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‘Addicted’ to hoops: Tall Blacks veteran Mika Vukona commits to Kiwi NBL

Albert Perez/Getty-ImagesTwenty years after it all began, Mika Vukona is back for another crack at the New Zealand NBL.Mika Vukona is in for New Zealand's hybrid 2020 NBL, giving the contentious league an instant credibility hit as it builds towards its June 23 tipoff. The 38-year-old Kiwi hoops legend and 162-cap Tall Blacks captain has…

NBA targets July 31 to resume season, source says

Stephen Curry of the Golden State WarriorsMark Sobha | NBAE | Getty ImagesThe National Basketball Association has targeted July 31 as its date to resume games, a league source has confirmed to CNBC.The league held its board of governors' call on Friday to present proposals for reopening. The NBA announced it was in discussions with…

Former La Salle coach Nazario, pals team up for basketball clinic

FORMER La Salle head coach Gian Nazario is linking up with his peers as they are set to open a clinic focusing on the fundamentals of the game. The Phenom Championship Clinic is a joint initiative between multi-titled mentors as they hope to help out players finetune their basic basketball skills before they brace for…

Olivier Sarr is excited to play Notre Dame this year

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Kentucky basketball has announced a three-year series with Notre Dame, and future Wildcat center Olivier Sarr is pretty darn excited about it. Moments after the school’s announcement this morning, the Wake Forest transfer took to Twitter to express his thoughts. “Yessir let’s goooooo,”…

College basketball rankings: Houston falls again after losing Fabian White for season with knee injury

It's been a rough little stretch for Houston.First, last week, Nate Hinton announced he's remaining in the 2020 NBA Draft despite the unlikelihood of him actually being selected. Then, this week, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson confirmed that Fabian White has a torn ACL that will cause him to miss the entire 2020-21 season."I feel badly…

Nash, O’Ree, Kane among inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

CALGARY — For Sheldon Kennedy and Willie O'Ree, sport was a vehicle for societal change.NHL players have been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame before, but usually for their body of work on the ice.What's unique about the induction of Kennedy and O'Ree is they enter the Hall as builders.O'Ree, now 84, overcame racism…

“Steve Kerr has done nothing in professional basketball but win”

As we looked back at the hugely compelling The Last Dance on Tuesday's Off The Ball, John Gonzalez of The Ringer took a closer look at Steve Kerr and his inability to do anything but win.  The unassuming utility player who comes of age in the penultimate episode of The Last Dance, for many watching this retrospective of the Chicago Bulls'…

Report: High school basketball standout Jamari Smith drowns in Alabama lake

Jamari Smith, an Alabama high school basketball and football standout and incoming freshman at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, drowned Wednesday afternoon at a Lee County lake, according to AL.com. He was 18 years old.Smith reportedly graduated from Lee High School earlier this year and was a member of its 2020 Alabama state champion…