76ers kick Ben Simmons out of practice, suspend him for one game for ‘conduct detrimental to team’

The Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday suspended guard Ben Simmons one game for conduct detrimental to the team, it was announced in a news release from the team. Simmons, who just recently joined the team after not...

First-year Celtics coach Ime Udoka benches player for complaining to refs: ‘That’s not the team we want to be’

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was recently asked what advice he would impart to someone starting their first NBA head coaching gig. “You have to be authentic to yourself,” he said. “When players feel that...

Michigan basketball’s freshmen, in search of nickname, already have big roles on team

As he settled in behind a microphone for what would be a 30-minute news conference as Michigan basketball hosted its annual media day event, coach Juwan Howard identified his team’s most important storyline of the 2021-22...

LiAngelo Ball signs non-guaranteed contract with Hornets’ G League team

Getty Images The Charlotte Hornets announced Thursday evening that LiAngelo Ball, brother of Lonzo and LaMelo Ball, is signing a non-guaranteed contract with the Charlotte Hornets and will play for the team’s G League affiliate, the Greensboro...

‘I want our whole team together’

Kevin Durant backing down Timberwolves defender white uniform Kevin Durant joined Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn in 2019 to win an NBA title together. So you’d think he might be upset about Irving’s decision to remain unvaccinated....

College basketball rankings: Preseason countdown of every team continues with Nos. 200-69 for 2021-22 season

This is the stage where things start to get controversial. The unveiling of part two of my preseason rankings spans the widest range: Nos. 69-200. This is the only portion of the three where all 32...

College basketball rankings: Countdown of every team continues with Nos. 200-68 for the 2021-22 season

Now things really start to get interesting. The unveiling of No. 68-200 of my preseason rankings of every team in men’s Division I college basketball spans the widest range. All 32 conferences are represented with at...

College basketball rankings: Countdown of every team begins with Nos. 358-201 for the 2021-22 season

College basketball starts in less than a month. (Opening day is Nov. 9.) So we’ve still got some time, but you know games will be here before too long. That in mind, I couldn’t go another...

Nets ban Kyrie Irving from team activities ‘until he is eligible to be a full participant’

The Brooklyn Nets took a drastic step to compel All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to get the COVID vaccine. Irving won’t play or practice with the Nets “until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Brooklyn...

Back in Toronto, the Raptors are the same, but different: Taking the temperature on a team in transition

Before considering what comes next for the Toronto Raptors, one must look at their sojourn in Tampa Bay. Broadly speaking, was the Raptors’ 27-45 record more about misfortune or mismanagement? Before the COVID outbreak and the...