Draft Diary: Gustafson talks about draft day experience
NEW YORK (AP) — God doesn't make mistakes.
I would say that this was the single best piece of reassurance that I was given from draft orientation, and it stayed with me all throughout draft...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Walt Lemon Jr. has seen much of the world during his professional basketball career. It has taken him to Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Greece and to the G League.
NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary about Ron Artest includes an extensive retrospective about the brawl with fans the former NBA star triggered at a game in Detroit.
Longtime Pitt analyst Dick Groat won’t return in 2019-20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball announcer Dick Groat won't return for a 41st season as a color analyst on the team's radio broadcasts.
Saric criticizes World Cup qualifying system as Croatia out
NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday.
Sparks hire Danita Johnson from Clippers as team president
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have hired Danita Johnson as president and chief operation officer in her second stint with the WNBA team.
She previously worked as the team's senior vice president. Johnson most recently was director of business operations for the Los Angeles Clippers, overseeing their G League affiliate.
Johnson replaces Christine Simmons, who became chief operating officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last month.
Brian Agler hired to coach WNBA’s Dallas Wings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Wings had already been through an extensive search for a new coach when Brian Agler suddenly became an option.
"Better to be lucky than good sometimes," Wings general manager and president Greg Bibb said Tuesday when introducing the team's new coach. "And we got lucky in early December when the all-time winningest coach in U.S. women's professional basketball history became available."
Brian Agler resigns as coach of WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks
Brian Agler is ready for a new challenge.
The longtime WNBA coach resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday after four years with the team that included winning a championship in 2016.
"Sometimes it's time to make a change," Agler said in a phone interview with the AP on Friday.
Agler officially resigned on Nov. 1, but was required by contract to give the team 30 days' notice. The team announced the move Friday morning.
Basketball debt case against ex-Twin Silva is revived
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has revived the case of a professional basketball player seeking money from former Minnesota Twins pitcher Carlos Silva.
Leon Rodgers played for the Marinos in Venezuela starting in 2012 and signed an employment agreement in 2014 to play two more seasons, with an option for a third. The lawsuit alleges the team failed to pay Rodgers' full salary for the next three years and that Silva, who once owned the team, agreed to personally pay him.
Nuggets add Sue Bird to front office staff
DENVER (AP) — WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets' front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.
Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, said Bird's new title is basketball operations associate.
In a statement, Connelly said, "We are very excited to have Sue join our organization. Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective."
Bob Bass, former GM in San Antonio and Charlotte, dead at 89
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bob Bass, the former San Antonio and Charlotte general manager who was an integral part of the front office for most of the Spurs' first 20 years in South Texas, has died. He was 89.
Bass' death was confirmed by the club Saturday in a statement from coach Gregg Popovich. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Bass died Friday at home in San Antonio after a series of strokes.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A two-time NBA All-Star is returning to his hometown in Alaska to host a weeklong youth basketball camp.
The Juneau Empire reports 36-year-old Carlos Boozer is holding his second camp that begins Monday at Juneau-Douglas High School, where Boozer graduated from in 1999.
Behind the scenes of Kevin Huerter’s draft moment
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The hardest part of NBA draft night for Kevin Huerter was keeping a straight face.
He knew, moments before virtually anyone else did, that he was about to become a professional basketball player. Dozens of friends and family flanked him, all their eyes intently on the television screens as they waited for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to stand at his lectern in New York and give the word that they all came to hear.
NEW YORK (AP) — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he's unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.
He's already a pro. He's already a champion.
And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this class.
After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected Thursday, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newly released police video of the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown show one officer stepping on Brown's ankle while he was handcuffed on the ground and others discussing the potential backlash of taking down a black professional basketball player.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder will premiere a documentary on retiring forward Nick Collison to the public for free.
The Oklahoman reports that the NBA team will screen "Mr. Thunder" June 9 at the Myriad Gardens.
DETROIT (AP) — Participants in a mentoring program started by professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are graduating from high school.
An invitation-only reception is scheduled Thursday evening for the 18 young men in Bing's Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth & Opportunities initiative — BINGO. They started the program in 2014 as 9th graders.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Bryant Crawford is starting his professional basketball career and will not return to Wake Forest for his senior season.
Crawford announced his decision Tuesday through the school. The guard initially went through the pre-draft process earlier this month without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility he would come back to school.
Golden State's Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given to an NBA coach in recognition of his cooperation with media and fans, as well as excellence on the court.
