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WATCH: Steph Curry surprises kid with fist bump

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The unassuming kid – fully clad in Warriors apparel – was only expecting a wave from the two-time NBA MVP but Curry gave him with a fist bump instead

LOCKED IN. Steph Curry tries to stay competitive in the offseason by joining golf tournaments. File photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers star Simmons out of Aussie World Cup bid

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Ben Simmons says it's a 'difficult decision' to skip playing for Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

NEW CAMPAIGN. Ben Simmon decides to focus on the Sixers’ NBA run next season. Photo from NBA

Cavs waive veteran JR Smith

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:24 AM

JR Smith is set to become a free agent after nearly 5 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers

GETTING OUT. JR Smith finally finds a way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers whom he expressed disappointment in last season. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170M deal with Sixers

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Ben Simmons is set to fortify the Sixers core of Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford

STAYING IN PHILLY. Ben Simmons is reportedly staying with the 76ers. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Alapag relishes lessons learned from coaching stint with Kings

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Jimmy Alapag gains knowledge from esteemed NBA tacticians and reconnects with his former mentors in his Summer League stint with the Sacramento Kings

ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Jimmy Alapag grabs the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Ben Simmons 'doubtful' for Aussie World Cup campaign

Jul 14, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Even minus Sixers star Ben Simmons, Australia boasts of a solid roster laced with several NBA players

PRESEASON. Ben Simmons reportedly wants to focus on the Sixers' NBA buildup. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Alapag says Kings coaching stint ‘has been everything’

Jul 14, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Jimmy Alapag hopes his stint as Sacramento Kings deputy can open more opportunities for Filipino coaches in the NBA

GRATEFUL. With the help of former NBA player Vlade Divac, Jimmy Alapag gets a one-of-a-kind coaching experience. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Davis confident Lakers roster can go up 'against anybody'

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:32 AM

As Anthony Davis forms a potent strikeforce with LeBron James, the Lakers think they can immediately contend for the NBA championship

GAME CHANGER. The arrival of Anthony Davis is 'history-shifting' for the Lakers, says general manager Rob Pelinka (left) and head coach Frank Vogel (right). Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Davis to wear No. 3 as LeBron's 23 nixed

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The new Lakers star decides to revert to his elementary jersey number

NEW LAKER IN TOWN. Anthony Davis turns the Los Angeles Lakers to an immediate contender in the Western Conference. Photo from Instagram/@antdavis23

LeBron can't give Davis No. 23 over Nike money issues

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The jersey number change for new Lakers teammates Lebron James and Anthony Davis may be a no-go

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 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. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook 'eternally grateful' to OKC, Harden vows 'fun'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'It's been a dream and a whirlwind,' Russell Westbrook writes as he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder after 11 seasons

SCORING POWERHOUSE. The Houston power pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden unites the NBA's two top scorers over the past 5 seasons. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder could send Chris Paul to Heat – reports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:26 PM

A possible Chris Paul-Jimmy Butler pairing may just turn the Miami Heat into an Eastern Conference contender

WHERE WILL HE GO? Chris Paul obviously wants to play for a contender as he enters the twilight of his career. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder trade Westbrook to Rockets for Chris Paul, draft picks

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) The blockbuster deal reunites former MVPs Russell Westbrook and James Harden

OLD TIMES. Russell Westbrook forms another  power duo with former teammate James Harden. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

NBA Summer League: Alex Compton scouts for potential imports

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The Alaska Aces coach makes the most out of his week-long break in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup

NO REST. Alaska coach Alex Compton (right) and team governor Dickie Bachmann are watching as many as 5 games a day in the NBA Summer League. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Al Horford signs with 76ers as Tobias Harris rejoins

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Former Celtics star Al Horford beefs up an already formidable Sixers roster bannered by Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris

Al Horford. Photo by AFP

Clippers officially sign Kawhi, finalize trade deal for George

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Both natives of Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George head home to turn the Clippers into a championship contender

BIG DEAL. Kawhi Leonard reportedly signs a three-year deal worth $103.1 million with the Clippers. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

NBA allows coach's challenge, replay center reviews

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:48 AM

In a bid to strengthen officiating, the NBA approves the coach's challenge and other video reviews triggered by the NBA Replay Center

STRATEGIC. The NBA says the new rules will give coaches like champion Raptors coach Nick Nurse 'a voice' and add a 'strategic element' to the game. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

China earns 1st win in NBA Summer League

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:45 PM

China is competing in the NBA Summer League as part of its buildup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

KEY PLAYER. Zhou Qi leads China to its first win in the NBA Summer League. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Warriors vow to retire Iguodala jersey after trading him

Jul 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Andre Iguodala helped the Warriors win 3 NBA titles in the last 5 seasons, even clinching the Finals MVP award in 2015

HONORED. Andre Iguodala will see his No. 9 jersey in the rafters of the Chase Center. File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Durant to sport new jersey number for Nets

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Kevin Durant will not be wearing No. 35 for the first time in the NBA as he begins a new chapter in his career with the Nets

FRESH START. Kevin Durant says he will continue to honor the man behind No. 35 – his AAU coach Charles Craig, who was murdered at age 35. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

Irving officially signs with Nets

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:04 PM

With the Nets also acquiring DeAndre Jordan, Kyrie Irving joins a young playoff team expected to be even tougher with Kevin Durant

FRESH START. Kyrie Irving will play for his third NBA team next season. Photo from

Raptors coach Nurse 'can't blame' Kawhi for going home

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:39 AM

With Kawhi Leonard leaving for Clippers, Raptors coach Nick Nurse says they 'got to go kick his ass'

ONE AND DONE. Kawhi Leonard delivers an NBA title for Toronto and leaves to return home to Los Angeles. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Rockets eye deal for Thunder star Westbrook – reports

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The Rockets are interested in Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to rebuild after Paul George asked for a trade to the Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard

BYE BRODIE? Russell Westbrook could reunite with his former Thunder teammate James Harden with the Rockets. File photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Lakers officially bring Davis into the fold

Jul 07, 2019 - 2:04 PM

With Anthony Davis and LeBron James forming a dynamic one-two punch, the Lakers seek to relive their lost glory

LAKESHOW. Anthony Davis officially signs with the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from Lakers' Twitter account (@Lakers)

Top NBA rookie Zion out for the rest of Summer League 2019

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:42 AM

Zion Williamson sits out the remainder of the NBA Summer League after a collision in his debut game

STAYING SAFE. Zion Williamson sits out of the 2019 NBA Summer League for precautionary purposes. Photo from New Orleans Pelicans Twitter

ANOTHER SUPER DUO: Clippers land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George now face another powerhouse Los Angeles combo in the Lakers' LeBron James and Anthony Davis

WATCH: Earthquake halts Zion-Barrett NBA Summer League debut duel

Jul 06, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Las Vegas earthquake shakes the NBA summer game featuring the showdown between No. 1 rookie pick Zion Williamson and former Duke teammate RJ Barrett

PRECAUTIONARY. Zion Williamson (center) and members of the Pelicans leave the court after an earthquake shook the Thomas & Mack Center during a Summer League game against the Knicks. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

'Durant's 35 retired while I own Warriors,' says team exec

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Golden State Warriors chief executive Joe Lacob honors Kevin Durant 'for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history'

GRATEFUL. The Warriors recognize Kevin Durant’s contributions on and off the court. Photo from NBA

SMB taps ex-NBA player Chris McCullough as Rhodes' replacement

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:08 PM

San Miguel hopes that the former NBA player can reinforce the team's 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs bid

IMPACT PLAYER? San Miguel head coach Leo Austria hopes Chris McCullough's NBA experience can help his struggling team. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Alapag gets 1st NBA win as Kings beat Warriors in Summer League

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Just two years into his coaching career, Jimmy Alapag is serving as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League

MEMORABLE. Jimmy Alapag earns his first win with the Sacramento Kings in the 2019 NBA Summer League. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Embattled Isaiah Thomas signs 1-year minimum deal with Wizards

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Isaiah Thomas is aiming for a resurgence as the 'King of the Fourth' with the Washington Wizards

RISING AGAIN. Isaiah Thomas hopes the Washington Wizards will open the door for him to get back to his A-game. Photo from Isaiah Thomas' Instagram

Kawhi still uncertain as free agency moves shake NBA landscape

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard continues to decide where he'll land for the upcoming season

WHERE TO? Kawhi Leonard weighs his options as top NBA 2019 free agents close deals. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

LOOK: Lakers fans put up #KaWhyNot billboards in Manila

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Filipino Lakers fans show how much they want to see Kawhi Leonard in the purple and gold

KAWHI FRENZY. Lakers fans set up a '#KaWhyNot' billboard along EDSA near Ortigas. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Foul lane: Harden apologizes for China traffic violation

