‘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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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.

A small forward and s

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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.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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.

Rusty Kennedy—AP

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.

Susan Sterner—AP

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

Kevork Djanzesian—Getty Images

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

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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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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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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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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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‘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

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

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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.

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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.
  • Read more of our soccer stories here.
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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)

Gregory Payan/Associated Press

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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David Beckham, LeBron James & Justin Bieber – Meet ‘the GOAT’ of hat making

David Beckham, LeBron James & Justin Bieber – Meet ‘the GOAT’ of hat making

Alberto Hernandez has designed hats for LeBron James, David Beckham and Miley Cyrus. Now the LA artist has an “extreme” hat in store for his wildest client –

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Lilly Singh smacks down society’s obsession with virginity in under 5 minutes

Lilly Singh smacks down society’s obsession with virginity in under 5 minutes

Society is obsessed with virginity, even fetishising it, and Lilly Singh has had enough.

The A Little Late host slammed the double standards that surround the concept of virginity, smacking down patriarchal ideas about women’s virginity being “fragile and helpless,” and the complete omission of people having any other type of sex than with the oppo

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The Sixers shouldn’t regret trading Markelle Fultz, despite his recent play for the Magic | David Murphy – The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers shouldn’t regret trading Markelle Fultz, despite his recent play for the Magic | David Murphy – The Philadelphia Inquirer

(2) There’s an argument to be made that they would have been better off with Fultz, Richardson, and a player other th

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For 420 straight months, Earth has been…blazin’

For 420 straight months, Earth has been…blazin’

The last time Earth had a month of normal temperatures — compared to the 20th century — was in February 1985. Lebron James was a crawling infant, just over a month old. Barack Obama was 24. Billie Eilish wouldn’t be born for another 16 years.

It’s now been 420 consecutive months that Earth, overall, has experienced temperatures above the 20th-century average, according to data collected from over 25,000 weather stations and scrutinized by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

On Thursday, the agency published data showing that December 2019 was the second hottest December in 140 years of modern record-keeping, and that the last six Decembers were the warmest six Decembers in recorded history.

The long-term trend is clear, beyond the cultural milestone of 420 straight months of above-normal temperatures:

A routine climate science denialist argument — though willfully ignorant and increasingly pathetic — is that cold or low records were also broken in 2019. Of course, winter still arrives and daily weather will always fluctuate. But a critical point is with added background warming, high temperature records are fast outpacing low temperatures records. It’s not even close.

As of mid-December, 364 all-time high temperatures were set in 2019, versus just 70 all-time lows.

“As

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After a bizarre, 2-year saga where he appeared to forget how to shoot, Markelle Fultz is wowing the NBA world

After a bizarre, 2-year saga where he appeared to forget how to shoot, Markelle Fultz is wowing the NBA world
  • Markelle Fultz missed most of his first two seasons in the NBA with a shoulder injury and bizarre shooting woes.
  • He is now thriving with the Orlando Magic and earning praise from teammates and opponents.
  • On Wednesday, Fultz had arguably the best game of his career, posting 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, while scoring clutch baskets to seal a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Fultz has gone from a question mark to an impact player and Most Improved Player contender.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It took over two years, but Markelle Fultz is showing flashes of why he was the consensus top prospect in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fultz’s first two years in the NBA were not the typical roadmap for a No. 1 pick. Upon entering the NBA, Fultz’s ability to shoot from anywhere outside the paint mysteriously disappeared, amid discussion over whether he changed his shooting motion to deal with a shoulder injury or suffered a shoulder injury while changing his shooting motion.

Over two years, Fultz sat out large portions of the regular season, went viral for ugly shot attempts, and was generally ineffective when he was on the floor. The 76ers ultimately cut ties with him at a fairly low cost in February, trading him to the Orlando Magic for Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick.

Fultz did not play the remainder of the 2018-19 season with the Magic, but over the first half of 2019-20, he’s proven to be a valuable piece for a playoff contender.

Through 40 games, Fultz is averaging 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 46%

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Markelle Fultz, Aaron Gordon Lead Magic to Shock Win vs. LeBron James, Lakers

Markelle Fultz, Aaron Gordon Lead Magic to Shock Win vs. LeBron James, Lakers
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 Orlando Magic snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ nine-game winning streak by upsetting them 119-118 at Staples Center on Wednesday night. 

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. 

Markelle Fultz’s two-point bucket gave the Magic some breathing room, up 116-112 with 38.6 seconds left, but LeBron James sunk a three-pointer to pull the Lakers within one. Fultz again came up big to extend Orlando’s lead to 118-115 at the 15.4-second mark.

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.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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.”

Heat president Pat Riley

“That’s





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Lakers’ LeBron James Passes Isiah Thomas for 8th on NBA’s All-Time Assist List

Lakers’ LeBron James Passes Isiah Thomas for 8th on NBA’s All-Time Assist List
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 13, 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 Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James continues to climb the NBA‘s all-time assists leaderboard.  

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ All-Star forward surpassed Hall of Famer and Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas for sole possession of eighth place during the team’s Monday night matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers:

James talked about the feat after the game, per Rodrigo Azurmendi of NBA.com:

“One of the best point guards this game has ever seen. And one of the toughest as well. Just his upbringing, coming from Chicago, doing the things he was able to do on the floor. From Indiana going to the Bad Boys in Detroit, just setting the tone for what he wanted his career to be…Anytime I’m linked with the greats, and ‘Zeke being one of those, it’s just an honor, and I think back to my childhood and where I’m from.”

James had already reshuffled the list this season, bypassing Gary Payton during a 111-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 19:

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Tyronn Lue Talks Cavs Exit, LeBron James Relationship, Lakers HC Interview, More

Tyronn Lue Talks Cavs Exit, LeBron James Relationship, Lakers HC Interview, More
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Cleveland. The Hawks won 133-111. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Los Angeles Clippers assistant and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue discussed several subjects—including his departure from Cleveland, relationship with LeBron James and head coaching interview with the Los Angeles Lakers—during an interview with Joe Vardon of The Athletic on Tuesday.

Despite leading the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals and their first championship in franchise history in 2016, Lue was fired after an 0-6 start last season. When asked if he wishes he was still the Cavaliers’ head coach, Lue responded:

“Yeah, I do. What I tried to build there, I think the culture I tried to set … I thought we could do it together. Koby [Altman] being a young GM, me being a young coach, having young players. I won a championship there, so you have a chance and an opportunity to do something different, and you should have that leeway to be able to go through a couple challenging years. To win a championship and go to the Finals should buy you a little time, you would think.”

Lue took over for the fired David Blatt during the 2015-16 season, and the change paid dividends for the Cavs, as they went on to beat the Golden State Warriors in the Finals after losing to them the previous year.

Cleveland fell to Golden State in each of the next two Finals, but with Lue’s record of 128-83 and three N

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The WNBA has a new CBA that increases player salaries, ensures maternity leave, and improves marketing and travel for the league

The WNBA has a new CBA that increases player salaries, ensures maternity leave, and improves marketing and travel for the league
  • The WNBA and the WNBA Players Association have agreed to a new, eight-year collective bargaining agreement.
  • For the first time in league history, the average WNBA player will earn a six-figure salary while top players are eligible for annual compensation that could push $500,000.
  • Other changes include fully-paid maternity leave, improved travel arrangements, increased investment in marketing, and a potential 50-50 revenue split by 2021.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Just two weeks into the new decade, the WNBA has made strides in pushing towards a fairer, more equitable future.

On Tuesday, the league announced that leadership had agreed to a new, eight-year collective bargaining agreement with the WNBA Players Association. Players had opted out of the previous agreement due to issues with their compensation, benefits, travel arrangements, revenue split, and more.

First looks at the new CBA appear to address many of those areas of concern.

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, New York Liberty guard Tanisha Wright, center, goes after a loose ball during the first half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Seattle Storm at Barclays Center in New York. The Liberty will have a new home next year, playing their games at Barclays Center. Liberty team executives told the AP on Thursday that the franchise will play all its home contests at the Brooklyn arena that houses the Nets. The building was recently purchased by Liberty owner Joe Tsai, who also owns the Nets. Playing in Barclays Center is a huge upgrade for the Liberty, who played the past two seasons at the Westchester County Center, where the capacity was set for just over 2,000 fans. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The New York Liberty host the Seattle Storm in a 2019 WNBA matchup.
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“We approached these negotiations with a player-first agenda, and I am pleased that this agreement guarantees substantial increases in compensation and progressive benefits for the women of the WNBA,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a release. “We look forward to working together to make the WNBA a sustainable and thriving business for generations of women’s basketball players to come.”

First and foremost, the WNBA will henceforth offer a maximum salary of $215,000 — a nearly $100,000 increase from last season. Top players are also eligible to earn up to $300,000 more in “league marketing agreements,” which are designed to keep stars from having to play overseas during the WNBA offseason. Those two figures, combined with additional incentives for achievements like All-Star game participation and mid-season tournament victories, could amount to a more than $500,000 payday for the league’s brightest stars.

For years, WNBA players argued for a portion of the league’s revenues commensurate with that which NBA players receive. While often misconstrued as a bid for the millions of dollars stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry take home each season, the women’s players simply lobbied for a greater percentage of the pie. Whereas James and Curry have long enjoyed a 50-50 revenue split, the

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LeBron, Kawhi, Embiid Named on Kevin Durant’s List of 5 Hardest Players to Guard

LeBron, Kawhi, Embiid Named on Kevin Durant’s List of 5 Hardest Players to Guard
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) guards Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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While Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James battle for Western Conference supremacy this season, they can at least point to something they have in common.

They are on Kevin Durant‘s list of the five hardest players to guard in the league.

Durant took over The Boardroom Twitter account Thursday and was asked who are the five hardest players to guard. He answered LeBron, Kawhi, Lou Williams, Paul George and Joel Embiid.

It is a testament to his versatility that he knows what it’s like guarding so many different players. Embiid is a center, Williams is a quicker ball-handling guard and the other three are forwards who can score off the ball or facilitate with it in their

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Report: Hummer to be resurrected as an electric pickup truck

Report: Hummer to be resurrected as an electric pickup truck

How exactly are you supposed to bring back an uneconomical brute of a vehicle when there is growing pressure on vehicle manufacturers to clean up emissions? Make it electric, of course.

General Motors Company (GMC) is planning to do just that with the Hummer brand which went defunct back in 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

People familiar with the matter say GM is set to revive the Hummer name on an electric pickup truck.

Apparently, American basketball player LeBron James will help promote the 4×4 ex-military vehicle‘s comeback. James wil

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The Unique, Unlikely Celebrity Of Tfue

The Unique, Unlikely Celebrity Of Tfue

Would you rather meet LeBron James or Tfue?

The question was posed in December to 9-year-old Guy Dadon. He was sitting with his mother after playing basketball in Los Angeles — just a few miles from Staples Center where James, the world’s most famous basketball player, leads the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most storied NBA franchises.

“LeBr …” the mother began.

“Tfue!” the son interjected with a big smile.

The mother’s unfinished answer gave way to a look of confusion.

“Tfue?” she asked.

(Video/Jhaan Elker; Photo/Eve Edelheit)

Given the global celebrity of James, who has graced athletic arenas and Hollywood screens while racking up millions in endorsements, her surprise was understandable.

But among the younger generation, there is a strong pull to a new type of celebrity, one that exists in a world undiscoverable by those who don’t actively seek it out. At the center of this world — or certainly near it — sits Turner Tenney, better known by to his fans as Tfue (pronounced T-foo), the most watched gamer and entertainer on the video game streaming platform Twitch.

An unlikely star, the 22-year-old Floridian is one of the most talented players of Fortnite, a game that draws tens of millions of players per month. Fans tune in regularly for both his skill level and brash attitude, marking him as one of the chief personalities riding the growing popularity of live-streamed video game entertainment to unimaginable heights.

Tenney’s videos have been watched 1.3 billion times and he has won more than $600,000 in prizes. Major game publishing companies have offered him six-figure paychecks to show off their titles. His net worth has been estimated in the seven figures, still peanuts compared with someone like James, but astounding to those who never would have considered playing video games could provide a lucrative career path. Some of Tenney’s elite peers have secured their own sponsorship deals, a few going so far as to sign exclusively with a specific streaming platform in exchange for sums of money believed to reach into eight figures.

Richard Tenney, father of Turner Tenney, rides on the front of a school bus in the annual Holiday Street Parade in Indian Rocks Beach. (Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post)

Merrick Westlund and Edwin Meza stand on top of a school bus while children pose in front of mock-up battle bus. (Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post)

Merrick Westlund throws stickers during the parade. (Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post)

Fans line the street hoping for swag and a glimpse of the Tenneys. (Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post)

And his importance extends beyond the Internet. Tenney decided last year to sue the esports organization that helped develop his audience over what he considered a predatory contract. The move triggered a nationwide reassessment of fair business agreements in a nebulous profession still establishing its best practices. In the years to come, his family’s vision could further help shape the future for streamers around the globe by introducing a facility in Florida dedicated to help content creators build their image, and an audience.

Esports and video game streamer celebrity culture is not really new. But it has been easy to miss for older generations unaccustomed to spending hours on sites such as Twitch, YouTube or Mixer, preferring instead to be entertained by Hollywood on TV and at the cinema, or by traditional sports leagues. [Twitch is owned by Amazon, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.]

“Gamer, esports athlete, social media influencer, there’s so many different labels that you could label yourself as, so I don’t know. I’m just me, dude.”

Turney “Tfue” Tenney, on his video game stardom

As such, Tenney stands as an example of an increasingly stark bifurcation of fame between generations that has arisen with a more siloed media landscape and the ability of digital-first platforms to amplify video game players.

To those less Internet-savvy, his importance in the evolving world of entertainment is a complete mystery. But to a certain younger audience Tenney’s renown rivals, and sometimes even exceeds, that of the most famous celebrities — even if his trappings don’t mirror those of a superstar like LeBron James.

“Gamer, esports athlete, social media influencer,” Tenney said in an interview with The Washington Post while sitting on the roof of his childhood home. “There’s so many different labels that you could label yourself as, so I don’t know. I’m just me, dude.”

Tenney prepares to stream Fortnite. (Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post)

The starting point of a streaming star

The Tenney family home is situated in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., a small, mostly middle class community of a few thousand framed by Clearwater to the north, St. Petersburg to the south and Tampa to the east. Perhaps the only indication that the single-story, beachfront house might be of note is the constant presence of a sheriff patrol vehicle parked in an adjacent lot — and a 20-foot plastic dolphin, perched in a tree on their property.

Just hours before participating in a Fortnite tournament featuring $187,000 for the winning squad, the world’s most-watched esports player sauntered out bleary-eyed from his house and into the winter sun. Dressed in a tattered T-shirt, shorts, Gucci flip-flops and championship-sized diamond ring, Tenney leered at his father, Richard, who was standing in front of a school bus spray-painted blue with the white letters of “Fortnite” stenciled on the side.

