Basketball World Cup

US routs Serbia to capture World Cup basketball gold

James Harden celebrates with the World Cup trophy after Team USA beat Serbia, 129-92, on Sunday in Madrid. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Team USA has won 63 consecutive games and is automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics

Hawks GM Danny Ferry is under scrutiny for some disparaging and racist words during a organization conference call about then-free agent Luol Deng.

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Gary Washburn | Sunday Basketball Notes

Hawks’ issues a matter of league-wide importance

It was an eventful week for the Hawks, one of the NBA’s more overshadowed franchises for decades.

Hawks apologize for racially charged comments

The apology, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was released on Saturday.

Marvin Barnes (seen here with the Buffalo Braves) was often the best player on the floor. AP Photo/File

Bob Ryan

Marvin Barnes: What a talent, what a waste

Basketball came easy to him, but the game of life was a much different story.

Past Celtics games

2008: The last Celtics championship

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Celtics finished off Lakers for team’s 17th NBA title

Look back in the Boston Globe archives at coverage of the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.