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Memphis Grizzlies Taylor Jenkins holds the play board during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NBA giving Wizards more time to prepare after virus layoff

Jan. 20, 2021 11:17 PM EST

Washington got back on the practice court Wednesday for the first time in more than a week, and Bradley Beal wondered if the Wizards need more time there before returning to game mode. The NBA apparently agreed with him. Not long after the league's leading scorer said he believes the short-handed Wizards —...

Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky warms up wearing a shirt that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Analysis: In tough NBA times, games not the top priority

Jan. 19, 2021 2:45 AM EST

The foremost priority in the NBA right now is health, keeping everyone in the league and around the game as safe as possible while playing as the coronavirus pandemic still rages. The next priority for players: shining light on issues where they feel true equality doesn’t exist. Basketball is a clear...

Referee Brian Forte, right, walks away from New Orleans Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy after discussing a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

76ers-Thunder called off as virus concerns still trouble NBA

Jan. 17, 2021 11:16 PM EST

Another NBA game was called off Sunday because of coronavirus concerns, and the Memphis Grizzlies said center Jonas Valanciunas will not play Monday because of the league’s health and safety protocols. The NBA said the Philadelphia at Oklahoma City game, scheduled for Sunday night, could not be played...

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford shouts instructions to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

More NBA games off, as league continues struggles with virus

Jan. 15, 2021 8:15 PM EST

Another three NBA games were postponed Friday, including one in Minnesota only a couple hours before game time, as the league's struggle with increasing coronavirus numbers continued. Among the revelations Friday: Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns , whose mother and six other relatives have died from...

Houston Rockets' James Harden leaves the court following a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

James Harden headed to Nets in blockbuster multiteam deal

Jan. 14, 2021 9:55 AM EST

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio featuring some of the NBA's highest scorers. The Nets acquired the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets in a deal that became official on Thursday, a move Harden has sought for...

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles next to Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) and center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Another 3 NBA games called off amid virus, 16 test positive

Jan. 13, 2021 8:56 PM EST

Contact tracing issues involving the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards forced the NBA to postpone three more games Wednesday, raising the leaguewide total from this week alone to eight. The NBA also revealed Wednesday that 16 players — by far the most in a one-week period since training camps started...

Madison Square Garden is empty of fans, before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in New York. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)

Rough road: Playing during pandemic means 'long days' in NBA

Jan. 13, 2021 8:06 AM EST

When Washington coach Scott Brooks was a player and would ask coaches about their profession, the response was always the same: It is a lonely job. Never more so than now, probably. As if playing games in arenas that are somewhere between mostly and entirely empty during a still-raging coronavirus pandemic...

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and coach Stephen Silas, right, react after a play during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Houston. (Troy Taormina/Pool Photo via AP)

Harden says 'crazy' Rockets situation can't be fixed

Jan. 13, 2021 12:08 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden publicly acknowledged his discord with the Houston Rockets for the first time Tuesday night following back-to-back blowout losses to the Los Angeles Lakers. “We're just not good enough ... I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can,” Harden...

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, tap hands during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NBA, union stiffen virus protocols; more games postponed

Jan. 12, 2021 10:00 PM EST

With five games called off this week already and more teams dealing with virus-related issues, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association enacted additional rules Tuesday in the hope of keeping the season going safely. For “at least the next two weeks,” the league and union said,...

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and Josh Richardson (0) argue with referees after Richardson was called for a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

'Uncharted waters': More NBA games off as virus issues grow

Jan. 11, 2021 7:07 PM EST

The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact-tracing issues on Monday, and the Miami Heat were preparing to be without eight players — including All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo — for several days because of possible exposure to the coronavirus. Monday’s game...