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Clock’s ticking on T'wolves with Jimmy Butler trade request

Sep 23, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Playing just 59 games last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for what could be his lone season with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Speights' Guangzhou, Ayres' Ryukyu seal Terrific 12 semis berths

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:30 PM

With Ryukyu advancing to the Final 4, Philippine representatives iECO Green Warriors crash out of contention even with one game left to play

ON TO THE NEXT. Former NBA players Marreesse Speights and Jeff Ayres will see action in the semifinals of the Asia League Terrific 12. Photos from Power Sport Images

Women's NBA champion Seattle Storm not interested in Trump visit

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Seattle's 16-year veteran Sue Bird says that not visiting the White House is something that 'doesn't even really need to be discussed'

DECLINE. Sue Bird and the reigning WNBA champs Seattle Storm would skip a White House visit if an invitation comes their way. Abbie Par/Getty Images North America/AFP

Stewart powers Storm to WNBA title

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Breanna Stewart stars as the Seattle Storm complete a title-series sweep of the Washington Mystics

TITLE SWEEP. The Seattle Storm celebrate after capturing their third WNBA crown. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Russell Westbrook out for month after knee surgery

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The former NBA Most Valuable Player will likely miss the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA preseason games

RECOVERING. As Thunder ace Russell Westbrook recovers from surgery, German guard Dennis Schroder may take his spot in the team’s training camp. Photo from Gene Sweeney Jr./AFP

Britain's Luol Deng to join Timberwolves for 15th NBA campaign

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Deng reunites with ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau who has a roster of a team jokingly dubbed the "Timberbulls"

REUNION. Luol Deng of Great Britain (C) vies with Kobe Bryant of the USA (L) and Kevin Durant of the USA during their Olympic warm up game at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, north-west England on July 19, 2012. File Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP

WATCH: Steph Curry highlights in second PH visit

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:43 PM

In his three-day stay in Manila, the two-time NBA MVP was a busy man

SWEET TOOTH. NBA superstar Steph Curry gets a taste of Filipino dessert halo-halo. Photo by Josh Albelda

Dell Curry didn't let Steph shoot 3s as a kid. Here's why

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The older Curry's decision has worked wonders for the man now considered by many players and analysts as the greatest shooter in NBA history

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Pinpoint shooting is something Steph Curry emulated from father Dell. Photos by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

WATCH: PJ Simon bests Steph Curry in obstacle challenge

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Magnolia guard goes perfect in the final round to defeat the two-time NBA MVP

CHALLENGE. PJ Simon (right) believes Steph Curry only allowed him to win. Curry photo from AFP and Simon photo from PBA Images

Steph Curry spends offseason with family, newborn child

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:04 PM

The two-time NBA MVP makes up for lost time with his growing family after a grueling NBA championship run

LOW-KEY. Steph Curry says he kept it low-key during the offseason. Photo by Josh Albelda

What is Steph Curry's proudest NBA moment?

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The Golden State Warriors superstar picks the most special moment in his nine-year professional career

MORE TO COME. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are seeking a third straight NBA title. Photo by Josh Albelda

Steve Nash leads 13 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Other former NBA stars sharing the honor with Nash are Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Maurice Cheeks

LEGENDS. Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nash (center) describes the 2018 class as a 'Dream Team.' Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Steph Curry to drop by UAAP Season 81 opening

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The Golden State Warriors' sharpshooting star will join a star-studded UAAP opening lineup

CURRY IN MANILA. Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry will be lighting up the UAAP Season 81 opening ceremonies too. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry returns to 'energetic' Manila

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The three-time NBA champion of the Golden State Warriors visits the Philippines for the second time

CHEF CURRY. Steph Curry will once again dazzle Filipino hoops fans. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors West retires from NBA after 15 seasons

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:41 AM

'He had the unique ability to connect with both the veteran and young players,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr says of David West

FAREWELL. David West bids goodbye after 15 years in the NBA. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Manu Ginobili retires from NBA

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:28 AM

After 16 years in San Antonio, the Argentine wizard hangs up his spurs

END OF AN ERA. Everyone from San Antonio Spurs' "Big Three" is now gone with Manu Ginobili's retirement. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Former NBA Warrior Nick Young arrested in Hollywood

