NBA basketball

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left with back facing camera, greets NBA basketball New Orleans Pelicans draft picks Zion Williamson, left, Jaxson Hayes, center, and head coach Alvin Gentry during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Friday, July 26, 2019. With them are Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, center with back to camera, and former Saints head coach Jim Mora, right. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 29, 2019 - 8:15 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Zion Williamson's athleticism and physical stature would make the Pelicans rookie and top NBA draft choice an intriguing NFL prospect at a handful of positions, starting with the defensive line or tight end. But Williamson is making a case for...
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Recently acquired Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook answers a question during an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Houston. Westbrook was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 26, 2019 - 6:16 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook knows he's in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets. And he's ready to do whatever it takes to make the move work as he prepares to play with James Harden for the first time since 2012. "To be able to win something you...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Lorenzen Wright poses at the team's NBA basketball media day in Independence, Ohio. Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday, July 25, 2019 to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in one of Memphis, Tennessee's biggest murder cases. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
July 25, 2019 - 7:39 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in one of Memphis, Tennessee's biggest murder cases. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to...
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Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George , second right, holding their new team jerseys, pose with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, left, head coach Doc Rivers, second left, and team chairman Steve Ballmer during a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
July 24, 2019 - 8:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George laughed and cheered along with the crowd when the multibillionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers waved his arms, stomped his feet and screamed his new players' praises in a cracking voice. "Pretty cool! Pretty cool!" Steve Ballmer shouted with...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, of Greece, poses for a photo during the NBA basketball team's media day in Dallas. The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday, July 22, 2019, to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert, File)
July 22, 2019 - 3:25 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks star and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games for...
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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens listens during a news conference, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Boston. Ever since South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg started running for president, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been hearing a lot from people who say they look alike. That's okay with Stevens, an Indiana native who coached at Butler in Indianapolis. The 42-year-old coach says he's a fan of the candidate. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
July 17, 2019 - 6:10 pm
BOSTON (AP) — If this basketball thing doesn't work out for Brad Stevens, he already has a backup plan in mind. The Boston Celtics coach joked on Wednesday that he's hoping to capitalize on his resemblance to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. "I can get a job with 'Saturday Night...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, signs shoes for New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 15, 2019 - 7:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In hoops, Giannis Antentokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he's a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he'd never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. "It was really heavy,"...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert (22) defends against Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York. Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Nets two big victories in one night. In the first hours of free agency, the team added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the playoffs, giving them hope of not only contention for an NBA title, but to be the biggest basketball team in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
July 15, 2019 - 5:03 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Myers has accepted Kevin Durant's departure for the Brooklyn Nets with an appreciation for all the superstar forward accomplished with the franchise, even if the Golden State general manager would have loved to keep KD around a little longer. "I have a peace about it,"...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 5, 2014 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:35 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. The...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
July 10, 2019 - 2:58 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents now in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with...
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