“Who’s the f—— a—— that scheduled this interview?” he asked his father, straight-faced and monotone. A second passed, then came a smile directed toward his dad/PR agent.

The deadpan sarcasm from Tfue is the first indication of how close the super streamer is with his family and how large a role they play in his unorthodox life.

Tfue, a name Turner picked randomly after searching for an available gamer tag with four letters, was born the third of four siblings. His parents separated during his childhood. Asked about his school experience, he laughed, “What experience?”

“I went to middle school for a week. It sucked. I dipped,” Tfue said. “I never really went to school, technically I was home-schooled.”

His father, Richard, who was elected city commissioner in Clearwater in his early 20s, said the 1988 school shooting in Winnetka, Ill., where he attended middle and high school in the 1960s, made him wary about their safety. He also shared that his experience in Florida schools as a child was lacking.

“I went to middle school for a week.
It sucked. I dipped.”

Turner “Tfue” Tenney

“There was nothing for me to do there,” Richard said in his Johnny Cash-sounding, John Wayne-cadenced rasp. “I sat my youngest son down at 14 years old with [online educational software] Khan Academy and he worked his way through high school in a month.” Only the oldest Tenney sibling, Alex, a former model, had formal schooling among the children. Turner’s older brother Jack, 25, has his own multimillion online following as a YouTuber.

“The ocean was their school, they learned to pay attention out there,” Richard said, adding that the boys worked very hard from a young age. “Eighty-hour weeks, 100-hour weeks. I had them selling TV antennas at flea markets. They sold them all!”

In their younger days, the Tenney boys pursued two distinct interests: filmmaking and action sports.

“Anything crazy, adrenaline-related, I loved doing. Anything on the beach, anything with a board pretty much,” said Turner, who won surfing contests and was competitive as a downhill skateboarder. Jack is a professional skimboarder.

“Turner could’ve have been a pro surfer, no problem. Jack, too,” said Richard, dressed in his signature slip-on beach shoes, shorts, baseball cap, and a T-shirt featuring Ice Cube.

The two Tenney boys have benefited from this kind of support from their father, and from each other, since they began shooting videos at the ages of 12 (Jack) and 8 (Turner). That experience helped put the Tenneys ahead of the curve when it came to the current era of Internet video content as a commodity. The world’s top esports streamer got his start as a bit player in his brother’s videos, which smack of Rob Dyrdeck and “Jackass,” even though they weren’t allowed to watch the MTV show when they were growing up.

“It’s a group of friends trying have as much fun as possib


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Milestone in ‘marathon’: LeBron passes MJ again

Milestone in ‘marathon’: LeBron passes MJ again

DALLAS — While outdueling Luka Doncic on the court Friday night, LeBron James also managed to one-up Michael Jordan in the record books.

James passed Jordan for fourth place on the all-time field goals made list en route to a 35-point, 16-rebound, 7-assist night in the Los Angeles Lakers129-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

His fast-break layup with 6 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter was the 12,193rd made field goal in Game No. 1,235 of his career. Jordan had 12,192 in 1,072 games. James needed 324 fewer field goal attempts to get there.

“Any time you’re in a marathon and you’re able to have feats throughout that marathon, I think it’s just pretty cool to be linked with the greats,” James said, referring to the grind of the regular season, during his on-court interview with ESPN’s Jorge Sedano after the game.

“You said the name Michael Jordan; it just means so much to me. Any time I’m linked with his name, with his greatness and what he was able to do with the game. Hopefully, I continue t

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Looks like the Hummer is making a comeback as an electric pickup truck

Looks like the Hummer is making a comeback as an electric pickup truck

The Hummer could be making a comeback as an electric pickup truck.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Hummer name, once known for outrageous gas-guzzling and general douchebaggery, will be repurposed for a new battery-powered SUV from General Motors as early as 2022. 

Rumors of the vehicle’s second lease on life began swirling in summer 2019 when GM president Mark Reuss told reporters the company was consi

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LeBron out vs. Thunder with flu-like symptoms

LeBron out vs. Thunder with flu-like symptoms

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Los Angeles Lakers were without the bulk of their starting lineup Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LeBron James was ruled out because of an illness and flu-like symptoms and Danny Green also missed the game because of a sore right hip, the team announced.

Anthony Davis, who missed Friday’s win in Dallas because of a bruised buttocks injury suffered earlier in the week versus New York, was also ruled out.

The Lakers started Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee.

James, 35, has played in all but one game so far this season for L.A., which the Lakers lost.

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LeBron James Reminds Luka Doncic, NBA He Still Wears the Crown

LeBron James Reminds Luka Doncic, NBA He Still Wears the Crown
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The reminders keep coming, in all sorts of forms, without interruption.

Some are subtle, their significance barely registering in real time, if not unnoticed, because this has all become so routine. Others are harder, often impossible, to ignore. They too are routine, but louder, so much louder. These are the moments that force reflection, the occasions in which we have to wonder whether this is really happening.

And it is.

LeBron James, at age 35, remains king of the NBA

This might sound like a cliche. It may come off even worse, perhaps closer to overthought, wishy-washy gobbledygook, the kind exclusively reserved for megastars ebbing further into their twilights. And hey, that might be true…once James is actually in his twilight.

A game in early January is by no means a referendum, especially for someone with such an extensive, airtight resume. During the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 129-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at American Airlines Center, though, James played like it was.  

His final line: 35 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists on 14-of-25 shooting, including a 3-of-6 clip from beyond the arc.

On a night when the Lakers didn’t have Anthony Davis, LeBron left with not only a victory against a team supposedly fast-tracked toward contention but also (another) piece of history: 

That this detonation came against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks is, for James, even sweeter.

Doncic’s struggles Friday night (1-of-5 from deep, 8-of-13 at the foul line) are meaningless in the grand scheme. These nights happen to everyone, particularly those who aren’t yet old enough for bottomless mimosas at Sunday brunch.

Remember: Doncic is supposed to be the face of the next generation, an heir apparent to LeBron or Giannis Antetokounmpo rather than their rival. He’s instead crashing the immediate MVP race, at the age of 20, and already gone toe-to-toe with James as an equal.

For James to out-duel him head-to-head, and for his Lakers to win the season series over the Mavericks (3-1), is a statement. It is not a defining achievement, but it carries weight:

And if James didn’t view this contest as a barometer of something, anything, then he fooled us. It would also be a first this year.

He has treated this entire season as a return, a renaissance, rather than more of the same. People had gradually started nominating others for the NBA’s “Best Player” office before, but there was a mass exodus of those who always defaulted to James at No. 1 after he missed a career-high 27 games and the Lakers failed to make the playoffs last season.

Full disclosure: Yours truly falls under that umbrella, having awarded the honor to Giannis Antetokounmpo this past fall. James checked in at No. 4. I wasn’t alone. ESPN crowned Antetokounmpo, with James coming in third. It was the same story at SI.com.

The owner of the NBA’s pole position is still up for debate. That it’s even a matter of discussion, with James in Year 17, is almost inconceivable. 

Almost.

James has interpreted this discourse not as a rite of time or even a slight but an assault on his standing. You know, #WashedKing an

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GM to release an electric Hummer pickup, per report

GM to release an electric Hummer pickup, per report

General Motors could be bringing back the Hummer brand. According to this report by The Wall Street Journal, an all-electric Hummer pickup will be sold under the GMC brand and LeBron James is enlisted to help market the vehicle.

There are no details about the pickup’s capability, including electric range or seating capacity.

The move re

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GM to revive Hummer name with electric pickups, SUVs: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) will revive the Hummer name to sell a new family of electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles and will tout the return with a Super Bowl ad featuring NBA star LeBron James, two people briefed on the matter said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Workers leave the General Motors CAMI car assembly plant where the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are built, in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Geoff Robins

The vehicles will be sold under the GMC nameplate. Reuters reported in October that GM planned to build a new family of premium electric pickup trucks at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning in late 2021 and was considering reviving the Hummer name, citing several people familiar with the plans.

The Wall Street Journal reported GM’s decision to move forward earlier on Friday. GM declined to comment.

The electric truck and SUV program is the centerpiece of a planned $3 billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant to make electric trucks and vans, and part of a broader $7.7 billion investment in

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GM is serious about electric Hummer, wants LeBron James to sell it, report says

GM is serious about electric Hummer, wants LeBron James to sell it, report says
Hummer H2 and Hummer H3 SUVs

In one of the most unlikely turnarounds in automotive history, General Motors could resurrect the Hummer name — long associated with gas-guzzling SUVs — for a new electric vehicle. Following multiple rumors of an electric Hummer, The Wall Street Journal reported that GM has signed NBA star LeBron James to star in a Super Bowl commercial for the new electric vehicle. The report claims the electric Hummer will go on sale in 2022, but GM hasn’t made any public comments on it.

The report, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter, also said the electric Hummer will be sold under the GMC brand, instead of a stand-alone brand as before. GMC currently sells fancier versions of Chevrolet pickup trucks and SUVs. While GMC has made some efforts to distinguish itself from Chevy (including offering a carbon fiber truck bed), it still lacks a strong identity. A “GMC Hummer” could make the brand more distinctive, although it could also confuse customers used to thinking of Hummer as a stand-alone brand.

Hummer started out building civilian versions of the military High Mobile Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The name comes from soldiers’ pronunciation of the acronym HMMWV as “Humvee.” A favorite of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the original, military-derived Hummer — known as the H1 — was joined by two more models — t

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Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric Off-Road Pickup By GMC And LeBron James Will Be Its Spokesperson: Wall Street Journal

Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric Off-Road Pickup By GMC And LeBron James Will Be Its Spokesperson: Wall Street Journal

Image; Hummer

In the latest and juiciest of Hummer-related rumors, the Wall Street Journal claims that “people familiar with the matter” say GM is bringing back Hummer as an off-road electric pickup model under the GMC brand. Set to debut in early 2022, the truck will be shown off by basketball genius LeBron James during this year’s Super Bowl, the news site’s sources say.

We’ve heard rumors about GM possibly resurrecting the Dead-Since-2010 Hummer brand as an electric off-road vehicle brand, and word on the street was that the vehicles would be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. We also know for sure that GM is planning to sell an electric pickup. But now we’ve got fresh details from the Wall Street Journal involving Los Angeles Lakers triple-double-machine LeBron James, the calendar year 2022, and the GMC brand. From the journal:

General Motors Co. GM -1.23% is resurrecting the Hummer name on an all-electric pickup truck to be sold under the GMC brand, according to people familiar with the matter, reviving a once-popular yet controversial badge that was phased out a decade ago.

GM has enlisted NBA superstar LeBron James to promote Hummer’s return, including a plan to air a commercial during the Super Bowl next month, said one of these people and another person with knowledge of the advertising plans.

The new Hummer model, which is expected to go on sale by early 2022, is likely to be sold in small volumes as a rugged, jeep-like pickup truck for off-road enthusiasts, said people briefed on the strategy.

The story goes on to say there’s no plan to make Hummer its own brand—it will just be a GMC model.

Image: Hummer

The sourcing on this is a bit nebulous, so we’ll take this with a grain of salt for now, but it’s still fun to think about, though I’m a bit conflicted about whether this is a good idea.

I’m actually a Hummer apologist. I think the Hummer brand got such a bad rap not because the vehicles were bad or even that thirsty compared to what else was on the road at the time. (Heck, even if you look at modern off-road trucks and SUVs, Hummers aren’t really that different in terms of basic layout). No, I think it all came down to timing and the fact that the brand made only big trucks and SUVs, which are by nature not particularly fuel efficient. I’ll just quote myself to drive that point home:

The biggest factor, I think, was timing. Though Hummer made its debut near the beginning of this millenni

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: LeBron James, Giannis Lead 2nd Voting Results

NBA All-Star Game 2020: LeBron James, Giannis Lead 2nd Voting Results
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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It’s looking increasingly like the captains for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be the same stars as a year ago.  

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James lead the second returns of All-Star voting, released Thursday by the NBA. Antetokounmpo looks like a near-lock to be an All-Star captain for the second straight season, while James is closely followed by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and teammate Anthony Davis.

   

Western Conference All-Star Voting

Frontcourt

1.  LeBron James (LAL) 3,359,871

2.  Anthony Davis (LAL) 3,124,446

3. Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 2,210,539

4. Paul George (LAC) 845,719

5. Nikola Jokic (DEN) 559,881

Backcourt

1. Luka Doncic (DAL) 3,277,870

2. James Harden (HOU) 2,167,269

3. Damian Lillard (POR) 687,855

4. Stephen Curry (GSW) 595,913

5. Russell Westbrook (HOU) 581,500

    

Eastern Conference All-Star Voting

Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 3,259,383

2. Joel Embiid (PHI) 1,784,211

3. Pascal Siakam (TOR) 1,730,763

4. Jimmy Butler (MIA) 1,400,293

5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 1,182,663

Backcourt

1. Trae Young (ATL) 1,389,628

2. Kyrie Irving (BKN) 1,351,997

3. Kemba Walker (BOS) 1,331,577

4. Derrick Rose (DET) 918,550

5. Zach LaVine (CHI) 572,022

    

James has been an All-Star captain each of the first two years under the new fantasy draft format. Fan voting represents 50 percent of the formula used to determine All-Stars, with media members and players each h


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Jimmy Butler called TJ Warren ‘soft’ and ‘trash’ after an on-court feud ended with profanities, blown kisses, middle fingers, and an ejection

Jimmy Butler called TJ Warren ‘soft’ and ‘trash’ after an on-court feud ended with profanities, blown kisses, middle fingers, and an ejection
  • Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren got into a scuffle during the Miami Heat’s Wednesday-night win over the Indiana Pacers.
  • Late in the third quarter, Warren resorted to pulling on Butler’s arm to prevent him from hitting an easy layup, and Butler responded by getting in Warren’s face.
  • Both players were given technicals for screaming profanities at one another, but Warren was ejected on the next play for taunting after his four-time NBA All-Star foe was whistled for an offensive foul.
  • Butler blew him kisses goodbye, and Warren retaliated by flipping him the bird while walking to the locker room.
  • After the game, Butler called Warren “soft,” “trash,” and “not even in my f—— league” before posting a provocative Instagram and tagging Warren in the caption.
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Jimmy Butler has never been shy about controversy, but even for him, Wednesday night’s antics were an anomaly.

The four-time NBA All-Star got chippy with T.J. Warren throughout their contest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but things came to a head towards the end of the third quarter when Warren resorted to pulling on Butler’s arm to prevent him from

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B/R Countdown: LeBron’s Top-10 Assists for the First Half of the Season

B/R Countdown: LeBron’s Top-10 Assists for the First Half of the Season

LeBron James leads the NBA in assists as we reach the halfway mark of the season, with 390 through 36 games. In this edition of B/R Countdown, we count down LeBron’s top 10 dimes so far this season.

Watch the video above for all of the highlights.

