Basketball

Lakers coach Darvin Ham sets defensive tone at first practice

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Darvin Ham gathered his players in the film room before his first official practice as a coach in the hopes of establishing an identity for his team -- and for himself."I wasn't going to dare...

Chicago Bulls’ Lonzo Ball can’t run, jump without pain as 2nd knee surgery of...

2:21 PM ETJamal CollierESPN CHICAGO -- After spending the summer rehabbing in Los Angeles and seeking different opinions from knee specialists, Bulls guard Lonzo Ball said he still can't run or jump without feeling pain in his left knee,...

Suns’ Deandre Ayton says he hasn’t spoken to coach Monty Williams since Game 7...

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton said he hasn't spoken with head coach Monty Williams since he was benched during a stunning Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks last May.Ayton had a tense summer with the Suns, signing a...

Fantasy basketball mock draft: 10-team H2H points league

Create or join an ESPN Fantasy Basketball league for the 2022-2023 NBA season.Sign up for free! The ESPN fantasy basketball experts got together for their first mock draft of the 2022-23 NBA season, using a 10-team H2H points format.If you're...

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash says he’s cleared the air with Kevin Durant after...

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash wants to make it clear that his relationship with star forward Kevin Durant is good heading into the start of the 2022-23 season.That statement comes following a tumultuous summer for the...

LeBron James’ chase for the NBA scoring title and other milestones

Following yet another defeat in the middle of a lost season, LeBron James was asked a question at Miami's FTX Arena that invited him to escape the losing moment to broaden and brighten his view.What did James think about...

Phoenix Suns in shock as Robert Sarver saga hangs over team entering season

PHOENIX -- The Suns are moving on to a new chapter with owner Robert Sarver planning to sell the team, but the mood at media day revealed a team still in shock.Sarver announced his intentions last week following the...

Feeling ‘at my best,’ recuperated Zion Williamson says excitement level ahead of Pelicans return...

5:28 PM ETAndrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS -- Zion Williamson is a Lamborghini and needs to treat his body as such.That was New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance's message to his star teammate as Williamson prepares to return to the...

‘We’re the underdogs’ – Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers set out to prove themselves...

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With reams of championship banners hanging above him, a couple of surefire Hall of Fame teammates present in the gym with him and a team roster that will cost the Los Angeles Lakers a hair...

Wolves' Edwards: Anti-gay comments 'immature'

Speaking at the team's media day, Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards said he is "willing to do whatever it takes to make it right" with the LGBTQ community and Timberwolves fans following the anti-gay remarks he recently made on social...

‘Stronger’ Kawhi Leonard ready to start training camp with rest of LA Clippers this...

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard said he "definitely got a lot stronger" after a season off and is ready to start training camp when the LA Clippers open practice on Tuesday.In his first comments since media day prior...

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving – Gave up 4-year, $100M-plus extension to be unvaccinated

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving says he turned down a four-year extension prior to the 2020-21 season because of his decision not to get the COVID-19 vaccination."I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be...

Spurs for NBA title? Gregg Popovich says don’t bet on very young roster to...

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker may be walking through that door at the San Antonio Spurs' practice facility, but they are only coming to visit.In their place on the court is a bunch of...

Timetable on Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s knee still TBD

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The injury bug usually waits until midseason to start bothering the Oklahoma City Thunder.This time, it attacked in the offseason.No. 2 overall draft pick Chet Holmgren was ruled out for the season after suffering a foot...

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics set to ‘put our best foot forward’ under interim coach...

4:19 PM ETTim BontempsESPN CANTON, Mass. -- In the wake of the suspension of Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season for violations of team rules, interim coach Joe Mazzulla said Monday that his goal...
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