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Sat Feb 2420:18Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler has meniscal injury to right kneeJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury to his right knee that the Timberwolves are optimistic will not sideline him rest of the season as they try to end the NBA's longest playoff drought.The team stopped short of calling the injury a tear, and coach Tom Thibodeau said he didn't want to speculate on timing. Still, the news Saturday could've been worse for the organization, which feared a season-ending torn ligament after Butler had to be helped off the floor Friday night in a loss at Houston."The big thing is ruling out the ACL, that would've been an extended amount of time, so we're hopeful that it's not too long," Thibodeau said.Nemanja Bjelicao started in Butler's place on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls."A guy like Jimmy, you don't replace him individually, you have to do it collectively," Thibodeau said.Butler was hurt in the third quarter of Minnesota's 120-102 loss and had the MRI on Saturday at Mayo Clinic. In his first season with t... [More]
Sat Feb 2418:38Grizzlies' Tyreke Evans to undergo MRI on injured ribsTyreke EvansSGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jarell MartinPFGrizzliesFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans will undergo a precautionary MRI Sunday on injured right ribs that forced him to miss their game at Miami.Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he doesn't anticipate a long absence for Evans, who is averaging a team-high 19.4 points per game.Evans left Friday's game against Cleveland in the fourth quarter because of the injury. Jarell Martin started for Evans against Miami on Saturday night.___More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Sat Feb 2418:08Wolves' Butler has cartilage injury to knee, absence unknownJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves say Jimmy Butler has had an MRI that revealed a meniscal injury to his right knee.The Timberwolves did not provide a timeline for Butler's absence Saturday, but it is likely good news that it is a cartilage injury, and not a ligament.Butler was hurt Friday night at Houston in the third quarter and had to be carried off the court by a pair of teammates. The Wolves lost 120-102 to the Rockets and the All-Star had the MRI on Saturday at Mayo Clinic.The Wolves said more updates on Butler's progress would be issued when information became available.In his first season with Minnesota, Butler has helped lead the team to the thick of the Western Conference race, averaging 22.2 points. They were in fourth place before play Saturday, in position to end a 13-year absence from the playoffs.___For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Sat Feb 2414:48Butler out vs. Bulls, as Wolves anxiously await word on starJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler will not play in the game against Chicago with the Timberwolves anxiously awaiting further word on the right knee injury he suffered the night before.The Wolves declared Butler out for Saturday against the Bulls, his former team.More news on his condition was expected closer to tipoff. He was hurt on Friday at Houston in the third quarter, needing assistance to leave the court. The Wolves lost 120-102 to the Rockets.In his first season with Minnesota, Butler has helped lead the team to the thick of the Western Conference race, averaging 22.2 points per game. They were in fourth place before play on Saturday, in position to end a 13-year absence from the playoffs.___For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Fri Feb 2322:08Jimmy Butler leaves Wolves' game with apparent knee injuryJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler left the Timberwolves' game against the Houston Rockets with an apparent injury to his right knee.After grabbing a rebound late in the third quarter Friday, Butler pivoted and planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee. He was on the floor for at least three minutes before he was carried off the court by two teammates. He appeared to avoid putting weight on his right leg when heading to the locker room.Butler leads the Timberwolves with 22.4 points and 1.9 steals per game, adding 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in his first season with Minnesota after being traded from Chicago in the offseason.
