Fans support Hong Kong, Tibet at Nets’ 1st game since China
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets' first game since returning from China.
NBA says Chinese wanted Morey’s firing; China denies claim
The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong...
Silver: China asked for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to be fired
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league...
Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China.
That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the...
As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the...
LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters
HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.
LeBron: Rockets’ Morey ‘wasn’t educated’ on China tweet
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his...
Rockets focused on basketball after fallout from GM’s tweet
HOUSTON (AP) — The Rockets are back home in Houston, looking to leave behind the distractions from their trip to Asia.
Their two games in Japan were overshadowed by the aftermath of a tweet...
The Lakers-Nets series in China ends _ quietly, again
The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are heading home from China, their roles as unwitting participants in a geopolitical drama that neither team had any role in starting or escalating now...
Nationalism over NBA fandom: Fans support ‘motherland’ China
BEIJING (AP) — When Wu Xintong's favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, played the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this Thursday, she broke a viewing streak of more than 10 years and deliberately missed...
Irving aggravates injury, Nets hold off Lakers in Shanghai
Kyrie Irving flew halfway around the world to play for 66 seconds.
Irving aggravated his facial fracture shortly after tip-off in his preseason debut for the Brooklyn Nets, who beat the Los...
Seen but not heard: Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai
LeBron James raised his arms in appreciation of the cheering crowd in Shanghai shortly after the final buzzer, then removed his headband and flipped it toward some ticketholders clamoring for a...
Protesters show support for Hong Kong at Wizards game
Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up signs in support of Hong Kong on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards hosted a team from the Chinese Basketball Association.
NBA postpones media sessions in Shanghai amid China rift
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the...
Popovich lauds Silver’s response to China over tweet rift
MIAMI (AP) — Gregg Popovich, the NBA's longest-tenured coach, lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday for his stance supporting freedom of speech amid the ongoing rift with...
With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital
TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in...
US companies walk fine line when doing business with China
NEW YORK (AP) — The furor over a tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of Hong Kong protesters is highlighting the fine line that U.S. companies must walk when doing business...
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- The Washington TimesBen Sasse slams NBA for 'apology' to communist ChinaOctober 7, 2019
- The Washington TimesBen Sasse slams NBA for 'apology' to communist ChinaOctober 7, 2019
The Latest: Chinese say people have expressed their opinion
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA's relationship with China (all times local):
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says ordinary people have already expressed...
Could Yao Ming mend the fences between the NBA and China?
TOKYO (AP) — Yao Ming could be the man in the middle if the NBA and China are going to mend fences.
Yao is a former Houston Rockets great and a basketball Hall of Famer. At home, the...
NBA’s reaction to Morey tweet differs in English, Chinese
BEIJING (AP) — The NBA put out one statement reacting to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protest movement.
NBA’s ties with China, worth billions, now under strain
It wasn't even a month ago that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat overlooking center court at an arena in Beijing, watching the gold-medal game at the World Cup with other basketball...
Rockets’ general manager’s Hong Kong comments anger China
BEIJING (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters,...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Sachin Gupta their executive vice president of basketball operations, continuing the front office makeover under new president Gersson...
Westbrook all smiles in introduction with Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook knows he's in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.
And he's ready to do whatever it takes to make the move...
On Basketball: Warriors, Rockets should be embarrassed
Golden State and Houston should be embarrassed.
And NBA fans should be livid.
Steve Kerr, the Warriors' coach and about as classy an act as there is in the league, opened his media...
Gamblers like their odds at MIT sports analytics conference
BOSTON (AP) — In the early years of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a couple hundred math whizzes gathered on the school's campus hoping for a breakthrough that would make them the next...
Rockets’ Chris Paul strains hamstring, out at least 2 weeks
MIAMI (AP) — Different leg. Same problem.
Houston's Chris Paul has a grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, and general manager Daryl Morey said Friday the All-Star point guard will be out at least two weeks.
"We've got to figure it out," said Rockets guard James Harden, the league's reigning MVP. "Injuries happen."
Rockets’ Paul out at least 2 weeks with hamstring injury
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Chris Paul has a grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and will be out at least two weeks.
The point guard was injured in the second quarter on Thursday night in a loss to Miami. General manager Daryl Morey announced the injury on Friday after Paul had an MRI and said he will be re-evaluated in about two weeks.
Rockets “parting ways” with 10-time All-Star Anthony
HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is "parting ways" with Anthony and "working toward a resolution."