                    

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Liverpool FC just signed the most lucrative kit deal in EPL history with Nike, and part owner Lebron James celebrated on Instagram

Liverpool FC just signed the most lucrative kit deal in EPL history with Nike, and part owner Lebron James celebrated on Instagram

Liverpool FC part owner Lebron James took to Instagram to welcome the English Premier League side to Nike after it penned a record new kit deal with the iconic brand. 

The Reds officially announced the new deal, which will begin in June, on Tuesday, bringing to an end its five year partnership with New Balance.

According to The Independent, the deal will eclipse the club’s current annual $59 million contract with New Balance, and will also likely better Manchester United’s yearly $98 million deal with Nike, making in the most lucrative in Premier League history. 

James, who owns a 2% share in the club, and is a Nike sponsored athlete himself, shared his delight at the agreement on social media. 

“YNWA,” the Los Angeles Lakers star said, alongside a heart emoji and picture of the club’s badge. “YNWA” stands for “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Liverpool’s club motto. 

😎🤫👑 #YNWA❤️

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jan 7, 2020 at 8:33am PST

Liverpool had to go through the High Court to push its deal with Nike through, says CNN, after a dispute with New Balance back in October. 

CNN reports t

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The Knicks Were 0-for-Los Angeles, but There May Be Signs of Hope

The Knicks Were 0-for-Los Angeles, but There May Be Signs of Hope

What, a reporter asked Rivers, did you tell your players at halftime?

“Guard someone,” he replied.

On Tuesday, Vogel, the Lakers’ coach, forecast a tight battle with the Knicks. James was considered doubtful for the game, as he had a cold and body aches. (A few nights earlier, James could be heard advising teammates that his wife was sick and so he had to hurry home to the Brentwood manse.)

Alas for the Knicks, James c

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Nike & LeBron James Ready the LeBron 17 “I Promise”

Nike & LeBron James Ready the LeBron 17 “I Promise”

After seeing an “Infrared” iteration, LeBron James‘ signature Nike LeBron 17 silhouette will soon release in an “I Promise” colorway, inspired by the I Promise School located in Akron, Ohio.

The vibrant model features a kaleidoscopic upper and outsole, dressed in various hues of yellow, blue, purple, red and so on. Spotlighted on the tongue tab is an embroidered LeBron James Family Foundation crown in royal green and gold, while a

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LeBron James, Lakers Cruise Past Knicks Despite Anthony Davis Injury

LeBron James, Lakers Cruise Past Knicks Despite Anthony Davis Injury
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring and drawing a foul during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The Los Angeles Lakers have hit the ground running in the new year.

Los Angeles extended its winning streak to six games Tuesday with a 117-87 victory over the New York Knicks at Staples Center. LeBron James led the way for a Lakers team that sits atop the Western Conference standings with a 30-7 record, but there was plenty of concern after Anthony Davis exited when he fell hard on his lower back in the third quarter.

Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet reported Davis suffered a sacral contusion, although X-rays were negative.

As for the Knicks, they have lost three in a row and are an ugly 10-27 on the campaign.

         

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 31 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals
  • LAL F Kyle Kuzma: 16 points and six rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: five points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks
  • NYK G RJ Barrett: 19 points and five rebounds

          

Game Takes a Backseat to Injury Concern for Lakers

As it turns out, the Lakers’ biggest health concern Tuesday was not the fact that James was a game-time decision because of an illness.

The King took the floor and was aggressive from the start, attacking the basket off the dribble, launching from deep when New York sagged off him and using his overpowering combination of strength and quickness to pour in 15 points in the first half alone as the Purple and Gold largely put the game away before intermission.

It was no surprise a balanced Lakers squad that entered

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Lakers’ LeBron James After Anthony Davis’ Injury: ‘Who Said It Would Be Easy?’

Lakers’ LeBron James After Anthony Davis’ Injury: ‘Who Said It Would Be Easy?’
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 01: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers while playing the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 1, 2020 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. Lakers won 117 to 107. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is taking a pragmatic approach toward things in the wake of Anthony Davis’ back injury suffered during Tuesday’s 117-87 win over the New York Knicks at Staples Center. 

Per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James said afterward the team wasn’t going to have a simple path to its ultimate goal this season. 

“Who said it would be easy? In the NBA, guys get injured. Guys get sick. Obviously we know what AD’s meant for this team. Obviously there’s no replacing him. You can’t say you replace what he does, he does everything. But everybody else has got to chip in and be better. We’ll see what happens with his injury and take it from there.”

Davis was injured in the third quarter when he landed hard on his back trying to block Julius Randle’s shot. He immediately grabbed his bac

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Stephen A: Kawhi Leonard Said Lakers’ LeBron James Was Scared to Guard Him

Stephen A: Kawhi Leonard Said Lakers’ LeBron James Was Scared to Guard Him
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press

The Los Angeles rivalry between the Clippers and Lakers is reaching new heights, with Kawhi Leonard reportedly telling LeBron James he was afraid to guard him. 

Per ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith during Wednesday’s First Take, Leonard said “someone tell LeBron stop being scared to guard me” during a game against the Lakers. 

However, Clippers guard Lou Williams later appeared to deny Smith’s report:

James and the Lakers have dominated virtually everyone in their path so far this season. They lead the Western Conference with a 30-7 record and have had four winning streaks of at least six games, including their current run since a four-game losing skid from Dec. 17-25. 

The only team that has gotten the best of the Lakers on multiple occasions so f

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Andrew Yang Recruits LeBron James For 2020 Campaign, ‘Let’s Work Together!’

Andrew Yang Recruits LeBron James For 2020 Campaign, ‘Let’s Work Together!’

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Luka Doncic notched a 21-point quarter and another triple-double and shrugged it off as ‘just stats’

Luka Doncic notched a 21-point quarter and another triple-double and shrugged it off as ‘just stats’
  • Luka Doncic scored 38 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, his ninth 30-point triple-double of the season, in a win on Monday.
  • After the game, Doncic shrugged off the accomplishment, calling it “just stats.”
  • Doncic has more 30-point triple-doubles than the rest of the NBA combined and more triple-doubles at his age than any other player in NBA history.
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Luka Doncic has opened 2020 on a tear.

The 20-year-old Dallas Mavericks point forward put up another impressive stat line in a 118-110 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday, scoring 38 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Doncic’s performance in

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Lakers’ 20 blocks an upgrade in luxury for LeBron

Lakers’ 20 blocks an upgrade in luxury for LeBron

LOS ANGELES — It had been almost 20 years since an NBA team blocked 20 shots in a game until the Los Angeles Lakers swatted everything in sight in their 106-99 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at Staples Center.

L.A. came into the night leading the league with 7.1 blocks per game, and Anthony Davis eclipsed that mark all by himself, registering a season-high eight rejections. JaVale McGee (six blocks) and Dwight Howard (five) also put up season highs in the category.

“I mean, I think it’s just an unbelievable feat. A remarkable feat. Dwight, JaVale and AD, they just make it easy on us,” LeBron James said. “To know that you have that safety net behind you … it’s a heck of a luxury.”

It became a laborious night for the Pistons as the Lakers blocked 25.6% of their shot attempts (20 of 78), making it the highest percentage of blocked shots in a game since blocks became an official statistic in 1973-74, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

“Obviously it was a huge factor in the game,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our three big guys just played exceptional basketball. I think we as a group were not happy with giving up 68 points in the paint against the Pelicans. That was sort of the theme of our film session yesterday, and those guys took a lot of pride in protecting our rim tonight. Twenty blocks, that’s pretty special. Those guys did a great job.”

Detroit was limited to 32 points in the paint, a stark improvement from Friday night against New Orleans.

“They are No. 1 in the league right now blocking shots,” Pistons forward Christian Wood said. “They showed that today, and they do

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Trae Young bamboozled Nuggets defenders with a fake behind-the-back pass-turned-nutmeg that dazzled NBA fans

Trae Young bamboozled Nuggets defenders with a fake behind-the-back pass-turned-nutmeg that dazzled NBA fans

The Atlanta Hawks wunderkind Trae Young rose to fame for his outlandish 3-point shooting, but it was his flashy handle that had the NBA world buzzing Monday night.

During the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s Monday-night contest against the Denver Nuggets, the second-year point guard crossed up Monte Morris near the top of the key before shaking a double team of his fellow 2018 first-round draft pic

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42-year-old Vince Carter made history by becoming the first NBA player to play during 4 decades

42-year-old Vince Carter made history by becoming the first NBA player to play during 4 decades
  • 42-year-old Atlanta Hawks player Vince Carter became the first NBA player to suit up for games in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s. 
  • Carter was drafted in 1998 — when LeBron James was entering eighth grade and before Dallas Mavericks’ rising star Luka Doncic was even born. 
  • Carter played his first NBA game with the Toronto Raptors in 1999, and became a league journeyman. He has played for eight teams in total. 
  • “I’m just very thankful to still be around and compete at this level,” he told reporters after receiving a standing ovation at Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. 
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Vince Carter made history on Saturday night by becoming the first NBA player to play in games spanning across four decades.

Carter, 42, played his first game in 1999, and has since played 22 seasons in the NBA.

When he was drafted in 1998, LeBron James was entering eighth grade, and Dallas Mavericks’ rising star Luka Doncic hadn’t even been born.

Carte

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NASA’s top observatories teamed up capture an imploding star in captivating 3D

NASA’s top observatories teamed up capture an imploding star in captivating 3D

Now, in 2020, we have even more insight. The 3D image reveals that the Crab Nebula—which you can spot in the constellation Taurus—is not a classic supernova remnant where one big

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Mayweather, Ronaldo, Messi, & More Top ‘Forbes’’ Highest-Paid Athletes Of The Decade

Mayweather, Ronaldo, Messi, & More Top ‘Forbes’’ Highest-Paid Athletes Of The Decade

Following its list of the top-earning musicians of the decade, Forbes has also shared the highest-paid athletes of the past 10 years.

Topping the list is boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who banked $915 million USD thanks to his headline dominating fights against Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor in 2015 and 2017. Mayweather pocketed more than $500 million USD on these two fights alone. Placing second and third are football rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who earned $800 million and $750 million USD each, respectively. Along with this honor, Messi was also named the highest-earning athlete of 2019 by Forbes.

Rounding out the top 5 is basketball superstar LeBron James with $680 million USD and tennis icon Roger Federer with $640 million USD. Collectively the top 10, which includes a pa

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Golden State’s frustrations from its abysmal season came to a head as Steve Kerr got ejected for telling refs to ‘wake the f— up’

Golden State’s frustrations from its abysmal season came to a head as Steve Kerr got ejected for telling refs to ‘wake the f— up’
  • Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was ejected from Golden State’s Monday night contest against the Sacramento Kings for a profanity-laced tirade in which he told a referee to “wake the f— up!”
  • The eruption came after referee Jason Goldenberg counted an and-one layup from De’Aaron Fox even though Kerr thought the shifty Sacramento guard was fouled before putting up the shot.
  • Kerr’s outburst may very well have been the culmination of frustration not only from the call at hand but also from an abysmal Warriors season that has seen the perennial frontrunners drop to a Western Conference-worst 9-29.
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All head coaches get aggravated with referees from time to time, but Steve Kerr’s eruption Monday night was an anomaly even among the

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The King Reigns: LeBron James Is AP’s Male Athlete of Decade

The King Reigns: LeBron James Is AP’s Male Athlete of Decade

(AP) — He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won mor…
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Russell Wilson

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Russell Wilson

As usual, he was the last to speak with reporters after the game. It took nearly an hour for him to emerge from the locker room. Most of his teammates, who, to be fair, had played just as poorly, were already lining up for the Seahawks’ bus when Wilson walked briskly to a white tent near the cramped visitor’s locker room.

Bright-eyed, grinning, clad in an earth-toned suit, he looked out at the assembled reporters, and put on another show. Wilson sounded as he always does after a painful loss — even as he did right after the Super Bowl interception — not just

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Lakers fans welcome Ingram, Ball back to Staples

Lakers fans welcome Ingram, Ball back to Staples

LOS ANGELES — In their first game back in Los Angeles against their old team, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart were welcomed by the Lakers with a highlight video Friday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans had played at Staples Center earlier this season against the LA Clippers, but this was the first time Lakers fans had a chance to see Ingram, Ball and Hart since the trio was traded for Anthony Davis in July.

Ingram and Ball received a warm round of applause from the Staples Center crowd when the Pelicans’ starting lineup was introduced.

“Brought back some memories,” Ingram told reporters duri

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2020 NBA All-Star Voting: Luka Doncic, Giannis, LeBron James Lead 1st Results

2020 NBA All-Star Voting: Luka Doncic, Giannis, LeBron James Lead 1st Results
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 21:  Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks works against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at Fiserv Forum on January 21, 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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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences in the first fan returns for 2020 NBA All-Star Game voting:

Doncic is the overall voting leader at 1,073,957, while Giannis is close behind at 1,073,358. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is the only other player with more than one million votes at 1,020,851.

The All-Star voting will conclude on Jan. 20, and the 2020 All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.

It can be argued that Doncic and Antetokounmpo are the NBA’s leading MVP candidates, so their All-Star voting status is well earned.

Doncic, in his second NBA season, is averaging 29.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game for a Mavs team that is performing beyond expectations at 21-12.

Giannis, who is the reigning NBA MVP, has improved statistically thi

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N.B.A. Superstars, Growth and Lockouts: the David Stern Years

N.B.A. Superstars, Growth and Lockouts: the David Stern Years

David Joel Stern was born in Manhattan on Sept. 22, 1942. It was the day after Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and the Nazi march east through Europe was grinding to a halt outside Stalingrad. Closer to home, the Dodgers topped the Giants, 9-8, in extra innings at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

The Knicks, the team Stern would root for as a boy, wouldn’t exist for another four years.

By the time Stern died on Wednesday, at the age of 77, basketball had become inexorably woven into the narratives of African-Americans and Jewish-Americans, of fans growing up in rural Indiana and in America’s cities. It had been exported to the farthest reaches of the globe and then back again; the N.B.A.’s most valuable player last year was a Greek born to Nigerian immigrants and its champion a Canadian team with contributors from three continents.

Basketball owes its ascendance to its players — to their dunks and their blocks, their 3-pointers and their air balls — but it also owes it to Stern, the son of a delicatessen owner. Stern’s nearly five-decade association with the N.B.A. drove it from a sleepy league to one with nearly unmatched global and cultural might.

Stern had many detractors, especially later in his tenure as commissioner, but his influence is clear. The story of the N.B.A. is the story of David Stern’s life.

Upon graduating from Columbia Law School in 1966, Stern joined Proskauer, Rose, Goetz & Mendelsohn, which was then — and still is — the N.B.A.’s law firm. He first garnered public attention for his work on the Oscar Robertson antitrust case in 1976, which resulted in both the creation of free agency and the transfer of four teams from the upstart American Basketball Association to the N.B.A.

As executive vice president of the N.B.A. in 1983, he led the league in agreeing to revenue sharing — the players would get 53 percent of gross revenue — and a salary cap. Aligning the incentives for players and owners to work together to increase revenue became the economic foundation of today’s N.B.A., and ushered in 15 years of relative labor peace.

In the early years, players seemed not to view Stern as an antagonist, and respected his work on behalf of the league.

When Stern was appointed to succeed Larry O’Brien as commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984, the N.B.A. wasn’t in great shape. Stern’s big solution to the N.B.A.’s financial and reputational problems was to relentlessly market star players more than the teams. The rivalry of the 1960s and early 1980s between the Celtics and Lakers ultimately became the rivalry of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Stern benefited greatly from a historic convergence of great players. Bird and Johnson were already stars, and Stern’s first draft as commissioner saw Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton all chosen. Though Jordan was selected third, some were already envisioning greatness for him.

Few could have seen, however, how Jordan’s effortless style, boundless athleticism and vicious competitiveness — not to mention his and Nike’s marketing savvy — would captivate the public.

The 1985 draft would add to the rich talent pool, as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and Joe Dumars were all chosen. The players who would lead the league toward the new millennium had arrived.

In 1980, The Los Angeles Times reported that cocaine use was widespread in the N.B.A. It was a problem that repeatedly plagued the league.

In February 1986, Stern banned Micheal Ray Richardson, an All-Star guard for the Nets, from the N.B.A. for life after three positive drug tests. Later that year, Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose just two days after being selected by the Celtics with the second pick of the draft.

The next year three Suns players, and two former players, were charged as part of a wide-ranging investigation into cocaine trafficking. But the case eventually fell apart and nobody went to trial.

Upon becoming commissioner, Stern immediately set out to increase the N.B.A.’s international presence. Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Sarunas Marciulionis and other Europeans debuted in 1989, a trickle of foreign players that would soon become a flood, in part because of the collapse of the Soviet Union and along with it the Eastern Bloc’s state-sponsored sports model.

Overseas exhibition tours increased in frequency, and in 1990 the league held its first regular season game abroad, in Japan.

“David will never be happy until he’s able to walk down the street in Peking and see on every kid’s head an N.B.A. cap,” said Pat Williams, the general manager of the Orlando Magic, in 1990. “And don’t think he won’t do it.”

Magic Johnson suddenly retired before the 1991-92 season, ann

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Ringing in the New Year (With Rings)

Ringing in the New Year (With Rings)

When Douglas Parr proposed to Nadine Christensen a year ago, the two knew almost immediately that they would get married in their home in Brisbane, Australia and that they would get married on New Year’s Eve 2019.

The end of the year and the start of the new one marks the end of what has been the most challenging decade for them and the start of something new. In 2011, Mr. Parr was struck by a car in a hit-and-run and his rehabilitation became a “full-time effort for both of us,” Ms. Christensen said.

Over the next seven years, Mr. Parr would relearn to walk, drive, and do many of the things that came naturally to him before the accident, all with Ms. Christensen by his side. In the last 12 to 18 months, their lives have begun to normalize, the couple said in a phone interview.

“The start of the new decade is a transformative moment for us,” Mr. Parr said. “We finally have a moment of moving forward and everyone we love will be around us as we enter this time.”

For many couples, ringing in the new year with family and friends after just getting married marks the start of a new chapter. For others it’s convenient because family members are already in town and can save people the cost of traveling for a wedding on another date.

“In the last few years, New Year’s Eve weddings have become popular, even if they are on a weekday,” Jeanne Eid, a wedding planner in Windsor, Ontario said. “Everyone would like to go out and dress up and a wedding is fun for guests to come in and celebrate and drink and celebrate the couple and the new year at the same time.”

This year, Ms. Eid’s assistant is getting married on New Year’s Eve and Ms. Eid is running point during the event.

Dan Scott, the venue manager at the Panama Dining Room, a popular wedding space in Melbourne, Australia, said that in the last two years there has been “huge demand” for weddings on New Ye

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Navy won the Liberty Bowl thanks to the gutsiest trick play in the final seconds

Navy won the Liberty Bowl thanks to the gutsiest trick play in the final seconds
  • Navy ran a gutsy trick play on fourth down with the game tied in the final seconds of the Liberty Bowl.
  • The Midshipmen faked a running play on fourth-and-three with the back throwing to a wide-open receiver for 41 yards to set up the game-winning field goal. 
  • If the play had failed, Kansas State would

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Check out the NBA’s Best Plays of the Decade

Check out the NBA’s Best Plays of the Decade

With the 2010s nearly in the books, the NBA has compiled numerous “Best Plays of the Decade” lists, filled with enough high-flying, jaw-dropping action to satiate even the most avid hoops lover.

These lists are split into five segments that encompass multiple categories. There’s the 100 best dunks and 100 best crossovers, followed by the 60 best “clutch moments” — buzzer-beaters are included in this list — blocks, and assists. Each countdown is rife with luminaries of the game and memorable moments. Stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry share the spotlight and the highlights with lesser-known rotational players, show

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My Top Sports Moment of the Decade: The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series

My Top Sports Moment of the Decade: The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series

The 2010s offered no shortage of indelible sports moments: Canada defeating the U.S. in overtime on home ice to clinch men’s hockey gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Japan rallying to win the 2011 women’s World Cup in a penalty shootout against the United States, just months after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster ravaged the country. Auburn’s Kick Six to win the 2013 Iron Bowl over Alabama. American Pharoah winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Kris Jenkins’ shot that won Villanova a national championship. Arike Ogunbowale’s shot that won Notre Dame a national title. LeBron James chasing down Andre Iguodala and delivering the city of Cleveland its first title since 1964. Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters. Megan Rapinoe’s pose, Carli Lloyd’s hat trick and back-to-back World Cup titles for the U.S. women’s soccer team. Serena Williams’ dominance. And so many others we could mention.

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But even amid all this excellence, one moment stands out: the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, ending a 108-year streak without a championship that so many people — in the Windy City and elsewhere — just figured they’d never live to see ended.

Baseball provides a unique connection to its fans. The games live with you almost daily over the long summer months. During the season, there are 162 opportunities to feel the sting of defeat, or the euphoria of victory. The swings can leave you dizzy, moody, confused. So in the case of Cubs fans, a century-plus of failing to win can only wear you down. Which means the World Series win, and absolution of all that suffering, will last a lifetime.

In the minutes after first baseman Anthony Rizzo squeezed his glove to record the last out of Game 7 and clinch the Cubs’ World Series, Bill Shannon, a Wrigley Field “bleacher bum” for six decades and retired machine tool company executive from Rockford, Ill., called the win “one of the greatest moments of my life … you don’t know if you’re ever going to see it. I kept thinking of my all my friends at Wrigley, and so many that are gone. I feel privileged to have witnessed this. I felt like I was fighting with the Cubs every step of the way.”

After the Cubs clinched, novelist Scott Turow walked into the backyard of his suburban Chicago home and yelled, “It finally happened!” at the top of his lungs. He wished his dad was alive to see it; he’s glad his son and grandsons did. “It’s still an absolute high point for me as a fan, and a peak that there’s nothing even close to rivaling,” Turow says three years later.

Even if you didn’t sing “Go! Cubs! Go!” after wins and spend decades throwing visiting home runs back onto the field at Wrigley, Chicago’s victory stood out as pure sports theater. After the Cleveland Indians thumped Chicago, 7-2, at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the 2016 Series to take a 3-1 series lead, hope seemed lost. “We needed today,” said one Cubs fan, John Stutz, as he filed out of Wrigley that night, before the final out. “Right now, all the air has gone out of the balloon.” But the Cubs eked out a tense 3-2 win in Game 5, and as the series shifted back to Cleveland, Chicago’s bats woke up: the Cubbies won Game 6, 9-3, dominating from the outset.

That set up an unforgettable Game 7. An estimated 7

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The Process. The Decision. The Big Three. They Changed the N.B.A.

The Process. The Decision. The Big Three. They Changed the N.B.A.

The New York Times is reflecting on the past decade in the N.B.A., which has evolved perhaps more than any other major sports league.

The N.B.A. has been less bound to tradition than the other major sports leagues, embracing uniforms changes more so than the N.F.L. and embracing rules changes more readily than the M.L.B.

But the core of the N.B.A. — its strategy, culture and narrative — has been upended in significant ways, both by choice and by urgency, over the past decade. (Remember what free agency was like before “The Decision”?)

Our writers’ task was to pick what changed everything for the N.B.A. at its core over the past decade, be it a moment, a theme or a trend.

Victor Mather

Senior staff editor and reporter

The 76ers decided that the way to win in the N.B.A. was to lose, and lose a lot. Their scheme, dubbed “The Process,” involved making little or no effort to improve the team, losing a lot of games (63, 64 and 72 in consecutive years) and getting great draft picks. The architect of The Process, Sam Hinkie, was eventually fired, but it sort of worked. The 76ers took Joel Embiid with a No. 3 pick and Ben Simmons with a No. 1. It also sort of didn’t work. The No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and the No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor did not turn into stars.

But in a big way, The Process really didn’t work. Even if Embiid and Simmons someday lead the 76ers to glory, those tanking seasons are lost forever, and the fans forced to sit through a 10-72 season in 2015-16 will always have the dismaying memories of a team that often played hard on the court but was continually undercut by an intentionally woeful performance by its front office.

Did The Process change everything? Let’s hope not.

Marc Stein

Hall of Fame sports reporter

The N.B.A. Players Association’s stubborn refusal to allow the league to institute “smoothing” — a gradual salary-cap increase starting in 2016-17 season instead of a nearly $25 million jump — paved the way for the Warriors to sign Durant away from Oklahoma City. Golden State’s failure to win the championship in 2016 after taking a 3-1 series over lead over Cleveland was another huge factor, since Durant almost certainly would not have chosen to join the Warriors if they were two-time reigning champions. But the cap spike is what made it mathematically possible for the Warriors to afford to sign Durant even with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green already on the roster. There was no stopping the Warriors from becoming a dynasty once Durant joined them.

Benjamin Hoffman

Senior staff editor

It is hard to imagine what the decade would have looked like had LeBron James not signed with Miami before the 2010-11 season. The concept of a Big Three was hardly new — just ask Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor — but the teaming up of friendly rivals broke with a tradition in a way that many people found unsettling.

Players, however, seemed to like the idea. With James absorbing much

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LeBron James & Serena Williams Named AP’s Athletes of the Decade

LeBron James & Serena Williams Named AP’s Athletes of the Decade

With the 2010s drawing to a close, the Associated Press has bestowed its Male Athlete of the Decade award on LeBron James and Female Athlete of the Decade on Serena Williams.

James’s on-court exploits this past decade are the stuff of legend. After leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010 via a controversial “The Decision” special that aired on ESPN, he won two NBA Championships, two NBA MVP awards and two NBA Finals MVP awards, all in 2012 and 2013. He then went home to Cleveland and the Cavs in 2014, and was finally able to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the title-deprived city in 2016. Since leaving Cleveland again in 2018, James has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite his endlessly impressive play and laundry list of awards and accomplishments, James has transcended the game of basketball over the past ten years, becoming a near-omnipotent presence and a cultural icon in the process. Known for his domestic social justice beliefs, James has done everything from wear an “I Can’t Br

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10 Monday AM Reads

10 Monday AM Reads

My late in the year morning reads:

• Why You Actually May Want to Buy ‘Bears‘ in a Bull Market (Fortune)
• Retailers grapple with $100bn returns problem: Online purchases in the US almost three times more likely to be sent back (Financial Times)
• Investors Conquered Fees. Next Up Is Their Own Behavior. (Bloomberg)
• Christmas Clubs and Private Equity Returns (Morningstar) see also  The Financial Lesson of 2008-09 That Most Investors Have Forgotten (Wall Street Journal)
• Dimensional Fund Advisors makes unprecedented slash of fees across all its mutual funds and declines to rule out DFA ETFs muscling into the crowded market (RIABiz)
• The 13 Biggest Career Crashes Of 2019 (Forbes)
• 2 Texas Billionaires Think They Can Fix Philanthropy (Bloomberg)
• SUV shaming: I care about climate change, so why am I driving an SUV? (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
• The most popular fact checks of 2019 (Washington Post)
• LeBron James and the Golden Age of Geezer Athletes (Wall Street Journal) see also LeBron or MJ? How the King is settling the GOAT debate (ESPN)

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The Best N.B.A. Season of the Decade? Too Hard to Choose

The Best N.B.A. Season of the Decade? Too Hard to Choose

The New York Times is reflecting on the past decade in the N.B.A., which has evolved perhaps more than any other major sports league.

The last decade in the N.B.A. had something for everyone. New superstars emerged — Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard — and veterans like Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant reminded us all why they were so great. There were heartbreaks (the Spurs) and comebacks (the Cavaliers) and moments fans and players will never forget (“The Block”).

Our writers and editors explained which seasons from the past 10 years were their favorites.

Victor Mather

Senior staff editor and reporter

For incident and excitement, 2011-12. The season started grimly, with a lockout, eventually costing 16 games of the regular season. But the revised 66-game schedule felt fresh and fast, and every game had a little more import. Chris Paul seemed to be headed for the Lakers, only to have the deal vetoed by then-Commissioner David Stern, and he wound up going to the Clippers instead. In February, Jeremy Lin turned into Oscar Robertson for the magical run of Linsanity. In the playoffs, the eighth-seeded 76ers beat the top-seeded Bulls after Chicago’s Derrick Rose injured a knee, and the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat won their first title.

Kevin Draper

Sports business reporter

The N.B.A. is at its best when there is a clear top dog but also a number of fun, interesting and credible challengers, and that was never more apparent than in 2012-13.

The Heat had just won a championship with James and were demolishing everything in their path. But the Spurs almost took them down in the finals — and would have, if not for an incredible shot by Allen.

There were so many other fun teams. A plodding, defensive style was still viable, so the Roy Hibbert-led Pacers were designed specifically to stop James, and Tony Allen led the Grit n’ Grind Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals. The post-James Harden Thunder looked unstoppable, until Russell Westbrook needed knee surgery.

It was also a preview of the rest of the decade. The fun-running Warriors upset the Nuggets in the playoffs, and Harden’s Rockets and Ca

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LeBron honored as AP top male athlete of decade

LeBron honored as AP top male athlete of decade

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight Finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the past 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart.

“That’s all?” LeBron James asked, feigning disbelief. No, that’s not all. Those were just some highlights of the past 10 years. There were many more, as the man called “King” spent the past decade reigning over all others — with no signs of slowing down.

James is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade, adding his name to a list that includes Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer. He was a runaway winner in a vote of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers, easily outpacing runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

“You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James, who turns 35 Monday, told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35, and I’m just in a better [place] in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.”

Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating the sprints at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics; soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth; and Michael Phelps — the U.S. swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 of them gold — was fifth.

James was revealed as the winner Sunday, one day after Serena Williams was announced as the AP Female Athlete of the Decade. In his 17th season, he’s on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA’s scoring leaders.

“When LeBron James is involved,” Denver coach Michael Malone said, “I’m never surprised.”

Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the past 10 years. He started the decade 124th on the league’s career scoring list. He’s now about to pass Kobe Bryant for No. 3. No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul

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Tom Brady says a tip from Peyton Manning helped him turn Rob Gronkowski into the most dominant tight end in the NFL

Tom Brady says a tip from Peyton Manning helped him turn Rob Gronkowski into the most dominant tight end in the NFL
  • Tom Brady revealed that one of the keys to unlocking the dominance of former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came with the help of Peyton Manning.
  • During an offseason workout, Brady and Manning were discussing football, when Manning explained a particular play-action pass protection.
  • Brady took the protection back to offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and quickly used it to help turn Gronkowski into the most fearsome pass-catcher in the NFL.
  • “Rob Gronkowski has probably 50% of his offensive production on that play,” Brady said.
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Tom Brady has played with a number of brilliant teammates over the course of his historic career with the New England Patriots.

But no Patriots pass-catcher was as dominant at his position than tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose presence helped change the landscape of the NFL, leading the way for the likes of Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and other tight ends to become significant parts of their respective teams’ passing attacks

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LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete of the Decade over Tom Brady, More

LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete of the Decade over Tom Brady, More
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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LeBron James was named the Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Decade, according to the AP’s Tim Reynolds.

The Los Angeles Lakers star beat out Tom Brady, Usain Bolt, Lionel Messi and Michael Phelps for the honor. Serena Williams was the AP’s Female Athlete of the Decade.

You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James said of the award. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.”

James added that marrying his wife Savannah was his best moment from the decade.

Over the last 10 years, Brady won three Super Bowls in a league that makes it nearly impossible to remain a title contender for more than a few

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LeBron James’ Double-Double Lifts Lakers Over Trail Blazers – Blazer’s Edge

LeBron James’ Double-Double Lifts Lakers Over Trail Blazers – Blazer’s Edge

The Blazers’ current losing streak extended to three games after the Lakers exited the Moda Center with a 128-120 victory. Saturday’s action unfolded in the shadow of Skal Labissière’s knee injury that occurred in the early portion of the first quarter. Despite his exit, the Blazers battled the first-place Lakers to the final whistle. Ultimately, LeBron James’ masterful double-double proved to be the difference (21 points, 16 assists).

Here is a look back at Saturday’s result as we wait for news on Labissière’s injury.

First Quarter

The Blazers’ plans to combat the Lakers’ abundance of size came to an abrupt end when Skal Labissière exited early in the first quarter with a left knee injury. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers focused on attacking the paint. Size was not the only thing working in Los Angeles’ favor. Anthony Davis, LeBron James and JaVale McGee all did a superb job of sealing off their defenders in pursuit of favorable opportunities. The Lakers finished the first quarter with a 24-12 advantage in the points in the paint column.

Regardless of the size disparity, the Blazers kept pace thanks to a 14-point outburst from Damian Lillard. On top of Lillard’s exploits, Portland’s proficient shooting from distance provided a cushion when Los Angeles completed a 10-0 run late in the frame. The Lakers finished the first quarter with a slight 34-32 lead.

Second Quarter

Kyle Kuzma took a shot to the face in the opening quarter, but that setback did not slow him down. The former Utah standout had his shot clicking from inside and outside the arc. Kuzma added 11 points to his total in the second quarter?

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Oklahoma’s desperate trick play backfired spectacularly in the College Football Playoff semifinal

Oklahoma’s desperate trick play backfired spectacularly in the College Football Playoff semifinal
  • LSU got off to a dominant start against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl on Saturday, jumping out to a quick 28-7 lead.
  • In need of a spark, Oklahoma tried to jump-start their offense with a trick play, an altered flea-flicker from quarterback Jalen Hurts.
  • The LSU defense didn’t bite on the trickery, instead, intercepting the pass and scoring another touchdown to extend their lead to 35-7 just six plays later.
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Oklahoma walked into a buzzsaw in their college football playoff matchup against LSU in the Peach Bowl.

The Sooners’ defense was quickly overwhelmed by the Tigers, with Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow jumping out to a 28-7 lead early in the game.

Looking for a spark, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley dialed up a bit of trickery

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Twitter roasted the College Football Playoff officials after an awful missed pass interference call added insult to Oklahoma’s injury

Twitter roasted the College Football Playoff officials after an awful missed pass interference call added insult to Oklahoma’s injury

The Oklahoma Sooners find themselves in quite a hole just one half into their College Football Playoff semifinal against the LSU Tigers.

But a blatant pass interference missed by the officials added insult to the ugly first half for the Sooners.

Late in the first quarter, Sooners wide receiver Jadon Haselwood cut towards the sideline at the Oklahoma 40 looking to pull in a pass from quarterback Jalen Hurts. Instead, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley grabbed his right shoulder and dragged him to the turf before he could get back to the ball.

 

The officials declined to throw a flag on the play, and the Sooners were forced to punt it away on fourth down.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley clearly disagreed with the no-call and didn’t hide his frustration on the sideline.

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Nike Is Bringing Back the LeBron 7 “China Moon”

Nike Is Bringing Back the LeBron 7 “China Moon”

Nike is set to reissue the “China Moon” colorway of the LeBron 7 silhouette next week. Originally a China-exclusive colorway from back in 2009, the “China Moon” colorway features white and gold across its synthetic and patent leather uppers

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Top Etiwanda, Advance to The Classic at Damien Final

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Top Etiwanda, Advance to The Classic at Damien Final
COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: Zaire Wade of Sierra Canyon High School, son of former NBA great Dwyane Wade, looks on while sitting out with an injury during the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The Sierra Canyon Trailblazers improved to 13-0 by defeating Etiwanda 57-53 and advancing to The Classic at Damien Platinum Division Final on Saturday night.

Eleven of Sierra Canyon’s 13 wins have been by double digits, but this semifinal matchup came down to final seconds. University of Kentucky commit BJ Boston led the way with 31 points and a crucial game-sealing play with eight seconds remaining:

Boston discussed his outing afterward:

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LeBron (groin) available for Lakers at Blazers

LeBron (groin) available for Lakers at Blazers

PORTLAND — LeBron James overcame a groin contusion to record 21 points and 16 assists Saturday to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-120,

James, who aggravated the issue in the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the LA Clippers, was listed as questionable coming into the game.

The 17-year veteran reported feeling improvement with the injury at the team’s shootaround Saturday morning.

“It’s a pretty good couple days after the Christmas Day game,” James said.

L.A. plays the second leg of a back-to-back Sunday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James’ availability Saturday would be an independent decision from Sunday’s game.

“When you have a back-to-back, yo

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LeBron (groin) available for Lakers at Blazers

LeBron (groin) available for Lakers at Blazers

PORTLAND — LeBron James overcame a groin contusion to record 21 points and 16 assists Saturday to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-120,

James, who aggravated the issue in the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the LA Clippers, was listed as questionable coming into the game.

The 17-year veteran reported feeling improvement with the injury at the team’s shootaround Saturday morning.

“It’s a pretty good couple days after the Christmas Day game,” James said.

L.A. plays the second leg of a back-to-back Sunday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James’ availability Saturday would be an independent decision from Sunday’s game.

“When you have a back-to-back, yo

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LeBron helps Lakers to win despite groin issue

LeBron helps Lakers to win despite groin issue

PORTLAND — LeBron James overcame a groin contusion to record 21 points and 16 assists Saturday to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-120,

James, who aggravated the issue in the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the LA Clippers, was listed as questionable coming into the game.

The 17-year veteran reported feeling improvement with the injury at the team’s shootaround Saturday morning.

“It’s a pretty good couple days after the Christmas Day game,” James said.

L.A. plays the second leg of a back-to-back Sunday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James’ availability Saturday would be an independent decision from Sunday’s game.

“When you have a back-to-back, yo

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Trainer of Kyle Kuzma, Kawhi Leonard takes shots at LeBron James – ClutchPoints

Trainer of Kyle Kuzma, Kawhi Leonard takes shots at LeBron James – ClutchPoints

Clint Parks, who has trained Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, is taking some shots at Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Parks says James was dodging Leonard during the Christmas Day matchup between the Clippers and Lakers and added that Leonard is “clearly” the best player in basketball.

This was followed by a cryptic tweet from Kuzma, although the two posts may not be related. Kuzma deleted the tweet, which read: “Call a spade a spade.”

Leonard has dominated James in the first two matchups this season between the Lakers and Clippers. The 2014 and 2019 Finals MVP is averaging 32.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists versus the Lakers while shooting 55.3 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 94.4 percent from the free-throw line.

James, meanwhile, is putting up 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists against the Clippers and shooting just 37.2 percent from the floor, 17.6

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LeBron questionable vs. Blazers with groin issue

LeBron questionable vs. Blazers with groin issue

The Los Angeles Lakers say LeBron James has a groin contusion and is questionable to play against the Trail Blazers in Portland on Saturday.

James will travel to the game with the team, the Lakers said.

James aggravated his groin when he collided with the LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverly in

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The top 10 NBA dunks of the decade

The top 10 NBA dunks of the decade

As the decade comes to a close, there are plenty of noteworthy NBA highlights to remember over the past ten years.

The NBA’s official Twitter account created

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LeBron James gave the entire Ohio State football team new $350 Beats headphones and it’s not an NCAA violation thanks to a loophole

LeBron James gave the entire Ohio State football team new $350 Beats headphones and it’s not an NCAA violation thanks to a loophole

LeBron James was feeling the spirit of giving this holiday season.

As a Beats by Dre spokesperson and partner and an Ohio State superfan, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar gave each player on the Buckeyes football team a pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones. And thanks to a loophole, the gifts are not an NCAA violation.

As he did before Ohio State’s national-championship matchup against the Oregon Ducks in 2015, James facilitated a connection between Beats by Dre and the university, and the company donated the headphones to the Buckeyes program soon thereafter. The school is then permitted to distribute the headphones to the players as part of a gift package for participating in bowl games.

This year, each player who participates in one of the 40 Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games is permitted to accept $550 worth of gifts. According to ESPN, the wholesale value of items is used to calculate the total value of gifts received by players. In the case of the headphones, the wholesale value would be

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Another title: Kawhi is top AP Male Athlete for ’19

Another title: Kawhi is top AP Male Athlete for ’19

He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the LA Clippers, ready to start anew.

“What it do, baby?”

For Kawhi Leonard in 2019, there finally is an answer to his infamous question: He did everything, without talking much.

Leonard is The Associated Press’ male athlete of the year for 2019, comfortably winning a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. He becomes the fifth NBA player to win the award, joining Larry Bird (1986), three-time recipient Michael Jordan (1991 through 1993), three-time recipient LeBron James (2013, 2016, 2018) and Stephen Curry (2015).

The award has been handed out annually since 1931. Simone Biles was announced Thursday as the women’s recipient for 2019.

Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP for the second time, leading the Toronto Raptors to their first championship — five years after he first smudged his fingerprints on both trophies with the San Antonio Spurs. He wound up leaving the Raptors in the summer for the Clippers, returning to his native Southern California and turning the historically woeful franchise into one of the top teams in the league.

“The ride was fun,” Leonard said earlier this month on his return trip to Toronto, summing up his year with the Raptors. “I had a great time.”

By now, it’s no secret that Leonard is a man of few words.

He is not a man of few accomplishments.

He received more than twi

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Beat Birmingham 80-61 in The Classic at Damien

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Beat Birmingham 80-61 in The Classic at Damien
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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Terren Frank and BJ Boston each posted 18 points as Sierra Canyon stayed undefeated with an 80-61 win over Birmingham High School at The Classic at Damien.

Harold Yu and Amari Bailey also had 13 apiece for the 13-0 Trailblazers. David Elliott led Birmingham with 22.

Sierra Canyon’s LeBron James Jr. (known as Bronny) posted four points on 2-of-3 shooting. He added one rebound, one assist and one steal in 11 minutes.

Teammate Zaire Wade had six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes.

James is the son of Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward LeBron James, and Wade is the son of NBA legend Dwyane Wade, who retired last spring after 16 seasons.

The Trailblazers jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter, but Birmingham fought back to tie the game

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Instead of a Merry Christmas, Maybe LeBron Will Have a Happy Birthday

Instead of a Merry Christmas, Maybe LeBron Will Have a Happy Birthday

LOS ANGELES — Witnessing the sight of Patrick Beverley strutting around with a finger aloft and letting the Los Angeles Clippers’ team owner, Steve Ballmer, wrap him up in a triumphant hug is not how LeBron James intended to celebrate Christmas.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, it was the sort of dreaded scene that generates an aftertaste bound to linger — and maybe even encroach on James’s 35th birthday on Monday.

“I don’t want to think about it too much,” said Rajon Rondo, one of James’s veteran teammates, when asked to ponder the implications of the Lakers’ second successive loss to their Staples Center co-tenants.

On opening night back in October, with Kyle Kuzma and Rondo out injured, it was easier for the Lakers to rationalize their defeat. On Christmas Day — which is often billed as the marker on the mythical national sporting calendar when the N.B.A. begins to be consumed by a wider audience — it was tougher for the Lakers to take.

They fumed after the Clippers’ 111-106 triumph Wednesday night about a few questionable whistles in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers mostly blamed themselves for squandering a 15-point lead — and allowing the Clippers to bait them into 45 attempts from 3-point range.

The Lakers are not known for their perimeter proficiency and made only 12 of those 45 shots. Despite amassing a near triple-double with 23 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, James was at the heart of his team’s struggles, missing 10 of his 12 attempts from long range and managing just four free-throw attempts — one of which he crucially missed inside the final minute with the Clippers leading by 4.

On the other side, Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with a rugged 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists — even after Lakers Coach Frank Vogel started Anthony Davis on Leonard defensively in hopes that Davis’s length would slow him some. Then Beverley, who chipped in nine meaningful rebounds, sealed the win with an ambitious strip with 3.6 seconds remaining as James rose up for a potential game-tying 3 from the wing.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” James said. “We’ve got to continue to get better and we will.”

The Lakers’ predicament, of course, could be much worse. For confirmation, they need only rewind to last Christmas, when James suffered a groin tear in the midst of a stirring victory over the Golden S

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The Top Five Most Impactful NBA Trades of the Decade – CCN.com

The Top Five Most Impactful NBA Trades of the Decade – CCN.com
  • NBA trade season has officially begun.
  • Some of the biggest moves of the decade helped create dynasties.
  • The most impactful trade helped demolish a dynasty.

NBA trade season has officially begun. In recent days, the Utah Jazz sent Dante Exum and picks to Cleveland for Jordan Clarkson. This is the first NBA trade in over five months, but it certainly won’t be the last.

After a monumental amount of player movement over the summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the most impactful NBA trades of the decade. Impactful can mean the effect on a team, a player, or the entire league. Let’s take a look.

