Sport: AP coverage advisory: Multiformat NBA at 75 series

Lauri Markkanen, Evan Mobley lead Cavs' overtime win over Nuggets

  Lauri Markkanen, Evan Mobley lead Cavs' overtime win over Nuggets Yahoo Sports' KJ Smith recaps the Cyclones' win over the Tigers, including Tyrese Hunter's game-high 23 points.

The AP is offering a season-long, multi-format package to mark the 75h anniversary of the NBA. The series includes mainbar anchor stories, decade-by-decade features and first-person accounts, all accompanied by strong photos from AP's deep archive of images.

The full package is being posted here: https://apnews.com/hub/nba-at-75

To help with your planning, here is a look at some of what AP will offer in text, photos and visuals through the season including content that is already available.

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Kristaps Porzingis: 'I only have good memories' from playing in N.Y.

  Kristaps Porzingis: 'I only have good memories' from playing in N.Y. Washington Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis spent the first four years of his career as a member of the New York Knicks. Many at the time viewed him as a potential franchise savior. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Kristaps Porzingis has good memories from playing with the Knicks. Unfortunately, injuries hobbled Porzingis, ultimately limiting his playing time and eventually souring his relationship with the Knicks. He would soon be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks, with whom he spent three years before then getting traded to the Washington Wizards this season.

This advisory will be updated throughout the season. All times Eastern.

UPCOMING

BKN—NBA AT 75-2010s

Two of the NBA’s most significant dynasties emerged in the second decade of the 2000s. LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a Miami Heat super team that reached four straight finals, winning a pair of championships. Then came the ascension of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Off the court with James, Curry and others setting the tone, NBA players increasingly led a clarion call for social justice in the 2010s. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-2010s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the 2010s as determined by AP. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday

Kevin Durant talks Kyrie Irving potentially missing home playoff games

  Kevin Durant talks Kyrie Irving potentially missing home playoff games Regardless of when Irving is allowed to play full time, Durant thinks Brooklyn's window for making a deep playoff run will be open for years to come. "I'm not guaranteeing that we got a championship [this year]," Durant said. "But I just like what we're building. And I'm not going to say this is the only year we've got an opportunity to fight and work towards something. I don't think next year we've got to start all the way over and try to figure out what's the next iteration of the Nets. I feel like we can just build on what we have and see what happens. We got guys that are committed and want to be here.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-2010s TIMELINE. Tracking the league’s challenges and triumphs during the 2010s. Upcoming: 1,100 words, photos by 11 a.m. Wednesday

NBA Power Rankings: Suns hold on to top spot, Celtics climb to second

  NBA Power Rankings: Suns hold on to top spot, Celtics climb to second Boston is the hottest team in the East and a legit contender. 1. Suns (58-14, Last Week No. 1). Phoenix has gone 10-4 without Chris Paul (and Devin Booker missed some games in there as well) and is about to get the Point God back for a final push to lock up the best record in the NBA and home-court throughout the playoffs. The Suns’ magic number to lock up the best record is one — they are nine games better than the team with the second-best record (Grizzlies).

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-DURANT-WARRIORS. The original AP story from four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 11 a.m. Wednesday

Ranking NBA's 10 most unrecognizable starting lineups on a night full of tanking, injuries and load management

  Ranking NBA's 10 most unrecognizable starting lineups on a night full of tanking, injuries and load management If you can identify all of these players, you are a true NBA fanThe play-in has made the regular season's final weeks slightly more tolerable, as more teams now have something to play for, but you'll still occasionally run into a night where the stars simply don't come out to shine. Friday was certainly one of those nights, so we decided to rank the most unrecognizable starting lineups given the unique occasion.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-THE DECISION. The original AP story from LeBron James announcing his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and take his talents to South Beach. UPCOMING: 975 words, photos by 11 a.m. Wednesday

