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  • Cavs coach Lue agrees new five-year deal
    Cavs coach Lue agrees new five-year deal Reuters - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 1:01 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Tyronn Lue have agreed on a new five-year deal worth $35 million, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Monday. Lue, 39, took over after David Blatt was fired in January and led the Cavs to the NBA title in his first head coaching role. The rookie coach was praised for having a good relationship with LeBron James, who had clashed with Blatt prior to his termination. More »

  • Outspoken Carmelo Anthony seeks record third men's hoops gold
    Outspoken Carmelo Anthony seeks record third men's hoops gold AFP News - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:04 AM SGT

    Carmelo Anthony, having endured years of NBA disappointment and feeling pushed to speak out on social issues, chases an Olympic-record third men's basketball gold medal with the Americans in Rio. The 32-year-old forward is the oldest man on the US collection of NBA stars, having endured a humbling bronze-medal showing at Athens in 2004 and led a revival that brought gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London. Anthony became the first top player to yes when many others, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, declined to play in Rio. More »

  • Five Facts About Rio Olympic Basketball
    Five Facts About Rio Olympic Basketball AFP News - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 10:50 AM SGT

    Five facts about basketball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics: + A United States lineup of NBA stars will be heavy favorites to capture America's 15th gold medal in men's basketball, the third in a row and sixth in seven tries since the USA "Dream Team" era began in 1992 at Barcelona with a Michael Jordan-led superstar squad. The USA men are 130-5 in Olympic play and on a 17-game Olympic win streak from the 1994 Athens bronze medal game. The first US defeat was a controversial loss to the Soviet Union in the 1972 Munich final in which the last seconds were replayed three times, the Americans surrendering the winning basket on the Soviet's last try. More »

  • AP source: Lue, Cavs agree to multiyear contract extension
    AP source: Lue, Cavs agree to multiyear contract extension Associated Press - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 9:57 AM SGT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Along with a sparkling diamond ring, Tyronn Lue's getting another reward for an NBA title. More »

  • Durant ready for starring role on US Olympic basketball team
    Durant ready for starring role on US Olympic basketball team AFP News - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 9:49 AM SGT

    Kevin Durant is ready for another starring role on the US Olympic team, hoping Rio heroics will relax him after a tumultuous NBA move from Oklahoma City to Golden State. The 27-year-old forward averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists a game for the Thunder last season, leading them within one win of the NBA Finals. Thunder fans who once adored Durant were burning his jerseys. More »

  • USA romp past China in Rio basketball warm-up
    USA romp past China in Rio basketball warm-up AFP News - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 12:46 PM SGT

    The game at Staples Center, home of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, was a preview of the teams' scheduled August 6 clash in Rio de Janeiro, in the first-round opener for each. Kevin Durant, the erstwhile Oklahoma City Thunder star who rocked the NBA with his recent decision to depart for rivals Golden State via free agency, came off the bench to lead the USA with 19 points. "We should have won, but the way we won was excellent," said US coach Mike Krzyzewski. More »

  • Blame game follows NBA's removal of Charlotte All-Star game
    Blame game follows NBA's removal of Charlotte All-Star game Associated Press - Sun, Jul 24, 2016 1:32 AM SGT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game's exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far. More »

  • Cousins looks to make most of chance with US basketball team
    Cousins looks to make most of chance with US basketball team Associated Press - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 9:54 PM SGT

    DeMarcus Cousins considers the thought, and one of the NBA's most recognizable scowls quickly turns into a bright smile. More »

  • US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina
    US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina AFP News - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 2:43 PM SGT

    Kevin Durant scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds as the United States cruised past Argentina 111-74 in their first tune-up for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States will be favored to win a third straight Olympic gold medal under coach Mike Krzyzewski, despite the absence of such NBA stars as LeBron James and Stephen Curry. More »

  • With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star
    With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star Associated Press - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 4:00 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy. More »

  • NBA MVP Curry regrets missing Rio Games
    NBA MVP Curry regrets missing Rio Games Reuters - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 4:13 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry said the injuries he suffered during the playoffs forced him to pull out of the Rio Olympics, a decision that still does not sit well with him. "I wasn't too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the games," Curry told the Mercury News on Thursday during a Facebook Live news conference. The Golden State shooting artist was uncharacteristically inconsistent for the remainder of the post-season, which concluded with the Warriors losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Game Seven finale of the NBA Finals. More »

  • NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over transgender law
    NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over transgender law Reuters - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:23 AM SGT

    The NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league on Thursday. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2," the league said in a statement. More »

  • NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law
    NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law Associated Press - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 6:49 AM SGT

    The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. More »

  • US consortium complete takeover of Swansea
    US consortium complete takeover of Swansea AFP News - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 5:00 AM SGT

    A consortium headed by American businessmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan completed its takeover of Swansea, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. Levien, who is managing general owner of MLS side DC United, and Kaplan, executive vice-chairman of NBA franchise the Memphis Grizzlies, are believed along with their consortium to have bought a 60% stake at a reported cost of £110million (132m euros, $145m) in the only Premier League club based in Wales. Levien, who also works as an advisor to Inter Milan majority owner and president Erick Thohir, and Kaplan issued a statement explaining why they had chosen Swansea, who under Italian manager Francesco Guidolin finished 12th last season after flirting with relegation. More »

  • Suns, Mavs, Spurs to play games in Mexico
    Suns, Mavs, Spurs to play games in Mexico Reuters - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 3:33 AM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - The Phoenix Suns will take on the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in the first consecutive regular-season NBA games in Mexico on Jan. 12 and 14. The NBA and Zignia Live made the announcement Wednesday for the games at Mexico City Arena. The games will mark the first time the league hosts two regular-season contests in Mexico in the same season. More »

  • Bryant visit to Paris shelved after Nice attack
    Bryant visit to Paris shelved after Nice attack AFP News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 3:00 AM SGT

    NBA legend Kobe Bryant's trip to Paris to provide a public relations boost to the growing popularity of street basketball was cancelled Wednesday in the wake of security fears following the Nice massacre. Organisers of the July 23-24 streetball tournament -- a slimmed-down, three-player version of basketball -- was scheduled to take place in the southeast of Paris. "We are saddened by the announcement of the Paris Prefecture of Police while the mayor's office of Paris had approved the staging of the event where security had been strengthened in the current context," said a spokesman for the organisers Quai 54. More »

  • Suns to face Spurs, Mavericks in Mexico City in January
    Suns to face Spurs, Mavericks in Mexico City in January AFP News - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 1:54 AM SGT

    Phoenix will face the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks next January at Mexico City, the NBA announced Wednesday after booking two regular-season games in Mexico for the first time. "We've been playing NBA games in Mexico for 25 years and we're thrilled that for the first time we are bringing two regular-season games to Mexico City," said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. More »

  • NBA teams up with Twitter for streaming, but no games
    NBA teams up with Twitter for streaming, but no games AFP News - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 4:36 AM SGT

    Twitter and the National Basketball Association announced a deal Tuesday to stream live content, but not games, to users of the social media platform. The deal will deliver a weekly NBA pregame show with "first-of-its-kind elements created specifically for integration with Twitter conversation," according to a joint statement. "The weekly pregame show will be featured exclusively on Twitter for logged-in and logged-out users. More »

  • Twitter signs streaming deal with NBA for non-game programing
    Twitter signs streaming deal with NBA for non-game programing Reuters - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:01 PM SGT

    The NBA deal follows Twitter's high-profile agreement in April with the National Football League to exclusively stream NFL games this fall. Twitter will deliver a free live stream of a new weekly pre-game NBA show, as well as another yet-to-be-decided show ahead of the 2016-17 season. A Twitter spokesman declined to disclose financial terms. More »

  • Croatian forward Saric signs with Philadelphia 76ers
    Croatian forward Saric signs with Philadelphia 76ers Reuters - Sat, Jul 16, 2016 12:59 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Croatian Dario Saric has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team said on Friday, two years after acquiring the rights to the highly-rated forward. Saric, a two-time Europe Young Men's Player of the Year, was selected 12th by the Orlando Magic in the 2014 NBA draft, and traded to the 76ers. The 22-year-old has spent the past two seasons playing for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish League. More »