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The inside story of the moment that changed the NBA forever

Aug 20, 2019 08:15 AM EDT

For four days, the Donald Sterling tapes threatened to shut down the 2014 NBA playoffs. Five years later, it remains one of the great what-ifs in league history.

The Sterling Affairs: Listen to the 30 for 30 five-part podcast series

Aug 20, 2019 08:15 AM EDT

When an audio recording of a racist rant by former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was leaked online in 2014, it caused an uproar that changed the NBA forever.

Source: Lue agrees to deal with Clips to join staff

Aug 20, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

Doc Rivers has remained close with Ty Lue, who was an assistant on Rivers' staff in Boston and with the Clippers.

Sources: Lakers set workouts for Noah, Howard

Aug 20, 2019 01:28 PM EDT

The Lakers, trying to cobble together a center rotation in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins' knee injury, will evaluate Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights, sources told ESPN.

Howard bringing back golf with assist from Curry

Aug 20, 2019 01:29 PM EDT

Howard University is bringing back its golf teams for the first time in decades -- with a big assist from NBA star Stephen Curry.

Rookies see Reddish, not Zion, having best career

Aug 19, 2019 05:23 PM EDT

In the annual survey of rookies, only 5% of the Class of 2019 thought Zion Williamson would have the best NBA career. Cam Reddish was top vote-getter with 19%.

Former Cavs coach Blatt has multiple sclerosis

Aug 19, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

David Blatt, the former coach of the Cavaliers, has announced he has multiple sclerosis. The 60-year-old is currently coach of Greek team Olympiakos.

Kings' Fox leaves Team USA prior to Australia trip

Aug 17, 2019 02:27 PM EDT

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, a strong candidate to make the final Team USA roster for the FIBA World Cup, has withdrawn from consideration, leaving just 13 players battling for 12 spots.

Popovich adds new chapter to coaching legacy

Aug 14, 2019 08:51 PM EDT

Andrew Gaze says Gregg Popovich's influence on international basketball -- as well as the NBA -- will be one of his lasting legacies as 'Pop' prepares Team USA for its series against the Boomers ahead of the FIBA World Cup.

Pop's plans, scrimmage woes and more big Team USA takeaways

Aug 18, 2019 06:14 PM EDT

Which star has been most impressive in camp? Should Pop be worried about this roster? Brian Windhorst and Ohm Youngmisuk hit the biggest talking points ahead of Team USA's World Cup journey.

Who has the best kicks on Team USA?

Aug 17, 2019 04:23 PM EDT

Gregg Popovich has been described as the biggest star on Team USA, but how do his Nike Air Monarchs compare to Jayson Tatum's Jordan Jumpman Diamonds and the shoes of his teammates?

Melbourne's growing NBA love affair

Aug 19, 2019 02:18 AM EDT

In a city where Aussie Rules football has always reigned supreme, a proud American sporting culture has somehow managed to entrench itself and is showing no sign of disappearing any time soon.

Zion, top rookies discuss first dunk, swapping jerseys and Vinsanity

Aug 13, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

Jaxson Hayes wants to swap jerseys with LeBron. Coby White wants to learn to play the piano. Cam Reddish is looking forward to facing Kevin Durant. Get to know the NBA's top rookies.

Reunions, Zion and Hollywood drama: Every game we can't wait to see

Aug 12, 2019 04:17 PM EDT

Mark your calendars because the NBA schedule has been unveiled. Here are our can't-miss games for 2019-20.


NCAA Basket Ball

Buzz Williams' Texas A&M challenge: 'I still think that I have an edge'

Aug 14, 2019 02:49 PM EDT

If Buzz Williams is to succeed at Texas A&M, his relationships and organizational obsessiveness will likely play key roles in the Aggies' ascent.

Oregon up, Arizona down in Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20

Aug 12, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

The shifting sands of the Pac-12's preseason pecking order are a prominent feature of the latest Way-Too-Early Top 25.

Jury acquits Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault

Aug 20, 2019 06:03 PM EDT

Former Michigan State basketball player Mateen Cleaves was acquitted Tuesday of charges alleging that he sexually assaulted a woman in a motel room four years ago. He had faced up to 15 years in prison.

Five-star point guard Nix commits to UCLA

Aug 20, 2019 03:34 PM EDT

Daishen Nix narrowed his list of schools to UCLA, Kentucky, Maryland, Alabama and Kansas before choosing the Bruins.

Middle Tennessee's Dishman out for season

Aug 19, 2019 06:07 PM EDT

Middle Tennessee forward DeAndre Dishman will miss the 2019-20 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during the Blue Raiders' exhibition tour of Costa Rica last week.

Guard Patterson reclassifies for '19; picks Oregon

Aug 18, 2019 07:00 PM EDT

Addison Patterson, ranked No. 31 in the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class, has reclassified to 2019 and committed to Oregon.

Filings suggest Nike paid in pursuit of players

Aug 16, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

Newly released emails and text messages in the case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggest that Nike officials were making under-the-table payments to handlers and families of top college basketball prospects.

Avenatti filing: Nike OK'd payments to Zion, more

Aug 15, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

Attorneys representing Michael Avenatti filed a motion Wednesday that alleges that a Nike employee at least approved payments to former Duke star Zion Williamson and former Indiana star Romeo Langford when they were still in high school in February 2017.

Pitino's lawyers ask to reopen discovery in lawsuit

Aug 14, 2019 07:21 PM EDT

Lawyers for former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino have asked a judge to reopen discovery in his lawsuit against the university's athletics association after an allegation that a former trustee was the "cash source" for payments to strippers.

Does N'Faly Dante signing make Oregon a top-10 team?

Aug 13, 2019 03:12 PM EDT

Oregon's signing of N'Faly Dante completes its wholesale offseason transformation into the Pac-12's team to beat.

Why 15-year-old Emoni Bates is basketball's next phenomenon

Aug 06, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

Emoni Bates just completed his freshman year of high school. He's in the conversation among the best prep prospects since LeBron James.

Chasing Ghosts: Adolph Rupp built Kentucky, and his legacy persists

Aug 01, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

Adolph Rupp won four NCAA titles at Kentucky. No one else has more than one ... but John Calipari is making a serious run at Rupp's legacy.

How Evan Mobley helps transform USC basketball

Aug 05, 2019 01:46 PM EDT

Evan Mobley has skills that evoke former No. 1 NBA pick Ralph Sampson. But how soon will we see the newest USC Trojan at the next level?

The biggest challenge for every new coach in college basketball

Jul 26, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

With the coaching carousel finally at rest (we think), here's the toughest task for each of the 59 new Division I bosses.

Q&A: Virginia's Tony Bennett on recruiting, transfer rules and a title's impact

Jul 16, 2019 03:08 PM EDT

Tony Bennett sat down with ESPN to discuss the road ahead for Virginia after winning the national title.

College basketball coaching changes for 2019-20

Mar 28, 2019 06:25 PM EDT

An up-to-date list of every coaching change in college basketball entering the 2019-20 season.

College basketball transfer rankings for 2019-20 and 2020-21

Apr 15, 2019 01:43 PM EDT

It's college basketball's version of free agency. We've ranked the top players who are set to switch schools this offseason.

ESPN 2020 basketball recruiting player rankings

Jun 24, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

Cade Cunningham moves up to No. 2 in the latest ESPN 100 update for 2020.


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