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Ben Simmons is top pick of 2016 NBA Draft Class

The Philadelphia 76ers took in Australian Ben Simmons of LSU as expected Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

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NBA: I BEG YOUR PARDON

Chicago Bulls playmaker Derrick Rose, a former NBA Most Valuable Player nagged by knee injuries for years, was traded to the New York Knicks on Wednesday in a six-player deal.

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NBA: Cleveland toasts end of long wait

Downtown Cleveland was a sea of wine and gold Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans gave a hero’s welcome to NBA superstar LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates.

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Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will become NBA free agents on July 1 after opting out of contracts Tuesday.

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NBA: AS HE PROMISED

LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

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Stephen Curry tried to shake Kevin Love with a dribble and let loose with one of those long 3-pointers he seemed to make at every big moment this season.

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