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NBA Star Defends Assault: 'This Ain't No Hate Crime'

JR Smith is caught on video attacking an alleged rioter

(Newser) - An NBA star was caught on video beating up a guy who allegedly broke his car window amid LA's "I Can't Breathe" protests, TMZ reports. JR Smith can be seen kicking and punching the white male, who lies defenseless on a residential street. "Can we have... More »

NBA in Talks to Resume Entire Season at Single Site

An NBA rep says conversations are still 'exploratory'

(Newser) - The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. The National Basketball Players Association is... More »

An NBA Legend Has COVID-19

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing is 'under care and isolated at a local hospital'

(Newser) - New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing mainly posts online about sports, but he had some other news to talk about Friday evening, per CNN . "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19," the Georgetown men's basketball coach tweeted . "This virus is serious and... More »

Isiah Thomas: I Played Against 3 Guys Better Than Jordan

The feud continues

(Newser) - Michael Jordan is getting a lot of love these days thanks to a new ESPN documentary about his greatness on the basketball court. Just don't count fellow Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas among those who consider Jordan the greatest of all time. In fact, Thomas tells CBS News that... More »

Despite Virus, We May Soon See an NBA Face-Off

ESPN report says 'high-profile players' may soon take part in game of 'horse' from home gyms

(Newser) - Who says athletes can't play basketball while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic? Although it's almost certain we're not going to be seeing NBA games for the rest of this season—or games out of most professional sports anytime soon, despite President Trump's Saturday conference call with... More »

As if Kobe Wasn't Already Great—It's Now Official

Bryant is among 8 finalists inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer, the AP reports. And he's got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash... More »

Dear Stingy Sports Owners, We'll Remember This

Nancy Amour for USA Today says those who don't pay workers shouldn't expect tax breaks

(Newser) - Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is getting slammed for cutting salaries or laying off workers altogether during the coronavirus pandemic. Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Houston Rockets—as well as Landry's, the parent company over hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and casinos—is likewise drawing criticism after laying off 40,... More »

4 More NBA Players Test Positive for Virus

Kevin Durant says he hasn't had any symptoms

(Newser) - Four members of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team did not name the players, but star Kevin Durant said he's one of them, the Athletic reports. The Nets said three of the players have not shown symptoms, and Durant said he'... More »

Another NBA Player Tests Positive

Detroit Pistons' Christian Wood has coronavirus after game with infected Utah Jazz players

(Newser) - A third NBA player, and the first who doesn't play for the Utah Jazz, has tested positive for coronavirus, though USA Today is quick to point out that Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons played the Jazz on March 7. "A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is... More »

Infected NBA Player Feels 'Fear, Anxiety, Embarrassment'

Rudy Gobert is sorry about the microphone stunt

(Newser) - Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is sorry about making light of the coronavirus outbreak days before he tested positive for the virus, triggering the suspension of the NBA season . At a press conference Monday, where the Jazz had asked reporters to sit 6 to 8 feet away from Gobert, the... More »

He Jokingly Touched Everything. Now, a Diagnosis

2 days after seeming to mock coronavirus, Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert reportedly tests positive

(Newser) - Within an hour Wednesday night, President Trump announced travel restrictions from Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic , Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they'd contracted the contagious virus , and the NBA announced it was suspending its season because of it. Now, a video is circulating of the Utah Jazz player... More »

Spike Lee Says He's 'Done' With the Knicks

He says he is being 'harassed' after dispute over using employee entrance

(Newser) - New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee says he's "done" with the team—for this season, anyway—after a dispute over using the employee entrance at Madison Square Garden. The director, who has a courtside season ticket, was seen yelling at security before the team's 125-123 victory over... More »

Latest Coronavirus Casualty: The High-Five

NBA tells players to avoid the gesture, suggests fist bumps instead

(Newser) - As the coronavirus outbreak takes hold in the US, the NBA has issued players some advice—including not touching the palms of countless strangers. In a memo sent to players and seen by ESPN , the league advises players meeting the public to offer fist bumps instead of high-fives and avoid... More »

Kobe's Widow Publicly Responds for the First Time

And drone footage shows devastating wreckage of the crash

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's widow has issued her first public acknowledgement of his death without saying a word. Vanessa Bryant posted a new profile photo Wednesday on her Instagram account—of Kobe embracing their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area Sunday morning,... More »

LeBron on Kobe: 'I Literally Just Heard Your Voice'

NBA star asks former teammate to 'watch over me'

(Newser) - LeBron James has broken his silence on the death of Kobe Bryant, revealing he spoke with his "big bro" hours before Sunday's helicopter crash . "I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA," reads an Instagram post from... More »

Bryant Was on His Way to Coach Daughter's Team

Crowds flock to California crash site

(Newser) - The world has lost Kobe Bryant's heir apparent as well as the NBA legend himself. Gianna Bryant, 13, was among nine people killed in Sunday morning's helicopter crash in California . Gianna, a keen basketball player who hoped to someday play in the WNBA, was the second of Bryant'... More »

NBA Teams Found a Fitting Way to Honor Kobe

They dribbled out shot clock in honor of No. 24

(Newser) - Shocked and saddened NBA teams paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Sunday night, hours after learning that the basketball great had died along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash . Teams including the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors allowed the 24-second shot clock to expire on... More »

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Dead in Helicopter Crash

Bryant was 41 years old, his daughter 13

(Newser) - Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters died in a helicopter crash Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., TMZ reports. Officials say seven others perished when the helicopter went down in flames, killing all on board. Bryant's daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was only 13; Bryant'... More »

This Was David Stern's 'Most Humane' Act

NBA commissioner embraced Magic Johnson after HIV diagnosis, 'figuratively and literally'

(Newser) - The current NBA commissioner says his predecessor , David Stern, turned the basketball league into "a truly global brand." But the legacy that Stern, who died Wednesday at age 77, should be most hailed for is his support of Magic Johnson after the basketball great was diagnosed with HIV,... More »

David Stern Is Dead at 77

'The entire basketball community is heartbroken,' says the National Basketball Players Association

(Newser) - David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took the NBA around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, died Wednesday, the AP reports. He was 77. Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. The league said... More »

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