NBA basketball

Duke's Zion Williamson, right, poses for photographs with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 20, 2019 - 8:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he...
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Zion Williamson, a freshman from Duke, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York. The basketball draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The Hawks now have the fourth pick in the NBA draft. A person familiar with deal says Atlanta has acquired the pick from the Pelicans. New Orleans had acquired the rights to the fourth pick in the trade that sent...
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse takes questions from the media in Toronto on Sunday, June 16, 2019. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House "if they'd like to do it." Asked whether he'd invite the Canadian team, Trump said Thursday that he hadn't thought about it. Trump said the Raptors played "phenomenal basketball...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question during a news conference at the Cavaliers training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert has been released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke. Quicken Loans president CEO Jay Farner says Gilbert was discharged Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.(AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
June 20, 2019 - 8:43 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke and will recover at an in-patient rehabilitation center. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said Gilbert was discharged Wednesday from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan...
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Zion Williamson, a freshman basketball player from Duke, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in New York. The basketball draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 19, 2019 - 2:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson smiled his way through nearly half an hour of questions, trying to portray himself like any player just hoping to be drafted. Suddenly, a tall, thin newcomer pushed his way to the front of the shoulder-to-shoulder swarm surrounding Williamson and shot down that idea...
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June 19, 2019 - 9:24 am
A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah Jazz. The person says the Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. The person spoke to The...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:58 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for a deputy involved in an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship said his client suffered a concussion and is on medical leave. Attorney David Mastagni said Tuesday the 20...
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Cheering fans are reflected in the sunglasses of Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 7:43 am
TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn't saying whether he'll use it to keep a door open or close it...
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy as forward Kawhi Leonard holds his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 1:42 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on reports of shots fired at Raptors parade in Toronto (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Toronto police say two people have been shot and wounded at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors. Two people have been arrested. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto's mayor and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Duke's Zion Williamson (1) dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson, in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils freshman is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
June 17, 2019 - 12:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now that six-time All-Star Anthony Davis' trade request has been honored, it's time for the New Orleans Pelicans to start a new era by drafting the next face of the franchise. Duke star Zion Williamson is widely seen as the top pro prospect to enter any NBA draft since Davis in...
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