Month: August 2022

11:20 AM ET ESPN News Services Free agent center Montrezl Harrell had a felony charge of marijuana trafficking reduced to a misdemeanor possession charge in a Madison County (Kentucky) Courthouse on Wednesday. Harrell pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, which will be expunged from his record after 12 months if he gets in no further
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12:32 PM ET Associated Press Unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season, the league told its clubs in a memo Tuesday. There will be certain exceptions to that mandate, the league said, such as when the unvaccinated person is considered to have been “recently recovered” from COVID-19. But
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Aug 27, 2022 Associated Press NEW YORK — Former NBA player Terrence Williams has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and identity theft in connection with a multimillion-dollar scam against the basketball league’s health plan, authorities said. Williams, 35, entered his plea in federal court in Manhattan on Friday. He is scheduled
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2:48 PM ET Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo further evaluation to determine a timetable for a return, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. Harris agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract extension in June. After spending the first six-plus seasons with Denver, Harris
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Aug 25, 2022 Associated Press LAS VEGAS — A special pregame surprise was awaiting the U.S. World Cup qualifying team Thursday night, in the form of a pep talk from Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K’s words worked for the Americans again. John Jenkins scored 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting — including a 6-of-7 effort from 3-point
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Aug 25, 2022 Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport on a fugitive warrant out of Texas. Prince was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Thursday night, according to inmate records. It wasn’t immediately clear what charge Prince is facing. In a statement, the Timberwolves said they
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7:52 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN HOURS BEFORE THE New Orleans Pelicans hosted the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA’s play-in tournament, Zion Williamson took the court with assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon. Williamson went through light shooting and dribbling drills but certainly saved the best for last. Late in the workout, Williamson got the ball on
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Television personality Stephen A. Smith came hard for Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga, and Kuminga didn’t flinch in his hilarious response.  NBA players know how to tune out the noise, and some of them are particularly adept at responding to criticism. Even though 19-year-old Jonathan Kuminga just finished his rookie season with the Golden
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7:41 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, was awarded $16 million as part of a $31 million jury verdict Wednesday against Los Angeles County for deputies and firefighters sharing grisly photos of the NBA star; their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; and other victims killed in a 2020 helicopter crash. The nine
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3:53 PM ET This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. LOS ANGELES — The clock ticked toward midnight Wednesday. The sold-out stands had emptied hours earlier. Now, ushers, security guards and cleaning crews swept mounds of purple and gold confetti, streamers and balloons into white trash bags. But Kobe Bryant remained on the
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Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) Cowboys make kicker decision that could give fans nightmare flashbacks by Cody Williams The Sky survived a late surge from the Liberty to close out the WNBA Playoffs series with Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot drawing huge praise. The defending champion Chicago Sky are moving on
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The Seattle Storm host the Washington Mystics for a competitive battle as the WNBA Playoffs continue on Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena. Here’s how to watch. The 2022 WNBA Playoffs have seen both unexpected upsets and predictable dominance, but the Seattle Storm series against the Washington Mystics offers neither. These two are the most evenly-matched teams,
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1:18 AM ET SEATTLE — A historic day at the CrawsOver Pro-Am featuring more NBA talent than has been on a court in Seattle since the league’s last preseason visit ended early due to court conditions, but not before what organizer Jamal Crawford called an “unbelievable, one of one” experience. Although several of the league’s
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12:35 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — A documentary on the 2008 U.S. men’s basketball team known as the “Redeem Team,” with executive producers including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, will premiere on Netflix this fall. “The Redeem Team” will debut Oct. 7, the streaming service announced Friday. The film is Netflix’s first collaboration
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Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images As we await the return of NBA basketball, we’re taking a trip through the record books to find every team’s all-time Win Shares leader. If you have ever spent any time perusing the one and only Basketball-Reference, you have surely noticed that every team’s landing page includes a list of
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2:47 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The NBA unveiled its schedule for the 2022-23 season Wednesday afternoon, which kicks off with a pair of long-standing rivalries involving the two teams that reached last season’s NBA Finals. The 2022-23 NBA regular season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with the Philadelphia 76ers traveling to face their forever
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Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Kenny Omega’s return to AEW breaks wrestling fans: Best memes and reactions by Scott Rogust For the
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2:58 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN on Wednesday. The extension, which includes a 15% trade kicker, makes James the highest-earning player in NBA history with $532 million
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7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system When the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade to land Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year wasted
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11:43 AM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Jalen Harris‘ application to be reinstated as a player has been approved by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, it was announced Tuesday. Harris was dismissed from the league on July 1, 2021, for testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.
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11:43 AM ET Jamal CollierESPN Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has become synonymous with the franchise that drafted him and that he has led to an NBA championship, but he has not ruled out the possibility of wearing another jersey before his career is over. In promoting his new ambassadorship with the telehealth company Antidote
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Former NBA star Antoine Walker believes that the Miami Heat would have surely defeated the Golden State Warriors if they replaced the Boston Celtics.  Antoine Walker considers himself a proud NBA alumnus, beginning his professional career with the Boston Celtics in 1996 and winning an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. As someone
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11:29 AM ET Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next year’s event. Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and
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BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 01: Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell attends the statue unveiling in his honor at Boston City Hall Plaza by artist Ann Hirsch on November 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) John Calipari likens Kentucky basketball to Alabama, Georgia football demanding new facilities by Sravan Gannavarapu After the
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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is ready to hold the Lakers accountable for their defensive play, agreeing with LeBron James on the matter.  The latest report from Yahoo! Sports insider Chris Haynes portrays some painful conversations happening behind the scenes at the Lakers facility. As LeBron James and the Lakers approach negotiations for
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7:29 AM ET ESPN News Services LOS ANGELES — An invasion of privacy trial against the Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire departments begins Wednesday in a U.S. District Court just over a mile from where Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes
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9:53 PM ET Marc J. Spears The Sacramento Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Quinn Cook, a source told ESPN’s Andscape on Monday. The two-time NBA champion played with the G League affiliate Stockton Kings last season and worked out for Sacramento in Las Vegas in July during NBA summer league.
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Right after WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport and James Palmer make light of her verdict.  Even though NFL training camps are in full swing, the on-air talent still felt they needed to fill space with their off-the-air conversations. Soon enough, NFL reporters Ian Rapoport,
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12:39 PM ET The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed forward/center Mike Muscala, the team announced Thursday. Muscala had a team option for 2022-23 that Oklahoma City had previously declined. Terms of the signing were not released by the team. Muscala, 30, quietly had another excellent year as a sharpshooting big man for the rebuilding Thunder
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11:38 AM ET Associated Press DALLAS — Former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Saturday for allegedly trying to bring 6 ounces of cannabis through security. The police report from the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety shows police were called to a TSA checkpoint at about
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Aug 1, 2022 Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook has signed with agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports for his representation, Westbrook told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday afternoon. Last month, Westbrook’s former longtime agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman, said he and Westbrook parted ways. Foucher cited “irreconcilable differences” in a statement and suggested that
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