• This April 19, 2007, file photo shows Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal talking to the news media following a team basketball practice in Miami. This year's Hall of Fame class includes a star-studded field of potential finalists, including Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson. That trio should be a lock to get in. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    Shaq, Yao, Iverson look to take next step to Hall of Fame

    TORONTO (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal should be a lock. Yao Ming and Allen Iverson could join him.

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives past Phoenix Suns' Orlando Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Curry flirts with triple-double, Warriors top Suns 112-104

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn’t the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory.

  • Former Detroit Pistons player Chauncey Billups acknowledges the crowd during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons are scheduled to retire his jersey during a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Pistons retire Billups’ jersey at halftime against Denver

    AUBURN HIILS, Mich. (AP) — Moments before his jersey went up to the rafters, Chauncey Billups spoke to the crowd about the night the Detroit Pistons wrapped up the 2004 NBA title by routing the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Finals.

  • Heat retiring Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey next season

    MIAMI (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal helped the Miami Heat put up their first championship banner, and soon another banner will sway over the team’s home floor in his honor.

  • Warriors center Festus Ezeli undergoes left knee surgery

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

  • Golden State Warriors head basketball coach Steve Kerr listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016,during a ceremony to honor the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors basketball team. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama salutes NBA champs at White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with what he described as a “small-ball nuclear lineup” that specializes in great shooting and passing.