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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 »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

NBA Team's Plane Gets Massive In-Flight Dent

Airline spokesperson says bird is likely culprit

(Newser) - "I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up..." Oklahoma City Thunder player Josh Huestis tweets . When the NBA team's charter plane landed in Chicago around 1am Saturday, players were shocked by what they saw: a giant dent in the nose of the plane, ESPN reports.... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

Athletes React to Trump Comments: 'U Bum'

After urging owners to fire 'son of a bitch' NFL players, Trump takes on Steph Curry

(Newser) - President Trump's war on professional athletes continued a day after he told supporters in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" player who protests during the national anthem. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,"... More »

Steph Curry Just Made NBA History

Golden State Warriors star agrees to biggest contract ever in NBA

(Newser) - That'll buy a lot of fresh mouthguards . Business Insider reports Stephen Curry has agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history at $201 million over the next five years. The Golden State Warriors star becomes the first NBA player to earn a so-called "supermax" contract—one over $200... More »

LeBron James Just Upended 19-Year-Old Jordan Record

Cavs star now has most playoff points ever

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers earned a third straight trip to the NBA finals and LeBron James secured a place in the history books Thursday night by surpassing Michael Jordan's record as the all-time NBA playoffs scorer. James scored 35 points in the 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics and overtook... More »

NBA Star Convinces Team to Give Playoff Bonuses to Staff

'They spend as much time away from their families as we do'

(Newser) - An NBA star is getting kudos today for convincing his teammates to give their playoff bonuses to the trainers, massage therapists, and others who make their lives easier during the season. NBC Sports reports NBA players don't collect a regular salary during the playoffs, instead receiving bonuses that get... More »

Ex-NBA Star Brandon Roy Shot While Protecting Kids

The high-school coach of the year was at a party at his grandmother's house

(Newser) - A former NBA All-Star and current high-school basketball coach of the year was shot Saturday near Los Angeles while shielding a number of children from gunfire, USA Today reports. According to KING 5 , Brandon Roy was attending a party at his grandmother's house in Compton when two men walked... More »

A Record Untouchable Since 1962 Was Just Tied

Russell Westbrook recorded his 41st triple-double Tuesday night

(Newser) - Is Russell Westbrook the best player in the NBA? It's a question NPR asked in March as the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard inched closer to claiming a storied record: the most triple-doubles in a season. Oscar Robertson did it 41 times for the Cincinnati Royals during the 1961-1962... More »

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