NBA Power Rankings: Suns end season on top, Bucks highest ranked from East

  NBA Power Rankings: Suns end season on top, Bucks highest ranked from East All championship roads run through Phoenix. 1. Suns (63-16, Last Week No. 1). Phoenix has owned the top spot in these NBA power rankings most of the season, and lapped the field running away with the best record in the league and a franchise record for wins. Phoenix finishes the season with the No. 2 offense and No. 2 defense, the best points differential, the best record in the clutch, and an aura that they are the team to beat. We could try to nit-pick this team heading into the playoffs — sometimes Chris Paul teams play so hard all season they don’t have another gear for the playoffs — but that’s a waste of time.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-SEASON SUSPENDED. The original AP story from the NBA suspending the season “until further notice” after Rudy Goebert of the Utah Jazz tests positive for the coronavirus. UPCOMING: 1,350 words, photos by 11 a.m. Wednesday

One reason for hope for every NBA non-playoff team, including ageless LeBron James, return of Damian Lillard

  One reason for hope for every NBA non-playoff team, including ageless LeBron James, return of Damian Lillard There were a lot of bad teams in the NBA this season, but they won't be bad forever right?But, as the great 18th-century French philosopher Voltaire once said, "Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable." So, feel free to delude yourselves as we identify one beaming reason for hope for every team that missed out on the 2022 NBA postseason. From LeBron James to Franz Wagner, every one of these teams contains the signs of a promising future, provided you look at them through properly adjusted rose-tinted lenses.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-PLAYERS WALK OUT. The original AP story from NBA players walking out on playoff games inside the league’s bubble against the coronavirus pandemic upset over racial injustice. UPCOMING: 1,175 words, photos by 11 a.m. Wednesday

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton: 'I want to be here in Cleveland'

  Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton: 'I want to be here in Cleveland' Sexton will be a restricted free agent. According to Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor, the 23-year-old guard would prefer to stay with the Cavaliers. "I want to be here in Cleveland," Sexton said after the Cavaliers were eliminated Friday night. "I love the organization, love my teammates and whatever happens I know that Cleveland was really good to me. I know this is the place that helped me get to where I am today, and I know I want to continue to be a part of this winning culture. I feel like me just being able to be at the start of it helped us get to yesterday and where we are right now at the present.

BKN—NBA AT 75-OVERTIME

With the regular season of the 75th anniversary now in the NBA record books, a look ahead at what the next 25 years might look like as it marches toward its centennial celebration. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.

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BKN—NBA AT 75-2000s

As Michael Jordan gave way to LeBron James, and as traditional forms of communication began to yield to the birth and growth of new media, the 2000s were all about making transitions — on the court and off — for the NBA and its fans. By Howard Fendrich. Sent: 1,150 words, photos

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-2000s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the 2000s as determined by AP. Sent: 500 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-2000s TIMELINE. Tracking the league’s challenges and triumphs during the 2000s. Sent: 1,100 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-JORDAN RETIRES. The original AP story from Michael Jordan’s third and final NBA retirement. Sent: 1,150 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-2003 DRAFT. The original AP story from the 2003 NBA draft in which LeBron James was the No. 1 overall pick. Sent: 1,150 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-MALICE AT THE PALACE. The original AP story on one of the worst incidents in sports history. Sent: 1,150 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-KOBE SCORES 81. The original AP story from former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points. Sent: 1,150 words, photos

— BKN—NBA AT 75-2000s-JAMISON'S PERSPECTIVE. Antawn Jamison knows what it’s like to play basketball with Michael Jordan in a pickup game while in college — and what it’s like to go up against MJ in the NBA, too. Jamison also knows what it’s like to have a locker next to Kobe Bryant’s and to be a teammate of LeBron James. He shares his thoughts with The Associated Press on what it was like to share a court in the decade of the 2000s with what he calls “greatness” and offers his take on who ranks where in the sport’s pantheon. Upcoming: 825 words, photos by 3 a.m. ET, Wednesday, March 23

BKN—NBA AT 75-1990s

The NBA rolled into the fall of 1991 with unlimited promise. Michael Jordan had just won his first championship, beating Magic Johnson and in the NBA Finals. They were poised to lead a Dream Team. The 1992 Olympics were just a year away and for the first time would include NBA players, opening international doors the league previously couldn’t reach. Then Johnson announced that November he had contracted the HIV virus and would retire immediately. The news cast a cloud of doom over the NBA. But by the end of the decade, Johnson was changing the world’s view of AIDs and Jordan was completing the transformation of the league on the court. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 1,150 words, photos Feb. 23.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1990s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the ’90s as determined by AP. SENT: 500 words, photos Feb. 23.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1990s TIMELINE. Tracking the league’s challenges and triumphs during the 1990s. SENT: 1,100 words, photos Feb. 23.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE—MAGIC-HIV. The original AP story from Magic Johnson announcing he had HIV and was retiring from the NBA. SENT: 1,100 words, photos Feb. 23.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-JORDAN RETIRES. The original AP story from Michael Jordan announcing he was retiring after leading the Bulls to a threepeat. SENT: 1,150 words, photos Feb. 23.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-DREAM TEAM. The original AP story from the USA beating Croatia to win the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games. SENT: 950 words, photos Feb. 23.

