The San Antonio Spurs, one of two teams competing for the National Basketball Association championship this week, have nine international players. The league itself has 85, and the NBA finals are being broadcast to 215 counties in 47 languages.
Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson is among three former college athletes suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Electronic Arts Inc. for the alleged illegal use of their images.
The Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 for their 20th straight win, matching the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the third-longest single-season victory streak in National Basketball Association history.
The Miami Heat won their 20th straight game, the New York Knicks fell by more than 20 points again and the Los Angeles Lakers lost top scorer Kobe Bryant to an ankle injury in the National Basketball Association.
The Spirits of St. Louis, a short- lived American Basketball Association team that has made more than $200 million from a 1976 settlement with the National Basketball Association, reopened the lawsuit to claim additional television revenue from the league.
LeBron James became the youngest player to score 20,000 points in the National Basketball Association, while the Atlanta Hawks won for the first time in three starts to end the Brooklyn Nets’ seven-game unbeaten run.