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Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The Clippers are the top pick to contend in a survey of NBA general managers, but LeBron James and the Lakers will not go quietly

LA STARS. Kawhi Leonard LeBron James will feature in the Battle for Los Angeles between the Clippers and the Lakers. File photos by Harry How/AFP (Leonard) and Patrick Smith/AFP (James)


Lakers' Kuzma ruled out for NBA season opener

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Kyle Kuzma won't be around when the new-look Lakers kick off the season with Kawhi Leonard's Clippers

SIDELINED. Lakers star Kyle Kuzma continues to recuperate from a foot injury. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Siakam signs four-year maximum NBA deal with Raptors

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Expect Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam to play a major role again in the Raptors' title defense

Teen Zion Williamson excites NBA like no rookie since LeBron

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Zion Williamson's debut may have to wait, but many expect the 19-year-old 'beast' to take the league by storm

TEEN TITAN. Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson thinks he’ll get to adjust pretty quickly in the NBA. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Kawhi co-star in 'Battle for Los Angeles'

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:39 AM

The LA rivalry may be less about the Lakers vs the Clippers and more about LeBron James vs Kawhi Leonard

SHOWDOWN. The NBA unfolds with a blockbuster duel between Kawhi Leonard's Clippers and LeBron James’ Lakers. Photos by AFP

WATCH: 5 storylines to look out for in upcoming NBA season

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Can LeBron James lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the Promised Land after linking up with Anthony Davis?

STARS IN LA. LeBron James and Anthony Davis form a formidable duo for the Los Angeles Lakers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


Zion Williamson to miss 'weeks' with sore knee – reports

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:34 PM

A major injury has been ruled out for Zion Williamson but the Pelicans want to be cautious to ensure plenty of time for the teen star to recover

HIGHLY TOUTED. All eyes will be on Zion Williamson once he plays his first official NBA game. Photo from Twitter/@PelicansNBA


Luol Deng retires after 15 NBA seasons

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Looking to wrap up his NBA career with the same club where he debuted, Luol Deng signs a one-day contract with the Chicago Bulls

FULL CIRCLE. The Chicago Bulls plan to honor Luol Deng this season. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Wizards ink All-Star guard Beal to two-year extension

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The Washington Wizards lock in Bradley Beal as the NBA All-Star guard enters the 'prime of his career'

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

China denies telling NBA to fire exec over Hong Kong tweet

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:14 PM

A foreign ministry official denies NBA commissioner Adam Silver's claims that China asked the league to fire a controversial Rockets executive

Photo by Hector Retamal AFP

NBA general managers pick Clippers to win title in survey

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Just days before the new NBA season fires off, league executives expect Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers to win the crown

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Top NBA draft pick Williamson to miss Pelicans' final preseason game

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Rookie Zion Williamson, who averages 23.3 points on an astonishing 71% shooting clip, gets sidelined due to a sore knee

PHENOMENAL. Zion Williamson has been pumping in incredible numbers for the Pelicans. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP

NBA boss Silver says losses in China row 'substantial'

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Commissioner Adam Silver reveals the Chinese government and business officials want Rockets executive Daryl Morey fired for expressing his opinion

CRISIS. NBA admits much of the cultural ties it has built with China has been lost. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Nets beat Lakers to bring merciful end to tense China tour

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:40 AM

As the NBA's controversial preseason China tour wraps up, it leaves behind questions over the future of a key market

STILL POPULAR. On court, Chinese fans continue to cheer for NBA superstars like LeBron James. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Time out? China's NBA row suddenly cools

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:47 AM

After a week of ferocious attack on the NBA, China's state press and internet now appear to be skirting the issue

TRUCE. The NBA-China feud starts to simmer down. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

NBA cancels all Lakers-Nets press events in China

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The NBA says the China row has put the players in a 'complicated and unprecedented situation'

NO MORE QUESTIONS. Visiting NBA players like Lakers superstar LeBron James and the Nets' DeAndre Jordan will just let their games do the talking. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Warriors coach Kerr shrugs off Trump criticism

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

US President Donald Trump says Steve Kerr – a longtime critic of the president – 'looked like a little boy' when the Warriors coach declined to comment on the NBA-China row

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Curry cautious, Barkley blasts 'idiots, fools' in NBA-China row

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:35 AM

As the NBA controversy in China rages on, Warriors star Steph Curry takes a wait-and-see stance while legend Charles Barkley rips league critics

CIRCUMSPECT. ’We understand this is a business,’ says NBA superstar Steph Curry. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Hail King James: NBA reigns for a night in China game

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The preseason Shanghai clash between the Lakers and the Nets shows it will be difficult to shake the NBA's huge following among passionate Chinese fans

MAIN DRAW. LeBron James mesmerizes Chinese fans even as the Lakers bow to the Nets. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:38 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets in a Shanghai preseason game amid a controversial pro-democracy tweet that has angered China

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Two fans get escorted out during the preseason game of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Guangzhou Lions for yelling and flashing 'Free Hong Kong' signs

PRESEASON. Shake Milton and the Sixers overpower the Guangzhou Lions in an exhibition match. Photo from Philadelphia 76ers

Spurs coach Popovich 'thrilled' by NBA stand in China row

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Amid a rift that threatens the NBA's lucrative business in China, coach Gregg Popovich praises NBA commissioner Adam Silver for coming out 'strongly for freedom of speech'

ALL PRAISE. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says Silver has been ‘a heck of a leader.’  Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

NBA's sheer dominance could limit damage from China backlash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

It's the biggest game in town and that leverage may just carry the NBA past the China crisis

