It’s a New Series as the Injury Bug Returns to Bite the Nets

The Bucks tied their playoff series with the Nets, 2-2, as Kyrie Irving left with an injured ankle, joining James Harden on the Brooklyn sideline.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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FIBA President Hamane Niang Steps Aside Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

Hamane Niang, the leader of basketball’s global governing body known as FIBA, led Mali’s federation at a time of systemic exploitation of female players, activists say. FIBA announced an investigation.

#africa, #athletics-and-sports, #bamako-mali, #coaches-and-managers, #hamane-niang, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2012, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #world-cup-basketball

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N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

#assaults, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thomas-isaiah-1989

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The N.B.A. Playoffs Yield Several Injured Stars and No Clear Favorite

Last year’s finalists are out, but concerns about stars like James Harden, Chris Paul and Joel Embiid make it hard to determine which teams will take their places.

#basketball, #conley-mike-jr-1987, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #embiid-joel, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #murray-jamal-1997, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #american-airlines, #appeals-courts-us, #apple-inc, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #austin-ind, #brewer-jan, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dell-inc, #dell-michael-s, #discrimination, #fort-worth-tex, #fuqua-antoine, #georgia, #hewlett-packard-company, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #houston-tex, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #pence-mike, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #women-and-girls

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Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

W.N.B.A. commissioner Cathy Engelbert on closing the gender gap in sports.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Chris Paul Won’t Be Kept Off the Court

His coach had been inclined to sideline him as he deals with a shoulder injury. But he talked his way into the lineup and helped Phoenix tie its series with the Lakers.

#basketball, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #williams-monty

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Celtics Fan Arrested After Kyrie Irving Is Nearly Hit by Bottle

Irving, who was walking into an arena tunnel when he was almost hit, had recently asked fans not to be belligerent or racist when the Nets traveled to Boston.

#boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #fans-persons, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

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Celtics Fan Arrested After Nets’ Kyrie Irving Nearly Hit By Bottle

Irving, who was walking into an arena tunnel when he was almost hit, had recently asked fans not to be belligerent or racist when the Nets traveled to Boston.

#boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #fans-persons, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

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Ugly N.B.A. Fan Behavior Is Back With Popcorn Toss and Spitting Incident

Inappropriate behavior by fans toward Washington’s Russell Westbrook and Atlanta’s Trae Young has highlighted a pitfall in the return to packed arenas for the playoffs.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #philadelphia-76ers, #stadiums-and-arenas, #utah-jazz, #washington-wizards, #westbrook-russell, #young-trae-1998

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John Cena Apologizes to China for Calling Taiwan a Country

Mr. Cena, a star of the newest “Fast and Furious” movie, posted a video apology in Mandarin, saying, “I’m really sorry. You have to understand that I love and respect China.”

#cena-john, #china, #f9-the-fast-saga-movie, #hong-kong, #movies, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes

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These N.B.A. Playoffs Burst 2020’s Bubble

The confined, roiled 2020 N.B.A. playoffs reflected their times. So, too, do this year’s celebratory games.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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The Nets’ Starters Are Back Together. And So Are the Fans.

Over 14,000 fans attended Game 1 of the Nets-Celtics series as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Blake Griffin and Joe Harris started together for the first time this season.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #griffin-blake, #harden-james, #harris-joe-1991, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #walker-kemba

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Why Being a Knicks Fan Hurts So Good

Knicks fans used to disappointment are now reveling in a season of joy. “God forbid, if we win, we are going to burn this city down,” one famous fan said.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #new-york-city, #new-york-knicks, #playoff-games

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Why Coronavirus May Be The NBA’s Toughest Playoff Matchup

There’s no bubble for the postseason, and players don’t have to get vaccinated. Some players have lingering effects from infections. The league acknowledged that it is “worried” others will get sick, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #tatum-jayson-1998, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Phoenix Suns Are Chris Paul’s Latest Project

Paul is pulled in many directions — acting, training, arguing with referees — but now he has his eyes set on winning a championship with the Suns.

#basketball, #houston-rockets, #los-angeles-clippers, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #roberts-michele-a, #wake-forest-university

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Marv Albert, Hall of Fame N.B.A. Sportscaster, Is Retiring

Albert, who turns 80 in June, will call his last game in the Eastern Conference finals.

#albert-marv, #athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #radio, #television

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For Jrue Holiday, It’s a Good Game When His Wife Says So

The pressure is on as the Bucks head to the N.B.A. playoffs, but Holiday has somebody at home who understands competition: his wife, Lauren, who faced high expectations on the U.S. national soccer team.

