LOS ANGELES--Lonzo Ball drove down the baseline and made a layup that put his team up by eight points late in the fourth quarter over the Phoenix Suns. Play stopped for a time out with 1:35 left in the game and his teammates rushed over to him, jumping and grinning, delighted at what he'd done.
Only one person wasn't smiling or leaping. Ball ...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- As the Golden State Warriors strived for further excellence on a team supposedly with few weaknesses, coach Steve Kerr repeated endlessly about his players' need to play with an edge.
The Warriors lacked one problem, though. They initially lacked the edge to exhibit any kind of defensive discipline. Instead, the Warriors played ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have a young, up-and-coming team featuring one of the most unique talents in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has dominated the national headlines all week. The Bucks believe they have the pieces in place to compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
Friday's home opener showed ...Read more
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have re-created the Robert Indiana-designed basketball floor for their "Return to the MECCA" game Thursday.
Dubbed the "floor that made Milwaukee famous," the colorful court will be used for one game -- the Bucks game against the Boston Celtics Oct. 26. ESPN first reported on the floor project.
The game is ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told you there'd be nights like this.
Friday's home-opening, tense 100-97 victory over Utah in both Ricky Rubio's return to Target Center and the arena's return itself after an extensive remodel proved Thibs right.
Thibodeau said 18-year NBA veteran Jamal Crawford still could win games all by ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Fans of the 76ers might want to stop trusting the process. The team will tell you it's on to the next stage of rebuilding.
This season, the Sixers' slogan is "Welcome To The Moment."
And, oh, it was nearly a memorable moment Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Fans were tailgating in the parking lot four hours before the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Detroit Pistons just might make the list of must-watch teams on NBA League Pass.
Trailing the Washington Wizards by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter and Andre Drummond on the Pistons bench with six fouls, the Pistons looked dead Friday night.
But Reggie Jackson keyed a 21-4 run as the Pistons took a two-point lead ...Read more
DALLAS -- Mavericks guard Devin Harris is likely to miss multiple games while dealing with the death of his brother. The Mavericks were down two regulars for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. was a late scratch because of a sore left knee.
Bruce Harris, 38, died from injuries after a wreck on North ...Read more
Protect the ButterfliesJ.D. Sherylyn B. Bailey
The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The turnover troubles aren't over for the Charlotte Hornets, but that didn't stop them from beating the Atlanta Hawks.
Despite committing 15 turnovers in the first half alone, the Hornets overcame a 20-point deficit for a 109-91 victory in the home opener at Spectrum Center. The Hornets evened their record at 1-1 primarily on...Read more
CHICAGO -- Both Justin Holiday and Fred Hoiberg said Bobby Portis practiced Friday with the same work ethic and spirit that the third-year forward typically brings to the Bulls.
But, really, nothing about the Bulls' preparations for Saturday's home opener against the Spurs was normal.
Not with Portis still suspended for seven more games for ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hawks wing player DeAndre Bembry's bad injury luck continued Friday when a MRI revealed a fracture in his right wrist that he suffered during the first regular-season game.
Bembry was scheduled to return to Atlanta after the game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and is to be evaluated by team physicians Monday. He said...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- As the pain became more and more burdensome in his strained left knee, Warriors forward Draymond Green started having dark thoughts.
"I honestly thought it was my meniscus," Green said.
Instead, MRI results turned out negative and revealed no new structural damage in his left knee. Green then healed enough for the Warriors (0-1)...Read more
MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside's regular-season home debut has been put on hold, with the Miami Heat center sidelined with a bone bruise on his left knee, an injury the Heat revealed Friday was sustained during Wednesday's season-opening road loss to the Orlando Magic.
Whiteside will miss Saturday's home opener against the Indiana Pacers at ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--At the intersection of the city's two great sports loves stood a man with one foot in each realm.
Magic Johnson waited in a tunnel painted purple and gold, his eyes fixated on a video board dangling from the ceiling of Staples Center playing Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series.
He is the Los Angeles Lakers ...Read more
TORONTO -- From the first day of training camp, executive vice president John Paxson said this season's Bulls won't be judged by wins and losses but by effort and competitiveness.
Two days after that competitiveness crossed a line with a Bobby Portis punch that landed Nikola Mirotic in the hospital and Portis on the suspended list, the Bulls ...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- The Warriors and their fanbase can let out a collective sigh of relief as loud as Draymond Green's voice.
The results of Green's MRI came out negative and do not show any new structural damage on his strained left knee. Still, the Warriors (0-1) are listing Green as doubtful to play in Friday's game against the New Orleans ...Read more
SAN ANTONIO -- Timberwolves three-time All Star Jimmy Butler predicted Wednesday's season opener at San Antonio might not be pretty, but it might begin to reveal his team's nature.
He's 2-0 in predictions while the Wolves are now 0-1 in the standings after a 107-99 loss to the Spurs at AT&T Center.
Before Wednesday's game, Butler wasn't ...Read more
BOSTON -- Giannis Antetokounmpo spent the whole night Wednesday carrying the Milwaukee Bucks. At the time they needed him the most, he decided to share the load with one of his teammates.
With less than a minute left and the Bucks clinging to a two-point lead, Antetokounmpo got the ball deep in the post and immediately drew the full attention ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The young man at the center of all the commotion smiled calmly on Wednesday, the day before the first meaningful game of his NBA career.
Lonzo Ball is rarely any other way.
"It is going to be a lot of fun," Ball said.
On Thursday night the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Los Angeles Clippers in the season opener for both teams...Read more
WASHINGTON -- 76ers coach Brett Brown thinks it's unintelligent to make a judgment on his squad after one game.
He thinks folks will get a better sense of his squad after the first third of the season. Perhaps we will learn more then.
The Sixers looked a like a team worthy of all the offseason hype before ultimately falling, 120-115, to the ...Read more