Basketball Topics

LeBron motivated by 'ghost' of Jordan

LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan’s accomplishments. Now he’s chasing “the ghost” of arguably the greatest player in NBA history. Fresh off leading the Cavaliers to an NBA championship and bringing Cleveland its first title since 1964, James, in a story posted online by ...

Aug 5, 2016

Thunder give Westbrook $85.7 million, three-year contract extension

A month after Kevin Durant bolted for Golden State, All-Star guard Russell Westbrook signed a contract extension to stay in Oklahoma City. The team confirmed Thursday that Westbrook signed the extension. A person with direct knowledge of the terms said the two sides agreed ...

Aug 2, 2016

Stoudemire joins Hapoel Jerusalem on two-year deal

Amare Stoudemire isn’t done yet. After retiring from the NBA on July 26, Stoudemire signed a two-year contract Monday to play for Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem. Stoudemire says it was a very emotional decision for him and his family. The six-time NBA All-Star has ...

Team USA routs Nigeria in final Olympic tuneup

Aug 2, 2016

Team USA routs Nigeria in final Olympic tuneup

There were no bumps on this road to Rio. Next up for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team is the trip to Brazil, where the Americans think they can play even better now that they’re done having to go place to place. “As a ...

Wade reflects on move to Bulls

Jul 30, 2016

Wade reflects on move to Bulls

When Dwyane Wade was a free agent in 2010, he got a Chicago Bulls jersey when he met with his hometown team. He took it home, put it on and took a picture. Then he deleted it. He got another Bulls jersey Friday, and ...

Jefferson re-signs with Cavaliers for two years

Jul 29, 2016

Jefferson re-signs with Cavaliers for two years

Richard Jefferson’s planned retirement didn’t last long. The valuable veteran forward, who played a critical role in Cleveland winning an NBA championship this season, re-signed with the Cavaliers on Thursday. Shortly after the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Golden State ...

Jul 28, 2016

Mavericks boost Nowitzki's deal to $50 million

Dirk Nowitzki has signed his contract with Dallas, and a person with knowledge of the deal says it’s worth more than the original agreement. The 38-year-old star who has spent all 18 of his seasons with the Mavericks signed a two-year, $50 million contract ...

Stoudemire signs with Knicks, retires

Jul 27, 2016

Stoudemire signs with Knicks, retires

Amare Stoudemire’s greatest NBA success was in Phoenix, where as Steve Nash’s pick-and-roll partner he was one of the NBA’s most fearsome finishers. But he chose to leave the league as a member of the Knicks, the franchise that was mired in a lengthy ...

Cavs reward Lue with multiyear extension

Jul 26, 2016

Cavs reward Lue with multiyear extension

Along with a sparkling diamond ring, Tyronn Lue’s getting another reward for an NBA title. Cleveland’s easygoing coach has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the deal told AP. Lue, who took over when David Blatt was ...

Jordan gives $2 million to help build trust between blacks, cops

Jul 26, 2016

Jordan gives $2 million to help build trust between blacks, cops

Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement. The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner announced he is giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 ...

Jul 23, 2016

Warriors' Green settles assault case

Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay $560 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge. David Meyers, an attorney for the city, said the noise violation is not a criminal charge so no ...

Jul 19, 2016

Bucks' Plumlee gets four-year deal

Restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on what agent Mark Bartelstein said Monday is a four-year deal worth $52 million. The 211-cm Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games in 2015-16, his fourth season in ...