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Obama Hints He May Want to Own an NBA Team

He's 'discussed' it, says press secretary

(Newser) - From the Oval Office to the locker room? It's a possibility for Barack Obama, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest. He said Wednesday that Obama has "discussed" becoming a part-owner of an NBA team and would be interested "potentially ... under the right circumstances," reports... More »

Massive Crowd Engulfs Cleveland for Cavs Parade

More than 1 million are believed to have come out to see LeBron and company

(Newser) - Following a parade choked to a crawl by a massive crowd, after proclamations, speeches, and fanfare, Cleveland watched a symbolic passing of the trophy—and the torch. When Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown handed the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, the city's... More »

LeBron James Just Became a Legend

Cleveland's championship is 'transformative'

(Newser) - LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 win Sunday night to cap an epic championship series, one in which the Cavs became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit. Some of the next-morning analysis:
  • If there are any LeBron haters left, it's time
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Steph Curry's Wife Says NBA Is 'Rigged'

Tweet followed Curry's ejection from Game 6

(Newser) - Steph Curry was thrown out of his first NBA game during the Golden State Warriors' 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday—and his wife is really not happy about it. In a since-deleted tweet, Ayesha Curry said the league is "... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

Man's Steph Curry Tweet Gets Him Fired

Moe Wahdan lost his job as a result

(Newser) - A Cleveland Cavaliers fan apparently trying to get under the skin of the NBA's MVP instead ended up losing his job. The 21-year-old sister of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tweeted Wednesday morning that Curry's whole family was heading to Cleveland to watch him play in... More »

US Olympic Basketball Team Loses NBA's MVP

Stephen Curry won't be going to Rio Olympics in August

(Newser) - Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the US basketball team without the NBA's MVP. Curry said Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for "several factors—including recent ankle and knee injuries." He didn't specify what the other... More »

Cops: NBA Player Killed While Breaking Into Apartment

Bryce Dejean-Jones played 14 games with the New Orleans Pelicans this season

(Newser) - A 23-year-old NBA player is dead after apparently breaking into a Dallas apartment early Saturday, the Des Moines Register reports. Police responded to a shooting at an apartment around 3:20 am and found Bryce Dejean-Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans wounded with a gunshot. He died at the hospital.... More »

Basketball, More Than Any Other Major Sport, Is a Family Affair

Nearly half of all NBA players are directly related to an 'elite athlete'

(Newser) - Want to play in the NBA? It definitely helps to have brothers, fathers, or uncles who've blazed that particular trail. A Wall Street Journal study found basketball, more than other professional sports, seems to run in the family. On the Golden State Warriors alone, Steph Curry's father and... More »

Kobe Bryant's Last Game Is Setting Ticket-Price Records

It could cost up to $28K to see the Black Mamba one last time

(Newser) - After 20 years and more than 1,300 career games, NBA great Kobe Bryant will suit up one last time for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, 24/7 Wall St. reports. And according to USA Today , that's making a meaningless matchup with the Utah Jazz possibly the most expensive... More »

Attorneys: Murder Case of NBA Star's Father Was Botched

Daniel Green was found guilty of killing James Jordan

(Newser) - Twenty years later, the man found guilty of murdering Michael Jordan's father may get a fresh trial. Attorneys for the convicted gunman, Daniel Green, say the original trial was rife with problems that only now are coming to light, the Charlotte Observer reports. To recap, Green and Larry Demery... More »

Nike Truly Botched Its Pitch Meeting With Steph Curry

Like 'something hastily thrown together by a hungover college student'

(Newser) - ESPN has a deep and fascinating look at what it calls "the marketing heist of the century": sneaker behemoth Nike losing out on megastar Steph Curry to comparatively tiny Under Armour. Curry is arguably the biggest name in the NBA right now, "a cult of personality so... More »

Report: NBA Star Injures Hand Hitting Team Staffer

The injury will likely keep him out for weeks

(Newser) - A NBA star will likely miss weeks of action after injuring his hand, apparently while striking a member of his team's equipment staff, ESPN reports. Sources say Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was arguing with the staff member inside a Toronto restaurant when he hit him, followed... More »

NBA Player Delivers Fiancee's Baby

He managed it with nothing but a pair of headphones and 'his bare hands'

(Newser) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert—more used to handling basketballs—calmly delivered a baby girl when his fiancee unexpectedly went into labor Wednesday morning. According to Shumpert's fiancee, Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter on Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account... More »

After NBA Star Called Him a Slur, Ref Reveals He's Gay

'I am proud to be a ref ... proud to be a gay man,' says Bill Kennedy

(Newser) - Referees are used to being called blind and stupid, and NBA refs take that heat from guys a foot or so taller than them, but in the case of Bill Kennedy it was a gay slur hurled his way in the heat of the moment that caused him to come... More »

Kobe Bryant Retires, Via a Poem

Laker says poetic farewell to basketball

(Newser) - "This season is all I have left to give," Kobe Bryant writes at the Players' Tribune , announcing his retirement in a moving poem that also serves as a love letter to the game. "My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my... More »

Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Dead at 60

Saunders had a 654-592 NBA record

(Newser) - Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60. Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and doctors called... More »

25-Year-Old NBA Star Gives $400K to Homeless Kids

Wizards' John Wall stopped by DC children's center with surprise donation

(Newser) - John Wall is only 25 years old and he's already achieved great success with the Washington Wizards, including being called by Fox Sports "one of the best point guards in the NBA." He can also check "philanthropist" off his list after his surprise visit Friday to... More »

Writer Pretends He's an NBA Draft Pick, Gets Wild

Elite Daily blogger Connor Toole makes good use of his height

(Newser) - A lanky blogger walked into Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night pretending to be an NBA Draft pick—and it worked, Fox Sports reports. The 6-foot-10-inch Connor Toole first posed for photos with fans outside the Center, then sauntered inside and got right out on the floor. "It turns... More »

Warriors End 40-Year Title Drought

They beat Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97

(Newser) - Revived by a fresh-faced shooting superstar and a first-year coach who made them believe, the Golden State Warriors again reign supreme. Their 40-year NBA championship drought is finally over—and a half-century of misery in Cleveland drags on. LeBron James just didn't have enough help. Stephen Curry and finals... More »

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