NBA will offer big money to lure top players away from NCAA

NBA will offer big money to lure top players away from NCAA

The NBA isn’t ready to eliminate the one-and-done rule just yet. But it is preparing to offer select prospects a more lucrative avenue than college. Starting next summer, the G-League will be offering elite prospects who are 18 years old but not…

Top 10 story lines to watch as NBA lifts curtain on 2018-19 season

Top 10 story lines to watch as NBA lifts curtain on 2018-19 season

The NBA season tips off Tuesday with Gordon Hayward's return to the Boston Celtics after missing all but one game with an ankle injury, and Golden State celebrating another title with a banner-raising and ring ceremony. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt examines…

Shock as world basketball chief dies suddenly

Shock as world basketball chief dies suddenly

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball's world governing body (FIBA) who was seen as a potential International Olympic Committee president, has died. Baumann is thought to have suffered a heart attack while attending the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He…

Knicks are ready to give Frank Ntilikina a major defensive test

Knicks are ready to give Frank Ntilikina a major defensive test

David Fizdale was not kidding around about the Knicks playing position-less basketball. Coming Friday night to the Garden: Frank Ntilikina versus a power forward. “You might see that next game,” Fizdale said Thursday after practice, ahead of the preseason finale against the…

Tex Winter, basketball innovator and Hall of Famer, dies at 96

Tex Winter, basketball innovator and Hall of Famer, dies at 96

Fred "Tex" Winter, basketball innovator and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. He was 96. Winter is known as the mastermind of the famed triangle offense that helped win a combined nine NBA championships during his tenure as an…

Ntilikina complicates his point-guard shot on bad day for Knicks

Ntilikina complicates his point-guard shot on bad day for Knicks

The Knicks will likely have more problems than just at point guard this season, but coach David Fizdale was tinkering at that position Monday night. In the Knicks’ sobering 110-98 preseason loss to the Wizards, Frank Ntilikina made his first start this…

Who will win NBA rookie of the year?

Who will win NBA rookie of the year?

USA TODAY Sports examines the rookies expected to lead their class and projects who will make the biggest impact during their first NBA season: Deandre Ayton, drafted No. 1 by Phoenix There’s a reason the Suns took him with the first overall pick: with…

David Fizdale has been the real star of the Knicks’ preseason

David Fizdale has been the real star of the Knicks’ preseason

Three cheers for David Fizdale. As in the Knicks’ 3-0 record so far in the preseason. If you don’t think the Knicks’ new charismatic coach is excited about his team’s record, think again. Fizdale does things and acts differently than most NBA…

LeBron James arrives for game in Kaepernick-branded Nike gear

LeBron James arrives for game in Kaepernick-branded Nike gear

LeBron James threw some support Colin Kaepernick’s way Thursday night when The King showed up for his preseason game with the Lakers sporting a Kaepernick-branded shirt. That the shirt comes from Nike – a longtime James sponsor and partner – is possibly…

Kyrie Irving may have just dashed Knicks fans’ dreams

Kyrie Irving may have just dashed Knicks fans’ dreams

It’s time to put those “Kyrie Irving” Knicks jerseys on hold. The Celtics point guard doesn’t sound like a man with a plan to hit the free-agent market next summer, instead telling fans at a team event he intends on re-signing with…

Knicks’ forgotten rookie steals show in preseason head-turner

Knicks’ forgotten rookie steals show in preseason head-turner

The best rookie on the floor wasn’t Kevin Knox or Mitchell Robinson or even the Nets’ first-rounder Dzanan Musak, who didn’t see the floor. It became undrafted Allonzo Trier, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Arizona who lit up Brooklyn for 20 first-half…

All three Knicks rookies make impressive opening splashes

All three Knicks rookies make impressive opening splashes

The Knicks went 3-for-3 in Washington, D.C. during their preseason opener. Not from the field – but with their rookie showings. And isn’t that what Scott Perry’s 2018-19 vision is mostly about, after running his first draft as chief operator? Kevin Knox,…

Knicks ‘shocked’ and buzzing after surprise Patrick Ewing speech

Knicks ‘shocked’ and buzzing after surprise Patrick Ewing speech

WASHINGTON — The Knicks received a big surprise upon their 10 a.m. arrival at Capital One Arena for Monday’s morning shootaround ahead of their preseason opener against the Wizards. There was Patrick Ewing, who made the short drive from Georgetown. The Hoyas…

Rivals literally laughing at Tristan Thompson’s Cavaliers boast

Rivals literally laughing at Tristan Thompson’s Cavaliers boast

Tristan Thompson must think the Cavaliers still have LeBron James. The Cavaliers forward emphatically insisted Cleveland is still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, challenging rivals they vanquished thanks to James’ dominance. James signed a four-year deal with…

Kevin Knox is looking much different against real NBA players

Kevin Knox is looking much different against real NBA players

Kevin Knox isn’t in Las Vegas anymore. Coach David Fizdale acknowledged the Knicks lottery pick has faced a tougher go during Tarrytown training camp than during his summer-league domination that had the Knicks fan base agog. Nevertheless, Fizdale has seen improvement since…

The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes escalate with quick deadline

The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes escalate with quick deadline

The Jimmy Butler sweepstakes are heating up, with or without Tom Thibodeau on board. While the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Timberwolves does not want to trade their All-Star forward, owner Glen Taylor is ramping up the dealings, telling…

Timberwolves power struggle could decide Jimmy Butler’s fate

Timberwolves power struggle could decide Jimmy Butler’s fate

The Jimmy Butler trade negotiations are non-existent at the moment. According to ESPN.com, the Timberwolves are telling interested teams Bulter is an elite player they do not plan on trading. Butler requested a trade from the team Wednesday, telling team president and…

Knicks heaping praise — not millions — on Porzingis for now

Knicks heaping praise — not millions — on Porzingis for now

Knicks brass is paying off Kristaps Porzingis in encouraging words rather than extra millions. The Knicks have until mid-October to give Porzingis a $158 million contract extension but are not planning to do so. At Thursday’s press conference, Knicks president Steve Mills…

Phil Jackson’s year away from NBA was pretty wild

Phil Jackson’s year away from NBA was pretty wild

Phil Jackson’s time away from the NBA was so very Phil Jackson. He attended a film festival in Rome, visited the Vatican, learned how to bake bread and went to Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The former Knicks president called it a…

Knicks end is near for Joakim Noah

Knicks end is near for Joakim Noah

The short, rocky marriage between Joakim Noah and the Knicks may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. The team is likely to cut ties with the oft-injured center before training camp begins later this month, according to a report…

Basketball ACT pathway could be stunted by SEABL shutdown

Basketball ACT pathway could be stunted by SEABL shutdown

Canberra Gunners coach Shawn McEachin fears a SEABL shutdown would result in a cavernous drop in standard that will stunt the ACT's high performance pathways. It comes as Basketball ACT prepares to host the Illawarra Hawks and the Adelaide 36ers at the Tuggeranong…

Warriors star emerges as Lakers’ flashy Plan B in free agency

Warriors star emerges as Lakers’ flashy Plan B in free agency

The Lakers could already be plotting their Plan B for Kawhi Leonard. It’s presumed the Lakers will have the new Raptors star on top of their wish list and are also high on Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne….

Nets’ Kenneth Faried arrested for marijuana possession

Nets’ Kenneth Faried arrested for marijuana possession

Newly signed Brooklyn Net Kenneth Faried was busted for marijuana possession during a weekend sobriety checkpoint on Long Island, according to reports. The 28-year-old — nicknamed “The Manimal” — was arrested on the Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according…