International basketball

Washington Wizards basketball team introduce Rui Hachimura, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at Capital One Arena in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 21, 2019 - 10:11 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 6:29 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even went as far Thursday...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the net past Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during first half NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 11:43 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, St. John's coach Chris Mullin shouts during the second half of the team's NCAA basketball game against Butler, in Indianapolis. Mullin felt in his heart that it was time to move on from St. John’s. Mullin stepped down as coach of the school he starred at as a player in the 1980s earlier this month after four years on the job. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 22, 2019 - 12:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's. He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s. "It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight from...
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Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
March 31, 2019 - 11:26 pm
TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than...
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts to a call from a referee during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 109-83. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 16, 2019 - 8:04 am
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich give referee Tony Brothers (25) and earfull during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 130-118. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
February 25, 2019 - 11:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team. He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play...
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February 25, 2019 - 8:18 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer. He got a memory that'll last a lifetime anyway. Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 7:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday's cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
February 14, 2019 - 6:43 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino is back in a final. However, the Greek team he's coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game...
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