Basketball Topics

Jun 7, 2014

Jazz hire Synder as next head coach

The Utah Jazz announced Friday that they have hired Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons in Salt Lake City. Snyder most recently completed his first season as an assistant with ...

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

Jun 6, 2014

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

“Beat the Heat!” took on a whole new meaning in a sweltering start to the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs handled the conditions, and the team, and it sure helped when a suffering LeBron James couldn’t make it to the finish. Tim Duncan ...

Flip will coach Timberwolves

Jun 6, 2014

Flip will coach Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ best days came with Flip Saunders on the sideline. Now that the organization is shrouded in uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love, Saunders is returning to the bench to try to revive a franchise that hasn’t made ...

Healthy Wade eyes NBA title

Jun 4, 2014

Healthy Wade eyes NBA title

The last time Dwyane Wade played in an NBA Finals game, he needed fluid drained from his left knee and eight hours of intense game-day therapy just to get into uniform. The Miami Heat guard later described it in a single word. “Hell,” Wade ...

Jun 2, 2014

Former Nets owner Katz dies in accident

Lewis Katz, a self-made man who built his fortune in New York parking lots, billboards and cable TV, and went on to buy the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia Inquirer, died in a weekend plane crash. He ...

Spurs finish off Thunder despite losing Parker to injury

Jun 1, 2014

Spurs finish off Thunder despite losing Parker to injury

San Antonio fought off Father Time, the league MVP and an injury to its best player to return to the NBA Finals. The Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to set ...

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

May 31, 2014

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers. Then came the playoffs. And the question was answered — emphatically. The Heat became the third franchise in ...

Ballmer offers $2B; Sterling sues

May 31, 2014

Ballmer offers $2B; Sterling sues

The NBA canceled a hearing to oust Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on a record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The league announced the move ...

Duncan, Spurs hammer Thunder, take 3-2 series lead

May 30, 2014

Duncan, Spurs hammer Thunder, take 3-2 series lead

Back at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs. Now they can clinch their return to the NBA Finals on the road, where they are the ones taking the beatings in these wacky Western Conference finals. “This is the craziest series I’ve ...

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

May 29, 2014

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers’ season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami’s late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff ...

Thunder level series

May 28, 2014

Thunder level series

Russell Westbrook delivered a championship-caliber effort Tuesday to get the Oklahoma City Thunder back on level terms in the Western Conference finals. Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in a 105-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 that leveled the ...