Defense gets its due among 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists

CHARLOTTE — Sidney Moncrief took wicked delight in making life as miserable as possible for the men he guarded across 11 NBA seasons. With magician’s hands, dancer’s feet and bony elbows and knees that could come in handy in the clinches, the longtime Milwaukee Bucks guard would lock in on his matchup and make like a politician caught up in a tabloid scandal: Deny, deny, deny.

And then Moncrief’s Bucks would head to Philadelphia or welcome the 76ers to their house, the colorfully floored MECCA Arena, and the script would flip. Hunter became hunted, defender became defended, because Moncrief would see Bobby Jones a foot or two away, locked in on him.

“I couldn’t do anything against him. I was a 20-plus points [per game] scorer, but Bobby was 6-9, long, quick. Scary defensively,” Moncrief said Friday, after he and his Sixers nemesis became two of the 13 finalists for

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Famous Los leads Home Team in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Comedian Famous Los scored 22 points and was selected the MVP in the Home Team’s 82-80 victory over the Visiting Team on Friday night in the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Quavo, part of the hip-hop trio Migos, scored 27 points for the Visiting Team, and former NBA star Ray Allen added 24 in the game at Bojangles Coliseum that featured 4-point baskets.

Kyle Kuzma: Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most underrated players ever

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NBA All-Star 2019 Schedule of Events

Below is a schedule of events for NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Friday, Feb. 15

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Media Day presented by AT&T
11:00 a.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Practice | NBA TV
5 p.m. | Hall of Fame Announcement | NBA TV
7 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles | ESPN
9 p.m. | MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars | TNT

Saturday, Feb. 16

All times Eastern (ET)

9:30 a.m. | NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T | NBA TV

  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. All-Star Saturday Night Participant Media Availability   10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Team Giannis Media Availability   10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Team LeBron Media Availability   12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Team Giannis Practice   1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Team LeBron Practice

7 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV
8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT

Sunday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern (ET)

3 p.m. | NBA Legends

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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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