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The NBA free agent nicknamed 'Swaggy P' was reportedly apprehended for refusing to cooperate with the Los Angeles police

RELEASED. NBA free agent Nick Young was released on a $10,000 bail. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Brian Scalabrine talks NBA Finals, fantasy Celtics

Aug 25, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The former NBA champion and internet sensation visits Manila for the first time for the NBA 3X event

BOSTON PICKS. Brian Scalabrine picks former Boston teammate Kevin Garnett in his Celtics fantasy team. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant says never coming back to play basketball, ever

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers legend says he wants to show people he can do more than basketball

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant has no plans of coming out of retirement. Photo by AFP

LOOK: NBA legend Tim Hardaway gets a peek of local hoops

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

The original 'Mr. Crossover' checks out the PBA and NCAA action before gracing the NBA 3X event in Manila this weekend

ICON. Five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway catches some local hoops action. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pal LeBron in ‘good situation,’ says PBA import Travis

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The Magnolia reinforcement thinks his childhood friend and new Lakers superstar LeBron James will continue to surprise many

SCARY. LeBron James (left) will form a scary lineup with the Los Angeles Lakers, says pal and PBA import Romeo Travis. James photo from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account and Travis photo from PBA Images

NBA legend Tim Hardaway, Brian Scalabrine to visit Manila

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway and former league champion Brian Scalabrine banner the NBA 3X Philippines event this August

LEGENDARY. Tim Hardaway averaged 17.7 points in 14 NBA seasons. Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Jordan Clarkson’s NBA career

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Here's a look at the numbers of the latest member of the Philippine men's basketball team

BEST CHANCE. Philippine basketball hopes to get a lift from Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dwyane Wade set to retire next season

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The Miami Heat legend chooses to end his career where it all started

FAREWELL SEASON. Miami star Dwyane Wade returns for a one-year deal before retiring. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

After Jordan Clarkson saga, ’bigger’ challenge ahead

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The men's basketball team kicks off the Philippines' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday, August 16

ALL SET. Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson is set to lead the Philippine delegation as flag-bearer. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: NBA grants Jordan Clarkson 'one-time exception'

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM

It’s final: The Filipino-American player will see action in the 2018 Asian Games after clearing final NBA hurdle

North Luzon teams qualify for NBA 3X Philippines 2018 Finals

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Expected highlights of the playoffs include the presence of an NBA player and an NBA legend

MANILA-BOUND. One team from each age group qualifies for the NBA 3X Playoffs to be held in the Metro Manila. Photo from press release

Philippine Olympic Committee: Why 2 NBA players in China team?

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:11 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas and vice president Bambol Tolentino seek clarification following reports that China will field 2 NBA players in the 2018 Asian Games

QUESTIONABLE. Zhou Qi (left) of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang (right) of the Dallas Mavericks will be suiting up for China in the Asian Games. Photos by FIBA (Zhou Qi and Ding) and Photo by AFP (Clarkson)

Carmelo Anthony joins Rockets

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:21 AM

This is the forward's fourth NBA team in 13 months

OFFICIAL. Carmelo Anthony moves to the Houston Rockets from Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

POC: NBA 'broke the hearts of 100 million Filipinos'

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'We were one clearance away,' says POC official Patrick Gregorio after the NBA turned down the country's request to line up Jordan Clarkson in the Asian Games

NO GO. Philippine sports officials said they 'worked round the clock' to get Jordan Clarkson only to be denied by the NBA. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LeBron set for Lakers home debut vs Rockets

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar debuts on the road against Portland on October 18 before playing his first home game against Houston two days later

NEW HOME. LeBron James returns to Cleveland for his lone game against the Cavaliers on November 21. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account

LOOK: LeBron shows off in first Lakers practice

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The 33-year-old superstar dazzles in purple and gold

CORNERSTONE. LeBron James hopes to snap the Lakers five-year playoff drought. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers Facebook account

NBA star Steph Curry shoots 71 in golf event

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The Golden State Warriors star trails by 8 strokes in the opening round of the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic

CROSSOVER. NBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lines up a putt on the 9th hole during round 1 of the Ellie Mae Classic. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers-Warriors match set for Christmas Day

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:06 PM

LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers get to visit defending champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Christmas showdown