BKN—NBA AT 75-WNBA

David Stern had a vision to start a women’s professional basketball league with the NBA booming in the 1990s. While the fight for gender equity continues around the sports world, 26 years after it was launched the WNBA is the longest running professional women’s sports league. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 775 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-WNBA’S BEGINNING. The original AP story from the NBA Board of Governors approving plans for the WNBA to begin play in June 1997. SENT: 650 words, photos Feb. 23.

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BKN—NBA AT 75-1980s

There was Magic and Larry, the start of the Bad Boys and eventually a high-flyer named Michael. There was expansion, with five new franchises added. A new commissioner arrived to clean up the notions that the league was too-drug-addled and probably too Black for corporate America, a television audience was found and by the end of the decade, people were surmising that “it’s gotta be the shoes.” The NBA was transformed in the 1980s, when seeds were planted for the league to become the financial and social juggernaut that it is today. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,150 words, photos Jan. 17

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1980s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the ’80s as determined by AP. SENT: 500 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1980s TIMELINE. Tracking the league’s challenges and triumphs during the 1980s. SENT: 900 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-MAGIC REPLACES KAREEM. The original AP story from Magic Johnson playing center to help Lakers clinch the title. SENT: 1,150 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-JORDAN’S 63. The original AP story from Michael Jordan scoring 63 points in Bulls playoff loss to the Celtics. SENT: 500 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-WILKINS BEATS JORDAN. The original AP story when Dominque Wilkins beat Michael Jordan in the dunk competition. SENT: 500 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE: BIRD BEATS MAGIC. The original AP story when Larry Bird led the Celtics to the NBA title vs Magic Johnson and the Lakers. SENT: 1,175 words, photos Jan. 17.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1980s-ERVING’S PERSPECTIVE. Hall of Famer Julius Erving shares some of the experiences that helped make him who he is, which provided him with the foundation to help him lead the transformation of the NBA during the 1980s. SENT: 650 words, photos Jan. 18.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1980s-DOMINIQUE'S PERSPECTIVE. Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins says where he from is a matter of interpretation. But he considers Atlanta home. Wilkins shares his unique story and what it was like playing in the NBA without having another superstar in his prime alongside during the 1980s. SENT; 675 words, photos Jan. 21.

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BKN—NBA AT 75-1970s

LAS VEGAS — If there was a decade when the NBA nearly disintegrated under the weight of its own problems, the 1970s was that decade. It was a fight-filled, drug-addled operation that had made Black players an integral part of the show, only to be left wondering if those players were chasing away the fans. The NBA, which turned 75 this season, featured a plodding brand of basketball that looked even worse when compared to the game being played by the upstart ABA — a free-flowing, 3-point-shooting fun-fest that wasn’t above using trumped-up contract deals to poach away some of the sport’s most promising talent. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos, video Jan. 16.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1970s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the ’70s as determined by AP. SENT: 500 words, photos Jan. 16.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1970s TIMELINE. Tracking the league’s challenges and triumphs during the 1970s. SENT: 900 words, photos Jan. 16.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-WASHINGTON'S PUNCH. The original AP story from the punch thrown by Kermit Washington of the Los Angeles Lakers that leveled Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets during a scuffle. SENT: 550 words, photos Jan. 16.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s-AP WAS THERE-TRIPLE OT. The original AP story on the longest game yet at the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns at the Boston Garden with the series tied at 2 apiece in June 1976. SENT: 650 words, photos Jan. 16.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1970s-HAYWOOD'S ROLE. Spencer Haywood, the trailblazing forward who grew up picking cotton in Mississippi, sits down with The Associated Press to discuss different part of his NBA journey that wound up reshaping the league in a way that many take for granted today. SENT: 950 words, photos, video Jan. 17.

