Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers drama

Sports 05/20/19, 16:26

Frank Vogel's goal to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' latest coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager ...

Magic Johnson, Larry Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award

Sports 05/15/19, 15:49

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and ...

Big man on court: Nikola Jokic showing off all his skills

Sports 05/06/19, 17:05

Earlier in the playoffs, he was drawing comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain. This week, it's Magic Johnson.As the casual basketball fan — everyone, really — is finding out, Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic has no direct comparison.The All-Star center is turning the NBA playoffs into his own grand stage with ...

Lakers, coach Luke Walton part ways after 3 losing seasons

Sports 04/12/19, 15:16

The Los Angeles Lakers say they have mutually agreed to part ways with coach Luke Walton after three losing seasons.Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday.The former Lakers forward went 98-148 in his first permanent head coaching job. The former Golden State assistant never led Los Angeles to ...

Thunder get 6th spot in West with win over Bucks

Basketball 04/10/19, 21:34

Russell Westbrook got his 34th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks' backups 127-116 Wednesday night to lock up the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.Oklahoma City played without injured Paul George, but Westbrook, Jerami Grant and Dennis Schroder led a hot-shooting effort ...

Analysis: Lakers have opportunity to open new chapter

Sports 04/10/19, 18:12

The Los Angeles Lakers already had plenty of problems to fix during the summer after their sixth straight losing season.Replacing the person in charge of fixing those problems is suddenly at the top of the list.Magic Johnson's shocking resignation as the 16-time NBA champions' president of basketball operations Tuesday night ...

The final day of the NBA season arrives, with much to decide

Sports 04/10/19, 02:36

The final day of the season has arrived, with one playoff spot to decide, seven of the eight first-round matchups still unknown and nine different seeds still not clinched.It's also the last day that Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade will be NBA players before retirement. Dallas is in ...

Lakers’ president Magic Johnson abruptly resigns

Basketball 04/10/19, 01:31

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago. Johnson ...

Harkless’ 3 sends Blazers past LA 104-101 after Magic quits

Basketball 04/10/19, 00:01

Maurice Harkless hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Portland Trail Blazers secured home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 104-101 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers a few hours after Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as their president of basketball operations.Johnson shocked ...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

Sports 04/09/19, 22:06

Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn't tell owner Jeanie Buss ...

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

Sports 04/07/19, 17:15

For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of ...

Fox scores 23, with key bucket, as Kings top Mavs 125-121

Basketball 03/26/19, 22:14

De'Aaron Fox scored 23 points, including a crucial basket to help Sacramento stay in front in the final minute, and the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 on Tuesday night.With the Kings leading by two, Fox drove and missed a layup but got his own rebound and tried again. The ...

Harden, Capela lead Rockets to easy win over Hawks

Basketball 03/19/19, 21:10

James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, Clint Capela added 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Houston Rockets won their third straight game with a 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.The Rockets have won 12 of 13 and have 10 wins in their last 13 ...

Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason

Sports 02/20/19, 01:41

D'Angelo Russell stood high above Times Square, a spot where stars are showcased in New York.He was front and center on a billboard celebrating the Nets' midseason success, pictured with three teammates who joined him in Charlotte for the NBA's All-Star festivities."Brooklyn is having an All-Star weekend," it read.Russell hopes ...

NBA says no rules broken in Simmons-Johnson meeting request

Sports 02/12/19, 14:14

The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.The NBA's relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the ...

NBA opening investigation of Simmons-Johnson meeting request

Basketball 02/11/19, 16:11

The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia's Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips.League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday that the league will look at the matter. Johnson revealed over the weekend that Simmons expressed a ...

Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120

Basketball 02/10/19, 18:09

Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.JJ Redick added 21 points for the Sixers, who have won two straight after acquiring Harris and ...

Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers after NBA trade deadline

Basketball 02/09/19, 18:40

Magic Johnson says he plans to hug the Los Angeles Lakers to help them cope with the fallout from the NBA trade deadline.The team president spoke Saturday with reporters at Michigan State, where he and the 1979 national championship team he led were celebrated as the ninth-ranked Spartans beat Minnesota.The ...

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