Basketball

Sources: X-rays negative on Jazz star Mitchell

Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell needed to be helped off the floor and into the locker room by teammates during the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers due to a right ankle injury. He did not return. X-rays were negative on Mitchell’s ankle, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sources also told Wojnarowski Mitchell has a low ankle sprain, and there

Boeheim bunch: Jimmy joins bro to play for dad

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. The Syracuse Orange’s men’s basketball program is getting a third Boeheim. Cornell transfer Jimmy Boeheim announced his commitment to the Orange on Friday; he will join his brother, Buddy, and will play for their father, Jim. “Back home to the place that made me fall in love with the game,” Jimmy Boeheim wrote on Instagram. Boeheim, a 6-foot-8

What does the future hold for Lonzo Ball?

ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books As they fight to avoid a third consecutive losing season, a bright spot for the New Orleans Pelicans has been Zion Williamson’s sudden and successful transformation into a bruising point forward. This pivot has been made possible in part because of the adaptability of point guard Lonzo Ball, who has comfortably transitioned to an off-ball

Lakers' Davis cleared for practice, nearing return

Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has been cleared for full-contact practice and his return to game action is imminent, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday. It’s been a while since Vogel has had a reason to smile when

MJ to serve as Kobe's presenter at Naismith HOF

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the list of Hall of Famers scheduled to present the 2020 class of honorees — led by Michael Jordan honoring Kobe Bryant. Jordan, who spoke at Bryant’s memorial service in February 2020, will also introduce Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, making him the only Hall of Famer presenting multiple candidates during this year’s induction ceremony. The connection between Jordan — arguably

How to watch the 2021 WNBA draft: TV and live stream info, start time, projected No. 1 pick

Whether teams are looking to build depth on their bench or find their next impact player, the road to the WNBA's May 14 tip-off begins Thursday night with the 2021 draft. Each of the league's 12 teams will make their picks over the course of three rounds, as college and international stars transition into the next phase of their basketball careers. For a second consecutive year, the draft will be held virtually.

The MVP race has turned into a Nikola Jokic runaway

Two months ago, this year’s race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award looked as competitive as any in recent memory. But injuries have laid waste to the deep field of contenders, leaving Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic clearly standing above the rest of the field. Jokic, who has not missed a game this season, took 90 of the 101 first-place votes cast in ESPN’s latest MVP straw poll, conducted

NBA playoff predictions: Who will win the big seeding races?

What will happen in the key NBA standings races in the final weeks of the regular season? What are the biggest storylines and teams to watch? We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts — including NBA writers, editors and analysts — for their predictions now that we are two-thirds of the way through the 2020-21 NBA season. The topics include the likely No. 1 seeds in each conference, the

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls NBA playoffs play-in tournament 'enormous mistake'

Not long after Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic criticized the NBA's play-in tournament for the bottom two playoff spots in each conference, his boss offered his own analysis. The conclusion was largely the same, as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN that the compressed schedule combined with the pursuit of a top-six seed is a non-sequitur.  "It doubles the stress of the compressed schedule," Cuban said. "Rather than playing for

Jamal Murray's late-game knee injury a potentially devastating blow to Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets' postseason fortunes potentially hang in the balance as they await word on Jamal Murray and his injured knee. Murray crashed to the court in agony late in the fourth quarter Monday against the Golden State Warriors and immediately grabbed his left knee. The injury appeared to be of the noncontact variety after Murray's knee seemed to buckle as he drove to the hoop with 50.6 seconds left