• AP Source: Excel severs ties with Lakers' Clarkson

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A person with knowledge of situation tells The Associated Press that Excel Sports Management has severed ties with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has released details of the split, which happened last month. The Lakers picked Clarkson in the second round of the draft in 2014. He averaged 11.9 points and 3.5 assists in his rookie season and was named to the All-Rookie First Team. Excel Sports Management represents some of the biggest names in the NBA, including Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce.

  • Best NBA rule suggestion: Reduce timeouts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sports Illustrated has asked its six NBA writers a simple question. “If you were commissioner for a day, what rule changes would you make to the NBA?” Excellent question, and a good discussion. You can read the responses of the SI panel here. I’ll give you their answers, sans explanation, with my thoughts. And these are in order of how much I like them: Phil Taylor: Reduce timeouts. No. 1 answer. Each team gets six timeouts, plus TV timeouts. It kills the flow of the game in the final four minutes. In the final minute, there often are more timeouts than possession. A timeout is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout, which is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout.

  • Former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. joins Georgetown hoops staff

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Georgetown basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr. has returned as director of basketball operations. Coach John Thompson III made the announcement Tuesday. Ewing Jr. is the son of former Georgetown All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. Thompson says he's glad to have the younger Ewing "back home," and as a player he "saw the game through the eyes of a coach." After graduating in 2008, he was a second-round pick by the Sacramento Kings. He also played for the Rockets, Knicks and Hornets, appearing in seven games for New Orleans in 2010-11. He also played overseas in Germany, Spain, Greece and Qatar.

  • Hawks to retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks will retire Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 next season, about two months after he is enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging center, spent five seasons with the Hawks. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says few players matched the impact Mutombo made "as a player, man and humanitarian." Mutombo's number will be retired on Nov. 24, when the Hawks play the Boston Celtics. His hall of fame enshrinement is set for Sept. 11. Mutombo, who played with the Hawks from 1996-2001, ranks third in franchise history in blocked shots and rebounds per game. He ranks second in NBA history in blocks.

  • Alex Morgan featured in series produced by LeBron James


    CLEVELAND (AP) — Soccer star Alex Morgan will be the first athlete profiled on Disney's inspirational "Becoming" series produced by LeBron James. Morgan helped the United States win the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer. Her path from childhood to Olympic gold medalist will be told in the Sept. 13 premiere episode. Other athletes to be featured in upcoming shows this season include New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundquist, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard. The "Becoming" pilot aired last year and told James' rise as a basketball prodigy raised in Akron, Ohio, by a single mother. James' Spring Hill Productions and ESPN Films are partners on the

  • NBA D-League Skyforce set tryouts in Sioux Falls, Miami


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Athletes with dreams of playing professional basketball can try out for the NBA Development League team in South Dakota. The Sioux Falls Skyforce is holding open tryouts in both Sioux Falls and Miami. The Skyforce organization is affiliated with the NBA's Miami Heat. The Miami tryout is Sept. 27 at Ransom Everglades High School, and the Sioux Falls tryout is Oct. 10 at the Sanford Pentagon. Athletes are required to preregister and pay a nonrefundable $150 fee.

  • Divac adds title of GM of Kings

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vlade Divac has added the title of general manager of the Sacramento Kings. The Kings announced Monday that Divac will serve as vice president of basketball operations and general manager. Divac was hired in March as vice president of basketball and franchise operations. The Kings also announced that Mike Bratz will be assistant general manager, Roland Beech will serve as vice president of basketball strategy and Peja Stojakovic will be director of player personnel and development.

  • LA Clippers sign veteran free agent Chuck Hayes

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free agent veteran Chuck Hayes. The center-power forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games for Toronto last season. The 10-year NBA veteran also has played for Houston and Sacramento. He has career averages of 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The 32-year-old Hayes went undrafted in 2005 after four years with Kentucky. He was taken in the NBA D-League draft and eventually signed with the Rockets in January 2006. The team announced the move Monday.

  • OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook marries Nina Earl in star-studded Beverly Hills ceremony

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard married his college sweetheart in an private ceremony on Saturday

  • What life was like for Billy Donovan after his national titles at Florida

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The job was just about perfect. And for Billy Donovan, the timing couldn't have been better. It was June 2007. The Orlando Magic offered a breeze of a transition being only two hours south of Donovan's Gainesville, Fla. home, a roster powered by an up and coming center named Dwight Howard who, at just 22, already was an All-Star and a franchise that would reach the NBA Finals within the next two seasons. That April, Donovan had steered Florida to its second consecutive national championship, becoming the first college basketball coach in 15 years to win back-to-back titles. He did it with a loaded team that churned out three future NBA lottery picks: Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.

