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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell Westbrook’s Complicated Homecoming

The N.B.A. star and native Angeleno is thriving back in the city where he grew up. Just don’t ask a Lakers fan.

#basketball, #fashion-and-apparel, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #westbrook-russell

Gene Shue, All-Star and Longtime N.B.A. Coach, Dies at 90

He had a seven-decade pro career, starting as a guard with the Pistons before coaching for 22 years, leading the Bullets and the 76ers to the finals.

#baltimore-bullets, #coaches-and-managers, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-pistons, #national-basketball-assn, #philadelphia-76ers, #shue-gene

As His CNN+ Show Debuts, Rex Chapman Fears His Own Success

With 1.2 million Twitter followers and a show debuting on CNN+, the former N.B.A. player appears to have an enviable life. But he’s haunted by what happened the last time he was famous.

#basketball, #cnn, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #kentucky, #love-kevin, #manhattan-nyc, #mcconnell-mitch, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #rex-chapman, #ruffin-amber, #social-media, #stiller-ben, #sudeikis-jason, #twitter, #university-of-kentucky

N.B.A. Basketball Returns to Chinese TV After a Long Absence

China Central Television stopped showing the games in 2019 after a Houston Rockets executive expressed support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

#basketball, #china, #china-central-television, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kanter-enes, #morey-daryl, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #silver-adam-1962, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #united-states

How Australia Became an NBA Point Guard Pipeline

The N.B.A. Global Academy has developed a reputation for training elite young passers, including Josh Giddey, the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft.

#australia, #australian-institute-of-sport, #basketball, #canberra-australia, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #giddey-josh-2002, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-global-academy

Enes Kanter Freedom and the Consequences of Speaking Out

Enes Kanter Freedom has condemned human rights abuses in Turkey for years. Now he claims the N.B.A. is blackballing him as he focuses on abuses in China.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #carlson-tucker, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fox-broadcasting-co, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #houston-rockets, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kaepernick-colin, #kanter-enes, #kasparov-garry, #lin-jeremy, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #stevens-brad-1976, #turkey, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #university-of-kentucky

As the N.B.A. Turns, the Phoenix Suns Keep Chugging Along

The uncertainty surrounding the Lakers and interpersonal dramas among the Sixers, Nets and others have obscured the Suns’ steady pursuit of the N.B.A.’s best record.

#basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #williams-monty

‘Winning Time’: When the NBA Went Pop

A new HBO drama chronicles the 1980s Lakers, whose fluid style and Hollywood flair changed the game and the culture. An N.B.A. writer takes account.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #basketball, #bird-larry, #boston-celtics, #buss-jerry, #home-box-office, #hughes-solomon-actor, #isaiah-quincy, #johnson-earvin, #los-angeles-lakers, #mckay-adam, #national-basketball-assn, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #nixon-devaughn, #television, #winning-time-the-rise-of-the-lakers-dynasty-tv-program

How Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game Changed the NBA

For the game’s 60th anniversary, two of Chamberlain’s teammates relived the night that was a touchstone for a transcendent athlete and the white-by-design N.B.A.

#attles-al-1936, #basketball, #chamberlain-wilt, #golden-state-warriors, #meschery-tom-1938, #national-basketball-assn, #philadelphia-warriors, #race-and-ethnicity, #records-and-achievements

Prospects Get a Taste of N.B.A. Life During All-Star Weekend

Members of a developmental team, the N.B.A. G League Ignite, some still in their teens, participated in the N.B.A.’s All-Star Weekend.

#all-star-games, #basketball, #cleveland-ohio, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-assn-development-league

Chinese Fans Create Unforgettable Nicknames for Olympic Athletes

The world’s most popular Olympians are household names. But to Chinese fans who delight in creating nicknames, they’re different characters entirely.

#beijing-china, #chinese-language, #fans-persons, #names-personal, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games-2022

Oscar-Nominated Film ‘The Queen of Basketball’: Lusia Harris and Her Legacy

Ms. Harris knew that basketball wouldn’t bring her the rewards it offered her male counterparts, but she loved the game. And she loved being great at it.

#academy-awards-oscars, #basketball, #basketball-college, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #harris-lusia-1955-2022, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #the-queen-of-basketball-movie, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation

Lakers Pass N.B.A. Trade Deadline Unchanged and Uncertain

For a team still searching for cohesion around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the buyout market may not be enough to vault into title contention.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

What to Expect from the Nets and the Knicks in the Second Half

Here are some of the questions looming over New York’s N.B.A. teams in the second half of the season.

