Vanessa Bryant Is Suing L.A. County Over Kobe Bryant Crash Photos: What to Know

Bryant, whose husband and daughter died in a 2020 helicopter crash, said county employees shared photos of human remains from the crash, causing her emotional distress.

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Sue Bird Became the Legend She Needed: ‘There Was No Real Path’

Bird, the Seattle Storm point guard, is retiring as the W.N.B.A.’s career leader in assists — and no one else in the game is even close.

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Brittney Griner’s Tearful WNBA Teammates Play On After Her Conviction

Brittney Griner, the Phoenix Mercury star, was convicted on drug charges in Russia. Hours later, her teammates had a game. “Nobody even wanted to play today,” one said.

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Why Brittney Griner and Other Athletes Choose Cannabis for Pain

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star detained in Russia on drug charges, is one of many athletes who have said cannabis helps with sports injuries. But it is banned by sports leagues and illegal in many places.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #football, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #major-league-baseball, #marijuana, #monroe-eugene-1987, #national-basketball-assn, #national-hockey-league, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #tests-drug-use, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Bill Russell’s Words Were Worth the Wait

In wit and wisdom, Russell left an impression with his gravelly voice. “It wasn’t like he tried to impress you with big words,” said one recipient of his advice.

#auerbach-red, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #coaches-and-managers, #national-basketball-assn, #russell-william-felton-1934

Bill Russell Paved the Way for Black Coaches to Defy Doubters

When getting hired as a Black coach seemed “far-fetched,” as one coach said, Russell showed that it could be done — and that it could lead to championships.

#athletics-and-sports, #auerbach-red, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #national-basketball-assn, #russell-william-felton-1934

Among Pro Athletes, Bill Russell Was a Pioneering Activist

Russell marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke out against segregation in Boston public schools and backed Muhammad Ali in his opposition to the Vietnam War.

#ali-muhammad, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-mass, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #evers-medgar, #haywood-spencer-1949, #king-martin-luther-jr, #lee-spike, #national-basketball-assn, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #russell-william-felton-1934, #sharpton-al

Bill Russell Hailed Across Basketball Generations

Magic Johnson said the Celtics great was his idol. Michael Jordan called him a pioneer. Jaylen Brown called him one of the greatest athletes ever.

#basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #russell-william-felton-1934

Bill Russell, Who Led the Celtics to 11 Championships, Dies at 88

A Hall of Fame center whose former coach, Red Auerbach, called “the single most devastating force in the history of the game.”

#auerbach-red, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-and-obituaries, #nba-championship, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #russell-william-felton-1934

Brittney Griner’s Lawyers Argue for Leniency in Russian Court

The W.N.B.A. star had not intended to smuggle narcotics into Russia, her legal team said, adding that, like many other international athletes, she had used cannabis to help ease pain from injuries.

#basketball, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #griner-brittney, #law-and-legislation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations

NBA Campaign to Free Brittney Griner Is Mostly Low Key

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, has been detained in Russia since February. The N.B.A., which founded the women’s league in 1996, has said it is working behind the scenes to help Griner.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-suns, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Brittney Griner’s Supporters Hold Steady After Guilty Plea

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, pleaded guilty to drug charges in Russia on Thursday. But her supporters are still determined to fight to bring her home.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #engelbert-catherine, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #jackson-terri-carmichael, #political-prisoners, #sharpton-al, #united-states-politics-and-government

Brittney Griner’s Trial Resumes in Russia

Sergei A. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said that publicity around the basketball player’s case was not helping her interests. U.S. officials said she was essentially a hostage.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #russia, #ukraine, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Biden Speaks to Cherelle Griner About Brittney Griner’s Detention in Russia

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris told Cherelle Griner they would pursue “every avenue” to bring her wife, Brittney Griner, home from Russia.

#basketball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #griner-brittney, #griner-cherelle, #harris-kamala-d, #hashish, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Brittney Griner Became a Political Pawn

Growing public pressure to free the W.N.B.A. star, who has been detained in Russia for months, comes with risks.

#audio-neutral-informative, #basketball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #griner-brittney, #moscow-russia, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Brittney Griner to Biden: ‘I’m Terrified I Might Be Here Forever.’

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, sent a letter to President Biden on Monday, asking him to help free her from prison in Russia. She has been in custody since February.

