Robert Sarver, owner of Phoenix’s NBA and WNBA teams, to be investigated after ESPN report

The ESPN report cites examples of Sarver using the n-word and inappropriate language that in turn created a hostile work environment. The sports network said it interviewed more than 70 people for the story. Sarver, who has been the Suns’ and Mercury’s majority owner since 2004, said the report is inaccurate and misleading. “Let me … Read more

Brittney Griner: Detained star at the forefront of WNBA All-Star game

Griner was named an honorary All-Star player this year and every effort was made to spread awareness of her situation. It comes after the two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist pleaded guilty to drug charges at a Russian court near Moscow on Thursday but the US State Department says she is wrongfully detained. She now … Read more

Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie says she was told not to make a ‘big fuss’ over Brittney Griner situation

“What we were told, and again this is all sort of passed along through hearsay, but what we were told was to not make a big fuss about it so that they could not use her as a pawn, so to speak, in this situation in the war,” Leslie said in a clip of the … Read more

Brittney Griner’s wife, dozens of organizations urge President Biden to strike deal for release

Over 40 organizations — including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, National Urban League and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) — signed the letter. “President Biden and Vice President Harris, we urge you to make a deal to bring our teammate, wife, sister, hero, and … Read more

Becky Hammon’s Aces clinch spot in Commissioner’s Cup title game | News

Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Las Vegas and Chicago will meet in the second annual Commissioner’s Cup championship game next month. This year the in-season competition title game will be played at the home of the team with the better record, which right now is Las Vegas. The Aces can clinch the home game with … Read more

Brittney Griner: Why so many WNBA stars play basketball overseas

Under the WNBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the average cash compensation for players is almost $130,000. For the top stars, the WNBA says they can earn “in excess of $500,000,” which is three times what they could earn under the previous CBA. “Other top players will have an opportunity to earn between $200,000 and … Read more

Christian Clark: The Anthony Davis trade continues being bountiful for Pelicans | Pelicans

The first time he spoke publicly after being named lead basketball executive of the New Orleans Pelicans, David Griffin said, “You are either all the way in or all the way out. There is no in between.” This proclamation was made about Anthony Davis. Outwardly, Griffin maintained that the team’s relationship with the disgruntled star … Read more

Steph Curry’s 2022 NBA title puts him on basketball’s Mt. Rushmore

Like Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, it was comprised of soft strokes of the finest details and, in the end, was beautiful. Curry’s legacy as one of the sport’s greats has long been cemented, but he’s never been one to be caught standing still. Despite everything stacked against him in Game 4 of the NBA Finals … Read more

Jeff Duncan: Tyrann Matheiu picking up the defense and other observations from Saints minicamp | Jeff Duncan

June is always a dangerous time to make judgements on NFL teams. New rules negotiated by the league’s players association limit the amount of contact teams can have during offseason practices. So basically we’re watching guys run around in shorts and shirts on air. Not the most effective way to evaluate football players and their … Read more

Jeff Duncan: You won’t see a Saints player wear jersey Nos. 8 or 9 again. Here’s why. | Jeff Duncan

The official roster of the New Orleans Saints features 93 players, a man for almost every allowable number from 1 to 99. A quick scroll through the numerical lineup reveals a notable gap between Taysom Hill at No. 7 and Tre’Quan Smith at No. 10. They’re the only single-digit numerals, typically prized by players, not … Read more