heartbreaker, and two nights later the Denver Nuggets quickly went from in control to in trouble. Escaping trouble is what these Nuggets do best. “Everybody always has us packing our bags and leaving, but we’re not ready to...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Bulls snag big name in coaching search, hire Billy Donovan

Sep. 22, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached. That he's headed to Chicago might be a surprise, only because big and bold moves have been few and far between for the team. Then again, these aren't the same old Bulls. Chicago...

The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach

Sep. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) celebrates forcing a turnover against Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat say they've got to be better at the start vs Celtics

Sep. 22, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The formula that the Miami Heat had backed themselves into using throughout this postseason wasn’t exactly ideal. They were losing almost every first quarter, and winning almost every game anyway. It’s not a sustainable plan, and the Boston Celtics finally showed...

Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Silver to CNN: A later NBA season may disrupt Olympic plans

Sep. 22, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, plus acknowledged that the later-than-usual schedule could mean top U.S. men’s players miss next summer’s Tokyo Olympics....

FILE - In this May 22, 2010, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before a NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Sep. 22, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. The partnership was announced Monday night in...

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) and Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk, right, compete for control of a rebound during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Crowder, Olynyk see parallels between Spoelstra, Stevens

Sep. 22, 2020 2:24 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jae Crowder will tell anybody who asks that the Miami Heat are extremely well-prepared for whatever comes their way in the Eastern Conference finals. He can say the same about the Boston Celtics, too. Crowder and fellow Heat teammate Kelly Olynyk are both in the East title...

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) gestures to teammates late in the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4

Sep. 21, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting angry worked wonders for the Boston Celtics. Their first win in these Eastern Conference finals just happened to come two nights after Marcus Smart sparked a loud and emotional series of shouting matches inside the Celtics’ locker room, all of that starting...

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) celebrates after an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 105-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Davis shows he has what it takes for biggest stage of career

Sep. 21, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

Anthony Davis caught the ball deep on the left side with the Lakers losing and time about to run out. The shot Davis made to win Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was from nearly the same spot and situation as one he attempted in his team's last game before the NBA season was suspended. He missed that one,...