• NBA offseason: Does the Heat have the Southeast Division's worst talent?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Miami once ruled the NBA Southeast Division, but the Heat might have the least talent of any of the five teams, based solely on summer roster. Let’s continue our series on the off-season rosters of each NBA team, with the Southeast. HAWKS Under contract: Al Horford $12M, Jeff Teague $8M, Kyle Korver $5.74M, Thabo Sefolosha $4M, Mike Scott $3.33M, Shelvin Mack $2.43M, Kent Bazemore $2M, Dennis Schroder $1.76M. Unrestricted free agent: Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Elton Brand, John Jenkins. Restricted free agent: Pero Antic $1.56M. Non-guaranteed: Mike Muscala $0.94M, Austin Daye $1.18M. Guaranteed money: $39.27M. Outlook: Atlanta is in excellent shape to re-sign Carroll and

  • Krzyzewski, Kyvallos to receive Lapchick Award

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — More honors for a couple of Coach Ks. Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015. The winners of the eighth annual award were announced Monday. The award is named for the Naismith Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. Lapchick coached St. John's and the New York Knicks. The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in New York. The recipients will be honored that night at the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Former NDSU standout playing in NBA Summer League again

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota State University men's basketball standout Taylor Braun will play for the Orlando Magic in the 2015 NBA Summer League. The league runs July 4-10. NBA TV will televise the games. Braun concluded his NDSU career ranked among the school's all-time Top 10 in nine different statistical categories, including points, steals and rebounds. He was the 2013-14 Summit League Player of the Year and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a senior. Braun played for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League last year. He recently completed his first professional season with a team in Belgium.

  • Tramel: I think we're going to like new OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan just fine

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    BILLY DONOVAN -- New Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is personable and engaging. Seems to have constructed few walls. That’s encouraging. Columnist Berry Tramel says he thinks we’re going to like Donovan. We the press and we the people.

  • Perkins-Tryon alumna earns dual sport All-American honors

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    McKenzie Stanford proved she was one of the best athletes in Oklahoma when she competed for Perkins-Tryon High. After her sophomore season at Oklahoma Christian University, Stanford is showing she is one of the best athletes in the nation by earning first team All-American honors in basketball and track. In her second season, Stanford led the Lady Eagles with 432 points (16.6 per game), 161 rebounds (6.2 per game) and 10 blocks. She was second on the team with 36 steals and third in assists with 34. “I’ve been very blessed,” Stanford said. “I’ve had all good coaches in high school and college that have always believed in me and my abilities.” Stanford earned plenty of honors in her sophomore season.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the family that guided Cameron Payne to this monumental moment

    BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    During Cameron Payne’s first season at Murray State, his mother, Leshawn, didn’t feel like herself in the stands. All throughout Cam’s formative basketball years, she’d captained his team’s cheer sections, with pom-poms as her weapon of choice. “In high school, when they went to the state, I was the lead parent and we won the cheer section of the tournament,” she recalls. “It was an actual award.” But college hoops provided a different platform and Murray State was an unfamiliar atmosphere. Leshawn and about 20 others would make the two-plus hour trip up from Bartlett, Tenn., for every home game, but as Cam started his college

  • Kirk, Bairstow renew practice rivalry for Lobos all-star game

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE — For years, Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow traded elbows during practice while both played for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team. On Sunday night in The Pit, they’ll get one more chance to do it. The only difference is it will be in a real game with real refs. Well, sort of. The two former Lobo big men will take part in Sunday’s inaugural Lobo All-Star Game, a reunion of recent ex-Lobos who were talked into making an appearance by Bairstow. Taken by the Chicago Bulls in last year’s NBA Draft, Bairstow organized the game to run in conjunction with a camp he has hosted this weekend in Albuquerque. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

  • Paul Klee: SMU coach Brown mile high on Nuggets’ selection of Mudiay

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    DENVER — He played for the Denver Rockets of the ABA and coached the Nuggets into the NBA. He lived in Boulder a few years ago and cites locals Bill Ficke, Tad Boyle, Larry Eustachy and Chauncey Billups among his inner circle. You know his story. Larry Brown is a New Yorker blessed with Colorado blood. And with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — the seventh pick in the NBA draft and a former Brown recruit — on his way to God’s country, Brown is all in. “He was the best guard in the draft. I don’t doubt it one bit,” Brown said Friday in a phone conversation. “I think they are really going to love him.” Mudiay was a surprise pick by the Nuggets, a surprise in that he wasn’t expected to fall to Denver at 7.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be h

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Cameron Payne recalls his memorable pre-draft workout in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Because Payne had a couple days before his next workout, he decided to stick around OKC for another day. He was introduced to the Thunder staff and toured the lush facility.

