Month: September 2022

5:10 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls expressed optimism on Thursday following guard Lonzo Ball‘s latest surgery to address the lingering discomfort in his left knee, but his timeline to return to the court remains uncertain. Bulls coach Billy Donovan met with director of athletic performance Chip Schaefer, who was in Los
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) With so many veterans returning from injury, All-Star rosters should be loaded. But these five players could slip through as first-time All-Stars Thanks to a combination of injuries and age-related decline, the 2022 NBA All-Star Game was missing some familiar faces and featured seven first-time
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards apologized after making anti-gay comments in a social media video this offseason. This offseason, Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards posted a since-deleted video on social media that got him in some trouble, as he used homophobic language upon seeing a group of people standing on a sidewalk. Edwards issued an
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9:18 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, speaking publicly on the Robert Sarver matter for the first time Sunday, said he had private conversations with commissioner Adam Silver regarding the punishment handed down by the league to the embattled Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner. “[I] got [Silver’s] point
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7:34 PM ET ESPN News Services Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade has agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million extension, his agents, Austin Walton and Adam Papas, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday. Wade, 25, is a development success story of the Cavaliers’ rebuild, an undrafted two-way player who will now compete to be a starter
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12:48 PM ET New Orleans Pelicans star CJ McCollum has agreed on a two-year, $64 million contract extension that’ll take him through the 2025-2026 season, his agent Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports told ESPN on Saturday. McCollum’s new deal ties him to New Orleans for four years and $133 million, aligning him on long-term deals
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12:17 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the organization’s decision to suspend Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season came after an investigation by an independent law firm uncovered multiple violations of team policies. “I am concerned about the situation and its impact on everybody in the Celtics’ organization,” Grousbeck
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Luka Doncic is involved with a new AI project, and it’s extremely creepy. Let’s be honest, we’re barrelling toward a dystopian reality ruled by artificial intelligence, aren’t we? Or, maybe we are already objects of a simulation ourselves… Well, apparently, our current reality already has alternate versions of Luka Doncic. Doncic’s TikTok is being taken
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2:28 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to participate fully in training camp next week but the LA Clippers will proceed with “step-by-step” caution. Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations, said Leonard’s first 5-on-5 participation will take place in camp, which starts next Tuesday in Las Vegas. “He feels great,”
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9:35 PM ET The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the upcoming 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday night. The team cited violations of team policies in its announcement. Sources previously told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff. The suspension is effective
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12:42 PM ET Owner Robert Sarver on Wednesday announced that he has begun the process to sell both the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury franchises. “As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would
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3:35 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the NBA announced Tuesday. Edwards made anti-gay comments while observing a group of people standing on a sidewalk during a video posted to his Instagram story last week. The video has been
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5:20 PM ET Associated Press BERLIN — For Spain, almost all of the names on the national team’s roster have changed in recent years. The expectations didn’t. And neither did the results. Juancho Hernangomez scored 27 points, his brother Willy Hernangomez added 14 and won tournament MVP honors, and Spain topped France 88-76 on Sunday
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Sep 16, 2022 Associated Press BERLIN — France sent a message on its way to grabbing a spot in the EuroBasket championship game and a showdown with Spain. Guerschon Yabusele scored 22 points, and France rolled past Poland 95-54 in the semifinals of the European championships on Friday. “We just played our basketball,” Yabusele said.
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The NBA has announced a one-year suspension and $10 million fine for Phoenix Suns/Mercury owner Robert Sarver.  Back in November 2021, sources close to ESPN brought up allegations of racism and sexist behavior from the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury team owner Robert Sarver. Apparently, these allegations began surfacing back in 2016 after a game
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports) MLB Playoff Bracket: 5 MLB teams on upset alert this postseason by Noah Yingling Cubs are looking overseas for next major pitching addition by Rylie Smith The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering bringing Russell Westbrook off the bench with Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schroder
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12:59 PM ET Free agent guard P.J. Dozier is signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Dozier is returning from a torn ACL in his left knee, suffered in November while a member of the Denver Nuggets. He played for the Nuggets under new Wolves president Tim Connelly. Dozier’s rights were later
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James disagrees with the NBA’s decision on Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver’s punishment. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the NBA announced that Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is suspended for one year, and will be fined $10 million following an investigation into the organization. The investigation occurred following a Nov. 2021
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Sep 16, 2022 PayPal, the jersey patch partner of the Phoenix Suns, said Friday it would not be renewing its sponsorship with the team should majority owner Robert Sarver continue in his role following his one-year suspension for racist and misogynist remarks. “PayPal is a values-driven company and has a strong record of combatting racism,
