Tag: Basketball

Celebrated NBA Analyst Sekou Smith Dies of COVID-19

Screenshot: NBA TV This one hurts. Celebrated NBA analyst Sekou Smith, one of the most beloved figures within the NBA community, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. He was 48. After graduating from Jackson State University in Mississippi, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native cut his teeth at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson before becoming a […]

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He Bonded With Kobe as a Competitor, Then as Another #GirlDad

MacKenly might have been the 6-foot-tall daughter of a former 6-foot-9 N.B.A. star, but Bryant promised nothing. She was not granted a starting spot right away — not even with Team Mamba in need of a center. Practices were often held Monday through Friday in Orange County, where most of the team’s players lived, meaning […]

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Car Rides. Meals. On-Court Play? Tracing the Virus in the N.B.A.

Last Tuesday, the N.B.A. and its players’ union tightened their coronavirus protocols — mandating that players spend at least the next two weeks almost exclusively at home or at their hotels on the road when not playing basketball. Three days later, the Washington Wizards held a news conference saying that six of their players had […]

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The Raptors Are New to Tampa’s Basketball Scene. The Titans Aren’t.

Williams, who played high school basketball, has kept in shape since retiring from baseball, and he said that had come in handy with the Titans. He picks his spots to mix it up at practice. Williams played baseball in Tampa Bay in 2000, when the team was known as the Devil Rays.Credit…Chris Covatta/Allsport, via Getty […]

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The Harden Trade Should Work Out — but Maybe Not for the Nets

In the midst of an opening month marked by game postponements, depleted rosters and ragged basketball, four teams intervened last week to deliver a blockbuster James Harden trade. It was a rousing (and welcome) diversion as the N.B.A. strained to play through a pandemic, but a few days of reflection hasn’t changed my initial reaction. […]

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Former NBA Star Stephen Jackson Reveals Kyrie Irving Purchased Home for Family of George Floyd

Photo: Mike Lawrie (Getty Images) Kyrie Irving, who’s made headlines as of late for all the wrong reasons, might give opposing defenders and Nets brass headaches, but off the court, he’s a real solid dude. We recently reported that Irving paid the tuition for students at HBCU Lincoln University, and now, according to former NBA […]

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She Thought the Grizzlies Wanted Hiring Advice. They Wanted Her.

“I don’t have these thick folders on every team in the N.B.A. like I did in the N.E.W.M.A.C.,” she said, referring, of course, to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Lucia Robinson-Griggs, the Vassar College coach who was a longtime assistant under Raman, said she had already felt the effects of Raman’s jump […]

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Harden Reunites With Durant, Far from the Hearts of Sonics Fans

SEATTLE — If you’re a fan of the Seattle SuperSonics, jilted long ago despite decades of loyal love, you’re seriously happy for the last great talent from your team. That would be Kevin Durant. After a year spent rehabilitating a torn Achilles’ tendon, Durant now seems to be living his best life in Brooklyn as […]

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The Liberty Enter Free Agency ‘Absolutely’ Ready for Big Changes

One place the Liberty appear set is at the point guard position. Though Ionescu played only three games before an ankle injury ended her season, she quickly displayed the evolved offensive repertoire that turned her Oregon team into a juggernaut, and her 33-point effort against the Dallas Wings served notice that her production translates to […]

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The Knicks Are Off to a Decent Start. Is This a Drill?

The last time the Knicks won at least half of their first 10 games was during the 2017-18 season, when they were 6-4. They finished the campaign 29-53. This season, the Knicks started 5-5, and some fans are daring to hope that maybe this Knicks team is different. Maybe this one can break the playoff-less […]

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The Kentucky Wildcats’ Took a Knee. Its State Was Taken Aback.