  • Russia fails to qualify for women's hoops at Olympics

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    For the first time since boycotting the 1984 Olympics, Russia won't have a women's basketball team playing in the Olympics. Russia finished in sixth place at the EuroBasket tournament Saturday, losing to Turkey in overtime 68-66. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The next four teams receiving bids to a last-chance qualifying tournament next year. The Russians are the only other team besides the United States to win a gold medal in women's basketball at the Olympics. The former Soviet Union won the first two medals in 1976 and 1980 before boycotting the 1984 games in Los Angeles. The Unified team won in 1992. The Americans have won every gold since, including the 2012 London Games —

  • Jalen Rose: Michigan can’t remain elite without elite talent

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Jalen Rose is deeply appreciative of how Michigan’s current staff, including coach John Beilein — who he calls “one of the top college coaches” — have made Michigan fans proud of the program’s recent success, including a national title game appearance and an Elite Eight. But he feels that if U-M cannot secure some of the nation’s elite players, the top is out of reach. Rose has viewed the talent up close at the McDonald’s All-American Game, the NBA draft and in the NBA. “What has happened is, if you can’t get that elite athlete from that (McDonald’s) game or even close, how are you going to beat Kentucky? They just got six people drafted the other day,” he said at the Full Court Press clinic and

  • Former coach Henson out of hospital, starting chemotherapy

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois and New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson has been released from a Texas hospital and is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy treatments, according to his wife. Henson's wife, Mary Henson, told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1eP7cLp ) on Friday that the 83-year-old retired coach is staying with family in Houston. Henson, who has dealt with both non-Hodgkins lymphoma and encephalitis over the past 12 years, left Champaign on June 21 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to determine why his immune system has weakened. He had spent several days in isolation at a hospital in Illinois. He'll begin regular chemotherapy treatments before a planned return to Ch

  • Nonconference challenges in store for UNC women's hoops in 2015-16

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    University of Northern Colorado women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge knows in order to win the Big Sky Conference title, the Bears will need to face formidable nonconference opponents. Translated, that means the Bears’ 2015-16 schedule will feature eight games against opponents that competed last season in postseason play. The Bears, who will open their home schedule at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 against NCAA Division II Western State University, will take on the University of Denver three days earlier (Nov. 13) on the road to open the season. That leads to a Nov. 19 road game at the Coors Events Center against the University of Colorado. After taking on the Buffs, the Bears come home and play host to St. Mary’s at 6

  • Wichita State hires Sunrise's Kyle Lindsted as assistant coach

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Wichita State’s pipeline to Sunrise Christian Academy grew in recent years, guided by a growing relationship between Sunrise coach Kyle Lindsted and the Shockers coaches. On Friday, Lindsted joined three of his former players making the move 4.7 miles from Sunrise’s Bel Aire campus to Wichita State. According to two athletic department sources, he joined the staff as an assistant coach, replacing Steve Forbes, who left in March for the top job at East Tennessee State. Lindsted, 39 and a 1994 Sunrise graduate, also served as athletic director and began coaching in 2000. He built the programs into a national power using international recruiting ties.

  • Olathe East grad Tyler Kalinoski hooks up with Miami Heat for summer league

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Davidson guard Tyler Kalinoski was no different than thousands of other kids growing up. He’d dribble around his Overland Park driveway and spot up for a long shot, dreaming that he was sinking the game-winner in game seven of the NBA Finals. “I’m sure I did that a bunch of times,” Kalinoski said. “Growing up, playing basketball, that’s everyone’s dream.” Unlike most kids, Kalinoski, a 2011 Olathe East graduate, will get a real chance to one day make that dream a reality.

  • KU rallies to beat Canada 87-76 in final World University Games tuneup

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    This felt oh-so-familiar, like a favorite song on repeat, or a mildly entertaining Vine video on loop, the outcome always the same, no matter what. For the second time in four days, Kansas erased a fourth-quarter deficit and dispatched Team Canada in an exhibition basketball game — this time an 87-76 victory on Friday night at Sprint Center in the Jayhawks’ final tuneup before the World University Games. For the second time in four days, Frank Mason did Frank Mason things, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Junior guard Wayne Selden was efficient and effective, scoring a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds. Incoming freshman forward Carlton Bragg sparked the Jayhawks with two key buckets in the final minut

  • Parish's basketball journey goes to Concordia

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Palestine alum Kevin Parish signed a letter of intent to play college basketball and Concordia University on Wednesday During Kevin Parish's junior year at Palestine High School, his basketball career took a turn for the better. Parish started going to the basketball gym at 5 a.m. to practice shooting for two hours, he worked with a strength trainer to get in physical shape for basketball and he attended a basketball camp that helped grow his knowledge of the game. That basketball growth enabled Parish to sign a letter of intent to play college basketball at Concordia University on Wednesday at his home. “It's a blessing,” Parish said. “I didn’t expect it. After my senior year it was one of my biggest goal

  • BRIEF: Former Aggie coach Lou Henson to begin chemotherapy treatment

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> Former New Mexico State basketball coach Lou Henson will begin chemotherapy treatment on Monday, according to the future College Basketball Hall of Famer. "I have a disorder in the bone marrow but I think it's treatable," Henson said in a phone conversation Friday evening. "I'm doing pretty well. My white blood cell count is low so they are going to put me on chemo and we will see how it goes." Henson remains in Houston with family, where tests revealed a bone marrow disorder that is related to his prior illness. Henson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003. Henson will undergo seven days of chemotherapy at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, followed by 21 off days and if he responds to the treatment, he will ret




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