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How Lamar Odom Cheated the Olympics

The NBA champion found a way around the drug test

(Newser) - Lamar Odom admits he beat an Olympic drug test by using something huge, rubber, and black. In his new memoir Darkness to Light, the NBA champ says it was "one of the biggest honors in my career" to be offered a place on the US Men's Olympic basketball... More »

Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Longtime UNC Coach on Leave Amid Controversy

Sylvia Hatchell accused of making remark about 'nooses,' reportedly pressuring hurt players

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, Sylvia Hatchell has coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina. Now several players seem ready to defect after parents say Hatchell made "racially inappropriate" remarks and also allegedly forced players to keep shooting hoops even though they were hurt. Per the... More »

'Greatest Shooter in NBA History' Played With Blurry Vision

Steph Curry just got contacts, and 'it's like the whole world has opened up'

(Newser) - If you were impressed by Steph Curry's shooting skills, get ready for what may be coming now that he can actually see. The NBA star revealed this week to the Athletic , via the San Francisco Chronicle , that he recently got long-needed contact lenses due to blurry vision. Fox News... More »

Heckler Tells Knicks Owner to 'Sell the Team,' Gets Banned

James Dolan does not take fan's unsolicited advice kindly, tells him to 'enjoy watching them on TV'

(Newser) - A New York fan heckling his or her losing team is hardly a rarity, but one New York Knicks fan might be thinking twice about telling the team's owner to "Sell the team!" As USA Today reports, James Dolan was on his way out of Madison Square... More »

Obama's Next Gig Involves African Basketball League

Exact scope of former president's role with NBA-backed league not yet clear

(Newser) - Barack Obama famously loves basketball, and now the former president will get to love it in an official capacity. The NBA and FIBA, the sport's international governing body, are partnering to create a professional basketball league in Africa, and the AP reports that Obama is expected to have "... More »

NBA Player to Skip Game Over 'Freaking Lunatic'

Enes Kanter says Turkey's president may try to kill him

(Newser) - New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks' upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AP reports. Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks' 119-112 win over the Lakers. The... More »

LeBron Unloads on the NFL

The NBA star lets it roll on HBO's 'The Shop'

(Newser) - LeBron James has harsh words for NFL owners—if calling them "old white men" with a "slave mentality" is still considered harsh. The NBA great made his remarks on Friday's episode of The Shop when talking about NFL social-injustice protests with actor/rapper Ice Cube, LA Rams player... More »

This Charles Barkley Story Is Touching Everyone

He struck up, and kept up, and unlikely friendship

(Newser) - Charles Barkley and ... a cat litter scientist from Iowa? Yes, and it's a touching story, USA Today reports. Even journalist Shirley Wang, the scientist's daughter, didn't buy that her dad had befriended Barkley in a Sacramento bar, attended his mom's funeral, and hung out with the... More »

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 »

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