(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) is opening a glitzy “lifestyle destination” complex with an official basketball court, a hoop-themed restaurant and a children’s zone.
You can train like Kobe Bryant, or even a Laker girl, at a state-of-the-art fitness center.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – For a point guard like Chris Paul, the NBA All-Star game is made to order.
Everywhere he looks is someone who can put the ball in the basket. If he searches underneath, there is Blake Griffin. Out on the wing is Kevin Durant.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting and inside dominance to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.
Durant scored 30 points and Griffin added 19, on nine-of-11 shooting, but the Most Valuable Player Award went to Chris Paul, who scored 20 points and added 15 assists for the West.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Yao Ming looks like he could still tangle with Dwight Howard under the basket but the former National Basketball Association number one draft pick clearly has put his playing days in the rear-view mirror.
The eight-time Houston Rockets All-Star left the game following the 2010-11 season after the final five years of his career were filled with injuries, most notably to his foot and ankle.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday with a one-handed, though-the-legs rim-rattler after leaping over a ballboy.
The windmill slam earned the wild applause of the sold-out crowd at the Toyota Center and lifted the 22-year-old rookie to the title over Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Players and coaches concede that Sunday’s NBA All-Star game is a show for the fans yet when the game is on the line, action on the basketball court could become a little hostile.
“The main object is fun … the players want to show their talents and they want to play with each other. Certain players are never going to play with somebody else on the same team,” said West coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Michael Jordan never played against LeBron James but that has not stopped the two from going one-on-one over how to determine greatness on the basketball court.
Jordan, widely hailed as the best player of all-time and who turns 50 on Sunday, believes it is all about championship rings, while James, 28, thinks that view is a little too simplistic.
HOUSTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, do not quit your day job.
The world’s fastest man played in a celebrity basketball game on Friday in the run-up to Sunday’s NBA All-Star game and failed to impress the crowd — or himself — with his skills.
Bolt hit one of five shots, missed both of his free throws and totalled just two points in 29 minutes. The only shot the sixt-times Olympic champion made was a dunk.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Nine-time NBA All-Star guard Gary Payton, two-time NBA-winning coach Tom Heinsohn and smooth shooting point guard Tim Hardaway were named on Friday among the 12 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Among those also named as first-time finalists were three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, WNBA All-Star guard Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former champion Cael Sanderson said on Tuesday he was saddened wrestling was on the Olympic chopping block but remained optimistic the sport would ultimately remain in the Games.
“Wrestling and the Olympics go hand-in-hand,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “When you start taking the original sports away from the Olympics, you really change what the Olympic Games are.