Basketball

  • 3-on-3 olympic hoops thrills US leaders

    CLEVELAND—Excitement abounds in basketball’s birthplace about the fast-paced 3-on-3 version of the game being added to the Olympic lineup Friday by the International Olympic Committee.

    With roots in Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park playground games and the Gus Macker series that has toured US cities for 30 years, 3-on-3 has reached a renaissance that includes an eight-team US pro league tipping off in two weeks and Olympic status starting at Tokyo in 2020.

  • 30 Teams in 30 Days: Rockets make contending top focus

    Since the Cavaliers won their first NBA title back on June 19, NBA teams have undergone a number of changes over the long summer offseason.

  • 35-year-old shooter joins team with the highest of expectations

    Steve Kerr has continued to reshape the Warriors coaching staff after losing two top assistants the past two years to head coaching jobs, Luke Walton to the Lakers and Alvin Gentry to the Pelicans.

  • 4 things we learned as the Mavericks handle the Thunder, 104-89

    Dallas surprises Oklahoma City on national television, behind the heroics of Seth Curry and everyone’s favorite German.

    I’m not gonna lie, I thought this game would be a blowout. You know. National TV, facing Russell Westbrook, etc. etc. Well.....I wasn’t wrong?

    Despite a rough start to the first quarter, the Mavericks slowly built a lead that got to a comfortable 20+ points, allowing them to coast through much of the second half. Seth Curry had 22 points on 10/16 (62.5 percent!) shooting, and Dirk was Dirking all over the place with 18 points on 8/17 shooting (47.1 percent!) and 12 rebounds.

  • 5 eye-popping facts from the Warriors’ beatdown of the Lakers

    The Warriors hung 149 points on the Lakers, and that wasn’t even the best part.

    The Golden State Warriors beat the L.A. Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday. That score is an eyebrow-raiser because 149 is nowhere near 106 on the number line, which means that there was no overtime and there was probably gobs of garbage time. Both of these facts are true. The Warriors scored 149 points in 48 minutes, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all sitting out the fourth.

  • 5 things from the Mavericks 103-95 win against the Knicks

    Dallas stays hot after dispatching New York in a back-and-forth thriller

    The Mavs are bad but they are making a habit of beating bad teams lately. Dallas did it again Wednesday night, taking down an also-bad New York team 103-95 on Tuesday night.

    It was pretty obvious Carmelo Anthony was ticked off about the news that came out earlier in the day about the Knicks talking to the Cavaliers about swapping Melo for Kevin Love. Melo played mad all night and single-handedly kept New York in it.

  • 5 young NBA free agents who are shockingly still available

    These free agents show how tough the NBA free agency market has been in 2017.

    NBA free agency typically burns hot and fast. Normally, most key free agents ink deals between the stroke of midnight on July 1 and the end of that month. Some players in trickier contract situations wait it out until early August. An occasional free agent — often one under restricted status — will wait until September.

  • 7 definitive ways to decide LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan for good

    Why won’t anyone consider these very important, totally serious stats when arguing LeBron vs. Jordan?!

    Has LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan? It’s a debate that has been raging over the past week now that James is headed to his seventh straight NBA Finals, a series that could potentially give him the fourth championship of his career. While he would still be two shy of Jordan, James and his overall body of work is growing more and more convincing.

  • 7 LeBron James trade ideas for the most untradeable player of all time

    These are very serious suggestions. We promise. (Fingers crossed.)

    During a quiet moment on a nondescript offseason night, NBA finals MVP Kevin Durant and advertising-copywriter-turned-moderately-successful-rapper Lil’ Dicky engaged in a casual conversation about the Cavaliers possibly trading LeBron James. It was civil, sincere, and engaging; a total rarity for Twitter.

  • 76ers win a game before December for the first time since 2013

    They last won a game in November or December 1,085 days ago!

    The Philadelphia 76ers have been a terrible team by design for several years. As such, they were the owners of one of the saddest streaks in NBA history: They hadn’t won an NBA game in October or November since 2013.

  • A Filipino player gets to go to Stephen Curry's basketball camp after blocking his 3-pointer

    Whenever Stephen Curry shoots a three, it usually goes in. That’s the law of the universe that wrought his ridiculous season last year. Not so much during a scrimmage on Tuesday in Taiwan. Gian Mamuyac, who plays for the Philippines’ U-17 national team, managed to block Curry’s potential buzzer-beating three.

  • A ridiculous number of NBA records were broken in the 2016-17 season

    Triple-doubles, three-pointers, and a 70-point game. NBA offenses shattered records all over the place this year.

    For a year once thought to be a foregone conclusion—that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors would barrel through the other 28 teams on the way to the finals — this season has brought about some of the most inconceivable moments the NBA has ever seen.

  • Aces rout Elite, 109 to 95, seize share of early lead

    THE rampage continued for Alaska as it cruised its way to its second straight win, routing Blackwater, 109-95, to gain a share of the early lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Once again strutting his wares, Cory Jefferson paced the Aces with another solid double-double production of 28 points and 15 rebounds, totally outplaying his counterpart Greg Smith.

  • Adam Hanga will reportedly be joining the Spurs

    Looks like the team’s 2011 draft pick will finally be joining the club.

    Six years after being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, EuroHoops has reported that Hungarian forward Adam Hanga will be coming to the NBA, .

    The 28-year-old was the 59th pick of the 2011 Draft, but decided to stay in Europe and had a very successful four-year career with Saski Baskonia in Spain, and is the reigning EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Adam Silver wants to fight tanking with his proposed NBA draft lottery reform

    Silver’s plan, if passed as legislation, would lessen bad teams’ odds at top picks.

    In an effort to de-incentivize tanking, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is aggressively pursuing draft lottery reform that could be instituted before the beginning of the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Silver, according to Woj, is a proponent of lowering the odds of the NBA’s worst teams to land the top picks in the draft.

  • Adam Silver: Seattle on the ‘short list’ of NBA expansion cities

    The commissioner didn’t give a timetable for when an NBA expansion is likely, but whenever it happens, Seattle will be near the top of the list.

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with C.J. McCollum — yes, that C.J. McCollum — that he’s considering the idea of an expansion at some point in the near future. And on the list of cities being highlighted as potential homes to NBA franchises, Seattle is near the top.

  • Adamson past UP in UAAP debut

    Rookie Jerrick Ahanmisi exploded for 28 points in his debut as the Adamson Soaring Falcons held off a late rally by the UP Fighting Maroons, 104-85, to open the UAAP Season 79 basketball tournament on Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

  • Adamson survives FEU, 61-59, boosts semis bid

    THE Adamson Soaring Falcons boosted their Final Four push in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), getting the better of erstwhile streaking Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 61-59, in opening action yesterday at the Fil-Oil Arena in San Juan City.

  • After going down 25 in Game 1 of 2017 WCF, the Warriors ended the series on a 477-388 run

    From down 25 to up 89 for the series is a 114 point swing! Whoa.

    With 7:05 left in the second quarter of Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors were in trouble. The Spurs, off to a blazing hot start, had come roaring out of the gates and slapped the Warriors in the face. A hard, meaningful slap. Right in the kisser. So, with 7:05 left in the second quarter, Kawhi Leonard was fouled by David West. He approached the foul line, sank the first shot. Sank the second. The Warriors were down by 25 points. At home. In Game 1.

  • Alan Williams’ dream job with Suns gets guaranteed a bit longer

    When the Phoenix Suns guaranteed the contract of local prep-to-pro Alan Williams for the 2016-17 season, lots of dreams came true at once.