Durant sorry for 'idiotic' tweets

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The NBA Finals MVP was caught out on Twitter after using his official account on the social media site to reply to comments from a fan asking why he had left Oklahoma City.

TOO FAR. Kevin Durant uses Twitter to engage with fans, but he took it too far this time. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Zach Randolph pleads no contest in marijuana case

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The case against him will be dismissed if he completes a diversion program and community service

ROYAL MISTAKE. Zach Randolph, who was recently acquired by the Sacramento Kings, had the charges against him reduced to delaying an officer. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Bryant the third highest scorer in NBA history will have his number 8 and 24 jerseys retired

HONORED. Kobe Bryant will have two jersey numbers hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The NBA Basketball School Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star

AMBASSADOR. Kobe Bryant, seen at a 2016 function, says "the Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training." File photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-NBA champ Caron Butler visits the Philippines

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The former NBA All Star stops by the Philippines for an appearance at TriNoma

VISITING THE PHILIPPINES. Caron Butler, thought not officially retired from the NBA, is now working as an analyst and studying at Harvard Business School. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas: Boston did not get better with trade

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Isaiah Thomas says being traded from the Celtics hurt bad but looks forward to teaming with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers

NEW TEAM. 'You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,' promises Isaiah Thomas. File photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Houston Rockets sold for record-breaking $2.2 billion

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:39 AM

US restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta pays the highest amount ever for an NBA franchise

LIFTOFF. Forbes had valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion, making it the eighth most-valuable in the league, with revenues of $244 million. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James immerses in PH women's basketball in 2017 visit

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:18 PM

LeBron James continues to inspire the girls who play in the country s most popular sport

NERVOUSNESS AND EXCITEMENT. Women's basketball players around Metro Manila got a chance to meet and train with The King LeBron James. Photo from Instagram @kingjames

Q and A: Columnist on Curry’s quarterback potential, Warriors’ offseason

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Rappler talks to Marcus Thompson Warriors columnist and author about everything from Golden State’s offseason moves to his prediction for the next NBA playoffs

DIFFERENT SPLASH. Stephen Curry remains 11 strokes off the lead in his first pro golf outing. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: LeBron James thrills fans in 2017 Manila visit

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

King LeBron James shows off his basketball skills with Gilas Pilipinas in his Strive for Greatness tour stop

THE KING. "Strive for greatness basically means that everyone, we all wanna be great. And whatever respective thing that you do, you wanna work hard at it, put in all your time." File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: LeBron James joins Gilas exhibition in Manila return

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:19 PM

LeBron James makes his third appearance in Manila and plays alongside Bobby Ray Parks Paul Lee and other Filipino players

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Kyrie Irving says he learned much from LeBron but says he requested the trade so he could maximize my potential

WELCOME TO BEANTOWN. Kyrie Irving, seen with fellow Celtics newcomer Gordon Hayward, says he hasn't spoken to LeBron James since being traded. Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie Irving pens farewell note to Cleveland, but doesn’t mention LeBron James

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Kyrie Irving thanks the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise for taking a chance on him but doesn t mention LeBron James by name

MOVING OUT. Kyrie Irving is heading to the Boston Celtics after 3 straight NBA Finals appearances with the Cavs. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Ray Allen visits Lyceum, offers advice to Pirates

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Former NBA star Ray Allen gives a pep talk to the Lyceum Pirates during his impromptu visit to the country

CHAMPION VISIT. "You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win the championship every morning when you get up at 6 in the morning," says Ray Allen. Screenshot from Facebook

Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:47 PM

The success of home grown talent like Ben Simmons and Patty Mills has given hope to other young Aussies of making it to the NBA

GOLDEN AGE. Patty Mills is one of the Australian players who has made his impact in the NBA. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Thomas: 'I am not damaged. I'll be back, and I'll be the same player'

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Still no final confirmation of Isaiah Thomas transfer to the Cavs

Thomas' hip injury has stalled his transfer to the Cavs. "I am not damaged," Thomas said. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player." File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Manila traffic greets Ray Allen on his first visit