Fri Feb 2314:38Jason Terry: 40-year-old Bucks guard eyes 20 years in NBAGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Devin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Malcolm BrogdonPGBucksFree Agent
Matthew DellavedovaPGBucksFree Agent
Tony SnellSGBucksFree Agent
Jason TerryPGBucksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Terry speaks with such polish and passion about basketball he could be mistaken for a coach or TV analyst.Someday he could do both jobs. For now, the Milwaukee Bucks guard is focused on his current occupation. It doesn't appear he'll be switching careers any time soon.One more year in the league and Terry will reach a rare milestone in the NBA."For sure, 100 percent, my goal is to play 20 seasons," Terry said. "The organization understands that and I think the league is on notice."At age 40, Terry still averages about 11 minutes a game in his 19th season. He might be a step slower from the days when he was popping 3-pointers in Atlanta and Dallas. But a player nicknamed "Jet" can still most definitely take off on the court."He's a player. Now will he be able to coach someday? Yeah," Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. "But I think the way he approaches the everyday game right now is going to help him when he goes into the next part of his career ... He's alway... [More]
Wed Feb 2123:39Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking commentsAndrew BogutCLakersFree Agent
Devin HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiCMavericksFree Agent
Dennis Smith Jr.PGMavericksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner."I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option.'"Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This i... [More]
Wed Feb 2123:29Nowitzki 'disgusted' by report of hostile workplace for MavsDirk NowitzkiCMavericksFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday night he was "disgusted" to read about allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.The 20-year player who has spent his entire career with the Mavericks told reporters after the first post-All-Star break practice in Los Angeles that he was glad the franchise was addressing the situation by hiring outside counsel to investigate the allegations."It's very disappointing," Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. "It's heartbreaking. I'm glad it's all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked ... that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on."Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team ov... [More]
Wed Feb 2123:19Spurs preparing to play without Leonard this seasonKyle AndersonSFSpursFree Agent
Tim DuncanCSpursFree Agent
Rudy GaySFSpursFree Agent
Danny GreenSGSpursFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Tony ParkerPGSpursFree Agent
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs are preparing to play without star forward Kawhi Leonard this season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.Leonard has missed all but nine games this season as he battles right quadriceps tendinopathy."We only have X number of games left this season and he's still not ready to go," Popovich said Wednesday. "And if by some chance he is, it's going to be pretty late into the season and it's going to be a tough decision. How late do you bring somebody back? That's why I'm just trying to be honest and logical. I'll be surprised if he gets back this year."Tendinopathy is a disease of the tendon that includes tenderness and pain, particularly during exercise.Leonard began experiencing discomfort in his leg late in the offseason, which caused him to sit out the team's training camp and preseason. Neither Leonard nor the team knew the severity of the injury, which forced the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to miss the first 27 games of the season.Leona... [More]
Wed Feb 2119:39Nance Jr. and other new Cavaliers ready for home debutsJordan ClarksonSGCavaliersFree Agent
George HillPGCavaliersFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.PFCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers."Trying to convince my mom that I'm not living at home," he said, smiling. "We're out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she's like, 'Oh, our basement is pretty nice.' That's probably been the toughest thing."Nance's Ohio homecoming will become even more special Thursday when the former Lakers forward plays his first at Quicken Loans Arena with the Cavs, the same team his dad starred with from 1987-94Life has been a whirlwind of late for Nance, who was obtained by Cleveland shortly before the Feb. 8 trading deadline along with guards Jordan Clarkson and George Hill and forward Rodney Hill — four players the Cavs feel can get them back to the NBA Finals.Nance competed in last weekend's All-Star dunk contest, an event he turned into an unforgettable family affair by wearing his dad's Phoenix jersey and replicating the same dunk Larry Nance Sr. did while winning the... [More]
Wed Feb 2117:49Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking commentsAndrew BogutCLakersFree Agent
Devin HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiCMavericksFree Agent
Dennis Smith Jr.PGMavericksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner."I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option.'"Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This i... [More]
Wed Feb 2117:39Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking commentsAndrew BogutCLakersFree Agent
Devin HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiCMavericksFree Agent
Dennis Smith Jr.PGMavericksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner."I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option.'"Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This i... [More]
Wed Feb 2117:09LeBron opposed to possible plan to change NBA playoff formatLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone.The Cavaliers superstar said Wednesday he disagrees with a potential proposal to re-seed the 16 teams in the playoffs regardless of conference. The league has always had teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences compete separately in the postseason with the respective conference winners meeting in the NBA Finals.Commissioner Adam Silver recently floated a proposal where the 16 teams would be seeded regardless of their conference.James disagrees with the concept, mostly because it "changes the landscape of the history of the game." The three-time champion, who has played in seven straight Finals, noted that there have been junctures where one conference has dominated, but in the long run there has been balance."It's cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that," said James, who picked an All-Star team this year under a new format. "But let's not get too crazy about the playoffs."___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Wed Feb 2103:29Are Rockets, Raptors the 1s? Time will tell when NBA resumesGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Kobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Kris DunnPGBullsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