5) TIE – AD to Lakers/ PG to Clippers (2019)

The impact of these trades will only expand as time progresses, but since they both happened just this summer, the two teams share the fifth spot. What makes these moves unique is they’ve instantly created two title contenders where there were none. The Anthony Davis experiment is working out better than anyone could’ve imagined so far. LeBron is having an epic 17th season, but without AD, it would be futile.

Paul George linking up with Kawhi Leonard gives the Clippers a two-way wing duo like we haven’t seen since Jordan and Pippen. Combined, these teams have brought Los Angeles back into the center of the NBA universe.

4) Kev

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Nike Has Made an Ohio State ‘Alumni’ Jersey for LeBron James

Nike Has Made an Ohio State ‘Alumni’ Jersey for LeBron James

Fans of LeBron James will know that the famous player had never attended college — he joined the NBA straight out of Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 2003 when he was just 20, becoming the first Cavalier player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Despite this, James has always insisted that if he had chosen to attend college, it would’ve been Ohio S

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Why Stephen Curry (Not LeBron) Is the N.B.A. Player of the Decade

Why Stephen Curry (Not LeBron) Is the N.B.A. Player of the Decade

The New York Times is reflecting on the past decade in the N.B.A., which has evolved perhaps more than any other major sports league.

The choice for the N.B.A.’s player of the decade came down to just two superstars — Stephen Curry and LeBron James. Which of the two should it be?

After all, if it wasn’t Curry holding a championship trophy in recent years, the expectation was that it would be James instead. Nine of the decade’s N.B.A. finals featured at least one of them, and their teams claimed six of the championships. They won half of the past decade’s Most Valuable Player Awards. If one of them wasn’t on national television on a given night, then the other one was. With the previous generation’s biggest stars fading, they boldly staked their claim to the spotlight.

But when it came to picking the player of the decade, our writers’ decisions were pretty clear.

Victor Mather

Senior staff editor and reporter

Let’s see: the most points in the decade, the most field goals, the top rating in most advanced stats, the most Most Valuable Player awards (three), the most finals M.V.P. awards (three). LeBron James even led the decade in minutes played.

Or you could be a contrarian and choose, maybe, the blocks-per-minute leader, JaVale McGee. Probably not the right pick, though.

Scott Cacciola

Sports reporter

Three N.B.A. championships, including the first for the city of Cleveland. Three more M.V.P.s to go with the one he won last decade. More highlight-reel dunks and chase-down blocks and signature moments than any of his peers (no offense, Steph).

But beyond merely being the most dominant player of the decade, James was the figure around whom the rest of the league orbited. For potential title contenders, his presence — in Miami, in Cleveland, in Los Angeles — figured into every calculation other teams made. Which players could they acquire to help vanquish the King? Which picks could they package to trade for more depth, more star power, more scoring and defense?

Now in his 17th season, and on the cusp of a new decade, James is still going strong, positioning the Lakers for their first deep playoff run since the days of Kobe Bryant. Staggering but true: James’s greatest feat may still be ahead of him.

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LeBron James’ Best Plays Of The Decade – NBA

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LeBron aggravates groin injury, could miss time

LeBron aggravates groin injury, could miss time

LOS ANGELES — A collision with Patrick Beverley in the first quarter of the Lakers111-106 loss Wednesday night to the Clippers caused LeBron James to aggravate a nagging groin injury and could cause the Lakers star to miss some game time moving forward.

“I felt healthy going into the game,” James said after finishing with 23 points on 9-for-24 shooting, with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. “I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev, and it kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”

Last Christmas, James suffered a torn left groin against the Golden State Warriors — the first major injury of his career — and it derailed both his and his team’s season.

The injury that James is currently dealing with is on the right side of his groin and is far less dire than the injury he sustained to the left side of his groin last season, but it could worsen with overuse.

James told ESPN the contact with Beverley caused the groin area to “flare up.” And James’ play clearly suffered from there. Ten of his 15 misses were on 3-pointers — the most 3s he has ever missed in a game in his 17-year career — and he attempted just four foul shots, as his drives to the lane were limited.

James was coming off both the groin discomfort and a thoracic muscle strain — a pull in the rib cage area — which caused him to miss his first game of the season in Sunday’s 128-104 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Even though the Lakers are now riding a season-worst, four-game losing streak, several members of the organization already have approached James about the urgency to sit out and rehab his groin injury

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The Clippers and Lakers are still figuring out this rivalry

The Clippers and Lakers are still figuring out this rivalry

LOS ANGELES — A nervous energy pulsed through Staples Center during the intracity showdown between the Lakers and Clippers on Wednesday. A somewhat hobbled LeBron James appeared tentative for the Lakers in the opening half, while the Clippers threw the ball around the gym with impunity. As the game tightened after halftime, the intensity heightened with each possession, many of them frenetic fire drills.

The lights always shine brighter on Christmas, but this matchup felt more May than December — like Game 1 of a high-stakes playoff series featuring two elite teams feeling each other out for the long haul.

The Clippers ultimately prevailed 111-106 behind Kawhi Leonard‘s brutal efficiency and Patrick Beverley‘s gutsy strip of James in the closing seconds, capping a rousing comeback. Yet the takeaway from Los Angeles is that the Clippers’ victory is but a preamble to a much richer story.

“It’s a long season,” James said. “It’s a marathon.”

Leonard agreed.

“It does nothing,” Leonard said when asked what his team’s victory meant to the Lakers-Clippers rivalry. “It’s one game out of a season. Whoever won this game was not going to win the L.A. championship or anything. Both teams got their eyes on the biggest prize.”

Leonard isn’t deflecting or downplaying, and his sentiment is the Clippers franchise’s official position. The Clippers are well aware that the only commonalities between the two organizations is a city and a building. The Lakers embrace their storied history (16 championships and a claim as one of the most prestigious brands in global sports), while the Clippers seek to reverse theirs (decades of abject failure in the shadow of an odious owner who was ejected from the NBA).

Nine weeks into the season, the Lakers and Clippers are two teams getting to know each other while they also get to know themselves. Prior to the Christmas contest, coaches Frank Vogel and Doc Rivers talked in similar terms about the nascent quality of their teams.

Vogel stated that both the Lakers and Clippers are at “a continuity disadvantage,” given the massive influx of new talent into both locker rooms. Only three of the 10 starters on Wednesday began last season

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Warriors have chance to give their fans a Christmas miracle – NBCSports.com

Warriors have chance to give their fans a Christmas miracle – NBCSports.com

SAN FRANCISCO – The minds at the top of the Golden State Warriors are gazing at tomorrows, specifically those coming after May 19.

The hearts of those that actually take the floor are on today, though, and there is no better example than what unfolded before the disbelieving eyes of the nation on Christmas Day.

The Warriors won a game they were supposed to lose on merit. A game for which some, with a certain agenda, would have gracefully accepted defeat. But no. They went for it, exploiting Houston’s psychological fragility, putting the NBA’s leading scorer, James Harden, in a straitjacket, constantly nudging Russell Westbrook toward his discomfort zone and taking down the Rockets.

With a 116-104 victory before an ecstatic sellout crowd at Chase Center, the Warriors posted, according to ABC, the biggest Christmas Day upset in 30 seasons of NBA play. It was their third consecutive win and easily the most impressive of the season.

“We were playing a great team on Christmas Day and we’ve been through a tough first half of the season, or third of the season,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Mostly, I’m happy for the players. I’m happy for our fans. This is a Christmas present for them, because they are here every night cheering for us.

“The great thing about th

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NBA Rumors: LeBron James, Anthony Davis Injuries and Why Jazz Traded Dante Exum

NBA Rumors: LeBron James, Anthony Davis Injuries and Why Jazz Traded Dante Exum
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 19:  LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers wait for a free throw during the second half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks 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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Although the Los Angeles Lakers have dropped three straight games since a 24-3 start, only injuries seem like they could derail the franchise’s promising 2019-20 season.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both missed a game recently, but the level of concern isn’t particularly high.

In fact, the superstars should be ready for the brightest spotlight of the NBA campaign so far. James and Davis are expected to play Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin:

Davis missed the Dec. 17 clash against the Indiana Pacers, who earned a 105-102 victory that halted Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak. Two games later, James watched from the sideline as the Lakers fell 128-104 to the Denver Nuggets.

Worse yet, Davis fell awkwardly and seemed to injure his right knee against the Nuggets but returned to that game.

In between those absences, Davis and LeBron both played in the team’s 111-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Put simply, it’s been a rough week in Laker Land.

The timing for positive news could hardly be better, though. Snapping a three-game skid while toppling their Staples Center rivals would be extra encouraging, particularly since the Lakers are set to play a full-strength Clippers squad.

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LeBron, Davis to play in showdown vs. Clippers

LeBron, Davis to play in showdown vs. Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers will have their stars on the court for a Christmas Day showdown with the LA Clippers.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis will play Wednesday, coach Frank Vogel confirmed. James missed a game for the first time all season Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis tweaked his right knee during that game, a loss to Denver.

James and Davis encouraged an impromptu early-morning practice on Christmas Eve, sources told ESPN, in preparation for the Lakers’ first game against the fully formed Clippers with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George available to play.

The Lakers, who recently completed a stint of 12 out of 15 games on the road, also practiced

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Sources: LeBron, AD expected to play vs. Clips

Sources: LeBron, AD expected to play vs. Clips

The Los Angeles Lakers will have their stars on the court for a Christmas Day showdown with the LA Clippers.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN. James missed a game for the first time all season Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis tweaked his right knee during that game, a loss to Denver.

James and Davis encouraged an impromptu early-morning practice on Christmas Eve, sources told ESPN, in preparation for the Lakers’ first game against the fully formed Clippers with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George available to play.

The Lakers, who recently completed a stint of 12 out of 15 games on the road, also practiced Monday,

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B/R NBA All-Decade Teams: Who Ruled the 2010s?

B/R NBA All-Decade Teams: Who Ruled the 2010s?

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Second-Team Backcourt: Chris Paul

Say what you want about Paul’s flops, incessant chatter and lack of playoff success. The numbers speak for themselves, and they almost spoke loudly enough to get him a first-team spot.

The point god is one of the greatest to ever play the position, and he was at the peak of his powers for nearly the entire decade. That’s why he left it as one of the leaders in almost every advanced category: fourth in player efficiency rating, fourth in win shares and fifth in box plus/minus. He aced most traditional metrics, too, ranking first in steals, second in assists and 17th in points.

Any shortcomings in team success have probably been overblown. His decade averages in playoff games featured 20.7 points, 8.0 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals. He had a 47.6/37.3/85.6 shooting slash in those contests. Oh, and his teams were a whopping 12.4 points better with him per 100 possessions. He did everything he could to position his club to win games.

                    

Second-Team Backcourt: Russell Westbrook

Westbrook normalized triple-doubles. So, you can call him polarizing, or a stat-chaser, or a shot-chucker; it won’t change the fact that he made triple-dipping a nightly activity.

Save for some spotty shooting percentages, his stats have long been incredible. His decade included two scoring titles and two assist crowns. He had 147 triple-doubles, or 71 more than second place in the category (LeBron James, 76). Westbrook paced the decade in assists, scored the fourth-most points and even corralled the 17th-most rebounds—as a 6’3″ point guard.

He was selected All-NBA eight times, twice earning the first-team distinction. He was named 2016-17 MVP and had three other top-five finishes. His ferocity became the calling card of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and even if they never experienced championship bliss, he still helped steer them to the decade’s second-most victories.

                   

Second-Team Frontcourt: Anthony Davis

As a 6’10” post presence with point guard experience, Davis has been a walking cheat code almost from the start. He blocks shots, buries jumpers, bullies defenders in the post, erases perimeter players on defensive switches, cleans the glass, sets the table—whatever his team needs, he can provide.

He averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and an Association-best 2.8 blocks during his second season. By year three, he became the first player 21 or younger to post a PER north of 30 (30.8; previous high was Shaquille O’Neal‘s 28.5). Davis would go on to post top-25 marks in points (25th), rebounds (22nd) and blocks (fourth) during a decade he didn’t join until its fourth season.

He was unbelievable and clearly a decade great no matter how little the New Orleans Pelicans won with him or how messy his split from them became. He still made six All-Star rosters, three All-NBA teams and three All-Defensive teams, and he thrice landed among the top-10 finishers in MVP voting.

                   

Second-Team Frontcourt: Paul George

Throw out the season he essentially lost to a gruesome leg fracture, and George basically spent the decade evolving from dogged defender to three-and-D ace to two-way star to full-fledged superstar. He was 2012-13’s Most Improved Player, and he had an argument to become the award’s first two-time winner this past season.

George’s rise coincided with that of the Indiana Pacers, and the plucky group picked up five total victories against the Big Three Heat in back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals meetings. George

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NBA Christmas Day: One big question about every team

NBA Christmas Day: One big question about every team

Christmas is one of the biggest days on the NBA calendar.

We have a slate of five games and a great opportunity to evaluate many of the league’s top title contenders in awesome matchups. But each of the 10 teams playing on Wednesday — beginning at noon ET on ESPN and the ESPN App — is facing at least one big question affecting its short- and long-term trajectories.

Let’s dive into some of those questions facing this batch of Christmas squads and try to find a few answers.

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One big question: Are they real Finals contenders?

Somehow, despite losing both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving in free agency, the Celtics look better than they did last season.

Kemba Walker is a great fit with this roster, and Boston currently ranks third in the league in net rating. The Celtics are one of just four teams to boast both a top-10 offense and a top-10 defense. (The others — Milwaukee and both Los Angeles teams — also play on Christmas.)

The Celtics have great young talent on the wings and good coaching, and their stats scream contender status, but here’s the thing: Their bigs might not be good enough. The battle for the East will be won and lost in the paint, and if there’s one glaring weakness looming on this roster it’s the state of the frontcourt.

Can the Celtics’ big men match up against the ferocious interior forces in the East? Can Daniel Theis, Robert Williams and Enes Kanter protect the paint against interior monsters such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid during a playoff series?

I’m skeptical. The Celtics are 0-2 against Philly this year, and Embiid torched Boston with 38 points and 13 boards on Dec. 12. Last season, the Celts were blown off the court by Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the playoffs — and that was with Horford.

You can’t come out of the East without answers for Antetokounmpo and Embiid, and it will be difficult for Boston to upgrade at center while holding on to all of its valuable guards and forwards. The Celtics might be stuck trusting Theis and Kanter down the stretch. Nobody in Philly or Milwaukee is afraid of those dudes.

Watch: Celtics vs. Raptors | Noon ET | ESPN and the ESPN App

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Chiney Ogwumike breaks down the Celtics’ improved chemistry this season, saying Kemba Walker is a good complement to Jayson Tatum.

One big question: How good is Pascal Siakam?

The future of this team rests largely on that question, but the answer seems to change every year. Siakam — out indefinitely with a groin injury — has made the leap at least two times now. The reigning Most Improved Player is still improving at a rapid clip, and while Raptors fans should be ecstatic about that, the emerging star still needs to refine a few things.

