'NBA Jam' video game designer rigged Bulls to lose close games to Pistons

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CHICAGO -- You have to love the irony: A video game designer working for Chicago-based Midway Games in the 1990s tweaked "NBA Jam" so the Chicago Bulls would experience loss in heartbreaking fashion against their most hated rival, the Detroit Pistons.

The 1993 arcade game pitted NBA players in two-on-two matchups. Former Midway designer and ...Read more

Lakers reporting to camp with many questions, none bigger than Dwight Howard

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LOS ANGELES -- Around 1 p.m. on the afternoon before training camp (part 2), the Lakers didn't know which players would be available for that first session.

"The process of testing is every other day and so I can't predict what the test results I'm going to get this afternoon will be," Rob Pelinka, the Lakers' general manager and vice president...Read more

Matt Barnes says NBA teams can do more to combat racism

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Former Lakers and Clippers forward Matt Barnes was the latest guest on Taylor Rooks' new Bleacher Report series, "Take It There With Taylor Rooks: Defined," to discuss racism in America and how the NBA can address the issue.

Barnes said that teams putting money and time in to education and causes in the community are starting points.

"I think ...Read more

Damian Lillard has played 'NBA2K' for decades. Now he's on the cover.

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Damian Lillard grew up playing "NBA 2K," so he knows it's a big deal to appear on the cover of one of the yearly editions of the popular video game.

"The way that you recognize it is by, you know, AI was on that cover or Kobe was on that cover," Lillard recently told Stadium's Shams Charania.

And now there's a generation of gamers who might ...Read more

Heat's Andre Iguodala back where he blossomed, now with message that resonates

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It has come full circle for Andre Iguodala, this trip to Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season.

What's old is new again for the Miami Heat forward.

Iguodala's 2019 book, "The Sixth Man," opens with the words, "It was the summer that changed me."

As in 2001. As in the months before his senior season in high school. As in the AAU ...Read more

Sparks hope depth can compensate for loss of Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver

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LOS ANGELES -- Although she will not be on the court, Chiney Ogwumike has not forgotten the Los Angeles Sparks' goal.

"I fully believe this team will win a championship this year," the two-time All-Star wrote in a statement Friday announcing her decision to opt out of the season ahead of the WNBA's coronavirus-shortened schedule that begins ...Read more

Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan of Nets test positive for coronavirus

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Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan, two key players on the Brooklyn Nets, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Dinwiddie intends to try to play in Orlando when the NBA season restarts, while Jordan said he would not.

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant already were set to miss the season reboot at Disney World. The Nets are seventh ...Read more

Chicago Sky sign rookie Stella Johnson, the NCAA's leading scorer last season

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CHICAGO -- Stella Johnson, a rookie guard from Rider who led the nation in scoring last season, has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Sky, the WNBA team announced Monday.

Johnson, who averaged 24.8 points as a senior in 2019-20, was a third-round draft pick (No. 29 overall) by the Phoenix Mercury in April. But according to Arizona's...Read more

Heat roster locked in for NBA resumption, playoffs (unless COVID replacement needed)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The 2019-20 window for discretionary change has closed for the Miami Heat.

With the passing of Sunday's final waiver deadline of the season, the Heat remain at the NBA maximum of 17 players, effectively eliminating them from another move before Tuesday's 11:59 p.m. close of the league's transaction window.

The only ...Read more

Storm coach Dan Hughes to miss 2020 season; Gary Kloppenburg elevated to head coach

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SEATTLE -- Dan Hughes will not coach the Storm during the 2020 WNBA season citing health concerns and the risk of potential severe illness if he were to test positive for COVID-19.

The 65-year-old coach, who led the Storm to a 2018 WNBA title, underwent surgery in May 2019 to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract and missed the first ...Read more

Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State basketball in ESPN: 'Their love is genuine'

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DETROIT -- Ypsilanti Lincoln basketball phenom Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the country for the 2022 class, committed to Michigan State basketball during a live interview on ESPN on Monday.

"I'm not sure what the future may hold," the 16-year-old said, "but as I do know right now, I will be committing to Michigan State University."

After...Read more

Lakers set to sign guard JR Smith for the rest of NBA season

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers are working to sign guard JR Smith for the rest of the season, according to people familiar with the situation, which would reunite LeBron James with his former Cleveland teammate as the Lakers head to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season.

Smith, 34, will be added to replace Avery Bradley, who decided to not ...Read more

Why is Troy Weaver ready to be Pistons GM? Just look at the players he has uncovered

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DETROIT -- After leaving Syracuse to join the Utah Jazz as a scout in 2004, Troy Weaver began his meticulous rise through the NBA ranks, which culminated with him being named the Detroit Pistons' general manager earlier this month.

It's not a path some expected he would pursue. He once appeared set to become a Division I head coach. Instead, he...Read more

Clippers to sign Joakim Noah for rest of this season and next season

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The Los Angeles Clippers will sign Joakim Noah for the rest of this season and next season, though the deal for 2020-21 isn't guaranteed, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Times.

The team agreed to terms with the veteran center on a 10-day contract just before the NBA season shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noah, 35,...Read more

Did Kings' Jabari Parker just break NBA protocol after testing positive for COVID-19?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings are looking into reports that forward Jabari Parker was caught on camera playing tennis in a Chicago-area park Saturday, just three days after revealing he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

TMZ reported Parker was seen playing tennis without a mask at Longfellow Park in Oak Park, Ill., adding he...Read more

Northwestern adds 4-star wing Casey Simmons to a 2021 basketball recruiting class that's currently ranked 3rd in the country

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With only eight returning scholarship players this fall plus two incoming freshmen, Northwestern basketball has high expectations for its 2021 recruiting class, and so far coach Chris Collins appears to be delivering.

The Wildcats got a commitment Saturday night from four-star prospect Casey Simmons, a 6-foot-5 wing from Milton Academy in ...Read more

Are the health risks worth it? And what should we expect from a quality standpoint? 5 questions about the NBA restart in Orlando

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The NBA scored points with the public when it suspended the 2019-20 season at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, setting an early tone March 11 and charting a path for other sports leagues to follow.

The NBA planned to be pragmatic. Commissioner Adam Silver pledged to listen to research and data before picking a return date and location.

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Sparks sign former Liberty forward Reshanda Gray to help fill in for Chiney Ogwumike

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LOS ANGELES -- One day after forward Chiney Ogwumike opted out of the 2020 WNBA season, the Los Angeles Sparks signed former New York Liberty forward Reshanda Gray.

The Sparks announced the signing Saturday after Ogwumike cited medical precautions related to previous injuries for her reason to sit out the coronavirus-shortened season, which is ...Read more

NBA to allow players to replace names on jerseys with statements promoting social justice

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LOS ANGELES--In an attempt to continue to keep focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against social injustice and racial inequality, the NBA will allow players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with statements promoting those causes.

People with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times that the ...Read more

NBA says 16 players have tested positive for coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus, news that came on the same day that the league and its players announced they were moving forward with a comprehensive plan to restart the season near Orlando, Fla., even as positive cases of the virus that shut down the season surge.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, ...Read more