BLOCKBUSTER. Kyle Kuzma and the Lakers now have superstar LeBron James on their side the next time they face Klay Thompson and the champion Warriors. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Magic to host Bulls, Jazz in NBA Mexico City games

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The NBA returns to Mexico, the country that has hosted the most number of games outside the United States and Canada

MEXICO-BOUND. Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls drives against Ricky Rubio of the Utah Jazz in last season's NBA action. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Jordan, Melania back Lebron James after Trump insult

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

NBA legend Michael Jordan says LeBron James has done an 'amazing job' while US First Lady Melania Trump hopes to visit the Lakers superstar's new school

MODEL ATHLETE. LeBron James addresses the crowd during the recent opening his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe wife says no NBA return for Lakers legend

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Vanessa Bryant shuts down rumors that her husband Kobe Bryant will return to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers

SPECULATIONS. The Kobe Bryant-LeBron James team up is all speculation as the Lakers icon continues to enjoy retirement, says Vanessa Bryant. File photo by AFP

Tristan Thompson punched Draymond Green in nightclub feud

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The two NBA stars reportedly figured in a fistfight during a private party after the ESPY Awards last July 18

BAD BLOOD. Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors got involved in an altercation in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

NBA, MGM sign historic sports gambling partnership

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The pact makes the NBA the first American sports league with an official betting partner

GROUNDBREAKING. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the multi-year deal with MGM aims to keep the integrity of the game. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron to lift Lakers from ashes

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:16 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't made the NBA playoffs since 2013

CHALLENGE. All eyes are on LeBron James as he is tasked to lead the Lakers back to the glory days.

Love signs extension with Cavaliers

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Cavs pillar Kevin Love agrees to a new contract deal worth $120 million over 4 years

CORNERSTONE. Kevin Love says he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers with 'a long-term mindset.' Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony to sign with Houston Rockets

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 10-time All-Star is coming off a season that saw him record career-lows of 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds with the Oklahoma City Thunder

POWER SQUAD. Carmelo Anthony will join fellow All-Stars Chris Paul and James Harden in the Houston Rockets. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Dallas Mavericks sign Dirk Nowitzki for 21st season

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The German is the first NBA player to play for 21 straight seasons with the same franchise

21ST SEASON. Dirk Nowitzki stays with the Mavs for 21 straight seasons, the longest an NBA payer stayed with a franchise. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Lakers fans help restore another vandalized LeBron mural

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:24 PM

After haters defaced another LeBron James mural, some fans showed up this time to help artist Gustavo Zermeno retouch his work

POLARIZING. The arrival of LeBron James continues to divide Los Angeles Lakers fans. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors head sorry for DeRozan deal 'miscommunication'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Team president Masai Ujiri regrets indicating that franchise player DeMar DeRozan won't be traded

NEW HOME. Former Toronto star DeMar DeRozan heads to San Antonio after getting swapped with Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Nowitzki returns to Dallas for record 20th NBA season

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The German star is set to tie Lakers icon Kobe Bryant's record of playing for one team in 20 straight seasons

LEGEND. Dirk Nowitzki remains an integral piece for the rebuilding Dallas Mavericks. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony traded by OKC to Atlanta, but waived for free agency

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The Houston Rockets are the frontrunners to sign Carmelo Anthony after the waivers

TRADED. File photo shows Carmelo Anthony. #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the basket against Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on January 13, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP  STREETER LECKA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Spurs coach Popovich on Kawhi trade: ‘Time to move on’

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The San Antonio tactician wishes Kawhi Leonard well, but says he's focused on the arrival of former Raptors cornerstone DeMar DeRozan

SEPARATE WAYS. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard part ways, just two weeks after the Spurs let go of veteran Tony Parker. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard to Raptors, DeMar DeRozan to Spurs – reports

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:52 PM

San Antonio also sends Danny Green to Toronto for Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick

SWITCH. Top NBA stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar Derozan switch teams and conference. Leonard photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP and Derozan photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP​

Warriors hand Kerr contract extension

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Details of the contract are not disclosed but the Golden State general manager says Steve Kerr will lead the team for the ‘next several years’

WINNING RECORD. Steve Kerr boasts a record of 63 win and 20 defeats, the highest winning percentage in NBA coaching history. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP