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Chaos Greets LeBron's Home Debut as a Laker

Multiplayer brawl breaks out late, 3 ejected as Lakers go on to lose

(Newser) - LeBron James made his home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, scoring 24 points in an atmosphere he called "electric," but King James' thunder got blown away late by a multiplayer brawl, reports CBS News . With four minutes left to play in a hard-fought game... More »

Man Gets Fouled During Pickup Game, Calls 911

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed

(Newser) - It was a pickup game that went seriously awry. Fox 5 reports that during a casual Monday night game of basketball at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, a player was blocked by someone on the opposite team and fell to the floor. Then things fell apart. "Today for... More »

Former Basketball Star Dies in Police Standoff

Tyler Honeycutt apparently took his own life

(Newser) - A former college basketball star who later played for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets was found dead Saturday after exchanging gunfire with the LAPD, the LA Times reports. SWAT officers responded to a "man with a gun" call at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of Tyler Honeycutt, where... More »

News on LeBron James Has Cavs Fans Worried, Hopeful

Sources say Cavaliers forward will be a free agent, but he might stay in Cleveland

(Newser) - LeBron James made the first move—now what? Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philly? A surprise? Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer's NBA blockbuster, and it's coming soon. James told the Cavaliers he's not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an... More »

Indiana Teen Killed in Freak Basketball Hoop Accident

Nolan Gerwels was reportedly playing ball with his younger sister

(Newser) - "This is horrific and overwhelming," says the mother of a 14-year-old Indiana boy who died Friday in what's being described as a freak basketball accident. WSBT reports Nolan Gerwels was playing basketball on an indoor court at his Granger home with his little sister when the hoop'... More »

Cleveland Player Swears He Didn't Lose Track of Score

But JR Smith's weird decision may have cost the Cavaliers Game 1

(Newser) - Ouch. Golden State beat Cleveland in overtime Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and everybody on Friday was still talking about the odd move by Cleveland's JR Smith late in regulation. You can watch the video here : With the score tied at 107 in the final seconds,... More »

On the Line for Senators During NBA Finals: Booze

California, Ohio pols bet each other wine, beer as Warriors take on Cavaliers

(Newser) - With the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for their f ourth straight NBA finals , senators from Ohio and California are keeping things interesting with a bet. California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have bet a case of California chardonnay and a case of beer from Anchor... More »

Top High School Basketball Player Dies on the Court

James Hampton was hoping to one day help his family out of poverty

(Newser) - A top-ranked high school basketball player died suddenly during a game before he was able to fulfill his dream of using his gifts to help his family out of poverty. Per CBS News , James Hampton collapsed during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Virginia on Saturday. The 6'... More »

Cops: 17-Year-Old Basketball Star Is a Bit Older Than 17

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, accused of saying he was homeless to enroll in high school

(Newser) - A "savvy" 25-year-old gamed the Dallas school system and posed as a high school student, all apparently so he could play some basketball, officials say. The Dallas Morning News reports Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday after authorities say he pretended to be 17-year-old "Rashaun Richardson" and enrolled... More »

Superintendent Apologizes After 93-7 HS Basketball Game

'An unfortunate situation'

(Newser) - It doesn't feel good to lose in the first round of the playoffs. It probably feels even worse to lose by 86 points. And it certainly feels even worse than that when the superintendent of the opposing school later apologizes for how bad you lost. But CBS Boston reports... More »

NBA Team Trades Away Over a Third of Its Players

LeBron James is going to have a lot of new faces around him

(Newser) - It was an eventful NBA trade deadline for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the least. LeBron James' team traded away over half its roster within the span of an hour or so Thursday. Deadspin runs down the deals: Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers, Jae Crowder... More »

Ex-NBA Player, American Idol Contestant Die in Car Crash

Rasual Butler, wife Leah LaBelle Vladowski were driving early Wednesday in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday, the AP reports. The Range Rover crashed around 2:30am in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare. Los Angeles police said in... More »

Israeli Minister Demands NBA Remove Term From Website

Miri Regev didn't like seeing 'Palestine—occupied territory' on basketball site

(Newser) - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about the NBA, but the basketball association has found itself suddenly mired in the political due to one particular term on its website. The Times of Israel reports that a pop-up list for an... More »

Passengers Gave Away Their Blankets. Things Got Crazy

2 black professional basketball players were accused of theft, kicked off plane in Dallas

(Newser) - American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound for Sioux Falls,... More »

Ex-Wife Arrested on Suspicion of Murdering NBA Player

She's 2nd person arrested this month in killing of Lorenzen Wright

(Newser) - A NBA player's body was found in a field in Memphis, Tennessee, more than seven years ago. On Friday, authorities arrested his ex-wife in connection with his murder. Fox 13 reports Sherra Wright was arrested Friday at her home in California on suspicion of first-degree murder. She's also... More »

LiAngelo Ball Says It Wasn't His Choice to Thank Trump

Now the basketball player is trading UCLA for Lithuania

(Newser) - Former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball says he wouldn't have thanked President Trump following his shoplifting arrest in China had UCLA not asked him to do so, USA Today reports. "They wanted to hear that, and he tweeted about it before my speech so I had to add... More »

They Dreamed About an NBA Future. Instead, They Got Scammed

Yearlong Fusion probe into prep school basketball reveals the common cons of the industry

(Newser) - They were young hoops shooters who paid more than $25,000 a year to attend what they thought was an elite basketball academy that would prep them for the NBA. What they got instead, per a deep dive at Fusion , was ripped off. It's a close look by Luke... More »

White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

UCLA Basketball Players Admit Shoplifting, Thank Trump

They apologized, have been suspended

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were described as "good young men" by Alford at a campus news conference on Wednesday, the AP... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

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