One star caught in Clippers-Rockets feud could switch sides

The most anticipated game on the upcoming NBA schedule is clearly happening Feb. 28, because that’s the next time the Rockets and Clippers play. It also will be at Staples Center, in case Chris Paul needs to plan any other covert postgame operations against his former team. If the

Celtics legend, Hall of Famer Jo Jo White dies at 71

BOSTON — Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71. The Celtics announced his death Tuesday night. No cause was provided. The team says it is “terribly saddened” by White’s passing, calling him

The Cavaliers have realized their bleak reality

The Cavaliers might be doomed. Following their 118-108 loss to the Warriors on Monday night, multiple players voiced their concerns to media outlets about a growing discontent that the Cavs have too many problems to fix to get back to their championship-seeking ways. The frustrated voices, which included “prominent players,”

Chris Paul covertly storming Clippers’ locker room broke Shaq

After the game is when the games began. The Clippers beat the Rockets in Los Angeles on Monday in what otherwise would be remembered as an intriguing and heated battle between Chris Paul and his former team, in which a jawing, inactive Austin Rivers got under the Rockets’ skin

The Markelle Fultz enigma is getting very weird

Markelle Fultz’s shoulder is allegedly fixed, but his jumper is still broken. Footage surfaced over the weekend of Fultz, the 76ers’ jeweled No. 1-overall draft pick, trying to nail jump shots at practice, and it looked more like a shot-put heave than a basketball shot. Fultz, wearing the No. 20

Raptors GM on Trump: “I am proud of my shithole’

Highly respected Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is one African immigrant who wishes to prove President Donald Trump wrong. Ujiri, who moved to the United States from Nigeria in 1993 to play college basketball and later became the first African-born GM in NBA history, set out on Friday to

Gregg Popovich adds to LaVar Ball fury: He’s “meaningless’

We found another member of the LaVar Ball fan club. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mocked the loudmouth dad for being insignificant, after his remarks criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton have been met with sharp opposition. “Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual, or

Markelle Fultz mystery continues: “What the f—k is going on?’

Don’t call off the search for Markelle Fultz’s shooting form. The 76ers’ No. 1 pick surfaced on the court Thursday for the first time in months, since he was sidelined with a muscular imbalance in his right shoulder, throwing up fadeaway shots during warmups that didn’t offer much relief

Cavaliers can’t agree on what’s wrong with current mess

The Cavaliers were bad, then they were great and now they’re bad again. It’s been a weird season for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions, but a seventh loss in 10 games — and one by 34 points to the shorthanded Raptors — has the Cavaliers searching for answers.

Lakers pull out of deal with player over STD accusation

The Lakers likely were not expecting controversy from a guy that wasn’t even on their payroll yet. Intending to sign free-agent forward Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract Wednesday, the Lakers balked on the deal a day after Wilson’s name came up in a report linking him to a

Sneaky MVP candidate and evolution make these Raptors different

We are about halfway through the season, and one of the standard NBA storylines has a different feel to it. For four straight years, DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors have cruised through the regular season, winning between 48 and 56 games and finishing as a top-four team in the

ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy furious at ESPN over LaVar Ball

Jeff Van Gundy is choosing brethren over Bristol. Volleying from forceful to furious, the former Knicks coach lashed out at the network that employs him, livid that ESPN would publish a story that quotes LaVar Ball saying Luke Walton has lost the Lakers. The ESPN NBA analyst joined the ranks

Steve Kerr slams fans obsessed with NBA “Kardashian’ LaVar Ball

Steve Kerr addressed the elephant in the NBA media room. The socially aware Warriors coach gave a broader explanation Monday for the most recent LaVar Ball controversy to rock the league, blaming neither ESPN nor other media companies for giving Ball a platform to spew his opinions, but the

Julius Erving falls ill at 76ers game and is taken to hospital

PHILADELPHIA — Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers’ game Friday night and was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate update on his condition. “Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight’s game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is

Curry delivers dominant outing after 11-game hiatus

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hoisted his signature tunnel shot, signed a few quick autographs when daughter Riley arrived to greet him and he briefly held his arm around her before turning around to do his all-out hallway sprint as he does night after night. His little girl

NBA star allegedly paid sexual assault accuser to silence her

Avery Bradley is playing some of his best basketball with a new team, but now is mired in controversy from his past. The Pistons guard, who was traded to Detroit in July after seven seasons with the Celtics, reached a settlement with a woman who accused him of sexually

Knicks reveal new “City Edition’ jersey

Every NBA team is adding another alternate uniform, and the two local teams will highlight some of the best parts of the Big Apple with their “City Edition” threads. The Knicks will honor the New York City Fire Department. The jersey features an FDNY crest that says “Knicks”

Derrick Rose speaks: I’m not depressed, and I’ll be back

Derrick Rose’s time with the Cavaliers did not get off to a good start, and after deciding to take some time away from the team, there was plenty of speculation about the ex-Knicks point guard’s NBA future. He wants you to know he has one. Rose left the Cavs on

Airline under fire for accusing basketball players of blanket theft

DALLAS — American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound

NBA enjoying ratings surge while NFL flounders

While the NFL gets socked with ratings declines, the NBA is off to its second-most-watched season ever. ESPN, which has telecast 30 games since the season’s Oct. 17 opener, said Thursday that average viewership has soared 18 percent, to 1.8 million a game, from this point last year. TNT, with

Lakers guard splits time between jail and basketball court

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a jail sentence while still playing basketball. Caldwell-Pope is currently serving a 25-day jail sentence after he violated his probation, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 24-year-old is serving his sentence at the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center in Orange County, California,

Kyle Kuzma just put stamp on his stunning rookie season

Kyle Kuzma is doing what Lonzo Ball was supposed to do — just without the fanfare. The unheralded Lakers rookie wasn’t the prized selection by Los Angeles in the 2017 draft. At pick No. 27, he was considered a stretch, a wait-and-see type who potentially could blossom into a

The moment “hurt’ Isaiah Thomas learned of Celtics trade

Isaiah Thomas was finally coming down from a draining playoff run and a busy summer offseason when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sent his mind spinning again. Thomas had just pulled into the driveway of his Seattle home in August, after returning from a one-year anniversary celebration with his

Disgraced NBA ref in bizarre hammer arrest

Fixing his family life is harder than fixing games. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who served 13 months in prison on federal charges for betting on games that he officiated, was arrested in Florida on Tuesday, according to TMZ Sports, for threatening a man with a hammer in what

LaVar Ball is making his own one-and-done league

LaVar Ball probably wishes he thought of this idea sooner. The basketball dad and entrepreneur is embarking on arguably his biggest venture yet, announcing Wednesday he is launching the Junior Basketball Association as an NBA feeder separate from the NCAA. The league will pay nationally ranked players who have