Spurs rout depleted Lakers 138-110 in last Staples game
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 30 points, and the San Antonio Spurs routed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 138-110 on Thursday night in the final event at Staples Center under the 22-year-old arena's original name. Bates-Diop, the fourth-year NBA journeyman who's averaging 3.8 points per game this season, scored 11 points in the third quarter. Los Angeles (16-17) is back under .500 for the first time since Nov. 26. TIP-INSSpurs: They also played in the Lakers' final game at the Forum on May 23, 1999. Tim Duncan scored 33 points then as San Antonio completed a four-game sweep of Los Angeles in the second round of the postseason.wftv.com
Kings fire coach Luke Walton after 6-11 start to 3rd season
The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday after getting off to a disappointing start in his third season in charge. Walton was informed of the decision a day after a 123-105 home loss to Utah that dropped the Kings to 6-11 on the season after their seventh loss in eight games. Everyone acknowledges that.”Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to get Sacramento back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Rick Adelman had a mark of .633 and led the Kings to the playoffs and a winning record in all eight seasons in charge. Sacramento hasn't had a winning record in a season with any other coach since leaving Kansas City.wftv.com
Rested Kings get 29 points from Hield, defeat Magic 121-107
Hield scored a season-best 29 points by making 10 of 17 shots and 7 of 12 3-pointers as the well-rested Kings beat the Magic 121-107. “I thought it was his most consistent game this year, for sure, and maybe since I’ve been (with the Kings),” Walton said. The Kings proved themselves to be rested and ready in taking apart the Magic for their second road victory of the season. His 29 points points topped the 26 he had on Jan. 13 in Portland — a game where he made eight 3s. Rookie guard Cole Anthony, who scored a career-best 21 points in Monday’s defeat of Charlotte, made just 2 of 9 shots and scored seven points on Wednesday.
Curry scores 30 after career night, Warriors beat Kings
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry followed up his career-high 62 points a night earlier with another 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the suddenly clicking Golden State Warriors past the Sacramento Kings 137-106 on Monday. The Kings, coached by former Warriors top assistant and Kerr close friend Luke Walton, dropped their third straight. Warriors: Golden State activated rookie Nico Mannion for his first career game, but fellow two-way player Juan Toscano-Anderson wasn't available. Warriors: Host the Clippers on Wednesday night in the first of two straight home games over three days vs. Los Angeles.
Into the unknown: NBA teams face concerns outside of bubble
The other six clubs exit World Disney World the same way as tourists who normally pack the place. Now its back to the real world, and the real world in 2020 is an unsettling place. Uncertainty awaits at the end of every season for teams that miss the playoffs. The coronavirus pandemic forces teams to wonder whether they will be safe, and when or where they might be back together again. NBA teams have been shielded for a little while, but the Pelicans, Kings and Wizards, and soon more teams, have lost that now.
Family issues outside bubble calling some NBA players home
The key is can we finish, said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, Austin Rivers father. Whether it be a family problem, a kid problem, a wife problem, anything, there are issues that come in these guys life. Doc Rivers said in a weird way, there can be a positive to seeing players dealing with various issues. I think in a good way in this, the public actually sees that the NBA players actually are human and they do have regular life issues going on, the Clippers coach said. The problem is usually with the life issues you can come back to the team and play the next day.
A whole new look, for a whole new NBA game experience
The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. The leagues marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is Whole New Game, and in many respects, thats very true. Everything else about an NBA game setup is new. Ive just got to take it one game at a time, see what its like during these scrimmages, Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard said. Were looking at this as an opportunity to get better for both teams, Rivers said.
NBA going with shorter games for Disney exhibition openers
(AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes. Plans call for all 33 exhibitions to be televised by some combination of local TV, national TV, NBA TV or NBA League Pass. The Heat and Jazz will not play in a seeding game and couldnt meet in a game that counts at Disney until the NBA Finals. I think the vast majority of the 22 teams will approach it the same way.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
NBA going with shorter games for Disney exhibition openers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes. Plans call for all 33 exhibitions to be televised by some combination of local TV, national TV, NBA TV or NBA League Pass. The Heat and Jazz will not play in a seeding game and couldnt meet in a game that counts at Disney until the NBA Finals. I think the vast majority of the 22 teams will approach it the same way.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Kings' Barnes isn't at NBA restart, says he has coronavirus
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has the coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team for the leagues restart later this summer. Barnes is the only player who has started all 64 of the Kings games this season. Prior to the team leaving last week, I tested positive for Covid-19, Barnes wrote on social media. The league said Monday that 19 players tested positive during in-market testing after July 1, those tests being done before teams began arriving at Disney on July 7. Houstons Russell Westbrook said Monday that he has tested positive and has yet to join the Rockets at Disney.
NBA: Not enough evidence against Kings coach
SACRAMENTO, California (CNN) - The NBA and Sacramento Kings announced Friday that their investigation found insufficient evidence to support sexual assault allegations against Kings head coach Luke Walton. The Kings organization said in a news release that Tennant did not participate in the investigation that included interviews with over 20 people, including Walton. The Kings released a statement saying: "Luke Walton is our head coach and we support him and his team as they continue to prepare for the upcoming season." Walton also released a statement saying he's "100% focused on coaching the Sacramento Kings, and energized to work with this incredible group of players and coaches as we start the preseason. Walton had been a friend and mentor, she said, and Tennant contacted him when he became assistant coach of the Warriors in 2014.
Luke Walton, NBA head coach, sued for alleged sexual assault by former sports reporter Kelli Tennant
Los Angeles New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter. After discussing the book, Tennant said Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed and groped her. Then-Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton at game against Utah Jazz in Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City in March 2019. Walton was an assistant with Golden State from 2014-16 before being hired as Lakers head coach. Walton was officially introduced as their new head coach just last week.cbsnews.com