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The N.B.A. Should Crown a Champion. But Will the Title Count?

All that good work, though, may not be enough to nudge Davis past Antetokounmpo, who anchors the league’s top-ranked defense in Milwaukee. The Bucks have several other quality defenders — Brook and Robin Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and...

Kobe Bryant Headlines 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Class

Kobe Bryant leads one of the most highly anticipated player classes ever for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame alongside three other superstars from the N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. who defined the sport over the first two decades of...

W.N.B.A. Postpones Start of Season

The W.N.B.A. has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no indication when play would begin.The league was scheduled to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was set to begin...

For This N.B.A. Rookie, Reality TV Is an Escape That Feels Like Home

Long before he began feeding his obsession and even found himself sitting next to its hosts, Rui Hachimura didn’t understand all the fuss about the Japanese reality television show “Terrace House.” His high school teammates in Japan had tried...

N.B.A. Players Miss Other Sports Too

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here.Josh Hart and the New Orleans Pelicans were supposed to play at home against the Knicks last Friday. Hart instead found himself stuck at home...

First Woman Drafted in N.B.A. Avoids Coronavirus, but Not Its Frustrations

So devoted was she that she once soaked an injured ankle in a bucket of Epsom salt while at the movies. One summer, Rife and a cousin dragged a mattress to the park in Whitten, shooting and taking breaks...

James L. Dolan, the Knicks Owner, Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

James L. Dolan, the owner of the Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Saturday night in a statement.The statement said Dolan was in self-isolation but was “experiencing little to no symptoms.” He is the first...

They Celebrated Basketball and a Birthday. Then Came Coronavirus.

The connections in New York City basketball run deep. Generations of boys and young men starred on the playgrounds, the school courts, in the AAU leagues. If you did not play with someone, you probably played against him.Across the...

Dave Edwards, College Basketball Assist Wizard, Dies at 48

This obituary is part of a series about people who died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.Dave Edwards grew up in New York City public housing and played in Harlem’s Rucker Park, a spawning ground of basketball...

Curly Neal, Globetrotters’ Dazzling Dribbler, Dies at 77

Fred “Curly” Neal, whose dribbling wizardry made him one of the most well-known members of the beloved Harlem Globetrotters traveling basketball team, died on Thursday at his home near Houston. He was 77.The team announced the death but gave...

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Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

The Senior Bowl serves as the unofficial start of the draft season. This week, I'll be bringing you previews of the quarterbacks, running backs...