The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the winner Tuesday. The award is named for Tomjanovich, the former Houston Rockets coach.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Forward Kaiser Gates has decided to forego his senior season at Xavier and enter professional basketball, leaving the Musketeers without five top players from the team that won the Big East regular season title last season.
Gates tweeted his decision Saturday. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior, when he started 18 games.
DePaul extends Bruno’s contract through 2023-24
CHICAGO (AP) — DePaul has extended coach Doug Bruno's contract through the 2023-24 season.
Bruno, a Chicago product who played for Hall of Famer Ray Meyer in the late 1960s and '70s, has won 668 games in 32 seasons over two stints coaching the Blue Demons. He also coached the Chicago Hustle of the Women's Professional Basketball League from 1978-80.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three weeks ago, Ty Lawson was playing professional basketball in China.
Nowadays, he's one of the first subs off the bench for the Washington Wizards in their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan standout Charles Matthews is taking a step toward playing professional basketball without giving up on the option of staying in school.
Matthews said Friday he is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.
Monessen native Elijah Minnie thinks he is close to being ready for professional basketball.
In the meantime, he is browsing options to see what his stock is worth.
Minnie, a 6-foot-9 redshirt junior forward at Eastern Michigan, announced Tuesday is he declaring for the NBA Draft. He will not hire an agent, which means he won't jeopardize his eligibility and could return to school for his senior year.
STAMFORD — Dick Barnett made his dream of a professional basketball career, which ultimately spanned 15 seasons, a reality by following a simple formula.
“You have to nourish your dream every single day,” Barnett explained. “For me, that meant playing or practicing basketball on Christmas, on Thanksgiving, on Easter. Even on prom night. A dream is the sustenance of hope. That’s what I had to do in order to achieve.”
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says a new assistant coach on the men's basketball team is believed to be the only woman in the role in Division I basketball.
School officials say Edniesha Curry was hired as one of three assistant coaches under new head coach Richard Barron.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse five-star recruit Darius Bazley, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night, said he's changed his mind about college and will head to the NBA's development league.
The 17-year-old Bazley, a 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati, posted the announcement on his Twitter account on Thursday.
Vols’ Schofield enters name in draft, doesn’t hire agent
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield has decided to enter his name into the NBA draft without hiring an agent, which gives him the option to return for his senior season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook has submitted paperwork for early entry into the 2018 NBA draft. He has not hired an agent, meaning he could possibly return to the Hawkeyes next season.
Cook announced Friday that he is seeking to gauge the league's interest after he led Iowa with 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 2017-18.
The 6-foot-9 Cook also ranked seventh in the Big Ten with seven double-doubles and eighth in shooting percentage.
Washington State’s Robert Franks says decision regarding next season will come ‘down the line’
Robert Franks reconstructed his body last offseason and took his game to new heights, collecting Pac-12 Conference Most Improved Player honors after nearly tripling his scoring average and doubling his rebounding totals from his sophomore season.
The NBA says it is seeking an answer to the one-and-done issue, and that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
It already has an answer.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has acknowledged for years that the current plan — where players have to be 19 years old and a year out of high school before reaching the league — doesn't work. The NBA has talked about raising the minimum age to 20. The players have talked about lowering the minimum age to 18.
Connecticut looks to plan for possible legal sports betting
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some top state lawmakers say they want Connecticut to be prepared for an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling on legalized sports betting.
Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) said Wednesday that if the nation's highest court allows more states to offer sports betting, "Connecticut should be ready to go from both a regulatory and operational standpoint."
Redefining success has been a theme for Northwest Christian and senior guard Michael Loomis.
For the Beacons, that meant adjusting expectations after back-to-back conference titles and trips to the NAIA national tournament.
For Loomis, it meant coming to terms with a basketball career that hasn’t gone according to script.
The newest Detroit Pistons superstar shows sharp chops and easy charm in Whitney Cummings' dud romantic comedy
The good news about "The Female Brain" is Blake Griffin is a hoot as a professional basketball player nursing a knee injury and working out problems with his wife, played by "SNL's" Cecily Strong.
The bad news is "The Female Brain" is weak enough that Griffin is easily able to steal the show.
Ex-Michigan State F Payne signs with Panathinaikos in Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Adreian Payne has taken his professional basketball career overseas, signing with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League.
The team announced the move Monday.
