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Popovich Leads Hall of Fame's Class of '23

Becky Hammon joins NBA greats

(Newser) - Tony Parker and Pau Gasol played for him. Becky Hammon coached alongside him. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade waged battles against him. And now, Gregg Popovich is a Hall of Famer. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame made it official Saturday, with three of the NBA's all-time international...

Mac Who? 'He Saved the Dunk Contest'
Little-Known Player
'Saved the Dunk Contest'

Little-Known Player 'Saved the Dunk Contest'

Mac McClung, with two games of NBA experience, stuns at weekend event

(Newser) - Even those who follow the NBA closely probably aren't familiar with the name of Mac McClung. The 24-year-old has played in only two league games, after all. But as ESPN notes, anyone who watched the NBA slam-dunk contest over the weekend knows McClung now. He stole the show with...

LeBron James Breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Scoring Record

He's now the NBA's career scoring leader

(Newser) - LeBron James became the NBA's career scoring leader on a stepback jumper late in the third quarter, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record during his 38-point performance in the Los Angeles Lakers' 133-130 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, the AP reports. James surpassed the mark held...

Ticket Prices Hit Stratosphere to See LeBron Smash Record

You can pay $69K to see LA Lakers forward become NBA's all-time scoring leader

(Newser) - If you'd planned on catching a Los Angeles Lakers game in the near future, you might want to hold off for a few days, unless you're independently wealthy and really want to see history being made. CBS MoneyWatch reports that ticket prices for Tuesday's game at Crypto....

NBA Adjusts TV Schedule as LeBron Nears a Huge Moment

Lakers star could break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record on Tuesday

(Newser) - LeBron James scored 27 points Saturday night for his Los Angeles Lakers, a pretty routine outing for the superstar except for one thing: He is now just 36 points away from the NBA scoring record of 38,387 points held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, reports Yahoo Sports . The 38-year-old has a...

It's the Most Imaginative Technical Foul of the Year

Patrick Beverley brings camera to ref to show proof of a foul

(Newser) - As far as technical fouls go, give Patrick Beverley of the Lakers credit for imagination on this one. Beverley helpfully brought a camera onto the court to show a ref photographic evidence of what the Lakers insist was a foul on LeBron James, reports Sports Illustrated . The unamused ref, Eric...

Celtic Might Have Hit NBA's First 3-Pointer
Celtic Might Have Hit
NBA's First 3-Pointer

Celtic Might Have Hit NBA's First 3-Pointer

Chris Ford was credited because his game started first

(Newser) - Chris Ford, a member of the Boston Celtics' 1981 championship team, a longtime NBA coach, and the player credited with scoring the league's first three-point basket, has died, his family announced Wednesday. He was 74. No official cause of death was given, per the AP , but the Press of ...

Embattled NBA Owner Makes $4B Deal
NBA Owner
Makes $4B Deal

Embattled NBA Owner Makes $4B Deal

Mortgage exec and former Michigan State player agrees to buy Phoenix Suns, Mercury

(Newser) - Mortgage executive Mat Ishbia has agreed in principle to buy a majority stake of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury from the embattled owner Robert Sarver for $4 billion, the sides announced Tuesday. The sale is expected to take several weeks to complete, the AP reports. Ishbia—who is chairman,...

Young NBA Draft Pick Retires: 'Darkest Times of My Life'

Tyrell Terry, 22, 2020 draft pick for Mavericks, says severe anxiety made him lose his love of the game

(Newser) - In 2020, Tyrell Terry was drafted by the NBA's Dallas Mavericks with the 31st overall pick, after playing one year for the Stanford Cardinal team as a guard. Now, following just two years in the pros, the young basketball player is retiring, saying he's lost his love of...

Nike Cuts Ties With Kyrie Irving
Nike Officially
Cuts Ties With
Kyrie Irving

Nike Officially Cuts Ties With Kyrie Irving

Player's agent says decision was mutual

(Newser) - Nike has officially broken up with Kyrie Irving, a month after it suspended its relationship with the Brooklyn Nets guard. The company canceled plans to release his latest signature shoe last month after he tweeted a link to antisemitic content. "Kyrie is no longer a Nike athlete," a...

NBA Star Flings Ladder in Tiff With Arena Staffer

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo lost his cool in confrontation after game in Philly

(Newser) - Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo argued with an arena worker and flung a ladder away from a basket, sending it toppling over as he tried to shoot practice free throws after the Bucks' 110-102 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night. After going 4 for 15 from the line, Antetokounmpo returned to...

Sarver to Sell Teams, Blames 'Unforgiving Environment'

He has started process of selling Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury

(Newser) - Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver will soon be known as "former owner." Sarver on Wednesday announced that he was starting the process of selling both teams in the wake of what CNBC calls the NBA's "damning" report on bullying and racist and misogynistic...

Timberwolves Star Fined for 'Hurtful' Social Media Remarks

Anthony Edwards made homophobic comments in Instagram video

(Newser) - Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has apologized for "immature, hurtful, and disrespectful" remarks he made on social media last week. The NBA announced Tuesday that the 21-year-old has been fined $40,000 for using homophobic language in a video he shared with his 1.2 million followers on Instagram,...

Michael Jordan Jersey Just Broke All Jersey Records

He wore it during the 1998 'Last Dance' series, and it sold for $10.1M

(Newser) - A Chicago Bulls jersey sold for a stunning $10.1 million at a Sotheby's auction—and it's not even from a game the team won. Michael Jordan wore the jersey in the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals, which were chronicled in The Last Dance TV series,...

NBA Hands Big Penalty to Owner After Investigation

Robert Sarver of Phoenix Suns accused of racist, misogynistic behavior

(Newser) - The NBA has suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him $10 million after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called "workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies," per the AP . The findings of the league's report...

NBA Makes Unusual Move for Election Day

No games will be played on November 8, to encourage voting

(Newser) - The NBA will release its 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday, but one day is already known to be a blank slate—November 8. As in, Election Day. The league announced Tuesday that no teams will play that day in order to encourage people to vote, reports Politico . Instead, all 30 teams...

Bill Russell Dominated the NBA
Nobody Won
Like Bill Russell

Nobody Won Like Bill Russell

Star won 11 championships while, Obama said, 'standing up for the rights and dignity of all men'

(Newser) - Bill Russell, the NBA Hall of Famer considered by many the greatest player in the history of team sports and a towering figure in the struggle for civil rights, died Sunday at 88. A tweet by his family statement said only that his wife, Jeannine, was at his side. Russell...

NBA Player's Wife on Instagram: 'I Can't Be Silent Anymore'

Charlotte Hornets' Miles Bridges charged with domestic violence; spouse posts photos online

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested for felony domestic violence, and on Friday, his wife headed to Instagram to weigh in on what's been going on. Mychelle Johnson posted a series of photos showing apparent injuries from the alleged attack, which the LAPD says took place...

He Was an NBA First-Round Pick in 2017, Is Now Dead at 25

Caleb Swanigan was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round that year

(Newser) - Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan died Monday night at a Fort Wayne, Indiana, hospital at age 25. Swanigan, Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2015, was a standout player for the Purdue Boilermakers when he became a first-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2017, ESPN reports. During his...

Warriors Slap 'Fake Klay' With a Lifetime Ban

YouTuber made it into Chase Center by impersonating player

(Newser) - A YouTuber who impersonated Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson to get into the team's San Francisco arena before Game 5 of the NBA Finals has been banned for life, the team says. In a YouTube video , Dawson Gurley can be seen strolling past security guards, wearing a Warriors...

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