Top Headlines

Raptors’ Lowry (thumb) pulls out of World Cup

[ad_1] Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors says his surgically repaired thumb has not recovered sufficiently enough to allow him to participate with USA Basketball in camp for the FIBA World Cup, and he is withdrawing from consideration for the team.Lowry made the announcement Monday after meeting with his surgeon to gauge the recovery of his thumb, which was operated on last month. He was hoping to be
Top Headlines

NBA releases schedule — Kawhi in Toronto Dec. 11

[ad_1] The 2019-20 NBA schedule was unveiled on Monday, and with summer player movement scattering stars across the league to new teams, return games will feature prominently throughout the season.Kawhi Leonard will make his return to Toronto on Dec. 11 as the LA Clippers visit the defending champion Raptors. New Celtics guard Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte on Nov. 7 and Jazz guard Mike Conley is back in Memphis on
Top Headlines

Sources — Clips vs. Lakers tops Christmas games

[ad_1] A marquee matchup of two new dynamic duos created this offseason will headline the NBA's Christmas slate this year.The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will play at Staples Center on Dec. 25, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The meeting will pit LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis against reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.James will likely play in his 14th Christmas game this year and
Top Headlines

‘You can’t plan beyond next year’- Coaching in an NBA where stars call the shots

[ad_1] THE UNMISTAKABLE WAIL of electric guitar prompted Nick Nurse to bound to his feet. The grand finale he'd been waiting on was finally here, and the Toronto Raptors coach waved his arms to the heavens, gleefully swaying to the beat with the rest of the packed house at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.What Prince fan doesn't love "Purple Rain"? Although the high priest of pop had died of an
Top Headlines

Lin fears that NBA has ‘kind of given up on me’

[ad_1] More than a billion dollars in contracts were agreed to in the first 24 hours of the NBA's new league year, but free agency isn't a feeding frenzy for all players."Every year it gets harder," free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin said of his uncertain NBA future."In English there's a saying and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up," an emotional Lin said as part
Top Headlines

Source — Raptors’ Lowry has surgery on thumb

[ad_1] Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry had a procedure to repair a tendon injury in his left thumb, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.Lowry hopes to be ready for USA Basketball training camp and the FIBA World Cup later in the summer.During the playoffs, Lowry acknowledged that the injury on his non-shooting hand was affecting his play and said he planned to take care of it
Top Headlines

Who are the league’s best teams now?

[ad_1] In our post-Finals Power Rankings, we asked whether offseason chaos was on the horizon.Welp.Free agency saw Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving team up in Brooklyn, D'Angelo Russell join the Splash Brothers, Jimmy Butler take his talents to South Beach and Tobias Harris and Kristaps Porzingis sign max deals with Philly and Dallas, respectively. And that was just the first 24 hours!The league has changed seemingly overnight, and we're here
Top Headlines

Who are the league’s best teams now?

[ad_1] In our post-Finals Power Rankings, we asked whether offseason chaos was on the horizon.Welp.Free agency saw Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving team up in Brooklyn, D'Angelo Russell join the Splash Brothers, Jimmy Butler take his talents to South Beach and Tobias Harris and Kristaps Porzingis sign max deals with Philly and Dallas, respectively. And that was just the first 24 hours!The league has changed seemingly overnight, and we're here
Top Headlines

Why all NBA players should be free agents, and the draft should be abolished

[ad_1] The Toronto Raptors had barely lifted the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy when the battering ram of the offseason shattered the locker room door. Would Kawhi Leonard stay or go? Kyrie Irving wanted out of Boston -- which teams had cap room? Anthony Davis was soon traded to the Lakers -- who would follow him there? It was time for business.My initial reflex is that professional sports leagues are overrestrictive;