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Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

30 Years Later, Stunning Death in Basketball Still Lingers

Len Bias overdosed 2 days after being drafted by Celtics

(Newser) - It was huge news 30 years ago almost to the day: College basketball phenom Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose just two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. A look at coverage of the anniversary:
  • Bias starred at the University of Maryland, and a feature in the
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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 »

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(Newser) - Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the US basketball team without the NBA's MVP.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 »

Bad News for Guy Tied for First in $50K NCAA Contest

He's doing really well in his bracket picks, except ... he forgot to choose a winner

(Newser) - Deadspin's "oh noooooo" is probably the best way to express the sad tale of James Kiki. The resident of Syracuse, NY—and refugee from South Sudan—decided to enter Yahoo's bracket contest for the NCAA basketball tournament, making his picks for the $50,000 grand prize,... More »

$100 Bet on Syracuse Win Could Pay $100K

Wager was placed when no one thought the Orange had a chance

(Newser) - In an incredible run that SB Nation says "doesn't make sense" and Sports Illustrated labels "improbable," Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday, the AP reports—making the Orange the first No. 10 seed to make it to the Final Four. And one bettor... 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 »

Freak Basketball Accident Kills 16-Year-Old

Noah Lear initially thought he'd just knocked out some teeth

(Newser) - A game of pickup basketball turned tragic for a teen in Bucyrus, Ohio. Noah Lear, 16, was shooting hoops with three friends on Feb. 27 when he went to dunk the ball—and the support post, backboard, and rim fell and crushed the teen's head and neck. He was... More »

Teen Impaled by Giant Splinter in Basketball Game

Floorboard split apart in freak accident during Wisconsin middle-school tourney

(Newser) - Thirty-four teams of middle school basketball players were gathered at a Wisconsin tournament Sunday when a freak accident took place on the court, WDJT reports. "I don't know if we'll ever hear something like this ever happening again anywhere," says Perry Hibner, the tourney's organizer,... 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 »

3 HS Basketball Players Charged With Raping Teammate

Tennessee players allegedly assaulted teammate in hazing incident

(Newser) - Three high school basketball players in Tennessee have been charged with raping and assaulting a teammate in an apparent hazing incident, officials said. Gatlinburg Police said in a statement that the players were charged Monday in the incident, which occurred last week at a rental cabin. The statement said staff... More »

Basketball's 'Clown Prince' Dead at 83

Meadowlark Lemon played with the Harlem Globetrotters

(Newser) - Probably the most well-known of the Harlem Globetrotters has died at age 83. Meadowlark Lemon died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife, Cynthia, confirmed, per the New York Times . Referred to as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Lemon played for the famous exhibition team for more than 26... More »

1st Basketball Game Was Basically a Giant Fight

According to a newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith

(Newser) - If any of the old-timers at your holiday gatherings this year complain about how basketball players have gotten soft and the fouls aren't as hard as they used to be, tell them to blame the game's inventor. A newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith—thought to be... More »

Lamar Odom Can't Recognize Family: Report

Bad news for Khloe Kardashian's husband

(Newser) - After news of Lamar Odom's "shocking" improvement , a dark turn: The former NBA player is in "rough shape" and struggles to recognize family and friends, a source tells TMZ . Worse, the source adds, doctors believe his brain has suffered major damage. Odom's estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian,... More »

Why Shaq Refused to Work With Starbucks

'That was one of my worst business decisions'

(Newser) - Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal made what sounds like an honest mistake when it came to investing in Starbucks, Fox News reports. Sitting down with sports reporter Graham Bensinger, O'Neal says he rebuffed a business offer from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: "So my agent called me up and... More »

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