Tag: National Basketball Association

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Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy dies at 74

In this Oct. 14, 1968, file photo, Walt Bellamy, New York Knicks basketball player, poses for a photo in New York. Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. He was 74. The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn’t provide details. (AP Photo/File) ATLANTA (AP) — Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday. He was 74. The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn’t provide details. The Hawks said Bellamy attended the team’s home opener Friday night. “Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. “Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt’s family.”

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Grant Hill ‘fired up’ for ‘Inside Stuff’ debut

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose warms up before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) by Jon KrawczynskiAP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Grant Hill’s playing career is over, but he’s still going one-on-one. Hill spoke with a nervous excitement on the eve of his debut as co-host of the new incarnation of “NBA Inside Stuff.” After an eight-year hiatus, the show is returning to the air on Saturday at noon Eastern on NBA TV. Taking the position once held by Ahmad Rashad, Hill was nervous going into his first interview of an NBA star.

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Jason Collins came out; NBA should let him play

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman (CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it? That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.

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Jordan: In his prime, he could beat LeBron, others

In this May 17, 1992 file photo, Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan drives on New York Knicks’ Gerald Wilkins during the first quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Swart, File) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant.

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Greek federation angrily condemns slur of NBA draft pick

Milwaukee Bucks first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks at a news conference June 28, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s basketball federation condemned remarks by the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened a recent NBA draft pick to a “chimpanzee.”

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Miami celebrates Heat victory, Spurs fans somber

Miami Heat fans celebrate the Championship after the Heat’s win against the San Antonio Spurs after the Game 7 of the NBA final basketball series in Miami on Friday, June 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) by David Fischer and Christine Amario MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat fans pumped fists jubilantly, uncorked champagne bottles and swarmed into the streets by the thousands to celebrate overnight after their team captured its second straight NBA title. “The Heat they did it again! Best team in the world!” one fan shouted. Others chanted raucously: “Let’s go Heat! Let’s go Heat!” The street celebration erupted in the closing seconds of the Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. It was a winner-takes-all final game that brought fans streaming into the area around the AmericanAirlines Arena to exchange high-fives, blow whistles and scream themselves hoarse.