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NBA star Curry wows Japanese fans on flying visit


Stephen Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years last season, made his first visit to Japan on Friday — even though he was only here for around 24 hours — and greeted enthusiastic local hoop fans. “This my first time in Japan. ...

Aug 26, 2015

NBA fines Clippers for Jordan pitch

The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month. The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a ...

Aug 20, 2015

Duncan receives Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

Tim Duncan has given up millions in salary to give the San Antonio Spurs the cap space needed to re-sign teammates and add players such as LaMarcus Aldridge. And Duncan has deferred offensively to teammates like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard despite averaging 19.5 ...

Aug 20, 2015

Sixers' Embiid to miss 2015-16 season

Joel Embiid will have to wait at least one more season to start his NBA career. Embiid, the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers center, is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. His recovery should take five to eight months, ...

Shaq insists a young MJ would beat LeBron one-on-one

Aug 18, 2015

Shaq insists a young MJ would beat LeBron one-on-one

Shaquille O’Neal weighed into basketball’s great debate on Tuesday when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one — but added that both were outshone by the legendary Dr. J. O’Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both ...

Aug 18, 2015

Kukoc back with Bulls as adviser

Toni Kukoc has been hired by the Chicago Bulls as a special adviser to the team president. Kukoc helped the Bulls win three championships. President Michael Reinsdorf says Kukoc’s duties will be “wide-ranging,” from relating to international players to talking to business partners and ...

Aug 18, 2015

Oden signs with Chinese team

Injury-plagued former No.1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden will try to relaunch his career in China after signing for the Jiangsu Dragons, U.S. reports said Monday. Oden, snapped up by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 draft, has signed a one-year deal worth ...

Saunders has 'treatable' lymphoma

Aug 12, 2015

Saunders has 'treatable' lymphoma

Flip Saunders had quite a challenge on his hands when he returned to Minnesota two years ago to take over the moribund Timberwolves. Just as it appeared the franchise was starting to turn the corner, a new challenge has presented itself. And he plans ...

Aug 11, 2015

Sterling sues TMZ, ex-girlfriend

Billionaire Donald Sterling sued celebrity website TMZ and an ex-girlfriend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling’s lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court accused TMZ and V. Stiviano of violating his ...

Aug 7, 2015

Jazz guard Exum tears ACL

The Utah Jazz say point guard Dante Exum suffered a torn ACL this week while playing for the Australian national team. The news release Thursday from the Jazz confirmed what was feared after Exum went down Tuesday. The 20-year-old was driving into the lane ...

Bryant drops retirement hint

Aug 5, 2015

Bryant drops retirement hint

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant hinted that next season may be his last on Tuesday after admitting it was “absolutely” possible he may finally call time on his glittering NBA career. The 36-year-old icon’s recent seasons have been disrupted by various injuries, but ...

NBA holds first exhibition in Africa

Aug 2, 2015

NBA holds first exhibition in Africa

The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday — starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got ...

Aug 1, 2015

Lieberman named Kings assistant

Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. Lieberman, 57, joins George Karl’s staff in the state capital just shy of a year ...