Basketball

Ex-Microsoft CEO purchases LA Clippers

Steve-BallmerWashington, Aug 13 : The NBA has reportedly named former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

After facing some hurdles, Ballmer finally sealed the two billion dollars-deal and has now become one of the 30 league owners, reported The Verge. He spelled his plans for the team by saying that he has a big, bold dream for the NBA team.

The sale was necessitated by former owner Donald Sterling 's exit after the NBA imposed a lifetime ban on him for making racist remarks. (ANI)

Golden State fire coach Jackson

Mark-JacksonWashington, May 7 : The Golden State Warriors fired coach Mark Jackson after their NBA team were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference opening round series.

The Warriors lost 121-126 Saturday and 3-4 on aggregate to the Clippers and missed the chance to get into the 'Final Four', reports Xinhua.

Jackson coached the Warriors for three seasons, leading them to a 121-109 record, including 51-31 in the latest season. He guaranteed the Warriors would make the playoffs in his first season, when they finished
23-36 after the NBA labour lockout.

Clippers sign former All-Star forward Granger

Clippers sign former All-Star forward GrangerWashington, Mar 1 - Los Angeles Clippers signed Danny Granger just minutes after he became an NBA free agent.

Granger is a former All-Star forward for the Indiana Pacers, which sent the 30-year-old to Philadelphia last week at the NBA trade deadline and the 76ers bought out his contract, enabling Granger to join a title contender, reported Xinhua.

Granger was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2008-09 after averaging 25.8 points and 6.1 rebounds but has struggled with knee injuries the past two seasons.

Stern elected into basketball Hall of Fame

David SternNew York, Feb 15 : Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, just two weeks after retiring from a successful 30-year reign.

The Hall of Fame Committee Friday acknowledged Stern's contributions to the NBA during his three decades as chief, reports Xinhua.

"He deserves to be recognised in a huge way," said Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the hall of fame board. (IANS)

NBA coach Rivers wins 600th game

NBA coach Rivers wins 600th gameWashington, Dec 6 - Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers won his 600th game in his career after leading the Clippers to a 101-81 win over the Memphis Grizzlies 101-81.

Rivers became the third active NBA coach to win as many as 600 games, only trailing Gregg Popovich and Rick Adelman, reports Xinhua.

The 52-year-old had been coaching since 1999. He had earlier worked for the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics before coming to Los Angeles this season.

He won an NBA championship for the Celtics in 2008. (IANS)

Stuckey scores 21 to carry Pistons over Knicks

Rodney-StuckeyWashington, Nov 20 : The Detroit Pistons defeated the New York Knicks with Rodney Stuckey scoring 21 in an NBA game.

Stuckey made 15 of his total 21 points in the second half Tuesday. This was the Pistons' first win in the previous eight meetings against the Knicks, reports Xinhua.

Josh Smith added 19 points for the Pistons while Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored a game high 25. (IANS)

Russell sorry for carrying gun on plane

Russell sorry for carrying gun on planeWashington, Oct 21 - Bill Russell, a National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, has apologized for carrying a gun on a plane.

"Before boarding my flight from Seattle to Boston, I had accidentally left a legal firearm in my bag," said Russell Sunday. "I apologize and truly regret the mistake."

Airport police arrested Russell after finding the gun in his carry-on luggage. He was released after he showed his permit. (IANS)

Korver stays with Atlanta Hawks

Korver stays with Atlanta HawksWashington, July 13 - NBA top shooter Kyle Korver has signed a four-year $24 million contract with Atlanta Hawks.

The 32-year-old veteran averaged 10.9 points last season making 45.7 percent of his shots beyond the arc. He kept the active NBA record by knocking down at least one three pointer in 73 consecutive games, reported Xinhua. (IANS)

Ginobili could play in 2014 basketball World Cup

Manu-GinobiliBuenos Aires, July 5 : Argentine basketball player Manu Ginobili, gold-medal winner in Athens 2004, said he will play in the 2014 Spain World Cup if he is in good physical condition.

"If I am in good shape, there are more chances that I will play the World Cup," said Ginobili in a press conference at Buenos Aires's Ezeiza international airport Thursday, minutes after his arrival to Argentina for holidays, reports Xinhua.

Ginobili, 35, added that "it depends, exclusively, on my physical condition. I had a complicated season. If I am healthy, there are more chances I can play (the World Cup)", he insisted.

'King James' joins all time greats

Lebron-JamesWashington, June 21 : Lebron James is establishing his place among the all time greats with his second straight NBA Finals trophy and a second Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) title.

'King James' had a game-high 37 points and 12 rebounds when leading Miami Heat to a dramatic 95-88 Game 7 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, reports Xinhua.

He was awarded the Finals MVP, becoming only the ninth player to win multiple NBA Finals MVP awards, joining Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Willis Reed.

Indian-headed group buys Sacramento Kings NBA team

Sacramento-Kings-NBANew York, May 17 : A day after NBA owners rejected Sacramento Kings' move to Seattle, the Maloof brothers, owners of the franchise, have agreed to sell the basketball side to a Sacramento-based group headed by Indian Vivek Ranadive.

