NBA Basketball News
In a surprise move, Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles announced his resignation from the NBA club on May 12th. Skiles was with the club for less than a year as he was hired May 29th of 2015, but also played with Orlando for five seasons. The Magic said they’re immediately searching for a new head coach for the non-playoff team after Skiles led the squad to a losing record of 35-47 this campaign. The coach got off to a good start this season as the Magic went 19-13, but missed the playoffs after losing 34 of their last 50 contests.
Kobe Bryant’s legendary two-decade NBA career came to a fairytale ending on April 13th when he scored 60 points in his swansong as his Los Angeles Lakers downed the Utah Jazz by a score of 101-96. Bryant managed to score 50 points in a game for the first time since February of 2009 and scored 23 in the fourth quarter to help his teammates come from behind after trailing by 15 points. It was certainly a bittersweet moment for the club and its fans though since it was also the final game of the 2015/16 NBA campaign, which ended up being the worst ever in the Lakers’ history.
In a bit of an odd move, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA club has fired head coach David Blatt midway through the season. The oddity of the move is because the team was sitting in first place in the league’s Eastern Conference at the time of the firing with an impressive record of 30-11. In addition, the Cavaliers had won 11 out of their past 13 contests. The basketball club didn’t waste any time in naming a replacement for Blatt though as they announced that his assistant coach Ty Lue would be taking over for him.
Reports out of Cleveland stated that the 38-year-old Lue has already agreed to a three-year contract to assume the head-coaching duties. It’s no secret that the Cavaliers’ top star LeBron James and his player agent have been pushing for the club to name Lue as the head coach for the past year. The 56-year-old Blatt was in just his second season as the club’s coach and had led the squad to a record of 83-40 under his guidance. However, Cleveland was beaten in last year’s NBA championship series by the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Pac-12 NCAA U.S. college basketball conference will become the first-ever American sports league to hold a regular-season game in China when the University of Washington Huskies take on the University of Texas Longhorns this November 14th in the city of Shanghai. There will be another game to follow later in the year and both contests will be broadcast in the U.S. by ESPN while BABA, Tech30 will show them across China. According to the Chinese broadcaster Alibaba, basketball is considered to be China’s most popular sport with about 300 million fans interested in it.
- May 16th, 2016
Orlando Magic searching for head coach after Scott Skiles resigns
- April 18th, 2016
Kobe Bryant dominates the court in last-ever NBA game
- January 25th, 2016
First-place Cleveland Cavaliers replace head coach David Blatt
- November 9th, 2015
NCAA to become first-ever American sports league to play in China
- August 26th, 2015
Michael Jordan awarded $8.9 million for unauthorized ad
- July 27th, 2015
Cops open fire on vehicle at Tour de France
- July 7th, 2015
NBA star Steve Nash begins pro soccer career
- May 19th, 2015
WNBA newlyweds hit with seven-game suspensions
- March 1st, 2015
Basketball teams thrown out of tournament after trying to lose to each other
- February 16th, 2015
High school basketball thriller ends 2-0
- January 26th, 2015
Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 points in a quarter
- January 11th, 2015
Fan raising $600 million to buy Atlanta Hawks
- December 29th, 2014
NBA boss Adam Silver believes teams aren’t losing on purpose
- December 16th, 2014
North America’s top 20 sports cities in 2014
- December 16th, 2014
Kobe Bryant leapfrogs Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list