France hand US first Olympic basketball defeat in 17 years
The United States lost an Olympic men's basketball match for the first time in 17 years on Sunday when they started the Tokyo Games with an 83-76 defeat against France. The American team led by eight at half-time but the French roared back in the third quarter where Kevin Durant ran into foul trouble. The French won the quarter 25-11 and then ended the match with a 16-2 run for an impressive victory after the Americans had briefly regained their composure. Evan Fournier led France with 28 points while Jrue Holiday (18) and Bam Adebayo (12) were the best scorers in the US team. “I mean it’s gre...
France hand US first Olympic basketball loss in 17 years
The United States lost an Olympic men's basketball match for the first time in 17 years when they started the Tokyo Games with an 83-76 defeat against France. The American team led by eight at half-time but the French roared back in the third quarter where Kevin Durant ran into foul trouble, and the French ended the match with a 16-2 run for a big victory. Evan Fournier led France with 28 points while Jrue Holiday (18) and Bam Adebayo (12) were the best scorers in a US team which appears not as strong as past US sides since professionals joined in 1992. Their last Olympic loss was in the Athen...
Hornets expected to sign LiAngelo Ball for Summer League
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LiAngelo Ball, the older brother of Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball, is expected to sign with the Hornets and play for their summer league team, a league source confirmed Saturday. SI.com’s All Hornets was the first to report the news. The Summer League begins in August. Speculation had grown in recent weeks about Ball’s potential signing with the Hornets. A video recently circulated of LiAngelo Ball working out at the Charlotte Hornets’ facilities. LiAngelo Ball, who is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, is the second eldest of the three Ball brothers. Lonzo, who plays for the New Orl...
The Charlotte Observer
Top picks Serbia get first two wins in Olympic 3x3 basketball debut
Top favourites Serbia with superstar Dusan Domovic Bulut won their first two matches as 3x3 basketball made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games on Saturday. The Serbs started 22-13 against China but then had to sweat it out in a tight 16-15 against the Netherlands in game two at Aomi Urban Sports Park. Bulut has been part of all four Serbian World Cup titles and has said in the run-up that Olympic gold would be the highlight of his career. The fast-paced half-court event is played until a team reaches 21 points or 10 minutes of play have elapsed. The Olympic tournament has eight teams for men...
Marcus Hayes: Sixers chose Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid over Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. Oops.
PHILADELPHIA — It must deliver an exquisite joy to anti-Processors to see Sam Hinkie's biggest mistakes win an NBA title before "The Process" bears any fruit. It must deliver equally an exquisite pain to the diminishing Cult of Hinkie to see their eight-year embarrassment not only continue, but to be proven worthless; to be discounted completely, and without any possible argument. That's because the pillars of the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA title, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, could have been in South Philadelphia for the past eight seasons. Playing together. Growing together. Winning toge...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cade Cunningham, Pistons' potential No. 1 pick, already embracing city of Detroit
DETROIT — Cade Cunningham, the Pistons’ likely selection with the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NBA draft, is looking to make an immediate impression on the Detroit sports scene. During his visit to work out for the Pistons ahead of the draft, Cunningham received a warm reception at Comerica Park, with fans chanting: “We want Cade!” Even before that, the city already had made an impression on him. “I love Detroit. I've already been listening to Detroit music and things like that way before the draft lottery or any of that stuff,” Cunningham said Friday on a media call. “I was already hip t...
The Detroit News
Sixers have engaged in discussions about trading their first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft
PHILADELPHIA — Could the 76ers trade the No. 28 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center? A league source confirmed the team has had discussions about parting with the pick if they can get value in return. The Sixers are open to trading it for future assets or a veteran player. Trade discussions could heat up early next week, though it’s not a certainty that they’ll trade the pick. The Sixers also have a second-round pick (50th). It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Sixers are thinking about trading their first-round pick. Daryl Morey, the Sixers president of basketball operatio...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kim wins fifth in consecutive start as Cardinals slip past .500 with 3-2 victory over Cubs
ST. LOUIS — It took the Cardinals 32 days to reach their destination. Not THE destination, mind you, because the Cardinals still are in considerable arrears, seven games’ worth, in the National League Central Division race. But for the first time since they were 36-35 between doubleheader games in Atlanta on June 20, the Cardinals are better than a .500 club at 49-48. Their 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a four-game series at Busch Stadium before the season’s largest crowd at 41,412 gave the Cardinals their second consecutive series win, at three out of four, and their third se...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chris Paul Not Retiring After Finals Loss, Begins Preparing For Next Season
Chris Paul was two wins away from winning his first NBA championship after the Phoenix Suns took an early 2-0 series lead. Unfortunately, Phoenix was unable to close out the Milwaukee Bucks, who mounted a comeback to win the series and the title on Tuesday. The Suns became just the fifth team in Finals history to lose after starting the series up 2-0. Paul became the first player in league history to lose four playoff series in which his team held a 2-0 lead. “It will take a while to process this or whatnot, but it’s the same mentality,” Paul said after the Bucks’ 105-98 series clincher. “Get ...
Kristian Winfield: Giannis Antetokounmpo took a shot at James Harden without mentioning him
NEW YORK — Oh no he didn’t. Well, actually, he did. Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA champion, and after winning his first NBA title, he took a moment to recognize his haters. His most notable hater is Nets star James Harden, who almost certainly was the target of Antetokounmpo’s postgame comments. “It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else; it’s easy,” Antetokounmpo said after the Bucks defeated the Suns in Game 6. “I don’t want to put anybody on the spot, but I could go to a superteam and just do my part and win a championship, but this is the hard way to do it, a...
New York Daily News