A decision by Kentucky men’s basketball players and their coach, John Calipari, to kneel during the national anthem before a game over the weekend has set off a backlash in the conservative state, which voted, 62 percent to 36 percent, for President Trump in the November general election. The Kentucky players said they discussed their […]

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Chris Webber To Create Series About The ‘Fab Five’

NewsOne Featured Video The story behind one of basketball’s most iconic squads is coming to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBA legend Chris Webber is creating a scripted series about the “Fab Five” that will delve into the journeys of the University of Michigan basketball players. Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber is […]

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N.B.A. Postpones Heat-Celtics Game

The Nuggets won Saturday’s game, 115-103. Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers rookie, scored 39 points in his first career start to help Philadelphia keep the game competitive. But the Nuggets overwhelmed the Sixers in the second half. The Celtics, who were scheduled to play the Heat at 7 p.m. on Sunday, would have been without seven […]

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#BossMoves: Danita Johnson Named President Of Business Operations For MLS Team

NewsOne Featured Video Black women are rising up the ranks in the realm of sports and making history in the process. According to the Washington Post, Danita Johnson has been appointed to serve as the president of business operations for the soccer team D.C. United; making her the first Black president in MLS’ 28-year history. […]

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The Nets Looked Unstoppable Early. They’ve Proved to Be Mortal.

Raise your hand if you thought the Knicks would have a better record than the Nets through the first 10 percent of the season. We’ll wait. Just one: James L. Dolan? OK, then. The Nets are 4-4, which isn’t a disaster but does reflect an uneven start. They looked unstoppable in the preseason, and then […]

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Kelly Loeffler Is Done in the Senate. But What About in the W.N.B.A.?

On Tuesday morning, the Rev. Raphael Warnock made a final pitch to Senate-race voters in Georgia with a video on social media that prominently featured W.N.B.A. players campaigning on his behalf against the Republican incumbent, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who also happens to be a co-owner of a franchise, the Atlanta Dream. The players got what […]

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Stephen Curry Scores 62 Points in Win Over Trail Blazers

Stephen Curry has heard the criticism. He is aware his legacy is being questioned, and he knows that any bad game will start again the reconsideration of his accomplishments. But after scoring a career-high 62 points for the Golden State Warriors in a 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, Curry sent […]

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Blake Griffin on Life as an NBA Elder: ‘I Feel Ancient’

“I saw how much Blake was determined to become a consistent shooter and a consistent player, from that standpoint,” said Del Negro, who coached Griffin for three seasons with the Clippers. “But at the end of the day, there’s really nothing physically Blake can’t do on the basketball court.” Griffin’s evolution has come off the […]

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Paul Westphal, N.B.A. Hall of Famer and Coach, Dies at 70

He was an assistant coach with the Suns for four seasons before he was named head coach in 1992-93, when they posted the N.B.A.’s best regular-season record at 62-20, led by Charles Barkley, the league’s most valuable player, along with Dan Majerle, Kevin Johnson and Danny Ainge. But the Suns lost to Michael Jordan’s Chicago […]

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NBA Star Kyrie Irving Covers Tuition For Lincoln University Students

NewsOne Featured Video NBA star Kyrie Irving is paying it forward by investing in the futures of HBCU students. According to Forbes, the Brooklyn Nets point guard recently covered tuition costs for students at Lincoln University. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving paid the tuition of nine students at Lincoln University, an HBCU in Chester Countyhttps://t.co/3KI9UyThhb […]

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Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman to Serve as Head Coach in N.B.A. Game

Though 2020 is nearly over, it keeps turning out sports milestones. On Wednesday night, for the first time, a woman served as head coach in an N.B.A. game. When Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after arguing with a referee in the second quarter of a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, […]

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From Kobe to LeBron: Tragedy and Triumph in the N.B.A.

Stein: I know Bucks fans are upset, but I don’t think the league’s decision to strip their team of a second-round pick in 2022 in the wake of Milwaukee’s failed attempt to court Bogdan Bogdanovic is such a mystery. For all the league’s shortcomings in policing and curbing tampering, it has been consistent in dishing […]

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