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  • NBPA awards: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James headline award winners Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.(Photo: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Though all the NBA’s official awards were announced at the end of June, the National Basketball Players Association released their award winners, voted on by the players themselves, on Friday morning. Russell Westbrook earned MVP honors, just as he did earlier this summer at the league’s award show. Westbrook, known for his boundless energy and ...
  • NBA Roundup: US men’s basketball enters a new world _ without its stars United States' DeMarcus Cousins (12) celebrates a basket against Argentina during an exhibition basketball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable. When the U.S. men’s basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, “the red, white and who?” The Americans are cautiously entering a whole new basketball world, one in which not only are the best ...
  • NBA Roundup: Commissioner Adam Silver focuses on player rest, health with new NBA schedule FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens, making the announcement Tuesday evening, July 4, on The Players' Tribune site. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —-    In a 1,230-game NBA season, the league made significant changes aimed at giving players optimal rest and focusing on player health over six months. The NBA on Monday released its full schedule that begins on Oct. 17 with Boston at Cleveland and Houston and Golden State and ...
  • NBA schedule: Breaking down all the top games of the 2017-18 season -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    A brief glance at the NBA schedule, with a breakdown of the must-see games as seen by USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick. The champs and their victory lap Ring night: The Golden State Warriors are back on top of the NBA mountain, having won the title in two of the ...
  • NBA Roundup: Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will open their title defense by hosting Houston in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut on Oct. 17, the NBA’s earliest opening night in 37 years. Cleveland and Boston will play an Eastern Conference finals rematch earlier that night to begin the 2017-18 season, the league announced Thursday. The Warriors and ...
  • NBA Roundup: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers plan NBA regular season game in London -NBA-All-Star-Game-Jam-SessionLONDON (AP) — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will travel to London in January for a game at The O2 arena. The Sixers are the home team for the Jan. 11 game. Tickets for the NBA London Game 2018 game go on sale in October. The game will mark the NBA’s eighth regular-season game in London ...
  • NBA sent memo to teams about adding more rest into schedule -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports /USA Today Sports)    —-   NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made adding more rest into the schedule one of his missions, and this week the league sent a memo to teams outlining ways to make that happen. When the new seven-year deal was reached on the collective bargaining agreement in December, one of the key ...
  • NBA Roundup: Team World beats Team Africa in NBA Africa Game Team World's Jaylen Brown of Boston Celtics, gives away his shoes after playing the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, at the Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)(Photo: The Associated Press)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, leading Team World to a 108-97 victory over Team Africa on Saturday in the NBA Africa Game. Team World put away the NBA’s second exhibition in South Africa by scoring the final 10 points to win a ...
  • Top Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates for 2018: Ray Lewis highlights field Jason Taylor waves to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (Scott Heckel/The Canton Repository via AP)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — For several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2017, it was a time to campaign while celebrating. Terrell Davis wants more attention paid to the running game, and stronger hall consideration for running backs — something similar to this year, when both he and LaDainian Tomlinson were selected. Morten ...
  • NBA offseason grades: Which teams won the summer? Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Now that the majority of the NBA offseason is in the books and the basketball world begins to count the days until the 2017-18 campaign tips off, USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt, Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch give their summer grades for each team. Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks: B New Hawks general manager Travis ...
  • NBA Roundup: DeMarcus Cousins already saying he won’t talk about free agency / NBA News NBA--New-Orleans-Pelicans-Press-Conference(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   When they traded for DeMarcus Cousins at the All-Star break last season, the New Orleans Pelicans were hoping for a second-half push toward the playoffs. With Cousins, a 21-point, 11-rebound career player teaming with Anthony Davis and his 22-point, 10-rebound career average, it was a twin bigs tandem that could ...
  • NBA Roundup: Golden State Warriors bring back fan favorite JaVale McGee FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose drives down court during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Two people familiar with the negotiations say former MVP Derrick Rose is meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose is discussing a potential contract with Cleveland on Monday, July 24, 2017, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are keeping all three of their centers from a championship season, re-signing 7-footer JaVale McGee to a one-year deal Tuesday for the veteran minimum of about $2.3 million. McGee is a fan favorite for his ability to deliver on alley-oop dunks when Stephen Curry and the others find ...
  • NBA Roundup: Celtics sign free agent guard Shane Larkin ShaneLarkin_Nets2-660x400BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin. The deal was announced by the team on Monday. Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish ...
