Basketball

FILE - In this April 23, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, rear, and guard James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City. Westbrook will join Houston’s James Harden and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard as finalists for the league’s MVP award. The winner will be announced Monday, June 26, at the inaugural NBA Awards show. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
June 26, 2017 - 2:06 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for rival Golden State in free agency. The four-time scoring champion and former MVP had been the central piece in making the Thunder one of the league's elite teams...
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3's Company player/captain and coach Allen Iverson, center, kneels on the sideline during the first half of Game 3 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
June 25, 2017 - 7:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3. The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 basketball venture can't deliver. The rapper-actor's league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both...
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3's Company player/captain and coach Allen Iverson, center, kneels on the sideline during the first half of Game 3 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
June 25, 2017 - 6:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — DeShawn Stevenson nailed the shot, ran toward the sideline and slapped hands with Ice Cube. Stevenson had a winner, and Cube might, too. The only thing the rapper-actor's new 3-on-3 basketball league couldn't deliver is the Allen Iverson that fans want to see. Iverson was mostly a...
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3 Headed Monsters Jason Williams (55) drives up against Ghost Ballers Ivan Johnson (44) during the first half of Game 1 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
June 25, 2017 - 4:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — DeShawn Stevenson nailed the shot, ran toward the sideline and slapped hands with Ice Cube. Stevenson had a winner, and Cube might, too. The rapper-actor's new 3-on-3 basketball league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both decided on...
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3 Headed Monsters Jason Williams (55) drives up against Ghost Ballers Ivan Johnson (44) during the first half of Game 1 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
June 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball's newest league started with a game-winning basket and an injured former NBA player. Rashard Lewis made a three-point play with his team facing game point Sunday in the opening game of the Big3, the 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube. Jason Williams, the...
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Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball, center, poses for photos with Magic Johnson, left, and general manager Rob Pelinka during a news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
June 23, 2017 - 9:35 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court. "I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now," Johnson said to Lonzo Ball. "You...
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June 23, 2017 - 7:55 pm
Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of Griffin's plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2017, file photo, Tennis great John McEnroe watches from the front row during the second half of a Big East quarterfinal college basketball game between Villanova and St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York. McEnroe was sitting just feet away when Charles Oakley was arrested during a New York Knicks game at MSG last season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 23, 2017 - 7:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe had a ringside seat for the ugliest bout at Madison Square Garden last season. He was sitting just feet away when former Knicks star Charles Oakley was surrounded by security officials at his seat, shoving them away before being handcuffed and arrested while watching a...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) is fouled by Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Chicago. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Bulls have traded three-time All-Star Butler and the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall draft pick. The people spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
June 23, 2017 - 6:12 pm
As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA — Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them — were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at the Golden State juggernaut. The Warriors' greatness has forced the...
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Philadelphia 76ers' draft pick Markelle Fultz, left, speaks during a news conference with team president Bryan Colangelo at the team's NBA basketball training complex, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Camden, NJ. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
June 23, 2017 - 4:27 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. "Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name). @Tissot.us is helping me get started with my (team name) watch," Fultz posted, not...
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