Dwyane Wade ominously hits back at Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons can consider himself safe spewing sarcasm behind his computer screen.Unless Dwyane Wade has something to say about it.The Heat guard didn’t let a Simmons tweet go down without a fight Wednesday, when he humorously threatened Simmons after the sports media giant suggested he’s a dirty player.“It may be

Revolutionary Saints owner Tom Benson dies at 90

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the “Benson Boogie,” has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90.The NFL and NBA teams announced Benson’s death Thursday. He had been

Knicks coach to NBA: Leave us alone, we’re not tanking

MILWAUKEE — Jeff Hornacek said NBA commissioner Adam Silver has no reason to worry about the Knicks. He can save the phone call to team president Steve Mills about tanking for a better lottery seed.Responding to Silver’s bizarre warning to the Bulls for announcing they would shelve starters Robin Lopez

The victim of LeBron’s all-time vicious dunk became team hero

Being the victim of one of LeBron James’ most vicious dunks gets you credit on the Trail Blazers.Portland center Jusuf Nurkic became a future poster when James broke off a pick-and-roll and slammed one over the 6-foot-11 big man in the first quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 113-105 win over

How ex-Knicks star went from selling crack to The Franchise

Steve Francis played two games of high school basketball, but became a one-year college wonder, the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and a three-time All-Star. He was an NBA meteor, brightly blazing through the league but burning out far more quickly than someone with his level of talent

Dating app Bumble sponsor NBA team LA Clippers for £5m-a-season

The multi-year partnership comes shortly after the league gave teams the go-ahead to have sponsored patches on their jerseys. Bumble, an app where women make the first move, will have their "empowerment badge" stitched onto the front of the vest. It is expected to cost the four-year-old dating app almost £15m for

Former NBA agent to the stars killed in car crash

Dan Fegan, at one time an NBA agent for several high-profile players, was killed in an automobile accident in Colorado on Sunday morning, the Denver Post reported. The 56-year-old was driving an SUV when he was hit by a bus on a highway near Aspen, according to the report. There

NFL players will try working retail at the NBA store

Shoppers at the NBA store in Manhattan might be surprised on Tuesday to find six professional football players working the cash register, making custom jerseys and tidying up the store. Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs are among the players who will

YouTube TV raises price as it adds Turner, NBA and MLB

Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40

Lakers are ready for super-team push after Cavaliers trade

The Lakers may have weakened themselves for this year with a big move before the trade deadline Thursday. Dealing Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t make them better, but that wasn’t the idea with the trade that netted Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick

76ers admit they have no answers on Markelle Fultz

The 76ers added another chapter to the bizarre Markelle Fultz saga Friday. Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, has played in just four games this season and has been shut down since October with a shoulder injury that made the form on his shot cringeworthy. And

What the rest of the NBA traded while the Cavs blew it up

While the Cavaliers were busy dominating the headlines leading up to the NBA trade deadline, other teams also were making deals. None of them had the seismic impact of Cleveland’s wheeling and dealing, but here’s a look at the other trades from a busy day in the NBA:   The Pistons

Robin Lopez lost his damn mind

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Chicago center Robin Lopez was ejected after being hit with back-to-back technical fouls during the second quarter of the Bulls’ game in Sacramento, tossing a chair once he finally left the court. Lopez exchanged words with referee Justin Van Duyne with 4:21 remaining before halftime Monday

Magic Johnson’s mouth got the Lakers in trouble again

Magic Johnson has always enjoyed the spotlight, but the NBA would like him to stop talking about other teams’ players now that he is president of the Lakers. The Lakers were fined $50,000 for tampering, the NBA announced Tuesday, because of comments made by Johnson in “a recent media

Stephon Marbury is retiring, unless the NBA calls

From Brooklyn to Beijing, it’s been quite a ride for Stephon Marbury. The Coney Island native is finally retiring from basketball at the end of the season just a few days before his 41st birthday, Marbury told The Undefeated. He has spent the past eight seasons playing in the

Blake Griffin dazzles, records double-double in Pistons debut

DETROIT — Blake Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his debut for Detroit, and the Pistons edged the Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night. Griffin was impressive throughout his first game for the Pistons since they traded for him earlier this week. His teammates looked uncertain at times,

Bulls star is getting traded to the Pelicans, after all

Nikola Mirotic is definitely going to the Pelicans now. Well, probably. The Bulls and Pelicans had agreed on a trade Tuesday, but Mirotic vetoed the deal. Two days later, ESPN reported the deal was back on. The Pelicans will guarantee Mirotic’s $12.5 million team option for next season, and that

The fallen bigs who could become NBA-changing pickups

With contenders starting to feel out the market before the trade deadline, some options are emerging to land a big man without paying a big price. Center Greg Monroe is already on the market after the Suns agreed to a contract buyout, which makes him an unrestricted free agent,

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in single-car wreck

A former NBA player and his wife were killed in a single-car wreck in California early Wednesday, according to a report. Rasual Butler, 38, who last played for the Spurs during the 2015-16 season, lost control of his Range Rover at about 2 a.m. while driving in Studio City.