Curry would love to captain Team Stephen again in 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.
LeBron James would be OK with someone else taking his place, depending on who the top two vote-getters are, although his draft prowess led to Team LeBron beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night .
Team LeBron edges Team Steph 148-145 in NBA All-Star Game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Kevin Durant swarmed all over Stephen Curry in the final seconds, preventing the NBA's best shooter from finding even a patch of open air to launch a tying 3-pointer.
Fergie says ‘tried my best’ after national anthem blowback
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.
"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the Grammy-winning singer said in a statement Monday. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."
LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation's political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game.
"I will not just shut up and dribble," James said. "I get to sit up here and talk about what's really important."
The Latest: James, Team LeBron tops Team Stephen 148-145
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest from Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and events around the league's annual showcase (all times local):
LeBron James made a go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left and finished with a game-high 29 points to lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory against Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game.
All-Stars collide in LA with teams picked by LeBron, Steph
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy teammates.
But with the world's best basketball players all converging on Los Angeles, the hungry fans of the hometown Lakers are eager to pick their own dream team as well.
Mitchell soars to dunk title, Booker sets 3-point record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy.
Larry Nance Jr. rolled out his father's old uniform — down to the knee-high socks — and then rolled out his father himself to help with one of his dunks. But he came up short against Donovan Mitchell, the precocious Utah Jazz rookie with his own sense of history.
NBA commissioner lauds refs, players for airing differences
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league's players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship.
In his state-of-the-league news conference before the All-Star Saturday festivities at Staples Center, Silver said the NBA "should be playing a very active role in bridging that gap" between the players and referees, whose relationship appears to be growing increasingly tenuous this season.
The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):
Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.
Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.
2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World's latest victory over the NBA's young Americans.
Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team's 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
Migos star shines in celebrity game, Watson does double duty
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quavo is known for dropping beats and delivering rhymes as one-third of Atlanta's hip-hop trio Migos.
He can also make buckets on the basketball court.
Quavo was named MVP after scoring a game-high 19 points to lead Team Clippers to a 75-66 win over Team Lakers in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday.
Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.
The Grammy-winning rapper was alone on an outdoor stage across from Staples Center for a 45-minute set packed with hits from his albums, collaborations and mixtapes.
Simmons, Mitchell and young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars
Ben Simmons thought he should be an All-Star by now.
Yet each time Commissioner Adam Silver needed to tab an injury replacement from the Eastern Conference, he looked in another direction, to Simmons' disappointment.
Simmons expressed disappointment he didn't get the call.
Be patient, rookie. Simmons will likely get his chance someday. Maybe a bunch of them.
NBA players step toward equality in limited edition sneakers
When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation's capital, it wasn't a fashion statement by the NBA's most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality.
AP NBA writers pick All-Star rosters for LeBron, Steph
LeBron, Stephen, you have some big decisions to make.
We're here to help.
Just like in fantasy sports, where you know most people are relying on a mock draft they found online or in some magazine anyway, AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds have drafted the teams for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game — in case captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry needed a bit of guidance on how to put together their rosters for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles.
NBA unveils vote schedule for All-Star Game with new format
NEW YORK (AP) — Debuting a new NBA All-Game format in which players will pick teams in an effort to energize the event, the league has unveiled the voting schedule for its 2018 showcase.
The NBA had previously announced that the Eastern vs. Western Conference format would be scrapped for the first time, replaced by captains choosing sides in the latest effort to generate more enthusiasm and perhaps competitiveness for the game.
LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA's new All-Star matchup.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game.
James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA's best for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles.
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BOSTON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would consider shortening the regular season, but only if the league could develop something meaningful to do to replace the games — and revenue...
Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.
His plan: Eliminate it.
Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and...
His last All-Star complete, Wade turns focus on playoff push
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade is adamant that the end of this season will be the right time for him to bid farewell to the game of basketball.
The game of basketball spent the weekend disagreeing with him.
Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Midway through the third quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he began thinking he had a chance to become the first international player to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP.
But the thought was fleeting, as Team LeBron mounted a rally and came from behind to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night. While Antetokounmpo finished with 38 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant won the award.
"We didn't win and that's why I didn't get it," the Milwaukee Bucks star said.
Kuzma wins MVP, US tops World in Rising Stars 161-144
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.
Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves
Nike's latest performance basketball shoe, from concept to reality, took about three years to put together.
NBA All-Star Game arrives after ‘bathroom bill’ changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte hosting the event for two years because of the state's "bathroom bill," which singled out transgender people and limited local LGBT antidiscrimination protections.
It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law also known as House Bill 2 to persuade the league's Board of Governors and Commissioner Adam Silver to restore the award for 2019. At the time, Silver wasn't fully satisfied.
Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted "This is my city!" after a game-winning shot.
The big question is how many more he'll play in as a member of the Hornets.
The eight-year NBA veteran is set to become one of several All-Star free agents in July and will surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams.
