Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Basketball

In this July 8, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson answers questions during a news conference at the team's training facility in Greenburgh, New York.

BY BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history and feuded with ...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Vanderbilt football players were shot in what police are calling an “ill-conceived plan” to recover a teammate’s stolen cellphone. Tae Daley, 18, suffered a noncritical ...
Chicago Bulls seventh overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen, left, Kris Dunn, center, and Zach Levine, pose for a photo at the NBA basketball team's training facility, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Chicago.

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week. The Bulls had ...
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Best Style & Game Winner Award winner, Russell Westbrook, poses in the press room at the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday, June 26, 2017, in New York

BY BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA. Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday ...
Charlotte Hornets' Dwight Howard poses for a photo holding his new jersey during an NBA basketball news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, June 26, 2017 after being traded to the Hornets by the Atlanta Hawks last week.

BY STEVE REED CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him. Wearing a teal ...
In this April 23, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, rear, and guard James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City.

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for rival Golden State in free agency. ...
Magic Johnson, left, makes an expression as he talks about Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball during the NBA basketball team's news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif.

BY GREG BEACHAM EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers’ training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions’ ...
Top draft prospects gather for a group photo before the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York.

BY BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night. Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. ...
In this April 23, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) is fouled by Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Chicago.

BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ever since Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota last summer, a reunion with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler seemed destined to happen. For the ...
Washington's Markelle Fultz, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. 1 pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York.

BY DAN GELSTON CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers put The Process in the hands of Washington guard Markelle Fultz. Fultz, the 6-foot-4 guard, was selected No. 1 overall ...
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