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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2020, file pool photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) drives against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Veteran point guard Chris Paul was the marquee addition during the offseason for the Phoenix Suns. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Not just a teacher: Phoenix's Paul says he can still ball

Dec. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul is a little uncomfortable with the notion that he comes to the Phoenix Suns as a wise veteran player who can impart his knowledge to the next generation of stars. Sure, he knows he's in his mid-30s and time isn't going backward. Yes, he's ready to pair with Devin Booker, who just...

FILE - Toronto Raptors' head coach Nick Nurse yells to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball conference semifinal playoff game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, file photo. Nick Nurse isn’t exactly sure yet how the practice setup for the Raptors will work this season at the team’s temporary home in Tampa, Florida. He is certain of this much: It won’t be the most challenging of his career.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Good news for Raptors: In Tampa, no conflict with badminton

Dec. 2, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Nick Nurse isn’t exactly sure yet how the practice setup for the Toronto Raptors will work this season. He is certain of this much: It won’t be the most challenging of his career. Go back to 30 years ago, when the Raptors coach and reigning NBA coach of the year was in England leading the Derby...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich talks to players before a Group E match against the Czech Republic in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shanghai. Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, knows that the NBA schedule and how it comes very close to the start of the rescheduled Tokyo Games will be a challenge for USA Basketball to navigate next year when choosing the 12 players who will try to win a fourth consecutive men’s Olympic gold medal. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EST

Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Finals, as of now, would be played on July 22. The opening cermony of the Tokyo Olympics, as of now, would be the next day. And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the...

Pistons sign Sirvydis, make deals with 3 others official

Dec. 1, 2020 10:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed Deividas Sirvydis, who played most recently for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. The Pistons announced the move Tuesday night. They also officially confirmed their deals with Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor and Josh Jackson. The 6-foot-8...

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) fights for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers' Jared Dudley (10) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Rockets won 112-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers re-sign veteran Jared Dudley to 1-year deal

Dec. 1, 2020 8:53 PM EST

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed veteran Jared Dudley to a one-year contract. The NBA champions announced the move Tuesday, giving them 13 players under contract as they head into training camp for the new season. The 35-year-old Dudley was a minor bench contributor during...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers questions a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Rivers is now head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive.  “I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

A cautious start to NBA season, as camps open amid positives

Dec. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EST

The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship. It was tempered this year. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era opened Tuesday, with teams limited for the first...

FILE- In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant is finally within weeks of suiting up for the Brooklyn Nets. Sidelined last season while recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon, he begins training camp this week on a team that can contend for the NBA title if he can be as good as he was before his injury. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

'Who knows?' Durant unsure what to expect as return nears

Dec. 1, 2020 8:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant used to worry about how he would play. There hasn't been reason for concern for years. He became an NBA MVP and a two-time champion, an explosive scorer who could get 25 points on a bad night and 45 on a good one. But that was before having one of the most serious injuries a...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Morris Sr. during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Morris was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during this abbreviated offseason. Dallas acquired James Johnson and his black belt in karate from the Oklahoma City Thunder after using the club's first-round choice at No. 18 overall on Josh Green, who was a strong defender in his only season at Arizona. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Mavs talk tough by adding protectors for young star Doncic

Dec. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EST

Luka Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during...

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt talks with the media as he donates convalescent plasma at the Oklahoma Blood Institute in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. This is Gov. Stitt's second time donating plasma since he tested positive for the coronavirus in July. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma governor declares day of prayer as virus surges

Dec. 1, 2020 7:03 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the coronavirus surges in Oklahoma, nearing 200,000 total cases on Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared Thursday a day of prayer and fasting in the state. “I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick, comfort those who are hurting and provide renewed...

Ricky Rubio speaks on a Zoom call Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. Rubio has returned to his original NBA team, a sidewinding career leading the popular point guard back to the Minnesota Timberwolves after a third trade in three years. (Minnesota Timberwolves via AP)

Rubio returns to Wolves, with sharper perspective and skills

Dec. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a satisfactory first season with Phoenix, Ricky Rubio was startled to learn last month he'd been traded to Oklahoma City. There was hardly time to process the sudden change when another deal struck two days later sent him back to Minnesota where his NBA career began. After three...