Siakam is scoring 25.1 points per game, up from 16.9 last season, but his efficiency is way down, especially inside the arc. Some drop in efficiency should have been expected as Siakam became the centerpiece of Toronto’s offense, upping his usage rate from 20.5% to 29.3%. But this is drastic:

  • Last season, Siakam made 60.2% of his 9.1 2-point tries per game

  • This season, he’s making 48.6% of his 14.1 2-pointers

That huge drop is due to two factors: atrocious midrange/floater numbers and extra attention from defenders.

Consider this Christmas matchup: Last season, as Boston coach Brad Stevens prepared for the Raptors, his defensive game plan focused on Kawhi Leonard. Siakam was an afterthought. This season, Siakam is the focus, and he sees stronger defenders and more double-teams. His efficiency numbers reflect a young player trying to add a bunch of floaters, pull-ups and post moves to his repertoire, while simultaneously getting hounded by more capable defenders.

The league’s brightest superstars blend high usage with high efficiency despite defensive attention, and the next leap for Siakam is clear: He has to recover his shooting numbers with this added load. If he can do that, Toronto will be just fine for years to come.

Watch: Celtics vs. Raptors | Noon ET | ESPN and the ESPN App

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Chiney Ogwumike analyzes the Raptors’ chances to contend in the Eastern Conference this year.

One big question: Why should we trust this thing?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Bud.

Mike Budenholzer’s Bucks have a top-five offense, a top-five defense, the best net rating in the league and the best record. So what? We said all the same things last season, and none of it mattered when Milwaukee crumbled in the Eastern Conference finals.

Once again, Bud has a regular-season juggernaut on his hands, but this time it’s Finals or bust. The Bucks are approaching potentially the biggest NBA transaction of 2020 when they extend a supermax contract to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The pressure is on to convince him to stay in Milwaukee for the prime of his career.

The Bucks have something to prove to themselves and to their franchise star. Last spring, Milwaukee lost four straight games after Leonard and the Raptors locked down Antetokounmpo.

The good news is that Leonard moved to Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean getting out of the East this season will be easy. Philly and Boston won’t be pushovers, but a trip to the Finals would make that summertime extension much more enticing for the reigning MVP.

Watch: Bucks vs. 76ers | 2:30 p.m. ET | ABC and the ESPN App

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Jay Williams compares Giannis Antetokounmpo to Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant and believes Giannis has separated from the rest of the NBA.

One big question: Can you build a champion around Embiid and Ben Simmons?

Optimists can point to last season’s playoff run and argue that the team was just a few plays away from the Finals, so the answer must be yes. They can also point to an easier path out of the East.

On the other hand, it’s unclear if Horford and Josh Richardson can replace JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler in the playoffs. Right now, Philly’s offense is on the naughty list. The Sixers have the 15th-best offense in the NBA, and it’s particularly awful in fourth quarters, ranking 26th in the final frame. That’s a big reason Philly has been a negative fourth-quarter team all season long.

If the Sixers can’t execute down the stretch in the regular season, why should we expect them to do so in the postseason?

Last Wednesday, as Butler made his return to Philly, his Heat team emerged with a big win thanks in large part to a clever zone defense, for which Philly’s bumbling offense had no answer. It was another failed test for a squad with sky-high expectations.

The other top teams in the East are strong two-way outfits. If Philly can’t figure out its offense by the end of the season, the questions about Simmons and Embiid will become much louder than they are now.

Watch: Bucks vs. 76ers | 2:30 p.m. ET | ABC and the ESPN App

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One big question: Can this team play defense?

When you have Mike D’Antoni as a coach and James Harden at the controls, the questions will never be about offense. Once again, Harden is breaking records and the Rockets’ offense is humming along. However, you can’t win the West as a one-trick pony. Right now, Houston ranks 16th in defensive efficiency, and that’s not good enough.

Last season, the Rockets had an incredible defensive awakening. Their defense ranked No. 25 in the NBA before the All-Star break and then ranked No. 2 overall the rest of the year. So we know they’re capable. But will they do it?

If the Rockets enter the playoffs with a solid defense, they are a legitimate threat to win it all. If they don’t, they aren’t. It’s as simple as that. With D’Antoni in the final season of his contract, the next big question for this team might be who is going to be the next coach if Houston falls short again.

Finding a way to acquire Andre Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies could make a significant difference here.

Watch: Rockets vs. Warriors | 5 p.m. ET | ABC and the ESPN App

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Lakers Rumors: LeBron James to Return from Injury on Christmas Day vs. Clippers

Lakers Rumors: LeBron James to Return from Injury on Christmas Day vs. Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers injured guard LeBron James cheers his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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LeBron James is reportedly expected to return to the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Christmas matchup with the Clippers after missing one game with a thoracic muscle strain and a lingering groin injury.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported James’ absence is expected to be limited to Sunday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was initially hurt in last week’s loss to the Indiana Pacers and played through pain in Thursday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

The Lakers have dropped a season-high three straight games heading into the showdown with their Staples Center co-tenants.

“We want all our players to make sure that they’re healthy and being intelligent with this time of year, understanding it’s a marathon,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “It’s an 82-game season. And we’ll see how it progresses.”

The Lakers came out flat without James, playing lackadaisical on both ends in a 128-104 l

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Bill Simmons On LeBron And Steph’s Relationship: “LeBron Really Has Genuine Disdain For Him’ – Fadeaway World

Bill Simmons On LeBron And Steph’s Relationship: “LeBron Really Has Genuine Disdain For Him’ – Fadeaway World

(via The Undefeated)

Besides Bird and Magic, there may not be a pair of NBA players with more history between them than LeBron James and Steph Curry. Having met in the Finals four straight times, it’s fair to say they have become an obstacle for each other.

Off the court, James and Steph have always demonstrated, and have never talked bad about the other. On the surface, they might even appear to be friends.

But, according to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, there is real tension between them that showe

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Bronny James has potential to be better than LeBron: Magic Johnson – NEWS.com.au

Bronny James has potential to be better than LeBron: Magic Johnson – NEWS.com.au

Bronny James is heir to his dad’s NBA throne and is every chance of one day succeeding his famous father.

The eldest child of basketball superstar LeBron James even has the potential to be better than the man they call The King, according to NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

The 15-year-old has clearly been blessed with LeBron’s genes and has already been starring in internet highlights tapes and going viral with every fresh dunk for several years now.

Everyone’s expecting the young gun to follow in LeBron’s footsteps and graduate to the NBA and if he does, Johnson believes there’s a possibility the LA Lakers star may end up being the second best player in his family.

“I think so,” Johnson told TMZ when asked if LeBron Jr — aka Bronny — could be even better than his dad.

“You hope so, anyway. Normally what happens is sometimes with all that skill and talent that LeBron has, it passes to his son.

“I think that he has a chance to be unbelievable and either just as good as his dad or a little better. But that’s big shoe

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Lakers Legend Magic Johnson: Bronny James Has Chance to Be Better Than LeBron

Lakers Legend Magic Johnson: Bronny James Has Chance to Be Better Than LeBron
LeBron James, left, poses with his son Bronny after Sierra Canyon beat Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary in a high school basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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LeBron James Jr. is still three years from even graduating high school, but Magic Johnson thinks he can end up even better than his father, LeBron James, via TMZ Sports.

“Normally what happens is sometimes with all that skill and talent that LeBron has, it passes to his son,” Johnson said. “I think that he has a chance to be unbelievable and either just as good as his dad or a little better.”

Bronny has showcased plenty of potential for his age, displaying the natural abilities and feel for the game that his father had.

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Beats Solo Pro Review: More Than a Fashion Statement

Beats Solo Pro Review: More Than a Fashion Statement

The only thing I dislike about the Beats Solo Pro—the company’s new noise-canceling on-ear headphones—is how they require a lightning cable to charge.

That’s a big deal, not because this Android user keeps forgetting the proprietary cable, but because it’s a critique that would have been buried in most other Beats reviews I’ve ever written.

Early Beats headphones were plasticky, overpriced, and had so much bass they could rattle themselves off a table. But people bought them—as fashion statements. However, ever since Apple bought the company—earning Beats’ founders $3 billion in the process—the products have improved considerably. Five years later, the Beats Solo Pro are some of my favorite headphones of 2019.

It makes me happy the new Beats are so much better than its predecessors. Even though I didn’t always like the products, it was hard to not root for the company’s success from the get-go. When Beats launched, the audio world was dominated by old white men. Watching Dr. Dre, Lebron James, and other prominent early Beats backers disrupt the industry (and its previously drab branding) was exciting, even if the products weren’t. Finally, the excellent branding now matches the goods.

Clean Lines

Photograph: Beats

It may seem odd given Beats’ past design strategy, but I like the Solo Pro because of its inconspicuous nature. Sure, you can still order them in Pharrell-endorsed schemes like orangey-red and bright blue, but in the sleek all-black colorway of my review unit, they’re some of the most elegant looking headphones I’ve tested in months.

Apple’s minimalist design aesthetic has leaked over in all the right ways. The sleek, round earcups feature only a single visible button (to turn the noise canceling on and off). Instead of using small, hard to distinguish controls like other headphones, the outside of the right cup covers up a three-way rocker that does everything else. Press the middle of the earcup to play and pause music or change songs, whereas the top or bottom will adjust the volume. Quick double presses will even change tracks. If only all headphones were this simple.

There’s no power switch, too. The headphones have sensors that turn them on and off when you unfold and fold them, so they’re

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Best Plays of the 2010s – Yahoo Lifestyle

Best Plays of the 2010s – Yahoo Lifestyle

Here’s the only criterion that any play of the decade needs to meet: Did it get you out of your seat? Did you stand up and shout at the television or your phone as it unfolded? These were the 10 moments of the 2010s that cleared that high bar, moments you’ll be talking about as long as you’re watching sports. Unbelievable, inspiring, astounding, all at once — these were the best plays of the 2010s.


(Michael Wagstaffe/Yahoo Sports illustration)

Cleveland Indians, Chicago had to endure extra innings, multiple comebacks, a rain delay and a heart-stopping bottom of the 10th inning before throwing off four generations of frustration. ‘ data-reactid=”30″>Sometimes it’s not the play, it’s the moment. The exact play that ended the 2016 World Series isn’t all that important — an easy infield groundout — but what it represented is immeasurable. A century of frustration, a century of incompetence, a century of being a punch line — over and done in one magnificent, agonizing, transcendent Game 7. And of course The Almighty couldn’t let Cubs fans win easy, no — against the almost-as-woebegone Cleveland Indians, Chicago had to endure extra innings, multiple comebacks, a rain delay and a heart-stopping bottom of the 10th inning before throwing off four generations of frustration. 

world cup” data-reactid=”32″>7. Carli Lloyd’s Hat Trick, 2015 Women’s world cup

Sixteen minutes. That’s all it took to transform Carli Lloyd from star to icon to legend. Sixteen minutes, three goals, one world cup. Lloyd dominated the 2015 world cup final the way few ever have, scoring two goals on set pieces and a third from nearly midfield, the equivalent of a sharpshooter feeling it and pulling up from the center-court logo. To play with that kind of abandon, that kind of freedom, that kind of fearlessness in the most important game of your life … that’s a special combination of skill and courage, and it marked Lloyd as one of the most remarkable players in world cup history, male or female. Oh, and the U.S. won 5-2, but you probably could have guessed that. 

As putts go, it wasn’t particularly dramatic, a short tap-in for bogey. As moments go, it couldn’t have been bigger: Tiger Woods, standing on the 18th at Augusta, clinching the most unlikely win in his history … and perhaps the history of golf itself. After a decade that included scandal, injury, surgery, brushes with the law and failed comeback after failed comeback, here was Woods, back at the pinnacle of his sport. A few years before, he’d been sitting alone in his mansion playing Call of Duty and eating cereal; now he was standing triumpant before an audience of millions. He embraced his children — who’d been too young to remember Dad winning anything big ever before — and put a bow on one of the best comebacks of the decade. 

This is the rare game that would have ended up on this list no matter who won. Villanova and UNC traded body body blows in the 2016 NCAA championship, with Villanova unable to hold off Carolina’s charges. Finally, with 4.7 seconds remaining and down three, Carolina’s Marcus Paige drained a three-pointer that seemed it would send the game to overtime. But instants later, Villanova’s Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the championship for Villanova, 77-74. You won’t find two more clutch back-to-back shots paired with one another … well, almost anywhere. 

One man against an empire. One man carrying an entire city on his shoulders. One man leaving his heart, soul, spirit and will out on the hardwood. Under two minutes remaining, Game 7, 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dribbling to what appears to be an easy, open lay

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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Crush Anthony Davis and the LeBron James-Less Lakers

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Crush Anthony Davis and the LeBron James-Less Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is fouled as he shoots between Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., left, and center Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

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The Denver Nuggets won their sixth straight game by squashing the Los Angeles Lakers 128-104 at Staples Center on Sunday night.

The Lakers were without LeBron James, whom head coach Frank Vogel disclosed suffered a thoracic muscle strain against Indiana on Tuesday but played through the injury on Thursday in Milwaukee. Kyle Kuzma, out since Dec. 8 with an ankle injury, returned for L.A.

L.A.’s offense was mostly stagnant without James. Vogel rolled with a makeshift starting five featuring All-Star forward Anthony Davis, center JaVale McGee, guard Avery Bradley, guard Rajon Rondo and guard Danny Green. It marked Rondo’s first start of the season.

Davis posted his fifth consecutive double-double, but the only other Laker to score in double digits was Kuzma.

Denver contrastingly showcased effective depth with six double-digit scorers.

The Nuggets improved to 20-8 and second-place position in the Western Conference.

L.A. fell to 24-6, riding a three-game losing streak. However, the Lakers are still sitting pretty atop the Western Conference entering their matchup with the crosstown-rival Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day.

     

Notable Stats

DEN F Paul Millsap: 21 points, 1 rebound

DEN G Gary Harris: 19 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 4 steals

DEN C Nikola Jokic: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

DEN G Will Barton: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

LAL F Anthony Davis: 32 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks

LAL F Kyle Kuzma: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

LAL G Rajon Rondo: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals

     

Nuggets’ Depth Overwhelms Short-Handed Lakers

Millsap was considered questionable for this game with a left knee contusion, but the 34-year-old forward’s performance left no doubt:

Millsap carried the Nuggets in place of their usual leaders. Jokic went from the 2:39 mark in the first quarter to 3:40 mark in the third without scoring a point. Jamal Murray, the team’s leading scorer (17.9 points per game) entering Sunday, was held to just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Murray was still effective as an outlet, though, as one of five Nuggets with a team-high five assists:

The Nuggets bench picked up some slack, too, with Malik Beasley (16 points) and Mason Plumlee (10 points) leading the way for the reserves:

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Lakers’ James out vs. Nuggets; Kuzma available

Lakers’ James out vs. Nuggets; Kuzma available

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James missed his first game of the season Sunday, a 128-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets that was the Lakers’ third consecutive defeat.

