NBA says Chinese wanted Morey’s firing; China denies claim

World 10/18/19, 08:34

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued. A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry ...

NBA postpones media sessions in Shanghai amid China rift

U.S. 10/09/19, 19:10

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and ...

NBA commissioner Silver wants more female refs _ and coaches

Sports 05/09/19, 17:05

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too.In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver said two of the past five refs added from the developmental ...

APNewsBreak: CBS Sports signs multiyear deal with WNBA

Sports 04/22/19, 11:13

The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports.CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 will be the first game on the CBS Sports Network."Through ...

Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format

Sports 04/12/19, 18:49

Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned shorter games or a shorter season as ways the NBA could make its future product better for players and fans.Silver again talked Friday about the possibility of altering the 82-game schedule, either as a way to cut down on players sitting out games, or to introduce ...

Dwyane Wade says college basketball needs a makeover

Sports 03/26/19, 14:51

Dwyane Wade says it's time college basketball got a makeover.Wade sits down with PodcastOne Sports Now to talk about the NCAA Tournament and the memories he has of his Final Four run with Marquette in 2003. The conversation with guest host and AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds also includes the ...

Raptors, Rockets to play in Japan next preseason

Sports 03/04/19, 21:00

Toronto and Houston will play a pair of preseason games in Japan next season.The NBA announced Monday night that the Raptors and Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena.The NBA played 12 regular-season games in Japan between 1990 and 2003. These preseason matchups ...

Update: Curry, Mourning, Rice, Bogues feted as legends

Basketball 02/17/19, 11:48

The Latest on All-Star Weekend. (all times local)11:45 a.m.Dell Curry, Muggsy Bogues, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice were honorees at the 20th annual NBA Legends Brunch.The brunch is a tradition on the morning of the All-Star game. About 2,000 people attended Sunday, including about 200 former NBA players.Curry was presented ...

Adam Silver’s annual NBA address keys on competitive balance

Sports 02/16/19, 21:09

Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA, Denver has its coaching staff at the All-Star Game and Sacramento is in position to end the league's longest current playoff drought.Overseeing a league that has wanted competitive balance, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes what he's seeing on those fronts.But he acknowledged ...

NBA adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star player pool

Sports 02/01/19, 13:01

Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are going to the All-Star Game one more time, added Friday to the player pool by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.Wade and Nowitzki will be drafted by team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo in a newly added third round of the Feb. 7 draft for ...

NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day

Sports 01/21/19, 04:07

Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader."What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many people," Durant said. "It's ...

NBA’s Silver backs Kanter’s decision to skip London trip

Basketball 01/17/19, 15:22

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team's game against the Washington Wizards.Kanter said he feared he could be attacked or killed over his opposition ...

WNBA looks for new president, profitability in 2019

Sports 12/28/18, 14:45

As 2018 comes to a close, the WNBA is at a crossroads.The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren't decided until the final days of the season. Television ratings were ...

A year later, the New York Liberty still for sale

New York 11/16/18, 02:01

It's been a year since James Dolan announced his intent to sell the New York Liberty, and the team is still on the market.There have been several potential buyers and a few have gotten close to purchasing the team, but for various reasons all the potential deals fell through. Even ...

Shining moment: Cavaliers awarded 2022 NBA All-Star Game

Basketball 11/01/18, 19:07

The NBA's spotlight faded from Cleveland last summer. It will shine brilliantly again in four years.After numerous "passionate" discussions between the team and league, Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday that the Cavaliers will host the 2022 All-Star Game at Quicken Loans Arena.The Cavaliers are thrilled to host the event, which ...

Borrego: Hiring female coaches shows NBA trending right way

Basketball 10/22/18, 03:13

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants more women throughout the league. He's getting his wish.In recent days, two significant moves were made, with Kristi Toliver being added to Washington's staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin getting hired as an assistant coach with Charlotte's G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina.Those ...

NBA Preview: It’s the Warriors, and then everyone else

Basketball 10/15/18, 13:03

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons.A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown.And then the Warriors will have to start all over again.The NBA's ...

Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

Basketball 10/11/18, 03:14

There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future.Playing each other Wednesday night in a game that meant nothing — ...

Next step for NBA is hiring women in positions of power

Basketball 10/09/18, 03:15

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league.Hire more women in positions of power."I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky ...

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