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Colorado basketball has no time to savor big win before Washington game

Colorado's Wesley Gordon drives to the hoop during the first half of a NCAA game against Washington State at the Coors Event Center on the CU campus …


Timberwolves trio rises to occasion at All-Star weekend

TORONTO -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 17 of their 54 games this season, and many teams would love to trade places with them. Rebuilding franchises spend years hoping for someone like Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Wiggins to fall into their laps. The Timberwolves happen to have both of them, …

Golden State Warriors

Kukoc, Reinsdorf, Krause, and Kerr on Hall of Fame list

By Sam Smith | 2.13.2016 | 8:10 a.m.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday at the All-Star weekend festivities in Toronto completed its 2016 …

Hall of Fame

My UConn Family

The block was buzzing. Everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the visitor coming to town.

Cars were screeching up and down the street outside the Douglas …

College Prep

Warriors down Rockets for 42nd straight home win

OAKLAND, California (The Sports Xchange) - Forward Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 19 points during a 17-5 run to open the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors exploded from a tie after three periods into a 123-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Point guard Stephen Curry …

Stephen Curry

Strange talk about breaking up the Hawks, who only need to be tweaked

The Atlanta Hawks aren't exactly heading into All-Star weekend on a high note. They just lost two games in a row to the Orlando Magic, one on a buzzer-beater and one in which they led by 20 points in the first quarter and 18 in the third. Around this time last year, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Kyle …

Player of the Month

Tyronn Lue Says Kobe Bryant Tried to Fight Him After Getting Blocked in Practice

As a player, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is most famous for being the dude Allen Iverson stepped over during the 2001 NBA Finals.

Apparently, he nearly had another claim to fame—fighting Kobe Bryant.

On Tuesday, one day before the Cavs host his old team, the former Los Angeles Lakers …

Kobe Bryant

Sources: Kings meet with Karl, won't fire coach

The Sacramento Kings, in a dramatic about-face, have decided against firing coach George Karl after a Tuesday morning meeting between Karl and Kings …

Sacramento Kings

Shaquille O'Neal to Have No. 32 Retired by Heat: Date, Comments and Reaction

Shaquille O'Neal made such an indelible impression on the Miami Heat that he will be having his No. 32 retired by the franchise.

According to a press release on, O'Neal's jersey retirement ceremony will happen at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Heat president Pat Riley said in the …


There is reportedly a 'strong belief' Phil Jackson will return to Lakers

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson fired his handpicked coach Derek Fisher on Monday, and the surprising move immediately brought increased scrutiny to the organization. Jackson took over the team 23 months ago, called New York "the best place to play basketball" and vowed to build a culture …

Phil Jackson

No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — UConn coach Gene Auriemma smiled at his three upperclass starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season.

"I carry five cellphones now with all the coaches …

South Carolina

30 years ago: Dallas native, Wilmer-Hutchins grad Spud Webb wowed Reunion Arena crowd in the 1986 dunk contest

Editor's note: This story originally ran in Feb. 2010.

Spud Webb can't palm a basketball. His hands are too small to grip it. Such a deficiency might …

Dallas Mavericks

Rumor: Lakers would fire Byron Scott for Luke Walton

The Lakers reportedly view the rest of the season as a tryout for Byron Scott.

Unless Warriors assistant Luke Walton wants the job. Then, Scott is out.

Luke Walton

The Knicks Have Fired Derek Fisher

Well shit, man, nobody’s prepared to deal with big NBA news the morning after the Super Bowl, but here we are. According to multiple reports, Derek …

Derek Fisher

Report: Kings Minority Owners Want To Take Control From Vivek Ranadivé

Vivek Ranadivé bought the Sacramento Kings and saved them from being relocated to Seattle in 2013. But ever since then he has been a disaster, and …

Sacramento Kings

Observations: Michigan State was never dead, just rounding into form

Many people in East Lansing thought the apocalypse had had hit on Jan. 20 when the Spartans lost at home to Nebraska and fell to 4-4 in Big Ten play.

Nevertheless, Tom Izzo's team always seems to deal with high levels of adversity before they can experience high levels of success, and this year is …

Michigan State

AP College Basketball Poll 2016: Complete Week 14 Rankings Released

After a brief stretch of avoiding the carnage around them, Oklahoma and North Carolina each faltered over the last seven days to break the Associated Press Top 25 wide open.

Villanova moves into the No. 1 spot in a scattershot rankings, which saw six teams receive first-place votes. Maryland is in …

Texas A&M

Kevin Durant works as credentialed photographer at Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl Sunday is typically considered a quiet day for the NBA, but one of its biggest stars put in an honest day of work for this year's game …

Kevin Durant

When court-storming is banned after upsetting No. 1, the team goes into the crowd - ESPN Video

Guide to the NBA trade deadline: Pacers (Yahoo Sports)

Is there a move for the Pacers to make that can lift them to contender status this season?

Indiana Pacers

Kobe Bryant scores 25 against Spurs, reminds Popovich of Michael Jordan

SAN ANTONIO -- For a brief two-minute stretch in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant could not miss.

Holding his follow through for an extended period of time on the first two, Bryant nailed three consecutive three-pointers and even drew a …

Kobe Bryant

Obama, others celebrate '66 Texas Western team

EL PASO, Texas -- Willie Worsley says he doesn't talk to his high school players in New York about being on the 1966 Texas Western team that had the …

Why the Kings are about to fire yet another coach

The Kings are pure dysfunction, but there are some legitimate reasons for Sacramento parting ways with legendary coach George Karl.

This piece was originally posted on Feb. 6. It has been updated to reflect the news that George Karl's firing is reportedly imminent.

It's been about a year since the …

Rajon Rondo

Louisville self-imposes 2016 postseason ban amid escort probe

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball program has removed itself from eligibility for all postseason activity in 2016, the school announced Friday.

"Based upon the available information gathered by the NCAA enforcement staff and the University of Louisville, I've determined it was reasonable to …

Rick Pitino

Rasheed Wallace Drives Truck to Flint, Michigan, to Deliver Water Bottles

Add Rasheed Wallace to the list of benevolent athletes chipping in to assist the residents of Flint, Michigan, during their ongoing water crisis.

The former Detroit Piston hasn't forgotten the fans who used to cheer for him, and for that reason, he drove a truck loaded with cases of water to assist …


NBA commissioner admits ‘Hack-A-Shaq’ rule reform coming

It’s hard to be a NBA big man these days, what with teams hacking away at just about any opportunity they can get. Much of what we see comes from …


This time, Kobe Bryant exits New Orleans with a healthier outlook

NEW ORLEANS -- He lost another season here, the third straight, almost a year ago exactly. Kobe Bryant returned Thursday for the first time since …

Kobe Bryant

Crying Jordan photographer unaware work went viral

The photographer that captured the original photograph of Michael Jordan crying at his 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was unaware …


In a rare night for the 2015-2016 season, there was not a single upset in the Top 25.

TrueHoop Presents: Larry Bird believes he will die young. Is he right?

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 29 Analytics of the NBA Body Issue. Subscribe today!

INDIANA PACERS COACH Larry Bird wasn't even sure …

Larry Bird