ADVANTAGE. LeBron James and the NBA enjoy a huge following in China. Photo by AFP

Vivo, Tencent pulling out of NBA deals over Hong Kong tweet

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:59 PM

Vivo and Tencent announce they are cutting ties with the basketball league after a pro-Hong Kong tweet by a team official

Vivo and Tencent photos from Shutterstock. NBA photo by Greg Baker/AFP


Shanghai cancels NBA fan event over 'inappropriate' HK comments

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:36 PM

China calls off an NBA fan night on the eve of a preseason game pitting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets

HEATED. The NBA and China row continues even as several NBA players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain in Shanghai for the Los Angeles Lakers’ scheduled events with the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese media slam NBA 'about face' on Hong Kong

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:41 PM

As the NBA insists it won't apologize for a controversial Hong Kong tweet, Chinese media say there's now 'little room for reconciliation'

FIRESTORM. James Harden and the Houston Rockets – who are in Japan for preseason events – get a lot of backlash in China. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Yao Ming 'extremely hot' over NBA's China crisis

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:01 PM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Yao Ming was 'extremely upset', 'extremely unsettled' and 'extremely hot' on the Hong Kong tweet furor

CUTTING TIES. Yao Ming cuts ties with his former NBA team Houston Rockets for Daryl Morey's comments. Photo from Instagram (@yao)

NBA: 'We are not apologizing' for Hong Kong tweet

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:59 PM

'The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issue,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

NO APOLOGY. The NBA is not liable for the statements of its teams in the league. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

China punishes NBA as crisis over democracy tweet deepens

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:35 PM

China continues to consider more punishments for the NBA over a Hong Kong tweet furor

TWEET FUROR. NBA China and the Brooklyn Nets cancel their media event two hours before it was slated to start. Photo from Brookyln Nets' Twitter

China state TV to suspend broadcast of NBA exhibition games

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

SUSPENDED. The Los Angeles Lakers' China exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets will not be broadcasted by CCTV. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/ AFP)

NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:09 PM

NBA China tells the media that the event has been scrapped just 2 hours before it was due to start

CANCELED. Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets arrive in Shanghai before their exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers got canceled. Photo from Brooklyn Nets Twitter

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furor

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

'Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression,' says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

APOLOGY. James Harden apologizes to China for Daryl Morey's tweets supporting the Hong Kong protests. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

NBA champion Raptors, Lowry agree on $31M one-year deal

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Kyle Lowry's deal with the Raptors produces the largest salary cap hit for an NBA player who will be 34 or older

EXTENDED. Kyle Lowry stays with the 2019 NBA champions Toronto Raptors for another year. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: After major losses, Kerr says Warriors need to 'work much harder'

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The Warriors will head into the NBA season without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston – all key players in their 5 straight trips to the finals

NEW-LOOK. Steve Kerr says the Warriors are back into experimenting, just like what they did during the beginning of their five-year dominance. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


Rockets exec says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend China

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The Rockets have received flak from Chinese fans after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Daryl Morey says his views do not represent the Houston Rockets or the NBA. Photo from Instagram/@darylmorey


'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


China's CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The development comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet showing support for the Hong Kong protests

SAVING WHAT'S LEFT. The Rockets have been in damage control since Daryl Morey sent the controversial tweet. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets


Houston Rockets owner distances team from exec's Hong Kong comment

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'Daryl Morey does not speak for the Houston Rockets,' tweets Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta

CHINESE FAN BASE. James Harden and the Houston Rockets enjoy a huge following from China. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter

Anthony Davis powers Lakers past Warriors in NBA preseason opener

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:13 AM

LeBron James and his new sidekick Anthony Davis shine as the Los Angeles Lakers roll over the Golden State Warriors

SUPER DUO. LeBron James (left) welcomes Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers to form a formidable pair. Photo from the Lakers Twitter

Paul Pierce says the Clippers are the 'team to beat'

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Right now, I have to say the Clippers are the team to beat,' says 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce

FOR THE CLIPPERS. Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce puts his bet on the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA title. File photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

Cignal, SKY negotiate joint bid for NBA broadcast

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Cignal TV and SKY are in negotiations with NBA after Solar Entertainment terminates airing NBA Premium and BTV

WATCHING NBA. Local cable TV networks Cignal and SKY are looking to broadcast NBA games in the Philippines. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

George won't make Clippers debut in October

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Paul George says he would miss the entire pre-season and at least the first 10 days of the upcoming NBA season

WAITING GAME. Paul George teaming up with Kawhi Leonard in an official NBA game will have to wait a little bit longer. Photo from Instagram/@ygtrece


Harden, Westbrook want to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook hope to bring their explosive tandem to Team USA's Olympic campaign

ROCKET MEN. Russell Westbrook and James Harden add their names to the list of NBA superstars committing to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Houston Rockets

After 'failed' Celtics leadership role, Irving seeks new start with Nets

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Kyrie Irving regrets failing his Boston Celtics teammates but vows not to make the same mistakes with the Brooklyn Nets

Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron bullish on new Lakers teammate Davis

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:35 AM

'It's exciting to have such a beautiful young mind, a beautiful player but also a great leader as well,' LeBron James says of fellow superstar Anthony Davis

POWER PAIR. LeBron James and Anthony Davis hope to lead the Los Angeles Lakers deep into the NBA playoffs this season. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Lakers star Kuzma sidelined indefinitely with foot injury

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:53 AM

Kyle Kuzma won't be suiting up just yet when the Lakers open training camp this weekend