Derek Ogbeide signs with Hapoel Eilat

Derek Ogbeide signs with Hapoel Eilat

Derek Ogbeide (203 cm; F) has joined the Israeli League’s Hapoel Eilat, giving the club an additional athletic presence in the frontcourt. The Nigerian-Canadian contributed 14.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29 games for AEK Larnaca this season. Derek Ogbeide raises profile Ogbeide helped AEK Larnaca win the Cyprus playoffs finals in April. […]

Phoenix Suns beat L.A. Lakers in playoff opener

Phoenix Suns beat L.A. Lakers in playoff opener

The Phoenix Suns won their first playoff game since 2010, topping the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 on Sunday. Phoenix stars Devin Booker (34 points) and Deandre Ayton (21 points and 16 rebounds) delivered dynamic performances for the hosts in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. Lakers coach Frank Vogel was impressed […]

Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid are NBA MVP finalists

Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry, Joel Embiid are NBA MVP finalists

The three finalists for the NBA MVP award this season are Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry and Joel Embiid. The MVP candidates were announced on Thursday. Jokic had a banner season for the Denver Nuggets, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. He also shot 56.6 percent from the field this season. Jokic tied his […]

Marv Albert retiring after Eastern Conference finals

Marv Albert retiring after Eastern Conference finals

Marv Albert, a legendary NBA announcer whose broadcasting career began in 1963, said this week that he’s retiring after the Eastern Conference finals. For decades, Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks, stepping into the top spot in 1967. He also served as the NBA’s lead play-by-play announcer on American network TV (NBC). […]

FC Bayern Munich wins German Cup

FC Bayern Munich wins German Cup

FC Bayern Munich rebounded from a slow start en route to an 85-79 victory over ALBA Berlin in the German Cup final on Sunday. The tournament champions trailed 29-17 after the opening quarter, but flipped the script in the second period. As a result, FC Bayern Munich took a 41-39 edge into the halftime break. […]

Basketball Africa League holds first game

Basketball Africa League holds first game

The 12-team Basketball Africa League opened its inaugural season on Sunday, and the first-ever game produced a clear-cut winner. Patriots Basketball Club of Rwanda routed Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club 83-60 at Kigali Arena. The key turning point for the Patriots occurred in the second quarter. The Rwandan hosts trailed 18-17 after the opening stanza, […]

Vanessa Bryant gives emotional speech at Hall of Fame ceremony

Vanessa Bryant gives emotional speech at Hall of Fame ceremony

Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her late husband Kobe during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts. Speaking at the 2020 Hall of Fame class enshrinement ceremony, which was postponed due to the global pandemic, Kobe’s widow said this was the right occasion for her to heap praise […]

JaKeenan Gant joins Saskatchewan Rattlers

JaKeenan Gant joins Saskatchewan Rattlers

JaKeenan Gant (201 cm, PF) has finalized a deal to play for the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s Saskatchewan Rattlers. Gant competed at the University of Missouri (2014-16) and University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2017-19) before launching his pro career. He was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 2-plus blocks […]