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Singer: Anthem Performance Axed Because of My Shirt

Sevyn Streeter wore 'We Matter' shirt to 76ers game

(Newser) - Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey. She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, but she tells the AP that just minutes before... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

NBA Player Apologizes for Big 'Mistake' in China

Houston Rockets' Bobby Brown says he's sorry after sharing photo of tagged Great Wall

(Newser) - It's not quite as bad as peeing on the Alamo , but Bobby Brown of the Houston Rockets is still getting a hard time from commenters in China after leaving graffiti on the country's Great Wall. Brown, who played in China for three seasons, not only tagged the wall... More »

North Carolina Loses NBA All- Star Game Over Anti-LGBT Law

It was expected to put $100M into Charlotte-area economy

(Newser) - The NBA, following through on a threat made months ago, has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina over concerns about the state's anti-LGBT legislation , USA Today reports. “We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was... More »

NBA Player Makes $8M, Lives in Parents' Basement

This way he doesn't have to cut the grass

(Newser) - Jeff Teague is setting himself up for millennial jokes by living in his parents' basement, notes USA Today . Unlike a lot of millennials, however, he happens to make $8 million a year. The 28-year-old NBA player tells Fox Sports that he bought a house in his hometown of Indianapolis several... More »

At ESPY Awards, NBA Stars Plead for End to Gun Violence

LeBron James won five trophies

(Newser) - LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling, the AP reports. The show honoring the year's best athletes and sports moments opened... More »

Blockbuster Deal Just Made Lebron's Repeat Chances Much Tougher

Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warriors

(Newser) - The Golden State Warriors were nearly invincible during the regular season this year, but they fell to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. If the Cavs hope to repeat, it looks like they'll have to go through Golden State once again: The Warriors just added free... More »

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 »

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