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United States' Harrison Barnes, center right, is defended by Spain's Marc Gasol, center left, during the first half of an exhibition basketball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
August 27, 2019 - 2:41 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Marc Gasol is 34 years old, which means he's particularly fond of offseasons. He didn't get much of one this year. There's a very good reason for that — a most unusual and, he thinks, worthwhile opportunity. After helping the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship in June, Gasol...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, prepares for a free throw, during a game against Italy, at the Acropolis basketball tournament at the indoor Olympic stadium of Athens, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
August 25, 2019 - 11:09 am
The reigning NBA MVP is headed to the basketball World Cup. So are three other members of this past season's All-NBA squad, and so is the starting center from the team that won the NBA championship a couple months ago. Most of those guys won't be playing for the United States. The majority of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Mateen Cleaves walks out of the district court at Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Former Michigan State University basketball star Cleaves is standing trial on sexual assault charges in his Michigan hometown. Opening statements began Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, where Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. He's accused of assaulting a 24-year-old woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015. A district judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but a circuit court reinstated them on appeal. (Mark Felix/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File)
August 20, 2019 - 6:11 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Mateen Cleaves (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former Michigan State basketball star and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is thanking jurors for "giving me my life back" after they acquitted him on sex assault charges. Cleaves was accused of raping a woman in a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, then-New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans. A person with knowledge of the situation says Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins is undergoing tests to confirm a preliminary diagnosis of a ligament tear in his knee. Cousins was injured in a workout in Las Vegas this week, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, because no official diagnosis has been released publicly. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:19 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) pause during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. They will reflect on the greatness, the fun, all they learned from each other shooting side by side day after day to become better from their time as teammates. Two championships, a pair of NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
August 14, 2019 - 12:48 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. They will reflect on the...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. Kerr knows that a new era of Warriors basketball is about to begin. He just doesn't know what that means yet. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 06, 2019 - 2:28 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr knows that a new era of Warriors basketball is about to begin. He just doesn't know what that means yet. It has been a rough summer for Kerr, whose roster is wildly different following the offseason departures of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus...
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File-This June 13, 2019, file photo shows Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) dunking over Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the situation says the Warriors and Green have agreed on a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million, meaning the three-time All-Star is under contract through the 2023-24 season. Green and the Warriors intend to make the deal official imminently, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because it has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, Pool, File)
August 03, 2019 - 3:01 pm
Draymond Green entered this offseason vowing that the Golden State Warriors would remain a contender for NBA titles. His opinion hasn't changed. Green and the Warriors have agreed on the terms of a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million, a person familiar with the situation told The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 22, 2019 - 6:16 pm
Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0), Kevin Durant, center, and James Harden (13) pose for a photo for NBA basketball photographers during media day in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are heading into a major transition. Westbrook was the last remaining player from the team that moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008. Durant, Harden, Serge Ibaka, Paul George and others are all gone. Now Westbrook will soon be on his way to Houston after an 11-year career with the franchise. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 16, 2019 - 9:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident planned to make the two-hour drive to...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Jordan Murphy drives upcourt against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 15, 2019 - 11:48 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has yet to lead an official NBA game, but he's bringing some hardware home to Beale Street. Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves...
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