The Lakers revealed Saturday that James was dealing with a thoracic muscle strain — a pull in the rib cage area — that he sustained earlier in the week against the Indiana Pacers and then played through against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. James is also dealing with a nagging groin issue, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhor

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Magic Johnson Says Bronny James Could End Up Better Than LeBron

Magic Johnson Says Bronny James Could End Up Better Than LeBron

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LeBron doubtful vs. Nuggets; Kuzma probable

LeBron doubtful vs. Nuggets; Kuzma probable

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Nuggets with a thoracic muscle strain, coach Frank Vogel announced Saturday.

James first sustained the injury, a pull in the rib cage area, against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and played through it during Thursday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. James didn’t require an MRI, but this is a significant issue and not just a load management situation, sources told ESPN.

Earlier this week, James said he didn’t plan to miss any games this season for rest. James has also been dealing with a nagging groin issue recently, sources said. Last season a groin strain on Christmas Day derailed James and the Lakers’ season.

Although he has yet to miss a game, th

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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Defeat John Marshall with Zaire Wade Injured

Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Defeat John Marshall with Zaire Wade Injured
COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr. #0 of Sierra Canyon High School looks on during the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Bronny James and the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) Trailblazers used a strong second half to pull out a 66-55 victory over the John Marshall (Richmond, Virginia) Justices in the Above the Rim Classic in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday.

James recorded two points on 1-of-5 shooting, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action.

Before the contest even got underway, James was adding to his personal highlight reel:

The Sierra Canyon freshman had a relatively quiet night from a statistical standpoint, especially early on. According to Jack Herron of Prep Hoops, James was held scoreless in the first half as he went 0-of-2 from the floor, with both shot attempts coming

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The Old Man and the Greek: N.B.A. Tale Only Needs a Great Ending

The Old Man and the Greek: N.B.A. Tale Only Needs a Great Ending

Wes Matthews, the 33-year-old forward and guard, was charged with guarding James this night. He succeeded, as much as anyone could, in bewitching the league’s reigning grand old man. One minute he bumped with James, the next he backed off and switched. “It’s a tremendous honor,” he said of guarding James.

Did you and James, I asked, chatter during the game? Matthews nodded his head. “Most definitely, LeBron and me have a history,” he said. “He’s 17 years in the league and I’ve got 11 years. It’s a lot of banter, man.”

These teams have a not-dissimilar architecture. Each has a couple of

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Giannis Antetokounmpo slowly and surely became the dominant force everyone expected, and now there is no stopping him

Giannis Antetokounmpo slowly and surely became the dominant force everyone expected, and now there is no stopping him
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists on Thursday to beat LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers in a high-profile game.
  • Most impressively, Antetokounmpo hit 5-of-8 three-pointers, showing the missing element in his game is now a weapon to be feared.
  • Antetokounmpo has become the complete player the NBA world has been hoping for, and through one-third of the season, he looks like the MVP favorite and perhaps best player in the world.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Some in the NBA world saw Giannis Antetokounmpo’s performance in a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday as a passing-of-the-torch moment.

Facing LeBron James (and Anthony Davis), Antetokounmpo dropped 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks, the best team in the Eastern Conference, beat the best team in the West.

The final stat line doesn’t show it, but the Lakers did a commendable job containing Antetokounmpo. They crowded him in the back-court and collapsed on him when he got in the paint, forcing him to make his way through tangles of arms and bodies. Antetokounmpo was 5-for-10 on shots in the paint. He shoots 66.8% in the paint this season, per Second Spectrum.

So, what did Antetokounmpo do to counter? He drained 5-of-8 three-point attempts on the night, often taking advantage of a Lakers defense that was granting him space.

After a pull-

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Nike and NBA 2K Continue “Gamer Exclusive” Series With New Kobe 5 Protro

Nike and NBA 2K Continue “Gamer Exclusive” Series With New Kobe 5 Protro

Nike and NBA 2K have presented the second installment from the “Gamer Series” of exclusive unlockable kicks: Kobe Bryant‘s Kobe 5 Protro. Following up LeBron James‘ all purple LeBron 17 “2K” that debuted at the tail end of October, these new Kobe 5s can only be unlocked through the completion of an in-game challenge. You’ve got to play to win — literally.

Starting on December 26 at 10 AM EST, virtual hoopers who can surpass Bryant’s Christmas Day game high of 42 points — which the Black Mamba set in a 2004 contest against old teammate Shaquil

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LeBron James Stars in UNKNWN’s Debut Private Label Collection Lookbook

LeBron James Stars in UNKNWN’s Debut Private Label Collection Lookbook

LeBron James, one of UNKNWN‘s three co-founders, is showcasing his sense of style by starring in the lookbook for the boutique’s debut in-house clothing line. Dubbed “001,” the premiere UNKNWN Collection release is a sophisticated assortment of premium wardrobe essentials, defined by a versatile color palette and approachable cuts.

Complementing UNKNWN’s Hotel and Sport lines, Collection is intended to be a mature offerin

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LeBron James Is Playing the Most Brilliant Year 17 We’ve Ever Witnessed

LeBron James Is Playing the Most Brilliant Year 17 We’ve Ever Witnessed

LeBron James is on the verge of his 35th birthday, but he’s still anchoring a contender with the Lakers and defying logic and physics. 

Watch the video above for why Howard Beck says LeBron is playing the most brilliant Year 17 we’ve ever witnessed and catch up before the Lakers face the Bucks on TNT this Thursday.

       

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Kevin Garnett: 2010 Celtics ‘Didn’t Give a F–k About LeBron’ in NBA Playoffs

Kevin Garnett: 2010 Celtics ‘Didn’t Give a F–k About LeBron’ in NBA Playoffs
BOSTON, MA - MAY 9: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 2010 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kevin Garnett said the Boston Celtics‘ elimination of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2010 NBA playoffs “broke” LeBron James and led to his choice of the Miami Heat in free agency that summer.

Garnett explained during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast that series set the stage for the memorable seven-game clash between the Celtics and Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals:

“The C’s, we didn’t give a f–k about LeBron,” he said.

Garnett also suggested James and the Heat won that memorable 2012 postseason encounter because the NBA had an “agenda.”

“The league knew that they had an agenda in which we wasn’t part of the agenda. You understand? Right,” he said. “And that’s how they ended up winning that series

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LeBron James Debuts UNKNWN’s First-Ever Private Label Collection

LeBron James Debuts UNKNWN’s First-Ever Private Label Collection

Brand: UNKNWN

Collection: 001

Key Pieces: The Heavy Flannel Jacket is our favorite piece from UNKNWN’s debut private label collection. Optioned in two colorways, the boxy cotton flannel garment is lined with a quilted interior and features mesh side panels for breathability, oversized patches at the elbows, buttons on the cuffs for styling options, and two front chest pockets.

Release Date: Available now

Buy: In-store and online at UNKNWN

Editor’s Notes: Days after releasing a collaboration with Thom Browne, LeBron James‘ Miami menswear boutique, UNKNWN, launches its debut private label collection. Officially called “UNKNWN Collection,” the line consists of staple silhouettes reinterpreted through the brand’s point of view using elevated fabrications and signature design details.

The initial release, “Collection 001,” is comprised of 14 unbranded men’s apparel styles. Garments a

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Taking Five With Nyjah Huston, the LeBron James of Skateboarding

Taking Five With Nyjah Huston, the LeBron James of Skateboarding

FRONTPAGE is Highsnobiety’s weekly online cover story exploring the people, moments, and ideas shaping culture today. For the eleventh edition of our series, Highsnobiety’s West Coast Editorial Director Brock Cardiner sits down with Nyjah Huston to learn about his thoughts on skating’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

When we meet at the Millennium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles, Nyjah Huston is still recovering from his afternoon session at the new Berrics, a nearby skatepark owned by Steve Berra and Eric Koston. A few weeks before, he was in Brazil, earning his fifth career Street League Skateboarding World Championship title with the highest final score in series history.

The skateboarder – known simply as Nyjah within the industry – achieved this record-breaking performance by coming back from a near double-digit deficit with a hard-to-comprehend cab flip front board, followed immediately by a nollie heelflip back lip. Google “SLS Nyjah Huston Brazil” if you also have a hard time wrapping your head around what that means exactly.

Scrolling through his Instagram page, it’s hard to peg the kind of skater Nyjah is. Nearly every post is a clip of him landing a trick impossibly clean, almost robotically so. You often have to thumb through the comments just to understand what it is he did. Compared to other skaters du jour that cultivate entire lifestyles brands around themselves, Nyjah is precise, to the point of being anti-style.

His feed is dedicated almost entirely to his craft. Sure, you’ll see the occasional flex showing Nyjah tearing it up at his private skatepark with Justin Bieber (although who’s really flexing here?), or the flashy Instagram Story of him speeding down the freeway in his Mercedes C63 AMG. Besides that, every clip and every image reflects Nyjah’s core ethos: Send It.

Skating, however, is no longer just about being the first to send the next Hollywood 16. Instead, the entire culture and style has been appropriated by the upper echelons of the fashion world, largely by people who were influenced by the sport and its penchant for DIY brand-building in their childhood. Walking down the streets of nearly any metropolitan area around the world, you’d be forgiven for mistaking a skater with someone who just left Dover Street Market.

This generational shift seems to have bypassed Nyjah’s sphere of influence entirely. In a fashion scene dominated by English skaters on Parisian runways, he remains far more Nike Running than Dior x Stussy, and spends what’s left of his creative energy dreaming up new trick combinations to send during his next session. YouTube commenters liken his approach to LeBron James or Lionel Messi, athletes known to arrive early, leave late, and perform best under pressure.

Born on November 30, 1994, Nyjah sits right on the edge between the Millennial and Zoomer generations. He’s found that elusive professional sweet spot, earning lucrative sponsorships from Nike SB, Element, Monster Energy, Black Plague Brewing, Social CBD, and Privé Revaux – all while winning more tournament prize money than any other skater in history.

He’s now poised to take his career to the next level with the introduction of skating at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. With only a handful of skaters making the cut, there will be more eyes than ever on the 25-year-old California native. As the de facto leader of the team, Nyjah is set to take on a new role in pop culture, one that hasn’t been seen in the sport since Tony Hawk first landed the 900 at the 1999 X-Games. Whether summer or winter, Michael Phelps or Shaun White, every Olympic Games has its hero. Nyjah could be 2020’s.


Twenty years ago, Tony Hawk landed one of the biggest skate tricks of all time, the 900, and people remember it to this day. Is there still room in skating for that kind of signature trick? The kind of trick that’s seen around the world?

You really can’t compare street tricks to a 900, because the main reason that was such a big deal is just that extra spin. No one had done that before. There are still tricks that people do that you haven’t seen before, but it’s more so just mixing [one trick] into another trick, and really technical stuff that the normal person doesn’t really know how to comprehend.

Before I forget, happy belated birthday! Can you share anything, for those of us that weren’t there?

Man, yeah – my birthdays have become pretty legendary. I feel like every year it becomes more and more of a thing. I always invite a couple of fans to cruise out, a couple of random people from Instagram. So yeah, it’s a good time.

“If I don’t have anything to do throughout my day and I’m feeling good, I’m definitely going to be on the board.”

You’re competing at a level now that I think no one imagined skating getting to, 25 or 30 years ago. Do you have to cut back on the partying? Do you have to treat partying differently than you used to?

I’ve been thinking about th

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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Discusses How He Handled LeBron James, LA Exit

Lakers News: Magic Johnson Discusses How He Handled LeBron James, LA Exit
Former NBA player Magic Johnson reacts as he talks with Eastern Conference LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson said he isn’t totally content with the nature of his departure as the team’s president of basketball operations in April, but he believes it was the right decision to leave.

Johnson told Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times in an interview released Wednesday he should have planned his exit more carefully rather than resigning during an impromptu press conference.

“No regrets, I’m not a regretful guy,” he said. “The only thing I would have done different would be to sit down with Jeanie [Buss] and let her know I was leaving, sit down with LeBron [James] and let him know … otherwise, I wouldn’t have changed anything. I still would have walked away.”

Johnson confirmed he’s made amends with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka: “Things happened, forgive and forget. I’ve moved past that, so did Rob. Rob and I made up, we’re good, we still talk.”

He also wants to speak with Bu

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Giannis Reflects on Win over LeBron James, Lakers: ‘I’m Not Supposed to Be Here’

Giannis Reflects on Win over LeBron James, Lakers: ‘I’m Not Supposed to Be Here’
MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 19, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum Center 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images).

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Giannis Antetokounmpo does not take anything for granted.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 at Fiserv Forum on Thursday night, and the reigning league MVP showed it meant much more to him than a win in mid-December normally would. 

“I think the most important thing is to try to stay humble. When you win MVP and you win 60 games, it’s hard,” Antetokounmpo told reporters postgame. “You feel like, ‘OK, what else?’ but at the end of the day, I realize and my family realizes that I’m not supposed to be here.”

The 25-year-old continued: “I wasn’t the No. 1 pick. (Anthony Davis) was. LeBron (James) was. I wasn’t supposed to be here. I’m not supposed to go against these two bigs, so I’m just happy that I’m here and happy that I’m going through the process and I always want to be better, do better for my team, and that’s what gives me joy.”

The 2013 first-round pick thoroughly dominated the Lakers with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists—including a career-high five three-pointers:

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Giannis Outshines LeBron James, Anthony Davis with 34 as Bucks Top Lakers
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A potential NBA Finals preview ended with the Milwaukee Bucks earning a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The two sides entered the day tied for the best record in the league, but Giannis Antetokounmpo helped lead the Bucks (25-4) to a key home victory at Fiserv Forum. The reigning MVP made a career-high five threes as part of his 34 points and 11 rebounds. 

He helped Milwaukee build up a 19-point halftime lead, and the squad stayed in front for the rest of the night.

Anthony Davis scored 28 of his 36 points after halftime to get the Lakers back in the game, while LeBron James had his seventh triple-double of the year. Still, the Lakers (24-5) never got in front after the first quarter while suffering their second loss in a row.

           

Notable Stats

  • LeBron James, F, Lakers: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists
  • Anthony Davis, C, Lakers: 36 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks
  • Danny Green, G, Lakers: 21 points, 7-of-12 from three
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Bucks: 34 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists
  • George Hill, G, Bucks: 21 points
  • Khris Middleton, G, Bucks: 15 points, six rebounds

       

Giannis Comes Ready to Play in High-Profile Battle

Everyone knows the type of numbers Antetokounmpo can produce, but this was his opportunity to showcase his ability on national television in one of the biggest matchups of the regular season.

He didn’t disappoint.

Giannis set the tone with a pair of early three-pointers and continued to show off his expanding offensive game:

The forward finished 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

He also made plays at the rim on both ends of the court:

It helped the Bucks build a big lead in the first half and stay in front throughout the game.

This was hardly a one-man show for Milwaukee, as George Hill chipped in with 21 points as one of five Bucks in double figures. Donte DiVincenzo also came through with big plays on both ends of the c

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