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Among NBA's best, Popovich still seeks golden touch with USA

Gregg Popovich is regarded as the NBA’s best, a coach that has won five championships and kept his team near the top for a quarter of a century. In international basketball, he hasn’...

Repeat? Spain reigned, US upset last time Japan hosted hoops

When major international basketball last came to the Tokyo area, the U.S. sent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. All great players. Just no...

Bucks' 50-year wait ends with a title behind 50 from Giannis

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O'Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him. All the wor...

Colangelo seeks golden finish to time leading USA Basketball

Jerry Colangelo recalls it as a watershed year in his life. He sold the NBA’s Phoenix Suns in 2004. He stepped down from the Arizona Diamondbacks, three years after they had won the ...

History awaits: Bucks try to focus with championship chance

MILWAUKEE (AP) — High atop the outside of Fiserv Forum — way above even a leaping Giannis Antetokounmpo's reach — blares the Bucks' postseason motto. “HISTORY IN THE MAKING” it reads...

Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) — Jrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA Finals. Took it right out of Devin Booker's hands, actually. Holiday's...

Bucks' forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo in health protocol

PHOENIX (AP) — In the most important games of this NBA season, COVID-19 continues to make its impact felt. The Milwaukee Bucks will be without reserve forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo,...

AP Source: Wizards offering coaching job to Wes Unseld Jr.

The Washington Wizards are offering their coaching job to Wes Unseld Jr. and expect to reach an agreement with him, a person with knowledge of the details said Friday. A deal with th...

Lillard wants Blazers to step up pursuit of championship

Damian Lillard said Friday he has not requested a trade but wants the Portland Trail Blazers to be more urgent in their pursuit of a championship. The All-Star guard added that he ex...

Love out, US basketball adds McGee, Keldon Johnson to roster

The U.S. basketball team has lost two games and now two players on its road to Tokyo. Kevin Love withdrew from the Olympics on Friday because of a right calf injury, forcing the Amer...

Back in Phoenix, back to even: Suns, Bucks ready for Game 5

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns had designs on coming home with a chance to win their first championship. Khris Middleton's shots and Giannis Antetokounmpo's swat ended those thought...

Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons

On a U.S. basketball team filled with stars, nobody scored more than Bradley Beal during the season. At the top of his NBA game, he was finally set to take on the international one. ...

Middleton sends Bucks past Suns to tie NBA Finals at 2-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton is an All-Star with unwavering confidence in his shot, always believing that no matter how poorly he starts that he can turn things around. “Khris ha...

Colangelo seeks Suns win, reinforcements for US Olympic team

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jerry Colangelo is headed to Game 5 in Phoenix, hoping to see his old team win its first NBA title. Getting the series over would sure help his current team, too. ...

Suns can hack and whack Giannis, but know he'll keep coming

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo pointed to a pair of scratches, one on his forehead and the other on his cheek. Those NBA Finals battle scars are proof, he figures, that the f...