NBA and WNBA set to launch recreational leagues for children across the country

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues, according to a league press release. “The youth basketball ecosystem has experienced unique challenges over the past two-plus years, and we are committed to addressing those challenges with programs like Jr. NBA Leagues, which is the most … Read more

Becky Hammon thriving in first season as coach of the Aces

NEW YORK (AP) — When Becky Hammon knew it was time to leave the NBA last winter after being an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for eight seasons, she was faced with a tough choice. She had to choose between the two WNBA franchises she once played for, and both lobbied hard to … Read more

New NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio is ‘unflappable and brilliant.’ But she’s a change agent first

Last month, on her fourth day as the National Basketball Players Association’s executive director, Tamika Tremaglio laid down a new rule for her senior management team. They would spend the next 21 days without saying no to a thing.  This was the beginning of a mental remodeling for her staff and an organizational rewiring by … Read more

LeBron James critical of United States’ efforts to bring Brittney Griner home from Russia

As Brittney Griner’s wrongful detention in Russia has galvanized the sports world in support of the WNBA star’s return to the United States, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James questioned why Griner would want to return to a country that has taken so much time to aid in a resolution for her. “Now, how can … Read more

Sabrino Ionescu a bright spot for NY basketball

The best point guard in NYC.Image: Getty Images New Yorkers are always lamenting the Knicks’ lack of a great point guard, bemoaning the franchise’s inability to find an orchestrator worthy of their high basketball standards. I’ll never forget the one game I went to at Madison Square Garden when a couple of guys who clearly … Read more

Here’s hoping the WNBA’s Brittney Griner is receiving better legal advice than us

Brittney Griner should have been home long ago.Image: Getty Images I’m not a legal expert, or a hostage negotiator. I’ve seen The Negotiator, but it’s been a while, so these are just the thoughts of a casual observer. The advice being given in the Brittney Griner case is strange. Being told not to talk about … Read more

Skylar Diggins-Smith seemed to call Mercury coach a clown

Talk about cringeworthy. Phoenix Mercury veteran Skylar Diggins-Smith seemingly believes her own coach, Vanessa Nygaard, slighted her in recent comments about the WNBA All-Star game. “I reiterate that [Diana Taurasi] should be an All-Star,” Nygaard said after Phoenix beat Indiana, 99-78, on Wednesday, a day after Diggins-Smith was named an All-Star for the festivities in Chicago … Read more

The Knicks probably tampered for Brunson but its fine

Welcome to Layup Lines, our daily NBA newsletter where we’ll prep you for a tip-off of this offseason’s NBA action, from what to watch to bets to make. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every afternoon. What’s good, family. It’s your boy Sykes here with another edition of Layup Lines. Free agency is the … Read more