Category: NBA

After Gloomy Talk of No-Shows, Signs of Optimism for U.S.A. Basketball

LOS ANGELES — Marc Gasol maintains a mostly detached relationship with the N.B.A.’s social media machine. Yet as he trained with the Spanish national team in Southern California last week, Gasol’s exposure to the gloom-and-doom talk around the United States team ahead of the FIBA World Cup was unavoidable. Sitting on the wood bleachers of…

Tyronn Lue Will Coach in Los Angeles After All (for the Clippers)

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are close to hiring Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, as a top assistant to Coach Doc Rivers, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. In May, Lue was widely…

For Donovan Mitchell, U.S.A. Basketball Is Summer School. He’s Top of the Class.

LOS ANGELES — In his formative years as an N.B.A. coach, Gregg Popovich was entranced by the Utah Jazz. The team’s seemingly boundless physicality, durability and consistency had him longing to establish the same with the San Antonio Spurs. The Jazz of Karl Malone, John Stockton and Coach Jerry Sloan, one of Popovich’s boyhood idols,…