Aug 29, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Jesus Shuttlesworth takes a side trip to Manila coming from the Sneaker Con Hong Kong event

TRAFFIC WOES. Jesus Shuttlesworth took a side trip to Manila from Hong Kong and was greeted by traffic. File photo from Bradley Beal/Wikipedia commons

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

Lebron James back in Manila for September 2 exhibition game

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Nike will also release 3 new shoes linked to the Lebron James Tour Manila 2017 The shoes will be available in limited quantities from September 1 to 3

BACK IN MANILA. The King Lebron James will visit Manila for the third time this September 2017. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America/AFP

Isaiah Thomas injury concern clouds blockbuster Cavs-Celtics trade

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:17 AM

A hip injury Thomas sustained in last season s playoffs is causing the Cavs concern

INJURY CONCERNS. Isaiah Thomas did not have surgery on his injured hip, but Celtics executive Danny Ainge acknowledged that the injury played "some" part in the decision to make the trade. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee surgery

Aug 26, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Brandon Knight sits down after having surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament

LeBron lashes out at Celtics fans for burning Thomas jerseys

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The burning of the jersey thing is getting ridiculous now The man was traded What do u not understand? LeBron James tweets

BURNED. LeBron James thinks scornful Celtics fans should open their mind to the detail that it was management, not Isaiah Thomas, who initiated the trade. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs re-sign Manu Ginobili, age 40, for two more years

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:58 PM

The two year deal should see Ginobili end his NBA career with the team he began it with

STAYING PUT. Manu Ginobili will join Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as the third player in San Antonio history to play at least 16 seasons with the club. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie Irving worth the 'heavy price', says Celtics exec Ainge

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:17 AM

In exchange for Irving the Cavaliers received Crowder and Thomas

HEAVY PRICE. Kyrie Irving's blend of youth, championship experience and sheer skill made him worth it. File Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America/AFP

Irving traded to Celtics, Thomas heads to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:29 AM

The Cavs also get Jae Crowder Ante Zizic and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick

TRADING PLACES. Kyrie Irving gets his wish to be the focal point of a franchise while the Cavs get a dynamic scorer in Isaiah Thomas. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo says farewell to Eurobasket-bound Greek teammates

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not represent Greece in the Eurobasket tournament

CONTROVERSY. "I am really disappointed that I will not help the team in the upcoming Eurobasket. I do not want to say anything now about my decision,". Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

NBA probes charge Lakers improperly wooed George

Aug 21, 2017 - 12:54 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have little to say about the issue but insists they feel they did nothing wrong

NBA, Bucks deny blocking Antetokounmpo from playing in EuroBasket

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:30 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo announces he has a knee injury and can t represent Greece but Greek hoops officials aren t buying it

OUT OF ACTION. Giannis Antetokounmpo says missing EuroBasket is 'by far the biggest disappointment that I have felt so far in my career,' but Greek officials think he was influenced into sitting out. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Solar files estafa complaint vs ABS-CBN execs over NBA row

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:57 PM

ABS CBN says it will take appropriate legal action to hold Solar responsible for this unfounded action

NETWORK WARS. The row between Solar Entertainment Corporation and ABS-CBN Corporation over NBA airing rights moves to court. File photo

Durant says he'd boycott White House, slams Trump

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Finals MVP Kevin Durant says I don t respect who s in office right now

FANCY TOY. Instead of looking like the proverbial missing piece, Kevin Durant is now just more of a fancy toy for Oakland – a luxurious accessory. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard makes first China visit for Beijing clinic

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:55 AM

The two time Defensive Player of the Year will become the first NBA player to visit an NBA Academy in China

ASIAN VISIT. Kawhi Leonard will host a clinic for select migrant school students and meet players and fans at the NBA's 5-on-5 tournament for elite players in China. Photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP

Trump makes racism 'fashionable', says LeBron James

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Lebron James criticizes Trump for making hate fashionable again in America

 HATE. Lebron James has been outspoken about the racial matters in America.