Residents warned of disruptions during NBA All-Star weekend
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Residents in North Carolina's largest city are being warned of disruptions to public transit and other changes as the NBA All-Star Game festivities get underway.
J. Cole and Meek Mill to headline NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper J. Cole will headline the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game.
The seven-time Grammy Award nominee will return to his home state to perform a medley of hits at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17. He released his latest single, "Middle Child," on Jan. 23.
The National Basketball Association also announced on Wednesday that Meek Mill will open the game and perform an introduction of the All-Star teams.
Walker expects ‘crazy’ reaction as All-Star starter at home
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets point guard Kemba Walker can't imagine what the atmosphere will be like when he's introduced as an NBA All-Star game starter next month on his home court.
"I haven't given it any thought, but I'm sure it will be an unbelievable moment being that the game is in Charlotte," Walker said. "I've been here for eight years now, so it's going to be crazy."
James, Antetokounmpo picked as All-Star captains
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain.
And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte.
Shining moment: Cavaliers awarded 2022 NBA All-Star Game
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA's spotlight faded from Cleveland last summer. It will shine brilliantly again in four years.
After numerous "passionate" discussions between the team and league, Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday that the Cavaliers will host the 2022 All-Star Game at Quicken Loans Arena.
AP source: Cleveland to host 2022 NBA All-Star Game
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland said goodbye to its biggest NBA All-Star this summer. In four years, the city will host all of them.
The Cavaliers have been selected to hold the 2022 All-Star Game at Quicken Loans Arena, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday. An announcement is expected later this week, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not yet made Cleveland's selection official.
Tim Benz: Keep sports out of politics? OK, then keep politics out of sports
LeBron James shut up. Dribbled. And won the NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Thanks for the advice, Laura Ingraham. He never could've gotten there without you.
Yes, this weekend's NBA All-Star game was the latest sporting event to be discussed as much for political reasons as it was for athletics.
Josh Duhamel has defended his estranged wife Fergie after she was slammed for her rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game last week.
Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California's capital for the first time.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in 2022 or '23 on Thursday and submit an application to the league Friday.
Fergie has issued an apology after her rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday (18.02.18) was met with criticism.
Mariah Carey has urged Fergie to ignore the criticism she has received for her rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday (18.02.18).
Fergie's rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game was by slammed celebrities and viewers.
Little change in TV ratings for new-look NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — A new format for the NBA All-Star Game had a negligible impact on television ratings.
Total viewership for the game was down slightly compared to last year, although it improved over 2014, the previous time the league's midseason showcase faced competition from the Winter Olympics.
Bradley Beal’s first All-Star Game: 14 points and a Team LeBron win
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 14 points in 17 minutes on the floor for Team LeBron, which defeated Team Stephen in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Is Fergie’s performance of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game the worst ever?
Is Fergie's performance of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game the worst ever?
Is Fergie's performance of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game the worst ever?
LOS ANGELES Karl-Anthony Towns played his first NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, but he said hes been around the league long enough already to know that theres no break in the All-Star break.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns proves he belongs in his first NBA All-Star Game
LOS ANGELES When pressed to pick, Timberwolves veteran star Jimmy Butler predicted Karl-Anthony Towns would win the NBA All-Star Game MVP Sunday night in Los Angeles.
He wasnt that far off in their Team LeBrons 148-145 win over Team Stephen at Staples Center.
Wolves’ Jimmy Butler knows he belongs in All-Star Game, and now Karl-Anthony Towns can say he does too
LOS ANGELES Headed to his fourth NBA All-Star Game, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler would rather vacation in Vancouver or the Caribbean this weekend because theres little place for a man like him driven to defend and win in such a game anyway.
NBA All-Star Game Sneakers: LeBron 15, Harden Vol. 2 & more
NBA All-Star Game Sneakers: LeBron 15, Harden Vol. 2 & more
Kemba Walker to replace Porzingis in NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been picked to replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA All-Star Game.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Walker on Thursday for the opening on Team LeBron that was created when Porzingis tore his left ACL on Tuesday.
Walker will make his second straight All-Star Game appearance. He is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists.
LeBron and Kyrie rock All-Star jerseys together in NBA 2K18
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fans have yet to see LeBron James in his 2018 NBA All-Star Game uniform. But a new update from NBA 2K18 takes care of that for you.
Utah Jazz to bid for upcoming NBA All-Star Game
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz plan to submit a proposal to host the NBA All-Star Game in either 2022 or 2023.
The decision comes on the heels of a $125 million renovation to Vivint Smart Home Arena that debuted at the beginning of this season. The 2023 game would be 30 years after the Jazz last hosted the All-Star game in 1993.
Drummond added to All-Star game in place of injured Wall
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been added to the NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Washington guard John Wall .
The Pistons announced Drummond's selection Tuesday night.
Drummond is an All-Star for the second time. He also represented the Pistons in 2016. He entered Tuesday night's game against Cleveland averaging 14.7 points and 15.1 rebounds.