21-year-old Celtics star Jayson Tatum is dominating after ‘reaching a new height’ and earning praise from LeBron James

  • Third-year Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is on a scoring tear that has gotten the NBA’s attention.
  • On Sunday, Tatum scored 41 points, dueling with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, in a down-to-the-wire loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that drew praise from James.
  • The Celtics have been viewed as pseudo-contenders all season, but if Tatum can sustain his current pace, he may give the Celtics a No. 1 scoring option that could elevate them in the postseason.
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Seemingly out of nowhere, Boston Celtics’ third-year forward Jayson Tatum has made the leap from promising young player to full-blown star.

The 21-year-old is averaging 29 points on 48% shooting, 46% from three, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 8 free-throw attempts per game in February.

Just before the All-Star break, before attending his first All-Star Game, Tatum out-dueled Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers in double-overtime, scoring 39 points on 14-of-23 shooting, with 9 rebounds. 

On Sunday, Tatum went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, scoring 41 points on 12-of-20 shooting in down-to-the-wire, losing effort against the Los Angeles Lakers. While James hit a go-ahead jumper to put the

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Nike released a touching tribute to Kobe Bryant on the day of his memorial

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Zion Williamson Comments on LeBron James Ahead of 1st Career Matchup

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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Both Zion Williamson and LeBron James received massive hype at a young age, but Williamson thinks James has actually been underrated during his career. 

“I used to watch him all the time, especially when he was in Cleveland the first time, he was just an incredible player to watch, he always held his own,” the New Orleans Pelicans rookie said, per Omnisport (via Yahoo Sports). 

“Sometimes I feel he doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s not for me to decide.”

Williamson will get a chance to face the veteran for the first time Tuesday, when the Pelicans take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

James has certainly lived up to his massive expectations that came before he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. After winning Rookie of the Year in his first season, he’s earned an All-Star selection in each of the next 16 years, winning four MVP awards while being named first-team All-NBA 12 times.

Even at 35 yea

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LeBron’s ‘Dream Shake’ lifts Lakers over Celtics

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James might have made the go-ahead turnaround jumper with 30.4 seconds left in the Los Angeles Lakers114-112 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but he worked the defense the first 47½ minutes to get that shot.

“I had been setting him up all night with the back down, to the drop step, to the baseline, so I figured he would sit on it thinking I would try it again,” James said of Celtics forward Jaylen Brown guarding him. “So, went to my back down, gave a little ‘Dream Shake’ to the baseline and was able to open up middle and get my fadeaway.”

James might have referenced Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon for his clutch shot, but the day was decidedly Lakers-Celtics. Former Lakers luminaries Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, Robert Horry and A.C. Green were in the building, while Celtics cult heroes Kevin Garnett, Cedric Maxwell, Brian Scalabrine and the greatest winner in NBA history, Bill Russell, cheered on Boston.

Russell donned a white No. 24 Lakers uniform in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, putting aside the rivalry to salute the man who won two Finals MVP trophies that bear Russell’s name.

“Just respect. That’s all,” James said of Russell’s ode to Bryant. “That’s the first thing that went through my mind. At the end of the day, both teams throughout the years are going to battle, push, fight, scratch, curse each other out. At the end of the day, when you give it all to the floor, you have that mutual respect. That’s what

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LeBron James Sued for $33M USD for Allegedly Stealing “More Than An Athlete” Slogan

LeBron James and his company UNINTERRUPTED are now being sued for $33 million USD for allegedly stealing the slogan “I Am More Than An Athlete.”

The claim comes from a non-profit youth organization in Maryland called Game Plan, who claims that James and his company had infringed on its copyright over the slogan which it trademarked back in 2016. James had started using the

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Dwyane Wade talks his new ESPN documentary, ‘peak’ Heat and LeBron James, and young NBA stars he admires today

  • The ESPN documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” about the NBA star’s life and career, premieres on Sunday.
  • Ahead of the release of the documentary, Wade spoke to Business Insider about the documentary, his NBA career, and more.
  • Wade also discussed the “peak” Miami Heat teams, load management, and the young stars that excite him today.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

One year into retirement, Dwyane Wade is proud.

He is proud of his accomplishments in his career — from his influence on the game, to his championships with the Miami Heat, his impact on free agency and “player empowerment,” and the hands in which he has left the game.

And he is proud to own his own content. On Sunday, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected,” a documentary by ESPN, will premiere. The documentary chronicles Wade’s life and career, with behind-the-scenes footage of his childhood, college career, and 16 seasons in the NBA. The film also dives into Wade’s personal life, from raising his children, his first marriage, and his current marriage to Gabrielle Union.

Ahead of the premiere of the documentary, Wade sat down with Business Insider to discuss his path to the NBA, basketball influences, the Miami Heat, and more.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

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Scott Davis: A major focus and theme of your documentary is how you handled adversity — your relationship with your parents, having your first son at Marquette, being down in the Finals, LeBron James leaving Miami, you leaving Miami, all these kinds of things. I was wondering to who and to what do you kind of credit your ability to keep going?

Dwyane Wade: I credit it to life experiences. I think once you’ve been put in a situation enough times where you have to keep going, you figure out how to keep going. It’s like I kind of said in my documentary, when you grow up in the inner-city, when you grew up in a hood, there’s no one really caring about your tears because everyone is struggling. Everyone’s going through the same thing. So, you gotta lace them up tighter, and you gotta keep going. I’ve learned to keep pushing and keep pushing through that. It’s not easy. It’s not always as easy as you may make it seem, but it’s no stop, right? There’s no quit in me because I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did.

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Kobe Bryant was one of Dwyane Wade’s basketball idols.

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Davis: The documentary talks about your upbringing playing basketball. I could probably guess who some of your basketball influences were, but as you grew older and your game changed a little bit, who did you look to learn new things and evolve your game?

Wade: Growing up, Michael Jordan, of course, right? I grew up in Chicago. Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson. Those are like my three. That was the three guys that I was like, okay, let me take a little bit from here, take a little bit from there, and make whatever you see on the court. It was very similar to the way I felt I could play, and the way I did play. And along the way, I think you take things from people who have influenced your life, whether it’s trainers or whether it’s coaches. You just take a lot of things from individuals, and you mix it and make it your own.

Davis: There’s a section in the documentary where Miami Heat GM Andy Ellsberg talks about the 2006 Finals when you helped to lead the Heat back from a 2-0 deficit and won Finals MVP. He says it’s the closest thing to Michael that the Heat have had — obviously Michael Jordan. I was wondering what that means to you, having grown up a fan of him, to be in that air.

Wade: Anytime you are mentioned in conversations with someone of that stature of greatness, you got to take a moment and be like, whoa, like pinch yourself. Because you know, that means you’ve done something special. I grew up watching Michael take over games. I grew up watching Michael take over Finals. I grew up watching him dominate, so I had a vision of how to do it. I just had to learn how to do it myself. And when I got to the place where I felt I was there, like, I thanked him for giving me that vision.

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Dwyane Wade took home Finals MVP while helping the Heat win the 2005-06 championship.

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Davis: The documentary footage of yourself throughout your career. There are times where you’re recording yourself or other people recording you behind the scenes. Did you always know you wanted to document it like this when you were finished playing?

Wade: I knew that it went fast, and I knew that I wanted to look back on these moments. When I first started, when I first started getting all this footage, it was in the beginning of the social media era. So, you didn’t know what the world was going to be today. But I wanted to have my own. I wanted to own my own content. When you get into the place where you want to put things out, and someone else owns it, you’ve got to get it from someone else, and it’s your story. So I wanted to own my own story. I wanted to own my own content. So 10-plus years ago, I started that process. It just so happened that once I ended my career, I was like, okay, we got all this footage, let’s do something with it to kind of wrap up this journey and this pa

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Dwyane Wade says the ‘Big 3’ Heat hit a point where LeBron was at his peak and it felt like they would never lose

  • Dwyane Wade said the 2012-13 Miami Heat was a “special” team and felt like they couldn’t lose, particularly during their historic 27-game winning streak.
  • Wade said that team may have featured LeBron James at his peak — though he argued James may still be there now.
  • The dominance of that Heat team and the fun they had on the court changed public opinion of them after the “Big Three” joined up, according to Wade, a decision he is also proud of.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The 2012-13 Miami Heat can boast a claim as one of the greatest teams in NBA history.

In their third year with the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Heat went 66-16 in the regular season, including a 27-game win streak, the second-longest NBA history. They went 12-4 in the first three rounds of the playoffs, then won the championship in a thrilling, seven-game series with the San Antonio Spurs, notching their second straight title.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his ESPN documentary, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said that Heat team knew they were doing something “special” and created memories they’ll never forget.

“I think going through that process, we knew that it was something special that was being done,” Wade said. “You could feel it.”

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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The 27-game win streak, in particular, featured some of the most dominant basketball the league has ever seen. The Heat did not lose from February 3

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LeBron James criticizes MLB commissioner’s handling of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

“Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!”
James wrote on Twitter.

“Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay”

Angels star Mike Trout rips MLB for Astros cheating scandal, said he 'lost respect' for players
James’ Twitter posts come on the heels of
Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout criticizing Manfred for not
punishing the players. Trout called the situation “sad for baseball.”
The Astros were caught for creating a system to decode and communicate
an opposing team’s pitching signs during the team’s 2017 championship season. While sign stealing is commonplace, MLB rules prohibit the use electronic devices to do so.
Employees for the Astros used a live game feed of the center field camera to decode sign sequences and then relayed that information to hitters. MLB, following a story that detailed allegations of the scheme in the sports news website The Athletic, investigated and
released a report in January detailing the scheme.

Manfred suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. The Astros must forfeit the team’s regular first- and second-round selections in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and pay a $5 million fine.

A key figure in the scandal, Alex Cora, who led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2018 as manager and was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, left his job as Boston’s manager. Former Astros player Carlos Beltran
stepped down as manager of the New York Mets over his involvement in the scandal.
Astros apologize again for sign stealing, but owner Jim Crane says he shouldn't be held accountable

However, none of the pl

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Dwyane Wade says he would sign up for load management if he played today, but thinks there is no ‘right answer’ for the league

  • Dwyane Wade told Business Insider that he would sign up for load management if he played today.
  • Wade said load management, a controversial practice of resting players in the NBA, can be important, especially for star players coming off of long playoff runs and preparing for another.
  • Wade said he understands the criticism, citing fans who pay money to see players play, but said there is “no right answer” to the dilemma.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Dwyane Wade knows the toll heavy minutes and a long playoff run can take on the body, and doesn’t blame today’s NBA players and teams for managing players wisely.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his new documentary with ESPN, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said he approves of “load management” — the practice of managing NBA players’ minutes and game totals in hopes of getting more rest for the postseason.

“Sign me up for load management,” Wade said. “It’s a long season.”

Kawhi Leonard is the face of load management in the NBA. When the Toronto Raptors traded for Leonard in 2018, they developed a plan to rest him throughout the season, coining the term “load management,” as Leonard had mi

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Nike LeBron 17 “James Gang” Nods To LeBron James’s Family

A king is nothing without his court, so Nike Basketball is saluting LeBron James‘s beloved family with a new LeBron 17 “James Gang.” Drawing its moniker from an affectionate nickname LeBron bestowed upon his immediate family — wife Savannah, daughter Zhuri and sons Bronny and Brice Maximus, both rising basketball stars in their own right — the “James Gang” also offers a whimsical, fun-loving colorway.

Battleknit uppers are split between a stark black tone and marbled multicolor accents, with the former mostly used on the toebox while the latter is densely conc

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Dwyane Wade reviews the infamous suits from his legendary 2003 draft night: ‘We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country’

  • The 2003 NBA Draft is legendary for the talent it produced and their bad suits on draft night.
  • Dwyane Wade, who was part of the 2003 draft, joked to Business Insider, “We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country.”
  • Wade said that 2003 was a “baggy era” and that many players were wearing what was fashionable, including himself.
  • Wade said that the current look of tight, cropped suits will one day be laughed at and that baggy will come back around, because fashion is cyclical.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The 2003 NBA Draft is legendary for both the players taken, and for their sartorial choices.

Considered one of the best draft classes in NBA history, the 2003 draft welcomed LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and many more into the league. In the years since, the class has become just as known for the baggy, boxy suits that many of the prospects wore on draft night.

While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his new documentary with ESPN, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said that on draft night in 2003, he and his fellow draftmates “did not represent fashion and style.”

“We got enough fabric on these suits to clothe the entire country,” Wade said while looking

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NBA predictions: MVP, Finals matchups and best rookie

Can LeBron James catch Giannis Antetokounmpo in the NBA MVP race? Who is the favorite to win the NBA Finals? Does Zion Williamson have any chance in the Rookie of the Year race against Ja Morant?

We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts for their predictions now that we are two-thirds of the way through the 2019-20 NBA season. The topics include the most likely conference finals and NBA Finals matchups, the best franchises for the next three seasons, the player you’d want most in a championship series and more.


Who is most likely to win MVP?

Note: Voters ranked their top three picks.

On a dominant Bucks team, Antetokounmpo is increasing his lead in this MVP race. In December, he took 56.5% of first-place votes here, and now he’s up to 80%.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo | MIL (80% first-place votes): 161 points

  • LeBron James | LAL (17.1%): 108 points

  • James Harden | HOU: 16 points

  • Luka Doncic | DAL: 14 points

  • Kawhi Leonard | LAC (2.9%): 6 points

Others receiving votes: Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Nikola Jokic, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakam

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Who is most likely to win Rookie of the Year?

Morant’s clean bill of health has given the Memphis Grizzlies point guard a nearly insurmountable lead. Can Williamson keep up his blazing start to challenge for the award?

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Which team will get the final playoff spot in the West?

The Portland Trail Blazers have gone from playing in the Western Conference finals last season to being on the fringes of postseason qualifying this season. Can the Blazers, Pelicans, Spurs and Kings make a run at the 8-seed?

  • Grizzlies: 51.4%

  • Trail Blazers: 20%

  • Pelicans: 20%

  • Spurs: 5.7%

  • Kings: 2.9%

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What is the most likely Eastern Conference finals matchup?

Everyone believes in the Bucks, but the rest of the East has little consensus. In December, 76.1% of our experts had the Sixers here. Now the Raptors have the lead.

  • Bucks vs. Raptors: 37.1%

  • Bucks vs. Celtics: 34.3%

  • Bucks vs. Heat: 14.3%

  • Bucks vs. 76ers: 11.4%

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What is the most likely Western Conference finals matchup?

The two Los Angeles teams still look to be squaring off in the conference finals, but the Nuggets, Jazz and Rockets have retooled their rosters in hopes of challenging the Lakers and Clippers.

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What is the most likely NBA Finals result?

The Bucks, on a 70-win pace, are the panel’s leaders to win the NBA title.

Winner

  • Bucks: 45.7%

  • Lakers: 34.3%

  • Clippers: 20

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A children’s book written by LeBron James to be published in August

HarperCollins Publishers announced a two-book deal with the LeBron James Foundation on Tuesday. James’ debut book is a picture book titled “I Promise.” It is scheduled for release on August 11, 2020.

“Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me,” James said in a news release.

“Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in.”

James was inspired by the values and initiatives of his foundation’s I Promise program when he started on the picture book, the news release said. A second book, a novel for middle-grade students, will follow in 2021.

The book is illustrated by New York Times bestselling children's book artist Nina Mata.

The three-time NBA champion has dedicated his time off the court to helping students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He started the
I Promise School, a public school where students have an opportunity to earn full-tuition college scholarships, in fall 2018.
Inaugural class at LeBron James' school to receive free tuition to Kent State

The school has an on-site full family resource center that offers GED assistance, legal aid, medical and mental health resources, job and family services, financial literacy programming and unlimited access to a food pantry, the news release said

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LeBron James says he would be ‘f—ing irate!’ if the Astros cheating scandal had cost him a championship, demands Rob Manfred fix it for all sports

  • LeBron James wants MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to fix the sport’s cheating problem.
  • James said he would be ‘f—ing irate’ and ‘uncontrollable’ if something similar had happened to him.
  • The NBA star cited the anger being shown by several star Major Leaguers and said the commissioner needs to listen to them.
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Listen here, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred … LeBron James is not pleased with the state of your sport.

On Tuesday, James posted a pair of tweets slamming the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball for the recent sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed the sport.

James said he would be “f—ing irate!” if a team did something similar to him and then dir

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over response to sign-stealing scandal

Never one to hide his opinions about issues beyond pro basketball, LeBron James on Tuesday turned his attention to Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward – who over the weekend help turn a historically lackluster NBA All-Star Game into a spirited competition – clearly expressed how he would feel in the cleats of players who lost to the Houston Astros and their trash can-banging scheme in the 2017 playoffs.

“I know if someone cheated me out of winning t

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NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James and others praise Elam Ending format after thrilling finish – CBS Sports

Fans couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. For the first time in years, the players involved seemed to truly care about the outcome of the game, and one of the biggest reasons for that appears to have been the new Elam Ending format. With a target score of 157 set at the end of the third quarter, both teams furiously raced to the finish with Team LeBron ultimately landing on top, 157-155, after a nine-point comeback. The reviews have been universally positive from those who watched the game, but what about those who played it in?

Unsurprisingly, the players involved were all big fans. LeBron James was the first player to voice his approval after the game. 

“I didn’t know what to expect because it was a new format, new year. None of us knew what to expect. But throughout the whole fourth quarter and at the end of the game, everybody was like, ‘That was pretty damn fun.’

That was fun. Having to play for a set number and seeing that — I’ve watched a lot of basketball in the summertime, and I forgot the name of the league where the guys, you know, their alma mater, they go back and play for their teams and things of that nature, they have a set number they have to get to that, that $2 million championship tourna

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Team LeBron tops Giannis and Raptors in thrilling NBA all-star game – Toronto Sun

CHICAGO — Like playground rules, it was next basket wins at the revamped NBA all-star game.

Unfortunately, that victory came via a made free throw, a boring ending to a thrilling night. Hometown kid Anthony Davis sunk it after he was fouled by Kyle Lowry, the six-time Raptors all-star, who had made some great late plays to get the game that far. Davis missed his first shot, but nailed the second and Team LeBron earned the 157-155 win.

Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 30 points, including eight three pointers and earned the first renamed Kobe Bryant all-star MVP trophy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25, Kemba Walker, LeBron James and Chris Paul 23. Toronto Raptors guard Lowry had 13, along with eight assists and Pascal Siakam had 15 in his first all-star start.

“That was extremely fun,” James said afterward and he sure was right.

The night began with all-time great Magic Johnson taking the mic to pay tribute to David Stern and Bryant, the two NBA icons who both died in the last two months. Chicago native Jennifer Hudson followed with a stirring and instantly iconic rendition of ‘For all we know’ in Bryant’s honour.

The game that followed was nearly as good. It was the first all-star contest played under new rules which were aimed at making it more interesting and hard-fought.

The winner of each of the first three quarters donated to charities, while the team w

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2020 NBA All-Star Game: Luka Doncic and Team LeBron is the greatest lineup of all time – Mavs Moneyball

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is officially upon us. The thing we all love and pay great attention to! The rules are different, several of the players are different, but the bitching about the lack of defense will assuredly remain the same.

For those not in the know, here is an extremely dumbed down version of the major format changes: each of the first three quarters will start with a score of 0-0; the winning team of each of those quarters will win money for their designated charity; at the start of the fourth quarter the scores from the previous three quarters will be added up; a goal score will be set at 24 points higher than the higher of the two…whatever who cares. It’s still the All-Star Game. It’ll be a little different, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

The starting lineup for Team LeBron is filled with big, versatile players—including the Mavericks’ own Luka Doncic. Each of Team LeBron’s players can do a little bit of everything on the court. Five multi-positional players between 6’5” and 6’10” is a modern NBA fever dream. Team LeBron will be a menace.