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:36 PM

James Harden was stopped by police for allegedly riding against traffic and in an area where scooters are forbidden

STOPPED. James Harden may be an expert in getting past defenders in the NBA, but not the police in China. Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images

Derrick Rose heads to Pistons, Jimmy Butler joins Heat

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Derrick Rose will play for his fifth NBA team, while Jimmy Butler will suit up for his third NBA squad in 3 years

NEW TEAMS. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler shake up the Eastern Conference. Photos by Christian Petersen/AFP (Rose) and Vaughn Ridley/AFP (Butler)

Nets trade D'Angelo Russell to Warriors

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:15 PM

D'Angelo Russell is coming off his first All-Star selection and a runner-up finish for the Most Improved Player award

D-LOADING. D'Angelo Russell will join the Warriors, his third NBA team. Photo from Brooklyn Nets' Twitter account (@BrooklynNets)

Kemba Walker joins Celtics as Kyrie Irving leaves

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Coming off one of the best seasons of his career with the Hornets, Kemba Walker will fill the void left by Kyrie Irving, who is headed to the Nets

CARDIAC KEMBA. Kemba Walker starts a new era for the Boston Celtics. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Durant to depart Warriors for Nets as NBA free agent

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Although expected to miss all of next season, Kevin Durant is set to sign a max deal with the Brooklyn Nets

MAJOR MOVE. As Kevin Durant leaves the Warriors for the Nets, Boston guard Kyrie Irving is also expected to join him in Brooklyn. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Irving 'motivated' to sign 4-year deal with Nets

Jun 30, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Kyrie Irving becomes part of the Brooklyn Nets' plan to lure Kevin Durant to the team

LEAVING. Kyrie Irving targets signing with the Brooklyn Nets.  File photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Durant, Kawhi talk about becoming NBA teammates

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:30 AM

Both two-time NBA Finals MVPs, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard may just end up playing together

POTENTIAL PARTNERS. Superstars Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant may form a powerhouse duo for the Knicks or the Clippers. Photo from NBA

Durant to talk with 4 teams as NBA free agency looms

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Kevin Durant declined his $31.5 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent

DURANT SWEEPSTAKES. The Golden State Warriors are keen on keeping Kevin Durant. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Klay Thompson expected to get 5-year max offer from Warriors

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Helping the Warriors win 3 NBA championships and reach 5 consecutive finals, the 29-year-old is primed to sign a max contract

ON BOTH ENDS. Klay Thompson has established himself as one of the premier two-way players in the NBA. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Kawhi wants Magic-Buss Lakers chat in NBA talks

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reportedly only wants to meet with former Lakers executive Magic Johnson and team owner Jeanie Buss

FREE AGENT. Kawhi Leonard's next destination remains a guessing game. Photo by AFP

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo to play in FIBA World Cup

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Six years since his senior national team debut, Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to power Greece to a medal finish

GREEK PRIDE. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo looks forward to donning his national colors after a spectacular NBA season. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron gives 23 to Davis as Lakers eye NBA free agency

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Lakers superstar LeBron James gives up his jersey number as Anthony Davis also sacrifices a trade bonus

POWERHOUSE. The Lakers may go for another top-level talent as they try to build a supporting cast around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Gasol takes $25.6M option, returns to NBA champ Raptors

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:58 PM

After getting traded late last season, Marc Gasol signs with the Raptors for one full year

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors is defended by DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets eye Butler deal with Sixers

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 AM

James Harden and Chris Paul might just have Sixers star Jimmy Butler as their new Rockets teammate

MAJOR DEAL. Lacking salary cap room, the Rockets may need to trade and involve a third team just to get Jimmy Butler. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

Durant opts out of Warriors deal for NBA free agency

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 NBA season, the injured Kevin Durant is still tipped to get several offers when free agency opens Sunday

TOP CHOICE. The New Yorks Knicks are expected the make a pitch for Kevin Durant, who leads the list of high-profile free agents. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Antetokounmpo vows to stay hungry despite NBA MVP win

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo sets his sights on an NBA championship after becoming the first Greek player to be named NBA MVP

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo says his journey has not reached its end. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

WATCH: Giannis says Kobe motivated him in NBA MVP triumph

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo emerges as the new NBA MVP, completing a challenge issued by Kobe Bryant in 2017

SUPERSTARS. Giannis Antetokounmpo draws inspiration from Kobe Bryant as he captures his first NBA MVP plum. Photo courtesy of Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Antetokounmpo) and Wikimedia (Bryant)