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Washington Mystics forward-guard Elena Delle Donne has been named the 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Playe - (WNBA -Photo)

 

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NBA NEWS - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement regarding the NBA and China: - October, 2019
One of the enduring strengths of the NBA is our diversity – of views, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and religions. Twenty-five percent of NBA players were born outside of the United States and our colleagues work in league offices around the world, including in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Mexico City Games 2019 to Feature Record Four Teams - September, 2019
The Mavericks and Pistons will play on Thursday, Dec. 12 and the Spurs will take on the Suns on Saturday, Dec. 14. The games will mark the 29th and 30th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside the United States and Canada

WNBA NEWS - Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Player - September, 2019
As the Mystics’ first MVP winner, Delle Donne joins five other WNBA players who have multiple MVP trophies. Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes have all been named MVP three times, while Cynthia Cooper and Candace Parker have won the award twice each

WNBA NEWS - Mercury’s Leilani Mitchell named 2019 WNBA Most Improved Player - September, 2019
The 5-5 Mitchell averaged career highs of 12.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 30.4 minutes in 32 games this season, making her most starts (27) since the 2011 season. Last season, she averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 14.9 minutes in 31 games for the Mercury

WNBA NEWS - Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier headlines 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team - September, 2019
Collier became the fourth player in WNBA history to record at least 400 points, 200 rebounds, 75 assists, 50 steals, 25 blocks and 25 three-pointers made in a season, joining Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings and Sheryl Swoopes

Sports Notes - VLADE DIVAC 2 BASKETBALL HALL of FAME WITH A MONKEY ON BACK - September, 2019
THE GO 4 THE JUGGLER MEDIA - When being interviewed by the scribes at the Basketball Hall of Fame event the media's procedure was to offer up a few softball questions and comments to Vlade Divac and then serve up the curve ball question that hit him in the juggler. That curve ball question was…. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LAKERS TRADING YOU FOR KOBE BRYANT?

NBA NEWS - Basketball Africa League names John Manyo-Plange Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations - August, 2019
Manyo-Plange has more than 20 years of experience in the NBA’s global operations and management and had been working in his previous role since May 2010 when he helped launch the NBA Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then he has led many aspects of the NBA’s continued growth in Africa by helping secure marketing, media and consumer products partnerships.

NBA NEWS - NBA unveils 2019-20 game and national television schedules - August, 2019
In an effort to present national television games to the largest possible audience, the NBA worked closely with its teams and domestic broadcast partners to schedule earlier start times for doubleheaders. This season, 12 of TNT’s 31 doubleheaders and 22 of ESPN’s 36 doubleheaders will tip off at 7:30/10 p.m. ET or 7/9:30 p.m. ET instead of 8/10:30 p.m. ET.

NBA NEWS - Basketball Africa League Announces Seven Host Cities for Inaugural Season - July, 2019
Beginning in March 2020, the six cities will host a regular season that will feature 12 teams divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities. The regular season will see the 12 teams play five games each for a total of 30 games

NBA News & China Buisness - NBA and Tencent Announce Five-year Partnership Expansion - July, 2019
Last season, 490 million fans in China watched NBA programming on Tencent’s platforms, nearly three times the number of fans who watched the NBA on Tencent during the 2014-15 season. 21 million fans in China watched Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals on Tencent, marking the most-watched NBA game ever on a digital platform in China

Sports Notes - CLIPPERS GET RIGHTEOUS with KAWHI LEONARD - July, 2019
The PAUL GEORGE DEAL MADE IT HAPPEN & LAKERS DISSED - The burden was heavy for Kawhi Leonard, to remain with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors or go. His options were narrowed down to returning to his home area. His choices were the LA Lakers with super stars LeBron James and Antonio Davis OR... the long time lowly regarded LA Clippers who had NO SUPER STARS but achieved a spectacular 48-34 season. They were the best team in LA this season with a band of gritty role players and young prospects that qualified for the playoffs. Leonard decided to focus on basketball and not play the Hollyweird game with the Lakers

NBA NEWS - NBA teams to host NBL teams in NBA preseason for third consecutive year - July, 2019
Three NBL teams, the Adelaide 36ers, Melbourne United and SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers, will play a total of five games against the L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, from Oct. 5-16 as part of the 2019 NBA preseason. The broadcast schedule in Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date

NBA NEWS - 16 INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS SELECTED IN NBA DRAFT - July, 2019
Reached fans in 215 countries and territories in 31 languages. Sixteen international players were selected eight in the first round and eight in the second round - A record eight former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers were drafted, surpassing the previous record of six set in 2011 and matched in 2016 and 2018

NBA NEWS - Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA Most Valuable Player Award - June, 2019
Other Winners from 2019 NBA Awards - Hosted by Basketball Hall of Famer and entertainment icon Shaquille O’Neal, the third annual NBA Awards honored the league’s top performers from the 2018-19 regular season as well as legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and trailblazing Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - ESPN and NBA TV to bring fans all 83 games from MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 - June, 2019
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, which features all 30 NBA teams and the Chinese and Croatian National Teams, will tip off with 10 games on July 5 and continue through Monday, July 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The first day of action will include five games on NBA TV and a tripleheader on ESPN