G- James Harden

G- Luka Doncic

F- LeBron James

F- Kawhi Leonard

F- Anthony Davis

The reserves for Team LeBron feature players that can do…anything. True masters at their crafts.

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Kawhi lights out from beyond arc to claim MVP

CHICAGO — The 2020 All-Star Game saw Kawhi Leonard win the first Kobe Bryant MVP Award and saw both teams honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend in the most fitting fashion: by playing hard to the last second.

Under the new Elam Ending rule instituted this season, with the game ending when one team reached a specific target score, the game ended when Chicago native Anthony Davis sank the second of two free throws to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis at the United Center.

The format change provided all the drama the league could have hoped for, with the final few possessions leaving the crowd hanging on every bounce of the ball and players on both teams playing the untimed fourth quarter full-bore.

“It felt like playing in the league in a playoff game,” Davis said. “It’s a great competition, and it’s 24 players who go out and compete at a very high level, and to do it in front of a crowd like this, with a new format that we were a little skeptical of, we didn’t know how it was gonna go, but everyone, at the end of the day, they loved it. It brings back the competition, so it was great.”

After James Harden made two free throws to make it 154-152, Pascal Siakam went 1-for-2 from the line to make it 154-153. From there, the two teams — playing without the benefit of TV timeouts during the fourth quarter — went back and forth trying to make a basket. Eventually, the score reached 156-155 in favor of Team LeBron, which meant that the next basket for either side would result in a victory.

In the fourth quarter, the game took on a thrilling, desperate edge. Both teams were called for multiple offensive fouls and settled for contested, ugly shots that looked as if they were taken with tired minds and legs.

Eventually, it ended shortly after a foul when Davis, a 7-footer, posted up 6-foot Kyle Lowry in the post. After Lowry was called for a foul, Davis missed the first free throw while being booed by almost the entire crowd. After he walked away from the line and smiled, he made the second one, spreading his arms wide as his teammates mobbed him after what was an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise thrilling game.

That led to split opinions on how the ending played out.

“I think we definitely can’t end on a free throw,” Siakam said.

“I mean, we try to do whatever to get the win,” Davis said. “They shouldn’t have fouled me. Joel Embiid was trying to say we shouldn’t be able to win [on] a free throw, but hey, that wasn’t in the rule book. I’m glad we got the win.”

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Paying homage to greatness — 2020 NBA All-Star Game showed the power of basketball

CHICAGO — Perhaps no one in recent history cared more about winning the All-Star Game than Kobe Bryant. The format changes and his memory combined to create a game Sunday night at the United Center that would’ve made Bryant proud.

Technically, the winners were Team LeBron over Team Giannis 157-155 and local charities, as $500,000 was donated. The last hero was Chicago native Anthony Davis, who made the winning free throw. But the real victor was the competitive spirit Bryant embodied. Regardless of the headwinds that have made this a difficult NBA season, this contest was a reminder of the greatness of NBA basketball.

As the late David Stern used to say when the league faced troubles: “The greatness of the game will always carry us.”

This All-Star Game was great. The Elam scoring system created a wonderfully enriching fourth quarter, the most intense play this weekend has seen in decades.

LeBron James was stealing the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo was blocking James, including a crucial one at the rim that created the most intense replay review we’ve seen to date. Kyle Lowry was taking charges. Chris Paul, who brought the idea of the target scoring to the league months ago, was everywhere — from finishing alley-oops to leading a late comeback. Joel Embiid was trying to single-handedly bring back the post player.

And, of course, the final play, on which James, who has spent this season doing everything he can to make Davis as happy as possible to cement his re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, gave up the chance to win the game to gift wrap a pass to Davis that forced a final foul.

“You could definitely feel [Bryant’s] presence,” James said. “So he was definitely here.”

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LeBron James shares his thoughts on the new format of the NBA All-Star Game and on what honoring Kobe Bryant meant to everyone.

There were tributes everywhere. From jerseys honoring Bryant and his daughter Gianna that each player will likely treasure as a keepsake, to pregame and halftime ceremonies.

But the real honoring came with the play, and perhaps no one embodied it more than Kawhi Leonard, the game’s MVP, and Paul.

At All-Star Weekend in 2012 in Orlando during his rookie season, Leonard found Bryant at a Nike party and used the meeting to ask probing questions about offseason workouts and strategies. A few years later, after Bryant’s last game in San Antonio on his retiremen

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The fourth quarter of the All-Star Game will never be the same again

The 69th NBA All-Star Game was bound to be delightful. There were 10 first-time All-Stars, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as captains for the second straight season, and it was in Chicago for the first time in 32 years.

New changes to the format of a game constantly wrought with questionable defense and effort would ensure a unique experience, and those changes were made in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The new format featured a revamped fourth quarter in which the teams play to a final target score, first introduced in The Basketball Tournament as the Elam Ending. The final target score was determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points — the 24 representing Bryant’s jersey number. The first team to reach the final target score during the untimed fourth quarter wins the game.

That number was 157 after Team Giannis led Team LeBron 133-124 at the end of three quarters. Fifty-one minutes of commercial-free chaos ensued in the form of charges, coach’s challenges, fouls and defense — and the people ate it all up:

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Kawhi Leonard Becomes First to Win All-Star MVP Award Named for Kobe Bryant

(CHICAGO) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record.

The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant MVP award winner wasn’t so easy.

Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis on Sunday night.

He was presented the MVP trophy that the league renamed after Bryant on Saturday, three weeks after the Lakers great and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter crashed near Los Angeles.

“It’s very special,” Leonard said. “Like I said, I had a relationship with him. Words can’t explain how happy I am for it. Able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room, and just be able to see Kobe’s name on there, it just means a lot to me. He’s a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.”

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CHICAGO – As he clutched the trophy in his hands, Kawhi Leonard stared at it. He struggled to explain what it meant to win the NBA’s first Kobe Bryant MVP Award in Sunday’s All-Star game. But Leonard told the whole story with his body language. 

“Words can’t explain how happy I am for it,” Leonard said after leading Team LeBron to a 157-155 win over Team Giannis on Sunday at United Center. “I’m able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room. Just to see Kobe’s name on there, it just means a lot to me. He’s a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.” 

Like with many other NBA players, Bryant worked out informally with Leonard and gave him countless strategic tips.

Despite that history, the Clippers forward did not enter Sunday’s game with the intent on winning the All-Star Game MVP award that the league renamed to honor the late Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash at 41 in January. After Leonard made his first two shots, though, he changed his mind, telling himself, “I’m going to try to get it.”  

NBA All-Star Game winners and losers: Best from Team LeBron’s win over Team Giannis

Leonard boosted his chances by finishing with 30 points while shooting 11-of-18 from the field, and 8-of-14 from 3-point range. That marked Leonard’s first All-Star MVP after winning Finals MVP with San Antonio (2014) and Toronto (2019). Leonard is not considered a favorite to win this year’s regular-season award, though.

Despite averaging 27.2 points on 46.3% shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists, he has missed a combined 13 games this season because of injury maintenance on his left knee. That partly explains why the Clippers (37-18) rank third in the Western Conference behind Denver (38-17) and the Lakers (41-12).

“My mindset is always just to try to make my team the best team at the end of the season,” Leonard said. “If I’m fortunate enou

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Jennifer Hudson Sings Her Heart Out In Moving Tribute To Kobe Bryant At NBA All-Star Game

Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson belted out a heartbreaking tribute to Kobe Bryant before the National Basketball Association’s 2020 All-Star Game Sunday evening in Chicago three weeks after the sports legend’s tragic death in a helicopter crash.

Hudson sang “For All We Know,” standing before giant photos of Bryant tearing up the court — and embracing his children. 

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Magic Johnson said before the game as fans chanted the Laker legend’s name and kept an eight-second moment of silence in honor of Bryant’s jersey No. 8. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”

Before the game, Common also gave a moving tribute, highlighting Bryant’s legacy. “Even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light,” he said.

Halftime performances featured Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled

Earlier Sunday, the NBA released a powerful video tribute to Bryant by Dr. Dre that also highlighted touching moments with Bryant’s children and his Mamba moves. Dre was recruited, along with videographer Gibson Hazard and Jack Bannon, to do the video by the NBA.

Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, six other passengers and the pilot when the helicopter he was traveling in went down in hilly terrain near Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. No one survived. 

When the game got started, players on LeBron James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys. The rival team, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, wore 24, Bryant’s number during the latter half of his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: LeBron vs. Giannis Rosters, TV Schedule and MVP Odds

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, slaps hands with guard LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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There are few more sure things in sports than LeBron James making the NBA All-Star Game.

Now in his 17th season, James has been named an All-Star each of the past 16 years. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18) received more All-Star selections than James has.

For the third straight year, James is serving as a team captain. He drafted the members of Team LeBron, which will face a squad captained by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo on Sunday night at United Center in Chicago.

James has led his team to victory each of the previous two years, which included defeating a team led by Antetokounmpo last season.

With the All-Star Game getting closer, here’s a look at some important information for this year’s game, including full rosters, MVP odds and more.

     

2020 NBA All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: United Center in Chicago

TV and Live Stream: TNT and TNTDrama.com

             

Rosters

Team LeBron Starters

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

        

Reserves

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (injured, will not play)

Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacer

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LeBron James earns $300,000 per sponsored Instagram post and is the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer

  • LeBron James earns more than $300,000 per sponsored Instagram post, making him the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer, according to data compiled by OnlineGambling.ca.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers star has 59.7 million followers on the platform, and promotes a number of brands including GMC Hummer, Ladder Sport, and Nike.
  • In just two sponsored posts, James could eclipse is per game wage with the Lakers, which is approximately $450,000, according to ESPN.
  • Celebrity manager Mayah Riaz told Business Insider brands pay James so much because he has a higher reach than other advertising methods, and that fans are “bought into” his life online.
  • James’ earnings on Instagram are small compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylie Jenner however, who earn $975,000 and $1,266,000 per sponsored post respectively, according to Hopper HQ.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James earns more than $300,000 for every sponsored Instagram post, making him the NBA’s highest paid social media influencer.

That’s according to data compiled by OnlineGambling.ca, who says the Los Angeles Lakers star makes nearly twice as much per post than any other player in the league.

James has 59.7 million followers on Instagram, the fourth most of any active sports star in the world, and uses the platform to promote a number of brands including car manufacturer GMC Hummer, nutrition brand Ladder Sport, and Nike, with whom he has a lifetime shoe deal worth more than $1 billion, according to GQ.

The report says James pockets an average of $300,850 pe

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Zach LaVine nearly pulled off an astounding 360-dunk from the free-throw line that has fans clamoring for him to be in the Dunk Contest

  • This weekend the biggest stars in the NBA are heading to Chicago to take part in All-Star Weekend.
  • Two-time Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine is not scheduled to compete this year, but a video of the Bulls guard attempting a 360-dunk from the free-throw line has fans calling for him to make a surprise appearance.
  • While LaVine didn’t complete the dunk in the video that’s gone viral, he’s close enough to believe that he could throw it down in competition.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Zach LaVine left fans in awe after a video of LaVine nearly throwing down a 360-dunk from the free-throw line made the rounds online.

LaVine is a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, having taken the title in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016. But despite the fact that Chicago is hosting this year’s All-Star festivities, the Bulls guard is not scheduled to make an appearance in the contest this year.

Ever the showman, LaVine decided that he didn’t need to be participating in the Dunk Contest to leave NBA fans delirious with his aerial talents.

As more fans found the video

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Tiger Woods offered a subtle tribute to Kobe Bryant after sinking his putt on the 8th hole at the Genesis Invitational

  • Tiger Woods shot a two-under 69 in the first round of the Genesis Open on Thursday.
  • Woods sank a 24-foot, 8-inch putt to eagle the first hole of his round. “It was a nice way to start,” said Woods, noting that the numbers matched the two numbers that Kobe Bryant had worn during his NBA career.
  • Then at the eighth hole, which had a purple-and-gold flag to honor Bryant, Woods gave a subtle flick of the wrist after sinking his putt.
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Tiger Woods shot a two-under, 69 in the first round of the Genesis Invitational on Thursday.

During his round, Woods had two moments that served as tributes to Kobe Bryant, one intentional, and one that came more or less out of the blue.

Woods reached the green of the par-5 No. 1 at Riviera Country Club in two shots and was left with a long putt for a potential opening eagle.

Just how long of a putt was it? 24 feet, eight inches — both numbers that Bryant wore throughout his career with the Lakers.

Woods sunk the putt to start his day at two-under.

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Lebron James stuns 193 students

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‘ + videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;} else {showDetailsSpanContent = videocardContents.showName + ‘ | ‘;}}fastdom.measure(function getShowInfo() {var $show = jQuery(‘.metadata__show’),$isShowDetailsSpanExists = $show.find(‘span’).hasClass(‘metadata–show__name’),$showName = jQuery(‘.metadata–show__name’);fastdom.mutate(function updateShowInfo() {if (!$isShowDetailsSpanExists) {$show.prepend(‘

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Tristan Thompson says LeBron James ‘eats like s—‘ and has the worst diet ever, but dominates anyway

  • LeBron James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson told The Athletic that James “eats like s—” and has “the worst f—ing diet ever.”
  • Thompson said James has a love of sweets, eats copious amounts of food, breaks diets, and still dominates everyone on the floor anyway because his body burns it all off.
  • James is said to spend $1.5 million per year on body care, from trainers to recovery devices, but his diet may be one area where he is lax.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

LeBron James is known for his intense preparation and care for his body, but according to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson, that may be overstated.

Thompson told The Athletic’s Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd in an article full of anecdotes about James that “The King” also eats like one.

“He has the worst f—ing diet ever,” Thompson said, adding, “He eats like s—.” Thompson said James has a love of sweets and consumes tons of food, but it never seems to affect him.

Here’s Thom

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Bronny James went berserk on the sideline after his little brother, Bryce James, dropped a defender

  • Bryce James found himself the ultimate hype man in his older brother, Bronny James, according to a clip SLAM HS Hoops posted on Twitter.
  • LeBron James’ eldest child, who plays for Sierra Canyon high school, went wild on the sideline after his little brother dropped a defender and drained a jumper in a game.
  • Check out the video below.
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LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, has been balling out for Sierra Canyon this year, but he’s not the only James kid with his dad’s aptitude on the court.

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Students in LeBron James’ school program were surprised with 4 years of free college tuition at Kent State University

  • The LeBron James Family Foundation and Kent State University announced on Wednesday that the inaugural class of LeBron James’ I Promise Network will receive free tuition to Kent State. 
  • The 193 students were surprised with the gift — which includes free tuition for four years and one year of free room and board — during a visit to Kent State. 
  • In order to receive the tuition, students have to be accepted into Kent State, fill out financial aid forms, and complete community service hours each semester.
  • They will have to work to hold on to the scholarship by remaining in good academic standing, continuing community service, and taking an undisclosed amount of credits every semester.
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Students from the inaugural class of LeBron James’ I Promise Network in Akron, Ohio, won’t have to worry about college costs — they’ve been granted four years of free tuition at the nearby Kent State University.

The LeBron James Family Foundation made the announcement in partnership with Kent State on Wednesday, saying that all 193 students from the I Promise’s first graduating class are receiving the surprise gift.

The students are currently juniors in high school, and they were told of the free tuition on a visit to Kent State.

“You are Mr. LeBron James’ first class, his

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The Denver Nuggets tried to talk smack with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and the Lakers made them pay

  • The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 120-116 in overtime on Wednesday night in a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference.
  • Both before and during the game, the Nuggets talked a bit of smack, directing shots at Lakers superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
  • Davis was the leading scorer of the game with 33 points to go with his 10 rebounds, while James had a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists.
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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference.

Before the game began, the Nuggets decided to do a bit of needling in the Lakers direction, posting images of Los Angeles center Anthony Davis and Nuggets center Nikola Jokić.

“We just wanted to share some pictures of the best center in the NBA and Anthony Davis,” the caption read.

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Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt as it pursues clinical validation for mindfulness

Headspace, the Los Angeles-based mindfulness and meditation company locked in a bitter competitive struggle with Calm for leadership in the mental wellness world, has raised new capital to try to take the pole position.

The company has just closed on $93 million in new equity and debt financing from a slew of investors as it pursues a number of clinical studies that could provide scientific validation for the somewhat nebulous claims around the benefits associated with mindfulness and meditation.

That clinical validation can also unlock new dollars in the form of government payments for mindfulness therapies that could be used to treat a variety of conditions. It also makes more valid the company’s pitch to companies as a useful component of an employee benefit program.

The company touted a pipeline of 70 clinical studies working in conjunction with academic partners, including Carnegie Mellon, University of

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How to watch Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron online from anywhere

The captains have been announced, the drafts are complete and now the action is all set to start for this year’s NBA All-Star Game. LA Lakers legend LeBron James and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo both received the most fan votes and are once again the captains for this year’s exhibition match which showcases 24 of the league’s star players.

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The format of this year’s All-Star Game has been changed somewhat, with some of those changes made in order to honor Kobe Bryant who tragically died last month in a helicopter crash.

Each of the first three quarters this year will have the score set to 0-0, with the winning side of each receiving $100,000 per quarter for a Chicago-based charity of their choice.

The fourth quarter will be untimed and will see each side trying to reach a target of 24 points (Bryant’s old uniform number) more than the total of whichever team has the lead at the end of third quarter (i.e., if the team in the lead has 100 points, the target score would be 124). The first team to reach that target wins the game.

The draft saw Team Giannis’ opt for a line-up made up entirely of Eastern Conference players, while Team LeBron’s line-up is made up of all players from the Western Conference. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel will coach Team LeBron while Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse will take charge of Team Giannis.

Check out the full rosters below and read on for full details on how to get a live stream of the NBA All-Star Game 2020 no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.

NBA All-Star Game 2020: Where and when?

The NBA All-Star Game 2020 takes place on Sunday, February 16, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The venue has a maximum capacity of 23,500.

The tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific, 1 a.m. GMT on Monday).

Watch the NBA All-Star Game 2020 online from outside your country

We have details of all the U.S., UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of basketball’s marquee match-up further down in this guide. If you’re intent on watching the All-Star game, but find yourself away from home then you’ll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as its likely to be geo-blocked. That’s where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allows you to virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that’s back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.

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How to watch NBA All Star Game 2020 online in the U.S. exclusively on TNT

TNT has exclusive rights to broadcast the 69th NBA All-Star Game live in the US. That means you’ll be able to watch the game on the TNT app, but you’ll need to be able to log in with a pay TV account. It doesn’t mean you necessarily need to have an expensive cable TV subscription to watch the game however, as there are a number

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LeBron: Lakers not focusing on being No. 1 seed

DENVER — The Los Angeles Lakers increased their stranglehold on the Western Conference’s No. 1 spot with an impressive road win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, but LeBron James claims seeding isn’t a topic of conversation for L.A.

“We don’t talk about it,” James said after the Lakers’ 120-116 overtime win gave L.A. a four-game lead over the Nuggets heading into the All-Star break. “For us, we would love to play in front of our home fans as much as we can. We love being there with our Laker faithful.

“But at the end of the day, you go out and play each and every game like it’s its own game. You can’t worry about what could happen the following day. You can only look at the present, like we did tonight.”

Maybe James didn’t need to say anything to let his team know the significance of Wednesday’s game. Several of his teammates noted his serious tone in the pregame locker room as he suited up 80 minutes before tipoff — far earlier than usual — to show his level of preparedness.

James went on to lead L.A. with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds to notch his 12th triple-double of the season and keep pace with Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks for the league lead. It was James’ 20th triple-double since he joined the Lakers, making him just the fourth player in team history to record that many, joining Magic Johnson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

James, Anthony Davis and the coaching staff will head to Chicago for All-Star Weekend and take the court in Sunday’s main event. Dwight Howard will make the trip to compete in the dun

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LeBron James’ Brilliance Leads Lakers Past Jamal Murray, Nuggets

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If Wednesday was a Western Conference Finals preview, the Los Angeles Lakers appear ready to make a championship run.