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4:48 PM ET Baxter Holmes Close ESPN Senior Writer Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. Malika Andrews Close ESPN Staff Writer Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2018
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The NBA Trade Deadline is one of the most anticipated dates on the league calendar. When is it for the 2022-23 season? There are a handful of dates on the NBA calendar that mean more than others. The NBA Draft, for instance, represents the day a new influx of young talent gets spread across the
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Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) catches a touchdown pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (38) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports Tyreek Hill had a perfect reaction on Twitter to insane Patrick Mahomes
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9:48 PM ET Phoenix Suns vice chairman and minority owner Jahm Najafi, the team’s second-largest stakeholder, called for majority owner Robert Sarver’s resignation in an open letter to team employees released on Thursday night, saying there should be “zero tolerance” for lewd, misogynistic and racist conduct in any workplace. Sarver was banned from the NBA
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6:23 PM ET Associated Press BERLIN — Giannis Antetokounmpo got ejected, and Greece’s hopes of bringing home a European championship ended not long afterward. Germany, meanwhile, is taking full advantage of its home-court edge. Dennis Schroder scored 26 points, Daniel Theis had a 13-point, 16-rebound effort and host Germany moved into the EuroBasket semifinals with
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Stephen Curry candidly discussed the possibility of the Golden State Warriors trading for Kevin Durant. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stephen Curry was asked if the Golden State Warriors considered trading for Kevin Durant this offseason. He offered a surprising response. “Hell, yeah!” Curry said. “There was a conversation internally amongst us about ‘If
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11:35 AM ET Stephen Curry told Rolling Stone last month that the Golden State Warriors had internal talks about acquiring Kevin Durant and that he would love to play again with his former teammate, who ultimately reconciled with the Brooklyn Nets. “There was a conversation internally amongst us about ‘If he was available, would you?’
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Sep 11, 2022 Associated Press BERLIN — Ukraine’s run at EuroBasket is over. A.J. Slaughter scored 24 points, Mateusz Ponitka added 22 and Poland ousted Ukraine from the European championships with a 94-86 victory on Sunday. Aleksander Balcerowski scored 14 and Michal Sokolowski had 13 for Poland, which finished the game on a 20-10 run
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6:02 PM ET ESPN News Services Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Greece advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with host Germany. Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left sealed matters for Greece, which beat the Czech Republic 94-88. Greece got 14 points from Nick Calathes, 13 from Ioannis Papapetrou and 10 from Kostal
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6:52 PM ET Associated Press RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball won’t repeat as AmeriCup champions. Gabriel Deck scored 30 points, Nicolás Laprovittola added 18 and Argentina topped the U.S. 82-73 in the semifinals Saturday. It was a rematch of the gold-medal game from the most recent AmeriCup tournament in 2017, a game in which the
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11:49 AM ET Associated Press BERLIN — Rudy Gobert scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Olympic silver medalist France moved into the EuroBasket quarterfinals by holding off Turkey 87-86 in overtime Saturday. Gobert had a putback dunk with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game then scored the first four points
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10:00 AM ET Patrick Beverley’s got a Patrick Beverley-esque take on joining the Lakers, Michael Jordan’s legendary trash talk against JR Smith and more from our quotes of the week. “They’re going to be playing with me. I made the playoffs last year, they didn’t.” New Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley, when asked what
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Sep 6, 2022 EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Patrick Beverley still was sweating from a workout at the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice facility when Russell Westbrook delivered an assist. Westbrook interrupted Beverley’s introductory news conference with reporters to toss him a towel, making sure his new backcourt teammate looked good. “Love that brother,” an appreciative Beverley
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Montrezl Harrell (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images) Patrick Beverley shows absurd confidence about playing with LeBron by Ian Levy The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed a veteran free agent on Tuesday, the best remaining big man still on the market. The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed veteran free agent Montrezl Harrell on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski
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2:37 PM ET MILAN — Giannis Antetokounmpo was held out of Greece’s 93-77 win over Great Britain in Monday’s EuroBasket game because of knee pain. “He had discomfort in his knee but nothing major,” Greece head coach Dimitris Itoudis said at his postgame news conference, adding, “We did not want to risk anything so we
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1:47 PM ET Associated Press COLOGNE, Germany — Lithuania unsuccessfully protested its double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday because referees did not award it a free throw following a technical foul in regulation. FIBA denied the protest. For now, it’s a German win — and a huge one for the hosts.
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4:35 PM ET Associated Press RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball needed a win Sunday at the AmeriCup tournament and was well on the way to making that happen. That is, until it rained. The Americans’ game against Venezuela was postponed at halftime with the U.S. leading 48-21. Heavy rain caused multiple leaks inside the Geraldo
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Donovan Mitchell is undeniably pandering to Ohio State football fans ahead of Week 1’s game. While Ohioans are so excited about Donovan Mitchell joining the Cleveland Cavaliers backcourt, since when was he an Ohio State football fan? Though few things unify Ohio quite like Buckeyes football, Mitchell didn’t exactly go to THE Ohio State University for college. He
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3:41 PM ET Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. The Jazz are receiving Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton and Cleveland’s unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029 as well as pick swaps in 2026 and 2028, sources
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