Payne later posted on Instagram , saying he was excited to join a historic club and help it try to win a Euroleague title and Greek Championship.
t’ll be an exciting day Saturday for New Iberia when the Flight Squad Professional Basketball Team will take on the WECNA AllStar Players in the gymnasium at New Iberia Senior High School.
The professional basketball show and game is coordinated by the West End Council of Neighborhood Associations, which has provided similar entertaining basketball shows in previous years for New Iberia residents of all ages to enjoy.
Tyrice D’Andre Hill Sr. was used to working hard to create the life he wanted.
The former professional basketball player was working two jobs — one to pay the bills and the other to build his brand in the San Antonio DJ scene.
During the day, he was an assistant manager at Hibbett Sports, a sporting goods store; but at night he worked the turntables.
“‘Yo, it’s DJ Reece!’ — that is how he opened,” said his friend DeVonte Durham. “People had a good time; it was like a concert.”
John W. Parker, a longtime educator and former professional basketball official, died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. He was 82.
He was born on July 27, 1935, to the late Albert P. Parker and Mary J. Parker in Norristown. He was the second of five children.
American apologizes to black athletes for theft accusation
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says it is reviewing why two professional basketball players were removed from a Sioux Falls, S.D.-bound flight on Sunday.
An airline spokesman said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell had boarded Flight 3756 operated by Envoy Air at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Two first-class passengers gave the players their blankets as they headed to their seats in coach.
MICHIGAN CITY — Professional basketball player and Michigan City native Jarrod Jones returned to his hometown for the birth of his baby daughter, Dallas, last week; and made sure to stop at City Hall on Dec. 19 to make significant gifts to two local organizations before he flew back to Turkey that night.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball turn pro with club team in Lithuania
A professional Lithuanian basketball club signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.
The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA , where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team's season-opening trip to China.
Chris Bosh’s mother questioned in drug raid
DESOTO, Texas (AP) — The mother professional basketball free agent Chris Bosh is among several people questioned by police during a drug raid in a Dallas suburb.
A DeSoto police spokesman said Frieda Bosh was one of several people found about 6:30 a.m. Friday in the house in a posh gated community in DeSoto. Police Sgt. Nick Bristow said no arrests were made, but enough drug paraphernalia was found to indicate they were used in narcotics trafficking. He said the investigation was continuing.
The NBA's developmental minor league, the Gatorade League, continues to move and add franchises at a frenetic pace, surging toward its ultimate, ill-advised goal of getting to 30 : one for every NBA franchise. As difficult as it is to keep track of the cities, owners and affiliations, there is one member that is both the easiest to identify and the one being treated the worst : the fan base.
Rapid City Rush names new president to oversee business
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man with experience with professional basketball, soccer and hockey has been named the new president of the Rapid City Rush hockey team.
Joe Macdonell has worked as an official with the NBA's then-New Jersey Nets and with New York and Chicago organizations in the MLS. Since 2010 he has been vice president of business operations for the USHL.
Ashley Southern hired as Berry women’s basketball assistant coach
Berry College Athletics Director, Todd Brooks, has announced the hiring of Ashley Southern to serve as the women's basketball team's assistant coach effective immediately.
Southern joins Berry College and the women's basketball coaching staff following a basketball career at both the collegiate and professional levels. Southern arrives at Berry after playing in the Damen-Basketball Bundesliga League for the past year, the premier women's professional basketball program out of Germany.
Group seeking Seattle NBA team says it would build 2 arenas
SEATTLE (AP) — An investment group that wants to build a sports arena for professional basketball and possibly hockey has offered to also rebuild KeyArena, the former home of Seattle's departed NBA franchise.
The move Thursday by the group led by investor Chris Hansen is the latest in the long-running debate over building a new arena. Hansen wants to privately build a facility in an area that's home to venues for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.
70-year sentence handed man in basketball player’s death
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A 70-year prison sentence has been handed a suburban Chicago man convicted in the 2014 murder of a former professional basketball player.
The lengthy prison sentence was handed Friday to 54-year-old Jeffrey Keller for the shooting death of 37-year-old Nate Fox.
Fox was ambushed outside his Bloomingdale home by Keller, who DuPage County prosecutors say mistakenly believed the younger man was having an affair with a woman Keller was interested in.
Rested Dream forward Angel McCoughtry eyes return to hoops
ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry has no regrets about becoming the latest WNBA player to sit out the season to rest and recover from playing professional basketball year-round.
"I'm not waking up aching, nothing is hurting right now," said the 30-year-old Atlanta Dream forward. "It's a good feeling."