New York State Convicted Him. Now It’s Made Him a Weed Pioneer.

Roland Conner became the first person with a criminal conviction to open a licensed cannabis dispensary in New York with the state’s help.

#dormitory-authority, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #marijuana, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #start-ups

NBA Has Sharp Rise in 50-Point Games

Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points in a game this week was the top mark since 2006, but a rise in offense (and a lack of defense) has made high-scoring games a routine affair.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #doncic-luka-1999, #mitchell-donovan-jr-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #thompson-klay

With Suns Deal, Mat Ishbia Is Close to His Basketball Dream

Mat Ishbia was a walk on at Michigan State 20 years ago before he became a wealthy businessman. His $4 billion deal to buy the Phoenix Suns could help him live his sports dream.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #athletics-and-sports, #atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #basketball-college, #cleveland-cavaliers, #content-type-personal-profile, #denver-broncos, #gilbert-dan-1962, #griner-brittney, #ishbia-mat, #izzo-tom, #lasry-alex, #loeffler-kelly-l, #michigan-state-university, #milwaukee-bucks, #mortgages, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert-1961, #warnock-raphael-g, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Mat Ishbia to Acquire Phoenix Suns and Mercury For $4 Billion

Ishbia, the chief executive of United Wholesale Mortgage, would replace Robert Sarver as the majority owner. Sarver was pushed to sell amid a misconduct scandal.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #discrimination, #ishbia-mat, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Griner’s Detention Showed the Strength and the Struggle in Women’s Sports

The W.N.B.A.’s players and fans pushed furiously for Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian penal colony, but her plight also highlighted gender inequities in sports.

#basketball, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hashish, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #marijuana, #minnesota-lynx, #national-basketball-assn, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smuggling, #ummc-yekaterinburg, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Kyrie Irving’s Suspension is Lifted, Expected to Return to Nets

In his first news conference since his suspension began, Irving said he doesn’t stand for “anything close to hate speech or antisemitism.”

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn

Kyrie Irving, Kanye West and the Problem of Black Antisemitism

Blacks and Jews have competed, quarreled, and jostled with each other to gain attention and empathy for our struggles and the injustices we confront.

#anti-semitism, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #west-kanye

Kyrie Irving Could Return to the Nets Soon. A Top Jewish Leader Still Hopes to Meet Him.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, was contacted by the Nets after Irving was suspended after highlighting an antisemitic film. On Thursday, Greenblatt said he had yet to speak with Irving directly.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #greenblatt-jonathan-1970, #irving-kyrie, #marks-sean-1975, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #tsai-joseph-c

What’s Next for Kyrie Irving’s Career?

Irving’s antisemitic movie post is his biggest controversy yet. But the potential fallout could affect not just his basketball career but the N.B.A. itself.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #cleveland-cavaliers, #conspiracy-theories, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #duke-university, #garner-eric, #hate-speech, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #native-americans, #nike-inc, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #silver-adam-1962, #st-patrick-high-school-academy-elizabeth-nj, #tsai-joseph-c, #vaccination-and-immunization

Jane Gross, Sportswriter Who Opened Locker Room Doors, Dies at 75

She made news by entering a pro basketball inner sanctum to do her job. Years later, her mother’s physical decline led her to write about aging for The Times and in a book.

#athletics-and-sports, #deaths-obituaries, #elder-care, #gross-jane, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newsday, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Nets Name Jacque Vaughn as Head Coach

Vaughn, an assistant coach, had been filling in since the team fired Steve Nash last week. Guard Kyrie Irving, who promoted an antisemitic movie on Twitter, remains suspended.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #coaches-and-managers, #irving-kyrie, #marks-sean-1975, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #udoka-ime, #vaughn-jacque, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What to Know About Kyrie Irving’s Antisemitic Movie Post and the Fallout

Irving, the Nets guard, has faced backlash since he promoted an antisemitic film on social media last month.

