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  • LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand for anthem
    LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand for anthem Reuters - 6 hours ago

    (Reuters) - LeBron James said on Monday he supports athletes who have chosen to protest racial inequality during performances of the U.S. national anthem but the NBA's most famous player has no plans to follow in their footsteps. NFL backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers started a controversial movement when he chose to stay seated, and then later opted to kneel, for the national anthem this season and many others have since copied the gesture. "I'm all in favor of anyone - athlete or non-athlete - being able to express what they believe in a peaceful manner," James said at the Cleveland Cavaliers' Media Day. More »

  • LA Clippers' Paul Pierce to retire at end of season
    LA Clippers' Paul Pierce to retire at end of season AFP News - 13 hours ago

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce confirmed Monday he will retire from basketball at the end of the season after nearly two decades in the NBA. "This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote. "With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. More »

  • NBA's king of fashion Russell Westbrook talks style
    NBA's king of fashion Russell Westbrook talks style Associated Press - Sun, Sep 25, 2016 9:13 PM SGT

    HOUSTON (AP) — When you're Russell Westbrook, the undisputed king of NBA fashion, you don't spend the offseason like a typical player. More »

  • 'The Big Ticket' Garnett bids adieu after 21 seasons
    'The Big Ticket' Garnett bids adieu after 21 seasons Reuters - Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:06 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons on Friday, leaving behind a legacy of ultimate intensity and defensive prowess. Garnett brought down the curtain on his career via a farewell video on Instagram. For it to be a reality is just something else." Garnett's departure is the latest in a year which also saw future Hall of Fame players Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan bid adieu to the NBA. More »

  • Harden focused on helping Rockets improve after tough season
    Harden focused on helping Rockets improve after tough season Associated Press - Sat, Sep 24, 2016 5:58 AM SGT

    HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was second in the NBA with 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 rebounds were a career high. More »

  • Sacramento mayor tackles protester who hit him with pie
    Sacramento mayor tackles protester who hit him with pie Associated Press - Fri, Sep 23, 2016 4:31 PM SGT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man took a coconut cream pie from a grocery bag, grabbed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson from behind and smacked him in the face with it at a charity event, leading the former NBA star to start swinging and then tackle the man who was left battered and facing assault charges. More »

  • NBA, NBPA send players memo seeking ideas for social changes
    NBA, NBPA send players memo seeking ideas for social changes Associated Press - Fri, Sep 23, 2016 7:42 AM SGT

    MIAMI (AP) — NBA players are being urged to reach out to league and union officials to try and come up with ways to create "positive change" in communities around the country, a move that comes in response to protests in other sports about racial oppression and other social matters. More »

  • Winning in the kitchen: Curry cooks up career with new book
    Winning in the kitchen: Curry cooks up career with new book Associated Press - Fri, Sep 23, 2016 6:04 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ayesha Curry remembers the first meal she cooked for her ultra-popular NBA player-husband Stephen Curry: a baked chicken dish. But the meal Stephen whipped up for his chef-wife wasn't as tasty. More »

  • League ready to help players take 'meaningful action' on social issues
    League ready to help players take 'meaningful action' on social issues AFP News - Fri, Sep 23, 2016 4:17 AM SGT

    The National Basketball Association and the NBA Players Association are consulting with players over how to take "meaningful action" on social issues as the recent deaths of two African-American men reverberated around the US sports world on Thursday. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has divided public opinion with his decision not to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, in protest at the treatment of minorities and police brutality in the United States. Kaepernick's gesture of kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" has been imitated by a scattering of players around the NFL, as well as by US women's footballer Megan Rapinoe and, on Wednesday, the entire Indiana Fever WNBA team before a playoff game in the NBA-affiliated women's league. More »

  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson hit in face with pie at event
    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson hit in face with pie at event Associated Press - Thu, Sep 22, 2016 2:27 PM SGT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man hit Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in the face with a pie at a charity dinner Wednesday night, and an official says the former NBA star went on the defensive. More »

  • US sport grapples with racial tension in wake of shootings
    US sport grapples with racial tension in wake of shootings AFP News - Thu, Sep 22, 2016 9:26 AM SGT

    The shootings of two black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte reverberated in the US sports world Wednesday as racial tensions flared around the United States. Steve Kerr, head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, said he would "absolutely" encourage his players to talk as a team about using their platforms to speak out against social injustice. Kerr said he had already spoken to several of his players about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, in which Kaepernick has declined to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before NFL games. More »

  • Derrick Rose accuser to be stripped of anonymity at trial
    Derrick Rose accuser to be stripped of anonymity at trial Associated Press - Wed, Sep 21, 2016 4:57 PM SGT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled. More »

  • Tiger the GOAT, says PGA Tour chief Finchem
    Tiger the GOAT, says PGA Tour chief Finchem AFP News - Wed, Sep 21, 2016 4:47 AM SGT

    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem believes Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer ever to play the sport, ranking his achievements ahead of Jack Nicklaus despite winning fewer majors than "The Golden Bear." Finchem, who is preparing to head into retirement, said former world number one Woods had played a transformative role in the history of the sport similar to the effect Michael Jordan had in the NBA. "He's the only living player to win 79 times, and only one player has ever won more," Finchem said of Woods. "I love Jack Nicklaus beyond belief, but I have to put Tiger down as probably the greatest player to ever play, and the way he did it and his domination at a time when you're bringing more and more good players along, is incredible. More »

  • AP sources: Bucks agree to $100M deal with Antetokounmpo
    AP sources: Bucks agree to $100M deal with Antetokounmpo Associated Press - Tue, Sep 20, 2016 3:24 AM SGT

    The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA. More »

  • Number 11 strikes a cord with both Yi and Yao
    Number 11 strikes a cord with both Yi and Yao AFP News - Sat, Sep 17, 2016 8:33 AM SGT

    Yi Jianlian may not like being compared to Yao Ming but he isn't shy about wearing his number 11 jersey this season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Speaking during the Lakers' practice on Friday in suburban El Segundo, the 28-year-old forward-center said the two agreed that Yi would wear Yao's former number with his new NBA team. "Yao asked me. More »

  • Thunder forward McGary suspended for 15 games
    Thunder forward McGary suspended for 15 games Reuters - Wed, Sep 14, 2016 1:07 AM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary had his suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy increased by 10 games on Tuesday, and he will now miss the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the NBA said. The latest violation is for non-compliance of the league's drug policy, according to Yahoo! Sports. McGary was originally suspended for five games in July. More »

  • Yao takes friendly shot at Shaq at Hall of Fame induction
    Yao takes friendly shot at Shaq at Hall of Fame induction Reuters - Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:45 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Yao Ming, who inspired a generation of NBA fans in his native China, wistfully acknowledged a career that "ended too soon" as he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The towering seven foot, six inch (229 cm) center was joined in the class of 2016 by the likes of center Shaquille O'Neal and guard Allen Iverson. "My parents were basketball players back to the 1970s," Yao, the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, said at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts. More »

  • Yao, Shaq, Iverson among 10 inducted into Hall of Fame
    Yao, Shaq, Iverson among 10 inducted into Hall of Fame AFP News - Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:23 PM SGT

    NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson were among 10 people inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Springfield, Massachusetts. Joining the elite NBA trio were four-time Women's NBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, 27-year NBA referee Darrell Garretson, Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, racial barrier-breaking coach John McLendon, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf as a contributor, and pioneer era stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey. More »

  • Retired NBA star Duncan's ex-financial adviser charged with fraud
    Retired NBA star Duncan's ex-financial adviser charged with fraud Reuters - Sat, Sep 10, 2016 4:48 AM SGT

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Retired NBA superstar Tim Duncan's former financial adviser has been indicted on federal fraud charges accusing him of bilking the long-time San Antonio Spurs player out of millions of dollars, court papers unsealed on Friday showed. Charles Banks, 49, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of federal wire fraud on suspicion of defrauding Duncan, U.S. prosecutors in Texas said. The indictment identified Duncan, 40, only by his initials, but his lawyer confirmed that it referred to the five-time NBA champion and that the amount misappropriated by Banks through a series of financial schemes totaled $7.5 million to $13 million. More »

  • Yao, Shaq, Iverson set for Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement
    Yao, Shaq, Iverson set for Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement AFP News - Fri, Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM SGT

    Chinese star Yao Ming and fellow former NBA icons Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson will be among 10 people enshrined Friday into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining the elite trio will be four-time Women's NBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, 27-year NBA referee Darrell Garretson, Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, racial barrier-breaking coach John McLendon, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf as a contributor and pioneer stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey. The complete lineup chosen by the selection committee to be inducted at the sport shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts, was announced in April with Yao, who retired in 2011, becoming the tallest Hall of Famer at 7-foot-6 (2.29m). More »