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NBA Prospect, 19, Dead in Car Accident

Terrence Clarke was in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke died Thursday following a car accident in Los Angeles, the AP reports. He was 19. The university announced Clarke’s death in a release Thursday night, but did not include any more details. Coach John Calipari said he was “absolutely gutted and sick tonight”...

After Racy Video, Paul Pierce Is Out at ESPN

Instagram Live showed him surrounded by exotic dancers

(Newser) - Paul Pierce will no longer work as an NBA analyst for ESPN after a raunchy Instagram Live he posted over the weekend, sources say. The former Boston Celtics star was shown smoking, drinking, and playing poker in a room where exotic dancers were twerking, Front Office Sports , USA Today , and...

Former NBA Star Shawn Bradley Was Paralyzed While Cycling

Dallas Mavericks announce accident that took place 8 weeks ago

(Newser) - On January 20, former NBA center Shawn Bradley was riding his bike just a block from his Utah home when a car hit him from behind, causing a traumatic spinal cord injury. The 48-year-old was paralyzed, his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, announced in a statement Wednesday. He's been...

NBA Star Feels the Heat After 'Inexcusable' Comment

Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard fined $50K, suspended for week for using anti-Semitic slur

(Newser) - The Miami Heat pulled forward Meyers Leonard away from the team "indefinitely" this week after he was caught on video using an anti-Semitic slur, and now the Heat has qualified what "indefinitely" means. The 29-year-old will be suspended from all team activities and barred from using Heat facilities...

Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard in Hot Water Over Anti-Semitic Slur

The NBA center now 'away' from the team

(Newser) - Meyers Leonard "will be away from the team indefinitely" after the Miami Heat center used an anti-Semitic slur while streaming himself playing a video game, the NBA team says. The 29-year-old was playing Call of Duty: Warzone live on Twitch Monday when he went on an expletive-laden rant that...

Ex-Jazz Player Lobs Claims of Bigoted Remarks at Team Exec

Former player Elijah Millsap says team VP Dennis Lindsey told him in 2015: 'I'll cut your Black ass'

(Newser) - It started with a tweet Wednesday evening from a former Utah Jazz shooting guard. "Bigot behavior is still very well present in our Country and should be exposed and expunged," wrote Elijah Millsap, who was on the team's roster from January 2015 to January 2016. But he...

NBA to Require Playing Anthem Before Games

'We are good with it,' Mark Cuban says

(Newser) - A day after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed that he made the call to stop playing the “Star Spangled Banner” at the team’s home games, the NBA announced that it will require all teams to play the national anthem ahead of games.The move to require the...

NBA Team Drops the National Anthem
NBA Team Drops
the National Anthem

NBA Team Drops the National Anthem

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ordered the change at beginning of season

(Newser) - The Dallas Mavericks have played 13 preseason and regular-season games at home this NBA season, and not once has the national anthem played. It was absent even as a limited audience of 1,500 fans took in Monday's game at American Airlines Center, and it's not likely to...

NBA Team to Have Dogs Screen Fans for Virus

Trained dogs will walk past attendees in a screening area, stopping when they detect an infected person

(Newser) - The Miami Heat are bringing back fans, with help from dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. The team has been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some...

NBA Star Buys House for George Floyd's Family

Kyrie Irving, who hasn't played a game since Jan. 5, is active in social justice

(Newser) - Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving—the basketball player who may be out nearly $1 million after violating the NBA's mask policy—has reportedly helped the family of George Floyd in a big way. Speaking on "The Rematch" podcast about the Minnesota man whose death at the hands of...

NBA Star's Party May Cost Him Nearly $1M

Kyrie Irving of the Nets faces fine, lost salary after attending family birthday bash maskless

(Newser) - A family birthday party is going to prove expensive for Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving. The NBA has fined him $50,000 for violating its COVID safety protocols after video emerged of him dancing maskless at the indoor gathering, reports ESPN . On top of that fine, Irving is expected to...

NBA Season Opener Scrapped Due to COVID

Houston Rockets didn't have 8 healthy players

(Newser) - Houston's opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night was scrapped after coronavirus cases and James Harden's violation of the NBA's COVID-19 protocols left the Rockets without the league-mandated eight players available. It was a dispiriting blow to the NBA on just the second night of...

Pope Praises NBA Players for Demanding Racial Justice

5 players met Pope Francis at the Vatican

(Newser) - Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions" and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players—Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver, and Anthony Tolliver—were joined in the delegation by three NBA players' union executives....

NBA Settles on Start Date
NBA Settles on Start Date

NBA Settles on Start Date

Dec. 22 is happening

(Newser) - It’s official: The NBA is coming back Dec. 22. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday night that they’ve struck a deal on rules for this coming season, setting the stage for what will be a frenzied few weeks before games resume, the AP reports....

Player Reps Approve NBA Season Start Date

Plan calls for 72-game season to start Dec. 22

(Newser) - The National Basketball Players Association voted Thursday to support the notion of starting this coming season on Dec. 22, the date that the league has been targeting in its talks about how and when to get teams back on the floor for a planned 72-game season. The vote, conducted by...

NBA's 'Bubble Kings' Are Crowned
Los Angeles Lakers
Win It for Kobe

Los Angeles Lakers Win It for Kobe

They're the champions of this challenging basketball season

(Newser) - The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final...

Mark Cuban's Errand at Dallas Gas Station Was No Regular One

Dallas Mavericks owner picked up troubled ex-player Delonte West, with hopes to help get him to rehab

(Newser) - It started out last week with a distressing scene: former NBA player Delonte West standing in the rain on the side of a Dallas street, holding up a sign asking for help. Someone snapped a pic, and concerned parties started trying to track the 37-year-old down. This week, a big...

Former NBA All-Star With Unbroken Streak Dead at 53

Cliff Robinson was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1993

(Newser) - Cliff Robinson guided UConn out from the bottom and almost helped take the Portland Trail Blazers to the top. He was one of the NBA's best sixth men, a versatile player who became a predecessor of the modern center. Not bad for a guy who was warned he might...

NBA Players' 2-Day Protest May Have Lasting Impact
Don't Underestimate Impact
of NBA's Short Walkout
the rundown

Don't Underestimate Impact of NBA's Short Walkout

'There is a new standard of civil disobedience,' writes one observer

(Newser) - NBA practices will resume Friday and games on Saturday after players staged an unprecedented strike over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, per the AP . And while the players were out of action just two days, plenty of observers suggest the impact of their protest will be long-lasting:
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NBA Players' Walkout May Be Over
NBA Players' Walkout
May Be Over

NBA Players' Walkout May Be Over

League will reportedly resume games Friday

(Newser) - It looks like the NBA will be getting back to business. After players sat out Wednesday and the league suspended three playoff games to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the remainder of the shortened season was in doubt. But the Washington Post and the AP are...

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