Ranadive, who is a software billionaire, will purchase 65 percent of the Kings from the Maloof family in a deal that is expected to be announced later Friday, reports ESPN.

The 65 percent purchase of the Kings from the Maloof family will be for a reported fee of approximately $348 million. The Kings' total valuation in the sale is $535 million, an NBA record.

Lakers get swept by Spurs, out of the playoffs

LA-LakersLos Angeles, April 29 : With an 82-103 loss to San Antonio Spurs in Game, the L. A. Lakers got swept 0-4 and their season came to an end in NBA (National Basketball Association) action.

Without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks, the short-handed Lakers had to play Game 4 against a much stronger opponent Sunday. And in the early third quarter, Dwight Howard was ejected after receiving his second technical foul, which made things even worse, reports Xinhua.

Kobe Bryant appeared on the team' s bench for the first time since his season-ending achilles' tendon injury.

NBA: Clippers clobber Suns

DeAndre-JordanLos Angeles, April 4 : After three consecutive losses, Los Angeles Clippers swept the Phoenix Suns 126-101 at Staples Center for their record 50th win in a NBA season.

This is Clippers' first time to win 50 games in a regular season since the franchise was founded.

DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points with 12 rebounds Wednesday, Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, Willie Green and Caron Butler had 15 points each, and Blake Griffin added nine points, seven assists and five rebounds, Xinhua reported.

Kobe to decide future during off-season

Kobe-BryantNew York, April 2 : Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant would decide if the 2013-14 season would be his final season before the start of training camp next season.

After being picked 13th overall from high school by the Lakers in 1996-97 season, Bryant spent his entire 16 seasons with the Lakers, winning five world championship from 2000 to 2002, as well as in 2009 and 2010, reports Xinhua.

The 34-year-old was quoted by the USA Today as saying that "I'll talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I'm sacrificing right now."

Ross makes first start in Raptors victory

Terrence-RossToronto, March 11 : Raptors rookie guard Terrence Ross made his first career National Basketball Association (NBA) start in the team's 100-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ross, the 2013 Slam Dunk champion replaced guard-forward Rudy Gay in the lineup due to a stiff back during Sunday night's encounter here, reports Xinhua. He recorded 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in
29 minutes of action.

"Terrence came out great. It's good, especially for a rookie of that calibre to get that confidence going at the end of the season," said Raptors forward Landry Fields.

Hornets to become Pelicans next season

New-Orleans-PelicansWashington, Jan 25 : NBA franchise New Orleans Hornets will now be known as Pelicans.

"When we purchased the basketball team, it was a priority to change the name to reflect our culture, our community and our resolve. Pelicans does that," Tom Benson, owner of the team, said at a news conference Thursday, reports Xinhua.

"We will promote healthy habitats, not only for our youth but for our community, our coast and our wildlife. The Pelicans name will do that. It is more than a name. It represents our way of life."

LeBron scores 39 points to lead Heat's victory

/LeBron-JamesLos Angeles, Jan 18 : LeBron James' 39 points led the Miami Heat to a 99-90 win over rivals LA Lakers in NBA action here.

Heat forward LeBron dominated the game Thursday, and finished with eight assists and seven rebounds, reports Xinhua.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot eight for 25, but four for nine from three-point range, contributing 22 points, four rebounds and one assist.

US basketball teams share Team of The Year award

USA-Basketball-TeamNew York, Jan 11 : The men's and women's basketball national teams shared the 2012 USA Basketball Team of the Year award with their undefeated performances at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The US men's team won the gold medal for a second consecutive Olympics in London while the women captured an unprecedented fifth-straight Olympic gold medal, reports Xinhua.

"Winning a gold medal during an Olympic year, as far as USA Basketball is concerned, is the culmination of four years of hard work," Geno Auriemma, head coach of the women's team, said through a release of the USA Basketball.

Rockets overpower Lakers for 5th straight win

Houston-RocketsHouston, Jan 9 : The Houston Rockets surged past the Los Angeles Lakers in a 125-112 victory in the National Basketball Association (NBA) match at the Toyota Center.

The Lakers built a 14-point lead in the first quarter, but the Rockets used a pair of runs in the third quarter to build a big lead Tuesday night, reports Xinhua.

James Harden scored 31 points and Chandler Parsons 20 to help the Rockets to pick up their fifth straight win.

Metta World Peace scored 24 points for the short-handed Lakers, who were playing without their three main players Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.

LeBron James named US Basketball Athlete of Year

/LeBron-JameNew York, Jan 4 : Miami Heat's LeBron James has been named the 2012 US Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after a successful year with one Olympic gold medal and the 2012 NBA championship.

The US basketball governing body announced the award at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thursday, reports Xinhua.

James is one of just two players in the history of the game to win MVP (Most Valuable Player), the NBA championship and the Olympics in the same year, along with Michael Jordan.

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