  • Jazz sign rookie forward J.J. O'Brien

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have signed free-agent rookie J.J. O'Brien. The team announced the signing Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The 23-year-old forward played one season at the University of Utah and finished his college career at San Diego State. O'Brien averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder played for the Jazz during the summer leagues in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. O'Brien adds depth on the wing behind Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles and Chris Johnson. The Jazz finished the season 38-44 and had the sixth-best winning percentage (.655) after the All-Star break.

  • NBA's Derrick Rose accused of drugging, raping woman

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Thursday that a lawsuit filed recently in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing him of sexual misconduct is based on untrue allegations. "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement. "I am not going to comment other than to say: I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ Sports, was filed Wednesday by an unidentified woman who said she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013. She is accusing Rose and two friends of slipping a drug into her drink and later committing sexual acts against her will. The incident, she alleges, occurred in August 2013.

  • Report: Thunder star Russell Westbrook getting married this weekend

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Last summer, Thunder star Russell Westbrook proposed to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl. This summer, the two are getting married. TMZ is reporting that Westbrook’s wedding will take place on Saturday in an undisclosed Los Angeles location. It’ll reportedly be a low-key event, which matches Westbrook’s private personality. The couple met at UCLA back in the late 2000s, when […]

  • During Hurricane Katrina, Thunder GM Sam Presti forged a friendship with an NBA player in need

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former NBA guard Randy Livingston, a New Orleans native, didn't know who to reach out to 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. When Livingston had no one else to help his mother, Ada, he called then-San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti. It was Presti, who is now the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was able to arrange for Ada Livingston to stay at a hotel the Spurs normally used for "draft picks and friends of the program," according to Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears.

  • Stephanie Ready becomes full-time female NBA game analyst

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — FOX Sports Southeast has promoted Stephanie Ready to NBA game analyst covering the Charlotte Hornets. Ready is entering her 12th season with Hornets telecasts, previously working as the host of "Hornets LIVE!" and as a sideline reporter. She was an assistant coach in the NBA D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team. She also two spent seasons as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program at Coppin State, the first female to hold the position of full-time recruiting assistant on an NCAA Division I men's basketball staff. "I am so excited because this is why I got into sports broadcasting," Ready said. "Years ago I envisioned myself being a game analy

  • Gordon, Zeller return home as part of Pacers' preseason

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The return of two former Indiana Mr. Basketball winners highlights the Indiana Pacers' seven-game preseason schedule. Team officials announced Wednesday that the Pacers will open the preseason Oct. 3 against Eric Gordon and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pacers will wrap up the preseason Oct. 22 at Fort Wayne against Cody Zeller and Charlotte. It will be the first time Indiana has played in Fort Wayne since 2008. The Pacers will host another familiar name, former Indiana University star Victor Oladipo, when Orlando visits Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Oct. 9. Detroit visits town Oct. 13. Indiana also will play three away games: Oct. 6 at Detroit, Oct. 15 at Cleveland and Oct. 20 at Chicago.

  • Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins' family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday. "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart," his family said in a statement. "His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss.

  • Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins dead at 58

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Darryl Dawkins, known for his thunderous dunks and flamboyant nickname, has died at age 58. Dawkins, nicknamed Chocolate Thunder, played 15 seasons in the NBA - primarily with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. The 6-foot-11, 250 pounder averaged 12 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game over 15 seasons in the NBA.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin shows off some tricks at Clippers facility

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Behold the skills of Blake Griffin. The former OU All-American has emerged as an all-around player since entering the league in 2010. He's not just dunks anymore. There's range, passing, dribbling ... and apparently ball tricks. Griffin posted a video to his Facebook in which he's rolling a ball around on his shoulders, arms and neck at the Clippers' practice facility. Impressive stuff. (h/t Melissa Rohlin)

  • Thunder's Nick Collison ranks fifth on NBA list

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    LeBron James was the first pick in the 2003 draft. Turns out the Cavs knew what they were doing. Darko Milicic went second; turns out the Pistons didn’t have a clue. Then came Carmelo and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Chris Kaman went sixth, Kirk Hinrich seventh, T.J. Ford eighth. With the 12th pick, the Seattle SuperSonics took Nick Collison. The franchise was owned by Howard Schultz, coached by Nate McMillan and led by Ray Allen and Gary Payton. The Sonics no longer are in Seattle. Schultz isn’t the owner, McMillan isn’t the coach, and Allen and Payton are long-since retired, finishing with other teams. But Collison remains with the team. In fact, Collison is high on the NBA longevity