Bill Russell was unparalleled on the basketball court, uncompromising off it – The Boston Globe

He lived his life in a relentlessly straightforward manner. He basically gave the racism he encountered the back of his hand. “Proud” does not begin to describe the forthright nature by which he lived his life. He was a role model and an inspiration. He was a truly Great American. Oh, and he could play … Read more

Robert Saleh breaking ‘monotony’ of Jets’ meetings with basketball contests

One of the fiercest competitions at Jets training camp this week did not happen on a football field.  It came in the team auditorium on Tuesday, near the end of the team meeting, and it involved a basketball, not a football.  Rookies Max Mitchell and Micheal Clemons squared off in a free-throw shooting contest with … Read more

How Paige Bueckers’ injury impacts UConn and the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season

6:45 PM ET Mechelle Voepel Close ESPN.com Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. Alexa Philippou Close ESPN Covers women’s college basketball and the WNBA Previously covered UConn and the WNBA Connecticut Sun for … Read more

Michigan State basketball lands top 2023 PF Xavier Booker

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Xavier Booker dunks the ball during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 7, 2022 at the Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Two years ago, Tom Izzo landed the top player in the nation. On Saturday, Michigan State basketball’s head coach may have done it again, this time for the 2023 class. Xavier Booker announced Saturday his commitment to the Spartans on Instagram. The 6-foot-10, 205-pound power forward from Indianapolis chose MSU over his other nine finalists Michigan, Purdue, … Read more

Russian expert at Griner’s trial discusses medical cannabis

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — The drug trial of American basketball star Brittney Griner in a Russian court focused Tuesday on testimony that cannabis, while illegal in Russia, is regarded in other countries as having legitimate medicinal use. Griner acknowledged in court earlier this month that she was carrying vape canisters containing cannabis oil when she … Read more

Brittney Griner to be cross-examined in trial, lawyers say | CNN

CNN  —  WNBA star Brittney Griner will be cross-examined as part of her drug trial in Russia on Wednesday, her lawyers said, as her defense team claimed that cannabis oil found in her luggage was for medicinal purposes. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, made a brief court appearance at the Khimki court of the … Read more

How do you foul out in a Drew League game?

John CollinsPhoto: Getty Images NBA stars have largely disappeared from the Rucker Park, Barry Farms and Drew League runs of the past they used to regularly lace up for. LeBron James’ 42-point show at The Drew League a week ago was a clarion call for his NBA peers. After two years of being disrupted by … Read more