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  • Hawks reach agreement to sell NBA team for $850 million
    Hawks reach agreement to sell NBA team for $850 million Associated Press - Thu, Apr 23, 2015 3:24 PM SGT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks are taking care of business during the NBA playoffs — on and off the court. More »

  • Hawks announce sale, then hold off Nets for playoff win
    Hawks announce sale, then hold off Nets for playoff win AFP News - Thu, Apr 23, 2015 2:28 PM SGT

    The Atlanta Hawks defeated Brooklyn 96-91 to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series, just hours after announcing the club's sale to a group headed by US business tycoon Tony Ressler. Paul Millsap paced the Hawks attack by scoring 19 points as the Eastern Conference regular-season champions held onto home court advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series. The Hawks got a big boost from their perimetre shooters Wednesday. They drained 12-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc, while fighting off a late rally from the Nets to become the sixth NBA team during this postseason to claim a 2-0 lead in the first round of the postseason. More »

  • Hawks, Ressler agree on $850 million sale for NBA team
    Hawks, Ressler agree on $850 million sale for NBA team Associated Press - Thu, Apr 23, 2015 11:25 AM SGT

    Seven months after a racially charged email put the Atlanta Hawks on the market, there's an agreement to sell the NBA team for $850 million. A group headed by billionaire Antony Ressler, which also includes ... More »

  • Deal in works for sale of NBA's Atlanta Hawks: reports
    Deal in works for sale of NBA's Atlanta Hawks: reports Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015 7:13 AM SGT

    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The NBA's Atlanta Hawks are in the process of being sold for more than $700 million to a group led by businessman Antony Ressler, several media outlets reported on Wednesday. Reports of the deal come after the team's majority owner, Bruce Levenson, put it up for sale after the release last year of a racially charged email he sent to team officials. The pending sale, which Reuters was unable to confirm with either the Hawks or the National Basketball Association, includes Philips Arena, where the team plays, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The sale price was reported by media as between $730 million and $850 million, with the Journal-Constitution saying it had not yet been finalized. More »

  • Thunder fire coach Brooks after missing playoffs
    Thunder fire coach Brooks after missing playoffs Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015 2:42 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday after the injury-hit team failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. Brooks, 49, had guided Oklahoma City to three appearances in the Western Conference Finals and a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals but they missed out on this postseason after finishing ninth in the highly competitive West with a 45-37 record. "This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels," Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member." The Thunder missed reigning NBA most valuable player Kevin Durant for most of the season due to ongoing problems with his surgically repaired right foot. More »

  • NBA stars to play in Johannesburg in first Africa game
    NBA stars to play in Johannesburg in first Africa game AFP News - Wed, Apr 22, 2015 4:56 PM SGT

    The NBA announced plans Wednesday for its first game in Africa, an August exhibition that will feature basketball players from the continent in the latest effort to develop the league's global fan base. The August 1 match in Johannesburg will pit "Team Africa" consisting of first- and second-generation NBA stars from Africa against "Team World," composed of players from other regions. Two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat, who was born in what is now South Sudan, will lead Team Africa, while eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will captain Team World. More »

  • Injuries again playing prominent role in NBA playoffs
    Injuries again playing prominent role in NBA playoffs Associated Press - Wed, Apr 22, 2015 2:43 PM SGT

    The NBA playoffs have picked up right where the regular season left off — with key players fighting to stay healthy when they are needed most. More »

  • LeBron James carries Cavaliers past Celtics in NBA playoffs
    LeBron James carries Cavaliers past Celtics in NBA playoffs AFP News - Wed, Apr 22, 2015 1:30 PM SGT

    LeBron James tallied 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 to seize a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. James committed six of Cleveland's 18 turnovers but came through down the stretch on Tuesday. "I've been in this moment before and a lot of our guys haven't," said James, who also passed Jerry West for seventh on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. It's very important for me to be there for my team when needed." In the other Eastern Conference game Tuesday, John Wall scored 26 points as the Washington Wizards surprised the Toronto Raptors 117-106 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. More »