Los Angeles defeated the Denver Nuggets 120-116 in overtime on Wednesday at Pepsi Center in a thrilling showdown between the teams that entered play with the two best records in the conference. LeBron James and Anthony Davis spearheaded the effort, as they so often do, helping the Purple and Gold improve to 41-12 on the season with a third straight win. 

As for the Nuggets, they are still an impressive 38-17 overall even though their four-game winning streak came to an end.

         

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks
  • LAL C Dwight Howard: 14 points and 11 rebounds
  • DEN G Jamal Murray: 32 points and 10 assists
  • DEN C Nikola Jokic: 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals

             

LeBron Heads Into All-Star Break on a High Note

James is 35 years old and in his 17th season, nine of which have featured grueling trips to the NBA Finals. Wednesday was the Lakers’ last game before the All-Star break, and they have the best record in the Western Conference.

It would have been easy for the King to shift into cruise control before some time off from the regular-season grind.

Instead, he unleashed his individual brilliance and was perhaps at least somewhat motivated by Monte Morris’ decision to talk trash to him in the first half. LeBron silenced the Nuggets’ fans, caused a delay of game with

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LeBron on star-studded list of US Olympic finalists

LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics.

James, a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian, is among the 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play this summer in the Tokyo Games. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping the U.S. win gold in his two most recent appearances.

“My name is in the hat, and it’s always predicated on one, my body, how my body is feeling at the end of the season. I hope to make a long playoff run,” James said. “And then where my mind is, and then where my family’s head is. So it’s a lot of factors, but my name is in the hat.”

The pool includes 19 players who have won a total of 31 gold medals in Olympic or world cup competition for the Americans, including nine players who captured the Olympic title for USA Basketball four years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’ve always maintained that equity is important,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told The Associated Press. “And you earn equity by participating. So we think they’ve earned the right to be named to the overall roster for USA Basketball. It’s pretty elite. It’s a tremendous pot, and the good news is they’ve all said they want to play.”

James has played in 68 games for the U.S. national team and has said several times over the past year or so that he is thinking about another Olympics after sitting out the Rio de Janeiro Games for a variety of reasons. Part of his interest in participating this summer is to have a chance to play for U.S. coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.

There will be no tryouts. USA Basketball will pare the list down to a 12-person Olympic team by early June, with the decisions to be made by a selection committee and to be based in part on player availability and health. Training camp will start in early July, potentially as soon as two weeks after the end of the NBA Finals. The Olympics start July 24.

USA Basketball officials, including Colangelo and Popovich, have met with players in a variety of ways over the past several weeks. Some talks have been directly with players, some with their agents, some with their NBA clubs, sometimes a combination — and, Colangelo noted, there were some instances when players reached out to express interest.

If a player is on the list, that means USA Basketball is convinced he wants to play.

“I feel very good about the response,” Colangelo said.

Also included in the pool: 15 of the 16 players from the United States who are scheduled to play in Sunday’s NBA All-

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The 10 Most Promising Young NBA Players

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

While Gilgeous-Alexander may not have the top gear of some positional peers, he gets wherever he wants through masterful manipulation of opposing defenders. His arsenal is full of herky-jerky dribble moves, and his understanding of how and when to change speeds goes well beyond his 21 years of age.

He’s more of an adequate spacer than a good one (career 35.5 percent from three on low volume), and he still hasn’t assumed complete control of an offense. That’s enough to deny him a top-10 spot, but his poise and potential are too rich to let him go unmentioned.

                   

Jonathan Isaac, F, Orlando Magic

Isaac looks like the creation of a defensive-minded coach with access to a basketball laboratory. The modern game is all about versatility, and he’s the ultimate Swiss Army knife on defense. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo owns a better defensive box plus/minus, and before Isaac lost the remainder o

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One of the Best Nike LeBron Sneakers Ever Is Returning

Brand: Nike

Model: LeBron 7

Key Features: The Nike LeBron 7 “All-Star” features a Chlorine Blue-colored synthetic upper, a padded synthetic leather collar, and full-length Air Max cushioning. The sneaker is decorated with various branding hits, including multiple Nike Swooshes and LeBron James insignias.

Release Date: February 12

Price: $189

Buy: Select retailers including Sneakersnstuff

Editor’s Notes: With NBA All-Star Weekend just days away, Nike is gearing up for a string of subsequent releases, as are a number of other like-minded brands. One of this week’s more high profile drops is the “All-Star” LeBron 7, which is returning for the first time ever.

LeBron James famously wore this particular iteration of the Nike LeBron 7 in the 2010 NBA All-Star game in Dallas. Here we are 10 years later, and the colorway just so happens to blend perfectly with this year’s Chicago flag and transit-inspired All-Star Game uniform

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The Morning After: A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sneak peek

The Morning After: A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sneak peek

It’s not just an app problem.The Engadget Podcast: How tech (and humans) failed the Iowa caucus

This week on the Engadget Podcast, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about what exactly went wrong for Iowa’s Democratic Party. The mysterious app from an unknown progressive tech firm was mostly to blame, but it was also helped by some good old fashioned human error. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.


Roll some more of that test rack footage.How reliable is the Motorola Razr, really?

The other day, CNET strapped Motorola’s new flexible handset into a test bench and experienced issues after about 27,000 folds. That’s fewer times than you might expect to open and close the $1,500 handset in one year. Now, Motorola has responded with footage of its own and some explanations about why the other test might not reflect real-world use. The new Razr only just went on sale, so we don’t have extended experiences to draw on yet, but hopefully, this goes over better than Samsung’s first Galaxy Fold attempt.


Looking for a new show to binge-watch this weekend? All nine episodes are available now.Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest is ‘Silicon Valley’ but for game devs

According to Devindra Hardawar, this new comedy on Apple TV+ is “sharp and funny enough to keep non-gamers hooked, it actually tackles major issues facing the industry, and at times, it’s surprisingly sweet and poignant.” It’s produced by Ubisoft and made by some of the folks behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia so you’ll have some idea of what to expect. Plus, it’s already greenlit for a second season. Read the full review and then give it a look.


GM is pulling out all the stops in its electric vehicle push.LeBron James helps GMC pitch its Hummer EV in a Super Bowl ad

GM thinks it has a simple way to drum up hype for its future GMC Hummer EV: give it the kind of celebrity endorsement that sports fans would notice. No less than LeBron James is pitching the company’s all-electric pickup truck — even if he’s not a pro football player.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo roasted James Harden during the NBA All-Star draft — ‘I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball’

Giannis Antetokounmpo roasted James Harden during the NBA All-Star draft — ‘I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball’
  • The team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James selected their teams for the 2020 NBA All-Star game in a televised draft Thursday night.
  • When it came time to select his first guard, Antetokounmpo said he was torn between the Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Trae Young and the Boston Celtics ankle breaker Kemba Walker.
  • When the TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley asked why the reigning MVP was not considering “the dribbler” — i.e., James Harden — for the pick, Antetokounmpo chuckled and said “I want somebody that’s going to pass the ball.”
  • The Milwaukee Bucks star went with Walker for his third pick, and James went on to select Harden with the next pick.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

James Harden is undoubtedly one of the m

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Team Giannis & Team LeBron Draft | 2020 NBA All-Star – NBA

Team Giannis & Team LeBron Draft | 2020 NBA All-Star – NBA

Watch LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo make their selections for the 2020 NBA All-Star game on February 16 in Chicago!

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The Warriors cashed in their biggest trade chip to make a massive gamble on Andrew Wiggins

The Warriors cashed in their biggest trade chip to make a massive gamble on Andrew Wiggins
  • The Golden State Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round pick, and 2021 second-round pick.
  • Many in the NBA world suspected that the Warriors would eventually trade Russell for more pieces, but the questions remained when they would do it and for what.
  • In making the deal, the Warriors are taking a big gamble on Wiggins, a naturally skilled, 24-year-old No. 1 pick, who has disappointed in Minnesota, but has plenty of potential.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Golden State Warriors did not wait long to cash in D’Angelo Russell for more pieces, including a big bet on a former No. 1 pick.

The Warriors on Thursday agreed to trade guard D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Andrew Wiggins, a top-three protected 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 second round pick, according to reports. The Warriors will also send guard Jacob Evans and big man Omari Spellman.

The Warriors acquired Russell, a 2018 All-Star, in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets when Kevin Durant chose to join the Nets in free agency. Russell figured to serve as a secondary playmaker and scorer in the backcourt with Stephen Curry while Klay Thompson recovered from a torn ACL.

However, both Russell and the Warriors acknowledged that it might not be a long-term partnership. Curry, Russell, and Thompson would have all jostled for minutes in the backcourt once healthy. The Warriors would be undersized with all three on the court, meaning one of the three would often be on the bench. 

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D’Angelo Russell.

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NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: LeBron-Giannis Starters, Reserves, Likely Injury Subs

NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: LeBron-Giannis Starters, Reserves, Likely Injury Subs
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, slaps hands with guard LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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For the second straight season, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are captaining the NBA All-Star Game squads. 

James, who has two All-Star victories as a captain, will play alongside Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis in the February 16 event at United Center in Chicago. 

Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden are the other starters on James’ squad, which was drafted Thursday night. 

Antetokounmpo chose Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young to be part of his starting five. 

The best reserve on both rosters could be Damian Lillard on Team LeBron, as he is in the middle of one of the most impressive individual runs of the 2019-20 NBA season. 

                

NBA All-Star Game Rosters

            

Team LeBron

Between Davis, Doncic, James and Leonard, there is plenty of size in the Team LeBron starting five. 

The chemistry between James and Davis should be an advantage the squad attempts to exploit in the first quarter. 

Getting off to a quick start will be a key for the 2020 All-Star Game because of the new rules implemented for the contest. 

Team LeBron should also benefit from Harden’s scoring, as he leads the NBA with 35.4 points per game, which is five points better than Antetokounmpo in second place.

With the other four starters expected to take up more space down low, Harden may fire at will from three-point range to ignite a fast start.

Doncic, who is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, could be Team LeBron’s X-factor in his first All-Star start if he is deemed healthy. He is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out since January 31.

The combination of Lillard and Russell Westbrook off the bench could give Team LeBron the advantage it needs to earn its third straight victory.

After putting up 26 points Thursday, Lillard has a streak of 17 consecutive 20-point performances, with 11 of them featuring 30 or more points. 

Westbrook eclipsed the 30-point barrier seven times over the last nine games, including his 41-point outburst versus the Lakers Thursday. 

Nikola Jokic could be the key to setting up transition baskets or second-chance opportunities for the pair of guards, as he is averaging a double-double for the third straight campaign. 

Chris Paul will likely take charge of ball-handling in the reserve group, while Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and

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Lakers’ LeBron James Says Andre Iguodala’s ‘Championship DNA’ Makes Heat Better

Lakers’ LeBron James Says Andre Iguodala’s ‘Championship DNA’ Makes Heat Better
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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LeBron James believes the Miami Heat will get a good boost from the acquisition of Andre Iguodala.

“I saw it and I was like, ‘OK,'” James said Thursday, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “I think it makes them a better team because of his championship DNA, you add that to that championship culture down there. So it helps them right away. … I know that ‘Dre is happy to be suiting it back up.”

Iguodala had been sitting out all season after his trade from the Golden State Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies, but he was reportedly traded Thursday in a six-player deal that also included Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Heat have already showed they can be a contender in the East this season behind Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, enteri

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Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 jersey in an emotional memorial ceremony

Gianna Bryant’s school retired her No. 2 jersey in an emotional memorial ceremony
  • Gianna Bryant will be the last student to wear the No. 2 basketball jersey at Harbor Day School.
  • Gianna, or ‘Gigi,’ and her father Kobe were among nine people to die in a helicopter crash last month.
  • At a ceremony, her coach, teacher, and peers remembered her caring, humble attitude and drive.
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Harbor Day School, in Corona Del Mar, California, has retired Gianna “Gigi” Bryant’s No. 2 basketball jersey. 

On Wednesday, Vanessa Bryant shared a photo of the jersey displayed at the school and video clips of the ceremony.

“My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small,” Bryant wrote on Instagram. “Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita.”

Gigi, 13, and her father Kobe Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26.

 

Gigi Bryant dreamed

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NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: Final Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron

NBA All-Star Rosters 2020: Final Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 19:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers hug following a game at Fiserv Forum on December 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Last season, the draft for the NBA All Star Game became must-see TV.

Watching team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) select their respective rosters in real time was the kind of drama that fans couldn’t wait to behold.

Who would go first?

Who would go last?

Those were the kind of burning questions that were answered with the live broadcast.

This year, the Draft show, presented by Jordan Brand, will air on TNT on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

The format for the draft remains the same.

As the leading vote-getter, James will choose first, followed by Antetokounmpo.

In the second round, the Bucks superstar will make the first selection from the pool of reserves, followed by the Lakers superstar.

Here’s the latest mock draft for the 69th annual midseason classic.

     

Starters

1. Team LeBron: Anthony Davis

2. Team Giannis: Luca Doncic

3. Team LeBron: Kawhi Leonard

4. Team Giannis: Pascal Siakam

5. Team LeBron: James Harden

6. Team Giannis: Joel Embiid

7. Team LeBron: Kemba Walker

8. Team Giannis: Trae Young

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For Team LeBron, the first pick should be a no-brainer, if not somewhat forced.

As a Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, who is playing at an MVP level, he should be the first player off the board.

From there, it’s anybody’s guess.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Antetokounmpo select Joel Embiid to offset Davis, but this is the All Star Game.

It’s not about height, it’s about ability, especially in the open court.

That means Luca Doncic should be the next one to hear his name called.

Things get interesting from there.

Kawhi Leonard is battling with James for the title of “King of L.A.,” but the latter may put all of that aside for the good of the game and take him next.

James Harden is the most logical choice to get selected after Leonard, but considering his history with Antetokounmpo, it’s probably a reach that all will be forgotten.

Pascal Siakam, who’s made the most of his opportunity to step into a starring role with the Toronto Raptor

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NBA All-Star Game 2020 Rosters Revealed After LeBron vs. Giannis Draft

NBA All-Star Game 2020 Rosters Revealed After LeBron vs. Giannis Draft
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NBA All-Star Game captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo chose their teams for this year’s matchup, which will take place in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16.

The taped draft was shown on TNT’s NBA Tip-Off Thursday prior to the Bucks’ home game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

James took Lakers teammate and big man Anthony Davis with the first overall pick, while Antetokounmpo countered with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.

James and Antetokounmpo, who were also All-Star Game captains last year, alternated picks for the remainder of the starter round. Antetokounmpo led off the reserve round by taking teammate Khris Middleton, and James responded with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

Here’s a look at the two rosters, the draft order and an explanation for how this year’s All-Star Game will work after recent changes announced Jan. 30.

              

Team LeBron

Captain: Los Angeles Lakers G/F LeBron James

Remaining Starters: Lakers F/C Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers F Kawhi Leonard, Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic, Houston Rockets G James Harden

Reserves: Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard, Philadelphia 76ers PG Ben Simmons, Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic, Boston Celtics F Jayson Tatum, Oklahoma City Thunder PG Chris Paul, Rockets PG Russell WestbrookPacers F/C Domantas Sabonis

     

Team Giannis

Captain: Milwaukee Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Remaining Starters: Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid, Toronto Raptors F Pascal Siakam, Boston Celtics PG Kemba Walker, Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young

Reserves: Bucks G/F Khris Middleton, Miami Heat C Bam Adebayo, Utah Jazz C Rudy Gober



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J.Lo and Shakira just did that.

If you’re still trying to pull yourself together after the epic Super Bowl LIV halftime show, you’re not alone. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira brought the energy as they wowed us with a combination of mesmerizing choreography, special guests (shout out J Balvin, Bad Bunny and J.Lo’s 11-year-old daughter, Emme), wardrobe changes and upbeat renditions of their smash hits, including “Whenever, Wherever,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Jenny from the Block,” “Ain’t it Funny” and “Get Right.”

From LeBron James to Lady Gaga, the collective social media world went wild over the Latin superstars’ electric performance at Hard Rock Stadium. Oh, and it wouldn’t be a J.Lo performance without an Alex Rodriguez reaction. Spoiler: He was as impressed as the rest of us.







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The Ballad Of Kobe And LeBron

The Ballad Of Kobe And LeBron

“I’m Not Ready but here I go” is how LeBron James began the Instagram post, and man, if that isn’t every goddamn one of us right now. The Lakers will return to the court at Staples Center on Friday, welcoming the Trail Blazers to Los Angeles for their first game since the shocking, horrifying death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Sunday. LeBron James will play basketball for the first time since the tragedy, which came just one day after he passed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. That night, the two legends spoke on the phone for what would be the final time.

“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much,” James told reporters in Philadelphia last Saturday after moving ahead of Bryant in the record book but before the tragedy. “It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life.”

James was talking about the good things: all the opportunities that paved the way to this latest milestone, and the chance not only to achieve it in the Lakers uniform that Bryant wore with distinction for two decades, but to do it in Kobe’s hometown. Sometimes the universe puts other things in your life, too. Right now, it has put something dark and daunting in LeBron’s, impossible to manage but unavoidable all the same: the need to find a new normal for himself, and a way to carry on, to keep “continuing to move the game forward,” as Kobe put it in his final tweet.

In the moment, it was a compliment, a show of respect. Now, those words—the last ones Bryant would ever share in public—read more like a charge, an assignment of responsibility punctuating a relationship that spanned nearly 20 years and defined two eras of NBA basketball, even if it never quite found the form that basketball fans always hoped it would.

It’s easy to forget now, with LeBron having long since surpassed Kobe as a player in the estimation of most of the basketball-watching world. In the early years of this century, though, LeBron was like the rest of us—a fan watching, awestruck, as Bryant became the first guard ever to make the leap from taking his SATs to taking the court at the highest level of professional basketball.

“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said last Saturday, in a lengthy postgame press conference about Bryant that now takes on the tone of a eulogy. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, ‘wow.’ Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation. He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do.”

The first time they met, at All-Star Weekend in 2002, James was still a teen in high school. He was so over the moon at Kobe giving him “a special red, white and blue colorway of his signature sneakers” that he wore them in a marquee matchup against fellow top prospect Carmelo Anthony—even though they were a size too small.

LeBron also walked in Kobe’s footsteps when it came to testing his wares against pros. As a prep star at Lower Merion High School in 1995, Bryant famously practiced against members of the 76ers, including former North Carolina star and no. 3 draft pick Jerry Stackhouse; he reportedly “more than held his own and even beat Stackhouse in a one-on-one game.” Fast-forward six years. James—not yet a junior at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, but already a high school megastar receiving national attention—gets an invitation to suit up for a run at Hoops the Gym in Chicago with a bunch of NB

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LeBron James stars in the latest commercial for GMC’s upcoming electric Hummer. The spot was unveiled during Super Bowl 54 in Miami and follows teasers posted last week ahead of The Big Game.

The teasers didn’t feature LeBron James, instead previewing the Hummer EV’s capabilities, which include 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and 1,000 horse power. The first full trailer compares the Hummer EV’s stealthy power to LeBron James on-court dominance. Watch it below.

LeBron James featuring in the commercial is noteworthy because he’s not just another superstar athlete lending his name to a company or product but rather because he has a personal history with the model.

During his senior year of high school, LeBron James drove a Hummer H2. It was gifted to him by his mom but raised eyebrows and resulted in the player being investigated by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His mother was said to have financed the purchase with a car loan and the “controversy?

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LeBron James, L.A. Lakers pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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Less than a week after the helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the Los Angeles Lakers played again at the Staples Center, where Bryant played in and attended so many games over the years. Friday’s game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers began with a pre-game tribute to Bryant, Gianna, and fellow victims Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

The Lakers all appeared on the court wearing Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24, and every seat was draped in his signature jerseys. The tribute included performances by Usher and Boyz II Men, as well as a speech from LeBron James. 

“It doesn’t really feel like you’re here for a game,” fan Jeff Nadal told the Associated Press. “It feels like you’re here for something a lot bigger than that. We didn’t even know the guy, but we feel like we did.”

The Staples Center also asked the crowds of fans amassed outside to watch the tribute to Bryant and other victims of Sunday’s accident at home with their loved ones. The pre-game tribute was not broadcast on the Staples Center screens.

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Damian Lillard: Portland Trail Blazers point guard continues scoring streak

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Damian Lillard (right) is the first player in NBA history to score six three pointers in six consecutive games

Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard posted 51 points in their 124-107 win over Utah Jazz – continuing a scoring run that has seen him average 48.8 over the past six games.

Lillard has scored at least 36 points every game during his run, which started with 61 points against the Golden State Warriors on 21 January.

“I’ve never been in this type of rhythm in my life,” point guard Lillard said.

“You figure out what makes you at your best and I’ve found that space.”

He added: “I’ve stepped up my preparation – getting more sleep, getting off my feet, hydrating – things to make myself feel good about myself, my life, and do things to give myself the best chance on the court.”

Saturday night’s points haul was his fourth 50-point game of the season, with the home fans at the Moda Center giving him a standing ovation and chanting “MVP” at the end.

He has also become the first pla

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LeBron James’ words salve hurting Lakers

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LOS ANGELES —
LeBron James has only been a part of the Los Angeles Lakers for 19 months. The West Coast is a late stop on an NBA odyssey that already yielded rings, trophies and innumerable indelible moments in Cleveland and Miami.

Yet when this venerated franchise needed a leader to honor a legend during one of the most traumatic times in its history, James took the microphone and stood alone in a golden spotlight at Staples Center on Friday night.

Five days after Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, the simple eloquence of James’ words left most of the arena cheering through tears.

In just four minutes, LeBron’s speech captured the melancholy mood of a city while suggesting it’s both possible and necessary to move on after unthinkable tragedy.

“As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving,” James said. “We’re all hurt. We’re all heartbroken. But when we’re going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.”

Cleveland might be James’ home, but a part of him is now permanently purple and gold.

After James’ heart, humor and empathy commanded the arena Bryant essentially built, he tore down any lingering skepticism among the Lakers’ vast fan base about whether LeBron could truly be embraced by LA.

A fan-fueled, 13-year rivalry between Bryant and James for overall NBA supremacy left many Lakers lovers viewing LeBron’s move west with skepticism, even after Bryant hailed the decision.

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Watch LeBron James’ Laker Game Speech Honoring Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers returned to the hardfloor again for the first time since the passing of franchise legend Kobe Bryant. Prior to the game against the Portland Trailblazers, the organization planned a tribute that consisted of music performances and ultimately a speech from team star, LeBron James.

It was an emotional night and James started his tribute by honoring all those who died in the tragic helicopter crash that took Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s life along with John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, Sarah Chester and Payton Chester.

James, who had a speech written down at the request of the organization, put down the piece of paper and chose to speak from the heart instead. He was emotional but very thankful for the opportunity. Below is the complete transcript of James’ tribute:

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LeBron James led tributes to LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the team’s first game since he died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and seven other people.

The Lakers lost 127-119 to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center on a night when the team remembered Bryant’s 20-year career in LA, which delivered five NBA championships.

Lakers players wore shirts with Bryant’s numbers – eight and 24 – displayed on them in the warm-up and a ‘KB’ logo was printed on the court.

The tribute began with each member of the Lakers’ line-up being introduced as “number eight, Kobe Bryant”, before R&B artist Usher sang Amazing Grace in front of yellow rose arrangements in the shapes of Bryant’s jersey numbers.

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Tickets for the first Lakers game since the unexpected death of basketball star Kobe Bryant are on sale for just under $100,000. 

As of early Friday morning Los Angeles time, tickets for the Lakers game on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center ranged from $650 to just under $100,000 on the ticket exchange and resales site StubHub. 

Several tickets in the upper areas of the arena are listed for $99,000 each. Similar tickets in similar areas of the arena are also available on StubHub for around $650.

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Several seats are available for $99,000.

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A statement on StubHub when buying tickets for the game says 100% of the profits from the next two Lakers games from the website will be donated to Bryant’s charity foundation.

“In honor of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, all fees for the Jan. 31 Lakers vs Portland Trailblazers game and the Lakers vs Clippers game — for whenever it is rescheduled — will be donated to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation,” the company’s statement said.

It is unclear whether or not the tickets are being listed at such extreme prices simply to help raise money for the charity.

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: Early Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron

NBA All-Star Game 2020: Early Mock Draft for Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are busy competing for a championship, but they have another task. 

Draft preparation.

The reserves for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game were revealed on Thursday’s episode of TNT’s NBA Tip-Off, meaning James and Antetokounmpo know the full list of players they will choose from during the draft Feb. 6.

As the NBA explained in its official release, James will have the first pick in the first round as the leading overall vote getter, and Antetokounmpo will have the first pick of the second round. The two All-Star captains will pick from the pool of the eight starters who were chosen by the fans, players and media members in the first round and the 14 reserves who were chosen by head coaches in the second round.

While there are five starters and seven reserves from each conference, James and Antetokounmpo can pick without regard to conference affiliation or position.

With that in mind, here is a look at the starters and reserve players for the Feb. 16 game, as well as a mock draft for the two captains.

            

All-Star Starters

Western Conference

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers 

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

          

Eastern Conference

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics 

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

          

First-Round Mock Draft (Starters Only)

1. Team LeBron: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

2. Team Giannis: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

3. Team LeBron: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

4. Team Giannis: James Harden, Houston Rockets

5. Team LeBron: Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

6. Team Giannis: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

7. Team LeBron: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

8. Team Giannis: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

            

All-Star Reserves

Eastern Conference

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

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Doncic turns right ankle, likely to miss time

Doncic turns right ankle, likely to miss time

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will miss at least one game after injuring his right ankle during Thursday’s practice.

Doncic will undergo an MRI on Friday morning, sources told ESPN, and will not play later that night against the Rockets in Houston.

The All-Star guard also is unlikely to play Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, sources said.

Two sources said the ankle injury, suffered when Doncic stepped on another player’s foot, appears to be similar to the sprain he suffered earlier this season.

That sprain, which occurred when Doncic stepped on Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn‘s foot on Dec. 14, caused D

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The Lakers got together for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s death to have a team lunch and grieve ‘together’

The Lakers got together for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s death to have a team lunch and grieve ‘together’
  • Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among 9 people who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers — the team where Bryant spent his entire NBA career until retiring in 2016 — were on a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles when news broke of Bryant’s death. 
  • The Lakers held their first team practice since his death on Wednesday, where they ate lunch and “grieved together,” according to the team’s coach, Frank Vogel. 
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The Los Angeles Lakers met at their practice facility on Wednesday for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s death.

Coach Frank Vogel told reporters that the team had lunch and “grieved together” while having a light practice, according to CNN.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. In the days since, memorials for the NBA icon, who spent his nearly 20-year career with the Lakers until his 2016 retirement, have popped up worldwide as athletes and celebrities share personal tributes and stories about the athlete.

The Lakers were on a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles when news of Bryant’s death broke on Sunday.

Vogel told reporters that the team gathered on Wednesday at their

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GM will reportedly debut an all-electric Hummer during the Super Bowl this Sunday. Here’s a look back at the vehicle’s storied past.

GM will reportedly debut an all-electric Hummer during the Super Bowl this Sunday. Here’s a look back at the vehicle’s storied past.
  • Reports are that General Motors will unveil a new, all-electric Hummer in a Super Bowl ad this Sunday. 
  • The reports are that the EV will be a pickup under the GMC brand, which would make it the first new Hummer since GM shut down the Hummer brand in 2010. 
  • This all comes as several manufacturers — including Ford, Tesla, and Rivian — plan to roll out electric pickups in the near future.
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A decade after General Motors discontinued the Hummer brand in the face of a bankruptcy, rising gas prices, and a decline in demand for the military-inspired SUV, it may soon be back in the form of an electric pickup truck. 

Unnamed sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal said GM plans to revive the Hummer name for the truck, which it will show off during a Super Bowl ad featuring LeBron James this

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Player Wearing Kobe’s Number Hits Winning Shot To Cheers Of ‘Kobe!’

Player Wearing Kobe’s Number Hits Winning Shot To Cheers Of ‘Kobe!’

A basketball game tribute to Kobe Bryant took an electrifying form in Chandler, Arizona, on Tuesday.

A player wearing Bryant’s No. 24, cheered on by chants of “Kobe!,” hit the winning shot in a high school basketball game. And the gym erupted. (See the clip below.)

ESPN replayed the moment in a Bryant tribute on SportsCenter, Basha noted on its websit

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Predictions for Final Rosters

NBA All-Star Game 2020: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Predictions for Final Rosters
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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first turn as an NBA All-Star captain wasn’t great.

He built an inferior roster on paper while drafting against LeBron James, then his squad suffered a double-digit loss to Team LeBron in the actual exhibition.

The Greek Freak is closing in on his shot at redemption.

The Association has already revealed all 10 starters for next month’s All-Star Game, which will again be captained by Antetokounmpo and James. The pair will first divvy up the other players named starters by fan, media and player voting, then choose between the 14 reserves selected by coaches. That latter group will be revealed on TNT Thursday.

Will Antetokounmpo get it right this time around? Or can the King defend his throne? We’ll all find out soon enough.

                      

2020 NBA All-Star Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info

All-Star Reserves Revealed

When: Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Live Steam: TNT Drama

               

All-Star Draft Show

When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Live Steam: TNT Drama

                

All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: United Center in Chicago

TV: TNT

Live Steam: TNT Drama

                         

2020 NBA All-Star Rosters, Predictions

Eastern Conference Starters

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (captain)

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

                       

Eastern Conference Predicted Reserves

Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

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Jimmy Butler had a strong argument to crack the starting group—and might have had he been categorized as a backcourt player—so he’s the easy selection among these reserves. His teammate, Bam Adebayo, looks poised to make his All-Star debut, as his defensive versatility and playmaking ability from his frontcourt position are both critical components of Miami’s success.

Khris Middleton and Ben Simmons are among the other no-brainers. Middleton looks even better than last season—his first as an All-Star—as evidenced by his 51-point eruption Wednesday night. Simmons remains a top-notch supplier of everything outside of three-point shooti

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LeBron James jumped out of his seat after Bronny James got up for a massive alley-oop

LeBron James jumped out of his seat after Bronny James got up for a massive alley-oop
  • Bronny James — LeBron James’ 15-year-old son — jumped out of the gym for a “SportsCenter”-worthy alley-oop.
  • The Sierra Canyon freshman cut through the lane and gobbled up an inbounds lob before slamming it down with one hand.
  • The elder James jumped out of his seat to celebrate his son’s big play in the 83-57 win over Campbell Hall.
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Bronny James is looking more and more like his dad every day.

In the third quarter of Sierra Canyon’s 83-57 win over Campbell Hall on Tuesday, the 15-year-old son of NBA superstar LeBron James soared for a huge alley-oop

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LeBron James Jr.’s Incredible Dunk Highlights Kobe Bryant Tribute Game

LeBron James Jr.’s Incredible Dunk Highlights Kobe Bryant Tribute Game

LeBron James Jr. honored Kobe Bryant Tuesday with a highlight-reel slam-dunk reminiscent of the late Lakers legend. (See it below.)

“Bronny” James and his Sierra Canyon high school teammates paid tribute to Bryant before their game against Campbell Hall, but the youngster’s third-quarter slam off a lob punctuated the evening and brought father LeBron to his feet.

The announcer called the jam an “incredible highlight.”

As seen in clips below, Bronny and his teammates honored Bryant by wearing Bryant T-shirts during warmups at Sierra Canyon’s gym in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.

At the start of the game, opponent Campbell Hall took a 24-second violation as an homage to Bryant’s No. 24 jersey as fans began chanting “Kobe.” Sierra Canyon took an 8-second violation for Bryant’s other jersey number, 8.

LeBron James’ Lakers were previously scheduled to play the Clippers on Tuesday, but the NBA game was postponed to mourn Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven ot

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Magic Johnson on Kobe Bryant, The Lakers & Vacations with Jimmy Kimmel – Jimmy Kimmel Live

Magic Johnson on Kobe Bryant, The Lakers & Vacations with Jimmy Kimmel – Jimmy Kimmel Live

Magic remembers his friend Kobe Bryant, and talks about what he did for Los Angeles, playing him in one-on-one, bringing LeBron James to the Lakers, celebrating his 60th birthday, and Jimmy goes to great lengths to be included on Magic’s summer vacations.

Buy Jimmy’s new children’s book The Serious Goose! All of the money he makes goes to children’s hospitals across the country.

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Some of Kimmel’s most popular comedy bits include – Mean Tweets, Lie Witness News, Jimmy’s Twerk Fail Prank, Unnecessary Censorship, YouTube Challenge, The Baby Bachelor, Movie: The Movie, Handsome Men’s Club, Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective and music videos like “I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum” and a Blurred Lines parody with Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Jimmy and his security guard Guillermo.
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Investigators have recovered all 9 bodies from the Calabasas site where Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed

Investigators have recovered all 9 bodies from the Calabasas site where Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed
  • Investigators in California have recovered all nine bodies of those who died aboard the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which crashed into the Calabasas hills killing NBA star Kobe Bryant. 
  • No one survived the Sunday crash in Calabasas, California, roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
  • The Los Angeles coroner’s office announced on Tuesday that four victims, including Bryant, have been identified: John Altobelli, 56, Sarah Chester, 45, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.
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Investigators in California have recovered all nine bodies of those who died aboard the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which crashed into the Calabasas hills killing NBA star Kobe Bryant. 

No one survived the Sunday crash in Calabasas, California, roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office announced on Tuesday that all nine bodies had been recovered from the crash site. Three of the bodies were recovered on Sunday afternoon a

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Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Honored With Basketball Court Mural In Metro Manila

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Honored With Basketball Court Mural In Metro Manila

A famed basketball court in Metro Manila, Philippines, is honoring the lives and legacies of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna with a mural.

Artists and local residents this week painted the public court located at The Tenement housing complex in the city of Taguig with the likenesses of the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

“This is our tribute to them,” Eddie Barbuena, coach of The Tenement’s basketball team, told ESPN. “We will always love you, Kobe Bryant.”

A giant mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, painted hours after their death, is seen at a basketbal



A giant mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, painted hours after their death, is seen at a basketball court on Jan. 28, 2020, in the basketball-obsessed Philippines. 

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: TV Schedule for Reserves Reveal and Predicting Top Snubs

NBA All-Star Game 2020: TV Schedule for Reserves Reveal and Predicting Top Snubs
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The first 10 seats at the 2019-20 NBA All-Star table have been taken.

For the second straight season, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James will serve as All-Star captains for their respective conferences. Those and the other eight spots were revealed Thursday and decided by a combination of fan, player and media voting.

While the conference affiliation doesn’t affect the makeup of Team Giannis and Team LeBron—rosters that will be drafted live Feb. 6 on TNT—it did determine the starting player pool.

We’ll refresh those rosters and lay out the scheduling particulars, we’ll predict the top players who will be snubbed when the coaches select the 14 All-Star reserves.

               

2020 NBA All-Star Schedule Info

All-Star Reserves Revealed

When: Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

             

All-Star Draft Show

When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

               

All-Star Game

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: United Center in Chicago

TV: TNT

                 

2020 NBA All-Star Game Starters

Eastern Conference

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (captain)

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

              

Western Conference

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (captain)

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

                         

Predicting Top All-Star Snubs

East: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Our crystal ball says coaches won’t grant the Celtics more than two All-Star spots. With Kemba Walker already occupying one, that leaves either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown on the chopping block.

Their stat lines are remarkably similar, but Tatum is the more known commodity and carries




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‘Heartbroken’ James promises to continue Bryant legacy

‘Heartbroken’ James promises to continue Bryant legacy
LeBron James came up against LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant while playing for Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James says he is “heartbroken” over the death of Kobe Bryant and has promised to continue his fellow basketball great’s legacy.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

LA Lakers star James surpassed Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time on Saturday.

James also played alongside Bryant at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, helping the United States win two gold medals.

“Man, I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try, I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had!” he posted on social media.

LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant in NBA’s all-time scoring list

“I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have.

“I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother.

“I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here. Please give me the strength from the heavens abo

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LeBron James posts an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant after his untimely death

LeBron James posts an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant after his untimely death

After more than 24 hours of silence, LeBron James posted an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant on his Instagram page late Monday night.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning, mere hours after James passed the Los Angeles Lakers legend for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“I’m Not Ready but here I go,” James’ post began. “Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!!”

“Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get throug

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Jimmy Fallon shares story about meeting Kobe Bryant at a party and going on a beer run in touching tribute to the Lakers legend

Jimmy Fallon shares story about meeting Kobe Bryant at a party and going on a beer run in touching tribute to the Lakers legend
  • Athletes and celebrities alike are sharing their memories of Kobe Bryant in the wake of his sudden death.
  • Late-night host Jimmy Fallon shared an anecdote of his own on Monday night, describing the first time he and Bryant met at a party as their careers were just starting off in Los Angeles.
  • Bryant volunteered to go on a beer run and invited Fallon to join, leading to a comical misadventure that would become a story they’d share for years.
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on board.

In the wake of Bryant’s sudden passing, fansformer players, and others close to Bryant have been sharing their memories of the 20-year NBA veteran.

On Monday night, late-night host Jimmy Fallon shared a touching anecdote about the first time he and Bryant met. Fallon was a new comic in Los Angeles and Bryant was still a teenager who had just joined

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Watch: Video shows LeBron James’ emotional return to Los Angeles

Watch: Video shows LeBron James’ emotional return to Los Angeles

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The BBC has apologized after it used footage of LeBron James during a news segment on Kobe Bryant’s death

The BBC has apologized after it used footage of LeBron James during a news segment on Kobe Bryant’s death

The BBC has apologized for using footage of LeBron James instead of Kobe Bryant during a news segmenton the former LA Lakers player’s unexpected death.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, died in a helicopter crash at age 41 on Sunday alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. Nine people died in the crash in Calabasas, California.

The BBC News at 10 told viewers this while showing a photograph of Bryant with his daughter.

But it then aired a clip which appeared to show current Lakers player James walking off the court, having recently topped Bryant’s personal NBA scoring record of 33,643 points. James currently has 33,655 points.

BuzzFeed’s Deputy World News Editor Matthew Champion tweeted the video of segment, saying: “I genuinely cannot believe that the actual BBC News at 10 just did this.”

Sky News presenter Mark Austin added: “Dear @BBCNews … that was LeBron James in your Ten o’clock News piece not Kobe Bryant.”

At the end of the bulletin, Reeta Chakrabarti, who was reading the news for the BBC at the tim

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LeBron James was seen grieving outside of Lakers’ team plane after Kobe Bryant’s death

LeBron James was seen grieving outside of Lakers’ team plane after Kobe Bryant’s death
  • LeBron James was seen grieving Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday after the Los Angeles Lakers’ plane landed in California. 
  • Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter, Gianna, and 7 other people on Sunday. He was 41.
  • James surpassed Bryant on the NBA all-time scoring list on Saturday, after which the Lakers icon congratulated him. 
  • James had said that Bryant was an inspiration for him throughout his basketball career, and spoke about Bryant’s influence in a four-minute video shared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Sunday morning.
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was seen grieving, following news of Kobe Bryant’s death after his team’s plane touched down in California on Sunday.

Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter, Gianna, and 7 other people on

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Moving Kobe Bryant video tribute from 2016 shows NBA players and coaches thanking the legend for everything he did for the game of basketball

Moving Kobe Bryant video tribute from 2016 shows NBA players and coaches thanking the legend for everything he did for the game of basketball
  • Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi Bryant, were among those who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
  • ESPN played a video tribute called, “Dear Kobe,” that they originall

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Kobe Bryant’s last tweet before he died was to congratulate LeBron James on surpassing him for the NBA all-time scoring list

Kobe Bryant’s last tweet before he died was to congratulate LeBron James on surpassing him for the NBA all-time scoring list

Kobe Bryant’s last tweet before his death on Sunday was a powerful tribute to another NBA player.

The night before Bryant died at age 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, LeBron James passed him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list while playing small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bryant congratulated James, writing: “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.” He added a muscle emoji and the hashtag #33644, the number of points James had scored to become the third-highest scorer in NBA history.

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Kobe Bryant honored by Raptors and Spurs as they let 24-second shot clock run out at the start of their game

Kobe Bryant honored by Raptors and Spurs as they let 24-second shot clock run out at the start of their game
  • The NBA world mourned the loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday.
  • Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash.
  • The Raptors and Spurs honored Bryant’s passing on Sunday, letting the 24-second shot clock run out to start their game after the opening tip.
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The NBA world was shocked on Sunday by the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

After initial speculation that the league might cancel the games set to tip-off on Sunday, the NBA moved forward with things as scheduled. With players and fans still with heavy hearts in the wake of the sudden, tragic news, tributes to Bryant poured in from across the world.

After winning the opening tip of Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Toronto Raptors let the 24-second shot clock run out to start the game in honor of Kobe, who wore no. 24 through the latter half of his career with the Lakers.

As the clock ran out, fans in San Antonio chanted Kobe’s name.

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LeBron James Reflected On Kobe Bryant’s Legacy The Night Before His Death

LeBron James Reflected On Kobe Bryant’s Legacy The Night Before His Death

LeBron James reflected Saturday on Kobe Bryant’s legacy as one of the greatest NBA players of all time ― one day before the former Los Angeles Laker and his daughter died in a helicopter crash.

James, who currently plays for the Lakers, passed Bryant on Saturday to clinch the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Lakers were playing the Philadelphia 76ers, and James needed 18 points to pass Bryant’s career total of 33,643 points.

After Saturday’s game ― which took place in Philadelphia, where Bryant was born ― James recalled meeting Bryant during the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend. On that occasion, Bryant gave James a red, white and blue design of his signature sneakers. James said he later sported the sneakers in a matchup against Carmelo Anthony, who was in high school at the time. Anthony now plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.

“It’s just too much. The story is just too much. It doesn’t make sense,” James told reporters of Bryant. “Just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he’s from. The first time I ever met him, he gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It’s surreal, it doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, or you’re just giving everything to whatever you’re doing, things happen organically.”

James said he was “happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys han

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News outlets like the Washington Post, BBC and MSNBC drew anger for their coverage of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death

News outlets like the Washington Post, BBC and MSNBC drew anger for their coverage of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death
  • News outlets scrambled to gather details and report on Kobe Bryant’s unexpected death on Sunday, with some being criticized for their work.
  • MSNBC anchor Allison Morris was slammed after appearing to make a racial slur while talking about Bryant.
  • Meanwhile, BBC News came under fire for using footage of LeBron James instead of Bryant on air.
  • Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended after tweeting a link to an April 2016 story about Bryant’s rape case, and then screengrabbing and sharing on Twitter the names of people who criticized her.
  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was “wholly inappropriate” for TMZ to break the story before officials had been able to notify the victims’ families of their deaths.
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Major news outlets, including the Washington Post, BBC, MSNBC and TMZ, were censured on Sunday for their coverage of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death. 

Bryant and his daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, were among nine people who died when their helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the Calabasas hills, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department reported.

Reporters jumped on the story of the unexpected death of one of NBA’s greats as details about the tragic accident trickled in slowly. But some stumbled along the way. 

MSNBC anchor Allison Morris was slammed on social media after appearing to make a racial slur while talking about Bryant, who spent 20 years as a Los Angeles Laker. 

Morris took to Twitter to issue an apology, writing: “Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I, unfortunately, stuttered on-air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.’ Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”

Bryan’s fans, however, were not satisfied.

 

A Change.org petition titled “Get Alison Morris Fired !!!” had picked up almost 14,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

“What she said was not Accident but on PURPOSE because she paused before she said ” Los Angeles Ni***** ” We need to join together to get her fired because Enough is Enough & we will not tolerate this Racist BS anymore !” Alizah Parks, who created the petition, wrote.

Meanwhile, BBC News came under fire for using footage of LeBron James instead of Bryant on its program BBC News on Ten. Outraged f

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Obituary: Bryant, widely considered one of basketball’s greatest

(Reuters) – Kobe Bryant became one of the greatest players in basketball, a transcendent star who went straight from high school to the game’s biggest stage and brought “Showtime” back to the Los Angeles Lakers for two glittering decades.

But Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday at the age of 41, was not initially rated by National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts as a can’t-miss prospect.

After deciding to skip college and go straight to the NBA, at the time an unusual career path, he was not taken until the 13th pick in the 1996 draft, by the Charlotte Hornets, who immediately traded him to the Lakers in a pre-arranged deal.

NBA teams at the time were wary of teenagers straight out of high school. The 1996 draft was also particularly strong, though some of the players taken before Bryant turned out to be complete busts.

Acquiring Bryant from the Hornets was one of the best pieces of business the Lakers ever did, as he led the team to five NBA championship rings and was the face of the franchise during his 20-year career that ended in 2016.

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Lakers legends and former teammates pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

Lakers legends and former teammates pay tribute to Kobe Bryant
  • The NBA world mourned the loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday.
  • Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash.
  • On Twitter, Lakers legends and former teammates paid tribute to Bryant.
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The NBA world was shocked on Sunday by the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Words of remembrance came in from figures across the sporting world, as NBA players and other superstar athletes learned of the tragic news.

On Twitter, fellow Lakers legends, as well as former teammates of Bryant, shared their own heartfelt tributes.

While the Lakers were not in action on Sunday, other teams playing around the paid tribute by letting the 24-second shot clock ru

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NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash: Reports

NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash: Reports

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time and an internationally recognizable NBA superstar, died in a helicopter crash Sunday outside Los Angeles. He was 41 years old.

Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people when the helicopter went down “in a remote field” in Calabasas, Calif. around 10 a.m., according to the Associated Press.

All nine people aboard the helicopter were killed, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. But pending official word from the coroner, he would not confirm the passengers’ identities. They were named by family and local news reports as Gianna’s basketball teammate Alyssa Altobelli, her mother, Keri, and her father, John, a baseball coach. Also killed in the crash were Christina Mauser, a school basketball assistant coach; Payton Chester, another teammate of Gianna’s, and Payton’s mother Sarah. The helicopter pilot, named in local reports as Ara Zobayan, was also killed.

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Elsa—Getty ImagesKobe Bryant warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14, 2016.Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant. They had four children together.

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Before retiring from the NBA in 2016, Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the entirety of his two-decade career, winning the NBA Finals five times.

Bryant was also a longtime helicopter passenger, famously flying from his Orange County home to Lakers games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during his career.

The sports legend was in the news on Saturday as Lakers’ player LeBron James surpassed Bryant as no. 3 all-time NBA scorer. Bryant remains the fourth-highest career NBA scorer. In a tweet the night before his death, he congratulated James. “Continuing to move the game forward,” he said of James.

Bryant also won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018 for Dear Basketball, which he wrote and narrated.

Kobe honored at Grammy awards

Performers and presenters at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which took place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center — the home of the Lakers — paid tribute to Bryant throughout the evening. The show began with a performance from Lizzo, the night’s most-nominated artist, who said ”Tonight is for Kobe,” before launching into the lyric “I’m crying ‘cuz I love you” from her song “Cuz I Love You.” The evening’s host, Alicia Keys, followed with a heartfelt, subdued speech and was then joined by Boyz II Men for an a cappella performance of their song “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

A few minutes later, an emotional Lizzo used her award acceptance speech to remind viewers of the importance of connection. “All my little problems I thought were big as the world are gone,” she said. “I realize there are people hurting right now… Let’s continue to reach out, hold each other down and lift each other up.”

Cause of helicopter crash under investigation

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received the first report of the crash at 9:47 a.m. on Sunday in a hilly area of Los Angeles County near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, according to Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

Some 56 personnel, including paramedics, responded and found a quarter-acre brush fire that was caused by the crash, Osby said. Firefighters hiked into the crash site and a helicopter hoisted paramedics down to search for survivors, but rescue crews found no one alive.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the cause of the crash.

The helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. at 9:08 a.m.

The crash occurred as dense fog covered the area, which grounded other helicopters nearby, including those from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the AP reported.

According to the AP, the helicopter climbed to about 2,000 feet was flying at about 160 knots (184 m.p.h.) when it crashed.

What do we know about the helicopter?

The helicopter that crashed killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others was reportedly a Sikorsky S-76 like the one pictured here. It is a popular model of helicopter used all over the world for executive transport, medical evacuation and search and rescue.

The helicopter that crashed killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others was reportedly a Sikorsky S-76 like the one pictured here. It is a popular model of helicopter used all over the world for executive transport, medical evacuation and search and rescue.

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Authorities have not confirmed details about the helicopter that crashed, but according to flight tracking site flightaware.com and the Los Angeles Times, the aircraft was a 1991 Sikorsky S-76B twin-engine helicopter. It was owned by Island Express Holding Corp., registered in Fillmore, Calif., according to Flightaware.com records.

The S-76 is a popular helicopter that h

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Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World

Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World

Kobe Bryant was the fair heir to Michael Jordan, a scoring assassin who could rip a defender’s heart out by way of a devastating dunk, or an elusive fadeaway jump shot from the baseline, his singular work of art. He won five NBA championships, made 18 All-Star teams, won an MVP award, two scoring titles, two Olympic gold medals and just last night was passed by LeBron James on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: Kobe Bryant finished with 33,643 points, good for fourth.

Bryant craved competition and broke down basketball like a scholar; his brain was as elevated as his body. Bryant skipped college to take over the NBA, but after one conversation with him, you just sensed he would have thrived in the classroom, the boardroom or any path he chose.

Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa. high school gym during a practice on Jan. 19, 1996.

Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa. high school gym during a practice on Jan. 19, 1996.

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Kobe Bryant was complicated. Never cuddly, he could be ruthless to his underperforming teammates. Critics called him selfish, and knocked him for not passing the ball. He embraced his villainy, real or supposed, creating a pop philosophy he called “The Mamba Mentality.” It was an approach to life that required extreme focus, discipline, and enthusiasm for taking on all comers.

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“I always aimed to kill the opposition,” he once wrote. The Mamba grew into an iconic persona all its own.

Now, the world can’t fathom that it’s gone.

Kobe Bryant, 17, holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference, on July 12, 1996.

Kobe Bryant, 17, holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference, on July 12, 1996.

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In one of the most stunning and tragic losses in the history of sports and global celebrity, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with eight others, including his daughter Gianna, 13. Bryant was 41 years old. Though he wasn’t cut down in the prime of his basketball career, Bryant had so much more to give. For example, he won an Oscar in 2018 for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball. Deciphering Bryant’s post-NBA plans became a parlor game among Kobe-watchers. Would he coach? Own a team? Go Hollywood mogul? He could have done it all, and maybe would have. He leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and three surviving children.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with his daughters Gianna, 8, Natalia, 12, and wife Vanessa during the basketball game against the Indiana Pacersin Los Angeles, on Nov. 29, 2015

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with his daughters Gianna, 8, Natalia, 12, and wife Vanessa during the basketball game against the Indiana Pacersin Los Angeles, on Nov. 29, 2015

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Bryant was the son of Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, a former NBA player, and Pam Bryant. Part of Kobe’s childhood was spent in Italy, where his father also played professionally. The family eventually settled outside Philadelphia, where Bryant became a high school phenom. In 1996, in a move that changed basketball forever, Bryant decided to skip college for the NBA. The year before, Kevin Garnett had become the first player to make the direct jump in 20 years, but he was nearly 7-feet tall. Never had a guard skipped college. But Bryant was that confident in his ability. He taught a generation of players to grab their opportunity, to “get theirs.” In the ensuing years, LeBron James and others decided to forgo college ball because they saw Bryant succeed.

Kobe Bryant warms up with daughter Gianna Bryant during the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14, 2016.

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Police criticized TMZ for reporting Kobe Bryant’s death before they could notify victims’ families

Police criticized TMZ for reporting Kobe Bryant’s death before they could notify victims’ families
  • The basketball icon Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.
  • The shocking news was first reported by the celebrity-gossip site TMZ.
  • Los Angeles authorities later slammed the outlet for reporting the fatal accident before they could alert the victims’ families.
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News that the basketball icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, stunned the world Sunday after it was first reported by TMZ.

But the outlet, which is known for its celebrity gossip and breaking-news scoops, was later called out by police officers who suggested it broke the story before authorities could conta

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Nick Kyrgios walked into his match against Rafael Nadal wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, covering his face and holding back tears

Nick Kyrgios walked into his match against Rafael Nadal wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, covering his face and holding back tears
  • Nick Kyrgios held back tears as he entered the court ahead of his match against Rafael Nadal on Monday wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey.
  • Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash Calabasas, California on Sunday alongside seven others.
  • Kyrgios, who was visibly distressed as he entered the Rod Laver Arena, warmed up in the Los Angeles Lakers shirt, which had Bryant’s name and former number on. 
  • A number of other tennis stars, including Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Stanislas Wawrinka, also paid tribute to Bryant on social media. 
  • “My heart truly mourns over the news today,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram. “Kobe was a great mentor and friend.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Nick Kyrgios struggled to hold back the tears before his Australian Open fourth round match against Rafael Nadal on Monday as he entered the Rod Laver Arena wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey. 

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash Calabasas, California on Sunday. Seven others also died in the crash.

Kyrgios, a well known basketball fan, was visibly distressed as he walked out to the packed crowd wearing a Los Angeles Lakers shirt with Bryant’s name and former number on, covering his face as he fought off tears.

He also became emotional as he sat on his chair, before warming up in the gold jersey.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s son says Kobe Bryant messaged him ‘You good fam?’ just hours before he died in a helicopter crash

Shaquille O’Neal’s son says Kobe Bryant messaged him ‘You good fam?’ just hours before he died in a helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant sent a message to Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef hours before he died in a tragic helicopter crash on Sunday.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in the crash near Calabasas, California. Bryant was 41.

Shareef O’Neal, whose father was a teammate and longtime friend of Bryant’s, shared their brief encounter on Twitter after the news of Bryant’s death broke.

“Literally this morning you reached out to me,” he wrote alongside a screenshot of the message. “I love you forever unc.”

The screenshot showed that Bryant messaged him “You good fam?” at 8:19 a.m. on Sunday.

O’Neal replied, “Yeah! Just been getting this work in trying to figure out my next move,” adding, “How you been?”

He never received a reply.

O’Neal, 20, a college basketball star who most recently played for the UCLA Brui

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BBC uses clip of LeBron James…

BBC uses clip of LeBron James…

BUNGLING BBC news bosses reported on basketball superstar Kobe Bryant’s tragic death – by using footage of LeBron James by mistake.

The News At 10’s top story was about Bryant‘s fatal helicopter crash, which also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

 The BBC report featured footage of LeBron James in action

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The BBC report featured footage of LeBron James in action
 Basketball fans pointed out the mistake should never have happened

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Basketball fans pointed out the mistake should never have happened

However, while detailing Kobe’s record-breaking achievements, the report showed highlights of fellow Lakers ace LeBron – who broke down when he heard the news – in action.

The pair are the biggest stars of NBA in the last 20 years both earning mega-fortunes on and off the court.

Not surprisingly the glaring error hasn’t gone down well with fans.

One tweeted: “Can’t believe BBC News just played clips of Lebron James during the Kobe Bryant report…”

Another added: “Dear BBC News, you appear to have  inserted clips of LeBron James into your tribute package for Kobe Bryant for no apparent reason …”

One fan wrote: “BBC have managed to show two clips of LeBron James during Kobe’s obituary. Absolutely appalling.”

 Firefighters at the scene of today's horror chopper crash

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Firefighters at the scene of today’s horror chopper crashCredit: AP:Associated Press
 The sporting rivals and friends face off in 2016

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The sporting rivals and friends face off in 2016Credit: USA Today Sports

While Mark Austin added: “Dear @BBCNews… that was LeBron James in your Ten o’clock News piece not Kobe Bryant.”

And Rav posted: “I feel sorry for the producer who dug the pictures out, but WHY WHY WHY.”

Others pointed out there was one big clue why the player on the clip wasn’t Kobe.

The CustardTV wrote: “How on earth does that happen!! His shirt says ‘James’ that should be your first clue folks!”

A BBC spokesman said: “In tonight’s coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant on BBC News at Ten we mistakenly used pictures of LeBron James in one section of the report.

“We apologise for this human error which fell below our usual standards on the programme.”

LeBron this week surpassed Kobe to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time in the LA Lakers’ 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 35-year-old scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Lakers star Bryant.

“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant,” said James afterwards.

LeBron James in tears as he exits the

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Market Extra: Kobe Bryant–NBA icon–dies at 41 in helicopter crash in California: reports

Market Extra: Kobe Bryant–NBA icon–dies at 41 in helicopter crash in California: reports

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people have died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, according to reports.

News site TMZ was the first to report the former Los Angeles Lakers star’s death, which occurred in a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, according to reports. The Los Angeles County Fire Department originally said at least five people died in the crash in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., just north of Los Angeles, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later said flight records showed nine were onboard. There were no survivors.

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, 13, was aboard the helicopter with her father, TMZ first reported, citing a representative for the basketball legend. A Southern California community college baseball coach, his wife and daughter, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, were among those killed, the Associated Press reported.

Check out: Kobe Bryant’s death: Messages of shock and sadness pour in

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. local time near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road.

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Novak Djokovic opened up about Kobe Bryant being his ‘mentor’ just 2 days before his tragic death

Novak Djokovic opened up about Kobe Bryant being his ‘mentor’ just 2 days before his tragic death

Novak Djokovic called Kobe Bryant his mentor just two days before the former basketball star’s tragic death in a helicopter crash along with eight other people, including his daughter Gianna.

The tennis player was being interviewed by ESPN at the Australian Open, and the clip was recently reshared on Twitter.

“Kobe has been one of my mentors — I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that — but I’ve had several phone conversations with him, and also obviously when we see each other live,” Djokovic said on Friday, two days before the fatal Sunday crash.

Djokovic, ranked No. 2 in the ATP men’s world rankings, described how Bryant had given him a lot of support in the past few years when Djokovic was recovering from injury.

“The last couple of years when I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentall

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Magic Johnson paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with both of his jersey numbers. Here is the meaning behind each one.

Magic Johnson paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with both of his jersey numbers. Here is the meaning behind each one.
  • Kobe Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.
  • He retired in 2016 and his Los Angeles Lakers jerseys were sent into the rafters at Staples Center in December 2017 during the halftime ceremony of a Lakers-Warriors game.
  • Bryant wore No. 8 for the first half of his career and switched to 24 ahead of the 2006-2007 season.
  • As No. 8, Bryant described trying to prove himself, while the second half of his career, as No. 24, was marked by “growth,” he told ESPN.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Kobe Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers — No. 8 and No. 24 — retired on his behalf by the same team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 41-year-old, widely believed to be one of the greatest basketball players the sport has ever seen, died on Sunday in a helicopter accident in California. His 13-year-old daughter Giana was also among the nine people who lost their lives when the Sikorsky S-76 crashed in the Calabasas hills and exploded into flames, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. 

An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and cementing his place as the third-leading scorer in NBA history. He retired in 2016 and his jerseys were sent into the rafters at Staples Center in December 2017 during the halftime ceremony of a Lakers-Warriors game. Within h

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Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to late ‘legend’ Kobe Bryant

Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to late ‘legend’ Kobe Bryant

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Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant, 41, has died in a helicopter crash in California that killed nine people including his 13-year-old daughter.

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As the NBA world mourns the life of Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday at the age of 41 after a helicopter crash in Calabasas California, the tributes continue to pour in.

One of them came from a former president.

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, posted a tribute in honor of Bryant on Sunday evening on his verified Twitter account.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act,” Obama posted on Sunday. “To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the crash, as the pair were on their way to an AAU basketball game.

Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, all of them with the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 33,643 points, which had ranked third on the all-time list in NBA history until current Laker LeBron James surpassed him Saturday night.

Bryant won five NBA Finals championships and was an 18-time all-star.

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LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant in NBA’s all-time scoring list

LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time in the LA Lakers’ 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Lakers star Bryant.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the ex-Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks centre, is the NBA’s all-time top scorer on 38,387 points.

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An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

The future comes in fits and starts, and we buckled up and went through a few this week. Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin, an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy. The vehicle will go into production…sometime, and we still have plenty of questions. Our reporters also learned about little vehicle tweaks coming down the pike that might make your life a bit better: smart headlights that won’t blind your fellow drivers, and a system from Hyundai that might cancel out some of the more unpleasant sounds of the road.

Plus, we looked at what it might take to make public transit better for women everywhere, and why you might not see emotional support rabbits on your next flight. It’s been a week; let’s get you caught up.

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LeBron: ‘Surreal’ to pass Kobe on NBA scoring list

LeBron: ‘Surreal’ to pass Kobe on NBA scoring list

PHILADELPHIA — Years ago, it was LeBron James following Kobe Bryant by coming straight out of high school to the NBA. On Saturday, it was James passing Bryant for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

James entered the Los Angeles Lakers‘ game against the Philadelphia 76ers needing 18 points to eclipse Bryant’s career total of 33,643 points. It was a grind, as Los Angeles struggled to create offense most of the night, but James reached the milestone with a running layup in the third quarter.

The Lakers went on to lose 108-91 at the Wells Fargo Center in the team’s lone trip this season to the city in which Bryant was born.

Philadelphia was prepared for the pomp and circumstance, with a sold-out crowd in attendance — and a national, prime-time television audience — to witness history as two star-laden teams from opposing conferences battled in late January. During a timeout following his big layup, James was saluted with a standing ovation.

After the game, James recalled meeting Bryant in Philadelphia during the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend. Bryant gifted James with a special red, white and blue colorway of his signature sneakers. Even though Bryant wore a size 14 and James wore a size 15, James donned the sneakers in a matchup against a high school-aged Carmelo Anthony shortly thereafter.

“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much,” James said of Bryant. “It doesn’t make sense. Just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he’s from. The first time I ever met him, gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, when you just give it everything to whatever you’re doing, things happen organically.

“And it’s not supposed to make sense, but it just happens. And I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”

History or otherwise, the Sixers were motivated to defend not only James, but the entire Lakers arsenal. Philadelphia never relinquished the lead in the second half, as Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris combined for 57 points and 18 rebounds in the win. James and Los Angeles built up some momentum in the fourth quarter — cutting the deficit to five with 5 minutes, 21 seconds remaining — but the Sixers eventually pulled away for good.

James finished with 29 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, and he gave the Philadelphia faithful one more lasting memory from the historical night with a breakaway, tomahawk slam dunk off a feed from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the 6:57 mark that forced a 76ers timeout. But James also had eight turnovers in the loss.

James inscribed his sneakers with “Mamba 4 Life” and “8/24 KB” in gold marker before the contest, showing respect for the former Lakers great. It didn’t stop there. All week in the lead-up to the milestone, he was quick to laud Bryant.

“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is

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LeBron tops Kobe, now 3rd on NBA scoring list

LeBron tops Kobe, now 3rd on NBA scoring list

PHILADELPHIA — Years ago, it was LeBron James following Kobe Bryant by coming straight out of high school to the NBA. On Saturday, it was James passing Bryant for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

James entered the Los Angeles Lakers‘ game against the Philadelphia 76ers needing 18 points to eclipse Bryant’s career total of 33,643 points. It was a grind, as Los Angeles struggled to create offense most of the night, but James reached the milestone with a running layup in the third quarter.

The Lakers went on to lose 108-91 at the Wells Fargo Center in the team’s lone trip this season to the city in which Bryant was born.

Philadelphia was prepared for the pomp and circumstance, with a sold-out crowd in attendance — and a national, prime-time television audience — to witness history as two star-laden teams from opposing conferences battled in late January. During a timeout following his big layup, James was saluted with a standing ovation.

After the game, James recalled meeting Bryant in Philadelphia during the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend. Bryant gifted James with a special red, white and blue colorway of his signature sneakers. Even though Bryant wore a size 14 and James wore a size 15, James donned the sneakers in a matchup against a high school-aged Carmelo Anthony shortly thereafter.

“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much,” James said of Bryant. “It doesn’t make sense. Just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he’s from. The first time I ever met him, gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, when you just give it everything to whatever you’re doing, things happen organically.

“And it’s not supposed to make sense, but it just happens. And I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”

History or otherwise, the Sixers were motivated to defend not only James, but the entire Lakers arsenal. Philadelphia never relinquished the lead in the second half, as Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris combined for 57 points and 18 rebounds in the win. James and Los Angeles built up some momentum in the fourth quarter — cutting the deficit to five with 5 minutes, 21 seconds remaining — but the Sixers eventually pulled away for good.

James finished with 29 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, and he gave the Philadelphia faithful one more lasting memory from the historical night with a breakaway, tomahawk slam dunk off a feed from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the 6:57 mark that forced a 76ers timeout. But James also had eight turnovers in the loss.

James inscribed his sneakers with “Mamba 4 Life” and “8/24 KB” in gold marker before the contest, showing respect for the former Lakers great. It didn’t stop there. All week in the lead-up to the milestone, he was quick to laud Bryant.

“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is

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The top 10 highest paid athletes in the world

The top 10 highest paid athletes in the world

5: The only tennis player in the top ten, Roger Federer made $93.4 million.

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LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant on All-Time Scoring List

LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant on All-Time Scoring List

Despite walking away with loss to the Sixers on Saturday night, LeBron James actually received a victory. The Lakers player left the game as the third spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, beating out Kobe Bryant who previously held the spot.

James needed 18 points in last night’s game to pass Bryant and he ended up scoring 29. The bucket that set LeBron over Bryant’s record was a layup early in the third quarter. LeBron now boasts a total of 33,645 points scored during his illustrious NBA career.

Looking ahead, James now only has to beat two more players — Karl Malone at 36,928 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 38,387 points — to claim the number one s

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LeBron James Works With Lyft to Bring Free Bicycle Access for Underprivileged Youth

LeBron James Works With Lyft to Bring Free Bicycle Access for Underprivileged Youth

Fans of the legendary NBA player LeBron James will know that he’s a massive bicycle enthusiast. He’s also an avid supporter of philanthropic work, and so combining the two, James and his company UNINTERRUPTED are now teaming up with rideshare company Lyft to grant free bicycle access to underprivileged teenagers and young adults across the US.

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Roger Federer Doesn’t Play Tennis ‘Just to Protect That Record.’ But Another Grand Slam Couldn’t Hurt

Roger Federer Doesn’t Play Tennis ‘Just to Protect That Record.’ But Another Grand Slam Couldn’t Hurt

Australian John Millman, facing Roger Federer in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday evening down under, was leading 8-4 in a fifth-set tiebreaker, just two points away from pulling off the upset. But Millman’s end came soon enough, in a typical Federer flurry. A backhand winner, via Federer’s magic wand of a tennis racquet. Millman committed unforced errors, as Federer refused to relinquish the point. A Federer drop shot. Federer ran off six straight points, thanks to his angles and agility, still strong at age 38. He won the match, a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 epic, to advance to the fourth round, in which he’ll face Márton Fucsovics of Hungary.

Federer enters the 2020 season seeking a cushion on his Grand Slam record. He’s won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other male player ever. But Rafael Nadal is chasing him down: Nadal won the French Open — his ridiculous 12th — and the U.S. Open in 2019, to give him 19 Grand Slam championships for his career. Federer last won a Slam two years ago, at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic, who won the Aussie Open and Wimbledon — over Federer in the final — in ’19, is also in very much in the mix, with 16 career titles.

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Michael Jordan on LeBron James Comparisons: ‘We Play in Different Eras’

Michael Jordan on LeBron James Comparisons: ‘We Play in Different Eras’
Former NBA star and owner of Charlotte Hornets team Michael Jordan looks on as he addresses a press conference ahead of the NBA basketball match between Milwakuee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris on January 24, 2020. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

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His Airness has spoken on one of the hottest debates in basketball.

“We play in different eras,” Michael Jordan said in part of the comparisons between him and Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James at a press conference in Paris on Friday:

Jordan, who won six championships and earned six NBA Finals MVP awards among countless other accolades en route to the Hall of Fame, is regarded by many as the best basketball player ever. However, James’ dominance since the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him first overall in 2003 has challenged that notion.

James has won three titles and earned three NBA Finals MVP awards as well as 16 All-Star nods. He continues to move up the league’s all-time career assists leaderboard, passing Isiah Thomas for eighth place earlier this month:

James eclipsed Jordan’s career points total last March. His 33,626 points rank fourth all-time, just behind Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (33,643) and ahe

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2020 Western Conference All Star Starter Season Highlights – Bleacher Report

2020 Western Conference All Star Starter Season Highlights Bleacher Report NBA All-Star Game 2020: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo named captains; Siakam named among starters NBA CA The 2020 East All-Star Starters Are Revealed | NBA on TNT NBA on TNT W…
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Raptors’ Pascal Siakam continues improbable rise as All-Star starter – Sportsnet.ca

Raptors’ Pascal Siakam continues improbable rise as All-Star starter – Sportsnet.ca

Everyone is so happy for him. That’s perhaps the most telling element about Pascal Siakam’s improbable rise from NBA nobody to All-Star game starter in the space of three short years.

They know the person, they know the story and they know what it means.

No one becomes an all-star on their own, but Siakam’s unlikely path has picked up a village worth of supporters, all of whom see something of themselves in the likeable 25-year-old’s success.

And so when Siakam was – as had been expected – announced as an All-Star game starter Thursday night, it served as a shared moment that elevates those around him because they know where the journey started. He finished third in Eastern Conference fan voting and, after media and player votes were factored in, the kid from Cameroon got the nod.

It’s almost hard to believe, but it’s true — and who doesn’t like those kinds of stories?

It’s why, when the Raptors headed onto their team charter for the trip to New York City before their game here Friday against the New York Knicks, Kyle Lowry was proudly repping a sweatshirt with Siakam’s logo on it.

It’s why Siakam’s older brother, Christian, squeezed himself onto a flight to New York Thursday morning to make sure he would be with his younger brother for the moment.

“He can’t be by himself [for] this,” he said.

It’s why Raptors veteran Serge Ibaka who – hailing from the Congo – understands Siakam’s journey from a French-speaking African country to the rare air of the NBA was moved at the prospect of his locker room neighbour getting league-wide recognition.

“To me, personally, it’s beautiful, because coming from Africa, as an [All-Star] starter,” Ibaka said. “It’s going to be big, not just for him, but for others, young players who look up to him in Africa. It’s going to inspire a lot of people. I always tell him, as an African player, whatever we do, it’s not only for us.”

It’s why Fred VanVleet, who broke in with Siakam as a rookie in 2016-17 and regularly shared a DNP-CD (did not play, coach’s decision) designation in the box score that season, feels like Siakam’s triumphs are in part his success — and every other teammate who made the dri

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Anthony Davis 2020 All-Star Starter | 2019-20 NBA Season – NBA

Anthony Davis 2020 All-Star Starter | 2019-20 NBA Season – NBA

Anthony Davis is making his 7th #NBAAllStar appearance. Drafted as the 1st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Kentucky, Anthony was named the 2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP after scoring a record 52 points in the game. This season, he’s averaging 26.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG and 2.5 BPG for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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LeBron James on Lakers’ Trade Deadline Needs: ‘We Have Enough Right Now’

LeBron James on Lakers’ Trade Deadline Needs: ‘We Have Enough Right Now’
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James walks on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. The Lakers won 128-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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LeBron James usually gets what he wants when it comes to putting together a championship-caliber roster. So don’t expect the Los Angeles Lakers to make much noise when the trade deadline rolls around on Feb. 6.

Speaking to the media after a 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, James plainly stated the team has all it needs to contend for a title now. It needs no further pieces.  

Answering that question in Brooklyn has a different feel after Kyrie Irving’s latest comments. James’ former teammate lamented that the young Nets didn’t have enough pieces to contend, inadvertently throwing some of his teammates under the bus and leading to a mea culpa a few days later. 

There won’t be any of that needed from James.

He made himself clear, though there’s certainly

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Lakers News: Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd to Coach Team LeBron in 2020 All-Star Game

Lakers News: Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd to Coach Team LeBron in 2020 All-Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05:  LeBron James #23 looks at head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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LeBron James will have his head coach for the All-Star Game. 

With the Los Angeles Lakers win Thursday night, Frank Vogel and his staff, including assistant coach Jason Kidd, will coach Team LeBron at the All-Star Game on Sunday, February 16:

The 36-9 Lakers hold the best record in the Western Conference, 4.5 games ahead of the Utah Jazz (31-13) and five games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers (31-14). Only the scorching-hot Milwaukee Bucks (39-6) have a better record this season. 

James, meanwhile, was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference, making him one of two team captains.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the other captain. 

James looked the part Thurs

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Here are the 2020 NBA All-Star Game Captains & Starters

Here are the 2020 NBA All-Star Game Captains & Starters

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game captains and starters have been revealed. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo return as opposing captains for the second year in a row, with James leading the Western Conference and Antetokounmpo leading the Eastern Conference.

Joining James in the West are starters Anthony Davis (frontcourt), first-timer Luka Dončić (guard), James Harden (guard) and Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt). On the other side, Joel Embiid (frontcourt), Pascal Siakam (frontcourt), Kemba Walk

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LeBron James and the Lakers Shouldn’t Mess with Perfection at Trade Deadline

LeBron James and the Lakers Shouldn’t Mess with Perfection at Trade Deadline
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23:  LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The looming NBA trade deadline has a way of forcing every team to focus on fixing its flaws. But in the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, there’s at least one team that should resist the temptation to tinker.

A 15-point win over a reeling Nets squad (2-12 in its last 14 games) playing with one healthy center may not be the best basis for making deadline decisions. And in the era of superteams, the Lakers could be forgiven for worrying that another title threat could make the bold move they eschew.

But the Lakers’ play all season, and against the Nets, suggests a big swing isn’t necessary.

      

Dominance by Committee

No, Kyle Kuzma isn’t the third star he said he could be. His 16 points off the bench were helpful, and he’s finished with double figures in each of his last four games. But his ball-stopping tendencies and occasionally glaring lack of feel mark him as much more of a role player than a reliable night-to-night star.

That’s not a problem when you’ve got so many other weapons chipping in.

Dwight Howard, a spot starter for the ill JaVale McGee, bullied the undersized Nets for 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Danny Green drilled four of his seven three-point attempts, a couple of which you knew were good based on the perfect rhythm of his patented tippy-toe hop gather.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope nailed all three of his attempts from deep, also joining Green in pestering Brooklyn’s guards.

Go down the list. Jared Dudley had his moments. So did Rajon Rondo, who managed 10 assists in 23 minutes.

We haven’t even mentioned Anthony Davis and his 16-point, 11-rebound night—partly because he doesn’t belong on a list of role-fillers, but also because he didn’t have to do much with so many able helpers lightening the load. 

This is a team of smart, no-nonsense (or, in Howard’s case, mostly benign nonsense) vets who can shoot, defend and benefit from the across-the-board greatness of LeBron James.

       

LeBron’s Heavy Lifting Is Light Work

With 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, James logged his 10th triple-double of the season. It was a solid reminder that you don’t really need a third star when you’ve got one who can do the work of several.

LeBron spent most of the game in analysis mode, taking w

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Williamson set to make NBA’s most eagerly-awaited debut since LeBron – but why all the hype?

Williamson set to make NBA’s most eagerly-awaited debut since LeBron – but why all the hype?
‘Welcome to the NBA’ – Williamson scores 17 points in three minutes on debut

Zion Williamson made the most eagerly awaited NBA debut since LeBron James on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old New Orleans Pelicans forward scored 22 points as his side lost 121-117 to the San Antonio Spurs – his first appearance after missing the first 44 games of the season with a knee injury.

Fans, fellow professionals and the NBA itself have been longing to see the impact the number one pick in last year’s draft will have on the league.

So why all the hype?

Delivering on early promise

Williamson was pretty much known by his first name alone by the time he got to Duke University, one of the best college teams in the United States.

Videos of his dazzling dunks and stunning blocks in high school had already received millions of views.

There were doubts whether he could be as effective against other NBA prospects in college.

But Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in his single season at Duke to win college player of the year and impressed in NBA pre-season before injuring his knee.

What are his strengths?

Williamson, who is 6ft 6in and 129kg, has a rare and electrifying blend of athleticism and technical skill.

His power is obvious – Williamson burst through h

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Zion Williamson erupted for 17 consecutive points in an electrifying 3-minute span during an NBA debut for the ages

Zion Williamson erupted for 17 consecutive points in an electrifying 3-minute span during an NBA debut for the ages
  • Zion Williamson was worth the wait.
  • After a slow start in his NBA debut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft erupted for 17 points in a three-minute span to captivate the basketball world and showcase his exceptional talent.
  • Williamson finished the game with 22 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 clip from three. 
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At long last, Zion Williamson made his NBA debut.

And despite a slow start, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft managed to live up to the massive hype with an explosive performance for the ages.

The most highly-anticipated NBA prospect since LeBron James erupted for 17-straight points in just over three minutes during the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans 121-117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night. Williamson’s dynamic stretch — which capped his 22-point, seven-rebound showing at the Smoothie King Center — featured a remarkable 4-of-4 clip from beyond the arc.

Additionally, the 19 year old showed off the extraordinary athleticism that first put him on the map with a high-flying alley-oop and a rebound-turned-layup that showcased

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Video: Tune Squad, Monstars Jerseys for LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Revealed

Video: Tune Squad, Monstars Jerseys for LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Revealed
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) leaps for a pass as he is covered by Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The Monstars and Tune Squad have certainly had time to get back in the lab and cook up some new threads before their rematch in Space Jam 2. On Wednesday, they finally gave the world a sneak peak at the updated jerseys.

(Or maybe they’re teaming up; we don’t know the plot yet.)

The hoopers from outer space are coming back with a Knicks-like base that features a look at the c

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Lead Lakers to Win vs. R.J. Barrett-Less Knicks

Anthony Davis, LeBron James Lead Lakers to Win vs. R.J. Barrett-Less Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points as New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) is restrained by a Lakers defender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Their last time out, the Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassed in arguably their worst loss of the season against the Boston Celtics.

A trip to Madison Square Garden righted the ship.

Anthony Davis scored 28 points and LeBron James added 21, leading the Lakers to a 100-92 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

It was a stark contrast to James’ last appearance at the Basketball Mecca last March, which saw his buzzer-beater blocked by Mario Hezonja to cap off the worst quarter of his professional career. The lasting image of James, slumped over in a combination of exhaustion and frustration after being unable to vanquish the lowly Knicks, led some to wonder if we were seeing the death of his prime in realtime.

We know by now all of the handwringing was premature. James is once again back to playing MVP-level basketball while leading the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference.

The Knicks remain the same cellar dwellers they were during that March meeting and have lost nine of their last 11.

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Kobe Bryant says there are WNBA stars who ‘could most certainly keep up’ in the NBA

Kobe Bryant says there are WNBA stars who ‘could most certainly keep up’ in the NBA
  • NBA legend Kobe Bryant said he thinks some of the WNBA’s brightest stars could play in the NBA.
  • In an interview with CNN, the Black Mamba said there are current WNBA players who “could most certainly keep up” in the NBA.
  • Bryant cited the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore, and reigning league MVP Elena Delle Donne as women who could make their marks in the men’s game.
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Kobe Bryant has long been an outspoken supporter of the WNBA, but he doubled down on his belief in the players’ abilities Wednesday when he said some stars “could most

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Little girl left stunned after Lakers star LeBron James stops to high five her

Little girl left stunned after Lakers star LeBron James stops to high five her

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James stopped in his tracks to make a toddler’s day.
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LeBron James’ Standard Issue Sweats

LeBron James’ Standard Issue Sweats

Classic comfort is redefined in these LeBron James-worn sweats, produced by LA-based Standard Issue Tees. The Laker looked casually cool when he donned the Standard I

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B/R NBA Staff Midseason Awards: Who Takes Home Hardware If Season Ended Today?

B/R NBA Staff Midseason Awards: Who Takes Home Hardware If Season Ended Today?

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    If the NBA season ended today, Giannis Antetokounmpo would be your undisputed MVP. No, wait—LeBron James. Um, Luka Doncic? 

    Ratings be damned, 2019-20 has been special. Between Luka’s upgrade from wunderkind to superstar and the explosive start to Ja Morant’s career, among plenty of other developments, hoops at the highest level still reside in the National Basketball Association. 

    With the campaign’s first half officially behind us, we asked NBA writers to hand out midseason trophies for each of the league’s major awards.  

    To be extra clear: This is not a prediction of who will win hardware after the regular season ends, but a look at who is most deserving today. 

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    Miami Heat fans could have spent the entire offseason feasting on optimism, and they still wouldn’t have seen this coming.

    Miami isn’t surprisingly good; it’s good good. The Heat have 11 wins in 17 tries against teams that are .500 or better. That’s a .647 winning percentage, which trails just the world-beating Milwaukee Bucks (.667). Only three other teams in the Eastern Conference have better than a .647 winning percentage overall.

    The wins alone are remarkable, but the style is where Erik Spoelstra has really flexed his coaching muscle.

    The connection among this club—the ball movement, the defensive rotations, the selflessness—would trick you into thinking it’s benefitted from continuity. However, four of the team’s top seven players in minutes last season aren’t on the roster, one can’t stay healthy (Justise Winslow) and another has been reduced to part-time duties (Kelly Olynyk).

    Jimmy Butler (who didn’t have the shiniest reputation) has emerged as a clear-cut leader. Bam Adebayo has taken an All-Star leap. Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson have added to the organization’s long list of player-development success stories. Tyler Herro has been empowered to take and make big shots as a 20-year-old rookie.

    Spo has transformed this season into a continuous coaching clinic, and that’s enough to get the nod over Nick Nurse, Billy Donovan, Frank Vogel, Nate McMillan and the rest of this crowded field.

    Zach Buckley

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    After years of mediocrity spent accumulating bad contracts, the Miami Heat are once again near the top of the Eastern Conference.

    Following a 10th-place finish a season ago, Miami has risen to second in the East despite having no cap space and limited draft picks to work with last summer.

    Executing a tricky Jimmy Butler trade changed the mentality of the team and provided a true alpha for others to follow. Moving Hassan Whiteside meant not only shedding his mammoth $27.1 million salary but also opening a starting job for 2017 first-round pick Bam Adebayo. The 22-year-old center has responded with 16.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

    Selecting Tyler Herro at No. 13 looks like a steal as the 20-year-old shooting guard is already putting up 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while drilling 38.7 percent of his three-pointers off the bench.

    Herro hasn’t even been Miami’s best rookie, though. The signing of undrafted shooting guard Kendrick Nunn back in April has paid huge dividends. In 43 starts, Nunn is averaging 16.3 points and 3.6 assists, both second among all rookies behind only Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies.

    While Dennis Lindsey of the Utah Jazz and Lawrence Frank of the Los Angeles Clippers also deserve recognition, Pat Riley and his front office have done the most to improve their team for this season.

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    We all knew the potential was there. But Luka Doncic has been even better, even faster, than anyone could have expected. 

    The jump from fringe All-Star to legitimate MVP candidate is probably the most difficult one to make, but Doncic has completed it in just his second season. His stat line is ludicrous: 28.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game with shooting splits of 46.7/32.9/78.2. He’s the engine for one of the most potent offenses of all time, leading his team from the lottery to the race for home-court advantage in the playoffs. 

    He has diversified his game, added dominant scoring ability and shown the ability to get into the paint and finish at a higher clip than most lob-catching bigs. 

    The toughest snub for this award is Brandon Ingram, who has made the jump from mediocre (at best) to playing at an All-Star level for the New Orleans Pelicans. The Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam and the Charlotte Hornets’ Devonte’ Graham have each grown considerably and deserve to be in the conversation.

    A significant jump is typically expected from second-year contributors, which usually takes them out of the running for Most Improved Player. But an exception has to be made for Doncic. No one else in the league has improved as much and had a bigger year-to-year impact on winning.

    Will Gottlieb

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    This is not a pick I ever envisioned making. The 2019-20 Oklahoma City Thunder were supposed to be a placeholder, a team assembled with the intention of disassembly, and Dennis Schroder is historically streaky and inefficient. 

    And yet, here we are.

    Breaking up the Thunder n

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LeBron James says fan was ‘disrespectful’ for throwing something at his son Bronny

LeBron James says fan was ‘disrespectful’ for throwing something at his son Bronny

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‘A good old-fashioned butt-whipping’ – Lakers fall to heaviest defeat of season at Celtics

‘A good old-fashioned butt-whipping’ – Lakers fall to heaviest defeat of season at Celtics
The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown scores a huge dunk over Lakers star LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to their heaviest defeat of the NBA season as they were beaten 139-107 by the Boston Celtics at TD garden.

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points while Kemba Walker – returning from inj

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LeBron James on fan who threw something at son during game: ‘It’s just disrespectful’

LeBron James on fan who threw something at son during game: ‘It’s just disrespectful’


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BOSTON – Upon learning a young fan threw something at his son, Bronny James, at a high school basketball game in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, LeBron James called the act disrespectful. 

“I did not see it until I got here actually,” James said following Boston’s 139-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. “I was at the complete opposite end of the floor. I did see the referee stop the game or stop the in-bounds and a cop came up there. But I didn’t know what happened until the video evidence shown to me today when I got here.

“I mean it’s just disrespectful, and it was a little kid, too. I don’t know how old that little kid was. I don’t know if he learned that on his own or he learned that at home or whatever the case may be, but it’s disrespectful. I wonder how old that kid is, if he was around Bronny’s age or Bryce’s age.”

Following the game, Bronny James’ teammate, Ziaire Williams, told reporters, “You’d be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through. It’s not fair, but he doesn’t let it faze him at all. I’m learning how to be more like that from him and he’s younger than me.”

James confirmed his son does indeed go through things because of who his dad is, but James said his son handles it well for a 14-year-old high school freshman, whose Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) lost to Paul IV (Fairfax, Virginia) at the HoopHall Classic.

“He’s cool, calm,” James said. “He’s better than his mom and dad. He is. He is better than his mom and dad at some of the things he lets off his shoulder. I guess he’s taken that from me too, because I let a lot of (expletive) go, too. But he’s a great kid, and most importantly, he just love

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Ex-Knicks coach David Fizdale had to sit quietly and awkwardly during an ESPN segment because of his contract with the team

Ex-Knicks coach David Fizdale had to sit quietly and awkwardly during an ESPN segment because of his contract with the team
  • Former New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale was on ESPN’s “The Jump” for a segment about the Knicks.
  • Fizdale, who was fired in December, was not able to discuss certain subjects, due to his contract.
  • Fizdale sat quietly during portions of the segment that were critical of the Knicks, only offering that he wishes he delivered a winning team and that he is hopeful for the team’s future.
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During a segment on ESPN’s NBA-themed show “The Jump,” former New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale had to sit quietly because he is not legally allowed to discuss certain aspects of the team.

Fizdale was fired in early December, less than two years after being hired as head coach. In 104 games, he went 21-83. According to CNBC’s Jabari Young, Fizdale signed a five-year, $22 million contract with the Knicks, and the team is still responsible for the remaining three-plus years and $17 million.

Host Rachel Nichols noted at the start of the segment that Fizdale cannot legally discuss all Knicks-related matters. What resulted was an awkward seg

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LeBron James on Object Being Thrown at Bronny During Game: ‘Just Disrespectful’

LeBron James on Object Being Thrown at Bronny During Game: ‘Just Disrespectful’
LA Lakers forward LeBron James waits for the end of the game to meet his son, Sierra Canyon's Bronny James #0 after their defeat at the hands of Paul VI in a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Monday, January 20, 2020, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James opened up about seeing debris thrown at his 15-year-old son during Bronny James’ game Monday, calling it “just disrespectful.”

Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports noted security was called over after something was thrown in James’ direction during Virginia’s Paul VI Catholic High School victory over Sierra Canyon. The game was temporarily stopped in the third quarter as a result, though ESPN’s Jeff Borzello noted police couldn’t identify who threw the object.

LeBron tweeted before his own game against the Boston Celtics that “hating has no age limit!” while suggesting his son can handle it:

He also posted a message to h

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Video: LeBron James’ Light-Up Lion Pendant with 14K Gold, VS1 Diamonds Revealed

Video: LeBron James’ Light-Up Lion Pendant with 14K Gold, VS1 Diamonds Revealed
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James applauds his teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is in possession of celebrity jeweler Iceman Nick’s latest creation—and it’s fit for a king.

As seen in the following photo and video, LeBron’s pendant is in the shape of a lion’s head, and Iceman Nick went the extra mile by giving it light-up eyes:

According to TMZ Sports, the pendant is called the “Lion Gatekeeper” and is made up of 130 grams of 14-karat gold and 35 carats of VS1 diamonds.

The pendant also features a door knocker that moves, which helps bring the entire presentation together.

TMZ Sports no

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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown: Poster Dunk on Lakers’ LeBron James Was ‘Pretty Nice’

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown: Poster Dunk on Lakers’ LeBron James Was ‘Pretty Nice’
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 20: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics dunks over LeBron James #23 and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on January 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Lakers 139-107.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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During the Boston Celtics‘ 139-107 blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Jaylen Brown put LeBron James on a poster, which was surely a career highlight.  

After the game, Brown admitted he enjoyed the moment:

It was a strong game from Brown overall as he finished with 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. 

And now he can say he’s dunked over James just like teammate Jayson Tatum, who caught the King during Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals when James still played for the Cleveland Cavaliers

That’s a bragging-rights moment in any player’s career. 

Of course, Tatum still believed his dunk was better:

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Kemba Walker on 1st Head-to-Head Win vs. LeBron James: ‘It’s Only 1. 1-28.’

Kemba Walker on 1st Head-to-Head Win vs. LeBron James: ‘It’s Only 1. 1-28.’
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 16:  Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics participates in warmups prior to a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on January 16, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Kemba Walker put the Boston Celtics‘ 139-107 blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers into perspective.

Following Monday night’s game, the Celtics point guard was asked about getting his first career victory against LeBron James. Walker was previously 0-28 in matchups with James.   

“It’s only one. … 1-28,” Walker told reporters. “I’m 1-0 with a new team.”

Walker posted 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and one steal against the 34-9 Western Conference-leading Lakers. 

James notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 assists while also nabbing seven rebounds.

Walker landed with the 28-14 Celtics this summer via sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets. The then-Charlotte Bobcats selected the three-time All-Star point guard out of UConn, where he won the 2011 NCAA national championship, with the No. 9 pick of the 2011 NBA draft.

Walker continually improved throughout his eight years in Charlotte, averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game as a Hornet last season, but the team lost more than i

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PSG’s Kylian Mbappe says Liverpool FC is a winning ‘machine,’ and that its form this season is ‘amazing’

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe says Liverpool FC is a winning ‘machine,’ and that its form this season is ‘amazing’
  • Kylian Mbappe says Liverpool FC is a winning “machine,” and that its form his season is “amazing.”
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side has won 21 of its 22 Premier League games this season, drawing the other to remain unbeaten, putting it 16 points clear at the top of the table. 
  • “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” PSG’s Mbappe, 21, told BBC Sport. “They’re like a machine.”
  • The Frenchman also called Klopp a “very good manager.”
  • Mbappe has enjoyed a fine season of his own, having scored 21 times for PSG already, helping it to the top of Ligue 1 midway through the campaign.
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Kylian Mbappe grew up a Chelsea FC fan.

But that doesn’t stop him from admiring the exploits of its rival, Liverpool FC, this season, who he describes as a winning “machine.”

Jurgen Klopp’s side has taken the English Premier League by storm this term, winning 21 of its 22 games whilst drawing the other to remain unbeaten.

Its most recent victory, a 2-0 win over Manchester United, extended its lead at the top of the table to 16 points over second-placed Manchester City, and with a game in hand, the Merseyside club now looks certain to win its first ever Premier League title.

“What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” the Paris Saint Germain stri

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49ers’ Katie Sowers is making history by becoming the first female and first openly gay coach at a Super Bowl game

49ers’ Katie Sowers is making history by becoming the first female and first openly gay coach at a Super Bowl game
  • San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers will be the first female and first openly gay coach at the Super Bowl on February 2. 
  • Before being employed by the NFL, Sowers was a member of the 2013 US Women’s National Football Team and played in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) for eight years. 
  • Sowers is the first openly LGBTQ coach in NFL history, and became the second woman to hold a full-time coaching position in the league when she was hired by the 49ers in 2017. 
  • 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters in a post-game interview that Sowers was “awesome” and a “tremendous” coach.
  • The 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida, on February 2. 
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San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers will make history next month by becoming the first female and first openly gay coach to take part in a Super Bowl.

Sowers, 33, became the second woman to hold a full-time coaching position in the NFL when she was hired by the 49ers in 2017 and is the first LGBTQ coach in the league’s history.

Sowers, who was a member of the 2013 US Women’s National Football Team and played in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) for

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LeBron James, Lakers Routed by Celtics as Anthony Davis Returns from Injury

LeBron James, Lakers Routed by Celtics as Anthony Davis Returns from Injury
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) and forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were trending in opposite directions, but things changed in the latest chapter of their historic rivalry.

Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a decisive 139-107 victory over Los Angeles on Monday at TD Garden, improving to 28-14 in the process. Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Enes Kanter led the way in a balanced effort, clinching the first of two matchups between the teams this season.

As for the Lakers, they are still a Western Conference-best 34-9 following the loss thanks to a 10-1 stretch in their previous 11 games.

             

Notable Player Stats

  • BOS F Jayson Tatum: 27 points, five rebounds and three assists on 5-of-8 from deep
  • BOS PG Kemba Walker: 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds
  • BOS SG Jaylen Brown: 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals
  • BOS C Enes Kanter: 18 points and 11 rebounds
  • LAL F LeBron James: 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: nine points, four rebounds and two blocks

            

Balanced Effort Finally Gives Kemba Win Over LeBron

LeBron James is an all-time great who has made opponents look downright helpless for much of his career, but it was hard to match Walker’s futility in head-to-head showdowns.

Entering Monday’s game, Walker had a career record of 0-28 when he was on the floor against a team featuring James. To make matters worse, his Charlotte Hornets actually beat James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 when the point guard was sidelined by an injury.

“What can I say? The guy was the best player to play in my league, in my generation,” Walker said, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “He’s been the greatest player over the last, what, 15 years? So, yeah. It is what it is.”

He and his Celtics teammates ensured it was no longer zero wins.

Walker was in

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Video: Bronny James Hit with Object During Sierra Canyon Game; Fan Ejected

Video: Bronny James Hit with Object During Sierra Canyon Game; Fan Ejected
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James #0 is seen against Paul VI during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Monday, January 20, 2020, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Sierra Canyon star Bronny James was hit by an object thrown by a fan during Monday’s game vs. Virginia’s Paul VI Catholic High School, according to Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports:

While Peek noted security was called over to remove the fan, police told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that nobody was ejected from the stands because the person in question could not be identified.

“You’d be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through,” Sierra Canyon’s Ziaire Williams told Peek. “It’s not fair, but he doesn’t let it faze him at all. I’m learning how to be more like

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LeBron James Has a New Light-Up Diamond Lion Pendant & It’s Incredible

LeBron James Has a New Light-Up Diamond Lion Pendant & It’s Incredible

LeBron James is no stranger to expensive jewelry, but this recent cop might be his most insane yet. According to TMZ, the Los Angeles Lakers star recently purchased a light-up “Lion Gatekeeper” diamond pendant and it is a hefty beast.

The head-turning pendant was made from 130 grams of 14K gold encrusted with 35 carats of VS1 diamonds, but that’s not even the most mind-blowing detail. This pendant boasts a fully-functional light-up feature — pull on the door knocker lodged in the lion’s mouth and its eyes glow red.

This i

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LeBron, Kemba and the most lopsided rivalry in sports

LeBron, Kemba and the most lopsided rivalry in sports

BOSTON — Kemba Walker has accomplished many things in the NBA: He’s made three All-Star teams and an All-NBA team. He has won the league’s sportsmanship award twice and made two trips to the playoffs. He’s signed a max contract.

But there’s one thing he hasn’t done: Beat LeBron James.

“I don’t know the exact numbers,” Walker said recently, when asked about his record against James, “but I know I’ve never beat him.”

Walker’s 29th try to defeat James comes Monday when his Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of two regular-season matchups — assuming that Walker returns after missing the Celtics’ previous game on Saturday with left knee soreness.

In eight seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Walker stepped onto the court against James 24 times in the regular season and four times in the 2014 NBA playoffs, and never left the court with a win.

“I know he still thinks about it a little bit,” said Phoenix Suns center Frank Kaminsky, Walker’s teammate for four seasons with the Hornets, “and he wants to beat him.”

The Hornets did have one win against James’ Cleveland Cavaliers when Kaminsky and Walker were teammates — a 106-97 victory in Charlotte on Feb. 3, 2016. But Walker was sidelined by a sore left knee and replaced by Jeremy Lin, who scored 24 in the win.

“Everyone played solid in that one,” said Kaminsky, who scored 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting as a rookie.

Walker and his teammates joked about his futility against James, but Kaminsky said there was an edge to the comedy: “With Kemba, when he jokes about those things, you can tell he’s kind of upset about it,” Kaminsky said. “That’s just his personality.

“He will make jokes about it, but you know in the back of his mind [beating LeBron] is something he wants to do.”

Several of James’ career highlights came against Charlotte and Walker. In Miami, on March 3, 2014, James scored a career-high 61 points while wearing a protective mask in a 124-107 win for the Heat. Walker scored seven points with eight assists as Charlotte’s starting point guard.

In Game 3 of the Heat’s 2014 first-round playoff sweep of Charlotte, with Walker on the court, James appeared to stare down owner Mi

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Bronny James Features, Zaire Wade Sits as Sierra Canyon Loses to Paul VI

Bronny James Features, Zaire Wade Sits as Sierra Canyon Loses to Paul VI
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James #0 is seen against Paul VI during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Monday, January 20, 2020, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Bronny James was held scoreless and Zaire Wade did not play, as Sierra Canyon fell 70-62 in a Hoophall Classic matchup against Paul VI on Monday.

4-star guard Trevor Keels scored a game-high 24 points and Duke commit Jeremy Roach added 16 points for Paul VI, which pulled away late in front of a raucous crowd that included LeBron James, who was in attendance despite the Los Angeles Lakers being scheduled to play the Boston Celtics later Monday.

What he saw was a mostly disappointing performance from Sierra Canyon, which had four players i

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LeBron James, social media react to Conor McGregor’s win

LeBron James, social media react to Conor McGregor’s win

The talk coming out of Conor McGregor‘s camp in recent weeks was that this was the best the MMA megastar has ever looked.

Better than when he dethroned Jose Aldo. Superior to when he clobbered Eddie Alvarez. Finer than when he knocked off Nate Diaz.

It took McGregor all of 40 seconds to prove it in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The former two-division UFC champion used a shoulder shot to damage Donald Cerrone‘s nose from the get-go, then blasted him with a head kick to set up the quick stoppage in the main event of UFC 246.

Indeed, it was a spectacular performance by McGregor, who hadn’t fought since October 2018 and hadn’t won since 2016. Not long after McGregor’s hand was raised by referee Herb Dean, fighters and worldwide stars, including basketball icon LeBron James, took to Twitter to praise “The Notorious.” Oh, and an old foe chimed in, too.

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LeBron James, JJ Watt, and more praise Conor McGregor after his astonishing 40-second knockout of ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in comeback fight

LeBron James, JJ Watt, and more praise Conor McGregor after his astonishing 40-second knockout of ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in comeback fight
  • Conor McGregor dominated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in his return to UFC action Saturday night.
  • McGregor charged Cerrone immediately, and secured the knockout win just 40 seconds into the fight.
  • After his win, athletes from across the sporting world were quick to congratulate the Irish fighter on his successful return to the octagon.
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Conor McGregor did not disappoint in his return to UFC action Saturday night, knocking out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just 40 seconds after the opening bell.

McGregor charged out of the gate, throwing a vicious left hand that might have been a knockout blow on its own had it connected.

But his initial miss did not matter. McGregor brought Cerrone close and sent some huge hits with his shoulder right at Cowboy’s nose, drawing blood. From there, McGregor landed a sharp kick to Cerrone’s jaw, and then got on top of his opponent to pound on his head in until the referee stopped the fight.

McGregor announced that he was back with some dramatic flair, and athletes from across the sporting world were quick to congratulate the former champ-champ on Twitter.

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THEN AND NOW: What the world’s biggest sports stars looked like as youngsters

THEN AND NOW: What the world’s biggest sports stars looked like as youngsters

Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003: skillful, fast, goal scoring machine. Cristiano Ronaldo in 2020: skillful, fast, goal scoring machine.

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Report: Lakers’ LeBron James Thinks Only Jason Kidd Shares His Basketball IQ

Report: Lakers’ LeBron James Thinks Only Jason Kidd Shares His Basketball IQ
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 3: Jason Kidd and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 3, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James reportedly holds assistant coach Jason Kidd’s basketball IQ in high esteem.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, two sources have said that LeBron believes Kidd is the “only person alive who sees the game of basketball with his level of clarity.”

When Kidd was hired as an assistant after the hiring of Frank Vogel as the new head coach, there were some rumblings about whether Kidd might be the head coach-in-waiting. The combination has worked well to this point, however, as the Lakers own the best record in the Western Conference at 33-8.

While LeBron is a surefire future Hall of Famer, Kidd already received that honor in 2018 after a 19-year NBA playing career with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.

Kidd was a 10-time All-Star, nine time All-Defensive Team selection and five-time assist champion who averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds a

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Conor McGregor says he’s never spoken with Tyson Fury despite the heavyweight boxer’s claims that he offered to help him train for his potential UFC debut

Conor McGregor says he’s never spoken with Tyson Fury despite the heavyweight boxer’s claims that he offered to help him train for his potential UFC debut
  • Last year Tyson Fury teased a potential switch to MMA in his future, adding that Conor McGregor would train him through his transition to the new sport.
  • McGregor now says that he’s never spoken with Fury, but let the story go because he’s a fan of Fury’s boxing.
  • McGregor is one of the few athletes that has transitioned between the worlds of boxing and MMA in big-money fights, and could have another boxing match with Manny Pacquiao on the horizon.
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Last year heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury made headlines teasing a potential jump to mixed-martial arts.

“I’ve got something big coming up,” Fury said while promoting his upcoming appearance at WWE’s “Crown Jewel” event. “Even more bigger than this. We might see Tyson Fury have his MMA debut this year too. It’s different but like I say, Tyson Fury is taking over.”

“I’ve been speaking to Conor about it and he will train me,” Fury said. “It’s going to be good.”

 

While McGregor at the time tweeted out his support of Fury’s potential switch to MMA, he now says that he had never talked to Fury about any potential training sessions.

“It’s exciting. I know Tyson [Fury] has been talking a lot,” McGregor said, per talkSPORT. “Tyson keeps saying me

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How Frank Vogel won over the Lakers and their superstars

How Frank Vogel won over the Lakers and their superstars

FRANK VOGEL WAS introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ head coach in the midst of a profoundly bizarre week for the franchise. And it was about to get even stranger.

Last May, alongside general manager Rob Pelinka, Vogel took the podium on the team’s practice court. Just hours earlier, Magic Johnson had accused Pelinka of backstabbing him during his rocky tenure as the Lakers’ president, a post Johnson had relinquished the previous month during an impromptu hallway resignation. Johnson’s departure was soon followed by the firing of Luke Walton and a public search for his replacement — another chapter in a Lakers saga that had grown more theatrical with each passing month.

Pelinka hadn’t appeared before the media since these events, lending what would normally be a pro forma occasion an air of suspense. So after being nobody’s first choice, Vogel wasn’t even the chief protagonist at his own news conference.

Vogel quickly became an onlooker as Pelinka received incoming fire about the intrigue that had consumed the franchise: How did Pelinka feel about Magic’s comments? Could his diminishing reputation hurt the Lakers in free agency? How would the organization achieve unity? What specifically is the chain of command?

“We do want today to be about Coach Vogel,” Pelinka pleaded, but there was no mercy.

Through it all, Vogel sat with a restful half-smile, right hand on left wrist. His eyes followed the barrage from reporter to GM. After Pelinka fended off a question about the franchise’s perceived disarray, Vogel stepped in.

“Quite frankly, the perception of our organization is very far from reality,” he said defiantly.

With that, the tone of the room shifted. Through an earnest but assertive appeal, Vogel had defused much of the tension. Yet the tenor of the event seemed to confirm that the Lakers were still a team captive to their self-inflicted melodrama, and Vogel was merely the newest cast member in another subplot. Here was an off-brand coach ill-fitted for the brand-obsessed Lakers, a safety school chosen after their pursuit of more desirable candidates fell short.

Vogel’s most recent coaching stint consisted of two forgettable seasons and a 54-110 record with the Orlando Magic. The contract presented to him by the Lakers, at three years, was shorter and the compensation less lucrative than typically offered to most veteran coaches. The front office voiced several directives with regard to staffing his bench that would be a deal-breaker for many.

Then there was the uncertain roster. The Lakers had designs on Anthony Davis, but the acquisition wouldn’t be executed for another month. And LeBron James was yet another potential complication, a superstar whose respect can be elusive for any NBA head coach, let alone one who came in through the side door.

But eight months after Vogel rose from that podium and walked into the fire, the Lakers’ first-year head coach has amassed wildly positive approval ratings with all constituencies — the Lakers’ brass, the locker room and peers around the league. His performance has surpassed the worst-case scenarios and perhaps even some of the best-case ones.

How did a retread coach who never played a second of NBA basketball nor coached in an NBA Finals game walk into the league’s most treacherous minefield and earn the confidence of some of the game’s brightest superstars?

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VOGEL BROKE INTO basketball by being a pest.

After getting nothing but “thanks for your interest” responses from the University of Kentucky staff under Rick Pitino to his multiple letters asking for a job, Vogel moved to Lexington in the fall of 1994 without an invitation. Once he arrived, he employed the following strategy: Hang around the facility, volunteer to do anything and everything, prepare relentlessly and be personable — a proclivity that has always come naturally to him.

“I know it’s about who you know,” Vogel says, “and I didn’t know anyone.”

Eventually, Vogel wore down Pitino assistant Jim O’Brien and found himself in the video room.

“He just wanted to learn basketball,” Pitino says. “He worked tirelessly but never, ever looked for any credit, never looked for any approval, never looked to move up the ladder.”

There in that video room — much like Erik Spoelstra, Mike Budenholzer, Dave Fizdale and others of his generation — Vogel steeped himself in the granular X’s & O’s of the game. He followed Pitino to Boston, then eventually moved to the bench under O’Brien with the Celtics, 76ers and Pacers.

In Indiana, O’Brien had been well aware of team president Larry Bird’s steadfast belief that NBA head coaches have an expiration date of three years. So when Bird met with O’Brien on a Sunday morning in January 2011 to fire him, he asked O’Brien if Vogel’s loyalty might make him reluctant to accept a battlefield promotion as O’Brien’s interim successor.

“I said, ‘That’s bulls—,'” O’Brien says. “‘This is an opportunity for him. Let’s get him on the phone.'”

When Vogel was on the line, O’Brien said, “Larry wants you to be the interim, and I don’t have any problem with your doing it.”

The next day, Vogel convened his first meeting as an NBA head coach.

“When Frank started talking, I thought right away, he’s grabbed the room — the energy, the positivity,” says longtime Pacers assistant Dan Burke. “The room lifted up, and you could feel it.”

With Roy Hibbert dropping back in the pick-and-roll and perimeter defenders determined to stay out of rotations at all costs, the Pacers built a league-best defense on the way to two conference finals appearances. As an offensive coach, Vogel preferred to control possessions, but Bird decided in 2015 that the Pacers needed to pick up the pace with a small-ball lineup featuring All-Star Paul George at power forward.

“I was caught in between Larry forcing him to play 4, and me having a mindset of, ‘Let’s try it. I think there’s value in it,'” Vogel says. “But Paul was resistant, like 100% resistant. I’m mediating, but Paul just didn’t like it. I remember Larry was in the papers saying, ‘They don’t make the decisions around here. I do.'”

Following the season, in which the Pacers bowed out in the first round, Vogel was dismissed. And unlike O’Brien, Vogel was not so sanguine regarding his sudden demise.

“When Larry called to fire me,” Vogel says, “I told

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The WNBA has a new in-season tournament and it may be an early sign of what’s to come in the NBA

The WNBA has a new in-season tournament and it may be an early sign of what’s to come in the NBA
  • The WNBA is introducing a midseason tournament as part of its historic eight-year CBA announced this week
  • The NBA could look to the WNBA’s new Commissioner’s Cup as a model for its own in-season tournament, which ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe report is in the works.
  • For both leagues, a midseason tournament would help increase fan engagement and, ideally, increase ratings early in the season.
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The WNBA announced a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement this week that features a significant increase in player salaries, ensures maternity leave for players no matter their team, and improves marketing and travel across the league.

While many of the additions to the CBA were both historic and unprecedented, arguably the most unique and interesting component of the deal is the Commissioner’s Cup — an in-season, 10-game tournament culminating in a special championship game for a “special prize pool.”

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storm's Sue Bird (10) tries to get past New York Liberty's Brittany Boyd during the first of a WNBA basketball game, in Seattle. Sue Bird needs arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out indefinitely, another big blow for the defending WNBA champs. The Storm announced Tuesday, May 21, 2019, that the 11-time All-Star has a loose body in her left knee. Bird will undergo surgery in Connecticut in the near future.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird drives past New York Liberty’s Brittany Boyd.
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According to a release from the WNBA, 10 early games from each team’s regular-season slate — the first home and away game against each of their conference rivals — will be designated as part of Cup play. Then, the teams in each conference with the best record in said Commissioner’s Cup games will face off in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game.

The Commissioner’s Cup finale is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 14 — the tail end of the WNBA’s monthlong break for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

The tourname

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LeBron James, Giannis, Stephen Curry Lead NBA in Jersey Sales; Jayson Tatum 4th

LeBron James, Giannis, Stephen Curry Lead NBA in Jersey Sales; Jayson Tatum 4th
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James dribbles past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Don’t be fooled into thinking the Golden State’s lack of success this season has cost the Warriors their popularity. Stephen Curry still had one of the best-selling jerseys in the league in late 2019.

The newest data provided by the NBA shows only small changes to the list of top-selling gear with LeBron James still holding the No. 1 spot in the jersey category. Curry, meanwhile, has been replaced at No. 2 with Giannis Antetokounmpo jumping up from No. 3 since April 2019. 

In terms of overall gear sold, the Warriors have dropped a few spots in the latest rankings, which span from October through December 2019. Golden State is now the sixth-highest selling team in total apparel, down from No. 2 in April. 

The new list doesn’t feature too many surprises. After Curry, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Houston’s James Harden round out the top five in jersey sales. The Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Raptors and Bucks make up the top

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LeBron James plays sous-chef for 5-year-old daughter

LeBron James plays sous-chef for 5-year-old daughter

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Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, center, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Kyle Kuzma, right, stand by during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The victory should have been a lot easier. The Magic led by as many as 21 points before the Lakers erased a 20-point deficit in eight minutes to take a 94-93 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the final quarter. From there, it was a back-and-forth affair down the stretch. 

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Aaron Gordon’s made free throw with 1.7 seconds left kept the game from going to overtime, as Quinn Cook nailed a three-pointer as time was expiring.

Ultimately, Orlando avenged its Dec. 11 meeting with the Lakers, which L.A. won 96-87. 

The 33-8 Western Conference-leading Lakers were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who missed his fourth game in a row with a bruised gluteus maximus suffered due to a hard fall during the team’s 117-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Jan. 7. Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo (finger) was also out. 

Reserve guard Alex Caruso took an elbow to his mouth in the early going and was evaluated for a concussion, per team reporter Mike Trudell, which had inconclusive results and kept him out for the remainder of the game.

The Magic, meanwhile, improved to 20-21 without Evan Fournier (right quad), D.J. Augustin (knee), Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) and Jonathan Isaac, who suffered a knee injury on Jan. 1.

Notable Performances

ORL G Markelle Fultz: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal

ORL F Aaron Gordon: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

ORL C Nikola Vucevic: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

ORL F Wes Iwundu: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

ORL G Terrence Ross: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

LAL F LeBron James: 19 points, 3 rebounds, 19 assists, 1 steal

LAL G Quinn Cook: 22 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

LAL G Troy Daniels: 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist

LAL G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

LAL C JaVale McGee: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks

Magic Lean on Fultz and Iwundu Amid Injury Woes 

Fultz and Iwundu were crucial pieces to the Magic’s upset victory despite Gordon treating the game like a dunk contest:

Fultz recorded a career-high 11 rebounds and performed as he was expected to when the Philadelphia 76ers picked him No. 1 overall in 2017 before thoracic outlet syndrome in his shoulder derailed his development:

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Bronny James, Zaire Wade Shine as Sierra Canyon Cruises Past Viewpoint

Bronny James, Zaire Wade Shine as Sierra Canyon Cruises Past Viewpoint
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James shoots a free throw against Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary during the second half of a high school basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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The Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (Chatsworth, Calif.) defeated visiting Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.) 117-62 on Wednesday night in their Gold Coast League opener.

Sierra Canyon has now won 51 straight Gold Coast League games, per Jack Pollon, their last such loss coming in 2013.

University of Kentucky commit BJ Boston led the way with 26 points, while LeBron James Jr. (known as Bronny) bucketed 17 points and Zaire Wade scored 14 points, per the Los Angeles Daily NewsTarek Fattal. James and Wade are the eldest sons to three-time NBA champions LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, respectively.

This on

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Conor McGregor says LeBron James inspired him to invest more in taking care of his body

Conor McGregor says LeBron James inspired him to invest more in taking care of his body
  • Conor McGregor will make his return to the UFC Saturday in a fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
  • In the lead up to the fight, McGregor said that he was inspired by LeBron James to invest more in his training and health.
  • James reportedly spends as much as $1.5 million a year on his health, between trainers, nutritionists, chefs, and recovery techniques.
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This Saturday, Conor McGregor will return to the octagon for the first time since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018.

After his underwhelming performance against Nurmagomedov, some wondered whether or not McGregor would ever reach the same heights as his initial run as a fighting superstar,. Doubts grew even louder when he announced, and later unannounced, his retirement from the fight game.

But ahead of his comeback fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, McGregor says he’s in some of the best shape of his life and credits NBA superstar LeBron James as part of his investment in his own health and training.

Speaking with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor said that after taking his training a

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Hummer will return as an EV nameplate in 2022

Hummer will return as an EV nameplate in 2022

Filed under: Green, Hummer, Truck, SUV, Electric, Off-Road Continue reading Hummer will return as an EV nameplate in 2022 Hummer will return as an EV nameplate in 2022 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for …
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Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler have turned the Heat back on in Miami

Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler have turned the Heat back on in Miami

PAT RILEY’S INCREDIBLE track record aside, it was hard to take him at face value nine months ago.

“Whether you believe me or not, we’re at the launching pad right now,” Riley said during his annual postseason news conference. “We’ve been through this now a long time. We know how to do this. We have done it in a myriad of different ways. We’re going to figure it out.”

Riley’s Miami Heat had missed the playoffs for a third time in five seasons. The Heat were capped out and had gone from chasing stars to overpaying role players. As a result, as the rest of the NBA was about to embark on one of the wildest summers of player movement ever, Miami seemed doomed to be relegated to the sidelines.

Riley, though, was undeterred.

“Don’t make any conclusions that we’re stuck with certain contracts. That would be foolish thinking,” Riley said. “There aren’t any obstacles, there are only opportunities.”

The Heat front office saw something they thought doubters were dismissing. Their choppy last few seasons aside, they believed their franchise and the city of Miami hadn’t dimmed as drawing cards. They felt they didn’t need cap space or high draft picks to make it happen. They needed only a star who wanted to be in Miami.

Sure, the Los Angeles and New York teams were rivals, but that was nothing new. The Heat had beaten those teams for stars in the past. Riley and his trusted lieutenants firmly believed an active marketplace played to their favor, and 2019 free agency would be active.

Once again, the old master was proved right. It showed in his wide smile as he sat alongside Jimmy Butler last July, the landing of a star that has become a turning point. To some, it was an unexpected sign-and-trade. As Riley predicted he could, he unloaded Hassan Whiteside‘s bloated expiring contract, creating the path for Bam Adebayo to elevate from role player to second star.

In short, the Heat are back, and back to doing what they’ve always done: gathering stars and contending. From Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal to the “Heatles” of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Riley has done this time and again since joining the Heat 25 years ago.

Now the Heat are on the hunt for another big catch. Whether it’s a member of the desirable 2021 free agency class or some other star, Riley has one more chance to create a Big Three on the shores of Biscayne Bay.

THIS REEMERGENCE OF the Heat as a force comes after five difficult years. James left in July 2014. Bosh re-signed, but recurring blood clots derailed his career. That they appeared for the first time just as the Heat were trading for Goran Dragic was a cruel twist of fate. All of it set the stage for Wade’s ugly — albeit brief — departure.

The failure to sign any major free agents — namely Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward, on whom Miami put a full-court press to land — was a reversal from the success the Heat had previously enjoyed.

As a result, the Heat changed tactics. In 2017, on the heels of failing to get Hayward, and after just missing the playoffs following a 30-11 close to the regular season, Miami invested heavily in non-stars. The Heat made more than $100 million in four-year investments to retain Dion Waiters and James Johnson — deals that remain millstones around the team’s neck.

“There aren’t any obstacles, there are only opportunities.”