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  • Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists
    Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists AFP News - 3 hours ago

    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 - 3 hours ago

    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 - 4 hours ago

    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 - 7 hours ago

    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 - 14 hours ago

    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 »

  • Slumping NBA Knicks sack head coach Fisher
    Slumping NBA Knicks sack head coach Fisher AFP News - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 4:15 AM SGT

    The slumping New York Knicks sacked Derek Fisher on Monday, promoting Kurt Rambis to the job of interim head coach in a bid to reverse their sagging NBA fortunes. "It's time for us to make a change, turn this team around and move forward," Knicks President Phil Jackson said Monday afternoon, hours after the team confirmed the move in a statement posted on its website. The decision to axe Fisher, who was hand-picked by Jackson prior to the 2014-15 season despite his lack of coaching experience, came a day after the Knicks fell 101-96 to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden -- the Knicks' season-high fifth straight defeat and their ninth defeat in their last 10 games. More »

  • Struggling Knicks fire coach Fisher in second season
    Struggling Knicks fire coach Fisher in second season Reuters - Tue, Feb 9, 2016 2:00 AM SGT

    The struggling New York Knicks have fired head coach Derek Fisher less than two years after he was brought in to help turn around the once-proud franchise, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. Fisher was dismissed a day after the NBA's most valuable team (23-31) lost their fifth consecutive outing, falling five games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis has been named interim head coach, the Knicks said in a statement. More »

  • Warriors hold off charge to beat Thunder
    Warriors hold off charge to beat Thunder Reuters - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 2:58 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors showed why they are considered the best team in the NBA. Guard Klay Thompson hit a key 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining as the Golden State Warriors erased a nine-point deficit, blew a 20-point lead and outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-108 Saturday night at Oracle Arena. "In the third quarter we got careless," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. More »

  • Spurs hold off Bryant and Lakers to continue home run
    Spurs hold off Bryant and Lakers to continue home run Reuters - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 2:11 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Retiring Los Angeles guard and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant may have won the battle on Saturday in his final trip to San Antonio, but it was the Spurs who won the war, thanks to a combined 46 points from their two starting forwards and a pair of huge baskets by point guard Tony Parker down the stretch. The Spurs survived a riveting command performance in the Alamo City by Bryant and outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 106-102 to win their fourth straight game and remain unbeaten at home. Bryant, who is retiring at the end of this campaign after spending 20 seasons in the NBA, all with Los Angeles, finished with 25 points, 16 of them in the third period to help lead the Lakers back into the game. More »

  • Bradley seals Celtics' stunning win over Cavs
    Bradley seals Celtics' stunning win over Cavs AFP News - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 2:42 PM SGT

    Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron James, had trailed by seven with four minutes to play. More »

  • From Greece to New York, Antetokounmpo lands with Knicks
    From Greece to New York, Antetokounmpo lands with Knicks Reuters - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 11:29 AM SGT

    By Philip O'Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - As paths to the NBA from Europe go, Thanasis Antetokounmpo has taken the long way, but having signed a second short-term contract with the New York Knicks and made his NBA debut, he is determined to make his stay as long as possible. Thanasis, 23, was drafted by the Knicks in 2014, but subsequently farmed out to their D-League affiliate. More »

  • L.A. Lakers down Pelicans for second straight NBA win
    L.A. Lakers down Pelicans for second straight NBA win AFP News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:57 PM SGT

    With a lead slipping away again, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant showed his younger teammates how to put away an NBA game. Bryant, 37 and heading into retirement after this season, drained three three-pointers in the final 6:07, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 99-96 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Although the shots sounded the death-knell for the Pelicans, they were greeted by cheers from fans, who like their counterparts around the country have greeted Bryant like one of their own during a season that has turned into a farewell tour. More »

  • Stephen Curry to defend NBA three-point crown at all-star showcase
    Stephen Curry to defend NBA three-point crown at all-star showcase AFP News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 9:26 AM SGT

    Stephen Curry, who is on pace to shatter his single-season three-point record, will attempt to defend his long-range shooting title at next week's NBA All-Star Game weekend in Toronto. The announcement Thursday comes less than 24 hours after the Golden State superstar Curry finished one three-pointer shy of matching the one game NBA record of 12 three pointers in the Warriors' 134-121 win over Washington. Reigning league Most Valuable Player and current NBA scoring leader Curry has made 232 three-pointers in 49 games this season, putting him on track to break his own record of 286 which he established last season. More »

  • Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions
    Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions Associated Press - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 1:37 AM SGT

    TORONTO (AP) — Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix —a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown. More »