NBA Basketball News
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.
Even though former NBA star Michael Jordan retired from basketball several years ago, he’s still raking in millions of dollars. Jordan was recently awarded $8.9 million by a judge in America after a former supermarket chain was found guilty of using his name in an unauthorized advertisement back in 2009. The store that used his name without permission was called Dominick’s and based in Chicago. However, the establishment is now defunct and is owned by Safeway. The judge ordered the store to pay the sum after a jury found it guilty.
Police in Paris were looking for four occupants of a vehicle which tried to crash through a barricade before the final stage of the Tour de France on July 26. The incident saw police open fire on the car just a few hours before fans and cyclists arrived in the area. Police said they didn’t believe it was a terrorist-related event, but one wonders why then did they open fire on the vehicle. The car was found later in the day close to the Place de la Concorde with bullet holes in it.
Authorities released a statement which said, “This is a minor incident. It wasn’t aimed at the Tour de France, it’s not terrorism. It’s just a simple refusal to comply, as there are many every day.”
- 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
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- 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
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- December 16th, 2014
Kobe Bryant leapfrogs Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list
- November 24th, 2014
Great athletes with bad career records
- November 11th, 2014
Steve Nash writes letter to angry LA Lakers fans