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Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce talks to guard Trae Young (11) on the sideline during the first half of the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 19, 2019 - 4:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team's top young players — forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter. Collins led the...
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Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam, left, fights for a loose ball with Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 19, 2019 - 2:56 pm
Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans. The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, center right, celebrates with Ben Simmons, center left, after he shot a 3-pointer to end the second quarter as Guangzhou Loong-Lions' CJ Harris, right, looks on during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 19, 2019 - 10:12 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The crowd screamed for Ben Simmons to shoot as he dribbled near the perimeter in a preseason game against a team from China. Joel Embiid motioned for him to let it fly. Simmons took a couple more steps, stopped and popped. Swish. Fans celebrated Simmons' first career 3-pointer...
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Detroit Pistons' Derrick Rose (25) drives as Philadelphia 76ers' Shake Milton (18), Joel Embiid (21) and Trey Burke (23) defend and 76ers' Christian Wood (35) watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 19, 2019 - 2:30 am
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin was asked to recall the early stages of Derrick Rose's career, when the dynamic point guard won an MVP for the Chicago Bulls at age 22. "His run in Chicago was special," Griffin said. "I don't want to say it caught us off guard, because it was kind of a nice natural...
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People raise signs referencing Tibet and Hong Kong during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
October 18, 2019 - 11:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets' first game since returning from China. The fans sat behind the backboard near the Nets' bench at Barclays Center in their 123-107 loss to Toronto on Friday night. The Nets...
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October 18, 2019 - 8:06 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball star Kemba Walker returned to campus Friday to get a good look at the next generation of Huskies. The Boston Celtics guard, who led Connecticut to the 2011 national championship, was among the thousands of fans who attended First Night, the annual...
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October 17, 2019 - 7:08 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the community. The six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health...
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October 17, 2019 - 4:56 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on forward Kyle Kuzma for the 2020-21 season. The Lakers made the move Thursday on Kuzma, who is currently out with a foot injury suffered while playing for USA Basketball during the summer. Kuzma was the 27th...
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives around New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 17, 2019 - 4:11 pm
Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers. Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. Celtics guard Gordon Hayward said Lawson has already made her presence felt. “She’s been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player,” Hayward said. “Reading the game and kind of little things she sees coaching on the sideline. Having somebody that well-versed in basketball, that experience is good.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 17, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working. She stands under the basket rebounding, giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court. After swishing his final three attempts, he jogs over to her. "Thanks coach,"...
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