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USA Basketball announce Rio squad lacking LeBron

LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors

LeBron James, who cemented his status as an NBA great in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship this month, won't play for the USA at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. USA Basketball named a 12-man squad for the Games on Monday that didn't include James, confirming last week's reports that he had withdrawn from […]

Irving, Barnes to complete US Olympic basketball team: report

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California

Washington (AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes have agreed to play for the United States at the Rio Olympics, completing the American roster, ESPN reported Saturday. Basketball News Headlines – Yahoo! News

NBA-Australia’s Simmons heading to 76ers as top pick

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) – Versatile Australian forward Ben Simmons is set to get to work in revitalizing the Philadelphia 76ers after the team picked him first overall in the NBA draft. “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while, so I’m glad I’ve made history, not only for […]

Anticipation grows around arena ahead of NBA Finals showdown

Fans react to a play during the NBA Finals on June 16, 2016 in Oakland, California

Areas around Oracle Arena were buzzing with activity and anticipation hours before Sunday's decisive seventh game of the 70th NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and defending champion Golden State. The Warriors and Cavaliers are deadlocked at 3-3 in the best-of-seven series after two wins by Cleveland, which hopes to become the first team trailing […]

Roles reversed as Cavaliers face Warriors for NBA crown

Stephen Curry (R) of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a foul call during the fourth quarter as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 16

Versatile Cleveland playmaker LeBron James and Golden State 3-point sharpshooter Stephen Curry, today's biggest NBA stars, have a date with destiny in Sunday's decisive seventh game of the 70th league Finals. Back-to-back 41-point games by "King" James sparked victories that pulled the Cavaliers from a 3-1 hole to level the best-of-seven series and set up […]

Cavaliers like extra NBA Finals rest but Warriors don’t

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the first half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, on June 13, 2016 in Oakland, California

An extra rest day between travel and games in this year's NBA Finals has come as a welcome break for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but not for the Golden State Warriors. The move was made to help ensure players were at their best when contesting for the championship trophy after last year's finals, when Cleveland star […]

Tensions rise between Warriors and Cavs after Green suspended

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

(Reuters) – With the Golden State Warriors a victory away from winning a second straight NBA Championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers, tension between the teams hit fever pitch on Sunday on the eve of Game Five over the Draymond Green suspension for his flagrant fouls. The Warriors’ Green was suspended for Game Five in Oakland […]

Green, Warriors await word from NBA on possible ban

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (L) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (R) during Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, Ohio on June 10, 2016

Draymond Green's latest low blow in the NBA playoffs, a strike to the groin of LeBron James, could deliver a kick in the crotch to the Golden State Warriors' title plans. Green's status for Monday's fifth game of the NBA Finals was in doubt Saturday after the 26-year-old Warriors forward hit the Cleveland superstar between […]

Former NBA center Rooks dies at 46

Sean Rooks of the Minnesota Timberwolves (R) seen in action during a NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas, Texas, in 1995

Former NBA center Sean Rooks died suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 46, his family said. "It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean," said Deborah Brown, Rook's mother, in a statement released by the Philadelphia 76ers. The cause of Rooks's death was not […]

NBA-Warriors destroy Cavaliers to open 2-0 Finals lead

(Adds detail, quotes) * Dizzy Love leaves game in third quarter * Warriors beat Cavs seventh straight time By Rory Carroll OAKLAND, California, June 6 (Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors moved into a commanding position in the NBA Finals with a 110-77 romp over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, the defending champions easing to […]

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