#basketball, #holiday-jrue, #holiday-lauren, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #united-states-womens-national-soccer-team, #university-of-california-los-angeles

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How ‘Put That on Top Shot!’ Became a New N.B.A. Mantra

Professional basketball players are buying and selling digital video highlights while preaching the tech industry’s cryptocurrency gospel.

#barnes-harrison, #computers-and-the-internet, #dapper-labs-inc, #e-commerce, #gobert-rudy-1992, #haliburton-tyrese, #hield-buddy-1992, #iguodala-andre, #national-basketball-assn, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Kevin Garnett’s Prep-to-Pros Jump Changed the N.B.A.

Garnett was widely doubted before he was drafted, but over more than 20 years in the league he reset the limits for N.B.A. big men and made a case for the Hall of Fame.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #boston-celtics, #garnett-kevin, #halls-of-fame, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn

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The N.B.A.’s Play-In Tournament Isn’t the Problem

Though stars like LeBron James and Luka Doncic have complained about the pre-playoff hurdle, the stress of the play-in matters less than injuries and the compressed season.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuban-mark, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #doncic-luka-1999, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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Regular People Keep Challenging N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. Players

There’s confidence, and then there’s thinking you can beat one of the 500 (N.B.A.) or 150 (W.N.B.A.) best basketball players in the world.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-basketball-assn, #scalabrine-brian, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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‘Do I Really Belong Here?’: Korean Americans in the N.B.A. Wonder

A small network of Korean Americans working throughout basketball are helping one another grow professionally and feel understood personally, while hoping to add to their ranks.

#asian-americans, #basketball, #korean-americans, #national-basketball-assn, #portland-trail-blazers

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Bobby Leonard, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Dies at 88

He coached the Indiana Pacers for 12 seasons and took them to three A.B.A. titles. The governor of Indiana called him “the embodiment of basketball.”

#american-basketball-assn, #basketball, #basketball-college, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #indiana-pacers, #indiana-state-university, #leonard-bobby-1932-2021, #national-basketball-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men

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Stephen Curry Passes Wilt Chamberlain as Warriors Scoring Leader

Players must be great to set their franchise’s career scoring record. But they also need to hang around.

#basketball, #chamberlain-wilt, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #malone-karl, #national-basketball-assn, #records-and-achievements

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The Nets Could Have Had It All With Dr. J

As great as today’s Nets look with their starry threesome, they could have dominated the N.B.A. much, much sooner — in the 1970s, behind Julius Erving.

#american-basketball-assn, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #erving-julius, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #loughery-kevin, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #national-basketball-assn, #philadelphia-76ers

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Alex Rodriguez Near Deal to Purchase Timberwolves and Lynx

Rodriguez and Marc Lore, an e-commerce billionaire, intend to keep the team in Minnesota, the current owner said.

#basketball, #lore-marc-1971, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #minnesota-lynx, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #rodriguez-alex, #taylor-glen, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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China’s Forced-Labor Backlash Threatens to Put N.B.A. in Unwanted Spotlight

Lucrative endorsements deals with Chinese sports brands supporting Xinjiang cotton could pull the league and its athletes back into another geopolitical firestorm.

#basketball, #china-central-television, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #golden-state-warriors, #houston-rockets, #international-relations, #morey-daryl, #national-basketball-assn, #thompson-klay, #wade-dwyane-1982

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In the Philippines, Everyone Knows Jordan Clarkson’s Name

Clarkson, who is Filipino-American, is having a career season with the Utah Jazz and drawing a new international fan base to the team.

#basketball, #filipino-americans, #jordan-clarkson, #manila-philippines, #national-basketball-assn, #utah-jazz

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N.B.A. Fines Kevin Durant for ‘Derogatory’ Social Media Spat

Michael Rapaport, an actor and podcast host, shared screenshots of a conversation in which Durant used homophobic and misogynistic language.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #instagram-inc, #national-basketball-assn, #rapaport-michael, #social-media, #twitter

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The Time Dad Locked Down Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor’s N.B.A. legacy will loom large in basketball history. But the time our columnist’s father managed to defend Baylor for a half became a cherished part of family lore.

#amateur-athletic-union, #basketball, #baylor-elgin, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-basketball-assn, #seattle-wash, #seattle-university, #university-of-idaho

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Elgin Baylor, Acrobatic N.B.A. Hall of Famer, Is Dead at 86

Foreshadowing the likes of Michael Jordan, he was a star with the glamorous Lakers and was voted to the all-N.B.A. team for the league’s first 50 years.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #baylor-elgin, #deaths-obituaries, #los-angeles-lakers, #minneapolis-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men

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No March Madness? For Those Headed to the N.B.A., That’s Just Fine.

