Nets’ Chandler suspended 25 games for PED use

NEW YORK, New York — Wilson Chandler of the Brooklyn Nets has been suspended without pay for 25 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Ipamorelin, it was announced today by the NBA. Chandler’s suspension will begin with the next NBA regular-season game for which he is eligible…

Knicks’ RJ Barrett signs multi-year shoe deal with Puma

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany — PUMA has now added New York Knicks rookie and former Duke standout RJ Barrett to its roster. The deal is reported as a multi-year deal for the 19-year-old who becomes the first Canadian basketball player to sign on with PUMA. View this post on Instagram Puma fam🙏🏾 A post shared by Rj…

Joe Johnson earns free agent looks following MVP Season in BIG3

MANHATTAN, New York — Former NBA All-Star and reigning BIG3 MVP Joe Johnson is in demand following a record breaking summer. According to the BIG3, Johnson is being courted by the Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Pelicans. The 38-year-old Johnson, was named MVP of the 2019…

Detroit Lions and Economic Club host 23rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon

DETROIT, Michigan — With the NFL football season approaching, the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Economic Club held its 23rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon at Ford Field on Wednesday. The speaking program featured a roundtable panel with  players Mike Daniels, Trey Flowers, Justin Coleman, Danny Amendola and Jesse James. .@JustinColeman27 on Matt Patricia: “He wants to…

Kobe weighs in on former Laker teammate, Shaq responds

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Former Los Angeles Lakers guard, Kobe Bryant, believes he’d be in the company of the legendary Bill Russell had his long-ago teammate Shaquille O’Neal trained harder. In an interview at an insurance company’s convention in Las Vegas where former president George W. Bush was also a keynote speaker — Kobe spoke…

Jeremy Lin signs deal with Beijing Shougang Ducks

BEIJING, China — Free agent guard Jeremy Lin inked a deal to play in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Beijing Shougang Ducks, the team announced on Tuesday. Lin went undrafted out of Harvard University in 2010. The 31-year-old guard has played for four teams over the past four seasons — including capturing a title…

Lakers Sign Dwight Howard

LOS ANGELES, California — Dwight Howard has officially rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Entering his 16th NBA season, Howard owns career averages of 17.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks through 1,044 games (1,043 starts) with Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington and the Lakers. He currently ranks fourth in all-time field goal percentage,…

Statue of Althea Gibson unveiled outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium

NEW YORK, New York — Billie Jean King did the honors, in a tribute to Althea Gibson after the unveiling of a statue dedicated to her at the US Open on Monday. Gibson, who would have turned 92 on Sunday, was a five-time Grand Slam singles winner in the 1950s, becoming the first Africa American…

Team USA cruises past Canada 84-68 in final exhibition match

SYDNEY, Australia — The USA Men’s defeating Canada 84-68 on Monday,  in its final exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China next week. Jaylen Brown led the way with 19 points (8-for-11 shooting). Kemba Walker  finished with 12 points,  Donovan Mitchell added 12 points and four assists — including a buzzer-beating alley-oop slam…

Nets extend LeVert for 3 years, $52.5M

BROOKLYN, New York —  Swingman Caris LeVert inked a three-year extension with the Brooklyn Nets for a reported $52.5 million. LeVert, who turned 25 on Sunday, averaged a career-high 13.7 points per game in 2018-19. In the five game playoff series against Philadelphia, LeVert averaged 21.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 49.3 percent…