Rising Stars: LaVine, US beat Wiggins, World 157-154 (The Associated Press)
12 Feb 2016 at 8:51pm
Zach LaVine hoisted the MVP trophy above his head, laughing along with Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns as he stood on the podium. LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the weekend festivities. In the game featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league, LaVine geared up to defend his slam dunk title on Saturday night by making 13 of 20 shots to beat Wiggins, who took home MVP honors last year in Brooklyn.
The Latest: US beats World 157-154 in Rising Stars Challenge (The Associated ...
12 Feb 2016 at 8:07pm
Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the NBA's All-Star weekend. In the game featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league, LaVine geared up to defend his slam dunk title on Saturday night by making 13 of 20 shots to beat Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins. Kristaps Porzingis scoredd 30 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 30 points and 10 assists for the World team.
Icy blast before Canada warms up for All-Star Game (Reuters)
12 Feb 2016 at 4:13pm
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The NBA got a frosty welcome as it brought its All-Star Game north to Canada for the first time where fans and players were greeted by an Arctic blast on Friday but a forecast for plenty of heat over a party packed weekend. Mother Nature and the host Toronto Raptors provided the stereotypical bone-chilling Canadian winter weather as A-list celebrities, industry kingpins and the world's best basketball players, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry took over the frost-bitten city. Really cold," shivered Los Angeles Lakers great Bryant, who arrived for Media Day on Friday with a toque pulled down snuggly over his head.
It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend (The Associated Press...
12 Feb 2016 at 3:04pm
Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. The basketball world belongs to Bryant, at least for one more weekend. About 750 million people around the globe are expected to follow Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in one form or another, and it's a safe guess most will do so to keep a keen eye on Bryant's final appearance in the league's midseason showcase.
All-Star Kevin Durant not stressing about upcoming free agency (Yahoo Sports)
12 Feb 2016 at 2:52pm
The 2014 league MVP is focused on the success of the Thunder and even pondering his second career.
Shaq, Iverson named among 14 Hall of Fame finalists (AFP)
12 Feb 2016 at 1:17pm
Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson were among 14 finalists for 2016 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday in Toronto. "Shaq" and Iverson were among seven first-time nominees from the women's and North American selection committees for consideration for the 2016 Hall of Fame group to be announced April 4 in Houston and enshrined in September at the sporting shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts. Retired Chinese star Yao Ming, eligible for consideration this year for the first time, falls under the Hall of Fame's direct elect international committee and that group announces only enshrinees, that coming in April.
NBA becomes first with 1 bln likes, followers (AFP)
12 Feb 2016 at 12:49pm
New York (AFP) - The NBA claimed a social media milestone on Friday, saying it has become the first professional sports league to surpass one billion social media likes and followers.
Kobe makes All-Star farewell among those he inspired (AFP)
12 Feb 2016 at 12:11pm
Kobe Bryant makes his 18th and final NBA All-Star Game appearance Sunday in Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend surrounded by a new generation of playmakers he inspired to greatness. "It's time for me to go," Bryant said Friday. Now Davis will be among those trying to make sure Bryant wins a record fifth NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award, breaking the record Bryant now shares with 1950s icon Bob Petit.
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12 Feb 2016 at 10:51am
NBA?s best excited to be part of Kobe Bryant?s All-Star finale (Yahoo Sports)
12 Feb 2016 at 6:38am
Some of the league?s top figures reflected on what Bryant has meant to them.
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