#basketball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government

Brittney Griner Trial Likely to End in Conviction, Experts Say

Courts in Russia heavily favor the prosecution, experts said, pointing to a prisoner swap as perhaps the W.N.B.A. star’s best chance to come home.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #political-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

NBA Draft: Paolo Banchero Goes No. 1 to Orlando Magic

Banchero, a forward from Duke, helped his team reach the Final Four this past season. Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren went to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2.

#banchero-paolo-2002, #basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #holmgren-chet, #houston-rockets, #national-basketball-assn, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #orlando-magic, #smith-jabari-2003

Title IX 50th Anniversary: We Need a New Deal for Women’s Sports

We must dismantle the grandfathered-in systemic advantages that male athletes and male-dominated sports infrastructures continue to enjoy.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #basketball-college, #coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #education, #exercise, #figure-skating, #football, #football-college, #gymnastics, #interscholastic-athletics, #lee-sunisa-2003, #men-and-boys, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #osaka-naomi-1997, #ratings-audience-measurement, #soccer, #social-media, #staley-dawn, #student-athlete-compensation, #television, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #women-and-girls

He Saw. He Believed. Now He Can Be an N.B.A. Star.

The former Duke center Mark Williams is expected to be picked at the N.B.A. draft this week. He’s quickly learning what going pro really means.

#basketball, #basketball-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #duke-university, #national-basketball-assn, #williams-elizabeth-o-1993, #williams-mark-2001

Stephen Curry Left His Critics With Nothing Else to Say

Four N.B.A. championships. Two Most Valuable Player Awards. And yes, a finals M.V.P. Golden State’s Curry has nothing else to prove.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #kerr-steve, #looney-kevon-1996, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #smart-marcus, #sports-injuries, #wiggins-andrew

Golden State Beats Boston Celtics to Win NBA Championship

It’s the fourth championship in eight seasons for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

Moscow Court Brittney Griner Held in Jail for Another 18 Days

The American basketball star was arrested in February in a Russian airport amid tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and attempts to win her release have repeatedly failed.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #moscow-russia, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The Art World Loves Basketballs. And Hoops and Jerseys and Backboards.

Fine art inspired by the sport is everywhere. One gallery filled nearly 5,000 square feet, and its curator said she “could do a Part 2 and Part 3 because there is that much work out there.”

#arsham-daniel, #art, #basketball, #eisenberg-martin, #fordjour-derek-1974, #hammons-david, #hayden-hugh-1983, #hendricks-barkley-l, #kuo-andrew-1977

The Celtics Stopped Stephen Curry. Everyone Else Made Them Pay.

For the first time in a long time, Golden State’s Curry couldn’t hit a single 3-pointer. His teammates had better luck with their shots.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #kerr-steve, #nba-championship, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #poole-jordan-1999, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime, #wiggins-andrew

Brittney Griner’s Team Meets With U.S. State Department Over Her Detention

The Phoenix Mercury were encouraged to continue their public campaign for the W.N.B.A. star’s release from Russia, where the U.S. government has said she has been “wrongfully detained.”

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Stephen Curry Is More Human, and Brilliant, Than Ever

Golden State was good. Then too good. Then very, very bad. The worst. Back among the N.B.A. elite, Curry’s team has been humbled by the journey.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #curry-stephen, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

The Celtics Got Lucky by Not Getting What They Wanted

Other teams’ superstars kept getting traded, and the Celtics wanted in on the action. Boston (mostly) missed out, and is probably better off for it.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #trades-sports

From Santo Domingo to the N.B.A. Finals, Al Horford Is at Home

Horford, the Boston Celtics center, is the first Dominican player in the N.B.A. finals. With the way he’s competing, it’s hard to tell he hasn’t been here before.

#atkinson-kenny-1967, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #trades-sports

Stephen Curry’s 43 Points Help Golden State Beat Celtics in NBA Finals

Golden State desperately needed a win after losing two of the first three games in the N.B.A. finals. Curry’s 43 points on Friday got it done.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #thompson-klay, #wiggins-andrew

Boston Celtics Withstand Stephen Curry’s 3-pointers for Game 3 Win

Golden State’s Curry had 31 points, including six 3-pointers, but Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had big games of their own for Boston.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #kerr-steve, #nba-championship, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #playoff-games, #porter-otto-jr-1993, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime

These Are Not Larry Bird’s Celtics. And That’s Just Fine.

Trips down memory lane have grown harder as Celtics greats pass away. But the new generation is carving a memorable path of its own.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #golden-state-warriors, #nba-championship, #walton-bill

Draymond Green Drags the Warriors Back Into the Fight

A fiery star tests some limits in carrying Golden State over Boston in Game 2.

