Houston Rockets star James Harden is opting out of the basketball World Cup in China, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday. Harden, speaking at a charity event, told the newspaper he wants to spend the rest of the NBA off-season preparing to play with a new-look Rockets, who acquired Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook in a trade for Chris Paul this month. Houston's Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker are currently slated to play for the USA, which will hold a training camp in Las Vegas August 5-9 before the World Cup begins in China on August 31. Harden's decision comes days after news broke that Anthony Davis -- the former New Orleans Pelicans star who just signed to team with LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers -- had withdrawn from consideration for the US World Cup team that will be coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. … [Read more...] about Rockets star Harden will skip basketball World Cup
Jeff Zillgitt and AJ Neuharth-Keusch USA TODAY Published 12:39 PM EDT Jun 21, 2019 The 2019 NBA draft has come and gone, but before we look too far ahead, let's take a step back and examine the winners — and losers — from what was an eventful night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Winner: New Orleans Pelicans: New executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin continues to excel on the job. Taking Zion Williamson No. 1 was a no-brainer, so no credit there. However, he traded the No. 4 pick the Pelicans acquired in the Anthony Davis deal to Atlanta for three picks (eight, 17 and 35). He selected big man Jaxson Hayes, giving New Orleans an extremely athletic frontcourt, and took combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Brazilian wing Marcos Louzada Silva with the other two picks. The Pels are loaded with young talent. Loser: Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks fans: Sure, the Bucks and Rockets finished … [Read more...] about NBA draft winners and losers: Bol Bol, Pelicans headline list
Jeff Zillgitt and AJ Neuharth-Keusch USA TODAY Published 9:34 AM EDT May 22, 2019 After last week's NBA draft lottery, we know the order that teams will make their picks. But we still have to wait a month to see who will go where. So until draft night on June 20, we're playing general manager and predicting the first round — which, after picks 1-3, could get interesting. Yes, Duke star Zion Williamson is, by all accounts, headed to the New Orleans Pelicans. Murray State's Ja Morant will probably go No. 2 to the Memphis Grizzlies, followed by Duke's R.J. Barrett to the New York Knicks. But then what? Here's how we see it all playing out. 1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson • Duke • Freshman • Forward • 6-7 • 285 2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant • Murray State • Sophomore • Guard • 6-3 • 175 3. New York Knicks: R.J. … [Read more...] about NBA mock draft 2.0: Zion Williamson, then who?