#barrett-r-j-2000, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #brown-bruce-1996, #fournier-evan-1992, #griffin-blake, #irving-kyrie, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #new-york-knicks, #randle-julius, #rose-derrick, #thibodeau-tom, #walker-kemba

N.B.A.’s Warriors Disavow Part-Owner’s Uyghur Comments

The Golden State Warriors distanced themselves from a minority stakeholder, Chamath Palihapitiya, who said “nobody cares” about the Uyghurs, the ethnic group that has faced a deadly crackdown in China.

#basketball, #china, #golden-state-warriors, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-basketball-assn, #palihapitiya-chamath, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

Pelicans Choose to Remain Upbeat, Not Beaten Down

New Orleans guard Josh Hart is assembling his most complete pro season under a new coach who is relentlessly positive, and for a team that is still missing Zion Williamson.

#basketball, #green-willie-1981, #hart-josh-1995, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #williamson-zion-2000

How the N.B.A. Forgot Dwight Howard

Howard went from being a dominant defender “the world revolved around” to an overlooked sub on the Lakers. What happened?

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #houston-rockets, #howard-dwight, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #orlando-magic, #van-gundy-stan

How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

#baseball, #basketball, #blevins-tyler-1991, #charlotte-hornets, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cortez-jhay-singer, #detroit-lions, #e-sports, #fans-persons, #football, #fortnite-video-game, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nba-2k-video-game, #new-england-patriots, #overwatch-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youtube-com

As W.N.B.A. Players Call for Expansion, League Says Not Now

Many players and fans want bigger rosters and more teams, but the W.N.B.A. said it can’t “expand for expansion’s sake” without the money to support it.

#basketball, #brown-lexie-1994, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #collective-bargaining, #collier-napheesa-1996, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #ogwumike-nnemkadi, #organized-labor, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #taurasi-diana, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Amir Johnson Is More Than an Answer in N.B.A. Trivia

His name was the last on a list that included LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. But his biggest impact on basketball may be yet to come.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #detroit-pistons, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #interscholastic-athletics, #johnson-amir-1987, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-assn-development-league

Sam Jones, Sharpshooting Celtics Star of the 1960s, Dies at 88

A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in N.B.A. history and played on 10 N.B.A. championship teams.

#auerbach-red, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #deaths-obituaries, #jones-sam-1933-2021, #national-basketball-assn

‘Every Hooper’s Dream’: N.B.A. Hopefuls Get Their Chance During Crisis

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has depleted several N.B.A. rosters, leading teams to call on lower-level pros and former stars to fill in. But that also has its risks.

#barber-cat-1994, #basketball, #brown-charlie-jr-1997, #cheatham-zylan-1995, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-joe-1981, #monroe-greg-1990, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-assn-development-league, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #weatherspoon-quinndary-1996

For the Warriors and the Suns, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Playoffs

In a close game, with Stephen Curry scoring 33 points, Golden State and Phoenix offered what seemed like a preview of the Western Conference finals.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #kerr-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-suns

What Is a Foul in the NBA? It’s Always Evolving

The N.B.A. foul is never set in stone. As players reinvent the game, the officiating changes, too.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #officiating-sports, #sports-injuries

The N.B.A.’s Early Story Lines: Missing Stars, Big-Time Bulls, Jokic

The Chicago Bulls have stood out for their surprising success on the court. But three stars have been in the spotlight without ever taking a shot.

#ball-lonzo-1997, #basketball, #caruso-alex-1994, #chicago-bulls, #denver-nuggets, #derozan-demar, #jokic-nikola-1995, #lavine-zach, #national-basketball-assn, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #wall-john, #williamson-zion-2000

N.B.A.’s Adam Silver Says Christmas Games Will Go On

A day after the N.H.L. announced a pause in its schedule, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said the responsible thing for his league was to play and “learn to live with” the virus.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #english-premier-league, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #silver-adam-1962

Postponed Games and Increased Testing as Covid Continues to Impact Athletes and Teams

The N.B.A. and N.H.L. announced a new round of game postponements, and the N.F.L. again adjusted its testing policies, as a Covid-19 surge continued to dog athletes.

#cleveland-browns, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #football, #goodell-roger, #los-angeles-rams, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #tests-medical, #tretter-j-c-1991, #vaccination-and-immunization

Kyrie Irving Returns to the Brooklyn Nets, Part Time

Irving remains unvaccinated. He will be eligible to play only road games, except those against the Knicks and the Toronto Raptors.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

He Thought He Made N.B.A. History. All He Got Was 3 Points.

The N.B.A. introduced the 3-point shot in the 1979-80 season. Six players made 3s opening night, and for a decade, Kevin Grevey thought he’d made the first.