  • NBA Roundup: Los Angeles Lakers sign rookie C Thomas Bryant Apr 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) works for the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed rookie center Thomas Bryant after his promising performance for their Las Vegas summer league team. The Lakers announced the deal Sunday night. Los Angeles acquired Bryant on draft night from the Utah Jazz, who chose him with the 42nd overall pick. The 6-foot-10 Bryant averaged 12.6 points ...
  • NBA Roundup: Knicks, point guard Sessions agree to deal Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, right, smiles as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis walks off the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 115-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks and Ramon Sessions have agreed to a deal. The Knicks finally found the veteran point guard they were seeking by giving the well-traveled Sessions a one-year deal Friday worth $2.3 million. The person confirmed the deal, first reported by The ...
  • NBA Roundup: Magic bring aboard Speights, Afflalo, Birch Magic Johnson watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the NBA summer league championship basketball game, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)(Photo: The Associated Press)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Marreese Speights is finally returning home — or close to it. The Orlando Magic announced Thursday that the 6-foot-10 veteran center from St. Petersburg has signed a contract. Speights couldn’t be more thrilled to between his hometown and Gainesville where he won a national title with Florida in 2007. “It’s an unreal feeling,” ...
  • NBA Roundup: Cavaliers execs reject Irving trade talk, deny team in chaos New Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman talks about the demand by Cavaliers Kyrie Irving for a trade during a press conference at the Cavaliers training facility in Independence, Ohio, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)(Photo: The Associated Press)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise. The reality is that the Cavs are troubled. In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the All-Star point guard’s request, but he also didn’t rule ...
  • NBA Roundup: Ranking every NBA team by how much Kyrie Irving could help them Apr 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) works for the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports(PhatzRadio Sports / FTW)    —-   Everyone wants Kyrie Irving, but no one wants to give anything big up for him. That’s the weird thing about when NBA superstars hit the trading block; you don’t want to gut the team that they’d be helping win just to get them, but you also know how much they ...
  • NBA Roundup: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose drives down court during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Two people familiar with the negotiations say former MVP Derrick Rose is meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose is discussing a potential contract with Cleveland on Monday, July 24, 2017, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND (AP) — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard. Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, ...
  • NBA Roundup: Knicks closing in on front office help -071717-knicksgm-10(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   When the Knicks rolled out their new leadership Monday afternoon, Steve Mills introduced Scott Perry as the new general manager and insisted that Perry would be his own man, able to assess the staff in place and do what he needed to do. The first evidence arrived Sunday with the Knicks ...
  • NBA Roundup: Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving requests trade Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving reacts against the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena.(Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Kyrie Irving requested in a meeting last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers trade him to another team, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, confirmed ...
  • NBA Roundup: John Wall, Wiz agree to $170M, 4-year extension / NBA Tracker FILE - In this May 12, 2017, file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall celebrates as he stands on the scorer's table after Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Washington. A person familiar with the deal says that Wall has agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension with the Wizards that will start with the 2019 season. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star point guard John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension that will start with the 2019 season, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday night. The people confirmed the terms of the agreement to the AP on condition of ...
  • NBA Roundup: Cavaliers talking contract with Derrick Rose FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) goes for a layup and knocks Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry to the floor as Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a contract with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The team is discussing a one-year deal with Rose, said the person who spoke Thursday, July 20, 2017, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers could be adding another former MVP to their roster. Looking to close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, Cleveland is in contract talks with free agent guard Derrick Rose, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. Rose, whose career has been sidetracked by injuries, ...
  • NBA Roundup: Crawford picks Timberwolves over Cavs, Warriors FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, left, drives around Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. Jamal Crawford could've gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers to chase his first career NBA Finals appearance. Instead, the 37-year-old chose to sign with one of the toughest coaches in the league, hoping Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves can squeeze a few more good years out of him. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At 37 years old and having never played in the NBA Finals, Jamal Crawford certainly could have gone ring chasing when he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who have met in the last three finals, were both interested in the veteran scorer. LeBron James ...
  • NBA Roundup: Lakers showing life with summer league title, KCP signing Magic Johnson watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of the NBA summer league championship basketball game, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)(Photo: The Associated Press)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers’ impressive run to a Las Vegas summer league championship was still on Magic Johnson’s mind when he returned home to introduce Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, his biggest free agent signing to date. When asked to explain why he was excited about adding the talented two-way guard to the young ...
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