Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Raymond Felton’s wife turned in the gun that got him arrested ]]> Lead story image

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested Tuesday on weapons charges after a lawyer for Felton’s wife turned in a loaded gun allegedly belonging to the basketball star, saying she didn’t want it in her home, police said. ]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHAD: Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss = conflict of interest ]]> Lead story image

Where is David Stern when you need him? In 2011, he vetoed a three-team deal that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers because he determined it wasn’t in the best interests of the league-owned Hornets at the time. So how is it in the best interests of the league now to have Phil Jackson running the Knicks and Jeanie Buss running the Lakers? There’s this really tall new commissioner, Adam Silver, who looks really small if he’s going to permit the engaged lovebirds to run different teams from the same king-sized bed. Should anyone here present know of any … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:14:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ USA Basketball to play at United Center this summer ]]>

The U.S. national team will play exhibition games in New York, Chicago and the Canary Islands before this summer’s World Cup of Basketball. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kyrie Irving, Josh Gordon in Cleveland media spat ]]> Lead story image

Two of Cleveland’s biggest sports stars are going at it. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon exchanged barbs across all number of platforms over the weekend — TV, Twitter and newspaper. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

The Pacers will finally get a chance to see what Andrew Bynum can do for them. ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ LeBron James sets franchise record with career-high 61 points in Heat win ]]> Lead story image

MIAMI — LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice’s franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107 on Monday night. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto. Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando. James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:17:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jason Collins, openly gay player, signs with Nets ]]> Lead story image

Jason Collins became the NBA’s first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season he is gay, but he was a free agent and had remained unsigned. With a need for another big man, the Nets turned to the 7-foot Collins, who helped them reach two NBA Finals in the early 2000s. “The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision,” general manager Billy King said in a statement. … ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:48:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Noah has 8 points, 5 rebounds in East’s NBA All-Star Game victory ]]> Lead story image

NEW ORLEANS — When it was an All-Star game, Joakim Noah couldn’t have been much more out of his element — the Bulls center was lost in a maze of fast-breaks, alley-oop dunks, three-point shots and virtually no defense. But then it became a basketball game. And Noah became a factor. The Bulls center, a bit part in the first half, played a key supporting role to Kyrie Irving’s 31-point, 14-assist MVP performance that led the East to a 163-155 victory over the West in the NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. ‘‘It ended up being competitive. The game … ]]> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:33:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ New commissioner Adam Silver inherits a much different NBA ]]> Lead story image

NEW ORLEANS — About those sleeved jerseys, Adam Silver ... ‘‘From a fan standpoint, the greatest indicator is how are they selling? And ... we’re having trouble keeping them in the stores,’’ Silver said prior to All-Star Saturday Night at the Smoothie King Center. ‘‘There’s enormous demand for those jerseys. Fans like them. And I happen to like them, too.’’ Judging by the less-than-urgent subject matter tossed Silver’s way in his first press conference as the NBA’s new commissioner — broadcast television coverage, tanking, replay, sleeved jerseys, international expansion and the draft lottery — Silver’s mandate as David Stern’s successor … ]]> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:24:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Gola, basketball great, dead at 81 ]]> Lead story image

PHILADELPHIA — Tom Gola, the Hall of Famer who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81. Gola’s wife, Caroline, said he died at St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook. Gola was seriously injured in 2003 after he fell and hit his head on a curb and was in a coma for several days. Gola also led La Salle to the 1952 NIT title and a runner-up finish in the 1955 NCAA tournament. He set the NCAA … ]]> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nate Robinson went off last night ]]> Lead story image

Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. Still, it never gets old. ]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ NBA’s biggest playmaking is between buddies ]]> Lead story image

It’s the NBA’s dirty little secret, and it’s only getting dirtier. As much as media members, league executives and coaches want to downplay the recruiting that goes on between players from different teams trying to manipulate the system and join forces to chase a title, the practice is alive and well this season, maybe more than ever. There’s a successful model in place in Miami, where the Heat is going for a three-peat, and the expected free-agent class next summer is filled with franchise-changers. Recruiting among players was unheard of seven years ago, but it’s all but a necessity for … ]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:27:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ 6 teams that could win NBA title ]]> Lead story image

It’s a widely believed theory that most fans typically don’t pay much attention to the NBA until the much-hyped broadcast games on Christmas Day arrive. ]]> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kobe Bryant out—again—with knee fracture ]]>

Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture in his left knee. ]]> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ LeBron James going even further beyond compare ]]> Lead story image

McGRATH: James isn’t MJ, who remains the gold standard for basketball as it’s currently played. But there is increasing validity to a comparison of the two. ]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHAD: At least Mikhail Prokhorov has money ]]> Lead story image

Sure, the most interesting man in the world is the Dos Equis guy. But the second-most interesting man in the world is a 6-8 globetrotting Russian playboy millionaire with pursuits in metals, gold, mining, denim, yachting, politics and the 24-second shot clock. Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets, is a cross between Mark Cuban, George Steinbrenner and Richard Branson. The second-most interesting man in the world, who bought the Nets from Bruce Ratner in May 2010, has: ◆ The most interesting arena. ◆ The most interesting roster. ◆ The most interesting payroll. Before we get to any of … ]]> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:53:51 -0500