Dirk NowitzkiCMavericksFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
Golden State and Cleveland are used to looking down at the rest of the NBA, though it's Houston and Toronto enjoying that view at the All-Star break.The Rockets and Raptors are the conference leaders and will try to keep rolling when play resumes. Houston has won 10 straight to edge past the Warriors, and Toronto is two games up in the East after seven consecutive wins.So, are the Raptors the best team in the East?"I don't know. The record says we are, but for me to sit here and say we are the best team — we have confidence, but I'm not going to sit here and say we are the best team," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "Right now, we're No. 1. The numbers say that."Houston coach Mike D'Antoni says the Rockets like being in the Warriors' spot, but don't talk about them — for now."Nobody's ready for that yet," he said. "So as we go forward we'll see what we got, but yeah, we would love to be the No. 1 team without a doubt."___While Commissioner Adam Silver discussed the idea of revampin... [More]
Tue Feb 2020:09Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revivalDamian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
CJ McCollumSGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers have enjoyed post-All-Star break revivals the past two seasons.Those late-season rallies will no doubt be an ongoing theme in the congested Western Conference playoff race once Portland resumes play on Friday in Utah."I mean, I think that's in the back of our minds. We know that we're usually a better team in the second half of the season," Portland guard Damian Lillard said. "We can't just go into it saying, 'All right, we're always good at this part of the season.' I think mentally we have to understand how close of a race it is and that we've got to be sharp all the way through."Portland is 32-26 at the break, tied for sixth in the West, which is better off than it was last season at the same point.But the Blazers are one of five teams in the West with 26 losses. The Warriors and Houston Rockets sit comfortably atop the standings with the next eight teams jostling for position.The Blazers headed into the All-Star Game with a 123-117 victory ... [More]
Tue Feb 2012:59Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 seasonAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Dwight HowardCHornetsFree Agent
Frank KaminskyPFHornetsFree Agent
Michael Kidd-GilchristSFHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
Noah VonlehPFBullsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
Cody ZellerCHornetsFree Agent
The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday."Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization," Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. "We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal."Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.Jordan's college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired last year as the team's assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.Cho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014."I will always be grateful for my experience with ... [More]
Tue Feb 2001:51Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA's sprint to the finishKyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face.That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA's best in winning a game and MVP honors.What he really wants is to be celebrating in the postseason, not midseason.The NBA's sprint to the finish begins Thursday with James riding high but starting again from back in the pack as Cleveland tries to catch Toronto and Boston in the Eastern Conference."We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do," James said. "So I really don't like to think that too far ahead. But obviously winning championships is what it's all about. That's what this league is all about and hopefully at the end of the road then I have the Cavs there to actually compete for one, to be in a finals representing the East."The Golden State Warriors are also in the unusual position of pursuers, after red-hot Houston passed them for the league's best record with 10 straight wins leading into the All-Star brea... [More]
Mon Feb 1920:11Curry would love to captain Team Stephen again in 2019Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsFree Agent
Kevin LoveCCavaliersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.LeBron James would be OK with someone else taking his place, depending on who the top two vote-getters are, although his draft prowess led to Team LeBron beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night .And there's a definite appetite for the NBA to televise the captains' draft rather than conduct it clandestinely like it was this year."Televise it," said DeMar DeRozan of Team Stephen. "Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn't matter where you really go, so I think televise it."Players raved about the new format of having captains draft the teams rather than the traditional format of East vs. West.And James finally revealed his draft order: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, his former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Ir... [More]
Mon Feb 1919:21Fergie says 'tried my best' after national anthem blowbackDraymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game."I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the Grammy-winning singer said in a statement Monday. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."Fergie's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA's annual showcase.A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after she finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on "the dawn's early light."Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, music... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:513-point champion Booker stays upbeat as Suns losses mountKlay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Devin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — After Devin Booker hoisted the trophy for winning the 3-point shooting title over All-Star weekend, he said he was bringing it home for the Phoenix Suns fans .They can use any good news they can get.The losses are mounting yet again for the young team, with the talented Booker — mature and poised beyond his years — a beacon of hope that someday things will turn around and the Suns will be the exciting, vibrant franchise they once were.Booker is 12th in the NBA in scoring at 24.2 points per game but, in the talent-laden West, he didn't make the All-Star Game.It didn't help his chances that the Suns are tied with Atlanta for the league's worst record (18-41).Instead, he was one of the 3-point contestants, and won it with a record 28 points in the final round, making 20 of 25 shots, to defeat 2016 champion Klay Thompson."It feels really good," Booker said afterward. "I wanted to go out there and make a name for myself."He wants, he said, to be the best shooter in the ... [More]
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