  • Little 9: Cavaliers bench players boosting team's "Big 3"
    Little 9: Cavaliers bench players boosting team's "Big 3" Associated Press - Tue, Apr 21, 2015 7:31 AM SGT

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — For all their talent and celebrity, the Cavaliers' "Big 3" can't win an NBA title by themselves. More »

  • Raptors' Williams wins NBA's Sixth Man Award
    Raptors' Williams wins NBA's Sixth Man Award Reuters - Tue, Apr 21, 2015 2:29 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named winner of the National Basketball Association's award for best player in a reserve role, the league said on Monday. Williams, playing in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, won the Sixth Man Award after averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game in helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He led or tied for the Raptors in scoring 18 times, second most in the league for a reserve. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished a distant second with 324 points and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points. More »

  • Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to NBA series opening wins
    Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to NBA series opening wins AFP News - Mon, Apr 20, 2015 2:21 PM SGT

    Kyrie Irving made the most of his playoff debut, scoring 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 113-100 in the opening game of their first round series. Guard Irving played with the poise of an NBA veteran as he drained his first five shots from beyond the arc. He was backed up by LeBron James 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Kevin Love's 19 point and 12 rebound performance as Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. "I'm just glad I got game one out of the way." In other playoff action Sunday, Kyle Korver finished with a game-high 21 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 99-92 win over the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their East series. More »

  • For Pelicans and Bucks, there were lessons in Game 1 losses
    For Pelicans and Bucks, there were lessons in Game 1 losses Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015 1:52 PM SGT

    New Orleans and Milwaukee were facing long odds before the postseason even began, and now the task of advancing in the NBA playoffs seems considerably more daunting. More »

  • Toronto GM Masai Ujiri and team fined for expletive
    Toronto GM Masai Ujiri and team fined for expletive Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015 7:54 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $35,000 and the team docked $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for his expletive Saturday talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce when addressing fans before the Raptors' playoff opener. More »

  • As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs
    As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 9:40 PM SGT

    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won without their incredible international presence. More »

  • Go figure: Stat titles rarely lead to NBA titles
    Go figure: Stat titles rarely lead to NBA titles Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 2:24 PM SGT

    It's already known that Oklahoma City won't win the NBA title, since the Thunder didn't make the playoffs. More »

  • All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery
    All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 7:23 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is recovering from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said on Friday. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation on Thursday, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, who marked his 68th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week. The 7-foot-2 New York native was one of the most potent offensive players in the game. ... More »

  • Column: Hawks, Warriors have plenty of playoff doubters
    Column: Hawks, Warriors have plenty of playoff doubters Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 6:34 AM SGT

    ATLANTA (AP) — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James. More »

  • NBA could alter schedule, but no change to playoffs, lottery
    NBA could alter schedule, but no change to playoffs, lottery Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 5:56 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners held their first serious discussions about the playoff format, though Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday it was too soon to tell if there was interest in changing it. More »

  • LeBron has Cavs on title track after slow start to season
    LeBron has Cavs on title track after slow start to season Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 3:04 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - LeBron James could not bring Cleveland a NBA title during his initial stint with the Cavaliers but in the first season of his second go-round with the team, he has them looking like true contenders for a championship. A shaky beginning marked his return, James at times looking sluggish during the Cavaliers' 6-7 start, but after he took time off in January to rest his body, the team has become one of the Eastern Conference's best. We won't take those days for granted." James famously left the Cavaliers in 2010 to join the Miami Heat, where he won two championships in four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. A burning desire to win with his hometown team brought him back to Cleveland. More »

  • Warriors look to extend magical run into postseason
    Warriors look to extend magical run into postseason Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 3:01 AM SGT

    The Golden State Warriors enjoyed a dream season as they raced to the best mark in the NBA but their lack of playoff experience leaves them with much to prove heading into the post-season. Under first-year coach Steve Kerr the high-octane Warriors compiled a franchise-best 67 wins with an exhilarating brand of play that stole the spotlight. LeBron James has restored the Cleveland Cavaliers to playoff relevancy after his return home sparked a roster upgrade that has turned the previously tough-luck franchise into Eastern Conference favorites. More »