WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that Jerry West, the pro basketball great, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation's...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Major champion. FedEx Cup champion. And now Justin Thomas has another title.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mitch Chortkoff, a columnist and beat writer who covered the Los Angeles Lakers for over 50 years, has died. He was 78.
He died Tuesday at a health care facility in Van Nuys following a long illness, according to his brother Stan.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jacob Evans drew the attention of the Golden State Warriors as much for his defense as his versatility.
"He's a serious player," Warriors GM Bob Myers said Thursday night after making the 6-foot-6 Cincinnati wing player their first-round pick with the 28th overall selection. "He's defensive-minded. He has a knack for it and a nose for rebounds."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night's home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Baylor's statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.
Boston College guards dip toes into NBA draft
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College guards Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman will enter the NBA draft but won't sign with an agent in case they decide to return to school.
The two players would maintain their eligibility if they are not happy with where they are drafted.
SAN DIEGO — Let's call this what it actually is.
When Marshall battles West Virginia University at 9:40 p.m. Sunday in NCAA Tournament second-round play here at Viejas Arena, it will be the greatest athletic event in the state of West Virginia's history.
Not that there haven't been other noteworthy endeavors.
There was WVU's NCAA national championship game appearance in 1959, but the Jerry West-led Mountaineers lost to California, 71-70.
Atascotia alums Carsen Edwards and Fabian White, Jr. are going dancing.
After three district MVPs, four all-region selections and three first team all-state selections between the two at Atascocita, both have continued their educational and basketball careers at Division I colleges. Now the two are headed for the NCAA Tournament - the pinnacle of college basketball.
"I'm very excited," White said. "It's something the team has been talking about since the beginning of the season."
Detroit — The record book will forever say Kendrick Nunn played just one single season of Oakland Golden Grizzlies basketball.
But what a season it was.
And it could get even better. On Tuesday, Nunn was named one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award, given to the nation's top shooting guard.
Magee, Hoover help Wofford end skid, 92-79 over Samford
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover teamed up to score 21 points in a late breakaway run as Wofford lost a big lead, but got it back and defeated Samford 92-79 Wednesday night, ending a two-game skid.
With Furman's loss, Wofford takes sole possession of third place in the Southern Conference, rebounding from consecutive conference losses to The Citadel and Mercer.
Danilo Gallinari had 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers scored the last 13 points of the game to rally past the Dallas Mavericks 104-101 last night. On a night when his last name was misspelled on the back of his jersey, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes.
Creighton men's basketball guard Marcus Foster is one of ten finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
Creighton’s Foster named to John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list
The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list, and that list contains Creighton guard Marcus Foster.
Oakland's Kendrick Nunn has been named one of 10 candidates for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.
Nunn, a redshirt senior from Chicago, leads the NCAA in 3-pointers per game (4.64). He also ranks second nationally in scoring (26.0) and total 3-pointers made (102).
Villanova returns to No. 1 in reshuffled AP Top 25 poll
Villanova needed just a week to reclaim its lost No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. West Virginia waited a lot longer — nearly six decades, in fact — to get back to its position at No. 2.
Winning, not milestones, important to Mountaineers senior
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ask West Virginia guard Daxter Miles how many of the players he could name in the program's 1,000-point club, and he wastes no time throwing out a handful of names.
First, of course, came teammate and fellow senior Jevon Carter, followed by other recent WVU stars like Devin Williams and Juwan Staten and all-time greats like Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley. And now, after the Dec. 20 win against Coppin State, Miles can add himself to that list.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Darrall Imhoff, the former University of California and U.S. Olympic champion center who played 12 seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 78.
The Portland Trail Blazers said Saturday that Imhoff died Friday in Bend of a heart attack.
Imhoff led the Pete Newell-coached Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA title and played alongside Oscar Robertson and Jerry West on the 1960 Olympic team — also coached by Newell.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer Jerry West, fresh off helping the Golden State Warriors win another NBA championship, is now officially a consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers.
West was introduced at a news conference Monday with Doc Rivers, the Clippers' coach and president of basketball operations, and Executive Vice President Lawrence Frank. He had been an executive board member with the Warriors and is expected to have a similar role with LA.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer Jerry West is leaving his job as an executive board member with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and is expected to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said to NBC Sports Bay Area during Thursday's victory parade festivities, "Jerry West, gone." Myers had said last week he would have a discussion with West after the season, which ended in Monday's Game 5 against Cleveland.
It never happened between Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics. Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell.
While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.
Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga (34-1)
Sweet 16, West region; San Jose, California; 7:39 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: The Bulldogs make their eighth Sweet 16 appearance during a run of 19 straight tournament trips. They have lost in five of the previous seven trips and are still seeking the first Final Four in school history. The Mountaineers seek their third trip to the regional final since runner-up appearance with Jerry West back in 1959.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Don't be fooled by the Mountaineers referring to themselves as "Press" Virginia as a result of their relentless defensive pressure.
This team can score.
Led by Jevon Carter's 24 points, the Mountaineers outshot the Fighting Irish in an 83-71 win on Saturday to clinch their third Sweet 16 berth since 2010.
NORMAN AREY COLUMN: I want to share with you my love for college basketball
I wanted to use this opportunity to try and share with you my love for college basketball. I’ve been told that when I write about anything other than football people stop reading, but hear me out. I’ve mentioned some of this before, but when I was growing up in Henderson, North Carolina, I fell in love with basketball. I was deep in ACC country and, as you well know, until recently they knew little about college football. The only football I saw was a weekly game of the Washington Redskins on TV sponsored by Amoco.
Power of science: Warriors thrive with chemistry experiment
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited in Oakland, hold secret chats.
"We're building an empire," Iguodala joked. "We've got secret stuff we can't talk about."
Jonnie West — son of Hall of Famer and Warriors executive Jerry West — joins Curry, Pachulia and Thompson for their card games.
WVU replacing former fieldhouse with business school complex
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is tearing down a former basketball fieldhouse where Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley thrived to make way for a business school complex.
The university says in a news release that the College of Business and Economics complex will be located where Stansbury Hall now sits.
The building was known as the WVU Field House when Hundley played there from 1954 to 1957 and West from 1956 to 1960.