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Abdul-Jabbar Has Strong Words for NBA's Unvaxxed

Basketball great says NBA should 'remove them from the team' unless they get their shot

(Newser) - At the moment, the NBA isn't requiring that its players get vaccinated against COVID. But one big name in basketball thinks the league should, and he's lobbying for strong repercussions for those who don't. "The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or...

ESPN Has Canceled Rachel Nichols' Show

Following controversial remarks on Maria Taylor

(Newser) - Less than two months after her comments about a Black colleague at ESPN made headlines , Rachel Nichols' show at the sports network is no more. ESPN announced Wednesday that The Jump will be canceled and Nichols will be taken off NBA coverage, the AP reports. Nichols had complained last year...

Sue Bird Ends Team USA Career With 5th Straight Gold

Team beat Japan 90-75 to cap basketball legend's 17-year Olympic career

(Newser) - US women have won their seventh straight gold medal in basketball , beating Japan 90-75 to cap Sue Bird's 17-year Olympic career. Per the AP , Bird and Diana Taurasi walked off the basketball court together, arm-in-arm, one last time at the Tokyo Games. They started their journey together five Olympics...

After a Shaky Start, Another Gold for Men's Basketball

Kevin Durant helps lead Team USA to 87-82 win over France, team's 4th straight Olympic win

(Newser) - Nothing about the summer was easy for the US men's basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game. The Americans expected nothing less. And in the end, their Olympic reign lives on. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time men's gold medalists...

US Drops First Olympic Game in Basketball Since 2004

France upsets Americans trying to win fourth straight men's gold medal

(Newser) - The once-unbeatable US men's basketball team lost its opener Sunday in the Tokyo Olympics, falling decisively to France. Team USA had won 25 straight games, starting in 2004, and three straight gold medals. A fourth is still possible, ESPN reports, but there weren't many encouraging signs Sunday in...

Basketball Star Pulls Out of Olympics, Cites Mental Health

Australia's Liz Cambage says the Tokyo Games are 'terrifying' for her

(Newser) - The Olympics haven't started yet, but Australia is already down one player on its women's basketball team. USA Today reports that Liz Cambage, a center who plays for the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces, has pulled out of the Games, just a week before the opening ceremony. Her...

After 'Reprehensible' Act at High School Game, a Firing

Head basketball coach at Calif. school is out of a job over tortilla incident

(Newser) - A San Diego-area school district voted Tuesday night to fire the head basketball coach after tortillas were hurled at a team from a mostly Latino high school, per the AP . The school board for the Coronado Unified School District voted 5-0 in a closed session to release JD Laaperi of...

Harlem Globetrotters Make a Big Ask of NBA: 'It's Time'

World-famous exhibition team petitions NBA's Adam Silver to let them into league

(Newser) - Back in December, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hinted he'd be interested in expanding the league. Now, one world-famous team is vying for a potential spot. USA Today reports the Harlem Globetrotters—the exhibition team known for its jaw-dropping on-court antics and legendary players including Wilt Chamberlain, Fred "Curly"...

Fan Dumps Popcorn on Injured NBA Star
NBA Star Wants Changes
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NBA Star Wants Changes After a Popcorn Dumping

Russell Westbrook says the league needs to better protect players

(Newser) - Russell Westbrook is fed up. A fan dumped popcorn on the Washington Wizards star as he was limping off the court Wednesday night after injuring his ankle in Philadelphia, reports ESPN . As video of the incident shows, Westbrook had to be restrained from going after the man in the Wells...

Hook of New Hoops League: Skip College Ball

Florida's teen Bewley brothers are first to sign with Overtime Elite

(Newser) - Teenage twins from Florida are skipping college basketball to become the first to sign with a new hoops league created for standout high school players, per the AP . Brothers Matt and Ryan Bewley signed Friday with Overtime Elite, which markets itself to elite players between 16 and 18 years old...

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...

He Managed a Feat No Other College Coach Has Done

UNC's Roy Williams, only coach to win 400 games at 2 schools, is retiring

(Newser) - The University of North Carolina announced Thursday that Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams is retiring after a 33-year career that includes three national championships, per the AP . The decision comes two weeks after the 70-year-old Williams closed his 18th season with the Tar Heels after a highly successful...

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...

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...

Creighton Coach Apologizes for 'Terribly Inappropriate' Remark

Greg McDermott pleaded with basketball players to 'stay on the plantation'

(Newser) - Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for urging his players to "stay on the plantation" in a postgame locker room talk following a weekend loss. In a statement posted on Twitter , McDermott said he used a "terribly inappropriate analogy in making a point about staying together as a...

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...

NCAA Calls It 'Pay-for-Play.' Now, SCOTUS Will Decide

High court agrees to review case on athlete compensation

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision that the NCAA says blurs "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on education-related money that certain football and basketball players can receive. The high court's action comes after a three-judge panel of the 9th...

How Tara VanDerveer Plans to Mark Her 1,099th Win

Stanford coach to donate $10,990 to food banks

(Newser) - Tara VanDerveer made history, and then took a moment to tell her Stanford players what they mean to her. VanDerveer became the winningest women's college basketball coach Tuesday night, passing the late Pat Summitt with her 1,099th victory as No. 1 Stanford romped to a 104-61 victory over...

Basketball Star Collapses Face-First

Keyontae Johnson had just dunked the ball and celebrated

(Newser) - Alley-oop, celebrate ... and collapse. Florida Gators basketball star Keyontae Johnson fell face-first on the court Saturday after his team had broken a huddle, TMZ reports. His teammates shouted for help and Johnson was taken away on a stretcher to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he's in critical but stable condition....

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....

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