NBA releases 2017-18 games, eases schedule for weary stars

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The next NBA season tips off on October 17 with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Boston Celtics

GOLDEN RUN. There hasn't been much the Cavs can do to stop Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Metta World Peace on his Fil-Am son Jeron's desire to play for Gilas Pilipinas

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Metta World Peace s Fil Am son Jeron Artest has applied for a Philippine passport and hopes to someday play for the Philippine national basketball team

NEW MAN. The troublemaker formerly known as Ron Artest has given way to the mellow man known as Metta World Peace. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Durant 'sorry' for India comments

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Kevin Durant says in an interview Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph arrested on marijuana charge

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:38 AM

Randolph who signed a two year 24 million contract with the Kings earlier this summer was booked with bail set at 20 000

BOOKED. Zach Randolph, who was recently acquired by the Sacramento Kings, was charged with intent to distribute marijuana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

For Haiti's NBA dreamers, someone to look up to

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Skal Labissiere says It s a blessing and a real pleasure to come back and share my experience with the young people

Metta World Peace says he'll visit Manila this week

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Metta World Peace tweets he will visit the Philippines on August 11

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. Former NBA player Metta World Peace will be visiting Manila in 2015. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA glitz, glamor on show in South Africa

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Dirk Nowitzki shares It s incredible that basketball is growing in Africa

Curry impresses golf pros but doesn't make the cut

Aug 05, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Stephen Curry scores an eight over 148 in the Web com Tour s Ellie Mae Classic

GOOD EFFORT. Despite a respectable pro debut, Stephen Curry fails to make the cut at the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers coach Rivers stripped of executive duties

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Doc knows how to win championships That is what he will focus on says team owner Steve Ballmer

FOCUS ON COACHING. Steve Ballmer thinks the franchise is better of with Doc Rivers focusing on coaching duties alone. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/North America/AFP

Charles Oakley banned from Madison Square Garden for one year

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:42 AM

Knicks legend Charles Oakley accepts a plea deal which stipulates that he must stay away from The Garden for a year

San Antonio Spurs re-sign guard Patty Mills

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:35 AM

The long range specialist was a significant force off the bench hitting 41 percent of his 3 point shots last season

NEW DEAL. Patty Mills signs a deal reportedly worth $50 million over 4 seasons. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry fires a respectable 74 in pro golf debut

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The two time NBA champion makes 3 birdies good enough to post a higher score than 8 other players

DIFFERENT SPLASH. Stephen Curry remains 11 strokes off the lead in his first pro golf outing. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

NBA owners approve Pistons move to downtown arena

Aug 04, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The Little Caesars Arena marks the team s return to the downtown area of the Motor City

Carmelo Anthony only waiving no-trade clause for Houston, not Cleveland -report

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Anthony previously listed both the Rockets and Cavaliers as possible destinations but his interest in Cleveland seemed to dwindle following Kyrie Irving’s trade request drama

ROCKETS ONLY? Carmelo Anthony would reportedly only be open to a trade if it sends him to join James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston. File Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry has modest goal in golf tour: 'Make the cut'

Aug 02, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The Golden State Warriors star says he ll have to play probably the best two rounds of golf of my life to make the cut

LINKED UP. Stephen Curry is taking his talents to the golf course this off-season. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Curry does 'LeBron Challenge' with Irving cheering him on

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry pokes fun at LeBron James workout video with Kyrie Irving egging him on

SHOTS FIRED. Steph Curry does his own version of LeBron James' workout video as Kyrie Irving eggs him on. Screengrab from Sports Illustrated's Twitter/@SINow

NBA superstar Durant says Indian basketball needs a Yao to beat cricket

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Kevin Durant holds a training session that could potentially be in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest basket lesson ever held

Kyrie Irving wants to join the Knicks ‘very badly’ -report

Jul 28, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Kyrie Irving wants to come home says an ESPN source

MOVING OUT. Kyrie Irving reportedly wants to leave the defending Eastern Conference champions to join the struggling New York Knicks franchise. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP