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  • Bryant soaks up warm farewell from frigid outpost
    Bryant soaks up warm farewell from frigid outpost Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A frigid Sunday night in winter-locked Canada may be the perfect place for a hockey player to take a bow, but for Kobe Bryant the NBA's most northern outpost would seem an odd setting to wave farewell. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, the first ever held outside the United States, will not represent Bryant's last goodbye - that will come on April 13 back home in sunny Los Angeles in the Lakers' regular season finale against the Utah Jazz. Reporters from across North America along with 336 international media outlets from 40 countries have made the trip to Toronto while 17 international television and radio networks including China, Japan and France will carry Sunday's showcase live. More »

  • The Latest: Zach LaVine takes flight, wins 2nd dunk contest
    The Latest: Zach LaVine takes flight, wins 2nd dunk contest Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local): More »

  • Silver eyes All-Star NBA Game in Europe but not soon
    Silver eyes All-Star NBA Game in Europe but not soon AFP News - 5 hours ago

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver likes the idea of playing a future All-Star Game in Europe, but emphasized such a move was at least five years away. On the eve of the 65th NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, the first to be staged beyond US borders, Silver said the extra distance to Asia compared to Europe would have him looking across the Atlantic Ocean for an overseas host rather than the Pacific. "It's something we would love to do one day," Silver said. More »

  • Europe likely to land NBA All-Star Game before Asia: Silver
    Europe likely to land NBA All-Star Game before Asia: Silver Reuters - 5 hours ago

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA is considering bringing its All-Star Weekend overseas and Europe would be the likely host over Asia given the shorter amount of travel involved for players, Commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday. With Toronto currently hosting the league's first All-Star Weekend outside of the United States, Silver acknowledged that finding ways to bring its midseason showcase overseas was being discussed. "It's logistically more difficult than it may seem because there's a ripple effect in terms of the number of days we take off on the rest of the schedule." The NBA currently plays its 82-game regular season schedule in about 162 days and has recently made strides in reducing the number of times a team plays on consecutive days or a more gruelling stretch of four games in five nights. More »

  • LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge
    LaVine shines as US beat World in NBA Rising Stars Challenge AFP News - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 3:36 PM SGT

    Minnesota forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the United States to a 157-154 victory over the world team in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto. LaVine was named Most Valuable Player of the contest featuring many of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players, which launched the festivities of All-Star weekend. Sunday's All-Star Game will cap the action at Air Canada Centre, but before then LaVine will defend the title he won last year in Saturday's Slam Dunk contest. More »

  • The Latest: US beats World 157-154 in Rising Stars Challenge
    The Latest: US beats World 157-154 in Rising Stars Challenge Associated Press - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 12:04 PM SGT

    TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local): More »

  • Canada tops US in All-Star celebrity game, 74-63
    Canada tops US in All-Star celebrity game, 74-63 Associated Press - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 10:24 AM SGT

    TORONTO (AP) — Drake outcoached Kevin Hart, and Win Butler was aptly named in the NBA All-Star celebrity game Friday night. More »

  • Shaq and Iverson among Hall of Fame finalists
    Shaq and Iverson among Hall of Fame finalists Reuters - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 6:49 AM SGT

    TORONTO (Reuters) - Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headlined a list of 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday. Three-time NBA Finals MVP O'Neal, nine-time NBA All-Star Iverson, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson and four-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes joined eight coaches, a referee and a record-setting team as finalists for election in 2016. They were nominated from the North American and women's committees. Absent from the All-Star announcement was China's Yao Ming, whose nomination falls within the Direct Elect International Committee. ... More »

  • Warriors want NBA season win mark, but title is top goal
    Warriors want NBA season win mark, but title is top goal AFP News - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 5:30 AM SGT

    Stephen Curry is playing better than he did last season, when he was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, and he has the Golden State Warriors winning at a historic rate. Curry is leading the league with 29.8 points a game, six more points a game than he averaged last season, and his 245 3-pointers are on pace to shatter the one-season NBA record of 286 he set last season. On top of that, the defending champion Warriors are on pace to surpass the best season in NBA history, the 72-10 campaign of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season when they went on to win the title. More »

  • Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists
    Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists AFP News - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 5:17 AM SGT

    Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson were among 14 finalists for 2016 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday in Toronto. "Shaq" and Iverson were among seven first-time nominees from the women's and North American selection committees for consideration for the 2016 Hall of Fame group to be announced April 4 in Houston and enshrined in September at the sporting shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts. Retired Chinese star Yao Ming, eligible for consideration this year for the first time, falls under the Hall of Fame's direct elect international committee and that group announces only enshrinees, that coming in April. More »

  • NBA becomes first with 1 bln likes, followers
    NBA becomes first with 1 bln likes, followers AFP News - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 4:49 AM SGT

    The NBA claimed a social media milestone on Friday, saying it has become the first professional sports league to surpass one billion social media likes and followers. More »

  • Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired
    Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired AFP News - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 4:11 AM SGT

    Kobe Bryant makes his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend surrounded by a new generation of playmakers he inspired to greatness. "It's time for me to go," Bryant said Friday. "Guys I'm playing with that are tearing up the league were like four for my first All-Star Game." That's how old Bryant's West teammate Anthony Davis was when Kobe made his All-Star debut in 1998. More »

  • Silver calls All-Star weekend in Toronto 'a homecoming'
    Silver calls All-Star weekend in Toronto 'a homecoming' Associated Press - Sat, Feb 13, 2016 12:40 AM SGT

    TORONTO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened All-Star weekend by paying homage to the league's history in Toronto. More »

  • Kanye West's new album and fashion show draw 20 million viewers
    Kanye West's new album and fashion show draw 20 million viewers Reuters - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 5:56 PM SGT

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 20 million viewers watched rapper and fashion designer Kanye West put his own twist on a New York Fashion Week runway show on Thursday as he debuted a new album and clothing collection at famed music venue Madison Square Garden. West, his reality star wife Kim Kardashian and her family, including former NBA basketball player Lamar Odom, entered the Manhattan venue to cheers from the audience. It is the first time Odom, the estranged husband of Khloe Kardashian, has been seen in public since he fell into a coma after using cocaine at a brothel last October and was hospitalized. More »

  • NBA Heat's Whiteside banned one game for elbowing
    NBA Heat's Whiteside banned one game for elbowing AFP News - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 4:51 AM SGT

    Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, the NBA's top shot blocker, has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic, the league announced Thursday. Whiteside, who honed his game for two years in China and Lebanon, averages 3.9 blocks a game, ranks as the NBA's second-most accurate shooter by hitting 61.7 percent from the floor and is fifth in the league in rebounds with 11.0 a game. The 26-year-old American 7-footer (2.13m) was whistled for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected with 9:35 remaining in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-101 Miami home loss to the Spurs. More »

  • Bryant's swan song to light up All-Star Weekend
    Bryant's swan song to light up All-Star Weekend Reuters - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 4:33 AM SGT

    Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song. Set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game on Sunday, a kinder and gentler Bryant will continue a farewell tour that will conclude his legendary 20-season tenure in the league. The Toronto faithful harbor memories of Bryant registering 81 points against the Raptors in Los Angeles 10 years ago, but in this exhibition of stars they will cheer him on to rediscover old magic and perhaps claim a record fifth All-Star MVP award. More »

  • Curry magic as Golden State Warriors down Rockets
    Curry magic as Golden State Warriors down Rockets AFP News - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 6:23 PM SGT

    Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season. The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he stripped the ball inside the Warriors paint and then darted forward to launch an attack. More »

  • NBA: Clippers suspend Griffin four games for punching incident
    NBA: Clippers suspend Griffin four games for punching incident Reuters - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 3:24 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers have suspended forward Blake Griffin four games and will withhold his pay for an additional contest for punching an equipment manager last month, the NBA team said on Tuesday. The Clippers said the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto, which left the five-time All-Star with a broken hand and was expected to keep him sidelined four to six weeks, has no place in its organization. "Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions," the Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers said in a joint statement. More »

  • Clippers suspend Griffin four games for punching incident
    Clippers suspend Griffin four games for punching incident Reuters - Wed, Feb 10, 2016 6:37 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers have suspended forward Blake Griffin four games and will withhold his pay for an additional contest for punching an equipment manager last month, the NBA team said on Tuesday. The Clippers said the Jan. 23 incident in Toronto, which left the five-time All-Star with a broken hand and was expected to keep him sidelined four to six weeks, has no place in its organization. "Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions," the Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers said in a joint statement. More »

  • James triple-double leads Cavs over Kings
    James triple-double leads Cavs over Kings AFP News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 2:56 PM SGT

    Cleveland superstar LeBron James posted his 40th career triple-double -- and his first this season -- to lead the Cavaliers to a 120-100 NBA win over the reeling Sacramento Kings. James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and teammate Kyrie Irving added 32 points and 12 assists to pile on the misery for the Kings, who have lost four straight and eight of their last nine. Sacramento coach George Karl reportedly could be fired before next weekend's All-Star break. More »