Canadian cousins reunite for FIBA World Cup qualifying

They are no longer carefree kids hooping in the park for fun, but there are sure to be wistful memories of those days for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in Hamilton on Friday night. The cousins, now established NBAers playing in the best league in the world, will be reunited as they suit up for … Read more

NBA-listers: LaVine, Beal among top (potential) free agents

NBA free agency doesn’t begin until Thursday but one player’s decision has made an impact on the league’s off-season. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving plans to exercise the option on the final season of his contract, meaning he won’t be a free agent. But that doesn’t mean Irving won’t be the subject of potential trades … Read more

Pledge of allegiance bonds more of Canada’s basketball elite

All too often the story has been about what perils playing for the senior men’s basketball team present to the best players from Canada — the pitfalls, the dangers and, yes, the excuses. The time commitment. The contractual status. The injury concerns. All the problems. But Kelly Olynyk stood off to the side of one … Read more

Aurora’s Andrew Nembhard realizes NBA dream with family’s help

The hoop at the end of the driveway on a pretty tree-lined street in a quiet corner of Aurora has seen better days. But after maybe hundreds of thousands of shots over more than two decades and a new net to spruce it up at least once a year, it has every reason to look … Read more

Warriors back on top with fourth NBA title in eight seasons

It took about four minutes for the Golden State Warriors to say to themselves, ‘Enough is enough,’ and now they’ve turned the conversation to where they rank among the all-time great teams in NBA history. A lightning-quick blitz bridging the end of the first quarter and the start of the second — the kind of … Read more

It’s about love, not money, for Steph Curry and the Warriors

In one way, it’s an unlikely resurrection. With the Golden State Warriors one victory away from scaling the heights of a fourth championship in eight seasons, it’s easy enough to forget that their recent lows have scraped by the bottom of the NBA barrel. It was only a couple of years ago, with Kevin Durant … Read more

All signs pointing to Kyrie Irving returning to Nets

Despite a report that the Nets are “outright unwilling” to re-sign Kyrie Irving long term — and speculation about him being traded — all indications strongly point toward a reunion between Brooklyn and its All-Star point guard. Irving has until June 29 to decide whether he will opt out of the final $36.5 million year … Read more

Heat’s Pat Riley sets challenge for Kyle Lowry

MIAMI As Pat Riley summed up his team’s ride through the 2021-22 NBA season, the thrust Monday at FTX Arena from the Miami Heat president was of his players being better versions of themselves going forward. He spoke of Tyler Herro needing strides on the defensive end, Bam Adebayo being more aggressive on the offensive … Read more

NBA Finals headed for long series after Warriors ‘play with desperation

The NBA got its wish — a Finals series now tied and a potentially long battle in the offing. Warriors superstar Stephen Curry put on a third-quarter long-distance fireworks show until the new man on the block, Jordan Poole, tried to top it with his own 3-point party. And the officials weren’t going to ruin … Read more

Warrior come out to play in Game 2, even NBA Finals

It wasn’t exactly desperation — urgency might be a better way to describe it — as the Golden State Warriors had to play Sunday night like their season was on the line. It wasn’t, at least not officially because it takes four wins in the Finals to earn an NBA title, but the Warriors knew … Read more