Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge headed ‘elsewhere’ in NBA: Popovich

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The San Antonio Spurs have “mutually agreed” with LaMarcus Aldridge to try to find a new NBA home for the veteran forward, coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday. Popovich confirmed that Aldridge was healthy but not with the team as they began the second half of the NBA season with a game against the Mavericks in Dallas. “LaMarcus is not with the team,” Popovich said before the game. “He’s healthy, […]

Nets complete Griffin signing

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The Brooklyn Nets completed the signing of free agent Blake Griffin on Monday following the former number one NBA draft pick’s exit from the Detroit Pistons. Griffin, who turns 32 next week, bolsters a Brooklyn side second in the Eastern Conference standings with hopes of challenging for a championship. The arrival of the 6ft 9in (2.06m), 250lb (113kg) six-time All-Star gives Nets coach Steve Nash another option to complement […]

Warriors’ Curry wins NBA All-Star 3-point contest

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter Stephen Curry won the 3-point contest Sunday, edging Utah’s Mike Conley in the final round of the curtain-raiser to the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. Curry, one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen and the league leader in made 3-pointers in the first half of this season, was the favorite heading into the competition, which sees players shoot from multiple stations […]

Giannis top pick for LeBron All-Star squad

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James chose Giannis Antetokounmpo to spearhead his NBA All-Star Game line-up on Thursday as rival captain Kevin Durant opted for Brooklyn team-mate Kyrie Irving with his top pick. Los Angeles Lakers superstar James — who had the right of first choice from the player pool after topping votes for the All-Star game — wasted no time in drafting the Milwaukee Bucks’ reigning league MVP Antetokounmpo. Durant, who will […]

Nets’ Harden triumphs in return to Houston, 76ers silence Jazz

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — James Harden returned to Houston for the first time since his tumultuous departure from the Rockets on Wednesday, posting a triple-double to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 132-114 victory over his former NBA team. Harden, greeted by a first-quarter video tribute, cheers and a smattering of boos, delivered 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to fuel Brooklyn, where he finally landed in January after demanding a trade. […]

Seven NBA players test positive for Covid-19 in past week

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Seven NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19 among the 456 players tested by the league in the past week, the NBA announced Wednesday. The league does not identify players results, but any player who tests positive is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared under NBA health and safety guidelines. Protocols also require those identified as having been in close contact to an infected person to quarantine. The […]

LeBron out with ankle sprain as NBA All-Star Game looms

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will miss the reigning NBA champions’ last contest before the All-Star Game break with a sprained left ankle, the club announced Wednesday. James will stay in Los Angeles for treatment and miss his first game of the 2020-21 season on Wednesday when the Lakers play at Sacramento. The 36-year-old playmaker has been nagged by the injury but still managed to deliver 38 points, […]

Joker’s wild as Nuggets thrash Bucks, Celtics down Clips

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nikola Jokic bagged the 50th regular-season triple-double of his career as the Denver Nuggets halted the Milwaukee Bucks’ five-game winning streak with a 128-97 drubbing on Tuesday. Serbian star Jokic dominated a one-sided encounter at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum as Denver never looked back after taking the lead midway through the first quarter before romping to victory. Jokic’s ninth triple of the season included 37 points, 11 assists and 10 […]

Zion dominant as Pelicans upset Jazz, Sixers bounce back

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Zion Williamson produced a dominant performance as the New Orleans Pelicans upset the league-leading Utah Jazz with a 129-124 victory on Monday. Pelicans prodigy Williamson finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists to give New Orleans a deserved victory over the Western Conference-leading Jazz. It was the sort of display from the 20-year-old Williamson that made him one of the most coveted young players in years when […]

Suns’ Booker to replace Lakers’ Davis in All-Star Game

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday. With starters and reserves determined, Silver has the task of naming replacements for injured All-Stars for the mid-season exhibition set for March 7 in Atlanta. Davis was voted an All-Star reserve by NBA coaches, but he will miss the event as he continues to […]

Tiger Woods not facing reckless driving charge: sheriff

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tiger Woods is not facing charges of reckless driving following the car crash in which he suffered serious leg injuries, authorities said Wednesday. “A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it, this is purely an accident,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters. He added that the most Woods could face would be a low-level offense known as an infraction if investigators conclude that he […]

Tiger Woods in surgery after roll-over car crash

  by Andrew MARSZAL Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries to both legs as his car flew off the road and flipped several times Tuesday near Los Angeles in a crash he was “very fortunate” to survive, law enforcement officials who found the US golf legend said. Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident, and underwent surgery […]