Basketball Hall of Fame announces finalists for 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul Westphal says it’s an honor these days to have anyone remember that he played basketball.

The Hall of Fame obviously remembers.

Westphal is one of 13 people who were announced Friday as finalists for enshrinement later this year by the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s one of four first-time finalists, joining seven-time All-Star Jack Sikma, five-time All-Star Marques Johnson and four-time defensive player of the year Ben Wallace.

“It’s hard to put it into words,” said the 68-year-old Westphal, who played 12 seasons — his best of those years with Phoenix — before spending parts of 17 more seasons as a head coach or assistant coach. “You never want to take anything like this for granted. It’s just a real humbling, thrilling time to consider that something like this might happen.”

There are nine previous finalists back on the list this year — notably five-time

Denver Nuggets agree to contract extensions with front office

DENVER — Nuggets President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today that Denver has extended the contracts of President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and General Manager Arturas Karnisovas as well and also provided multi-year extensions for the entire basketball operations staff.
 
 “It gives me immense pride to announce contract extensions for our entire front office, as our journey to this point has been one of hard work, patience and trust in one another,” stated Kroenke. “When Tim joined us in 2013, he understood the vision that we had for the future of the Nuggets, and through his dedication our program is incredibly well positioned to compete at the highest level for years to come.  Building a true championship contender in the NBA is a unique process for each franchise, and our path in Denver hasn’t always been clear. But Tim, Arturas and the rest of our staff continued to work through

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Nuggets reward operations staff with new deals

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The Denver Nuggets have given contract extensions to their entire operations staff, including president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, architect of one of the NBA’s most impressive rebuilds.

Connelly’s contract could have expired at season’s end, but discussions with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke had been ongoing in recent weeks and culminated with a new deal, league sources told ESPN.

“It gives me immense pride to announce contract extensions for our entire front office, as our journey to this point has been one of hard work, patience and trust in one another,” Kroenke said in a statement. “When Tim joined us in 2013, he understood the vision that we had for the future of the Nuggets, and through his dedication our program is incredibly well positioned to compete at the highest level for years to come.”

After a steady, deliberate rebuild since

Wiz owner: Betting 'most important new business'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ted Leonsis does not gamble.

The owner of the Washington Wizards is a venture capitalist and an investor, along with being the owner of the NHL champion Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the G League Capital City Go-Go and two Arena Football League teams. He, personally, doesn’t bet.

But sports betting — and how to cash in on it — remains the hot off-court topic in the NBA, and Leonsis, while recognizing it’s the league “most important new business,” said he doesn’t want his customers to be confused when they make wagers.

The Wizards and the Sacramento Kings are among the teams attempting to educate would-be bettors — in case legalized sports betting happens to come to the District of Columbia or California. Some Wizards games now have an alternate feed, where the potential bettors get to

Ben Wallace, Chris Webber highlight 13 finalists for Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend, eight extraordinary players, four remarkable coaches, and one exceptional referee as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2019.

This year’s list includes four first-time finalists: consensus National Collegiate Player of the Year Marques Johnson, seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma, four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, and five-time NBA All-Star Paul Westphal.

Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are the all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews, 28-year NBA referee Hugh Evans, two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member Bobby Jones, five-time NBA All-Star Sidney Moncrief, five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, five-time WNBA All-Star Theresa Weatherspoon, and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber.

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Commissioner Silver unveils 'smart jersey of the future'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver has opened the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the “smart jersey of the future.”

Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Curry model to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the names on the jerseys those fans wear to games.

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Silver’s address opened the summit, a platform for discussions about basketball’s future and the role of evolving technology.

The tech summit is in its 20th year and draws hundreds of top league executives. Panels are scheduled

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2019 MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars

What: MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars
When: Friday, Feb. 15 | 9 p.m. ET
Where: Spectrum Center
TV: TNT
Participants: Complete roster
NBA.com/stats:  How the squads stack up

Team U.S.
Jarrett Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball (injured), John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum

Team World
OG Anunoby, Deandre Ayton, Bogdan Bogdanović, Luka Dončić, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rodions Kurucs, Lauri Markkanen, Josh Okogie, Cedi Osman, Ben Simmons

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Reigning Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, 2017-18 Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and two-time reigning Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks lead the list of 20 players selected by NBA assistant coaches to play in the 2019 MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The 25th Rising Stars will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA

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Gay defends Spurs: 'We're just building character'

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The San Antonio Spurs, while continuing to hang on to the vestiges of their golden era by boasting the NBA’s longest active playoff streak at 21 straight seasons, are also familiar with a new normal: the postseason bubble.

As the seventh-place team in the Western Conference entering the All-Star break, they sit in the same spot in which they entered the playoffs last season before their first-round ouster in five games by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

Rudy Gay, among a trio of veteran leaders the Spurs look to following the departures of the Big Three that led them to four NBA championships, says they aren’t tucking their tails into the abyss of the history books anytime soon.

“I’d love the storybook, where we’d get together and win millions of games right away,” said Gay, speaking to the San Antonio Express-News. “But it’s going to

Silver touts 'smart jersey of the future' at ASG

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Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA commissioner Adam Silver has opened the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the “smart jersey of the future.”

Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Curry model to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the names on the jerseys those fans wear to games.

Silver’s address opened the summit, a platform for discussions about basketball’s future and the role of evolving technology.

The tech summit is in its 20th year and draws hundreds of top league executives. Panels are scheduled on sports betting, disruptive technology,

Do you even watch basketball? Guess that All-Star

Feb 13, 2019

We have the official selections for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. But how well do you know these dudes?

Let’s see how you fare in our first edition of shot chart trivia.

Shot chart trivia: Who am I?

Here we go: 10 multiple-choice questions featuring some All-Stars and some players with borderline cases to make the game.

Each chart features a player’s shooting volume (more hexagons means more attempts) and efficiency (red is good, blue is bad) this season.

Match the correct player to the chart to win.