Why are NBA superstars shunning Team USA at the World Cup?

The Americans will have only one player from the All-NBA team on their roster in China. But that could make for an interesting tournament Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson those are just some of the American superstars you wont be seeing when the Fiba Basketball World Cup starts off in China on 31 August. Thanks to the many NBA stars who still clear favorites to lift the trophy. Right now, the US is what happened to Paul George in the lead-up to the last World Cup. In 2014, the forward, then with the Indiana Pacers, suffered a gruesome compound leg fracture during a scrimmage that cost him an entire …

Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright pleads guilty in killing of former NBA star

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has agreed to a deal in which she will plead guilty to facilitation to first-degree murder The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in a high-profile case. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first degree murder in a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced her to 30 years in prison. Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years. Sherra Wright had been scheduled to face a jury in …

Ben Simmons becomes Australia’s richest athlete with huge 76ers deal

Ben Simmons has agreed to a $A242m contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in the richest deal by an Australian athlete Ben Simmons has agreed to a $A242m contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in the richest deal by an Australian athlete. But doubt still hangs over whether the Melbourne-born NBA All-Star will play for Australia later this year at the World Cup in China and in Melbourne and Perth exhibition games. Simmons acceptance of the 76ers five-year, $US170m maximum contract extension had been expected. The Athletic, citing Simmons agent Rich Paul, was the first to report on Monday he had accepted the offer. It was Paul who shocked Australian sports fans on the weekend when he told ESPN that …

Kevin Durant’s Nets move changes everything except the Knicks’ incompetence

Within hours of NBA free-agency starting, the NBAs landscape changed. So its reassuring that the Knicks still have no idea how to run a basketball team in a sign-and-trade deal for Durant. This is a brutal look for the Knicks as much as its a win for the Nets. Brooklyn have focused on building slowly, methodically, around culture and young talent since the hasnt seen championship confetti since 1973 27 years before most of 2019s draftees were even born doesnt have the pulling power the fanbase and local outlets have been led to believe. There isnt enough time here to include unwilling to offer Durant a max contract given his injury status. Dolan didnt want to pay Durant a maximum …

Raptors send Toronto into raptures as they beat Warriors to take first NBA title

The Raptors outlasted the Warriors in a dramatic Game 6 to win the franchises first NBA championship in the final game at Oracle Arena In front of a hostile Oracle Arena crowd that stood on their feet screaming from wire to wire, the Toronto Raptors made history. The NBAs lone Canadian team won the first NBA championship in their 24-year history, beating the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, in Game 6 of the finals on Thursday night. The game and series ended in thrilling fashion. With 9.6 seconds left and the Raptors up by one point, 111-110, the Raptors committed a costly turnover after Danny Green threw an errant pass to Pascal Siakam. The Warriors had a chance to win when …

Golden State’s error-strewn opener is bearable, but Game 2 now means everything

The Warriors wont panic after the Raptors emotional opening salvo. That Toronto showed it could win without Kawhi carrying the team, however, could prove ominous Game 1 of the NBA finals was hardly the best litmus test for this series. It was the Raptors first finals appearance in franchise history. Scotiabank Arena was going bonkers. Toronto played with some extra juice. The Warriors had 10 days off, fresh off a perfect sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Its their fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Some of the sheen has inevitably waned; this is just what they do. Golden States performance was slathered in rust and complacency. The devastating cutting, high tempo and genius-level passing, all …

Kevin Durant could return to Golden State Warriors for Game 3, report says

The Golden State superstar could return from a calf injury as soon as Game 3 of the NBA finals, Yahoo Sports reported Kevin Durant could return from a calf injury as soon as Game 3 of the NBA finals, Yahoo Sports reported. Durant was Toronto opened the finals with a win to take a 1-0 lead. Yahoo reported there is optimism within the organization that Durant could play in Game 3, which is on Wednesday But the stronger possibility considering conditioning and risk of re-injury is Game 4 (7 June) of the series is more logical. The Warriors had been 5-0 without Durant in these playoffs until Thursdays defeat. KDs an all-time great player on both ends of the floor, …

Drake’s Toronto superfandom: annoying, ludicrous and completely understandable

The rapper has spent the last six weeks making the Raptors playoff run about him rather than the team, but celebrity fans are part of the NBAs heritage To get the most obvious controversy out of the way first, the debate over whether Drake Of course Drake is annoying. Whether flailing his arms about in celebration of the most humdrum layup, counter-productively trash talking Players You Should Not Piss Off like Kevin Durant or Draymond Green, Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) DRAKE GIVES NICK NURSE ANOTHER SHOULDER RUB EXCEPT NOW THE RAPTORS ARE GOING TO THE NBA FINALS May 26, 2019 Weve come a long way since the days of Jack Nicholson in his shades at the Great Western Forum, grinning conspiratorially …

LA Lakers to hire Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as assistant, report says

A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogels three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with a group that included owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis. The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando …

NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater wins Game 7 for Raptors over 76ers

Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history. NBA (@NBA) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Violence against women isnt a sports issue, but a societal one | Kavitha A Davidson

#MeToo backlash is a new twist to the backdrop as the NBA and Sacramento Kings investigate a sports reporters sexual assault allegations against Luke Walton The NBA and the Sacramento Kings have launched a joint investigation of newly hired head coach Luke Walton after a former sports reporter filed a civil suit accusing Walton of sexual assault, dating back to a 2014 incident when Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. As we await more facts to be known in whats looking like a classic he said, she said case, both sides have come out firing, with Waltons defense team employing familiar tactics of publicly discrediting the accuser while simultaneously imploring the media not to try this …

WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart suffers scary injury in Euroleague title game

The MVP of last years WNBA regular season and finals was helped off the court during the Euroleague women title game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury Breanna Stewart, the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA regular season and finals in 2018, was helped off the court during the Euroleague Women championship game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The Seattle Storm star was playing for Dynamo Kursk when she took a jumper with 27.2 seconds left in the first half against UMMC Ekaterinburg on Sunday. Stewart appeared to land awkwardly on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was defending her, and Stewart immediately grabbed at her lower right leg while …

Phoenix Suns end NBA record 18-game losing streak to Warriors

Golden States topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn on Sunday night as they lost to the Western Conferences worst team Golden States topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn on Sunday night as they lost to the Western Conferences bottom team. Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBAs longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111. The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on November 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against a Western Conference opponent this season. The Warriors are now 4-6 over the last 10 …

‘We need to be a lot better’: Lakers’ woes continue with loss to NBA-worst Suns

The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7ft 1in center Deandre Ayton on him on Saturday night The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7ft 1in center Deandre Ayton on him. James got his numbers, but the Suns frustrated the Lakers star and were able to push back when he tried to lead a late charge. Ayton had 26 points, 10 rebounds and primary defensive duties against James, helping the Suns hold off the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109 on Saturday night. That was a fun game, Ayton said. Im going to sleep well tonight. Phoenix lost the first three games this season against Los Angeles by double digits, but had …