NBA Finals

Members of Spain's team celebrate with the Naismith Trophy after they beat Argentina in their first-place match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 15, 2019 - 11:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He's getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second...
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Marc Gasol of Spain is tackled by Nikola Jovic of Serbia as he attempt for a shot during their Group J second phase match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong. Pool)
September 14, 2019 - 7:32 am
BEIJING (AP) — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those are the only five players to win an NBA title and a gold medal in the same year, whether it was in FIBA or Olympic competition, with Pippen doing it twice. It is an exclusive club — one that Marc Gasol...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston (34) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Livingston announced his retirement Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, following 15 NBA seasons, an expected move. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
September 13, 2019 - 5:40 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shaun Livingston's career nearly ended 12 years ago far ahead of his schedule because of a gruesome knee injury. Now, he gets to retire on his own terms — and with three championships after playing a key role during the Golden State Warriors' recent title runs. The 34-year-...
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FLE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Kobe Bryant speaks with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia. Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 13, 2019 - 9:07 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. The five-time...
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This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a collection of counterfeit NBA championship rings that have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. CBP said Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 that the rings were in a wooden box shipped from China with a final destination in Arizona. Investigators suspect the intent was to sell the phony rings as a collection. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 4:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Wednesday that the rings were in a wooden box shipped from China with a final destination in Arizona...
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In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, longtime sportscaster and announcer Fred McLeod works with Austin Carr, right, at a Cleveland Cavaliers game in Cleveland. McLeod has died. He was 67. The Cavaliers said McLeod died suddenly Monday night, Sept. 9, 2019, but did not elaborate. They called him a "great friend and teammate" and a "heart-felt ambassador." (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 1:35 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Fred McLeod's passion poured through the TV no matter what game he was covering. The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland's NBA championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford's band was on the field in 1982, died Monday. He was 67...
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, right, and Alexis Ohanian, left, applaud as players are introduced before the start of the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships between Serena Williams, of the United States, and Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 07, 2019 - 8:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has another role that suits her: rooting on friend Serena Williams as the tennis star chased a U.S. Open championship. Meghan sat in Williams' box at Arthur Ashe Stadium and stood and cheered like thousands of other fans when Williams hit a booming...
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President Donald Trump, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA basketball player and general manager Jerry West, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 05, 2019 - 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerry West, the NBA legend who delivered championships to the Los Angeles Lakers as both a player and an executive, said, "It never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball" as he was honored Thursday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now a...
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Chinese team member and former NBA player Yi Jianlian, right, speaks as coach Li Nan listens at a press conference at the Cadillac Arena ahead of the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The competition, which features 32 teams from around the globe, will be held in 8 cities across China starting on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 30, 2019 - 1:20 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin. Many of the world's top players — and a couple of the world's top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, United States' Kemba Walker is shown during the second half of an exhibition basketball game against Spain in Anaheim, Calif. The Boston Celtics will have at least three and possibly four players on the final 12-man roster that USA Basketball will take to China next week for the FIBA World Cup. So these Team USA practices have been a get-to-know-you bonus of sorts for new Celtics guard Kemba Walker and Boston teammates Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 28, 2019 - 1:08 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — It is gold or bust for U.S. as the two-time defending World Cup champions try to become the first nation to win three straight. Serbia, Spain and Greece are among the top teams that won't make it easy for the Americans. The tournament starts Saturday and there will be two teams...
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