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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 »

NBA Player: Cops Broke My Ankle

Thabo Sefolosha says police caused injuries during April 8 arrest

(Newser) - Professional basketball players risk season-ending injuries every day on the court. But Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks says his broken fibula and torn ligaments weren't suffered during a game, but during an incident with the NYPD. "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have... More »

First Black NBA Player Dies

Earl Lloyd joined Washington Capitals in 1950

(Newser) - Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died yesterday. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death but did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and... More »

NBA Stars Join Garner Protest

They don 'I Can't Breathe' shirts before NYC game

(Newser) - As Eric Garner protesters staged a "die-in" outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night, players from both the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers donned T-shirts to show their support. LeBron James was among those wearing an "I Can't Breathe" shirt during a pregame warm-up, referring to Garner'... More »

Short NBA Refs? Expect More Foul Calls

Shortest crew calls an extra .147 fouls per game: study

(Newser) - NBA players be warned: If you've got a team of referees on the short side, you may want to keep your play extra clean. A study finds that shorter groups of refs are more likely to call fouls than are their taller counterparts, the Wall Street Journal reports. Researchers... More »

Atlanta Hawks Owner Selling Team Over Racist Email

Bruce Levenson self-reported email he sent 2 years ago

(Newser) - Bruce Levenson is unloading his controlling stake in the Atlanta Hawks over a racist email he sent two years ago, and he has an interesting person to blame for airing the email in the first place: Himself. It seems that in July Levenson self-reported an "inappropriate and offensive" email... More »

Netscape and Joe Camel, Class of '18 Never Knew Ye

Saturday morning cartoons not a big thing for them

(Newser) - Kids these days, with their Firefox and Chrome … Members of the incoming Class of 2018 probably never used Netscape or got hooked on Saturday morning cartoons, according to an annual list apparently aimed at making you feel old. Beloit College in Wisconsin notes in its yearly Mindset List that... More »

Ballmer Takes Over as LA Clippers Owner

Judge makes sale official

(Newser) - Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The former Microsoft CEO's record $2 billion purchase of the team was confirmed by a Los Angeles judge yesterday, clearing the way for the avid pickup basketball... More »

NBA Gets First Female Assistant Coach

WNBA star Becky Hammon joins San Antonio Spurs

(Newser) - A little glass shattered today in the world of sports: The San Antonio Spurs hired WNBA all-star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach—a first for a woman in the NBA, reports the Washington Post . Hammon, who is retiring this year after 16 seasons in the women's league, had... More »

LeBron Back to Cleveland: 'I'm Coming Home'

NBA star returning to his original team

(Newser) - LeBron James is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he first became a superstar. As the local Plain Dealer puts it, "King James has reclaimed his throne." And as James himself puts it, "I'm coming home." In an essay at Sports Illustrated , James explains... More »

Sterling Yells, Calls Wife 'Pig' in Court

That followed a surprisingly tender moment between the pair

(Newser) - There have been some surprising moments in the courtroom as Donald Sterling battles to keep a firm grip on his Los Angeles Clippers. Earlier this week, Sterling pulled his wife close to him as she whispered in his ear and wiped away a tear, the New York Times reports. Seems... More »

LeBron James Opts Out, Will Be Free Agent

Star exercises early termination clause with Heat

(Newser) - America, are you ready for The Decision II? Well, too bad, because LeBron James is apparently taking his talents away from South Beach. The player generally regarded as the NBA's best has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, his agent tells ESPN . The move... More »

Spurs Rout Heat to Become NBA Champs

They take 5th title with 104-87 win in Game 5

(Newser) - The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all. The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. A... More »

Sterling Hires Team to 'Dig Up Dirt' on NBA

Owners and commissioners, watch your back

(Newser) - The NBA better hope there are no skeletons in its closet: After plenty of bouncing back and forth on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling is striking again at the league, having hired a bevvy of investigators to "dig up all the dirt they can find"... More »

Sterling: Clippers Sale Is Off

'I must fight to protect my rights,' he says

(Newser) - Looks like Donald Sterling has decided he wants a fight after all. The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers he agreed to last week is off and his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA is back on, Sterling's lawyer tells ESPN . "I have decided that I... More »

Sterling OKs Clippers Sale, Feels 'Fabulous'

He drops opposition to $2B Ballmer buy

(Newser) - Instead of unleashing a legal battle his lawyer likened to "World War III," Donald Sterling has decided to just sell the Los Angeles Clippers for a massive profit. His lawyer says Sterling has approved the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion and will drop... More »

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