#amazon-com-inc, #anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #black-people, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #hate-speech, #irving-kyrie, #jews-and-judaism, #marks-sean-1975, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #nike-inc, #rolling-stone, #silver-adam-1962, #social-media, #tsai-joseph-c, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Nets Say Kyrie Irving’s Apology Isn’t Enough to End Suspension

Irving was suspended indefinitely after he would not say he did not have antisemitic beliefs. The Nets want him to speak to Jewish leaders before returning.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #apologies, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #jews-and-judaism, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #social-media, #tsai-joseph-c, #vaughn-jacque, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Nets Suspend Kyrie Irving Indefinitely After Antisemitic Movie Post

Irving posted a link to an antisemitic movie last week but has declined to apologize. His suspension will last at least five games.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #fines-penalties, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #jews-and-judaism, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #social-media, #tsai-joseph-c, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

What to Know About the New NBA Season

Much of the conversation around the league the past few months hasn’t been about basketball.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #coaches-and-managers, #davis-anthony-1993, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fines-penalties, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #kerr-steve, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #mullin-chris-1963, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #parker-candace, #paypal, #phoenix-suns, #poole-jordan-1999, #sarver-robert-1961, #silver-adam-1962, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #trades-sports, #udoka-ime, #westbrook-russell, #williamson-zion-2000, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

NBA Season Preview: The Nets and the Lakers Are the Wild Cards

Newly healthy stars and rising young players could shift the power dynamics in both conferences. But if the Nets and the Lakers can recover from off-season drama, they may be the teams to beat.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #charlotte-hornets, #chicago-bulls, #cleveland-cavaliers, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #denver-nuggets, #detroit-pistons, #doncic-luka-1999, #durant-kevin, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #houston-rockets, #indiana-pacers, #jokic-nikola-1995, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #miami-heat, #milwaukee-bucks, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #new-york-knicks, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #orlando-magic, #philadelphia-76ers, #phoenix-suns, #portland-trail-blazers, #sacramento-kings, #san-antonio-spurs, #toronto-raptors, #utah-jazz, #washington-wizards, #westbrook-russell

Victor Wembanyama Has Always Done Things Differently

Wembanyama, an 18-year-old with an eight-foot wingspan, will almost certainly be the top pick in next year’s N.B.A. draft. He’s been preparing for the moment for years.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #france, #national-basketball-assn, #wembanyama-victor

Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics Coach, Suspended for 2022-23 Season

The team said Udoka violated unspecified team policies. He led Boston to the N.B.A. finals last season, his first as a head coach.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #coaches-and-managers, #national-basketball-assn, #udoka-ime, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Robert Sarver to Tell Phoenix Suns and Mercury Teams Amid Scandal

Robert Sarver, the majority owner of the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. teams in Phoenix, had been fined $10 million and suspended for using racist slurs and mistreating employees for years.

#basketball, #fines-penalties, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert-1961, #tremaglio-tamika, #womens-national-basketball-assn

War and Griner’s Arrest Don’t Deter U.S. Men From Russian Basketball

While American female basketball players have largely stayed away from Russia, dozens of American men have sought pay and career development in the country.

#basketball, #euroleague, #griner-brittney, #national-basketball-assn, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ummc-yekaterinburg, #womens-national-basketball-assn

NBA Fines and Suspends Phoenix Suns Owner Robert Sarver

An investigation found that the owner, Robert Sarver, had used racial slurs and treated female employees inequitably. The N.B.A. fined Sarver $10 million.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert, #silver-adam-1962, #womens-national-basketball-assn

In Harlem, Detroit Natives Find a Love That Feels Like Home

Mike Taylor Jr. said Celeste Northern was “the Detroit girl I had always been looking for.” The two began dating after they both relocated to New York City.

#basketball, #detroit-mich, #national-basketball-assn, #weddings-and-engagements

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

Why Big Tech Is Making a Big Play for Live Sports

Competing for rights to broadcast games from the N.F.L. and other leagues could be hard for broadcast and cable companies that “aren’t playing by the same financial rules.”

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #apple-tv-plus, #athletics-and-sports, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #football, #formula-one, #iger-robert-a, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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

We Are B.G.

Where is the groundswell of support, demanding that Brittney Griner be brought home now?

#bout-viktor, #cherelle-griner, #griner-brittney, #james-lebron, #national-basketball-assn, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #u-m-m-c-ekaterinburg, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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