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Kobe Bryant induction into Hall of Fame postponed until 2021

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LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant and the rest of the stellar 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class will have to wait for enshrinement, with the ceremony set to be postponed until early 2021.

Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said the announcement won't be formalized until a June 10 board meeting, but the postponement because of the...Read more

Transfer Johnny Juzang receives waiver to play immediately for UCLA

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LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Juzang won't have to wait long for his homecoming. The Southern California native will be able to play for UCLA next season after the NCAA approved his waiver for immediate eligibility Wednesday, clearing the Kentucky transfer to join the Bruins' backcourt.

Juzang's waiver was based on a personal family situation that ...Read more

As Detroit Pistons search for GM, fans need to remember a splashy name isn't always best

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Outside of winning a championship, few things seem to generate more excitement for fans than the beginning of a rebuild.

It's one of the few times a franchise gets the benefit of the doubt and can fall back on selling promise and patience over performance and playoffs. Of course, for some Detroit Pistons fans, patience is running out after a ...Read more

Heat's Kendrick Nunn acknowledges hitting rookie wall, vows to return stronger

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At 24, Kendrick Nunn is not your typical rookie. This initial season with the Miami Heat was preceded by a full season in the G League, one at Oakland University and three at Illinois.

Yet with all that experience, there has been nothing like this grueling first NBA ride.

It is why, even now, while at rest amid the league's shutdown, Nunn ...Read more

Former Kansas assistant, NCAA head coach Matt Doherty masters motivational speaking

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A college head men's basketball coach for 11 seasons at Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida Atlantic and SMU, Matt Doherty certainly has the necessary credentials to support a bold comment regarding the profession.

"You look into coaching and most coaches are miserable. It is a miserable existence. It is what it is," Doherty, who also spent ...Read more

Stephen Bardo's love of basketball and lineage brought him to Africa. And there's so much more he wants to do.

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CHICAGO -- Stephen Bardo's recent international basketball travels started with a DNA test.

Curious about his heritage a few years ago, the former Illinois basketball star and current college basketball analyst submitted a swab to Ancestry.com. Hoping for more specific information, he followed up with AfricanAncestry.com, which showed his ...Read more

Kiah Gillespie, a 3rd-round pick in 2020, won't play for the Sky this season for personal reasons

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Sky waived guards Alexis Prince and Japreece Dean and announced forward Kiah Gillespie won't play the 2020 season in advance of Tuesday's WNBA roster deadline.

The WNBA and its players union set the deadline for teams to get under the salary cap so players would begin to be paid June 1, the Associated Press reported. That...Read more

New Dayton Flyers recruit a 'natural point guard'

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The opportunity to play point guard factored into University of Southern California transfer Elijah Weaver's decision to commit to the Dayton Flyers on Monday, his former coach Kenny Gillion said.

Gillion coached Weaver for two seasons with Team Breakdown on the Under Armour circuit. Weaver and Anfernee Simons, who now plays for the Portland ...Read more

Who will Detroit Pistons hire as GM? Chauncey Billups makes sense; here are a few others.

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Two years after Ed Stefanski was hired as senior adviser, the Detroit Pistons are looking to hire a general manager to work under him.

Per an NBA source, the organization is looking outside to make the hire. However, the source didn't rule out the possibility of an internal hire.

Here are five candidates who make sense, in alphabetical order: ...Read more

The Chosen Ones: Who makes it into a Heat bubble? (Not necessarily a Pat Riley answer)

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There was a time when the Miami Heat traveled commercially, with 15 players, three coaches, a trainer -- and plenty of room left on the plane for frequent fliers of all walks.

Eventually Pat Riley arrived, and, like his aura, everything became bigger: team massage therapist, nutritionist, rehab director, security detail, director of basketball ...Read more

Jeanie Buss reveals dreams about Kobe Bryant that let her know 'he's OK'

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LOS ANGELES -- About midway through a wide-ranging podcast interview, Jeanie Buss was asked about Kobe Bryant -- about how proud she must be of the way the Los Angeles Lakers franchise handled his sudden death and how the team responded to it.

"I would give anything to go back and have Jan. 26 never take place," the Lakers' governor and ...Read more

Connecticut Sun waive four players, including draft pick Juicy Landrum, to get under salary cap ahead of WNBA's Tuesday deadline

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The Connecticut Sun announced Monday that the team has waived Megan Huff, Jacki Gemelos, Jazmon Gwathmey and Juicy Landrum, a move that brings the Sun under the salary cap by the league's Tuesday deadline.

Huff, Gemelos and Gwathmey had signed training camp contracts with the Sun, while Landrum was the franchise's third-round pick from Baylor ...Read more

What would an NBA return look like for the Heat? A look at some of the possibilities

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The NBA's plan to resume the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to take shape.

There are still plenty of details and logistical issues that need to be worked out, but a step forward was taken over the weekend when NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Saturday the league has entered into exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney ...Read more

TCU's Jamie Dixon reflects on playing, coaching against Eddie Sutton, who has died at 84

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Jamie Dixon remembers approaching Eddie Sutton inside a gift shop at the Final Four as an aspiring young basketball coach in the early 1990s.

As a player at TCU, Dixon had faced Sutton's Arkansas teams in Southwest Conference matchups as a freshman and sophomore in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons. TCU just won one of those four games, a 72-66 ...Read more

Oklahoma St. coaching icon, Kansas native and new Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton dies at 84

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Eddie Sutton, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4, died Saturday at his home in Tulsa at 84.

Oklahoma State University's athletic department made the announcement on the OSU homepage Saturday night. Sutton compiled a 368-151 mark in 16 seasons as head coach at OSU and an 806-329 record in 37 seasons ...Read more

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season in Florida

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The NBA confirmed what's been reported on and speculated about for the past week -- that the league, along with the players union -- are in discussions to restart the NBA season in Orlando, Fla., later this summer.

In a statement Saturday morning, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league and players are engaged in "exploratory conversations" ...Read more

Phil Jackson left the Bulls after 'The Last Dance.' Here's how the franchise's 7 full-time coaches have fared since his departure.

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CHICAGO -- There was no singular reason for the dissolution of the Bulls dynasty. Michael Jordan's retirement, Scottie Pippen's health and Dennis Rodman's commitment were all concerns entering the 1997-98 season.

But ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary, a 10-part series that ended Sunday, has highlighted the strained relationship between coach ...Read more

Timberwolves, NBA join Mayo Clinic on coronavirus study

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Soon, Mayo Clinic hopes to have a reliable antibody test that would detect if the body has developed defenses to the coronavirus with just the prick of a patient's finger.

To further enhance the accuracy of that test, Mayo has enlisted the help of the NBA, including the Timberwolves, who have all become part of the clinic's ...Read more

College transfer rule to stay the same in football, basketball during 2020-21 season

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A proposed rule that some say would lead to an unheard-of number of transfers in college basketball and football will not be implemented for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Instead, it's possible -- maybe even likely -- players will be allowed to transfer without sitting out a season's worth of games as early as the 2021-22 academic year.

...Read more

Jerry Sloan, the fiery Bulls guard and Hall of Fame coach of the Jazz, dies at 78

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CHICAGO -- Jerry Sloan, the fiery guard and Hall of Fame coach whose No. 4 Chicago Bulls jersey hangs from the United Center rafters, died Friday morning from Parkinson's disease and dementia. He was 78.

The McLeansboro, Ill., native was a two-time All-Star for the Bulls, whom he later coached, and long will be associated with backcourt mate ...Read more