BKN—NBA AT 75-PREP STARS

Bill Willoughby’s career is one of those little-known NBA facts, a cautionary tale of one of the first teenage phenoms to be drafted out of high school. His promising career was cut short following a transition into the league so wrought with pitfalls that it still serves as a case study for youngsters following his path. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 950 words, photos Dec. 9.

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BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s

The NBA took its first meaningful strides in the 1960s, growing from the little league that could barely get attention, to laying the framework it still stands on today. It was the decade that Wilt scored 100 points, “Havlicek stole the ball,” the Celtics-Lakers rivalry took flight and the NBA’s second dynasty reigned on the Boston Garden’s parquet court. It was also a time of ongoing struggle and crisis across America, when a country was forever altered on a “Bloody Sunday,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream and Black athletes raised their fists and voices in hopes of finally holding America to its creed. By Kyle Hightower. Sent: 1,100 words, photos, video Nov. 22.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s ALL-DECADE TEAM. The best players from the turbulent '60s as determined by AP. SENT: 500 words, photos Nov. 22

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s TIMELINE. Tracking the league's gradual rise during the 1960s. SENT: 900 words, photos Nov. 22.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-AP WAS THERE-WILT'S 100. The original AP story from Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point performance that remains one of the greatest feats in sports. SENT: 550 words, photos Nov. 22.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s-AP WAS THERE-CELTICS CAP RUN. The original AP story from May 1969 as the Boston Celtics beat the Lakers for their 11th NBA title in 13 seasons. SENT: 650 words, photos Nov. 22.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-1960s-EMBRY'S PERSPECTIVE. Wayne Embry recalls his playing career and rise to become the first Black general manager and team president in NBA history. SENT : 950 words, photos Nov. 23.

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BKN—NBA AT 75

It started in 1946 with 11 teams and 160 players. The shot clock was nearly a decade away, the 3-point line was a couple generations away. Buildings were smaller. So were the players. And it wasn’t even called the National Basketball Association. The NBA, 75 years ago, was different in almost every imaginable way. And what was happening in the country seemed to mirror what was happening in the league, from the league’s path toward integration to its stance on social issues and race relations today. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photo, video. Oct. 18

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— BKN—NBA-TOP 75 TEAM: For the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, 75 players weren’t enough. The league needed 76 instead. SENT: 590 words, photos Oct. 21.

BKN—NBA At 75-1950s

The NBA, known today as a leader when it comes to culture and racial issues, was anything but during the 1950s when segregation divided the country. It was a powerless, fledgling league trying to find its footings. Franchises were folding and few paid much attention to the NBA. When Jackie Robinson became Major League Baseball’s first Black player in 1947, Bob Cousy remembered it being major national news. Three years later, when the Boston Celtics made Chuck Cooper the NBA’s first Black draft pick the 93-year-old Cousy says “nobody gave a damn what color we were or what we were doing.” By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video Oct. 18.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1950s-ALL-DECADE TEAM: Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, Bob Pettit and Dolph Schayes. SENT: 700 words, photos Oct. 18.

— BKN—NBA AT 75-TIMELINE: Tracking the early days of the league, from its inception through the 1950s. SENT: 450 words, photos Oct. 18.

BKN—NBA AT 75-KNICKS COACH

Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract. Lapchick directs the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. His father, Joe Lapchick, was the first coach of the New York Knicks. Joe Lapchick’s initial efforts to integrate what would become the NBA was thwarted in 1947 but he signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton in 1950. SENT: 850 words, photos Oct. 19.

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— BKN—NBA AT 75-1950s-AP WAS THERE-KNICKS-CLIFTON: The original AP story from May 1950 when Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton broke the color barrier in the NBA. SENT: 260 words, photos Oct. 18.

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton: 'I want to be here in Cleveland' .
Sexton will be a restricted free agent. According to Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor, the 23-year-old guard would prefer to stay with the Cavaliers. "I want to be here in Cleveland," Sexton said after the Cavaliers were eliminated Friday night. "I love the organization, love my teammates and whatever happens I know that Cleveland was really good to me. I know this is the place that helped me get to where I am today, and I know I want to continue to be a part of this winning culture. I feel like me just being able to be at the start of it helped us get to yesterday and where we are right now at the present.

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