The N.C.A.A. basketball tournament has sometimes been a great showcase for future N.B.A. talent, but history suggests that the biggest stage of college hoops isn’t a make-or-break deal for the pros.

#anthony-carmelo, #cunningham-cade-2001, #doncic-luka-1999, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #fultz-markelle-1998, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men

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Your N.B.A. Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Can fans attend all games? Will players be vaccinated? Was All-Star weekend safe? Read on to find out.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuban-mark, #embiid-joel, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Meyers Leonard Fined $50,000 and Suspended for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Miami Heat, said the slur while playing a video game on a public livestream.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

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One Year Later, Rudy Gobert Is at Peace. And Thriving.

The Utah Jazz center’s positive test for the coronavirus began a cascading shutdown of American sports. But with a huge new contract and a dominant team, he has moved on.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gobert-rudy-1992, #mitchell-donovan-jr-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #utah-jazz

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On the Road Again at All-Star Weekend

Plenty of stars expressed concern about playing in the All-Star Game, but it proved to be an important trip for Nikola Vucevic and for a columnist eager to resume traveling.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #toppin-obi, #vucevic-nikola-1990

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Meyers Leonard Will Be Away From Heat ‘Indefinitely’ After Use of Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, lost gaming sponsorships after a video emerged of him using the slur while playing a video game on the livestreaming site Twitch.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

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Meyers Leonard Apologizes for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, lost gaming sponsorships after a video emerged of him using the slur while playing a video game on the livestreaming site Twitch.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

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Video of Meyers Leonard Using an Anti-Semitic Slur on Twitch Surfaces

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, used the epithet while playing a video game.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

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Two Players Out of N.B.A. All-Star Game Because of Virus Protocols

Players were again questioning the decision to stage an exhibition amid the pandemic after Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers were ruled out of Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

#atlanta-ga, #basketball, #beal-bradley, #coronavirus-reopenings, #embiid-joel, #national-basketball-assn, #philadelphia-76ers, #rivers-doc, #silver-adam-1962, #simmons-benjamin-1996

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Why the Nets May Be the Most Feared Team in the N.B.A.

At the midpoint of the season, the Nets are clicking, whether or not all three of their big stars are on the floor. That’s good for them, and frightening for all other contenders.

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

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The Leon Rose Approach: Way Too Quiet, but Effective for Knicks (So Far)

As the team president for the past year, Rose has let the Knicks’ on-court flickers of progress do most of his talking.

#basketball, #lee-spike, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #rose-derrick, #rose-leon-1961, #toppin-obi

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N.B.A. Investigating After Jeremy Lin Said He Was Called ‘Coronavirus’

Lin, who is Taiwanese-American, said on social media that he had been called “coronavirus” on the court. He has been playing in the N.B.A.’s developmental league.

#asian-americans, #basketball, #discrimination, #golden-state-warriors, #lin-jeremy, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-association-g-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #taiwanese-americans

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N.B.A. Announces All-Star Game Plans Despite Player Objections

The game and three related events will happen over several hours on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, even though the city’s mayor and top players have expressed concern about the health risks.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #bottoms-keisha-lance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962

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NBA All Star Game Predictions: Picks and Snubs

The usual All-Star Game debates — who’s in, who’s out — have a new component this year during the coronavirus pandemic: Should the game happen at all?

#all-star-games, #anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #campazzo-facundo, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #national-basketball-assn, #utah-jazz

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Half the Team Had the Coronavirus. The Wizards Are Still Recovering.

An N.B.A. outbreak in January swept up the Washington Wizards, sending one player scrambling to the pharmacy and another off to a hotel for 11 days of video gaming to protect his pregnant wife.

#basketball, #beal-bradley, #bertans-davis-1992, #brooks-scott-1965, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantines, #sheppard-tommy-1969, #smith-ish, #washington-wizards

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NBA Says Teams Must Play the National Anthem

The announcement came after Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said he had told the team in November to stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games.

#basketball, #cuban-mark, #dallas-mavericks, #national-anthems, #national-basketball-assn

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In the N.B.A., Money Speaks Louder Than Stars

With tens of millions of dollars at stake, the All-Star Game is unlikely to be derailed by pushback from the league’s biggest stars about the health risks or the need for a break.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #bryant-kobe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #oneal-shaquille

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