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Kermit Washington accused of stealing from his charity (The Associated Press)
25 May 2016 at 10:24am
Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things. Washington, who was best known for his bone-shattering punch to the face of Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich during a game in 1977, was charged in an indictment filed in Kansas City on Monday. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday after Washington's arrest Tuesday in Los Angeles, said Tammy Dickinson, U.S. attorney for the western district of Missouri.
Warriors facing long odds down 3-1, but it has been done (The Associated Press)
25 May 2016 at 5:06am
MIAMI (AP) -- Here's good news for Golden State: It's not over.
Westbrook, Thunder put Warriors on brink of elimination (The Associated Press)
25 May 2016 at 4:28am
Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington arrested in Los Angeles (The Associated Press)
24 May 2016 at 4:09pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kermit Washington, a former NBA player who notoriously gave a bone-breaking face punch to the Houston Rockets' Rudy Tomjanovich during a 1977 Lakers game, has been arrested by federal agents.
DeRozan, Raptors end Cavaliers' streak with 99-84 win (The Associated Press)
21 May 2016 at 10:22pm
Cleveland's perfect playoff run went south in the north. DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds and the Raptors beat Cleveland 99-84 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss this postseason. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors.
NBA's 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball (The Associated Press...
21 May 2016 at 5:47pm
Gary Payton believes the United States is behind other nations in organized 3-on-3 basketball. A first step in catching up was Saturday's opening day of Dew NBA 3X, a six-city U.S. tour of 3-on-3 tournaments. Payton is the NBA ambassador for the tour and he was joined Saturday by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams, an Atlanta native.
Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg (The Associated Pr...
20 May 2016 at 11:14am
Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company. One month after retiring from the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers star has a new daily routine. Then I go to the office,'' Bryant said in an interview.
Mamba still out: Kobe's not interested in joining 'Inside the NBA' (Ball Don'...
20 May 2016 at 8:20am
Weeks before Kobe Bryant composed the verse that announced his plans to retire from the NBA after his 20th season, TNT commentator Kenny Smith wondered aloud how much fun it would be to see the Los Angeles Lakers legend join him, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and teammate-turned-nemesis-turned-pal Shaquille O'Neal on the "Inside the NBA" panel . After Kobe's unforgettable final game last month, TMZ reported that Turner Sports had begun courting the future Hall of Famer to take a seat on television's premier studio show. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] But while Bryant's got more time on his hands these days, he's evidently decided not to spend it palling around with the TNT crew, according to TMZ Sports : When it comes to the "Inside the NBA" job offer, Kobe Bryant just did something pretty uncommon for him ? he passed. As we previously reported, the honchos at the show had reached out to Mamba, hoping he'd join Charles Barkley, Shaq and the rest of the gang either this season or next. But Wednesday night outside of a Hublot watch event in [Beverly] Hills, Kobe swatted the whole idea down ? saying straight up he DOES NOT want the gig. No word on whether Kobe has felt that way the whole time, or came to that opinion after learning that Turner had already brought Dwight Howard in for a long sit. Like Kobe's going to follow that guy. Pffffffffffft. While it's a bit of a shame that we won't get to hear Kobe's unvarnished and unfettered commentary on the game each and every Thursday night, it's not like we're going to be rid of him entirely. Kobe confirmed he plans to train with Shaq's son, prep prospect Shareef O'Neal, this summer; his collaboration with Sports Illustrated on an animated version of his "Dear Basketball" poem is slated for release this fall; and Bryant, ever the storyteller, surely has a number of other narrative projects in the works. We'll be seeing the Mamba's voice and hearing his voice plenty; we just won't be be watching him join Shaq in yelling for Underdog to put something on a T-shirt. (Well, not yet, at least. There's always next year.) More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Perfect 10: Cavs stay unbeaten in postseason, down Raptors (The Associated Pr...
20 May 2016 at 6:31am
Overshadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own. LeBron James recorded a triple-double and Cleveland improved to 10-0 in the playoffs with a 108-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. James had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs became the fourth team to start the postseason with 10 straight wins, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (1989, 2001) and San Antonio Spurs (2012).
Cavaliers rip Raptors for 10th playoff win in a row (AFP)
19 May 2016 at 10:02pm
With LeBron James producing another overpowering performance, the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Toronto 108-89 Thursday, stretching their playoff record to 10-0 and moving closer to an NBA Finals return. James scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out 11 assists as the host Cavaliers, who swept through the first two playoff rounds, seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with game three Saturday at Toronto. "We're just a well-balanced, (well-)oiled machine," James said.

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