NBA Finals

Michael Briggs of Philadelphia takes a photo at a small memorial left in remembrance to Kobe Bryant at the entrance of the Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Wynnewood, Pa. The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in the crash in Calabasas in foggy weather conditions Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
January 28, 2020 - 10:33 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeered like a traitor just a few miles from the high school where he won a state title, Kobe Bryant stewed on the bench as the final minutes of the 2002 All-Star game ticked away. Nearly every fan in Philadelphia had booed the hometown guy whenever he touched the ball. Never one...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 29, 2019 - 1:02 pm
He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
December 27, 2019 - 1:05 pm
He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Washington Mystics center Emma Meesseman kisses the trophy in the locker room after Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun in Washington. Washington was so bad for so long in the major professional sports but maybe soon it will be said that D.C. stands for District of Champions. The Nationals are in the city’s first World Series in 86 years. The Mystics recently won the WNBA championship. And the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018. Before that, the nation’s capital endured a 26-year championship drought across MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 22, 2019 - 3:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Sean Doolittle and the rest of the Nationals geared up for Washington's first World Series appearance in 86 years, the lefty reliever thought back to when he first joined the team in a 2017 trade. The attitude, he found, was not exactly reflective of a win-big mindset, much...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Howard has agreed to a five-year deal to take over as Michigan men's basketball coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, May 22, 2019, because the announcement had not been made. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 22, 2019 - 9:25 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines. "As a 'Michigan Man' I know the place our program has in college basketball and I...
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Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, May 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 125-103 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 18, 2019 - 4:37 pm
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals. Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts. The supporting cast hasn't supported much for Toronto...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 16, 2019 - 5:46 pm
When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king. LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles. And even Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't sure who would take his place. "I didn't know we were going to be in the Eastern Conference...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown listens during a news conference in Philadelphia. Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Brown's chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. So it goes in Philly, where patience with the Process has worn thin. The Sixers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
May 13, 2019 - 11:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He'll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase. The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) defends as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket during second half NBA Eastern Conference basketball semifinal action in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 2:51 am
TORONTO (AP) — For the second time in four seasons, the Toronto Raptors are headed to the Eastern Conference final. While the Raptors won't have to deal with playoff nemesis LeBron James this time, they will face a tough task in controlling Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel watches his team play the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, May 11, because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Magic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 11, 2019 - 8:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel's three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los...
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