#american-basketball-assn, #barry-rick, #basketball, #boone-pat, #curry-stephen, #ford-chris-1949, #grevey-kevin, #national-basketball-assn, #records-and-achievements, #tomjanovich-rudy, #washington-bullets

McCollum on Simmons Trade Rumors, Vaccines and Blazers Firing

Portland guard CJ McCollum is facing challenges both personal and professional in his first year as president of the players’ union. “It’s the life I chose,” he said.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #basketball, #black-people, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mccollum-c-j, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #olshey-neil, #organized-labor, #portland-trail-blazers, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

Lakers Search for Answers, With and Without LeBron James

James could miss multiple games because of coronavirus protocols, but the Lakers have struggled even when he has played.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #sports-injuries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

The Teenagers Getting Six Figures to Leave Their High Schools for Basketball

The new pro league Overtime Elite is luring young phenoms with hefty salaries, viral success and — perhaps — a better path to the N.B.A.

#andreessen-horowitz, #basketball, #basketball-college, #drake-rapper, #national-basketball-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #overtime-elite-league, #student-athlete-compensation

Do Sports Still Need China?

Global outrage, broken contracts and shifting politics could change the calculus for leagues and teams that once raced to do business in China.

#china, #international-olympic-committee, #national-basketball-assn, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #womens-tennis-assn

Win Or Lose, the Knicks and Lakers Are Worth Billions

Sports franchise valuations are guesses, with few data points for comparison. But prestige franchises like these can defy all calculations.

#basketball, #cuban-mark, #los-angeles-lakers, #madison-square-garden, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #stadiums-and-arenas

A Mexico City Basketball Team With N.B.A. Dreams Makes a Home in Texas

The Mexico City Capitanes, playing away from home because of the pandemic, are the first G League team in Mexico and an important part of the N.B.A.’s international expansion.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #liga-nacional-de-baloncesto-profesional, #mexico-city-mexico, #mexico-city-capitanes, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas

What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

Sarver, who owns the N.B.A.’s Phoenix Suns and the W.N.B.A.’s Phoenix Mercury, has been accused of using racial slurs and making sexual and other inappropriate comments.

#basketball, #black-people, #discrimination, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert-1961, #watson-earl-1979, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

New Black N.B.A. Coaches Wonder Why It Took So Long to Get a Shot

The N.B.A.’s coaching ranks have long been dominated by white men, but a demand from Black players for more diversity may be changing things.

#basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #carlisle-rick, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #green-willie-1981, #hiring-and-promotion, #indiana-pacers, #minnesota-timberwolves, #mosley-jamahl, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #orlando-magic, #roberts-michele-a, #smart-marcus, #udoka-ime, #washington-wizards

His N.B.A. Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn’t Move His Legs.

A mysterious illness on the eve of the 2019 N.B.A. draft derailed Kris Wilkes’s hopes of going pro. As he heals, he’s not giving up hope.

#basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #national-basketball-assn, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wilkes-kris

Celtics Games Are Pulled in China After Enes Kanter’s Pro-Tibet Posts

The Boston center called China’s leader, Xi Jinping, a “brutal dictator” on social media, igniting an online backlash in the country. The N.B.A.’s online partner stopped streaming the team’s games.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #china, #dalai-lama, #houston-rockets, #kanter-enes, #morey-daryl, #national-basketball-assn, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #tibet

N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: The Bucks Aren’t Finished Yet

The Bucks might be better, while the Sixers and Nets are playing wait-and-see with key stars. The Eastern Conference could play out in several ways.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #atlanta-hawks, #ball-lamelo, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #charlotte-hornets, #chicago-bulls, #cleveland-cavaliers, #derozan-demar, #detroit-pistons, #durant-kevin, #embiid-joel, #harden-james, #indiana-pacers, #irving-kyrie, #miami-heat, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #orlando-magic, #philadelphia-76ers, #randle-julius, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #toronto-raptors, #washington-wizards

Rucker Park, a Basketball Mecca, Gets New Life

Rucker Park in Harlem has been a proving ground for amateurs and professionals for generations. “We don’t come there giving you roses,” one player said. “You got to earn it.”

#area-planning-and-renewal, #asap-ferg, #basketball, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #philanthropy, #playgrounds, #roberts-michele-a, #rucker-holcombe-park-harlem-ny

18 Former N.B.A. Players Charged With Insurance Fraud

Federal prosecutors said Terrence Williams, who once played for the New Jersey Nets, had orchestrated a scheme that led to the filing of nearly $4 million in fraudulent medical claims.

#basketball, #davis-glen-1986, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #national-basketball-assn, #williams-terrence-d