NBA NEWS - Caboclo & Murray to coach top prospects at first Basketball Without Borders camp in Colombia - June, 2019
Current NBA players and former BWB campers Bruno Caboclo (Memphis Grizzlies; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), former NBA player Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico), former WNBA player Ruth Riley (U.S.), Colombian player Juan Palacios (Élan Chalon) will be among the coaches leading the campers - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - TORONTO RAPTORS ROCK WARRIORS 4 NBA TITLE - June, 2019
KAWHI LEONARD MVP by LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR - As valiant as the Warriors were in fighting all out till the end wasn't enough as they lost the battle. It was apparent that their sharpshooter Step Curry was too pooped to pop and could not deliver his usual power punch to hold on to the 85-80 Warriors lead following the injury and departure of Klay Thompson

NBA NEWS - NBA names Amadou Gallo Fall President of Basketball Africa League - June, 2019
Under Fall’s leadership, the NBA has expanded its grassroots and elite development efforts across the continent, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa and The NBA Academy Africa. This year, the NBA plans to reach more than 2.5 million boys and girls ages 16 and under through Jr. NBA programs in 21 African countries. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has been held in Africa 16 times, with 10 former BWB Africa campers drafted into the NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Awards Show - June, 2019
NBA Awards on TNT – Monday, June 24, at 9 p.m. ET. Award-winning and critically acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson, comedian, actress and producer Tiffany Haddish, and NBA on TNT analyst and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley will take the stage - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PLAYOFF FINALS NOTES - May, 2019
The poteneial furure and past of NBA FINALS NOTES. What happenedin the past and the who and what can happen to change NBA history and records. - Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs - Since Kevin Durant went out with a calf injury, Curry has averaged 35.8 points in five games – all victories for the Warriors - Curry’s father, Dell, played the final three seasons of his NBA career with the Raptors - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - ARE THE DURANT LESS WARRIORS MORE INTERESTING? - May, 2019
THE MIGHTY MITE WARRIORS - The debate goes in are the Golden State Warriors a better team without Kevin Durant. When the current squad won their first title without him in 2015 they were the mighty mite splash brothers complimented with Dramond Green. They were the Davids' against Goliaths'. With Durant they became more stationary and boring BUT WINNING. The question comes down to… which style do fans prefer?

NBA NEWS - All-NBA First Team - May, 2019
Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each. This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member. Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Rudy Gobert, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead All-Defensive First Team - May, 2019
Antetokounmpo and Harden both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each. This marks the first All-NBA First Team honor for Antetokounmpo, a two-time Second Team member. Harden earns his fifth First Team nod, including his third in a row as a unanimous selection - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Luka Doncic and Trae Young unanimously selected to All-Rookie First Team - May, 2019
This marks the first time since the 1984-85 season that the top five picks in the previous NBA Draft have all been selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team (there was no All-Rookie Second Team that season). Thirty-four years ago, the NBA All-Rookie Team honorees were Hakeem Olajuwon (No. 1 pick in 1984), Sam Bowie (No. 2), Michael Jordan (No. 3), Sam Perkins (No. 4) and Charles Barkley (No. 5) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Reveals Awards Finalists for 2018-19 Season - May, 2019
The finalists for the six annual awards, based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters - In addition, basketball icons Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to receive Lifetime Achievement Award - May, 2019
Johnson and Bird have epitomized greatness dating to their memorable clash in the 1979 NCAA Tournament, when Johnson lifted Michigan State past Bird-led Indiana State in the national championship game, which is still the highest-rated game on television in college basketball history. Both made an immediate impact in the NBA the following season, with Johnson leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a championship and Bird capturing Rookie of the Year honors with the Boston Celtics - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Pelicans win NBA Draft Lottery - May, 2019
The Pelicans will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 which will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The NBA Draft will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio and stream live on the ESPN App - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Shaquille O’Neal to host 2019 NBA Awards - May, 2019
In his eighth season as a studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, O’Neal is a part of the network’s season-long coverage which includes the upcoming NBA Eastern Conference Finals. He is also a key contributor to NBA TV and NBA.com, where he provides analysis and commentary throughout the regular season and postseason, and host of NBA TV’s Shaqtin’ A Fool series - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA and FIBA to bring first Basketball Without Borders camp to Colombia - May, 2019
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers Land Atop NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise - April, 2019
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 25 - April, 2019
San Antonio has tied the NBA record for consecutive playoff berths with 22, matching the Nationals/76ers (1949-50 through 1970-71 - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for second place all time - Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs four assists to pass Bob Cousy (6,955) for 18th place all time and 48 assists to reach 7,000 - NBA ON THIS DAY April 5, 1984: The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, passing Wilt Chamberlain during a game against the Jazz in Las Vegas & April 6, 1996: Robert Parish became the NBA’s career leader in games played, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 24 - March, 2019
Since the All-Star break, Trae Young is averaging 25.3 points and ranks third in the NBA in assists with 8.8 per game - Chris Bosh and Manu Ginobili: Miami will retire Bosh’s No. 1 jersey on Tuesday and San Antonio will retire Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey on Thursday - TRIVIA QUESTION: Since 1984, who are the three teams to earn the No. 1 playoff seed in their respective conferences one year after missing the playoffs? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

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