#basketball, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship

Golden State Beats Boston Celtics in Game 2 of NBA Finals

After collapsing in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Golden State turned an early lead in Game 2 into a big-time victory to even the series.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #tatum-jayson-1998, #thompson-klay

Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise

Those close to Griner pursued a strategy of silence after her detention in Russia in February, hoping to avoid politicizing her case. Now they are amping up public pressure, with some of it aimed at President Biden.

#allred-colin, #basketball, #griner-brittney, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jackson-terri-carmichael, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #reed-trevor-1991, #silver-adam-1962, #staley-dawn, #united-states-international-relations, #whelan-paul-n, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Golden State Headed to NBA Finals After Beating Dallas Mavericks

After injuries contributed to the end of a streak of five straight finals runs, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are back.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #kerr-steve, #playoff-games, #thompson-klay

Anybody Can Dribble a Basketball. But Few Can Do It Like This.

Three elite dribblers of the past — God Shammgod, Tim Hardaway and Oscar Robertson — share their secrets, and name their favorites now.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #hardaway-tim, #irving-kyrie, #morant-ja-1999, #paul-chris-1985, #robertson-oscar, #shammgod-god

Celtics Coach Ime Udoka’s Journey from FedEx to the Top Job

Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka struggled to catch on in the N.B.A. as a player. But once he did, he leveraged his experience to become a leader on the sideline.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #coaches-and-managers, #portland-ore, #udoka-ime

Liz Cambage Is Done ‘Living Someone Else’s Dream’

The W.N.B.A. star is outspoken, confident and, finally, where she wants to be: in Los Angeles, playing for the Sparks.

#basketball, #cambage-liz-1991, #dallas-wings, #fisher-derek-1974, #las-vegas-aces, #los-angeles-sparks, #tulsa-shock

Why Brittney Griner Could Be the Last American Basketball Star in Russia

The atrocities of the war in Ukraine and Griner’s detention in Russia on drug charges could cut off a lucrative pipeline for women’s basketball players.

#basketball, #deripaska-oleg-v, #engelbert-catherine, #griner-brittney, #phoenix-mercury, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #ummc-yekaterinburg, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #yekaterinburg-russia

Brittney Griner Was ‘Wrongfully Detained’, U.S. Government Says

The State Department went public with its push to negotiate Griner’s release from custody in Russia, where she has been held on drug charges since February.

#basketball, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Trae Young, Your Hair Is a Magnificent Unsolved Mystery

The complex ’do of the Hawks player has been debated, dissed and memed. But our critic pays respect to its “confusion, awe and strength.”

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #hair, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #young-trae-1998

The Nets and the Lakers Did Not Win. But Superteams Never Die.

The stars did not align in Brooklyn or Los Angeles this time, but it’s certain that someone will try again. Kyrie Irving is already making plans.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

Nets Eliminated by Celtics in NBA Playoffs

The early playoff exit was a stunning end to a season that began with championship dreams behind Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #nash-steve, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime

Golden State’s Playoff Reappearance Doesn’t Quite Feel Like Old Times

The heart of the roster — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — is back in the N.B.A. playoffs, a world away from Oakland, the team’s soul.

#basketball, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-basketball-assn, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #playoff-games, #san-francisco-calif, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thompson-klay

Stephen Curry Returns, and Golden State Beats the Nuggets

Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State’s championship core, are back together in the postseason for the first time since 2019.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #denver-nuggets, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #iguodala-andre, #jokic-nikola-1995, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

N.B.A. Playoffs Preview: Good Luck Predicting Anything

The Suns have dominated, and the Bucks are the reigning champions. But the Grizzlies, Celtics, Sixers, Nets, Heat and Golden State all have a real shot to win.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

How it Feels to Watch Ja Morant Fly: ‘A Magician Up There’

An aerial artist. A skateboarder. A BMX rider. A skydiving instructor. They all see parallels between what they do and what Morant does when he dunks in the N.B.A.

#basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #playoff-games, #skateboarding

Nets Beat Cavaliers in Play-In and Will Face Celtics Next

For three quarters, the Nets again showed their best side. A matchup against the Celtics in the playoffs will require a more complete effort.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn

Karl-Anthony Towns and the ‘Swaggy’ Timberwolves Are Ready

Towns, the Timberwolves center, said he’s never doubted himself and now he has the right team behind him. “Whatever it takes to win, we will do as a team,” he said.

#basketball, #beverley-patrick-1988, #minnesota-timberwolves, #playoff-games, #towns-karl-anthony