LeBron James's Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood
LeBron James's Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood

After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash to sit out season
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash to sit out season

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash may have played his last game in the NBA after being ruled out of the upcoming season on Thursday because of a recurring back problem.

Manny Pacquiao underwhelms in winning pro ball debut
Manny Pacquiao underwhelms in winning pro ball debut

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao launched his pro basketball career in the Philippines on Sunday in a scoreless debut spent mostly as a cheerleader.

Tracy McGrady-led NBA legends beat China's Liaoning team
Tracy McGrady-led NBA legends beat China's Liaoning team

A team of former NBA stars led by Tracy McGrady earned a 93-86 victory over Liaoning Hunters from the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) here, in their sixth friendly game in the country.

LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki call for shorter league season
LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki call for shorter league season

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki say the league needs to look at shortening its 82-game per club regular-season schedule.

MVP Kevin Durant out indefinitely with broken foot
MVP Kevin Durant out indefinitely with broken foot

Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, last season`s NBA Most Valuable Player, has been sidelined indefinitely with a broken right foot, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday.

LeBron James' Cavs hold off Heat in emotional clash
LeBron James' Cavs hold off Heat in emotional clash

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an emotional NBA pre-season clash that saw James face his former team for the first time.

USA women's team earn Rio 2016 basketball berth
USA women's team earn Rio 2016 basketball berth

The USA women's basketball team earned a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympics by defeating Spain 77-64 in the final of the FIBA World Championships.

FIBA should let Iran host Asian Championship: captain
FIBA should let Iran host Asian Championship: captain

The captain of Iran`s unbeaten basketball team at the Asian Games has called on the sports governing body to let his country host the Asian Championship.

Asian Games: India women cagers lose in basketball quarterfinal
Asian Games: India women cagers lose in basketball quarterfinal

Indian women cagers failed to put up a fight against a formidable Japan and suffered a crushing 37-70 loss in the basketball quarterfinal match of the 17th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Deng says he forgives Ferry for racially charged remarks
Deng says he forgives Ferry for racially charged remarks

Sudanese-born Briton Luol Deng said Friday he forgives Atlanta Hawks executive Danny Ferry for racially charged remarks and hopes the incident can aid the fight against racism in the NBA.

Charlotte Hornets` Jeff Taylor arrested on assault charges
Charlotte Hornets` Jeff Taylor arrested on assault charges

Jeff Taylor of the NBA`s Charlotte Hornets was arrested and charged Thursday on domestic assault allegations, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut
Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao will receive no special treatment on his first foray into professional basketball, a rival player has vowed, as the Philippine boxing superstar struggles with a hectic training schedule for both sports.

US lawmakers disappointed over FIBA decision on Sikh players
US lawmakers disappointed over FIBA decision on Sikh players

 Two leading US lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the decision of FIBA to continue with its policy to ban players from wearing headgears in international matches, even though it allowed them to sport religious headgear as part of a "trial period" for two years.

FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings
FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

International basketball's governing body says players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis.

Basketball World Cup Final: USA vs Serbia - Preview
Basketball World Cup Final: USA vs Serbia - Preview

The United States will attempt to become the first repeat world champions since 2002 and tie the mark for the most titles when they take on Serbia in Sunday`s final of the 2014 World Cup.

Danny Ferry steps away from Atlanta Hawks` operations
Danny Ferry steps away from Atlanta Hawks` operations

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence over racial comments he made in a team meeting with the NBA club`s top officials.

Audio surfaces of Danny Ferry`s remarks
Audio surfaces of Danny Ferry`s remarks

A US newspaper says it has the audio recording of Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry making racially charged comments about National Basketball Association player Luol Deng.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted online the partial recording of a June 6 conference call.

US breeze past Lithuania into Basketball World Cup final
US breeze past Lithuania into Basketball World Cup final

The United States moved a step closer to retaining basketball`s World Cup on Thursday as they beat Lithuania 96-68 in Barcelona to reach the final.

Students protest against FIBA over turban ban issue
Students protest against FIBA over turban ban issue

Students of Kalgidhar Society, alongwith India's U-18 basketball player Anmol Singh, has sent out a strong message to FIBA by playing a local match here with their turbans on, protesting against the discrimination meted out to Sikh players during Asian Championship in China.