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New challenges for Takeuchi, Okada

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Because of the disparity in the talent pool, the National Basketball League ended up with enormous gaps between the elite teams and weaker teams during its inaugural 2013-14 season. But Year Two may be a little different. Since the offseason officially began at the end of May, players have scattered, ...

Riley certain Heat will be good without LeBron

Jul 31, 2014

Riley certain Heat will be good without LeBron

One of the last things Miami Heat president Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. And James never made him think otherwise, ...

New coach Scott eyes swift return to contention for Lakers

Jul 30, 2014

New coach Scott eyes swift return to contention for Lakers

Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth-shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. “This organization is all ...

Jul 30, 2014

Roberts becomes first woman to lead NBPA

Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA player and noticed how passionately ...

Rose impresses on first day of Team USA training camp

Jul 29, 2014

Rose impresses on first day of Team USA training camp

Derrick Rose says he feels old. The 25-year-old point guard’s rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team’s first practice dictated otherwise. “I was joking with Kyle Korver, I told him ‘I’m getting old, man. I’ve got to stretch, I’ve got to use ...

Jul 29, 2014

LeBron homecoming show sold out

LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at ...

Jul 29, 2014

Judge OKs record sale of Clippers

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly ...

Jul 28, 2014

Scott claims he will coach Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no ...

Love withdraws from Team USA

Jul 27, 2014

Love withdraws from Team USA

Kevin Love still doesn’t know where he will play next season, his NBA future hanging in the air while a seldom-used league rule complicates a potential trade to Cleveland. The only thing certain from a basketball standpoint for Love is that he won’t be ...

Jul 26, 2014

Wizards' Wall joins U.S. team roster

Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer’s World Cup of Basketball. The 19 players on the list will be trimmed to 12 for the tournament in Spain in late August. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake ...

Jul 26, 2014

FIBA set to review ban on headgear

Facing claims that Muslim and Sikh players are being discriminated against, basketball’s governing body will review its ban which prevents players wearing headgear for religious reasons. FIBA said Friday that its policy-making board will review the issue at an Aug. 27 meeting in Seville, ...

Jul 25, 2014

Veteran guard Murry joins Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry, a dependable backcourt leader for four bj-league franchises, has joined his fifth club in the fledgling circuit. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Thursday announced Murry had finalized a contract with the club for the 2014-15 season. The 193-cm Murry spent the past ...