Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo has elbow surgery
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder rookie guard Hamidou Diallo, the NBA's slam dunk contest winner this season, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow on Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the outcome all but decided and just over a minute remaining, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan wanted to get Russell Westbrook out of Tuesday's...
Tatum, Harris, Diallo win titles at All-Star Saturday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boston's Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O'Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn's Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State's Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his hometown.
Say this for All-Star Saturday Night: It had flair.
The Latest: OKC’s Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion.
Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New York's Dennis Smith Jr.
Diallo topped Smith 88-85 in the finale. Charlotte's Miles Bridges and Atlanta's John Collins went out in the first round.
Booker to defend 3-point contest title vs Curry brothers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devin Booker is ready to take on the Curry brothers.
The Phoenix Suns guard will look to defend his NBA All-Star 3-point championship from a year ago against brothers Stephen and Seth Curry on Feb. 16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephen Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, won the event in 2015 while brother Seth, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, is competing in his first 3-point contest.
Westbrook stars, Diallo hurt in Thunder’s win over Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three Thunder players were injured and Oklahoma City still left Oracle Arena with a lopsided win against the ailing, slumping two-time defending NBA champions.
Thunder rookie Diallo avoids serious leg injury after fall
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo avoided a serious leg injury after a hard fall in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma City's 123-95 win at Golden State on Wednesday night.
He was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left after crashing to the floor and colliding with Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko. The team said Warriors team physicians ruled out a severe injury based on X-rays from the left knee and below. Diallo was to be re-examined Thursday in Oklahoma.
Kentucky Preview Capsule
Last season: 26-11, won the SEC Tournament title and reached NCAA Sweet 16.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: Forward Kevin Knox and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander became NBA lottery selections. Guard Hamidou Diallo and forward Jarred Vanderbilt were also drafted.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - P.J. Washington made a steal that led to Kevin Knox's go-ahead layup with 2:28 left, then added four points down the stretch to help No. 21 Kentucky rally past Texas A&M 74-73 on Tuesday night.
Trailing 59-53 with 8:43 remaining, the Wildcats clawed back to tie the game three times before Washington stole a high pass and fed Knox for a 69-67 lead. Washington added a layup between two free throws for a 73-69 edge.
No. 16 Kentucky rallies past Georgia 66-61 in SEC opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A night in which No. 16 Kentucky seemingly couldn't make any shots didn't stop the Wildcats from trying, especially with the lead within reach against Georgia.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander changed everything with one timely 3-pointer that freed things up for everything to fall when they needed them.
Knox, Diallo lead No. 8 Kentucky past Virginia Tech 93-86
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Needing every point possible to compete with high-scoring Virginia Tech, No. 8 Kentucky got offense from all over the court off numerous opportunities created by a disruptive defense.
Kevin Knox scored 21 points, Hamidou Diallo added 20, including a big 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining, and the Wildcats outlasted Virginia Tech 93-86 on Saturday for their most significant victory this season.
Diallo scores 23, No. 8 Kentucky beats Monmouth 93-76
NEW YORK (AP) — During a recent practice, Kentucky coach John Calipari noticed freshman guard Hamidou Diallo was pulling his hand back after launching jump shots.
The technique worried Calipari, so as he recalled, he forced the New York City product to "keep his follow through."
Based on what transpired at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, coach knows best.
Big second half lifts No. 5 Kentucky past Utah Valley 73-63
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's upside for its youthful roster after an awful first half was having another 20 minutes to make up for it.
The Wildcats actually took control in less than 5 minutes, surprisingly with a zone defense that especially paid off for Hamidou Diallo.
Diallo scored 13 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and No. 5 Kentucky shot 59 percent after halftime to rally past Utah Valley 73-63 on Friday night in the opener for both schools.
Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Kentucky’s 2nd-year players help freshmen got comfortable
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's roster always seems dominated by freshmen. This year will be no different.
The Wildcats will have eight new faces this fall. It has been a way of life in Lexington with the steady flow of one-and-dones under coach John Calipari.
But sophomores Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, along with redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo have eagerly embraced new leadership roles — though they're entering just their second seasons themselves.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school to begin playing with the Wildcats.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has announced the signings of guard Jemarl Baker and forwards Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt.
Kentucky's signings come as guard Hamidou Diallo faces Wednesday's deadline on whether he'll stay in the NBA draft or return to school after not playing as a mid-year enrollee.