Category Archives: NBA

New York Liberty honor Becky Hammon (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 20: Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs coaches against the Phoenix Suns during the Las Vegas Summer League Championship on July 20, 2015 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Becky Hammon got her WNBA start in New York and never has forgotten where she came from. The New York Liberty honored their former star Sunday, putting the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach in their ring of honor at halftime of their game against the Seattle Storm. You guys are part of my roots,” Hammon said.

NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition (Yahoo Sports)

JOHANNESBURG, SA - AUGUST 1: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Dikembe Mutombo #55 of Team Africa waits to check into the game against Team World during the NBA Africa Game 2015 as part of Basketball Without Boarders on August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter. The 52-year-old Olajuwon, in a Houston No. 34 jersey, pulled off a turn-around jumper – the ”Dream Shake” – that had the current NBA stars leaping off the benches with their arms in the air.

NBA’s current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition (Yahoo Sports)

JOHANNESBURG, SA - AUGUST 1: Hakeem Olajuwon #34 and Dikembe Mutombo #55 of Team Africa waits to check into the game against Team World during the NBA Africa Game 2015 as part of Basketball Without Boarders on August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday – starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter. The 52-year-old Olajuwon, in a Houston No. 34 jersey, pulled off a turn-around jumper – the ”Dream Shake” – that had the current NBA stars leaping off the benches with their arms in the air.

Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach (Yahoo Sports)

ROSEMONT, IL - JULY 26: Nancy Lieberman, Women's Hall of Famer and head coach of the NBA Development League Texas Legends addresses attendees of special Chicago Sky pre game event prior to the start of the WNBA game against the Connecticut Sun on July 26, 2011 at the All-State Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. ”I am very proud to be a Sacramento King and very honored,” Lieberman said in a phone interview. The Kings were expected to make a formal announcement later Friday.

NBA in Africa? ‘Stay tuned’ for regular-season game (Yahoo Sports)

The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come. ”Stay tuned,” Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg – the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. Although he didn’t give an exact time frame, Silver said a pre-season game and then a regular-season game on the continent was the logical progression for the NBA, which is on a ”fast track” to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa.

Dragic not expected to play for Slovenia this summer (Yahoo Sports)

Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat is not expected to play for Slovenia in the EuroBasket tournament in September. Heat President Pat Riley met with Dragic about his invitation to join the team, and it was collectively decided that it would be in the point guard’s best interests to spend the rest of the summer preparing for his first full year in Miami.