LOS ANGELES -- Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Instead, Nash couldn't even make it to opening night in the 19th season of his remarkable career.
Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt.
BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Undrafted rookie Patric Young is working hard to make it in the NBA.
The New Orleans Pelicans benefited from the University of Florida product's efforts in the waning moments of the team's preseason finale Thursday.
After the New Orleans Pelicans' 10 point fourth-quarter lead was cut to one in the waning moments, Young's emphatic follow slam with 2.1 seconds remaining helped the Pelicans secure a 88-85 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kyle Singler scored 19 points and Josh Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-103 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
Detroit (5-2) was missing three rotation members -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Jennings and Jodie Meeks -- while the Sixers (2-6) used a rag-tag roster in the final preseason game for both teams.
Each team had six players score in double figures, with Henry Sims leading the 76ers with 17 points. D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 11 assists for Detroit.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- C.J. Miles wasn't too happy with his play this preseason and was eager to gain some positive momentum heading into the regular season.
Miles came out shooting Thursday night and scored 23 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Hornets 88-79 in the preseason finale for both teams.
CLEVELAND -- Once again, a colossal image of LeBron James will loom over downtown.
A new, 10-story-tall banner celebrating James' return to Ohio will be unveiled on Oct. 30 before the superstar and the Cavaliers open the NBA season against the New York Knicks.
The Nike-sponsored banner will hang on the side of Sherwin-Williams Co.'s global headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, in the same spot where an iconic banner of James hung during his first stint with the Cavs but was removed four years ago when he took his talents to Miami.
The Brooklyn Nets have been in talks with the 76ers about trading point guard Marquis Teague to Philadelphia, and a deal is "most likely" to happen, according to a league source.
Teague, 21, had 10 points, four assists and six turnovers in Brooklyn's preseason finale on Wednesday night in Boston.
Teague will make $1.1 million in 2014-15 and has a $2 million team option for 2015-16.
MANILA, Philippines - Moments after sweeping Arellano U to claim its fifth straight NCAA men’s basketball crown at the MOA Arena Wednesday, San Beda has set its sights on the next mission – an unprecedented six-peat.
No team has won six straight in the country’s oldest varsity league and San Beda is out to achieve the feat at all costs.
That could include recalling coach Boyet Fernandez, who marks his PBA return with the NLEX team tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rain or Shine and Blackwater seek breakthrough victories in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters are determined to finally get their season going after falling to the San Miguel Beermen, 79-87, Tuesday night in a game where Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee limped off due to an injury.
Although he remains doubtful for today’s game, the Painters’ concerns were eased by Lee, who fell after a collision with San Miguel guard Chris Ross during a fastbreak play, saying the injury isn’t serious as initially feared.
WALTHAM Mass. -- Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge.
McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV.
McCarty pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The adjustment to the triangle offense has been "a struggle" for J.R. Smith, and it isn't just because the system is foreign to him.
A candid Smith admitted that he must alter his shooter mentality and wrap his mind around the team-first concept being preached by Knicks coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson. And it hasn't been the smoothest transition for the former Sixth Man of the Year, who has been trying not to force shots.
"Yeah, absolutely," Smith said when asked if he has had to make a conscious effort to play differently. "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I've been, it's a struggle. I'm not going to lie.