Anthony played just 10 games for the Rockets after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.
Rockets GM denies report that Anthony will be waived
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied a report Sunday that said Carmelo Anthony's time with the team will soon come to an end.
Anthony, who was out for the second straight game Sunday night with an illness, is in his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City.
Harden to miss at least 2 games with hamstring injury
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden will miss at least two games because of a hamstring injury, starting with Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Harden didn't practice on Thursday after leaving Wednesday night's loss to Utah after experiencing tightness in the hamstring in the fourth quarter.
General manager Daryl Morey said Thursday that Harden had a Grade 1-Plus hamstring strain and that he'd sit out on Friday and Tuesday against Portland before being re-evaluated.
Anthony signs 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Houston Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.
Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.
Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract.
Pistons hire Sachin Gupta as assistant general manager
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have hired Sachin Gupta as their assistant general manager.
The Pistons announced the move Tuesday.
Gupta was a special adviser to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey last season. He previously worked for the Philadelphia 76ers under then-GM Sam Hinkie.
Ed Stefanski, a special adviser to Pistons owner Tom Gores, says Sachin has a great handle on analytics and will be a "tremendous resource" for the basketball operations team.
Rockets get USC’s Melton, Purdue’s Edwards on draft night
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets believe they got a steal by adding Southern California's De'Anthony Melton with the 46th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night — and they aren't worried about his off-court headlines.
Melton was drafted by the Rockets following a season in which he was ruled ineligible because of an extra benefits scandal.
‘Small Ball’ rests between the head and the heart of Daryl Morey
Daryl Morey arrives early to Hugo’s and orders a lobster taco dish. His guest soon arrives and, minutes later, so does the dish. But Morey orders the same dish again because the number of tacos on the plate (one) doesn’t equal the number of diners at the table (two). As he begins to speak, he places the two smartphones he’s been juggling next to his plate, on top of a napkin, though he picks one of them up later to look up a word. Indeed, he used “progenitor” correctly. “I feel better,” he says.
Curry, Thompson help Warriors over Rockets 124-114
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry is well aware that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has crafted his team specifically to try and beat the Golden State Warriors.
"As much as he talks about it, yeah it's hard not to," Curry said. "It's pretty ... clear."
But on Thursday night with the Rockets missing the most important piece on their team in James Harden, Chris Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending champions.
Rockets sign free agent Gerald Green
BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed veteran swingman Gerald Green.
General manager Daryl Morey announced the signing Thursday a few hours before the Rockets played at Boston, where Green played 47 games last season. Green, 31, was wearing No. 14 on the bench for the Rockets, who were without point guard Chris Paul for the third straight game with a left abductor strain.
Harden intent on winning title in wake of new deal
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.
And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.
The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, "supermax" extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.
Rockets acquire Chris Paul from Clippers in 8-player deal
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, giving the Rockets two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship.
Houston Rockets select Hartenstein in 2nd round of draft
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston kept just one pick in this year's NBA draft and he won't even be with the team next season.
The Rockets selected German center Isaiah Hartenstein in the second round of the NBA draft with the 43rd pick, but general manager Daryl Morey said he won't play in the United States in his first year.
"He's going to play with us this summer and then develop overseas next year," Morey said.
Zach Herbst’s My GA Online poised to change the game for football coaches everywhere
Since the Bill James Baseball Abstract burst onto the scene in 1977, the world of sports has advanced steadily into the Information Age, despite a kind of veteran-driven inertia.
Charles Barkley's 2015 Inside the NBA on TNT rant (in which he alleged, "analytics is crap," called Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, "one of those idiots," and went on to question his romantic success in high school) notwithstanding, conventional wisdom has nearly caught up to reality.
Rockets’ go all in on shared vision of winning style
Mike D'Antoni preached, and the choir in Rockets gear sang along.
He tends to do that when given the chance to share the gospel from the book of pace and space offense, but that was what was expected in a job interview.
Harden ready to help Rockets bounce back this season
HOUSTON (AP) — When the NBA season tips off, James Harden will be able to run Mike D'Antoni's famed seven seconds or less offense in games that count.
The question is whether the scheme of Houston's new coach will be enough to help the Rockets bounce back after last year's disappointing season.
"We're very excited about what (D'Antoni) brings ... and the players all fit in with what he's been honing for a very long and successful coaching career," general manager Daryl Morey said.