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Sometimes the Road Less Taken Also Leads to the N.B.A.

Playing in China was another stop on an arduous journey. Mudiay was born in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). After his father died when he was young, the family emigrated to Dallas, where his mother raised...

Why N.B.A. Stars Are Trading In Their Nikes

Before last summer, every top N.B.A. draft pick of this decade had signed a sneaker endorsement contract with Nike or Adidas. DeAndre Ayton, this year’s No. 1 pick, did not.“We were dealing with Nike people, Under Armour and all...

Nets Survive Late Comeback Try From Depleted 76ers

Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points off the bench and Allen Crabbe added 20 to lead the visiting Nets to a 127-124 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.Joel Embiid had 33 points and 17 rebounds, and...

Stephen Curry Doubts Moon Landings. NASA Offers to Show Him the Rocks.

It has been a big 24 hours for Stephen Curry. His team was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year,” he was named the Western Conference’s player of the week, and his comments denying the moon landing happened made...

If Jim Boylen Doesn’t Soften on Bulls, Expect Another Change in Chicago

Want Marc Stein’s N.B.A. insights sent directly to your inbox? Sign up for our weekly N.B.A. newsletter here.——-The Chicago Bulls are only a week removed from a coaching change, but they already look headed for more changes.The Bulls have...

New Format for Basketball’s World Cup Has Very Good Players Feeling Very Frustrated

Luka Doncic, a leading contender for N.B.A. Rookie of the Year, expressed dismay Friday that his Slovenian national team had not been granted automatic entry into next year’s FIBA World Cup as the reigning EuroBasket winners. The team had...

Nets Top Knicks for 2nd Straight Win; Celtics Crush Bulls in Record-Setting Rout

The Nets led by 10 points, 56-46, at halftime and extended their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.“I was searching that whole game for a lineup that could compete defensively and move the ball...

Nets End 8-Game Skid With Win Over Raptors

D’Angelo Russell scored 29 points, including six in overtime, and the Nets broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors, 106-105, on Friday night.The Nets picked the most unlikely way to end their skid, stopping a 12-game...

Celtics Get Revenge With Easy Win Over the Knicks

BOSTON — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.The low point may have been a home loss to the...

Kevin Durant Says Environment Around LeBron James Is ‘Toxic’

Kevin Durant could become a free agent following the season, but it doesn’t sound as if he sees himself as a fit with LeBron James.The Golden State Warriors star told Bleacher Report that it will be hard for the...

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